Seabee 71 in Chu Lai

Memoir of a Navy Journalist with a Mobile Construction Battalion, 1967

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About the Book

Hoping to stay out of Vietnam, David Lyman joined the U.S. Naval Reserve to avoid the draft. By the summer of 1967 he found himself with a SeaBee unit on a beach in Chu Lai. A reporter in civilian life, he was assigned to Military Construction Battalion 71 as a photojournalist, documenting the lives of the hard-working and harder-drinking U.S. Navy SeaBees as they engineered the infrastucture of war—roads, runways, heliports and base camps for troops on the edges of the conflict. He was also shot at, almost blown up by a road mine, spent nights in a mortar pit as rockets bombarded a nearby Marine runway, and rode along on convoys through Viet Cong territory to photograph villages outside “The Wire.” The stories and photographs Lyman published as editor of the battalion’s newspaper, The Transit, form the basis of his memoir.

About the Author(s)

David H. Lyman is a writer, photographer and entrepreneur. He left the Navy to become a newspaper and magazine editor. In 1973, he founded The Maine Photographic Workshops, and built his summer school into an international conservatory for the world’s photographers, filmmakers, writers and media producers. It is located in Rockport, Maine, and continues today as

Bibliographic Details

David H. Lyman

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 130 photos, maps, glossary, appendix
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7844-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3688-7
Imprint: McFarland