Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hell on Wheels

Basic training, Fort Campbell, Ky.

As a squad leader during artillary training at Fort Sill, Ok., I knew I would be joining the 2 nd Armored Division - "Hell on Wheels ".

My new uniform of the day !

Loading the 105. The large projectile could travel as far as 7 miles with a full charge.

Quad 50's. 50 caliber machine gun fire at night.

Adding on to our quarters.

We had a kitchen

We had a laundry room.

The limits of my world for a year.Fire Support Base 4 - 11.

Airial shot from a supply chopper.

The roads leading to our base were so heavily mined, all of our food, supplies, mail and other nessesities had to come by helicopter.

Other equipment arrived via the " flying crane ".

Another view of " home".

A rare, quiet break.

Attack on a near by fire base in the middle of the night.

Good morning Vietnam

Fire Support Base 4-11

Duc Pho, Vietnam 1970

My home for a year.

Every morning, for a year, I woke to see the outline of a 105 mm howitzer as the sun rose behind it, and prayed I'd wake up to see it the next day


  1. What branch of the service were you in?

  2. I was in the ARMY.
    2ND Armored Division
    D Battery
    6/11 Artillary

    I'm going to try to get a few more pics up.

  3. Those wouldn't be the Quartz Mountains in Altus, OK., would they? I was stationed there in the Air Force. We had soldiers from Ft. Sill come to our base on maneuvers.

    Thank you for your service!

  4. Thank you not only for your blog, but also for giving of yourself and serving in the Army. You were in at at time when the military was not popular (to say the least), so I wanted to take this time to say thank you so very much for doing what was asked of you and for coming back and writing your Tribe blog.

  5. Hitman - No, that was all Vietnam. May have been around there on maneuvers during training though.

    James - Thank you ! I will start following your blog. I may have some cards you need and I'm working on Obak myself !