The wave

The wave

By: sidney crews

I can’t remember if this took place in late 67 or early 68 . I was walking point on a road sweep headed towards Liberty Bridge .We had just left 4 corners from Hill 37 I was with H&S Co 3/7 Ammo tech. We were about half way to the Bridge. As I remember to the south of the road the tree line was about a hundred meters. On the left side the tree line seemed to be about 400 to 500 meters. The terrain was all flat ,old rice paddies. Sweeps can go pretty slow because the Engineers were always finding something. We had stopped and as I was standing there I noticed to to the north (left side of road ) all theses animals were coming out of the tree line .My first reaction was. Hey! something is causing this that shouldn’t be. Then I saw something I’ll never forget. Of course, I couldn’t tell right off . This took place within a minute. A line of water about 2 to 3 ft high came out of the tree line doing about 5 knots give or take a few and seemed to take up the whole horizon . The road we were on was about 20 meters high. Within a minute the wave had hit the road with such force it splashed up on me. In the mean time it’s like a chinese fire drill trying to get back to the hill. Within an hour the the whole hill is surrounded by water. The old bridge at the village of Dai Loc, the river ran at least 30 meters under the the span . After this happen the river was just a few meters under the bridge. For three days we couldn’t get off the hill until the water subsided. Nobody had ever seen or heard of this happening. Years later I was looking at an old Leatherneck magazine and there was an article about what took place. This phenomena takes place about ever 4 to 5 years .The waters from the snow , rain accumulate in the mountains then all of a sudden runs down into the valley. It was a sight to see .Did anybody else remember this. Semper Fi my friends. Sid Crews 3/7 November 66 thru July 68

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  • sandra schwartz cawley

    great picture would like to see pictures of the fort in april or may of 1965 also would like to hear from anyone who knew Mess Sggt wayne g Schwartz–he was in charge of the mess—we have all details of his death but would like to have some personal rememberance any one can/will share thanks—


  • GEORGE BAKER ( GEORGE OF THE BUSH )

    I WAS AT A PLACE THAT WAS CALLED THE OLD FRENCH FORT. WE HAD POSITIONS ALL AROUND THE FORT. THE LT’ & RADIOMAN & HIGHER UPS WERE IN THE FORT AND WE GUARDED THEM. WE GOT HIT ONE NIGHT IS ALL I REMEMBER. NEVER SAW THE WATER. I’VE BEEN TO HILL 37–55–AND 10 WAS OUR REAR. WE WOULD ROTATE FROM THE FORT/ THE BUSH/AND COBB BRIDGE/ THIS WAS IN 69 WITH 1/26 MARINES. THEN IN 70 THE 26TH GOT SENT BACK TO THE WORLD AND I GOT SENT TO 3/5 IN AN HOA.I ALSO WAS POINT AND WE DID MINE SWEEPS,ETC. ON OUR ROAD SWEEP I WAS POINT AND THE TWO MINE DECTORS WERE BEHIND ME.


  • Barry

    How close to the coast was it? Seems sort of late in the year for snow melt. Didn’t have access to the magazine article. Could it have been a dam collapse or a small tsunami! Flash floods can come from a distance where rain water over an area funnels into a smaller area causing a rapid rise in water level. Just some thoughts on the subject. Semper Fi!


  • Terminal L/Cpl Surface

    I have photos of before and during the monsoon flood at a bridge (later named Golden Gate) just downhill from Hill 55(?). I was operating the water point there for 1st Eng’rs. The water rose 35ft overnight taking out two of our pumps. I heard outlying patrols were stranded on small islands with VC where both sides had an unofficial truce during the flood. I think Kilo 3/7 were bridge security. Semper Fi Mac!


  • Harry

    Hey Sid. I was told that there was a major flood event early Oct 67 before I arrived Did much damage all over.totally destroyed the one operating ferry and,took away some more of the already destroyed bridge. Harry


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