The Flood of 1965
MONSOONS FLOOD BLV
CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO CONSTRUCT CHANNEL, CONTROL BLV STREAM
        One of the three outstanding events of 1965 was the
devastating flood brought by the Monsoon rains, the construction
of a channel, and the reflagging of the First Cavalry Division by
the Second Infantry Division.  These three occurrences were
actually a
meridian of time at Blue Lancer Valley.
      This year the monsoons again eroded the length of the camp
breaking concrete foundations and damaging corrugated iron walls
in a few A Company Quonsets.
 The BLV Boulevard also collapsed
to become a length of mud and asphalt debris.  A concrete channel
underwent constructed by the Corps of Engineers in order to
control a trio of branched raging streams that promised the
prevention of further flooding.
Three Tributaries
B

D
A
C
                                                                                                                            Photo by SP4 Julio Martinez, 1965
        This photo was taken from the western skirts of Easy facing southwest.  The
first stream entered from
(A) between Radio Hill and South Queen.  The second
stream entered from the gap
(B) between South Queen and The Queen.  The third
stream entered from
(C) between Easy and The Queen.  Stream B and C created a
swirling pool behind the
(D) Theater area.  All three streams merged (E) below
the A and B Company Sectors creating devastation and flooding.  
                                                                                                                            Photo by SP4 Julio Martinez, 1965
        This photo was taken from atop the tank which was located at the northwest
corner of the parade field.  The photo shows the damage caused by the flood and
the
boulevard and channel construction in progress all below the A and B Company
Sector.  Note the route of the
(A) stream from the rear gate AND the area where
the whirling waters from
(D) all entered the line company sector at (E).  
B

B

A
A
A
E
                                                                     Photo courtesy atourofduty.org by SP4 Steven Borowski, 1965
        Photo taken from western side of the stream facing northward showing the
damage caused to A and B Company Quonsets.
                                                                      Photo courtesy atourofduty.org by SP4 Steven Borowski, 1965
        This photo of the BLV stream was taken facing south toward The Flags with A
Comany at left.  Note the flood erosion of the
boulevard at right.
                                                                                                                           Photo by SP4 Julio Martinez, 1965
        Close-up flood damage photo of Company A Hooch.
                                                                                                                           Photo by SP4 Julio Martinez, 1965
        Close-up shot of another damaged hooch.
                                                                                                                           Photo by SP4 Julio Martinez, 1965
        This photo was taken facing south and up at the middle stream (B) entering
the compound from between South Queen and The Queen.  It was located east of
HHC.  Note the water tank at the top center of the picture.
B
       Although this photo was not taken at the BLV, it
shows the devastation of the 1965 Monsoon flood waters.
      Cadwaller in waist-high flood
water--Corps of Enginners 1965.
Photo provided by SP4 Steve Boroski
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