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StuberOrders.jpgTicket To NamWe all got one...this is my "ticket to Nam" from Fort Carson, CO. Note that the orders specifically state to arrive in a khaki uniform.
TStu-1.jpgEnd of MissionStanding down at the completion of a fire mission.
"B" Battery, 2/9th.
TStu-2.jpg"1/2 Millionth Round""B" Battery commemorates firing the 500,000th round, ceremoniously called "the half-millionth round". Note the time fuze with the fuze-setting wrench nearby.
TStu-3.jpgRaise the FlagSp5 Terry Stuber admires the B/2/9 guidon outside the sandbag-covered FDC. Note the use of ammo boxes serving as the outside wall protection to the door of the FDC's CONEX.
TStu-4.jpgMUZZLEBURST? Nope!It looks like a fantastic photo: a shot of the 105mm howitzer experiencing a muzzleburst. That is the nightmare of every cannoneer. But...hold the phone...according to Sp5 Stuber, it is a routine firing with a very ominous look. AND, in Sept, 2011, contributor J. William Ward finally reveals the reality. It was Korean War vintage ammuntion which came in the form of powder instead of pellets (pancake charges). William notes that the ammo was not smokless (obviously) and damned loud. (As if the artillery wasn't loud enough already). William notes that the stuff was likely dumped in the South China Sea after this experience.
TStu-5.jpgThe Crook PufferUNK "B" battery member puffs on his "crook". Anyone remember?
TStu-6.jpg"Cowboy"Sp5 Danny Fort (see his Photo Album), aka "The Cowboy" in full battle gear. By the time this photo was taken, jungle fatigues and M-16s were being seen in the field.
TStu-7.jpgMen At WorkFDC inside the CONEX going to work. At left is Sp5 Danny "Cowboy" Fort and Carl Schwartz.
TStu-8.jpgRSOP-ingCSMO - Close Station, March Order. FDC's Terry Stuber grabs his "tools of the trade" and prepares for another move with B/2/9. Note the aluminum RDP fan and box square. {1967-68}
TStu-9.jpgLt Stout (?) & "Short Round"Lt Charles Stout (?) posing with "B" Battery mascot "Short Round" (on seat of jeep).
TStu-10.jpgLZ Montezuma at Duc PhoL to R: "Deek" Deitrick, Lt Moyer, and Danny "Cowboy" Fort atop the CONEX.
TStu-11.jpgSketch MapAll the "hot spots" of Nam and none you really want to visit!
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