The Mighty Ninth

Strive To Reach The Summit

Rick_-_RTO.JPGHere I am!My job is the RTO for FO Lt Joe Hanigan. Handset in hand, radio on my back, M-16 close at hand. You won't find that in any civilian job description.
LZ_St_George.jpgWill Never ForgetThe Battle of LZ St George is a day I'd like to forget...but never will.
Ericksen-Bronze_Star.jpgAction at LZ St. GeorgeRick is awarded the Bronze Star with "V" device for valorous action in the defense of firebase LZ St. George. The enemy attempt to overrun the base was defeated.
Ericksen_-_Flag.jpegThe Battle of St GeorgeOn 5Nov69, it was one of the biggest battles the 2/9th engaged in. See all the stories and events in the "WAR STORIES".
Cannoneer_On_Duty.jpegDirect SupportA big improvement over the M1A101, this was our baby.
Rick_E_1-1.JPGI'm HereWhere's my "I Survived LZ St George tee shirt?"
Rick_E_1-2.JPGWe won!Fierce battle, but they couldn't take "A" Battery.
Rick_E_2-4.JPGBattery PositionTypical layout of a 105mm howitzer section. Good pose for a postcard home.
Rick_E_3-1.JPGLZ St George gun crewL to R: PFC Rick Ericksen, Sp4 Don F. Morrell, Sp4 Steve (Pineapple) Esona, PFC Jan (Kip) Hansen, and Sp4 Wayne P. Wolf
File_1-2.JPGLZ St GeorgeThat's me at left; next to me is one of the RTOs that was assigned to the Commo Bunker. Don't recall the name but he was attached to the 1/14th HQ Company's Commo Section.
StG-1.JPGMemories of LZ St GeorgeThe following photos were taken in and outside the gate at LZ St George. They include the infamous 106mm recoilless rifle along with different choppers that landed just outside the perimeter and captured NVA weapons.
StG-2.JPGMemories of LZ St GeorgeThat bad boy...the 106mm recoilless rifle.
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