|| A Troop Reflections on the
Materials contributed by: Keith Eaton, Coop
Artillery was called in by our FO or Forward Observer. The Troop usually had 1 Lt and 1 Sgt as FO's . They used the Radio to call in our support. Typically they used their own frequencies and handled all contact with their people. I think they used a PRC 25 radio.
Log run requests came through the Troop TOC or Tactical Operations Center. Photo on right shows TOC at LZ Nancy and photo below is the First Sgt and Senior RTO at Cua Viet in the mobile TOC Alpha Deuce. The TOC would route the requests for parts , supplies , food to the different support areas in our Base Camp either at LZ Nancy or at Quang Tri Combat Base starting in late 1970.
Each Platoon Leader and the Captain carried maps of our AO they would determine their location from these maps and radio the coordinates back to the TOC so we could keep track of where they were in case we needed to provide any support. The TOC also monitored the traffic on the Troop net and kept a record of all activity that was going on in the field. This information was forwarded to the Orderly room for the use of the CO if he was in the base camp or to the First Sgt while the CO was in the field.
The TOC also coordinated the calling of all medivacs; we would pass information to the choppers from the field until the choppers approched the troop; at that time the CO, then the Platoon Leader or Radio Operator on site would take over the final approch and pick-up.
We usually had two radios on the air at all times, one for the primary freq and a second radio to monitor a secondary freq or to monitor the 1/77 Armor freq when we reported to them. Radio Jargon
The Commo Section also provided all repairs for Troop Radio equipment; we had a repair shop on site. We also maintained the troop Generators... Allen Anderson kept them running smoothly.
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