5th Maint Bn (DS)

 

5th Maintenance Battalion
(Direct Support)
Arrived Vietnam: 28 April 1965
Departed Vietnam: 15 November 1970
Previous Station: Fort Sill
Authorized Strength 1966 1968 1970
HHC 249 351 277
The 5th Maintenance Battalion (Direct Support) initially provided the nucleus of the U.S. Army Support Command Qui Nhon upon arrival in Vietnam. It was at that time an Ordnance Battalion (changing designation in July 1966). The battalion handled direct support and repair parts supply to units in the Qui Nhon - An Khe - Bong Son area. In 1968 [1967] the battalion was relocated to Phu Tai where it became a component of the 593d General Support Group on 1 June 1968 [after November 1968].
Sources: Vietnam Order of Battle by Shelby L. Stanton, p. 206 and [in red] - 5th Maint Bn Web Site
Unit Crest Heraldry: U.S. Army Heraldic Crests by Barry Jason Stein, p.185 - and/or - 5th Maint Bn Web Site  Special mention should be given to Michelle Clinton Shearn, daughter of Richard Clinton of 5th Maintenance, who created the unit crest computer graphic shown above. Thank you Michelle.

5th Maintenance Battalion (DS) Organizational Chart

CLICK ON MOST OF THE UNITS BELOW FOR 5TH MAINT BN WEB SITE PICTURES AND INFO

Source: from Safron S. Canja thru Stephen C. Uchniat to Greg Chew at the 5th Maint Bn Web Site. The end date of this chart is probably around July 1968 when the 554th was consolidated with MSC. This chart is only for a certain time period in the history of 5th Maintenance. Other pages on this site will show a more complete listing of all units and the structure of the battalion as it progressed through the course of the whole Vietnam conflict.

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