This site is dedicated to the men who operated and maintained the LARC-5
                    (army amphibious vehicle used in South Vietnam during the war years)

The below LARC-5 transportation companies were deployed to or operated in Vietnam during the war years
165th based in Thailand
344th arrived Vietnam June 1965 / inactivated on 20 October 1967 SEE NOTE #1
458th arrived Vietnam October 1966 / early 1968 the 458th traded its LARKS for the navy river patrol boat (PBR)
461st see note #2

Partial list of hull numbers

When the 344th was deactivated, some of the LARC-5s with crew were transferred to the the 458th, some with crew were sent to the165th, three LARCs, six drivers and one mechanic were transferred to the 116th Transportation company with duty of patrolling Vung Ro Bay (Thanks to Larry Kallod for this last tidbit of info)

Note#2 The 461st Transportation Company remained at Ft Story in support of units deployed to Vietnam.
(thanks to Joe Heath for this interesting bit of history)

Photo's and stories from the men of the 458th

Page One
Page Two
Don Reconnu
Old Ft Story and new Joint Expeditionary Base
458th BARC Allen Sauter from Bismark, North Dakota on far right. Somewhere around 1960 - 1962 Allen said we had two of them, the 2X and the 4X.

The 458th LARC ANNEX