Outline of unit history of the 18th artillery and 553 artillery -
consolidated into the 18th artillery group in June 25, 1958.
History of the General Gordon
• Troop transport ship
• First team over to Vietnam
• Sailed from Oakland CA in Sept. of
• Landed Vietnam Oct. 23, 1965
• 28 days
5000 men going to war
Click here and view a
clipping from ships magazine,
also called The General Gordon, giving a brief history of the ship.
88th infantry interactive feature - click to
open - photo by
Takio Fujii, Nov 4, 1965
THE ALLEY-OOP INTERACTIVE -
(Photo by Charles Martin)
THE ABOLISHER INTERACTIVE:
A-BTRY, 1ST SECTION
-1965 CHRISTMAS DAY
Additional Mang Yang Pass narrative:
- 1st Section - The Abolisher
- 2nd Section - The Ace
- 3rd Section - Alley-Oop
- 4th Section - The Annihilator
2nd Section, under Sgt. Garrett (chief of
and Sal Mattina as driver.
A painting I had done by artist D. Bush. I have just published it. I am sending a copy so you can see what it look likes. This was done by taking 7 photo that were taken in Viet Nam.
1/30 was part of the 18th, they wore Red Scarf's to show them as Artillery. At Ft. Lewis we were all attached to
23rd Artillery Group. The 3/18 was sent to Vietnam first it was a 23 day Ship ride on the
General Gordon. The 1/30 followed us and were stationed
at Dak To Feb -1966. The 23rd, out of Ft. Lewis, made sure we were supplied when we reached Vietnam. They showed up Oct 30th, 1966 with 9
- A Btry - stayed at Pleiku, all the men in A Btry are 88th Infantry - had 4 gun sections
- B Btry - was at Bong Song and cleared it out, then moved to Chu-Lie for permanent camp. Half of the men serviced the L-19 planes and "bubble"
helicopters, the other half manned the guns - had 4 gun sections
- C Btry - stayed at An-Khe the whole 5.5yrs - had 4 gun sections
- Service Battery stayed an An-Khe
- HQ was at An-Khe
18th Field Artillery Bn. Crest
1st Bn. 18th Artillery Crest
544th Field Artillery Bn.
Consolidated into the
18th in '58
1964 - Fort Lewis
12 M-110 Self Propelled Howitzers
Read About the 12 new Howitzers
incident at Fort Lewis
"First for Freedom"
I Field Force Vietnam
Distinctive Unit Insignia
88 men sent to Ia-Drang Valley:
3rd-Batallion 18th Artillery, and A-Battery 3/18 Artillery, from Oct 1965 until November 1, 1966,
until Americal took over. We used some of B-Battery, and a few from Commo Section Service Battery, to make up the 88 men sent to Ia-Drang Valley. The men of 1965 to 1966 wear this Crest.
Sgt Gregerio Mireles and
Palofox lead the way, plus Sgt Garrett.