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

Howitzer Crew

105 mm howitzer

Black Smoke



Bombing smoke

Big Explosion

Sandbags and bombs

8 Inch Gun

Cris Krumble

Bombers Leave

Work completed

Tower View

Looking to Cambodia




Filling material

Clear Day

Luxury living

Best Bags


Days Work

Rebuilding a bunker

No Fire Zone

RPG barrier

Black Virgin 3

Letters from home

Ideal Day

Showcase FSB

Mountain 1

Evening sky


Rice country

Mountain 2

FSB Buell 3

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