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#126 patches

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 11:12 AM

I was a mechanic and I drove a 578

Roger, same with our mechanics in our mech inf bn in The Cav, some of them carried the greaser.



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Posted 06 October 2019 - 06:01 PM

While not a photo taken in Vietnam, it is one of Reserve Special Forces Groups at a Drill at Ft Meade Maryland, 1965, probably of the old 11th Special Forces Group, and shows that the Grease Gun was still in the inventory for SF Groups in the States, at least the Reserve Components at any rate.

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 11:13 PM

I’m loving this thread, with the vintage photos and all the stories. Please keep it going!



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Posted 17 October 2019 - 06:29 AM



Wow just discovered this, did you know that the CHICOM's made a copy of our M3 SM during the Korean War? Turns out they did, called a Type 36. Wouldn't be surprised if they didn't ship some of these down to the Viet Cong to use, and that we, got a hold of some we captured, with we, using them.

 

http://www.koreanwar...s/Frames/37.htm

Here's a saved image of the CHICOM Type 36 just in case that site in link goes down for some unknown reason.

 

 

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 07:33 AM

I was a ROTC cadet in the summer 0f '86 and SMP with the WA Nat Guard, HHC 161st. They needed people to ride armor, so I hooked up with a Univ of Idaho grad branched armor and I rode with his M-60. They were issued grease guns. I thought it was an odd relic of a weapon, but like earlier posted, easier to get out of the turret/hatch with one. 



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Posted 17 November 2019 - 09:01 AM

I'm late to the party I guess but here a few things I can add to the thread. This is a copy of a photo taken of my friend Henry Labombard, 88th MP Co- K9 who was in Vietnam in 65-66.

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 09:03 AM

The second thing I wanted to add was from this old but awesome work on the history of Civil War relics. There was a small paragraph in there I saw years ago but never forgot that totally relates to this thread and the variety of weapons seen in Vietnam and Cambodia in this period....

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 09:03 AM

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 09:04 AM

The book this was in...

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 07:43 PM

Thanks for the addition, as an aside, we're seeing a MACV patch there, the 88th MP Co in 1965-66 was directly assigned to MACV it reassigned to the newly activated 18th MP Bde when it sets up shop later in 1966.

 

Weird the VC used such relics LOL, wonder if the 1853 carbine was ever fired in anger at our boys LOL. Martini Henry's Anybody LOL.



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Posted 17 November 2019 - 09:32 PM

The other week ago at an estate sale I met a 1st Cav Vet who said he knew someone who brought a grease gun home in his duffle. 



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Posted 20 November 2019 - 06:46 PM

547871_569814083040222_1440081075_n_edited.jpg In Vietnam we had two on every tank, and the VTR crew also had a couple. We also carried a grenade launcher and a M16 on the tank. They were used in tank units into the 80s as I remember.



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Posted 21 November 2019 - 06:51 AM

attachicon.gif547871_569814083040222_1440081075_n_edited.jpgIn Vietnam we had two on every tank, and the VTR crew also had a couple. We also carried a grenade launcher and a M16 on the tank. They were used in tank units into the 80s as I remember.

Hey Welcome Back Tanker1, you been missed.

 

Great First Hand Photo as usual.



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Posted 22 November 2019 - 02:26 PM

As Tanker1 mentions in his post, I was in 2AD 81-83 and I carried a M3 in my APC during that period.

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 02:48 PM

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 06:42 PM

And one being used by the 101's Lima Ranges, 1970.

 

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REF: L Co Ranger Photos in post #103

Those photos were taken at Camp Eagle near Hue in April 1971. We were conducting a familarization class with captured NVA/VC weapons and of course those included a few older US weapons. None of our guys ever carried either the M3 or M3A1 on a patrol. We also had a few Thompsons and fired them out there in Bravo sector as well. The only guys I encountered who liked the M3 Grease Gun in our area (Northern I Corps) were a few of the helicopter pilots. Those things are heavy, slow firing and short range. Helicopter pilots who normally were armed only with a revolver liked them and kept them handy in case of emergencies. They didn't have to hump them. BTW, we fired everything we could get ammo for including the AK's, RPD's, DSHK 12.7mm, SGM, RPG's and many other captured weapons. Since this is US only I won't go on... RLTW!



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Posted 13 December 2019 - 08:22 AM

REF: L Co Ranger Photos in post #103

Those photos were taken at Camp Eagle near Hue in April 1971. We were conducting a familarization class with captured NVA/VC weapons and of course those included a few older US weapons. None of our guys ever carried either the M3 or M3A1 on a patrol. We also had a few Thompsons and fired them out there in Bravo sector as well. The only guys I encountered who liked the M3 Grease Gun in our area (Northern I Corps) were a few of the helicopter pilots. Those things are heavy, slow firing and short range. Helicopter pilots who normally were armed only with a revolver liked them and kept them handy in case of emergencies. They didn't have to hump them. BTW, we fired everything we could get ammo for including the AK's, RPD's, DSHK 12.7mm, SGM, RPG's and many other captured weapons. Since this is US only I won't go on... RLTW!

Roger, and thanks for the first hand info.



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Posted 13 December 2019 - 08:35 AM

I saw one in Chu Lai in 1971. I think it belonged to one of the crew on the gun truck “Hallucination” but I’am not sure on that. A few of guys in my squad were looking it over. Never carried or fired one but I really like the look. Mike

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 06:51 AM

back in the 80's we had a couple in the arms vault that were assigned to the maintenance crew, I was full time at the armory when we used a North Dakota Air Base for M-16  weapons qualification. Long story short in conversation the grease guns were mentioned and they said they would provide the ammo if we brought them along for them to shoot. So after qualification we brought them out and had some fun with there range personal. Another full auto of my to shoot bucket list 




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