Tracked Vehicle Detail
As I left Fort Carson, Colorado I had to go to the Motor Pool and get my form 314, Drivers License information. The Sergeant in the Motor Pool pointed out to me that if I wanted anything else on my drivers license all he had to do was write it on my form 314 and initial it an everyone would think that an officer had signed it. I had a license for a M151 (Jeep) and M52 (5 ton Tractor). I asked him to add M37 (3/4 ton Pick-up). He asked what else I would like and I said an 8" self propelled howitzer. He added it and we all had a good laugh, since I had never driven one but had sat in one once to have my picture taken. And so it was that I found myself in Vietnam, standing in formation one morning and the Captain announces that we need to begin moving tracked vehicles out of Saigon. He tells us that we have 6 members of our company licensed and experienced to drive tanks. He calls out the names and as I look around to see who is called I hear my name. The feeling was 50/50 excitement and panic.
We got to drive APCs, Tanks (M48, M42), (Guns 8" self propelled howitzers, 155mm Canons, Dusters), RT Forklifts, Ambulances and Fire Trucks