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     550th Signal Company
       Yearbook for 1971-1972
Can Tho Army Airfield, Vietnam

Copy from: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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  550th Sig Co
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The 550th Signal Company was activated in Vietnam in March of 1970. 

  The 550th Signal Company was activated in the Can Tho area on Oct. 10, 1971. 

ribon-tack-13x13.gif (113 bytes)  Upon its activation in Can Tho, the 550th controlled the following communications facilities in the area:     Note: A Thanks to Fred Sloviko for the info!

 1. Can Tho Army Airfield Com Center
 2. Autosevocom
(Secure Voice Switching)
 3. Can Tho Carrier
 4. Can Tho Tandem Switch
 5. Flood Switch
(Voice communications)
 6. Can Tho Mars Station
 7. DRAC Com Center
(Delta Regional Assistance Command)
 8. Vinh Long, Ca Mau and Chi Lang Com Centers
 9. Chi Lang and Long Xuyen Carrier
(Com to the 
 MACV Advisory Team and Ranger units)

10. Sa Dec Carrier
11. Sa Dec, Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, and Rach Gia ICS Sites

  With the stand-down of the US forces in Vietnam during 1972 the 550th was detached from the 39th Signal Battalion as it returned to Europe.

  Then the 550th was detached from the 1st Signal Brigade as the 1st deployed to Korea.

The then STRATCOM is now US ASC.  This left the 550th Signal Company strategically remaining in Vietnam and reporting to HQ STRATCOM at Fort Huachuca Arizona until it was deactivated in Vietnam in March of 1973.  

The then STRATCOM is now US ASC.   After the departure of the 1st Sig. Brigade the 550th Sig. Co. members were authorized to replace the 1st Signal Brigade unit patch with the STRATCOM unit patch as their overseas unit patch.   Note: The then STRATCOM is now the US ASC.

 The 550th Signal Company and its active members were awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation.

Note: The 550th Sig Co has been reactivated.
Please see the Note at the bottom.

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The 550th site is being kicked off with photos graciously furnished by Rick Stayner.  Rick and I were members of the 550th Signal Company at Can Tho Airfield in 1972/73 and we lived in the same hooch while there.
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Sgt. Gordan 1. This picture is of Sgt. Jordan and Babbitt, just outside of the 550th Signal Company Office.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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550th sign on one of the Company hooches 2. A 550th Signal Company Enlisted Mans barracks sign, outside of one of our hooches.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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Corporal 3. A picture of Corporal, our hooch mascot, standing guard on the porch.  Fred Sloviko and Jim Miller stayed in the same hooch before Rick and I were in there and Fred said Corporal was there with him then.
  This picture is from the corner hooch.  The road leading towards the horizon led towards the PX and then with a right and left out the front gate of the base. On this road, behind the white building was the Comm. Center, our Company Office, the bank and the Hospital.
  The road leading to the right went to the air tower, as in the photo below.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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The Air Tower and the side of our hooch. 4. From the same corner hooch area but this photo is facing towards the Air Tower.  The tower is the white building in the distance. 
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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TV relay tower 5. The relay tower.   The Comm. Center is the roof just to the right of the tower.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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Company party and cookout 6. This was a Company R&R cookout and party one Sunday afternoon.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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another shot of the party 7. Another shot of the party.   I guess you can see from this photo why everyone was muddy in the photo above.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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Our Company truck 8. Our Company truck.  I think Rick and Hart drove this quiet a bit.  There was a deuce and a half too, that I also remember riding guard on a few times for hand carried message traffic to the compound down town.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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 9.  550th Signal Company sign, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 10.  Close-up of the 550th Signal Company sign, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 11.  Another close-up of the 550th Signal Company sign, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 12.  Barrack area, 550th Signal Company, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 13.  Barrack area, 550th Signal Company, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 14.  Restricted area, Can Tho, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 15.  Religious Services sign, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 16.  Signal tower, near 550th Comm. Center and Orderly room, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 17.  Signal tower, near 550th Comm. Center and Orderly room, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 18.  Signal tower, near 550th Comm. Center and Orderly room, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 19.  Signal tower, near 550th Comm. Center and Orderly room, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 20.  Generator sign, 550th Signal Company area, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 21.  Mail drop, 550th Signal Company area, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 22.  Supply area, 550th Signal Company area, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 23.   550th Signal Company area, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 24.   550th Signal Company area, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 25.   550th Signal Company area, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 26.   550th Signal Company area, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71-72.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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 27.   Christmas presents, Can Tho Army Airfield, 71.
Photo by: Paul Dashnaw 1971-72
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The 550th Today!
The 550th Signal Company was reactivated 1991 in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia as part of the 54th Signal Battalion and is under the 11th Signal Brigade, Fort Huachuca Arizona today.
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