This page is Dedicated to the soldiers(Gun Truckers) who gave their lives protecting the convoys in Vietnam.The life blood of the men in the field
Gun Trucks were around for just a little over four years, from late 1967
thru early 1972. Their introduction was brought about by the military's
increasing inability to provide adequate security for convoys throughout
Used mainly for the protection of convoys, gun trucks were also used for
installation perimeter defense, engineer work site security and
occasional harrassment & interdictory (H&I) fire.
Without a doubt, gun trucks were one of the most important wheeled
vehicles in the Vietnam war. Even though there were upwards of 300 of
these vehicles, little is known about these rolling weapons systems and
their brave crews. Before their inception, many units were experiencing
severe shortages of all important supplies of fuel, ammunition, building
materials, medicine, food and spare parts due in part to increased
enemy activity. More importantly, the lives of transportation personnel
were being lost. The gun trucks were invented to counter this activity by
presenting a quick retaliatory response.
It didn't take long for the VC and NVA to realize that openly attacking
a convoy escorted by one or more gun trucks could be an exercise in
futility, not to mention a very deadly prospect. As a result, the enemy
had to change their overall ambush stradegy to hit and run tactics.
Gun trucks became more heavily armed as time passed and the paint
schemes became more elaborate and colorful, rivaling any WWII
bomber nose art. They wanted the enemy to know they were there. It
reminds one of the mother bird exposing itself to danger in order to
deter or draw a predator from it's young.
The only surviving example of these gun trucks is Eve Of Destruction
which resides now in the U. S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort
Eustis, Virginia. It sits on static display for all to see, a reminder of the
glory days of the Vietnam gun truck. A silent monument to all who were
protected and saved as well as the men who served and died aboard
these magnificent machines of war.
Introduction by: JAMES LYLES
Copyright © 2001