1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
Historical notes on 4/42 ART and 1/22 INF
Richard Howett FO, A 1/22 (Dec 66-Jun 67) XO, C Btry (Jul 67-Nov 67)
LT Richard Howett,
Excecutive Officer Battery C 4/42 Artillery
Photo taken at a firebase along Highway 19, near the Cambodian border,
southeast of Duc Co, Vietnam, July 28, 1967
Ed., Richard Howett visited the
1st Battalion website and submitted the following recollections.
I was XO of C Btry 4/42 at the time
these pictures were taken but, unfortunately, I can't
identify the name or location of the firebase. I served
with C Btry from December 66 to November 67 through
numerous firebases and can only recall the details of
two. The first was the one along the Cambodian border in
February and March of 67. I was an FO then, with A
Company, 1/22. During that month
Unknown firebase of 4/42 Art.
The quotation attached to the
pictures of 9/24
Several other items on the 4/42
link are familiar.
A second familiar picture is that
of the jeep destroyed
Although I don't remember the
After my service as an FO, I went on R&R
the first week of July 67. Upon my return I was appointed XO of C
and held that post until I returned stateside in November. I do not recall the name of the Btry CO at the time I became XO but I recall
that he was tough on the men (and me) but that he was also very supportive of me in those times I made the mistakes young officers make.
Another man who was very supportive of me was 1st Sgt. William Reese. By the time the picture of 9/24 was taken I believe Cpt Tom Wright
had become battery CO. Tom was a pleasure to serve under. He was a West Pointer so perhaps you could contact him through the USMA
and he might be able to help identify the firebase in question.
There are two others I would like to mention.
The first is LT Vince Gaughan, FO of C Company 1/22.
In the two major battles fought by A Company (2/16, 3/14) C Company came to bail us out.
Cpt Solymosy once introduced me to the Division CO, MG William Peers, as the best FO in the 4th Division.
I don't know about that but I do know Vince was my equal.
The other was Cpt Christopher Keuker, CO of A Company during that difficult month of Feb-Mar 67.
Cpt Keuker was severly wounded on 3/14. I understand he survived but I have often wondered what happened to him.
He and I often disagreed on tactics but he was one of the bravest men I have ever met.
Perhaps there is someone who has knowledge of these two men and could let me know.
Ed., -- Anyone with knowledge of the two Soldiers mentioned above may contact the webmaster at:
and I'll pass the information along to Richard.
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