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    Here's a better picture of Set Me Free----What a shock that must have been to go north and need gun trucks from Long Binh where there was supposedly no need for them---kinda like from the frying pan into the fire----Driver
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    Lar---Good to see ya---I'll get to that Proud American--couldn't tell the story without it---Great truck my friend and Thanks for all your time and effort to keep it out there----Driver

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    Het Larry----ok--here ya go-----
    The 523rd moved out toward the end of Dec. 70--They took the whole company, and that included the gun trucks, 5 tons and 3/4 ton---had to be a **** of a site with over a hundred trucks and no one really knowing where they are going to, end up, or why---Our own Ugly Ranger took em north while Capt. Voightritter closed up shop in Cha Rang---the Eve led em north while the Black Widow brought up the rear--it was two days on that road to get to Phu Bai, I ain't been told so but with Ugly having come from the 25th inf. he was thinking this don't look good and he told everyone to write home--they then moved to Quang Tri---a real s*** hole---here's the trucks they took (Gun trucks)---some say Satans Lil Angel went with them some say it joined them later--what ever it was here's its photo also---while it was still in one piece-------------Driver----Oh yeah---if ya look real close you'll see ole Ugly Ranger behind the 50 on Uncle Meat and beside Daughter of Darkness----
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    While you guys were up there around Lang Vei did you come across any 5th Batt. 4th Arty Reg. stuff. My best friend/brother in law Sgt. Dave Sexton was killed there when his 155 was destroyed by an explosion while on gunfire support. Supposedly the Army lost the remains while returning them to a rear area mortuary site. He was gunner onboard "Blood, Sweat and Tears" with the "B" Battery of the 5th.
    With two tours myself, I just keep looking for something on it. Don't know if its closure or not. Know I don't want to forget Dave, but I'll never drink blackberry brandy with anybody else ever. Unfortunately I served on the rivers, (Navy) and know it was a BIG operation, but somebody was supplying those guns with what they needed. Just asking.....
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    Capt.---I can't say--I been callin out my friends to get on here an tell what they know---all are real heros and just won't tell all things they did cause they figure it ain't right---but its history----you know a fire base?--these guys were everywhere, and at the time you don't pay any attention to units and such----but if it was during operation Dewy Canyon (Lam Son) these units hauled what ever was needed----sorry to hear about yer best---far to many are no longer around---and Thanks for your service-----Driver

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    When I get through the trans units I'll start with the stories and the darkside---

    2nd trans---I talked to Roger Williams tonight he was NCOIC of Outlaw he couldn't remember just what gun trucks they took north, they had left one platoon behind at Phu Tai but in all they had the APC trucks The Outlaw, and Big Kahuna, and then the typical gun trucks Maverick and Madam Pale---They went to Da Nang and the on to Hue---funs ville---While the 2nd and 523rd was driving north the other truck companys were hauling supplies into two forward support bases------Driver
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    Just another point---while it sounds like some were forwaed and some back thats not so---it was ALL badlands, so close to the DMZ the VC were not so much around, these guys were now dealing with the NVA regulars--trained troops--and it didn't make any difference where you were--****--these guy drew fire right outside the 101st at Phu Bai---this was one **** of an operation-----Driver

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    The 57th hauled fuel in I corps, from Tam My ramps at Dong Ha to Camp Carroll, Da Nang and all over, through the Hai Van pass slowing down from their loads and getting shot at with small arms---They had three gun trucks--The Justifier, The Assassins, and The Protector. Driver
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    This is truly a great read Driver, thanks for taking the time and effort to put this all together for all of us to learn from.

    You need to write a book to go along with "Hard Ride" and some of the others out there.

    Please keep it coming.....Welcome Home and Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Srjeeper View Post
    This is truly a great read Driver, thanks for taking the time and effort to put this all together for all of us to learn from.

    You need to write a book to go along with "Hard Ride" and some of the others out there.

    Please keep it coming.....Welcome Home and Thank you

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    The next time you get in that deuce and head down a dirt road and look out over that hood, you will remember what that Yellow Nose really means.

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