SSG Guy was #1 gun chief 1968. Cpt David Neumann was Btry Cmdr of B Btry
during our 87 mile relocation from Ham Tam to Tan Son Nhut AFB about a week
prior to TET in January 1968.
I was the convoy commander on the ground;
David Neumann was in the helicopter above. Two of the 8" howitzers changed tubes
to 175mm at Tan Son Nhut, and the remaining two 8" howitzers were road marched
to a position about ten miles from the Air Base. We were provided security by
the 101st Airborne.
A Major from the 101st told me to move my two guns together as he could
not defend that much real estate with only a battalion. I tried to explain to
him that the reason they were spread was to cover more real estate when the
rounds landed. He responded with, "Don't give my any shit, Lieutenant". I called
Battalion and reported this incident. The next day the 199th Light Infantry
replaced the 101st with a Company.
Within 24 hours they had dug a trench around the perimeter with resupply
"spokes" to their command center. Their Company Commander had a jungle hat
embroidery with "You Got's To Be Hard". When the SHTF we had continuous fire
most of the night. Our howitzers got overheated, and the ammo ran low. SSG Guy
poured 5 gallons of water down the gun tube - only steam came out. While being
resupplied ammo, one of the CH-47's dropped a bundle about 50 meters outside the
perimeter. It was a real scramble to get it all back to the guns. On the road
march back to Tan Son Nhut AFB, hundreds of VC/NVA bodies were stacked like cord
wood on the side of the road.
When TET was over in III Corps, Cpt Neumann remained Btry Cmdr when B Btry
relocated to I Corps by barge. B Btry then provided heavy artillery support
during the battle of Hue. Concrete piercing fuses were flown in to assist in
decimating the 20 foot thick wall before Hue was secure. I'm not sure exactly
when David Neumann was replaced in 1968, but it was definitely after we departed
Hue to Camp Evans in I Corps, and before road marching to Khe Sanh to help the