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    I am looking for verification of where the helicopter door gunner school was on the East coast i1968 and 1969. Was it at Beaufort or New River? Thanks for any assistance on this.
    Semper Fidelis
    Randy

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    West Coast, Camp Pendlton.

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      Thought the west coast went to Yuma.

      Wayne Stafford
      RVN 68-69
      Yuma Raft Skipper 1970

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      • #4
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        East coast of Viet Nam out over the ocean.

        Semper Fi


        Bruce "Howdy" Mayor HMM-161 '69-'70

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          Out behind the Hanger at Marble Mountain too learn 50 cal. And then out over sea for firing practice

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            Never saw or heard of one except in RVN. Above the South China Sea, low level, killing old barrels!
            Semper Fidelis
            Joe


            Phu Bai tower:
            YW-11 for Phu Bai DASC-
            Remember, These are "A" models!
            YW-11 BuNo-151939
            '65 Model CH-46A

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by Joe Reed View Post
              Never saw or heard of one except in RVN. Above the South China Sea, low level, killing old barrels!
              That's all I 'member, too--along with Hai Van pass, pick out tree or big rock, make passes and see if you could hit it with first couple rounds

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                Originally posted by Wayne Stafford View Post
                Thought the west coast went to Yuma.

                Wayne Stafford
                RVN 68-69
                Yuma Raft Skipper 1970
                On the West Coast,circa '65-'66,gunnery practice was held at Yuma,AZ. HMM-164 used 60's but '165 used the newly aquired aerial '50. It was discovered at that time that existing gun mounts were not sufficient to withstand the recoil from the MA-2. Structural damage was observed & the mounts had to be modified. Been there/done that.
                Craze
                S/F,Mike
                TAKE NO PRISONERS.,SHOW NO MERCY.
                DEATH SMILES AT EVERYONE...,MARINES SMILE BACK...

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                  Re: door gunner school

                  Originally posted by mecollins View Post
                  On the West Coast,circa '65-'66,gunnery practice was held at Yuma,AZ. HMM-164 used 60's but '165 used the newly aquired aerial '50. It was discovered at that time that existing gun mounts were not sufficient to withstand the recoil from the MA-2. Structural damage was observed & the mounts had to be modified. Been there/done that.
                  Craze
                  Craze, When 165 got to RVN they were using M-60s, maybe that's why. We got .50s in early '68 for everyone, some got them sooner than that. I qualified with the M-60 when we were on the Valley Forge in Jan 1968.
                  Semper Fidelis
                  Joe


                  Phu Bai tower:
                  YW-11 for Phu Bai DASC-
                  Remember, These are "A" models!
                  YW-11 BuNo-151939
                  '65 Model CH-46A

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                    Vmo-1, New River in 1967 we would configure a couple of our Huey's with guns and rockets and shoot up dumpsters placed right on the inland waterway between New River and the coast. Funny thing, we would first sendout a slick with a message panel on the large rear window telling the Yacht's on the water way "Live firing, leave now". The boats would move a few clicks away, drop anchor, mix a few cocktails, and enjoy the fireworks.

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                    • #11
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                      HMH-462, MCAS(H) Futenma..dropped some barrels on a small piece of land in the ocean. Also used the aerial gunnery range on the island of Iejima. RVN was out over the ocean at Marble mountain...
                      Larry Groah[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][/FONT]

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                      • #12
                        I know when MAG 16 rotated out of Marble Mountain to Santa Ana we used the aerial gunnery range down at Pendleton (next to the bird sanctuary where we occasionally started some fires with the .50 tracers.) Sgt John "Obie" O'Bryon HMH-361

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