There doesn't seem to be very much about Artillery units stationed in Northern I Corps.Keep up the good work. 2nd Battalion, 5th Battalion, 2d Air Defense Artillery Lineage Constituted 3 March 1847 in the Regular Army as Company M, 2d Regiment of Artillery Organized 12 March 1847 Reorganized and redesignated 13. hyperlink for your unit on this page. Unit Crest (Conjuncti Stamus) 28th Field Artillery Regiment. HSB, 5th of 16th Artillery June 1969 - June 1970 Sir, My father William Ralph Francis passed away on 06 JUNE 2018 and I found many photos of his firebase in Vietnam. and 155-mm. My dad volunteered for Vietnam in 1968 and we stayed in Munich, Germany while he was there (Central Highlands, Pleiku, Da Nang, Nah Tran, etc). You will find their stories incorporated into the appropriate areas. Mostly though we were all E3s or E4s. 16 November 1965 - 21 June 1972 This article is about the US regiment. Driving the jeep for the Lt also created a memorable moment. Frank's Facebook Page. 108th Artillery Group. . 2nd Bn, 17th Arty (105-155, T) Sgt. This created varying ways. When we returned to Bad Kreuznach I was called to the Battery Commanders office. Learn more about featured topics of the Vietnam War and Vietnam Era. of the webmaster for full details, Fire 1st Bn, 77th Arty (105, T) For the field artillery these capabilities were critical because the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong were elusive, used hit-and-run tactics, and engaged the Americans and their allies at close distance with the idea of negating their superiority in artillery, helicopter, and tactical air support. Encouraged by the deaths of Ngo Dinh Diem, the premier of South Vietnam, and President Kennedy, North Vietnam intensified its political and military offensive against South Vietnam in At the beginning of the reporting period the 5th Bn 42d Artillery was designated as the US Artillery Control Headquarters for Long Binh Special Zone. Our first formation was 7:30 instead of 6. Battalion, 27th Artillery TWS is the largest online community of Veterans existing today and is a powerful Veteran locator. . For many Americans the offensive symbolized the senseless destruction of the war. Contact: Contact: Dennis Be From 9 to 10:30 we had section training and in FDC that meant running through our computations and cleaning our gear. howitzers because of their rapid- The best was the softball team, we had two very good pitchers, one was a man named Moses and the other was Captain Gardner. We were there from Fall 1966 - Feb/Mar 1968. I used to play with Earl (deceased) behind their house in the bomb craters left over from WW II. World War II: Normandy (with arrowhead); Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe, Vietnam: Counteroffensive, Phase II; Counteroffensive, Phase III; Tet Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase IV; Counteroffensive, Phase V; Counteroffensive, Phase VI; Tet 69/Counteroffensive; Summer-Fall 1969; Winter-Spring 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase VII; Consolidation I; Consolidation II; Cease-Fire, Operation Iraqi Freedom: Liberation of Iraq, 2003; Transition of Iraq, 2003-2004; Iraqi Governance, 2004-2005; National Resolution, 2005-2006; Iraqi Surge, 2007-2008; Iraqi Sovereignty, 2009-2010, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan): Consolidation III, 2010-2011; Transition I, 2011-2011, This page was last edited on 16 January 2023, at 07:04. Great snackbar and a big ballroom and formal bar upstairs. From there, the Battalion moved to Los Negros and, in February, on to Admiralty Islands. There are pictures of convoys, survey crew at work, trips to London, Paris and Amsterdam, scenes of Germany during our surveying, and of BK. Enemy tactics compelled the resumption of small unit actions, ranging from squad- to company-size. The battle at X-Ray carried on over the next two days. Photos - Vietnam War My first assignment was in the radar group, which didnt last very long. + 8-inch H SP (M110), 5th Battalion, 2nd Artillery Using this as protection, the Americans then pushed towards the North Vietnamese, who retreated. After lunch we had an hour of motor stables followed by either more section training or R&R. There were also a few officers and large numbers of enlisted men who were transferred to the Battalion when the "Pentomic" reorganization took place. The vision of VVMF is to ensure a society in which all who have served and sacrificed in our nation's Armed Forces are properly honored and receive the recognition they justly deserve. Battalion, 20th Artillery Although FADAC did not eliminate the need for manual computation for backup capability, it greatly altered the field artillerys performance in Vietnam. It looks like the picture was of an inspection or something. 8" Howitzer and 175mm gun By the early 1960s North Vietnam had a formidable army that had been organized, equipped, and trained alongChinese lines and that relied upon stealth and foot mobility. 2nd Bn, 320th Arty (105, T) My father, LTC Henry Ewell (Hank) Strickland, Jr. (deceased 12/20/2012) was commander of 6th Battalion, 9th Artillery (175 mm Self-Propelled howitzers) which was at Rivers Barracks in Giessen, Germany. I also have some general information about the 280mm Gun, including a photo copy of the pamphlet "Test of the 280mm Gun" published by the Artillery Center in May, 1953. Each GI was allowed one time to exchange and some people made a lot of money buying script dirt cheap. on the organization of Field Artillery in Vietnam. In mid-afternoon aerial and tube artillery and tactical air support joined the fight. I remember going to Grafenwoehr for some sort of Family weekend and my Dad was wearing his .45 cal Colt M1911A1 and ear plugs. Arriving at the 264th in Bad Kreuznach I started one of the best experience and times of my life. . It served in Iraq in 2003-2004 and in 2011, numbering among the last American troops in Iraq at that time. He was 18 years-old. 3rd Bn, 82nd Arty, 196th Inf Bde (105, T) While tube artillery was adjusted on a target, aerial artillery orbited as near as possible. 62 The following year, Picou explained in MilitaryReview, From the division artillery viewpoint, the most significant outcome of this campaign [Ia Drang] was the use of aerial artillery.63 Aerial artillery gunships flew to the scene and were able to locate and attack enemy forces. This test culminated in the firing of the first atomic round at Frenchman's Flat firing range in Nevada, by the Officers and men (and one gun) of the 867th FA Bn. Outside of aerial artillery, the 1st Cavalrys field artillery provided minimal support. commands used in artillery fire missions The North Vietnamese hit Columbus with mortar and machine gun fire on 18 November and battled the Americans at several other locations, but the fighting at Albany marked the last of major combat in the Ia Drang. They verified the need to get as much firepower on the enemy as quickly as possible and to use artillery and air strikes simultaneously. At the end of the eight weeks a high percentage of the troops were assigned to the 264th FA Btl in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. This may help you find your friend from the war! Heavily armed helicopter gunships entered the fray, while the two batteries at Landing Zone Falcon and two at Landing Zone Columbus laid down a devastating shield ot iron. In these cases, the movement was done by CH-54 Skycrane helicopters (Sikorsky Tarhe) or for long moves (like from Ban Me Thuot to Pleiku) with C-130 cargo planes. 1st Bn, 82nd Arty (155, T/8-in, SP), 2nd Bn, 319th Arty (105, T) I remember comming back from Earl Magathan's house or the Post snack bar many times and the gate out of the motor pool was closed. 2nd Bn, 13th Arty (105, T) In the meantime, North Vietnam built a military force to gain control of Vietnam. 1st Bn, 7th Arty (105, T) 52nd Artillery Group Oh by the way, when we left, quite a number of C ration cases just happened to fall of the back of the truck. stories or thoughts on the subject, please contact me . 6/15th's AO, and IV Corps included the Mekong Delta and the southernmost parts of While the officer provided guidance to improve overall unit effectiveness, the noncom- missioned officer assisted the battalion operations officer and operations noncommissioned officer in training firing batteries and gun sections. Also, the war compelled the field artillery to adapt to fight a small-unit war, but it never abandoned its faith in massing fire. Contact: Dante' Once we sat on the Fulda Gap near the East German border in concentric circles with half of the 7th Army. James Strange B Btry Why his arm did not fall off is amazing, he pitched 6 games in five days. Although the Americans faced soldiers with a different set of values, they produced a better led and trained South Vietnamese artillery by 1965 than the one encountered in 1961. The dentist put them in a cast, but could not save the left front one. 2nd & 3rd Howitzer Batteries, 11th ACR please contact the webmaster so we can insert a The 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment is an air defense artillery regiment of the United States Army, first constituted in the Regular Army as the 7th Regiment of Artillery on 8 March 1898. They suspended the ammunition and the howitzer beneath the helicopter by means of a double-sling system to allow the transportation of a complete firing section. Goodman was FDC section chief. It was later the base camp for the 9th Infantry Division from January 1967 until the division moved to ng Tm Base Camp near M Tho in late 1967. howitzers and the rapid response of aerial artillery signified important changes in tactics. I realized why when we hit a storm in the North Atlantic and spent three days at sea anchor during which time we were feeding 85 troops that could still eat. All us kids were issued dog-tags with our name and my Dad's serial number on them) instead of Army ID cards, which we were used to having back in the States. Their 6:30 signoff was: If the good Lords willing and the creeks dont rise, we'll see you in the morning at 6:05.". 7th Bn, 15th Arty (8-in/175) The Battalion Exec, a Major Stein was the only man in his West Point class who was still a Major or the last of his class to make Major. It was some kind of Battery test so the radar crew was given a truck load of C rations and stuck in a remote site away from the rest of the unit. The first, second and fifth road wheel stations have a hydraulic shock absorber. As a part of the advanced course, student officers received instruction at the Artillery and Guided Missile School and the Air Defense School at Fort Bliss, Texas. It seems they needed to replace the man who did the calculations during the surveys and the review of my schooling made me their choice. I impacted some girl's forehead with my front teeth. [Taken from]. Contact the webmaster for more details. DUI DI Crest 250th Support Battalion . 12 midnight curfew and you had to wear Class As or a jacket and tie. [Photo] M114 howitzer of C Battery, 5th Battalion, US 42nd Artillery Regiment at Fire Suppor Base Thu Thua, Vietnam, date unknown, photo 1 of 2 | World War II Database World War II Database M114 howitzer of C Battery, 5th Battalion, US 42nd Artillery Regiment at Fire Suppor Base Thu Thua, Vietnam, date unknown, photo 1 of 2 Provisional agreements reached at Geneva, Switzerland, prevented this, divided the country at the seventeenth parallel, and scheduled reunification to come through a general election in July 1956. For the military Tet presented a golden opportunity to crush the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese because they were weakened by that great effort. if there isn't one already -- it's easy! Mike Pastula, Battery F, 16th Artillery During this period I also served as Asst S-2, with duties as Custodian of all Special Weapons, Special Weapons transports, and Bn SW classified documents. As the fighting grew hotter, the 1st Cavalry quickly concentrated by using the helicopters mobility, defeated the North Vietnamese, and forced them to retreat. We were paid in "Script." Contact: Contact E. Thomas, Battery E, 82nd Artillery For the Canadian regiment, see, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment (Lanark and Renfrew Scottish), RCA, Learn how and when to remove this template message, 1st Battalion 42nd Field Artillery Regiment (United States), 2nd Battalion 42nd Field Artillery Regiment (United States), 3rd Battalion 42nd Field Artillery Regiment (United States), 4th Battalion 42nd Field Artillery Regiment (United States), 5th Battalion 42nd Field Artillery Regiment (United States), 6th Battalion 42nd Field Artillery Regiment (United States),,, As his article indicated, he believed that the field artillery had made a significant break- through with aerial artillery because it provided effective support to airmobile units. 5th Bn, 42nd Arty (155, T) Arty Stories - Vietnam 7th Bn, 9th Arty (105, T) Dennis, 6th The shells indicate the nature of the organization and with the bendlets produce the numerical designation of the organization. Ballowe, Quads (attached to Americal If you didnt go to town the EM club at The Depot was first rank. of artillery units in Vietnam Yet, separating the two artilleries had little impact upon the Artillery and Guided Missile School, which was renamed the Field Artillery School, because it was already focusing its energies on field artillerymatters and not air defense artillery. The 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery deployed in January 1991 for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, joining in the largest artillery raid ever conducted. PHEONS", 1st Battalion, 8th Artillery I rotated home and was discharged October 11, 1956. In Giessen places like the Florida Bar, the Pilshaus, the Pilsner Bar were the EM hangouts. 3rd Bn, 16th Arty (155, T) The 265th had a massive turnover of Officers and men during my 36 month posting to the Battalion. We were assigned the task of burying trig marks (a piece of rebar in concrete) in the intersections of all the dirt roads in our part of Germany. Gun crews concentrated their fire around the landing zone. "THE Exploiting new field pieces coming off production lines and FADAC and dust- ing off forgotten techniques, field artillerymen delivered unprecedented accurate fire to shatter enemy attacks and seal off the battlefield and showed their ability to furnish huge quantities of fire. I remember going for the parade day thing and a change of command ceremony. Division), 4th Battalion, 60th Artillery Following the closing of the Seacoast Artillery School in 1950 and dis- banding of coast artillery units or converting them to field or antiaircraft artillery that same year, only field and antiaircraft artillery (called air defense artillery after 1957) existed as part of the Armys artillery. Each field artillery advisory team included an officer, generally a captain, and a senior noncommissioned officer and was assigned to an artillery battalion in South Vietnamese divisions and corps. Even though Army doctrine still called for fire and maneuver, practice in Vietnam differed con- siderably. The days were pretty much the same so we looked forward to being in the field. The 1st Cavalry had the capability to maneuver their artillery aggressively on the battlefield to destroy the enemy and refused to allow difficult terrain to hinder delivering huge amounts of firepower upon enemy positions. I remember his sons (Kurt - my brothers age) and Greg (my age) and their dachshund (Herman). John Howard, 1st Battalion, 83rd Artillery I have adopted the outline format used by Major General David Ewing Ott in his book published by the Department of the Army in 1975 titled Vietnam Studies, Field Artillery 1954-1973. 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He was hospitalized at Long Binh Post in Bien Hoa Province, RVN, when on September 30, 1971, he suffered a fatal heart attack as a consequence of his illness. Phillip Jordan, 3rd Battalion, 319th Artillery By 1967 only a foolhardy or a desperate commander would ever engage the enemy by any means other than firepower. The pressure to end integrated training and form field artillery and air defense artillery as two distinct combat arms branches mounted. "Out of sight, out of mind.". 5th Battalion, 42nd Artillery 2nd Battalion, 13th Artillery 3rd Battalion, 197th Artillery 6th Battalion, 15th Artillery 6/15th Artillery 'DEADLY' Four 175mm's at 1st Infantry's Saigon University staging area November 18, 1965, when the 2/32d 175mm's arrived in Vietnam. Most commanders concluded that the overriding lesson of 1965-66 was the importance of firepower. david portnoy house montauk,