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    Well Jeff, we will gladly look at the pictures again if you will tell us about them!

    Did y'all use the turret guns much? It seems a lot of effort went into mounting other weapons on the vehicles and I see a lot of pictures of V's with the turret guns covered. I understand the obvious increase in firepower from mounting a .50 and the extra gun up front.

    Attached is a picture captioned as being 560th MP V100s at Phu Tai in 1971. The one on the far right is Proud Mary II, so I would guess this was Dave's Proud Mary's successor and his would have been there earlier.

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    M725
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    Thanks for posting that picture Rory, wish I could read all the names on the Vs. When we would pass off covoys or go on temporary cover duty at another unit we would remember the name (or picture) of thier V but not the crew.
    I'll post this picture because it most clearly shows the V. You asked about the gun covers on the turret. They are plastic/rubber foul weather covers. During Monsoon season, which was 2-3 months of non-stop (and I mean non-stop) pouring down rain, we would just barely screw them on over the electric 73s to keep the rain (or dust/dirt) out. When the action started the muzzle blast would just blow them off. You have probably already heard that the turret guns (electric 73s) were not the most dependable or effective weapon around. They were subject to jamming and awkward to operate. You could easly move them up and down while firing, but side to side required turning the turret by operating the hand wheel. Our SOP was to keep moving, at least a little when under fire to prevent a wheelwell shot from an RPG. The 73s had a tendency to misfire (one or both) and if you're too hasty to open the chamber of the gun, you might find a round that was "cooking" and it would explode in your face. If you had a fixed target to fire at like a bunker, you could put down a level field of fire but then again, how effective is a .60 cal round, so you're back on top with the .50 anyway. One nice thing about the 73s was that we used mini-gun ready round boxes which held a ton of ammo, so if they worked right, you could go a long time without grabbing another box. Not sure how much this board will allow in one reply so I'll post and go on to the next box.
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    We welded the .50 mount on the turret because without a doubt, the .50 is the most dependable, multi-use weapon in the history of weapons. It can take down a concrete block wall without a problem. We would mix the ammo on the chain alternating from armor piercing to WP, to ball to tracer. Just ask anybody that served on a gun truck about thier love affair with the .50. Anyhow, I think you can see the row of ammo along the top of the V behind the turret. It was in easy reach for reload when you were firing the 50 while setting on the turret hatch, or standing inside the turret. We sat on the turret hatch most of the time on the road. It was easy to swing that 50 any direction from that position, with the downside being your exposure to fire.
    The radio man in back had a .60 machine gun on each side with "butterfly" handles. The one over the 361 also used a mini-gun ready round box, and again, most of the time he sat on the deck so he could see. It was rare to ever have the hatches closed, even during monsoon, which would fill the V with water, but the bilge pump would get most of it out. During monsoon, you went to bed wet and went back out the next day wet, clothes dryers were not an option. We did try a "Honeywell" granade launcher and a mini-gun on the turret, but they were not up to the exposure and beating the road duty gave them, so it was back to the .50. There was a foul weather cover for the .50, but we rarly used it. The one time I can remember having the hatches closed was during a riot on camp (unhappy locals) and people were throwing rocks at us. Feel free to ask any questions and I hope I can answer. I'll go into some of our missions in the next post.
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    Thanks, that answers a lot of questions. I had heard the M73s were troublesome.
    My turret traversing gear isn't in yet, but I did get to spend some time in another restored V. I had wondered at the time how much practice it would take working that wheel to get coordinated enough to be good with it. And I imagined it would be a tad difficult to keep your eye close enough to the periscope sight when bumping around for it to be of much use.

    I too am a fan of the .50, having spent some time hanging off the back of them, we used them as door guns on the -53s.

    For those not familiar with the V100 turret, here is a picture in the restored vehicle (belonged to Earl). The traverse is the silver wheel on the left side (the wheel above is same thing, different gearing), the sight is the white part in the top middle, and the elevation handle is the horizontal tube above the spent round hose, upper right.
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    M109A3
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    Okay Jeff, here is two thirds of your wish granted!
    The one on the far left is "Unexpected", the one second from the right is "The Grim Reaper".
    I haven't found the the one second from the left. I thought picture 3 was it, but looking closer I see it isn't. I can't make out the name, Armageddon II maybe? That's a guess based on the length of the word and what looks like A R at the beginning.

    I will give credit to the website(s) I got those from as soon as I find it again. I used to be real good at gathering pictures, but not so good at noting where from.

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    XM704 Armoured Car
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    Thanks Rory- I don't recall ever seeing them, but I was up north with the 504th (commomly called the five oh Joe) Co. A in Phu Bai, so I guess our paths didn't cross.
    The one V I've been trying to find out information about was the "IRON WORM". My memory isn't worth a crap anymore but I do remember that it was dragged into our motor pool one day and had been pretty much destroyed. It wasn't from our unit and was gone the next day, so we never found out the story. Somebody said it was hit by an RPG and then went off a steep embankment, but not sure if that's true.
    It's a very humbling experience to see one of them destroyed, brings you back to reality real quick. If you ever find any info on The Iron Worm- please pass it along. Are you going to put any nose art on your restored V (hint hint)? Take care.
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    This is a great thread. Getting some good ideas for art work and equipment for our V-100. Thanks to all who are posting.

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    Here is one from the 504th that I have as wallpaper on my computer. Date on this one is 1970, always liked that dragon. The little windshield added for the driver is interesting too.


    Jeff, I will email you about two damaged V's. I don't want to post the pictures of those.


    Earl, I am really looking forward to seeing your V, you have the rarest of the rare with that one.

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    M813A1 (USMC)
    V100 (M706) Armoured Car
    XM704 Armoured Car
    S404 Unimog (Swiss)
    M185A3
    M109A3
    M1009 (x2)
    M931A2 (x2)
    M715 (x2.5)
    M725
    M35A2 w/w
    M1030B1 (USMC) (x2)
    M274A5 Mule (USMC)
    M1028A2
    Austin Champ
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    M1082 (x2)
    M146
    M116A3 HSTRU
    M1102 CMT-F
    M128A2C
    M129A4
    ADC-TSS-5
    M348A2C AN/MSC-25
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    As regards nose art on my V, I am still struggling with myself over final paint job, ie what point in my vehicle's history do I want to represent?
    I do know that the beast in the attached picture is going to be painted on the turret hatch. My younger son spotted this on the nose of an Apache at a show and really wants it on the V (which I am apparently restoring for him..). It will be visible when the hatch is open, and I have seen several V's with art work there. The white in the picture is just the surround to the beast part from when I cropped it off the helo photo, it doesn't go on the finished project.
    The example in the other picture is from the 504th MP, c. 1965, some kind of mean critter with "Sat Cong" on the hatch.

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    S404 Unimog (Swiss)
    M185A3
    M109A3
    M1009 (x2)
    M931A2 (x2)
    M715 (x2.5)
    M725
    M35A2 w/w
    M1030B1 (USMC) (x2)
    M274A5 Mule (USMC)
    M1028A2
    Austin Champ
    M270A1
    M1082 (x2)
    M146
    M116A3 HSTRU
    M1102 CMT-F
    M128A2C
    M129A4
    ADC-TSS-5
    M348A2C AN/MSC-25
    and some more stuff...

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    Rory: You've got some good ideas for artwork. Your vehicle will be great fun to see. Our purchase is a father/son deal also. Good to have kids to get us moving on some hobbies.

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