Vietnam 1968-1969

Vietnam 1968-1969
165mm Artillery Shell Results

Ammo Dump Fire In Dong Ha

Dong Ha Ammo Dump Fire.

Blown Up Hooch

Blown-Up Hooch.

Blown Up Hooch

Blown-Up Hooch

POL

POL Fire (the day after)

POL

POL Fire (the day after)

165 mm artillery shell

165 mm artillery shell

165 mm artillery shell

165 mm artillery shell


We were shelled at regular intervals. On one occasion the shelling managed to blow up a hootch behind the concrete ramp and set on fire the POL.

On another occasion one of the 165mm shells that the NVA used hit the concrete ramp and failed to go off. It was a 'dud'. The EOD team carefully placed some C4 beside it and set the shell off. Because it was exploded from the outside it just split open and all the pieces were gathered up and scotch taped back together. Well that shell really drew a crowd. The cameras going off sounded like a big press conference of some sort. Everyone at that base was very familiar with what those shells sounded like when they were not duds.

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