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4 - SP5 Norm Roy - Dak To, Ben Het, FB6 Pictures

As one can see by the number of pictures, I spent a lot of time at Ben Het. It was like my 2nd home. Depending on the criticality of the problem I either went by convoy or caught a hop on a chopper. Since the base had frequent fire missions, especially zone 2-3 charges, I changed quite a few gun tubes. Usually those were routine and I’d convoy up with two wreckers needed to make the change. During a few trips there, I had a chance to run like hell to a bunker when someone yelled incoming! I remember one episode where the VC were popping mortars or rockets which just by coincidence(?) were landing in the area of the two wreckers as we attempted to change a 175mm gun tube. At some point an FO must have pin pointed the VC location because a 155mm got a fire mission. A few rounds were fired and no more incoming occurred. I went to FB6 a few times but only managed to get the single picture. I recall my first trip there thinking “brother is this FSB remote!” The Dak To pictures were taken as the convoy passed by on the road to Ben Het. I recall looking at a hill in the distance and noticing what looked like some bare trees sticking up. I later found out from my then Platoon Sgt that during his first tour in the Nam his unit was in a battle there in 1967. I have since learned that it was the battle for hill 875. I flew over the hill a couple times during chopper rides and two years later, 1969, the devastation was still apparent.

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155mm "Fire Mission"
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155mm "Fire Mission"
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155mm "Fire Mission"
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155mm "Fire Mission"
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155mm "Fire Mission" at Ben Het
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155mm "Fire Mission" at Ben Het
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155mm Gun pit at Ben Het
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155mm Gun pit at Ben Het
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155mm Pit-Ben Het
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155mm Pit-Ben Het
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175mm. Waiting for another "Fire Mission" Ben Het
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175mm. Waiting for another "Fire Mis…
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175mm Gun Pit at Ben Het
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175mm Gun Pit at Ben Het
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175mm-Loading Mechanism
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175mm-Loading Mechanism
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175mm "Fire Mission" at Ben Het
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175mm "Fire Mission" at Ben Het
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8 inch Self-Propelled Howitzer at Ben Het. Name of the gun is "Bad News"
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8 inch Self-Propelled Howitzer at Be…
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8 Inch Howitzer "Fire Mission" at Ben Het - Name of the gun is "Bad News"
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8 Inch Howitzer "Fire Mission" at Be…
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8 Inch Howitzer "Fire Mission" at Ben Het - Name of the gun is "Bad News"
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8 Inch Howitzer "Fire Mission" at Be…
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Airstrip at Ben Het
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Airstrip at Ben Het
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A "Yard" At Ben Het
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A "Yard" At Ben Het
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8 Inch Howitzer at Ben Het - Name of the gun is "Bad News"
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8 Inch Howitzer at Ben Het - Name of…
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Ben Het Airstrip
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Ben Het Airstrip
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Ben Het - Fire Control Center "FDC"
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Ben Het - Fire Control Center "FDC"
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Ben Het - "Yard" family moving on.
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Ben Het - "Yard" family moving on.
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Ben Het Perimeter
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Ben Het Perimeter
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Bomb Craters near Ben Het
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Bomb Craters near Ben Het
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Bomb Craters near Ben Het
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Bomb Craters near Ben Het
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C7 Leaving Ben Het
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C7 Leaving Ben Het
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Caribou leaving Ben Het
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Caribou leaving Ben Het
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Chinook Hauling Water Trailer
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Chinook Hauling Water Trailer
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Chinooks - Troops loading. Maybe DAK TO, or BEN HET?
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Chinooks - Troops loading. Maybe DAK…
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Trash Dump outside DAK TO.
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Trash Dump outside DAK TO.
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Dirt Road Leading To Ben Het
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Dirt Road Leading To Ben Het
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Fire Support Base (FSB) 6, in 1969.
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Fire Support Base (FSB) 6, in 1969.
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Fire Mission-Ben Het
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Fire Mission-Ben Het
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Headin Out On Patrol
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Headin Out On Patrol
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"Huey" Helicopter getting check out on the Airstrip at Ben Het
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"Huey" Helicopter getting check out …
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Hueys And 175mm Gun Tube
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Hueys And 175mm Gun Tube
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Rocket firing practice at Ben Het
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Rocket firing practice at Ben Het
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Loading 90mm Recoiless Rifle Practice at Ben Het
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Loading 90mm Recoiless Rifle Practic…
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90mm Recoiless Rifle Practice at Ben Het
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90mm Recoiless Rifle Practice at Ben…
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Outgoing Patrol at Ben Het
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Outgoing Patrol at Ben Het
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Preparing for a "Fire Mission" at BEN HET
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Preparing for a "Fire Mission" at BE…
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Road leading up to the BEN HET compound.
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Road leading up to the BEN HET compo…
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Aerial view of DAK TO airfield about 1969
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Aerial view of DAK TO airfield about…
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Aerial view of DAK TO airfield about 1969
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Aerial view of DAK TO airfield about…
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Shower-Ben Het
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Shower-Ben Het
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Sky Hook-Dropping Off 155mm-Ben Het
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Sky Hook-Dropping Off 155mm-Ben Het
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State of The Art Pisser-Ben Het
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State of The Art Pisser-Ben Het
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The "Yard" Mansions at Ben Het
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The "Yard" Mansions at Ben Het
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