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Shields71.jpgWorking the cannonsPhenomenal Quality! These cannoncockers are working professionals. Note the clarity of the photo: you can see the 105mm round in all its glory. Note the pockets: one has a spoon, the other a pencil. You can see the well-worn handle on breechblock. Empty shell casings; aiming stakes. Yep! This is what things look like!
L to R: Sp4 Rick Satterfield, PFC Tony Heredia, PFC Mike Steele, PFC Walt Shields, and UNK
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Shields68.jpgGun Crew in actionHere is the M-102 in all its glory. The older vets remember putting the M1A101 to work in 66-67. Note the attire: woolen shirt due to nightime temperature drops, bare back for the hot days, fatigue shirt and OD tee shirt. Yep...that about covers it!

L to R: PFC Mike Steele, SP4 Rick Satterfield, PFC Tony Heredia, and PFC Richard Sanchez.
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Shields00.jpgFiring batterNote changing out a PD fuse for a VT fuse. Signs made for HE and Willy Peter rounds. Note how neat and carefully this munitions are stored.

PFC Jimmy Gribbins and UNK
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Shields77.jpgCrew in actionNote that the Gunner has a package of KOOLs in his hand. Fire extinguisher visible. Great photo!

L to R: PFC Mike Steele, SP4 Rick Satterfield, and PFC Tony Heredia.
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Shields72.jpgCrew in actionClearing the breech from a fired shell. SP4 Rick Satterfield is the Gunner; PFC Mike Steele is the Loader (notice the duck tails), and PFC Tony Heredia is the Asst Gunner.
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Shields75.jpgCrew in actionCrew loads another round.

L to R: SP4 Rick Satterfield, PFC Tony Heredia, PFC Mike Steele, PFC Walt Shields
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Shields76.jpgCrew in actionNow THAT'S what we call "getting into the action"!

L to R: SP4 Rick Satterfield, PFC Tony Heredia, PFC Mike Steele. Steele does the 105 tango.
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Shields67.jpgCrew RecorderHolding the landline to the FDC is SP4 Don Hardy. He also appears to be the dude who really knows how to take a great photo back in the 60s when Eastman Kodak was still alive.
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Shields84.jpgPicking up supplies?How many cases of Bud do you need?

Actually, SP4 Rick Kelim is leaving for home.
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Shields78.jpgCameramanI think we found the camera expert. He is SP4 Don Hardy. To his left is PFC Mike Rozak.
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Shields88.jpgChat timeUnfortunately, none of these uniforms have a name tag visible. Anyone know?

Lt Don Blankin does! L to R: PFC John Trout, next is the medic, SP4 Rick Kelim, UNK, and SSG Keith Portrey.
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Shields89.jpgBuddiesSP4 Don Hardy and PFC Walt Shields
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