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8 - SP5 Norm Roy - Pictures and Locations Unsure

In some cases I was not able to determine where I took the picture so these were put into this unknown location folder. The 155mm SP Artillery (Cheap Thrills and Cherry Popper) were likely located at one of the firebases I went to on a maintenance assignment. Of the two pics labeled as possible hip shoots, the one labeled Plei Mrong if indeed I ID’d it correctly does have a little story. This location was not too far from Pleiku, at least by air. I was sent their on a repair mission. As it turns out I needed a part so the radioman connected with my unit and handed me the radio. I screwed up as I spoke with my warrant officer regarding what part I needed. I referred to him by his name which was a no, no! I was supposed to use his code name, Pepsi Cola 1. A lesson learned. In late afternoon a rumor was circulating regarding a possible ground attack. My warrant officer had given me the ok to remain at this location overnight considering that the gun was inoperative until I received the part. Leaving and returning in the morning would have wasted a lot of time. A short time later the word came down that Artillery Hill’s 155mm howitzers could reach our location. This brought a few incoming rounds to zero in on our perimeter location in case the attack came. I got to sleep under a couple of Culvert halves and fortunately the VC must have decided to take the night off. I repaired the gun the following morning and caught a chopper back to Pleiku. The dead VC and Sapper foot picture also have a story. I guessed the location as Dak Pek because it was one of the few locations I visited where I wondered if I was going home in a bag. From my helmet cover I recorded a trip there sometime in 1970. Again I was on a mission to make a repair on site. I don’t recall why I could not leave the same day since I believe I finished the job. Sometime in the middle of the night there was an explosion and someone yelled “incoming”! An NCO dispatched me to a location with instructions to keep my Fx!?en head down. I got to use my M-16, possibly for one of first times while in Vietnam, other than target practice when I first arrived in country. The following morning I got to follow a couple guys to one of the barb wire perimeters. It was there that I saw the dead VC. They checked a couple other locations in the wire and stumbled upon the foot. Several days prior to my arrival they had a night probe/attack and due to the condition of the foot believed it was from that one. Later on I caught a chopper back to Pleiku. The vision of the dead VC and the foot stayed with me for quite a while. The twin 40 Duster picture reminded me of one I believe I saw at LZ Blackhawk (7/15th Artillery). I actually got to see one wherever I saw it work out and I was truly impressed! The 2 pieces of shrapnel in the pictures could have been from a number of firebases where I encountered incoming while on a repair mission. The significance of these however was the close proximity to me of the rocket or mortar which made the delivery! I picked them up and when I returned to Pleiku, drilled a hole in one of them and it was to be my necklace for a while. The shrapnel returned with me when I DEROS’d. They are still a reminder that on that day I dodged the “Grim Reaper”. I decided to take a pic of them so they could be included with my other photos.

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155mm SP-Cheap Thrills
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155mm SP-Cherry Popper
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175mm Gunpit-Unk FSB
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Family Watching Their Cattle-Unk Loc
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A Yard Village
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Chinook With Lumber
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Cobra Gunship-Unk Loc
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Dead VC-Maybe Dak Pek
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FSB Perimeter-Unk Loc
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FSB-Unk Loc
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Future Filet Mignon-Unk Loc
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Gun Pit Construction-    Unk Loc
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Gun Pit Construction-  Unk Loc-1
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Hip Shoot-Maybe Plei Mrong Area
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Hip Shoot Setting Up-Unk Loc
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Huey-Unk Location
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Mortar Or Rocket Shrapnel
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Mortar or Rocket Shrapnel-1
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Taken From Convoy-Unk River Loc
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Tank-Unk Loc
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Tank-Unk Loc-1
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The Foot Of Dead  Sapper-Maybe Dak Pek
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Twin 40's Duster-Loc Unknown
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Unk Base Location
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Unk location
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Unknown Village
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View From Gun Pit-Unk Firebse
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