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Indochina 1945-1954 The Battle for Indochina, 1945-1954.

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What does STCAN/FOM stand for?

Services Techniques des Construction et Armes Navales / France Outre Mer
French river patrol boat used in Vietnam (VNW)

I won't have any boat blueprints in the books I have. Looking for tactical stuff on the CEFEO in English is maddening.
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OPERATION CASTOR

I figure Vietnam is twelve hours ahead of me, next day and all.

So, sixty years ago right now, the show started.

Such an opportunity to refight, relearn and rehash the event,
day by bloody day.

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Quy Nhon rail-station, 1945

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My dad was a WWII veteran, he joined the navy in April of 1941, during the Korean War he was on the USS Windham Bay (CVE-92).
The ship was a escort carrier during WWII, recommissioned just before full blown war started in Korea.
The small carrier along with other ships that were pulled out of mothballs and manned mostly by Naval Reservist like my dad, their mission was to transport new equipment, mainly new jets aircraft from the US to Korea and Japan, then to load up Bear Cats and Coarsairs and transport them to Vietnam.
The Windham Bay was the first US Naval ship to sail into Saigon.
On Feb. 1 1951 CVE-92 was fired on by Communist forces using mortars, grenades and sniper fire.
Dad was on board.

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Early Involvement in Vietnam

When MSTS met its initial baptism of fire off the shores of Korea in 1950, the service chartered a large number of Liberty ships to carry tanks, trucks, guns, ammunition, food, and other equipment across the Pacific. However their destination was not Pusan, but two ports on the Red and Soirap Rivers -- Haiphong and Saigon. The ships were delivering Mutual Defense Assistance Program (MDAP) material for the French in their struggle against the Viet Minh.

Not all the ships were met with a warm reception. In 1951, the aircraft transport USS Windham Bay (T-CVE 92), one of five Navy-manned escort carriers operated under the direction of MSTS, arrived at Saigon to offload a cargo of ex-Navy F8F Bearcat fighters. Following a five-and-a-half hour transit up the river, the ship arrived pierside and discharged its aircraft. However that first evening, the ship was attacked and targeted with about 17 hand grenades from pro-Viet Minh personnel on the pier. Although no damage or casualties were recorded, it was a fateful omen for America's involvement in Vietnam.

In the fall of 1954, MSTS ships responded to another mission in Vietnam, when ships from the nucleus fleet sailed to Haiphong to help relocate thousands of displaced refugees to the south following the signing of the Geneva Accords that separated the nation at the 17th parallel. Operation Passage to Freedom involved Navy amphibious vessels, MSTS transports, and wide array of commercially chartered vessels.
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Operations Other Than Warfare (OOTW),
In the late 1940s the US faced a new challenge, the post war peace was short lived, communist uprisings supported by the Soviet Union were breaking out across South East Asia, Africa and in Korea, the U.S. needed a way to transport weapons and advisors to nations friendly to her, and to support France in its effort to re-establish control of its colonies.
Much of the transports that had been built during WWII had been decommissioned, sold off for scrape or sold other nations after the war. We needed a small fleet, and we needed to man that fleet with men who already knew how to operate them, it would have taken years to draft, train and equip enough ships to carry out such a mission.
The answer was OOTW, take small carriers known as Escort Carriers or "Jeep" carriers out of moth ball fleets and reactivate Naval Reservist with specific skills needed to operate them.
Machinist Mates, electricians, cooks, radio operators who had served during WWII suddenly became a valuable asset, soon, a fleet was established without much fanfare or press coverage.
These small ships operated for years supplying weapons, food, and medical supplies to struggling nations fighting against well supplied communist forces also being secretly supplied by the Soviets.
Here is the story
http://www.usmm.org/msts/ootw.html
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Thanks for those two post UH. Very interesting.
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1954, Mobile Military Brothel at Dien Bien Phu

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Hermit, yes, good posts. Some points, though. First, the MDAP for Indochina wasn't signed until 23 Dec 50, so the ships would have arrived in 1951 at the earliest. Second, the Agreement was not solely between France and the U.S., but rather between the U.S. and the governments of Cambodia, France, Laos and Vietnam.

http://www.history.army.mil/books/Vi...r/law-appi.htm

Bratwurst: That photo cannot be Dien Bien Phu in 1954. First, the troops are in what we call Class A and B uniforms, i.e., for towns and cities in rear areas. Second, there are French or Vietnamese sailors in the photo. The only Navy present at DBP were those Naval Aviation personnel shot down around DBP.
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@ lirelou: THX for the correction. I just took the original caption.

December 1946, near Hanoi



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ex-IJA officer (wearing glasses) instructs his Vietminh-platoon in the use of the captured mortar during the Battle of Hanoi.

1946, Yen Bai province



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ex-IJA soldiers, now part of the Vietminh

They belonged the small number of Imperial Japanese soldiers & officers, who joined the Vietminh after Japan's surrender.

13th January 1947, Hanoi



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Representatives of the USA, UK and ROC at a meeting with Vietminh officials.

22th February 1947, Hanoi



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General Giap and other high-ranking Vietminh leaders.
January 1947, outside Hai Phong



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