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"Incoming!"

Artillery and Rockets


Like most Marine units in Vietnam, 1st AmTrac Battalion received their share of incoming mortar, rocket and artillery fire while operating in the field. Because of the close proximity of North Vietnam to their base at the mouth of the Cua Viet River, the Marines of the 1st AmTrac Battalion also received their share of incoming inside their base.

When the North Vietnamese fired their artillery, you could hear the guns go off. The sound was a very faint pop sound, so faint that if you were not tuned into it, you might wonder if you really heard it at all. Depending upon the weather which would affect the speed of sound, the pops were followed four to ten seconds later by exploding shells. The whistling sound that is made by incoming artillery shells is only heard when the round goes over your head. The whistle sounds that last two or three seconds, like the ones on old war movies are artillery shells you don't worry about too much, those shells would land hundreds of feet from you. The shells that would get you were the ones that whistled only for a fraction of a second before hitting the ground, but in that fraction of a second your mind would hear the whistle very clearly, measure the length of the sound, calculate how close to you it would land, and give you time to think about it. When the incoming shells didn't go over you, the sound of the explosion was quite different, if the explosion was close, it sounded like a loud "WHAM" like someone hitting a sheet of corrugated steel with something heavy. The sound became less "wham like" and more sharp, like a heavy "CRACK" the further the explosion was from you. If the shells landed close to you, you heard a "THUD" as the shell impacted the ground. This was closely followed by the sudden outward movement of air and the sound wave of the explosion which followed it. Immediately following the sound wave you would hear strange little noises overhead as the pieces of shrapnel tumbled and flew through the air. These are sounds that you never forget.

The list below highlights the incoming that the Cua Viet Port Facility (Camp Kistler) received during the two years that 1st AmTrac Battalion made their home here. In some cases, there are more then one entry for the same date, these represent separate attacks.

The casualties and damage would have been a lot greater had it not been for the sand at Cua Viet. The sand which got into everything including your cloths, your food, your bed and your rifle, also allowed the artillery rounds to go a little further into the ground before exploding.


22-Apr-67
Designated Installation Coordinator Cua Viet Facility.
26-Apr-67
H&S Company Debarked at Cua Viet Facility.
27-Apr-67
A Company Debarked at Cua Viet Facility.

Date
Number of Rounds
Type of Rounds
Damage
Casualties
28-Apr-67
15
Rounds
82mm
None
None Reported
12-Jun-67
225
Rounds
140mm Rocket, 122mm and mortors
1 KIA, 33 WIA
05-Jul-67
30
Rounds
Rocket
2 WIA
18-Jul-67
10
Rounds
Heavy Artillery or Rocket
8 WIA
28-Aug-67
15
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
28-Aug-67
4
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
2 WIA
28-Aug-67
30
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
28-Aug-67
10
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None Reported
29-Aug-67
10
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
29-Aug-67
13
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None Reported
30-Aug-67
14
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
02-Sep-67
30
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
2 KIA, 1 WIA
02-Sep-67
14
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
02-Sep-67
16
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
02-Sep-67
16
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None Reported
02-Sep-67
8
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
2 WIA
14-Sep-67
4
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
22-Sep-67
8
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
25-Sep-67
27
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
29-Sep-67
35
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
1 WIA
05-Oct-67
1
Round
Unknown Size Artillery
None
None Reported
10-Oct-67
5
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
02-Nov-67
30
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
1 KIA, 5 WIA
06-Nov-67
5
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
07-Nov-67
3
Rounds
Unknown Size Artillery
None
None Reported
11-Dec-67
4
Rounds
130mm Artillery
None
None Reported
11-Dec-67
8
Rounds
130mm Artillery
None
None Reported
11-Dec-67
3
Rounds
130mm Artillery
None
1 WIA
16-Dec-67
140+
Rounds
100mm Artillery and Rocket
5 KIA, 31 WIA
04-Feb-68
45
Rounds
Rocket and Artillery
None
5 WIA
06-Feb-68
6
Rounds
140mm Rocket
None
None Reported
07-Feb-68
6
Rounds
140mm Rocket
None
None Reported
19-Feb-68
76
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
1 KIA, 15 WIA
19-Feb-68
16
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
1 WIA
19-Feb-68
10
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
21-Feb-68
60
Rounds
140mm Rocket
Civilian Casualties
21-Feb-68
40
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
2 KIA, 3 WIA
21-Feb-68
4
Rounds
130mm Artillery
None
3 WIA
21-Feb-68
2
Rounds
130mm Artillery
None
None Reported
22-Feb-68
37
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
1 KIA
22-Feb-68
28
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
4 WIA
22-Feb-68
6
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
1 WIA
22-Feb-68
15
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
7 WIA
23-Feb-68
14
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
23-Feb-68
4
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
24-Feb-68
2
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
24-Feb-68
2
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
2 WIA
24-Feb-68
4
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None Reported
24-Feb-68
7
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
24-Feb-68
3
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None Reported
25-Feb-68
4
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
25-Feb-68
3
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
26-Feb-68
5
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
27-Feb-68
7
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
27-Feb-68
6
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
28-Feb-68
3
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
01-Mar-68
7
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
06-Mar-68
28
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
10-Mar-68
1
Round
Unknown Size Artillery
2 KIA, 12 WIA
14-Mar-68
50
Rounds
140mm Rocket
1 KIA, 6 WIA
18-Mar-68
10
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
19-Mar-68
25
Rounds
140mm Rocket
None
2 WIA
21-Mar-68
2
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
23-Mar-68
6
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
24-Mar-68
8-10
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
24-Mar-68
5
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
24-Mar-68
15
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
25-Mar-68
45-50
Rounds
Rocket and Artillery
None
6 WIA
03-Apr-68
27
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
1 WIA
11-Apr-68
64
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
1 WIA
22-Apr-68
35-50
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
5 WIA
24-Apr-68
80
Rounds
85mm or 100mm Artillery
None
None Reported
01-May-68
6
Rounds
Unknown Size Artillery
None Reported
01-May-68
50
Rounds
Heavy Artillery
4 WIA
02-May-68
5-10
Rounds
85mm or 100mm Artillery
None
None Reported
02-May-68
25
Rounds
Light to Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
05-May-68
4
Rounds
Light Artillery
None
None Reported
05-May-68
7
Rounds
Light Artillery
None
1 KIA, 11 WIA
05-May-68
12
Rounds
85mm or 100mm Artillery
None
None Reported
06-May-68
75-90
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
2 WIA
06-May-68
70-76
Rounds
130mm and 152mm Artillery
3 WIA
09-May-68
17
Rounds
Light Artillery
None
4 WIA
10-May-68
15
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
11-May-68
7-10
Rounds
Light Artillery
None
None Reported
12-May-68
18
Rounds
Heavy Artillery
None
None Reported
13-May-68
3
Rounds
Unknown Size Artillery
None
None Reported
13-May-68
7-10
Rounds
Unknown Size Artillery
None
None Reported
25-May-68
111
Rounds
85mm, 100mm and 130mm Artillery
1 WIA
25-May-68
8
Rounds
Light to Medium Artillery
None
1 WIA
27-May-68
8
Rounds
Light Artillery
None
None Reported
28-May-68
20
Rounds
Light to Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
29-May-68
10
Rounds
Unknown Size Artillery
None
None Reported
02-Jun-68
10
Rounds
Light Artillery
1 WIA
9-Jun-68
15
Rounds
Light to Medium Artillery
None Reported
13-Jun-68
61
Rounds
Mixed Artillery
3 WIA
19-Jun-68
57
Rounds
Light to Medium Artillery
1 WIA
21-Jun-68
11
Rounds
Light to Medium Artillery
3 WIA
24-Jun-68
44
Rounds
Light to Medium Artillery
None Reported
25-Jun-68
12
Rounds
Light to Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
27-Jun-68
76
Rounds
Light to Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
01-Jul-68
44
Rounds
Light to Medium Artillery
None Reported
01-Jul-68
5
Rounds
Light to Medium Artillery
None Reported
19-Jul-68
9
Rounds
100mm Artillery or larger
None
None Reported
23-Jul-68
15
Rounds
Light to Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
23-Jul-68
1
Round
Light Artillery
None
None Reported
25-Jul-68
20
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
30-Jul-68
Salvo
Rounds
Unknown Number and Size Rockets
None
None Reported
30-Jul-68
33
Rounds
Light to Medium Artillery
4 WIA
3-Aug-68
4
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
3-Aug-68
11
Rounds
Light to Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
6-Aug-68
3
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
6-Aug-68
2
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
19-Aug-68
6
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
26-Aug-68
20
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
1 KIA, 2 WIA
27-Aug-68
16
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
3-Sept-68
26
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
18-Sept-68
8
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
18-Sept-68
12
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
28-Sept-68
10
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
29-Oct-68
6
Rounds
130mm Artillery
None
None Reported
30-Oct-68
10
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
1-Nov-68
6
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
1-Nov-68
4
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
None Reported
1-Nov-68
4
Rounds
Medium Artillery
None
2 WIA
15-Mar-69
15
Rounds
122mm and 140mm Rocket
Civilian Casualties
12-Apr-69
8
Rounds
Rocket
None
None Reported
19-Apr-69
4
Rounds
Rocket
None
None Reported
12-May-69
6
Rounds
122mm Rocket
None
None Reported
19-May-69
7
Rounds
122mm Rocket
None
None Reported
15-May-69
6
Rounds
122mm Rocket
None
None Reported
15-May-69
7
Rounds
122mm Rocket
None
None Reported
27-May-69
12
Rounds
122mm Rocket
1 WIA
10-Jun-69
3
Rounds
140mm Rocket
None
None Reported
3-Jul-69
1st AmTrac Battalion moved to Camp Schwab, Okinawa. - Camp Kistler is formally deactivated.


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