Fire Support Base


We operated inside fire support bases with our six 105 mm howitzers. Some bases we built. We also moved to some constructed by others. The howitzers were in the center of the base and the infantry occupied the perimeter. We shot in 360 degrees of the compass (6400 mills in artillery speak) 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Some bases we stayed for 2 days and others for months. No matter how crappy the location it was home. 200′ across (a guess) with 6 105 howitzers set to shoot every direction meant some gun or guns were shooting over others on fire missions. Being under the gun could bust ear drums. (whatever ear part concussion destroys)



Air Strike

Smoke from a bomb


Cloudy day

Black Smoke



Bombing smoke

Big Explosion

Sandbags and bombs

Bombers Leave

Work completed




Filling material

Best Bags


No Fire Zone

RPG barrier

Black Virgin 3

Letters from home

Ideal Day

Showcase FSB

Mountain 1

Evening sky

Mountain 2

FSB Buell 3

Flat Country

Looks safe

No Waiting

3 holes

Motel Ritz

Rooms available

Second Use

Construction material

105 mm Gun Placement

Gun emplacement


On Black Virgin

VIP Visitor


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