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HWoody.jpgA younger Woody - bound for VietnamSlim, trim, ready for duty...including Nam. Taken at the Motor Pool, Schofield Barracks, Nov, 1964. I was on emergency leave at the time the unit was preparing to ship out and was transfered to HHB Divarty and went to Cu Chi with them.
S0-124.jpgWeapons Qualification: .45 Cal PistolMost of the names listed on this weapons qualification roster went over to Nam with the 2/9th Arty.
SO-93_pg1.jpgWeapons Qualification: M-14 RifleA weapons qualification snapshot of the men who went to Nam with the 2/9th Arty.
SO-93_pg2.jpgWeapons Qualification: M-14 Rifle, page 2Second page of weapons qualification roster.
Gen_Walker.jpgTroop LeaderThis is a photo of Brig Gen Walker (center), deputy commander of the 25th Inf Div, who led the 3rd Brigade on "Operation Blue Light" to the Central Highlands, the entry of "The Mighty Ninth" into Vietnam, December, 1965.
LtCol_InghamBnCo.jpgOur "Forerunners"LtCol Frederick L. Ingham stands before his troops just prior to the "Operation Blue Light" Deployment to Vietnam. Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
2-9th_Hawaii.jpgOur GuysMost of the men here in this photo preceded us to the 2/9th Arty in Vietnam. 1SG Richard Bates was the "Top Kick".
Falcons_A_Co_82nd_Avn_Bn.jpgAll the guys in 2nd row were from DivArty units except for the last 2 guys.L-R Emory Saylor (B Btry 2/9), Harold Woody (Hq&Svc Btry 2/9). This is just the armed plat photo, the others Sgt Robert Gibson B Btry, Sgt Elbert Bacon A Btry were on the slicks and I don't have a photo of that platoon. Photo taken while we were TDY on Shotgun 10. Date 28 May 65 at Vung Tau, RVN. The unit we were attached to was A/82 Avn Bn.
BryonAlexander_Wire_Chief-1965.jpgWire Section Chief - 1965The chief supervises from his relaxed position. Note the old 1960s era fatigues and tags.
Chestnut.jpgPFC Larry ChestnutAll smiles...PFC Larry Chestnut, Commo Section, 1965 prior to Operation Blue Light.
Jerry_Chastian.jpgTypical Motor PoolNot sure if Sp4 Jerry Chastian went over on Operation Blue Light or not. Jerry was from Evansville, IN. He is the classic motor pool guy...hat kicked back, cigar, and cuppa coffee. Note the red arrow pointing to the 2/9th Arty emblem used on its assigned vehicles as well as the OD fatigues we wore back in 1965.
Medic.jpgSp5 Wayne EngumMedical Section Chief Sp5 Wayne Engum. Wayne deployed with the 25th in December, 1965.
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