Fire Support Base Chamberlain, Dec. 1969. 49 miles NW of Saigon. Close to the Cambodian border. "These guys worked hard day and night to support us outside the wire." -Vietnam Veteran. Aco 1 / 27th Wolfhounds 25th ID. Photo by Joel Richard Watkins.
Don Blanchette at Fire Support Base, Fuller - Jan 1970. In 1st Platoon "The Pioneers," 1st Battalions, 11th Inf. Regiment, 1st Brigade, 5th Inf. Div. (mech). Quang Tri Province, RVN. Photo repaired by Dan Fox
Mad minute on LZ Ike, 1968. In the Vietnam War, the "mad minute" was used to describe a drill involving intense automatic weapons fire, intended to flush out infiltrators or ambushes. The area targeted would be something which provided potential concealment for an enemy but not very good protection from projectiles, such as the vegetation line at the edge of a field, or at the edge of a cleared free fire zone around a fire base. All soldiers involved would direct the heaviest rate of continuous fire they could into that area for one minute. Photo by James Tree Machin.
May, 1970 unidentified soldiers on Fire Support Base (FSB) Gladiator. Mortared every day. Machine Gunner was wounded by one of those rounds. As I said earlier this was one ugly Firebase. Robert Henningsen adds: "My squad was first 'on the hill' when Gladiator was re-opened, Spring '70. A 'daisy cutter' was first dropped on the hill and it looked like an atomic bomb plume from the jungle floor. We were the only Grunts to 'make the top' by dusk and it was 'a long night' of 100 % guard duty on the crest. No Viet Congs showed up and we were happy to see the rest of our 2cd platoon and the boys of Company C show up in the morning." Photo by Franklin Bass.
Fire Support Bases (FSB) Fury in The Ashau. You can just barely make out the wreckage of a Huey on the left side of the photo. One of it's blades clipped a tree while we were still clearing the top of the hill and crashed. Photo by David Wayne.
Fires Support Base Field Artillery. "When I was in the field, I loved the damage the 155's wrought and when I returned to the Aid Station on Firebase Arsenal for my last 3 months I loved watching them work out." -Vietnam Veteran. Photo by Neil Doc Keddie.