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U.S. AIR FORCE
EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD)
A YEAR IN VIETNAM, 1966-1967
Lieutenant Colonel Ted A. Morris, USAF, Retired
Cau Mau. The detonation of a portion of the recovered 2.75 inch FFAR motors and WP warheads. The WP is the white burning in the center of this photo.
Long Binh Depot, RVN, October 29, 1966. An
aerial view of a very large crater left from a
stack of 12,000 eight inch high explosive
artillery projectiles follwing an explosion caused
by the Viet Cong. The cleared area just
visible at the top is the vital Army
Communications Antenna farm, where the 7th AF EOD
team recoverd over 200 of the projectiles.
At Long Binh Depot. SSgt. Bartram digs to recover an eight inch artillery projectile from the communications antenna farm. The VC destroyed aobut one-half of a 12,000 projectile stack and scattered the other half over the depot. Shovels, ditch diggers and pole augers (shown here) were used to dig down and recover the deeply buried projectiles.
Binh. Some of the hazardous eight inch
artillery projectiles collected by EOD personnel
following the VC attack. All have been
subjected to severe shock and heat, making the
internal explosives chemically unstable. --
AB. A CBU-19 dispenser. It carries
several hundred E-158 CS (tear gas) bomblets that,
when dispensed 'skidder' or scoot all about the
area emitting gas. Used extensively by the
propeller driven A-1 "Spad" attack aircraft.
AB. A Russian made 140mm unguided rocket,
its fuse, and the simple but effective launch
tube. The rocket is about 4 feet long.
The warhead contains about 10 pounds of high
explosive. The fuse is fired on
impact. The luanch tube is aimed at the
target, anchored to the ground, the rocket
inserted and then fired electrically by an
ordinary flash light battery.
Da Nang AB. The Continuous Rod Warhead (CROW) of an AIM-7 SPARROW missile that had been loaded on an F-4 aircraft hit by a 140mm Russian made rocket. The white residue is the warhead's explosive, which is now very hazardous, having been partially burned and exploded. The item in the foreground is what remains of a partially destroyed 500 pound bomb.
Nang. After the 140mm rocket attack.
As this Air Force fire truck drove up to attempt
to put out the fire on a burning, bomb-loaded F-4,
one or more 500 pound bombs detonated, killing
five firemen. The truck was a Type 0-11A
manufactured by American LaFrance out of Elmira
NY. They were purchased only by the Air
Force around 1954. About 1100 were
made. This is the only know loss in combat
(thanks to Art Williams for the information).
Nang. A direct hit by a Russion made 140mm
rocket on a C-130A used as an airborne command
post for Rescue Operations. Just one of
several direct hits by the VC during attacks
against the AB.
Nhut AB, December 4, 1966. A portion of the
explosives removed by EOD personnel from dead,
wounded or captured Viet Cong during their attach
on the base. Include are Rocket Propelled
Grenades (RPGs), US 40mm projectiles, and numerous
home made hand grenades.
From captured VC photos. A primary source of
high explosives for VC clandestine munitions was
retrieved 100, 500, and 750 pound US bombs that failed
to detonate when dropped. In the foreground, two
VC are sawing open a 750 pound bomb to gain access to
the explosive. 7th AF EOD personnel would try to
deny this source by detonating the explosives from
shot down or crashed aircraft.
Tan Son Nhut. A US 60mm mortar projectile and
a BLU-3 anti-personnel bomblet captured by the Viet
Cong and adapted to be used as rifle grenades.
These particular items were found rigged as booby
traps (hanging from trees and released by a trip
wire). The mortar round is armed and ready to
detonate. The BLU-3 cover would come free during
launch and would then be armed.
Binh, again (Feb. 1967). The remains of a
stack of over 15,000 high explosive 155mm
artillery projectiles after the VC attack on
February 4. Over the two month recovery and
clearing operation, tens of thousands of these
hazardous munitions were recoverd by hand, one at
a time. -- color photo
Moc Hoa. Warheads and 2.75 inch FFAR rocket
motors collected by the 7th AF EOD team from a
C-130 shot down by the Viet Cong. Being
hazardous as well as a source of explosives for
the VC, they will be destroyed.
Moc Hoa. The remains of ten 2.75 inch FFAR
warheads. Several have been broken open, and
all were subject to fire and in very hazardous
ARVN fortified hamlet, Mekong Delta. An EOD
man digs out an unexploded rifle grenade following
a VC attack. Considered very hazardous, the
RPG will be detonated in a disposal area after its
recovery. -- color photo.
ARVN fortified hamlet. A portion of
unexploded and very hazardous rifle grenades and
mortar projectiles recovered by EOD men following
a VC attack on the hamlet. There are French,
US, and VC manufactured munitions shown
here. Two such items exploded while EOD men
worked to render them safe. -- color photo