Gordon L. Steinbrook
Tobias, Neb. Captain, U.S. Army
Served from October 1965 to May 1968, in Vietnam with 54th Artillery Group, 2nd Field Force, from May 1966 to May 1967.
Memory: “We supported the 1st Australian Task Force primarily, but from time to time also fired in support of the 11th Armored Cavalry, 173rd Airborne, the 25th Infantry Division and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. I was a second and first lieutenant as an artillery forward observer.
“I flew as an aerial observer with an Australian Army air reconnaissance company for a short time and was then attached to a New Zealand artillery battery in support of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Infantry Regiment. Served in combat as an artillery forward observer with (the 6th Battalion) and also with an Australian armored cavalry squadron.
“After six months, I rejoined my American unit, serving as the battery fire direction officer. During my last year in the Army, after Vietnam, I was promoted to captain and assigned as a tactics instructor at the U.S. Army Artillery and Missile School at Fort Sill, Okla. I was in the Army Reserve from 1968 to 1987, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
“Memories of jungle firefights, night ambushes, mortar attacks, road mines and taking ground fire while spotting stand out against a background of boredom and loneliness. Among my most vivid experiences was the largest of all battles of the war (and its aftermath) for our Australian allies. Over 200 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers were killed, just a few days after I joined the Australian infantry.”
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