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The Razor Back and Rockpile; at the base of the rockpile was a FSB that frquently came under North Vietnamese ground and mortar attack.Limka 4/12 convoys through dense jungle folage during 1966. Ambush and mines were always a problem for tracked vehicles. Picture provided by Bill Breen, 1966-68.
Lima 4/12 in the field; picture provided by Bill Breen.Lance Corporal Joe Oldham, 2144 "Track Repair" with his battery, Mike 4/12.
Lima 4/12 in the field as a UH-34 swoops dangerously close to a M109.L/Corporal Charlie LeBlanc, Mike 4/12 with his vehicle in front of the Rockpile.
Kilo 4/12 at Camp Carroll during a fire mission.A platoon of Lima 4/12 155SP's sits in position during the summer of 1967 on "Operation Cumberland," just NE of the Ashau Valley. A fireball from a napalm strike rises after being dropped on a Gook mortar position.  3 Golf 3/12 Marines died moments earlier as a result of the mortar attack.
Mike 4/12 in the field; picture provided by Joe Oldham.Vietnam Veteran's traveled many miles through the country of Vietnam and after returning to a "home" that no longer existed. The "torn" boot not only represents those miles but the very soul of most veterans, torn from a life they once knew... Picture by Dee Hyler HQ 4/12.
Gun 3 of Kilo Battery 4/12 on the perimeter of camp Carroll.A direct hit on a Kilo 4/12 personal tent at Camp Carroll in 1968 from a Gook Pac 75 howitzer. Picture provided by Doc Wean K 4/12 1968-69.
Kilo or Lima 4/12 at the base of the Rockpile. Picture taken by Dee Hyler, HQ 4/12.Mike 4/12 Gun 1 at Camp Carroll during 1966. Picture provided by Joe Oldham
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Mike 4/12 Gun 1; picture provided by Joe Oldham.Kilo 4/12 at Camp Carroll in 1968. Gun 4 sits in it's "muddy" parapet; picture provided by "Doc Wean"
A Synopsis

In July of 1965, in conjunction with the Marine Corps establishing a presence in South Vietnam, 4th Battalion 12th Marines came ashore setting up headquarters at Phu Bai, establishing it's TAOR.

At Phu Bai, after establishing it's command location near the airstrip, 4/12 took operational and administrative control of the artillery presence in place. These were one of its own 155mm howitzer batteries, Battery M; a 105mm battery, Battery I, 3d Battalion 12th Marines and Whiskey/Mortar Battery, a 4.2 unit from 2d Battalion 12th Marines.

On 16 September, Battery M received six of the newer M-109 155mm self-propelled howitzers; its older M-114A towed pieces were then distributed throughout the artillery battalion. Headquarters Battery and Batteries I and M each manned two of the towed 155s. Lieutenant Colonel Sumner A. Vale later remarked:

. . . "seldom if ever has an infantry battalion commander had so much artillery support under his control as did Taylor, I, and then Hanifin .... We had the 105 battery within the BLT organization, the equivalent of] two batteries of 155 howitzers, one towed and one self-propelled, and a battery of howtars .... These 24 artillery pieces compensated, in part, that 3/4 had only 3 rifle companies, one being stationed in the Da Nang area. "

A Marine division had a variety of available artillery support. Its artillery regiment consisted of three direct support and one general support battalions. The three direct support battalions, 1st, 2d, and 3d, contained three batteries each with six M101A1 105mm towed howitzers (range 11,300 meters), and one battery of six 107mm howtars (range 5,600 meters), a 4.2-inch mortar tube mounted on the frame of the old 75mm pack howitzer.

4th Battalion, the general support unit, had three batteries each equipped with six 155mm howitzers (range 14,600 meters). In 1965 M-109 self-propelled 155mm howitzers were being phased in to replace the older M114A towed howitzers. 4th Battalion, 12th Marines had deployed to Vietnam with two batteries equipped with self-propelled howitzers and one battery with towed howitzers.

In Vietnam, the Marines found they had a use for both weapons. The heavy, tracked M109SP was largely road bound, while the lighter towed howitzer could be moved either by truck or by helicopter allowing more mobility for support in the field. War for the 12th Marines was underway...

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