Service "SVC" Battery
30th Field Artillery Battalion
1/30 Field Artillery
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They got no respect, Rodney Dangerfield would have felt welcome as a member of Service Battery. Very few people understood their mission and referred to them as "Circus Battery" on occasion. Their primary mission was maintenance and ammunition support. It did not matter what the mission was, the hours were long and it was hot. They had a few advantages, being in the rear was one, but they still had the duty and a mission to perform.

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Qui Nhon in 1966. A long walk up the hill to the battery area and the same walk down. These photos were furnished by Perry Nelson and we extand our thanks to him. more pictures will be appearing soon, where are yours?
Perry Nelson and his trusty M14 sits on a sandbag parapet around a 105mm howitzer.
Sand, sand and more sand to reflect the sun back. Stateside fatigues, sans starch, were not as comfortable as the soon to arrive jungle fatigues.
Just like sunny southern California, beach, sand and mountains.
Perry has promised to provide some comments for these pictures.
Service Battery really meant service. Keeping your own vehicles running was often a challenge.
Perry Nelson and the 2 1/2 ton
KP? We did not pull KP in the field! Of course we didn't have pots to scrub with an almost steady diet of C-Rations and LRRPs. Oh well, I guess life in the rear was not as great as we thought.
Aerial view of Service Battery area at Bien Hoa.
Disaster in a small package, the monkey not PFC Martin. His name was Charlie and he caused havoc throughout Service Battery. Not only did he rearrange the PLL stocks but he was alcoholic to boot. Martin, where are you?

[World War Two] [Erlangen] [Fort Lewis] [550th] [HHB] [SVC Btry] [A Btry] [B Btry]
[C Btry] [RVN General] [Then & Now] [2/30] [3/30] [5/30] [1/30 Augsburg] [Home]