Dan Minton (67-68)
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.
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)
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.