Huntington, Edward, PH1

Photographer's Mate
 
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
PH-8133-EH-38 Photographic Quality Control Technician
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Photographer's Mate
Primary Unit
1982-1985, PH-8133, FICEURLANT
Previously Held NEC
PH-0000-Photographer's Mate
Service Years
1965 - 1985
PH-Photographer's Mate
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

Firefighter US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club


 Military Association Memberships
Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)Post 4809, Tidewater PostBlue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association
  1986, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1986, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 4809, Tidewater Post (Member) (Norfolk, Virginia) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2008, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association [Verified]


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
After the Navy, I thought I would like to work a few more years with the Goverment, so I become a civial service emplyee. I started my secoud career working for the Army as a 1060 still photographer, this went up to 1991, then I found myself working for the Navy again which was great, I was doing many of the things I did while on active duty.Then in 1996 I started work for the Coast Guard.All of this was in my field photography, I compleated my tweenty Years as a 1060 grade ten and retired a 2nd time in 2006.
 I now have a photography office and I still can not wait to get to work every morning.
   
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Khe Sanh, South Vietnam (FOB)
Start Year
1962
End Year
1971

Description
Khe Sanh Combat Base was a United States Marine Corps outpost in South Vietnam used during the Vietnam War. The airstrip was built in September 1962. Fighting began there in late April 1967 with the hill fights, which later expanded into the 1968 Battle of Khe Sanh. U.S. commanders hoped that the North Vietnamese Army would attempt to repeat their famous victory at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, which would permit the U.S. to wield enormous air power.

On April 1, 1968, the U.S. Army's First Air Cavalry Division launched Operation Pegasus to break the siege of the Marine combat base---the second largest battle of the war. All three brigades from the First Cav participated in this vast airmobile operation, along with a Marine armor thrust. B-52s alone dropped more than 75,000 tons of bombs on North Vietnamese soldiers from the 304th and 325th Divisions encroaching the combat base in trenches. As these two elite enemy divisions, with history at Dien Bien Phu and the Ia Drang Valley, depleted, President Johnson ordered an air and naval bombing halt to most of North Vietnam as a gesture of peace.

The defense of Khe Sanh commanded international attention and was considered the climactic phase of the Tet Offensive. On July 5, 1968, the combat base was abandoned, the U.S. Army citing the vulnerability of the base to dug-in enemy artillery positions in neutral Laos and the arrival of significant airmobile forces in I Corps (1st Air Cavalry and 101st Airborne Divisions). However, the closure permitted the 3rd Marine Division to construct mobile firebase operations along the DMZ.

In 1971, Khe Sanh was reactivated by the U.S. Army (Operation Dewey Canyon II) to support Operation Lam Son 719, the South Vietnamese incursion into Laos. It was abandoned again in early April of 1971. In March 1973, American intelligence reported that North Vietnamese troops had rebuilt the airstrip at Khe Sanh and were using it for courier flights into the South.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1967
To Year
1968
 
Last Updated:
Aug 22, 2009
   
Personal Memories
   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  39 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Armistead, Jerry, SCPO, (1956-1988)
  • Bullens, Jesse, PO3, (1964-1975)
  • Cox, Norman, SCPO, (1963-1991)
  • Dowd, Wayne, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Hecker, Leonard, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Hummel, Walter, PO1, (1954-1973)
  • Hunsaker, Robert, PO3, (1965-1971)
  • Miyake, Notch, LTJG, (1964-1968)
  • Phillips, Robert, PO2, (1965-1969)
  • Powell, Thomas, LCDR, (1965-1995)
  • Price, Carl, PO3, (1966-1969)
  • Primrose, Kenneth, PO2, (1967-1973)
  • Sutton, Thomas, SCPO, (1961-1980)
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