The Mighty Ninth

Strive To Reach The Summit

JWW1.jpgFire Mission!Contributed by Sp4 J. William Ward of "B" Battery. Location is "Kontum City", 1968. Tube is nicknamed "Cry Baby". Note the use of non-standard military ear protection devices (fingers). No wonder we're all retired and deaf.
Danny_Fort.jpgWho else?Of's Danny "Cowboy" Fort!
TopKick.jpgThe TopJust looking at this picture, you can tell this man is a respected leader of his crew.
Update: January, 2014. We now know he is 1SG Clifford J. Pullan. He passed away in January, 2015.
Duck!.jpgBurning trashCannoneer taking a breather, perhaps?
Lunch.jpgThe M-1 Field SkilletNote the use of Tabasco (hot sauce). Almost made C-rations edible.
IncomingChop.jpgIncoming ChopperAn excellent photo and "memory of being in the field" in Vietnam. This picture shows the talent of our Huey pilots getting into and out of hastily created LZs. You can almost hear the "pop-pop" of the blades.
Short-Round.jpgVietnamese KaraokeOur famous 2/9th roving mascot, "Short Round" appears to be evaluating this Vietnamese choral group. Wonder if they made it to the next level?
JWW6.jpgKontum KidsAs in most wars, civilians get a front row seat.
JWW7.jpgPizza Order?The Top, XO and someone recording. Not likely a pizza order; more like another day at the office.
FFE.jpgFire Away!Note the left hand of the AG has a firm grip on the lanyard. The next thing you will hear is "boom!". However, Ft Sill DOES NOT approve of anyone "straddling" the trail of a howitzer. Ten demerits.
More_Incoming.jpgLook! Over there!Time to get a move on.
elephants.jpgIt's MondayThis elephant seems to be resigned to going to work as a pack animal. We were somewhere around Ban-Me-Thuot when those elephants came walking into our "field of fire". The Infantry stopped them and checked them out. When they were allowed to go , someone came up with the idea
to pop a couple of pro-jos over their heads. When the rounds were fired, instead of running away the elephants turned and ran straight at us. They didn't get too close before the men that were riding them got them under control.
Anybody remember the elephants?
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