2/13th US Artillery
American field guns
from B Battery, 2/13th US Field Artillery are shown in action at
Fire Support Base (FSB) Pat in support of 5RAR during Operation
Bondi II. This was in February 1970 during the final two weeks of
the operation when 5RAR’s usual direct support artillery, 105 Field
Battery, RAA, departed to return to Australia and was temporarily
replaced by these Americans.
FSB Pat was located near the old village site of Tua Tich about 13
clicks north of Xuyen Moc. Despite some language and procedural
differences between the Australians and Americans, the bi-national
force combined well in supporting the Rifle Companies battling the
enemy. Some of these encounters involved C and D Companies who were
at the time operating in the formidable May Tao Mountains in Binh
Considerable horse trading was done by the Diggers with the Yanks,
for items of equipment such as the American M16 Bayonets and their
camouflage pattern poncho liners.
On 16 February 1970 5RAR was replaced by 8RAR in FSB Pat, thus
ending its final combat operation before returning to Australia.
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