Lt KERMIT LANE DeVAUGHN
Fire Direction Officer, "A" Battery, 1966 - 1967
Lt Gary Dean Springer regrets to report that Lt DeVaughn's widow said that he died on 7Aug98 of a heart attack. Lt DeVaughn is credited with the idea of using two CONEX containers welded together to make a highly portable, weather-proof FDC. The interior was painted white and windows cutout for ventilation. Tables were welded against the interior walls for a firing chart and a check chart. A shelf was welded to hold the radios.
When moving to a new LZ, the empty interior space could be used to transport many varied pieces of battery equipment.
This idea was adopted almost universally for every FDC in a firing battery.