104 Sig Sqn | Album 65

ALBUM 65 - 104 SIG SQN

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 L-R  Allan Lohrisch and Ken Greenwood (Centre) at FSPB Coral.
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 Allan Lohrisch and Ken Greenwood (Centre) at FSPB Coral.   Photo supplied by Allan Lohrisch [May/June 1968]

Allan Lohrisch sleeping pit at FSPB Coral.  
65-2.   Allan Lohrisch sleeping pit at FSPB Coral.    Photo supplied by Allan Lohrisch [May/June 1968]

Note:  Ponchos over the top to try and keep the rain out.

 A Sqn, 3 Cav Regt, APC (Callsign 9E) parked opposite the Radio Bunker at FSPB Coral.
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5-3.   A Sqn, 3 Cav Regt, APC (Callsign 9E) parked opposite the Radio Bunker at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Allan Lohrisch [May/June 1968]

Note:  Scorpion painted on the side which is now part of the formal badge of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment.

 Taken in the 104 Radio Bunker and showing some of the equipment used at FSPB Coral.
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5-4.  Taken in the 104 Radio Bunker and showing some of the equipment used at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Allan Lohrisch [May/June 1968]

Huey's on Mickey Mouse Pad at FSPB Coral.    
65-5.  Huey's on Mickey Mouse Pad at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Allan Lohrisch [May/June 1968]

Note:  Logs used to stop the choppers sinking in the mud.

Mud and Slush at FSPB Coral.  
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5-6.  Mud and Slush at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Allan Lohrisch [May/June 1968]

Blowing the CP just before leaving FSPB Coral.
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5-7.  Blowing the CP just before leaving FSPB Coral.   Photo supplied by Allan Lohrisch [5 June 1968]

 Blowing the CP just before leaving FSPB Coral.   
65-8. Blowing the CP just before leaving FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Allan Lohrisch [5 June 1968]

Radio Troop Landrover bogged at FSPB Coral and about to be pulled out by a APC.  L-R  Max Hardy (Radio Tp Sgt) and Unknown (Most likely part of APC crew).
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5-9. Radio Troop Landrover bogged at FSPB Coral and about to be pulled out by a APC.  L-R  Max Hardy (Radio Tp Sgt) and Unknown (Most likely part of APC crew).   Photo supplied by Allan Lohrisch [May/June 1968]

One of the Convoys forming up at FSPB Coral for the return trip to Nui Dat via overnight stop at Bearcat. 
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5-10.  One of the Convoys forming up at FSPB Coral for the return trip to Nui Dat via overnight stop at Bearcat.  Photo supplied by Allan Lohrisch [June 1968]

 104 Sig Sqn at Bearcat preparing to move to FSPB Coral.
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5-11.   104 Sig Sqn at Bearcat preparing to move to FSPB Coral.   Photo supplied by Graham Arnold [12 May 1968]

Note: The AN/MRC-69 Shelter from 110 Sig Sqn on the right.   The Radio Relay AN/MRC-69 equipment provided voice channels to HQ 1 ATF (Rear) at Nui Dat and HQ AFV in Saigon.

Road Convey deploying to FSPB Coral from Bearcat.  
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5-12.   Road Convey deploying to FSPB Coral from Bearcat.   Photo supplied by Graham Arnold [13 May 1968]

Note: The first Truck (Mk4) has the AN/MRC-17 and AN/MTC-7 Shelters and the  second Truck (Mk5) the AN/MRC-69 Shelter.

 110 Sig Sqn RR Vehicle/Shelter before the shell scrape were bulldozed at FSPB Coral.
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5-13.  110 Sig Sqn RR Vehicle/Shelter before the shell scrape were bulldozed at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Graham Arnold [May 1968]

Note:  See photo 61-13 in Album 61 for RR truck damage after being hit a few times on the 16 May 1968.

APC towing another APC at FSPB Coral.  
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5-14.   APC towing another APC at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Graham Arnold [May/June 1968]

RR
= Radio Relay
1ATF = First Australian Task Force
AFV = Australian Forces Vietnam

 Stores being airlifted by US Army Chinook to FSPB Coral.
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5-15.   Stores being airlifted by US Army Chinook to FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Graham Arnold [May/June 1968]

Note:  See the M79 Grenade Launcher between the front seats of the Landrover (FFR) with one of its 40mm rounds plugging the barrel to keep it clean!

 US Army Chinook landing after red smoke thrown at FSPB Coral.
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5-16.    US Army Chinook landing after red smoke thrown at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Graham Arnold [May/June 1968]

FFR = Fitted for Radio
M79:  Grenade Launcher weighed above 3kg and could fire a 40mm grenade round up to 400 metres.

104 Sig Sqn Task Force NCS "Callsign 19" at FSPB Coral before going under ground.
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5-17.   104 Sig Sqn Task Force NCS "Callsign 19" at FSPB Coral before going under ground.  Photo supplied by Graham Arnold [May 1968]

Note:  VHF Radio Sets RT-524 on the bench with AN/GRA-39 Remote Control Units above remoting the radios to the 1ATF Comd CP.  Also the HF Radio Set AN/PRC-47 (rear of bench on ground) which was back up to the VHF Comd Net but never activated at FSPB Coral.

Lt Ken Twining (Radio Troop Comd) filling sandbags outside Comms Con at FSPB Coral.
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5-18.   Lt Ken Twining (Radio Troop Comd) filling sandbags outside Comms Con at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Graham Arnold [May/June 1968]

CP
= Command Post
NCS
= Net Control Station
HF = High Frequency

VHF = Very High Frequency

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