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2 - VIETNAM, 1969-1970. 1st Tour of duty.

On my "first" tour of duty to Vietnam I was assigned to Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion 92nd Field Artillery, in the Central Highlands on a Firebase called, DAK TO.

http://bravecannons.org/History/FireBase6.html

1969-1970. Bravo Battery occupied FB6 from January 1969 to December 1970. The 4 th ID pulled out of Dak To in January 1969 so security for FB6 was then shifted to a CIDG from Ben Het. In turn, two of our howitzer sections displaced to Ben Het in a counter-battery role. Bravo battery's missions were in support of ARVN and local indigenous forces advised by US Special Forces. Enemy activity increased these two years. The 66 th and 28 th NVA Regiments supported by PT 76 Tanks and 130mm artillery were detected moving towards Dak To from Base Area 609 in early 1969. Ben Het was struck in early March. The assault with tanks was the first of its kind in the war. Firebase 6 provided a wall of steel around Ben Het to help repel the attack. Bravo Battery's fires were so effective that the NVA launched an attack against FB6 June 11, 1969. Sappers penetrated the perimeter but were ultimately, driven back with heavy losses thanks to the courageous CIDG defenders. This occurred during the Siege of Dak To/Ben Het.

  • 3 years ago
    E. Ray Austin, DAK TO, Vietnam. Jan 1969 - Jan 1970.
    I have to ask, Where did they find a grease gun in Vietnam?
    • E. Ray Austin (Private)
      3 years ago
      I assume there were plenty of them, I think the guys on Track and Tank vehicles had them I'm not sure but I paid some GI $50 for this one and after I took it on one patrol as RTO, I sold it as soon as I got back.  It and the Ammo for it was just too heavy.
      • 3 years ago
        Thank you for the replay. For as long as my Dad was in country he never took any pictures of anything. Most of the time we wrote letters in bulk and had his friend mail them to my Mom. And when ever we asked him what he did it was a stock answer. "I was in the Navy" We knew that. I requested his service record and that was a total waste of time. It was when he went in and his duty stations and when he got out. I was hoping for a little bit more. He retired after 22 year. And we knew that he was not allowed to leave the US for 12 years after he got out. Again thank you very much.
        • E. RAY AUSTIN Premium user United States (Private)
          3 years ago
          I have heard similar comments of guys doing that with the Mail thing.  Is your Dad still alive and did he retire from the Navy, you said after 22 years I assume you meant that he had but I just wondered?  I retired from the Army after 26 years.  I'm in Virginia Beach, VA right now, we just finished a 4 day reunion with about 50 others from my Army Unit in Vietnam.  We're here to meet up with our grandson who is in the Navy here at Little Creek, VA.  SALUTE to your Dad, and if he is still alive tell him THANKS for his service.
          • 3 years ago
             Thank you He passed away in 98. He retired in 72, I was looking threw his stuff He made E-7 in 3 years then went to OCS. I know that we moved about every 9 to 12 months. And for a year we lived at the Hilton in Boston. When I asked family friends what he did they would just change the subject. When I went in the only thing he told me was not to sleep with red headed hookers in PI they could be my half sister. 26 years WOW you don't meet a lot of people that have done that much time. We had a Master Chief that was in for 45 years and I had a Sergeant Major that was in for 32. I did 8 The first 5 with the Marines then I sent me to NAS Fallon NV. 60 miles from where I grew up. I joined the Navy to get the hell out of Nevada. And after being with the Corp the Navy was not for me. I wanted to go back to FMF and I was going to be sent to China Lake CA. So I just got out. I live in Hawthorne NV now. The largest Ammo Depot in the world. We have a museum in town for all the stuff that use to be made at the base. They just got a Patton Tank it was a huge thing. I'll ask my friend there if he has any grease guns on display. I know that if you are part of a service group they will send you stuff for a display. They are always shipping out 105mm and 3in 50cal to VFWs and American Legions. They are on Facebook under Hawthorne Ordnance Museum
            • willie buttram (Private)
              1 year 9 months ago
              A lot of aussie troops carried the grease guns in vietnam
               Thank you He passed away in 98. He retired in 72, I was looking threw his stuff He made E-7 in 3 years then went to OCS. I know that we moved about every 9 to 12 months. And for a year we lived at the Hilton in Boston. When I asked family friends what he did they would just change the subject. When I went in the only thing he told me was not to sleep with red headed hookers in PI they could be my half sister. 26 years WOW you don't meet a lot of people that have done that much time. We had a Master Chief that was in for 45 years and I had a Sergeant Major that was in for 32. I did 8 The first 5 with the Marines then I sent me to NAS Fallon NV. 60 miles from where I grew up. I joined the Navy to get the hell out of Nevada. And after being with the Corp the Navy was not for me. I wanted to go back to FMF and I was going to be sent to China Lake CA. So I just got out. I live in Hawthorne NV now. The largest Ammo Depot in the world. We have a museum in town for all the stuff that use to be made at the base. They just got a Patton Tank it was a huge thing. I'll ask my friend there if he has any grease guns on display. I know that if you are part of a service group they will send you stuff for a display. They are always shipping out 105mm and 3in 50cal to VFWs and American Legions. They are on Facebook under Hawthorne Ordnance Museum

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