1/83rd Artillery
The Forklift Heist's

 
 

Dan Minton (67-68)
B
Battery

B Battery was successful, for a few months, in "borrowing" a huge fork lift and loading it onto the LST that took us up to I Corps. I can't remember all the details, but if anyone from the motor pool or the gun crews is on here, they might remember how it all went down. I know the guys really appreciated how much help that fork lift was in loading and unloading EVERYTHING! I think it was eventually "found and returned" when we were at Camp Evans or Camp Eagle.

Johnnie Pearson (68-69)
B
Battery

If memory serves me, B Battery stole a fork lift on our way North. I remember when CID can and took the forklift back.  It was funny.

Our guy also stole a couple of 'goats'.  They were the flatbed dune buggy like vehicles found in infantry battalions. 

Ed Thomas (66-67)
B
Battery

Speaking of stolen fork lifts. While in Bear Cat a Captain Teague, Supply and I took a phony log book down to a large depot in Saigon and "picked up" our fork lift. I drove a jeep and Teague drove the fork lift up highway one waving at the MP check points as we drove by. Captain Robert Pierce, B Battery Commander was overjoyed at the "purchase". He jokingly asked Teague if he had any log books for a Huey Helicopter. True story. That fork lift was taken with us on the moves to Ham Tan. It was invaluable.

 

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