The Mighty Ninth

Strive To Reach The Summit

JWilliamWard.jpgThat's MeChairs were hard to come by in the field
J_Ward_-_175mm.JPGPre-Vietnam deploymentBefore Vietnam I was stationed with Staff and Faculty Battery, Gunnery Department at Fort Sill’s OCS as a driver of this 175mm, and other self propelled Artillery (M 108, M 109, 8 inch gun). Loved that job.
Millionth_round.JPGThe 500,000th 105mm round fired in combatB/2/9 holds the distinction of firing the "1/2 Millionth" round in Vietnam. Looks like they chose a Willy Peter round. Good choice. Photo by Terry Stuber; contributed by J. William Ward. That "broken wrench" was the latest technology in setting a time fuze. The benchmark round was fired from LZ Uptight.
J_Wm_Ward.JPGLock & LoadThe 500,000th round is getting ready to go on its way on 22Jan68
Pictured above at far left is J. William Ward, our photo contributor.
Bubble.jpgBoss' bubbleA fun ride if you were able to get on. Mostly used by the Battalion Commander to visit units. Note the former Artillery insignia on the front. The "vertical missile" was removed from the FA brass in the 70s, leaving the FA branch with crossed cannons.
Ward-Walker.JPGSarge BuddyStaff Sergeant Howard Walker with the shades on.
Parker.jpgPleasant DreamsHappy victim of a knockout punch? Parker of the Commo Section doesn't seem to mind.
Hackley.jpgHackley the HazardNote the "Elvis" hairstyle. Also, this is one of the few photos that captures a clear shot of the 105mm lanyard (lower left) and the hand brake (lower right).
C-130.jpgReady, Aim....Don't Fire!Interesting photo of a C-130 crossing the GT line. After several planes got hosed with artillery, the order came down to post an "air guard" during fire missions.
Homeward_Bound.jpgOne for the road....the LONG road homeCelebrate! Downing a few beers at the Pleiku NCO Club just before heading home. There's still room for a lot more empty beer cans on the table.
More_Incoming.jpgLook! Over there!Time to get a move on.
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.
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