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)

Photos

 

Flat Country

Looks safe

Gas & Oil

POL storage

No Waiting

3 holes

Motel Ritz

Rooms available

Perspective

FSB Washington 3

Second Use

Construction material

105 mm Gun Placement

Gun emplacement

Bombing

On Black Virgin

New FSB

FSB Washington 2

VIP Visitor

General

Wasted Time

Committee meeting

Eat my Dust

Beginning

Cool Weather

MARS station

Antennae Farm

Communicate

Fire Base Overview

Crude home

Shower 2

Ammo boxes

Barbed Wire

Our fence

Lead Diet

Guilty

Nowhere

Very lost

Be Quiet

Walking boots

Talk

No peeking

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