A few months ago I received an email from Kelli Brewer of a group called deploycare.org. She told me she had some information she thought would be useful to the viewers of this site. Upon reviewing the information I agreed that it may be helpful to some of our readers and their families and I published it on our site. You can find the link on our header under the title “Giving Back: Supporting Veterans.”
I was able to get to the National Archives in College Park, MD last week and I found the Command Chronologies for 1st Guns for the year 1970. They appear to be intact with the exception of February, 1970, which has a few pages missing. Using this new information I was able to flesh out the Battery History page.
For a moment I thought I would be able to locate the unit rosters for the Guns but it appears that when the Marine Corps turned the files over to the National Archives they got lost in the shuffle. They were either mislabeled like the 1st 155mm Guns files were or they were not included. I’m not finished with the National Archives yet. Now that I am a registered “Researcher” and I know my way around there a bit, I intend to get back there one day and delve into the unit roster files a bit more.
I’m curious to know if know if Fire Direction Control on the 175 Guns used FADAC or was it done manually. I know FADAC was not available for the 155 Guns because they were never converted to the metric system but I’m sure the Army was using FADAC with the 175 Guns in Vietnam. Did the USMC use FADAC with them as well?
I was able to locate the Command Chronologies for 1st Guns for Mar69 to Dec69 in the National Archives and have ordered copies. This should allow me to “flesh out” the Battery History entries for that period. I’m still looking for the records from Jan70 to Oct70.
I think it’s ironic that the last firing position for 1st Guns in Vietnam in September of 1970 (Hill 55) is only 6 miles from its first firing position in March of 1966 and that platoons of Guns had been deployed there off and on as early as Apr66.