BAN ME THUOT - Since, moving to their present location bear Duc
Lap, Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 9th Artillery, commanded
by Captain James Starkey of Minneapolis, Minn., has compiled an
In a 45-day period, during September and October, Battery fired
over 10,000 rounds and accounted for 169 Confirmed enemy kills.
"When we first moved here, our battery was split up,"
Captain Starkey. "Out of six 105mm Howitzers in our unit
we only had three. During a three day period these three guns
fired over 1,000 rounds. After four days our other three guns
"We were in direct support to the 2nd Battalion, 35th
Infantry commanded by Lieutenant Colonel William C. Moore. But if
anyone gets in trouble, we will always, help out."
Battery B has fired many counter-artillery attacks and has
blasted numerous suspected enemy positions with astonishing
results. They have tangled with the 20th and 95th C Regiments,
which are part of the 1st NVA Division.
"Not only have we been busy firing in support of our units
but also in building up the LZ," said Captain Starkey.
"To look at this LZ now you wouldn’t believe we were in the
jungles of Vietnam. Our men have worked hard and have done an