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Sgt. Chris' HHB, '67 -68 Album

Former Sgt. Chris Gaynor took a LOT of great pictures during his tour, Which like many of us, started with a boat ride.

These pictures are copyrighted © Christopher B. Gaynor, 2009

You may feel free to download them for PERSONAL, non-commercial use only.
A ride with the 9th Inf. Div as a 1/84th FA troop. In may, he transferred over to 2/77 as part of the USARV's Foreign Exchange Student program to integrate seasoned troops with "Cherries" so there would be NO 100% Green units. The 1/84th was an interesting unit. It had for one thing, an old - style 155mm towed howitzer in at least one of his batteries. For some reason, like many units in the 4th Division - Their first In country duty was at and out of "Bearcat."
Most of this first page will show some of his experiences with the boat, Okinawa stop over and Bearcat stuff. But they are still memories for some of you, too, sort of.
Brothers, this one is a BIG one! I think at last count, there were something approaching 400 pics in it. So - It will be an ongoing process for a while, with some of them added at a time, because I have other projects I'm working on also. Including 180+ pics donated by former B Battery "Boat Trooper" Ken Klauser. So - check back in once in a while, and see what's New.
Also, MANY of these troopers, we do NOT REMEMBER their names, and we would appreciate it if YOU ARE ONE OF THEM, or KNOW/RECOGNIZE any of them, you would contact me by E-mail. Our goal of course for ALL these pictures on ALL OF THESE ALBUMS - is to eventually have ALL our BROTHERS IN ARMS identified, which of course makes the history more complete, and thus, more dynamic for us all! So, please do your best not to just CRUISE OR SKIM - PARTICULARLY if you were in HHB,FROM 1967 - 1968.
And of course, a Very Grateful THANK YOU to brother Christopher Gaynor for these mostly great shots. Some are gooder than others, but with a lot going on, and not great lighting circumstances sometimes, He did a FANTASTIC job all things considered.
As a Special note - Sgt. Chris wants to give a VERY SPECIAL Thanks to Eagle Scout Tanner Means of Vashon, WA. For putting these shots on disc for him AND making him a great slide show complete with 60's music! SO, From Sgt. Chris, Sgt. Mikie, and on behalf of ALL the 2/77FA Troops - THANKS for preserving a valuable part of our History for him and us! The same goes for Chris' Assistant, Nathan, who helped him learn to increase the quality of the shots by teaching him some of his graphic arts tricks! Thanks to both!

|Ft. Lewis | The Cruise | Bear Cat | Convoy to Dau - Tieng | Building Dau - Tieng |
General, Arty OPS |Battle of Soui - Tre | A/2/12Inf. Warriors on SouiTre | FSB BURT |
Alpha 2/12 Viet Safari Photos |Tet @ Dau - Tieng | HOME | Life as an FO's Rto |
|Who are these Guys? | Alpha Battery Album '68 | A/2/12Inf. @ Home |
| A/2/12 "Thunder Road Mission" | Uptight 2/77FA & Cambodia '70 |

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This is the Ship Chris came over on.
Seen one, pretty much seen 'em all, right?
This one is the U.S.S Gieger

Some of the troopies 'Layin up.'

Little bit of millin around goin on there

More troops. I don't remember a big square hole
Like that on the Boat I came over on.

Watchin another boat

See the choppers right of center?

This is Pfc. Gaynor checkin out the sights of Okinawa

A shot of the convoy from Vung Tau to Bearcat

From a truck in the VT - Bearcat convoy

More convoy scenery

That's what I call a lot of trucks
in not a lot of space

Bunch of 9th Div. Troopies takin a truck ride.

Here's The RATT Rig Chris worked in at Bearcat

Here's the Message Center at Bearcat
The Troops are:l to r Venscus(sp?), Lynch and Chris' good friend MSgt Clyde Rainey

A truck on a beer run, Bearcat again.

Troops workin the sandbag Dollies, Bearcat

A shot of the Bearcat airstrip.

Another Air Strip shot, BC

Another One.

We don't know who this trooper is. Do you? Bearcat

Another troop supervising the Dollies

These are 2 of Chris' friends at Bearcat
Lynch and Cork

This the 1/84th FA, 155MM Towed at Bearcat

Close up of one of their howitzers

Mowhawk Reconaisance planes, Bearcat apr 67

More mohawks

A bearcat troop helpin with sandbaggin

Probably a shot of BearCat Base Camp

A sign above road at Bearcat

Looks like a Billeting Area Bearcat

A bunch of troopies on a ride Bearcat

Another shot of the "Dollies" helpin build Bearcat

Pitchin Horeshoes Bearcat. I used to be pretty good at that

Another Bearcat shot

Probably taken from the Message Center of a VTR

A Group of Caribou (C-123's) Bearcat Airstrip

Chinook on opreation near Bear Cat
Apr. '67

Bearcat. Sgt. Ham and his pet Spidey

Another group Troops riding

Chris gettin to know the Dollies

More of Bearcat's Gorgeous Civilian Workforce

Smily 'Ol Mamma San

One last shot of the Dollies

May '67 - Probably taken just before Chris boarded for his flight to DT

Apr '67 - A re-discovered shot of a RATT
in Rig.

That I believe is all of the Boat/BearCat Shots
Next will be Shots taken at DT, Except Convoy Shots
They will be in the Field/Operations Section

A shot of the Battery Street at DT

Sgt. Paul Doute, RTT - DT '67

George Calvert, RTT - With one of our Rigs, DT '67

DT - "C - 130 Rollin Down the Strip" '67

DT - Sep '67 Sgt. German's Maniac Pet Monkey

Al Powers, at DT. I believe he was in Commo Platoon

During Rare "Down Time" Playing baseball, DT

DT World Series - "Mummy Battin"

Thanksgiving Feast for the "At Home" HHB, 2/77

Better Homes and Gardens, Focus Arty Style!

A Perimeter Bunker

Different shot of a bunker

Looking at another Building from a bunker

SP/4 Mikie New Camera Fun, Nov. '67

Bob Pederson with a 75 or 90mm Recoiless Rifle, I believe.

Some of the Headquarters Buildings at DT

Looking from one of the hootches towards HQ.

Another inside shot of a hootch

Delong, Mitchell and Pass. Christmas decorations there, too

Another Shot of a Hootch Bunker

I'm told this was the section Puppy. Wish I remembered the cute little bugger!

DT - Feb '68. Delong standing, Powers sitting at Focus Switchboard room

DT - A May '67 Angle of the HQ Buildings

The DT Laundry, and one of the Cuties that worked there

This is George Chillin in our hootch. Or one of them.

At the messhall.
I think Powers is at the door, and SP4 Pederson in line
withthe others is looking at camera.

This is Chris Gaynor.I think first arriving at DT - May 67.

I think this is Bob Pederson in the hootch

Tailor Shop or laundry, nov '67

Couple Pups gettin in some playtime

Sittin on the stoop, DT Style '67
I think this is also Sgt. Doute

George Standing by Rig DT Jun '67

George, "Mummy" and Who? DT '67

My buddy, Sgt. German, DT Dec '67
He's by the cubby hole that housed the Switchboard

In Dec '67, Fred was wounded. My buddy Sgt. Chris
went to visit him at 12 EVAC Hosp. in Cu-Chi

Fred Recuperating in 12th EVAC, Cu-Chi Dec. '67

Fred Displaying some of his wounds DT Dec. '67

A Viet Civilian worker DT Nov. '67

Here's another shot of that Maniac Monkey of German's

Just found this one accidentally mis-located. A 3/22 Inf. Trooper warmin a jeep hood in the Motor Pool, DT Base.

That I believe is all of the DT Base Camp Shots
Next will be Shots on Convoys, and Operations
When known, They will be in Order of Date, starting in May '67

One of the 3/4 Tons in convoy, May '67
We were still part of the 4th Div. then. I didn't arrive till 5 July.

This is a profile of Chris in Jun 67, showing the Tay Ninh area Landscape.

Don't know what kind of breakdown it was,
But this is the first one Chris experienced. Got an escort this time. good deal. Jun 67

Airmobile Operation to Tay Ninh Area.
A muleskinner doorgunner and a troop sittin by him. Jun 67

Airmobile operations - Tay Ninh Area Jun 67

A huey ride in Jun 67

A Trailer gettin ready to go Arimobile
Jun '67

SP/4 Chris Gaynor, Convoy forming up
At DT Jun '67

Settin up a FSB, S. of Tay Ninh
Jun '67

The Guns 'workin' S. of Tay Ninh
Jun '67

Same Gun team, different angle
Upper right, see the Muleskinner?

SP/4 Chris with M-60, Jun '67

You Can't see the Aircraft
But the cloud in the center
is an airstrike beyond perimeter. Jun '67.Post Mortar Attack.

The "Infamous" Black Virgin Mountain.
A.K.A. Nui Bha Dhen

Another FSB,Jun '67. RATT Team's "Office"
is almost in the center

Whole Big bunches of Ammo. Jun '67

A passing by shot of the Cao-Dai Temple and
grounds, outskirts of Tay Ninh,Jun '67

A Ch-54 "Sky Crane" Bringing supplies S. of Tay Ninh, Jun '67

L. to R. Mummy, George, Chris Jun '67

Often, some of the CIDG (Vietnamese National Guard)
would come out and visit us at our FSB's.
Some of them, no doubt to obtain intel for the Enemy.
This is some of them posed on our truck with our "Office" on it.

A shot of a convoy near Tay Ninh, Jun '67

From our truck - in convoy through the
Michelin Rubber Plantation Jun '67
Rt 239 was usually used

An F-100 Airstrike outside the perimeter of
one of our FSB's Jun '67

Chinook brings a truck to a FSB
near Tay Ninh Jun'67

A Huey Door Gunner Jun '67

From inside a Muleskinner - looking down
at our radio rig slung below

Chris thinks this is the notorious village
along Rt. 239 that was repeatedly destroyed, due to ambushes
or booby traps buried in the road Jun '67

Muleskinner leaving or arriving, FSB. with a
trailer. Jun'67

An Officer on phone or radio FSB. Jun '67

This looks Like an Airmobile move from
the Tay Ninh area from the front seat of our truck
The load looks like a sling of ammo

Locals takin a break to watch the 'show' S. of Tay Ninh. Jun '67

Tay Ninh Complex. Looks like through the cargo door of a chinook. Jun '67

Looks like the airstrip at Tay Ninh,and staging.
Note the 4th Div. Markings. 2/77 did not join
the 25th till Aug. 1, '67

I believe this tire trouble was the
second breakdown Chris experienced. On convoy, Jun. '67

This looks like troops gatherin for
a briefing, mail call, or something. Jun '67

That covers up to Jun '67 The Next page starts with July '67 See below
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|Ft. Lewis | The Cruise | Bear Cat | Convoy to Dau - Tieng | Building Dau - Tieng |
General, Arty OPS |Battle of Soui - Tre | A/2/12Inf. Warriors on SouiTre | FSB BURT |
Alpha 2/12 Viet Safari Photos |Tet @ Dau - Tieng | HOME | Life as an FO's Rto |
|Who are these Guys? | Alpha Battery Album '68 | A/2/12Inf. @ Home |
| A/2/12 "Thunder Road Mission" | Uptight 2/77FA & Cambodia '70 |