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Fort Sill in Comanche County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Proud American

Proud American 175MM Tube

 

—One of the first entering in South Vietnam War —

 
Proud American Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 10, 2015
1. Proud American Marker
Inscription. The M-107 SPG (Self-Propelled Gun) entering into the U.S. Army Service in 1963 as a replacement for 155MM M44 and M53 SPG's of the 1950's.

The M-107 SPG was soon pressed into service in South Vietnam as the U.S. Artillery's longest range weapon. The M-107's long-range 175MM gun was the key to establishing a network of artillery fire bases and was one of the most important pieces in the artillery arsenal.

Type: Self-propelled Howitzer
Crew: 13 men
Weight: 62,400 lbs.
Barrel Life: 300 rds.
Speed: 34 M.P.H.
Projectile: 147 lbs.
Engine: V-8 diesel, 450 HP
Length: 37 ft., 1 in.
Width: 10 ft., 4 in.
Height: 11 ft., 6 in.
Range: 325-450 miles
Distance: 22 miles

Donated by Proud Americans 2D/32D Field Artillery
(May 16, 2001)

Noted:
1st in South Vietnam / Nov. 4, 1965
(Comm. Col. L.L. "Doc" DeCorrevont
1st firing the 175 MM rd. in S. Vietnam / Nov. 19, 1965
1st to incorporate M-110 8 inch SPG
1st in Cambodia (A.R.V.N's) / April 28, 1970
1st in Cambodia (American troops) / May 19, 1970
1st Major F.S.B. in Cambodia / F.S.B. Oklahoma
Start to end: Nov. 4, 1965 to Jan. 26, 1972 Vietnam War
1 of the top combat units plus 15 campaigns
 
Erected 2001 by Proud Americans
Proud American Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 10, 2015
2. Proud American Marker
2D/32D Field Artillery.
 
Location. 34° 39.943′ N, 98° 23.063′ W. Marker is in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in Comanche County. Marker can be reached from Corral Road. Click for map. Located at the Field Artillery Museum on the grounds of Fort Sill. Marker is located on an active U.S. military installation. Appropriate identification is required for access. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Sill OK 73503, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 280mm Heavy Motorized Gun M65 (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Sill (approx. ¼ mile away); Post Headquarters (approx. 0.3 miles away); Post Guardhouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Infantry Barracks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Post Chapel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Satank Killed (approx. 0.8 miles away); Quinette Crossing (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Sill.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Sill, Oklahoma. (Submitted on April 13, 2015, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. War, Vietnam
 
Proud American image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 10, 2015
3. Proud American
Front view
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 358 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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