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If we can’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person embellished or faked service, they won’t be posted here.
During that April, the artillerymen were busy working to build new living quarters and gun pits inside the LZ’s perimeter.
The hill was so rocky and hard that all the gun pits had to be built above ground, using sandbags and 55-gallon drums filled with sand.
And for the artillerymen, losing was not an option. Army 23rd Infantry (Americal) Division’s Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 82nd Artillery, and Company C, 39th Engineer Battalion, it was a time to continue building fortifications and bunkers on the hill known as LZ Snoopy.
The early part of May 1969 was a period of relative calm in the southern portion of I Corps. I was a member of Bravo Battery’s fire direction center (FDC) at the time.
The firepower of those howitzers also started to draw the enemy’s attention, and soon LZ Snoopy was subjected to periodic mortar fire.
During a fire mission, the crews could change the direction of their gun by picking up the trails and moving the gun on its jack until it was aimed in the proper direction.Near each gun pit the crews built their living quarters, which consisted of 10-by-10 buildings covered with sandbags and reinforced by mounds of dirt piled up around the sides.
Every morning the engineers had to sweep Highway 1 for mines and booby traps.Originally an engineer LZ, Snoopy was located approximately 10 miles south of the city of Quang Ngai.It was situated on a hill overlooking some abandoned rice fields and Highway 1, the major north-south road that ran through I Corps and paralleled the South China Sea coast.This is our Hall Of Shame, here we have a special place for those that would lie about Military service, or embellish their Military Record.Once an investigation is complete, and it is found that they embellished or fabricated military service, they are added here.We get around fifty new cases per week, only a small percentage of these cases ever make it here.