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2 - VIETNAM, Jan 1969 to Jan 1970. My first 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.

My Artillery Unit website tells of the Battle of Dak To: http://bravecannons.org/History/FireBase6.html

The 299th Engineers have a really good description of the "Siege of Dak To" May thru July of 1969: http://www.war-stories.com/dk-siege-of-dak-to-gearhart-murphy-1969.htm

SIEGE OF DAK TO: MAY THRU JULY, 1969 By Ed Murphy: http://www.returntodakto.com/blog/2015/10/19/link-to-historian-ed-murphys-excerpt-on-the-siege-of-dak-to

Another good story about DAK TO: http://digitaledition.qwinc.com/publication/?i=97710&article_id=955946&view=articleBrowser&ver=html5#%22issue_id%22:97710,%22view%22:%22articleBrowser%22,%22article_id%22:%22955946%22}

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.

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VIETNAM Magazine covering the Battle of DAK TO, 1969
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A1 - LIFE Magazine story about an NVA ambush outside of DAK TO, 1969
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A2-LIFE Magazine pictures of NVA ambush outside DAK TO
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A6-Dead Americans recovered from ambush are brought back to DAK TO
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A7-DAK TO 1969 -Dead and wounded seeking Medical help.
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A8-DAK TO 1969 -Dead and wounded seeking Medical help.
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Dak To airstrip 1969.
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299th Medics at DAK TO, 1969
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I (E. Ray Austin) took this picture of DAK TO in 1969 after returning from FSB-6.
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How DAK TO looked about 1967?
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DAK TO, Vietnam, 1967 - Photo by Glenn Camstra
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Vietnam 12 May 1969 - Army Commendation Medal with "V"
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Vietnam 1969 - Stars & Stripes News clipping I had mailed home.
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ARTILLERY, PLANES BEAT OFF REDS ATTACKING DAK TO *Stars and Stripes Tuesday June 3, 1969
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B52s SATURATE BEN HET JUNGLES *Stars and Stripes Thursday June 26, 1969
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BEN HET REINFORCEMENTS STALK REDS *Stars and Stripes Friday June 27, 1969
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Significant Event Reports - DAK TO, Vietnam
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SP4 Robert Thornton, and me, at DAK TO, Vietnam, 1969.
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