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Tom Pemberton | Transportation Division, US Army Vietnam - Army

4:53   |   Landing at Tan Son Nhut air base to begin his second tour, Tom Pemberton could see flashes on the ground. It was VC fire aimed at his plane. The transportation officer had a staff job monitoring motorpools and cargo operations. Then he had a highway traffic control job in which he tried to keep convoys from running into each other.

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Vietnam
  • Tom Pemberton  |  Vietnam  |  Multiple Units  |  3:48

    His father was career Navy and Tom Pemberton was in the Naval Reserve, planning to follow in his footsteps. But he was derailed due to poor eyesight, so he wound up in the Army, which cost him five bucks every year on the Army-Navy game.

  • Tom Pemberton  |  Vietnam  |  4th Transportation Command  |  6:59

    Transportation officer Tom Pemberton's first job in Vietnam was at Tan Son Nhut Air Base taking care of cargo. Later, the Army inherited responsibility for the Saigon port from the Navy and he moved to that location. During the offloading of tanks from a ship, a crew member forgot some basic safety, with expensive results.

  • Tom Pemberton  |  Vietnam  |  4th Transportation Command  |  2:47

    Tom Pemberton was in charge of an area at the Saigon port and he recalls the sad story of a Vietnamese stevedore who wandered behind a stack of pallets for some reason.

  • Tom Pemberton  |  Vietnam  |  Multiple Units  |  5:43

    Following personal leave to attend his father's funeral, Tom Pemberton returned to Vietnam with a new assignment, auditing stevedore contracts at the Saigon port. When his time was up, he returned to the Army Reserve Advisory Group in Jacksonville. It was a good post, but there was one difficulty. It fell on this unit to notify families in Florida of a soldiers death.

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