U.S. Army M109 155mm Self-Propelled
Battery A of The 2nd
Battalion/35th (Medium Self-Propelled) Artillery Regiment of the
U.S. Army arrived at 1 ATF Nui Dat from Long Binh with six M109
155mm Self Propelled Howitzers on 22 July 1966. The battery became
part of the permanent artillery support for 1 ATF, and had a
permanent base in the south-west corner of the Task Force area.
The battery participated in the Battle of Long Tan, 18 August 1966
where the M109s were used against targets in depth, and in a counter
bombardment role against enemy mortars firing 242 rounds of 155mm
ammunition during the engagement
(ref: TO LONG TAN pp323 and 351).
Upon the occupation of the Horseshoe feature by B Company 5 RAR at
0800hrs 6 March 1967, to be followed by D Company 5 RAR, who were to
establish a permanent base on the Horseshoe at 1000hrs the same day
in U.S. Army Air Mobile UH-1D Slick Ships - 4 Iroquois helicopters
at a time, 1 ATF was to build a fenced minefield south from the
Horseshoe towards the sea, with the Horseshoe (which is just to the
north of Dat Do) being the defended northern end of this fenced
minefield. The battery was temporary moved from 1 ATF to the
Horseshoe to cover the building of the fence.
Note the red kangaroo
on the machine gun shield.
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