604th Unit History
Most of this comes from personal recollections, hung those on a general outline gathered from semi-
The 604th was formed at Ft. Campbell, KY, in August, 1965 (re-
In February, 1966, fresh from Christmas leave, and now under the command of MAJ George Cote, the unit flew to Oakland, CA, boarded the USS Nelson M. Walker, and sailed for Vietnam. They arrived at Qui Nhon on March 6th.
According to Hernan Jaso, an original unit member, when the unit arrived, they came ashore in Landing Craft and did a full beach assault ... landing craft doors dropping and troops running through the water and hitting the beach in firing positions ... only to be stared at incredulously by sun bathers in their lawn chairs. An auspicious beginning.
A small contingent of men then flew to Camp Holloway, at Pleiku, to begin preparing the new company area for the main body arrival, which occurred approximately a week later, by convoy on QL19, the first unit trip through the Mang Yang and An Khe passes. The men then literally created the unit out of nothing, except a road grid and perimeter line that had been layed out by a survey crew. Hernan's description of those days can be found here ... and there are photos here.
(Interesting side note: MAJ Cote was apparently a very straight-
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