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A timely fix for Digger
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:29:41 PM »
I have been going through a few more pictures (only got a couple more boxes to go) and thought these may be of some interest to you Digger. They are all of the same vehicle mainly, in different situations and on different operations.
I was going to watermark them but then thought, what the heck, someone is bound to repost them somewhere else regardless as is the norm.
As I have posted once or twice before, I went O.S. with 87 Tpt Platoon, but with the (in hindsight) apparent under posting of Transport requirements in country at the time, I and my section, spent a lot of my time working with1 Tpt Platoon on Divisional tasking, hence in these following shots you may note a few different Tac Signs apparent. Most of these shots were taken on Div ops. during 66/67.
A bit of a pose shot. 1 Platoons's gunbuggy 110 807.


With firepower such as this as backup sometimes it is a good idea to check things out first.


Waiting besides a brand new tarmac at Luscombe field for a troop lift op.


Puddle jumping on the way home from a troop drop.
One of the things that always fascinated me on these troop lifts or artillery drops, was that when the troops were on the trucks we had armoured escorts, chopper escorts and anything else they could muster, but once the troops or guns were off the back of the trucks, who gave a hoot in hell. We just drove off back home to the security of the base on our tod malone. A lovely feeling!


A taste of typical suburban Saigon traffic.


I have found quite a few more interesting shots such as the US Navy Hovercraft from Cat Lo. You may note a couple of PBRs in the background. These little babies were fibreglass hulled and water jet propelled rather than screw driven and magic in shallow reedy water.
When we landed in Vietnam we somehow acquired a true blue 'blue heeler' dog that we adopted and called Smedley. Once Company HQ got wind of Smedley all pets were outlawed and we had a choice of either destroying him or finding him a new home. The Yanks at Cat Lo took him at the last minute and they told us that he was the best thing ever for two reasons...a) he absolutely hated all Noggies and as a result was invaluable as a guard dog and, b) he would start to howl about 5 minutes before our trucks came into view so the Yanks had advanced warning of when we were coming. Needless to say, we kept in contact with the Hovercraft boys.

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Re: A timely fix for Digger
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2014, 05:54:16 PM »
More treasures from your collection - thank you Glen. I like your comments as well.

The puddle was on the road from the VTF to Nui Dat?
Well, as you say, that was the first year of 1ATF, so the engineers probably had a lot of things on their "To Do List".

Corowa seems like just the other day and now ANZAC Day is fast approaching.

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Re: A timely fix for Digger
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2014, 06:13:36 PM »
No, the puddle was actually a bit outside the normal operational area, but we won't go too far into that as there ares some grunts and dropshorts who feel that they were the only ones to ever venture outside the "wire" and I would hate to burst their little bubbles.
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Re: A timely fix for Digger
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2014, 08:05:51 PM »
As usual fantastic stuff,

Photos are great but so much better with a little text alongside like these...

I wonder if the Yanks have recorded anything about the heeler in their archives?

Thanks Glen!
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