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|Andrew Guest's Vietnam Album page 1|
|Andrew is the dad of Kate, who works for me. Recently he was kind enough to allow me to scan his Vietnam slides. He asks that people respect his copyright on the images, so please do the right thing.
I'll let Andrew tell the story:
"I had taken a lot more but just before I was sent home quite a few were confiscated -- we were asked if we had taken any pictures and foolishly I answered yes, and the MP's went through them removing any they thought were too gory or too politically sensitive. It was almost impossible to take shots of heavy action because in those situations you didn't have the luxury of standing around taking pictures -- you were part of the action, not an observer. As you may have deduced from the pictures I was in the artillery. I was a conscript -- one of the 1% who became a commissioned officer (Second Lieutenant). My main job in Vietnam was that of a Section Commander -- 22 years old and in command of three 105 mm Howitzers and their crews (each crew was comprised of a Sergeant, a Bombardier, a Lance Bombardier and four Gunners, many of whom were regular army). At other times I relieved the regular Command Post Officer so he could sleep etc., and for a period I was the Artillery Liaison Officer based in Ba Ria, the province capital, where I had to 'liase' with our American and South Vietnamese allies (that's a euphemism -- my job was actually to spy on them to make sure we knew what they were getting up to in Phuoc Tuoy province -- the Australians' area of responsibility). Unfortunately I didn't record the details of where and when most of the shots were taken, or exactly what was depicted in them, but I can recall the broad circumstances of most of them e.g. the American tank-like thing half buried in the sand is actually a 155mm Self-Propelled Gun. The Americans set up a battery of them adjacent to our battery in a fire support base out in the jungle somewhere. They were all controlled by an early type of computer in the battery command post, and it was fascinating to see the barrels all move together in perfect unison like some sort of weird ballet. We were competely manual of course, with the orders being conveyed to the guns by a land-line from the command post with a loudspeaker at each gun -- but we still beat the Americans into action every time."
|Chinook dropping ammunition or stores at a fire support base somewhere in Phuoc Tuoy Province. The "smoke" is actually sand and dust kicked up by the rotor wash.|
|Australian M113s photographed enroute to Saigon where they were sent as a defensive reinforcement.|
|Interesting damaged building.|
|Rather hard to see in this small jpeg, there is a line of Hercules aircraft the boys are watching.|
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