AID Agency for International Development
AM2  Aluminum matting used on airstrips
Bailey bridge  A bridge designed for rapid construction from interchangeable latticed steel panels that are coupled with steel pins
"Buddy System" Program initiated in 1969 which placed South Vietnamese units under U.S. unit sponsorship for on-the-job training
C-123 Cargo-transport aircraft
C-130 Cargo-transport aircraft
CEDAR FALLS Joint operation carried out by the 1st and 25th Infantry Divisions, 173d Airborne Brigade, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and South Vietnamese Army units against Viet Cong Military Region 4 headquarters in the Iron Triangle, 8-26 January 1967
CONARC United States Continental Army Command
CONUS   Continental United States
DeLong pier Prefabricated pier used extensively in South Vietnam in developing port quays and ships' berths; these piers could be installed quickly and reclaimed when no longer needed
ESSAYONS Operation in which the 62d Engineer Battalion phased into Phan Rang, September 1965
Hardstand Hard-surfaced area for parking an airplane or a surface vehicle or supplies
Horizontal construction Engineering term to differentiate construction activities at or near ground level from those associated with structural or finish work normally above ground; included are earthmoving, pav-


Horizontal construction (continued) ing, and simple drainage features involving much heavy equipment but few building trade skills
Huey  UH-1D helicopter
JUNCTION CITY Operation conducted in War Zone C (Tay Ninh Province) and bordering provinces by twenty-two U.S. battalions and four South Vietnamese Army battalions, elements of the U.S. 1st, 4th, and 25th Infantry Divisions, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and 173d Airborne Brigade, 22 February-14 May 1967
LST Landing ship, tank
MACV  United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam
One-Buck  Code designation for units held in readiness in the United States for deployment on 48-hour notice
PEGASUS Operation conducted by the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) with U.S. Marine and Vietnamese Army airborne battalions to relieve the siege of Khe Sanh, 1-15 April 1968
POL Petroleum, oils, and lubricants
Red ball system Shipping system designed to expedite the movement of specific urgently needed items from the United States to Vietnam
Rome Plow  Specially equipped bulldozer capable of heavy-duty land clearing
Seabees  Navy construction battalions
STRAF United States Strategic Army Forces
SWITCHBLADE Joint project begun on 15 December 1969 in which three Vietnamese land clearing companies were assigned to the U.S. 62d Engineer Battalion for training and deployed with their counterparts to War Zone C for forty-five days of land clearing operations in support of various U.S. combat units


T17 membrane A tough, rubberized fabric used as an expedient airfield surfacing material on runways, taxiways, and parking areas
USARV United States Army, Vietnam
Vertical construction Engineering term to differentiate construction activities above ground level from those associated with earthmoving or paving; it includes efforts by carpenters, masons, steelworkers, plumbers, electricians, and other building tradesmen. Vertical construction is characterized by high commitment of manpower and hand tools while horizontal construction employs a preponderance of heavy equipment.


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