QuarterHorse Stories

The Right Way/Wrong Way to fight a War

by Rob Ferguson


Referring to the RPG fencing on my ACAV, we just pulled the track up and pounded the stakes in. A pain at times but having seen the fencing stop rounds and/or catch them, I certainly had no problem with it, this defense as well as the corrugated metal sheets we strapped loosely to the sides of ACAV's were put in use over halfway thru my tour and to my view both were simple yet effective.

One fellow recently reported having to relearn firing his main gun after RVN, while in Germany - reminded me of making my appearance before the promotion board when I was up for E5. My mos was 11D and I did AIT at Knox in the Armor Recon school. A Troop was manning an NDP at a road intersection between Di An & Phu Loi, it was pretty quiet at that time. I got the word first thing in the morning that I was going in to go before the board that afternoon. I got to Di An in time to clean up, barter for some clean clothes and present myself to the board, no time for study, etc. as I didn't even know I'd been put in for E5. I remember all the tactical questions I got had to do with fighting the Russians in Europe and all the tactics in my head were for fighting charlie in RVN, one of the senior nco's on the board did clue me in (politely no less) on some answers I didn't quite get and I got my stripes, but I remember thinking to myself, this is the polite version. That really made sense when I'd was busy fighting charlie to ask me questions re europe and why are they bothering me with this stuff when my troop's in the field and that's where I belong, I'd been a TC 5 or 6 months just give me the damn stripes. or do something else with them

As for rpg's themselves I didn't care what they were firing I just prayed they missed all of us - as driver and TC of A63 carrying the senior medic (usually in my tour Docs Heim & Mims) we were normally the ones to get the call, to retrieve wia's etc and get them to the dustoff. I know during my tour I was amazed that none of my medics was seriously injured, the way they exposed themselves, but in retrospect I'm amazed the vehicle was never hit bad, based on the way we sometimes had to expose it in order to retrieve the casualties, amazed and grateful. For instance while I was TC, we were on aRIF (where I don't know, never knew where we were, but it wasn't Michelin) one of our tanks was hit, the crew wounded, we pulled over to get them out, Doc Heim and it was either Doc Russell or Mims (memory fade) went aboard the tank , my driver started yelling in the intercom something about the troop, I checked over my shoulder! and the troop was pulling back, A6 called me and told me to hurry it up, Relayed the info to Doc Heim who told me to hold as he was trying to stabilize the wounded before offloading them to 63, I was able to use the tank to shield us somewhat but we had to remain partially exposed in order to make the transfer....so I had A6 in one ear telling me to hurry and Doc Heim saying patience - the Doc over ruled 6-fortunately we took no enemy fire then, but I found out after the fact that air strikes had been called in and we were to close, it was around this time I started saying that we weren't making any more house calls and if we did pick you up we were personally taking you to Oakland - didn't happen of course but it served to release some tension.


LONG DAY - by CPT Carl "Skip" Bell

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