Kingsman Huey destroyed by detonated mine. "It exploded under the pilots seat, blowing him and seat through back of aircraft. I medevaced him to hospital in Phu Bai. He survived his wounds thanks to armored seat. One GI on firebase was killed when aircraft flipped on him. Mike Grisey says: I remember that mission... If it wasn't for the Door Gunner's eagle eye spotting the wires leading to mine on top of that abandoned fire base, we would have landed on top of it, and that could have been '798 blown apart... By the time we notified the ships behind us, it was too late." Photo by and comments by Tom Everhart
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.
Jan. 1970 at Fire Support Base (FSB) Chamberlin Southwest of Cu Chi: Howard Swede Ware and his M-79. "I carried a pack that had 15 extra, if that wasn't enough I had my pistol, if I burned that up I had 2 hand frags, if I burned those up, well, we picked a fight with the wrong folks....Small Bowie Knife. Smoke and frags were on the suspended web belt and harness along with 1 of 2 handguns. Carried CS rounds in my ruck for the 79." -Howard Swede Ware. Photo by Howard Swede Ware.
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.
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.