Soldiers In A Dismantled Bunker To Escape Howitzer Rounds
Thomas Berry Corbin (lower left looking up with bandaged finger Tom was Killed in Action 1/1/1968). Robert Lindsey, Charles Ford, Marshall Pickel, Curtis Hines and Flossie Riels are in a partially dismantled bunker to escape the mayhem of 3,600 of our own 105mm Howitzer rounds lighting off at knee level in all directions. December 9, 1967, Fire Support Base Grant, Loc Ninh, Republic of Vietnam. Photograph by Sgt. Christopher Gaynor.
175mm tracked howitzer. Photo by Jim Lundy, a Cobra pilot a Scout Door Gunner with the Scout Platoon, D-Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin, email@example.com http://www.dtroop.com/
A US 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer at Fire Support Base Coral
Gunner Fred Bowden, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery, 12th Field Regiment, astride a US 155mm self-propelled howitzer at Fire Support Base Coral, 1968. Some US artillery was seconded to the Australians at Coral. [Image courtesy of Fred Bowden] We were all overwhelmed by the sheer size of the American effort. We had an army of 35,000, we had no idea that that’s the size of just one of their manoeuvre units! They would do tremendous feats of logistics, like they actually made the highway from Vung Tau to the main road of Saigon. They had flotillas of machine that just laid down asphalt on basically sand, you know, and did it well. They had squadrons of boats coming over with goods. They had whole supermarkets dotted around the country that held stationery items and hygiene equipment and stuff that units need to operate, and you wouldn’t need to sign for anything. You’d just walk through with a shopping trolley and take what you needed. Of course most Australians would sign ‘E. Kelly’ and the bills never, ever got back to Canberra… The effort and the logistics were just incredible and a day didn’t go by that we weren’t gobsmacked by yet another American excess.
High above Phuoc Tuy Province a 105mm Howitzer of the Australian 12th Field Regiment hangs under the cargo inspection hatch of a United States Chinook helicopter on its way from a Fire Support Base back to Nui Dat.