174th Assault
Helicopter Company

Shark hootch under construction, probably in early December 1967. Left to right is W01 Jacobson, W01 Magno, W01 Doersam, and W01 Calloway. Note the number of 4x6" beams that will support the three layers of perforated steel planking (PSP) and three layers of sandbags. The hootch was built entirely by the Shark pilots, and they never vacated the area as it was "converted" from tent to hootch. The construction was done around everyone's living areas and personal items. See the 1968 entry "New Shark Hootch" for additional description of the hootch. (Photo by Jim McDaniel, 1967)