I AMA Vietnam Veteran – US Army from 1965-1969, Vietnam tour: November 1967- November 1968.
My branch of the army was the US Army Security Agency (ASA), we were actually tasked, given our mission, by the NSA and were the military arm of the NSA. Basic training at Fort Jackson South Carolina, basic training company B-10-2. Advanced training was six months at Fort Devens, Massachusetts being trained as a Morse Intercept Operator, Military MOS: O5H (known in the ASA as a Dittybopper or Hawg). Spent two and a half years at Torii Station Okinawa with the 51st Special Operations Command intercepting Chinese army and diplomatic radio communications and one year in Vietnam as a member of the 856th Radio Research Detachment (cover name for ASA units in Vietnam) working as a member of a two-man Radio Direction Finding (RDF) team (one of three teams) attached to the 199th Light Infantry Brigade doing short-range radio direction finding (MOS O56 known as a Duffy) on fairly close enemy radio transmissions. We lived in the field with the infantry 40 to 60 days at a stretch, then would retire to our home base (Brigade Main Base, BMB, at Long bien army base for resupply (and a huge drunk). Typically we would be in BMB for two or three days and then redeploy to the bush for another 40-60 day deployment. Ask away!
OMG... Thank you all for making this a fun IAMA for me. It is late here and I must retire to me bed. I have not answered all of your questions, sorry, but I will answer all I can beginning tomorrow morning. Thank you again and good night.
This thing is done, I have attempted to answer all questions. If I missed you, sorry. I had much fun, even you little shits with the weird remarks were fun. Thank you, ALL.