While looking through my Vietnam stuff I found some ammunition related photos. I took these while serving as an Army S-4 (Logistics) Advisor, Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) Advisory Team 55, in the Mekong Delta at Rach Gia, Kien Giang Province, during my tour starting in March of 1968. The close-ups were taken with a Nikon F and a 55mm Micro Nikkor.
The local Vietnamese Regional Force/Popular Force (“Rough Puffs”) Army unit used Viet Cong prisoners to unload 155mm projos by throwing them out the back of a 2 ½ ton truck! Yeah, they were unfuzed, but they also tossed out the loaded boxes of fuzes! Note the Vietnamese guard armed with an M-2 Carbine, which was commonly used in this Province through late 1968.
Here’s a close-up of the XM583 40mm White Star Parachute round for the shoulder-fired M-79 Grenade Launcher.
The following two shots are of the 40mm M576 “Buck Shot” round for the M-79.
Our Team “supervised” a FAR (Fuel and Rearm) point used by a Naval Mobile Riverine unit and Army Aviation units at an airfield five miles outside the city of Rach Gia. Air Force C-123s and C-130s landed and dumped-off pallets of JP-4 fuel barrels and ammo. A Vietnamese armored cavalry platoon provided security, sort off… The locals loved the large metal ammo cans that held 20mm and 7.62mm rounds, and usually made-off with the cans after dumping the ammo while the guards dozed. The first shot shows Captain Johnson, one of our attached O-1 Bird Dog recon pilots, standing next to a M151 jeep trailer filled with dumped ammo we recovered. Note his “221st Aviation Company Shotguns” pocket patch and his extra large knife.
The following shows close-up details of the pile of linked aircraft grade 7.62mm NATO (usually 1500 rounds per can) and linked 20x110 USN.
It was an interesting year for me… Winston Churchill summed it up: “Nothing is so exhilarating in life as to be shot at with no result.”