Earle Macedo, 3/82 B Battery 196th LIB


Earle was the Gun chief for Gun #5 and served on LZ Center from March 1969 to October 1969 using the new M102, which replaced the older 105's

When Earle first arrived on LZ Center, he was assigned to Gun #3, which was physically next to where Gun #2 was when my father was on LZ Center. Earle also served time on LZ Prep and LZ East.

The following photos were all provided by Earle during the time he served on LZ Center.


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Left Photo - Bill Hensel in glasses from Chicago, and the others are unknown. This was taken on the bunker line at LZ Center
Middle Photo - Earle Macedo waiting for instructions from the FDC during a fire mission. Earle was the gun chief for Gun #5
Right Photo - Unknown carrying water from the large containers brought in by the Chinooks

Left Photo - Unknown next to Gun #2 near mess tent
Middle Photo - Chinook that was hooking up a gun to be moved
Right Photo - Cleaning Gun #5, which was a daily chore every morning

Left Photo - Gun #5 crew with second from left Earl McKee, third from left Bill Hensel, and dog Lifer
Middle Photo - Unknown filling sandbags
Right Photo - Filling water cans from blivits, which made the water taste like rubber

Left Photo - Outhouse
Middle Photo - Unknown on Gun #3
Right Photo - NVA prisoner

Left Photo - Looking east from Gun #2
Middle Photo - Downed helicopter crash site, which was carrying the AP photographer Oliver Noonan. He and the entire crew were lost
Right Photo - Unknown known as "Cookie" washing pots and pans

Left Photo - Earle's gun hooked up and leaving LZ Center for LZ Prep
Middle Photo - Water or fuel being delivered to LZ Center
Right Photo - More morning cleaning on Gun #2 with unknown whose nickname was "Cotton"

Left Photo - Unknown conducting the routine morning cleaning on Gun #5
Middle Photo - Earle at Gun #5 waiting for the FDC with bunker behind him. Note how he is wearing his helmet
Right Photo - Entrance to FDC (Fire Direction Control) on LZ Center

Left Photo - Playing catch. Jeff George with his back turned to us and the gun chief for Gun #2
Middle Photo - Fusing ammo, Gun #3, Charles Chapman is in the bunker handing rounds to Sam Strong
Right Photo - Fusing ammo, Gun #3, Jeff George facing camera and Jim Fuqua with camera

Left Photo - Gun #3, Sam Strong in the foreground, and Jeff George in the background
Middle Photo - Gun #3, Jeff George, Brad Gort, and Jim Strube. Jim Strube was KIA on LZ East
Right Photo - Gun #3 gun chief, Dave Galliher

Left Photo - Gun #5 and ammo
Middle Photo - Earle humping ammo
Right Photo - Gun #3, Dave Galliher and Earle

Left Photo - Valley fog from Gun #3
Middle Photo - View of the battery from the ammo dump
Right Photo - Cobra gunship on the chopper pad, situated between the ammo dump and infantry area on top of the hill

Left Photo - Cobra gunship on the chopper pad, situated between the ammo dump and infantry area on top of the hill
Middle Photo - Cobra gunship on the chopper pad, situated between the ammo dump and infantry area on top of the hill
Right Photo - Cobra gunship on the chopper pad, situated between the ammo dump and infantry area on top of the hill

Left Photo - Cobra gunship, Jim Fuqua talking to Gun #2 gun chief, and Ross Johnson. Unknown with bandage
Middle Photo - Ammo dump
Right Photo - Hooking up Gun #5

Left Photo - Sam Strong and Earle
Middle Photo - Earle in the Gun #5 hooch, enjoying some treats from home. Note the package this came in behind him
Right Photo - Gun #3 firing with Gun #2 in the background. Foreground is David Galliher, Unknown and Jeff George

Left Photo - Gun #5 from the ammo bunker
Middle Photo - Earle next to Gun #3
Right Photo - Sam Strong with Lifer

Left Photo - Bill Hensel, who was a member of the Gun #5 crew
Middle Photo - Charles Chapman and Earle, Gun #3
Right Photo - Earle and Sgt. Brayboy (unsure of spelling) in front of the Gun #5 hooch

Left photo - Earle eating again in the Gun #5 hooch
Middle Photo - Taking incoming, Gun #3
Right Photo - Infantry bunker line in front of Gun #3

Left Photo - Gun #3 with Unknown gun chief on the wall
Middle Photo - Earle in the Gun #3 hooch
Right Photo - Gun #5. Placing tar like substance to control dust and mud, but was not effective