Guns and Howitzers
of the
1/83rd Artillery

In some cases you will see that there were a lot of names considering there were only 4 guns in each Battery. This happened in 1970 and probably other years as well. Malcolm Decker (69-70) explains how that happened...

" C Battery was always changing guns. At one time we were all 8 inch another all 175. Usually (2) 8 inch and (2) 175. But in January 1970 C battery and A battery changed fire bases and exchanged guns. In other words the guns stayed in place and the batteries moved."

When the 1/83rd first was reformed at Ft Sill in early 1966 we were entirely 8-inch towed.  We soon changed to all 8-inch Self-Propelled. When we arrived in Vietnam it was not uncommon for guns to rotate between being configured as 8-inch or 175mm.  This was possible because both were on the same gun carriage. For more on this, click here.

 

Gun Name

Type

Battery

Year

Photo Available
ACE 8-inch A 69-70 Yes
(Courtesy Dan O'Brien)

Yes
(Courtesy Dan O'Brien
&
 Larry Richins)

Bad News 8-inch B 68-69 Yes
(Courtesy Neal Schwartz)
Batman
Updated 7/15/18
175mm B 66-67  
Big Bad Bastard 8-inch B 68-69


69-70
Yes
(Courtesy Neal Schwartz)

Yes
(Courtesy Jerry Kosty)

Big Rebel Rouser No. 1 8-inch B 66-67  
Blood, Sweat &Tears 8-inch B 69-70 Yes
(Courtesy Jerry Kosty)
Boom-Boom 8-inch B 68-69 Yes
(Courtesy Neal Schwartz)
Canned Heat 175mm C 1970  
Captain America 175mm C 1970  
Chaos Creator 8-inch C 1970 Yes
(Courtesy Ken Mitchell)
Charley's Worry 8-inch C 1970 Yes
(Courtesy Malcolm Decker)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 8-inch C 1970 Yes
(Courtesy Malcolm Decker)

Chosen Few

8-inch A 69-70 Yes
(Courtesy Mike Davis)
Cobra 175mm C 68-69  
Cong Crusher 8-inch C 1970 Yes
(Courtesy Ken Mitchell)
Contac 175mm C 68-69 Yes
(Courtesy Stew Stenberg)
Coroner 175mm C 1970 Yes
(Courtesy Malcolm Decker)
Crying Time 8-inch B 67-68  
Giddy Up Go
Updated 7/15/18
8-inch B 66-67  
Goldfinger 175mm A 69-70 Yes
(Courtesy Dan O'Brien)
Hells Angel 8-inch A 69 Yes
(Courtesy Dan O'Brien)
Home of the Cobra 175mm C 69-70  
The Judge 8-inch A 69-70 Yes
(Courtesy Dan O'Brien)
Mindblower 8-inch A 69 Yes
(Courtesy Dan O'Brien)
Widow Maker 8-inch B 67-68  

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