The Weapon Systems

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Where They Operated

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2007 00B VN Map (1)

Sergeant Mitchell W. Stout
Medal of Honor

Citation:   Sergeant Mitchell W. Stout, United States Army, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery, who distinguished himself on March 12, 1970 during an attack by a North Vietnamese Army Sapper company on his unit’s firing position at Khe Gio Bridge, Republic of Vietnam.  Sergeant Stout was in a bunker with members of a searchlight crew when the position came under heavy enemy mortar fire and ground attack.  When the intensity of the mortar attack subsided, an enemy grenade was thrown into the bunker.  Displaying great courage, Sergeant Stout ran to the grenade, picked it up, and started out of the bunker.  As he reached the door, the grenade exploded.  By holding the grenade close to his body and shielding its blast, he protected his fellow soldiers in the bunker from further injury or death.  Sergeant Stout’s conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action, at the cost of his own life, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit and the U.S. Army.

Sources: https://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/citations26.html#S and General Order 42, 12 September 1974

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery.
Place and date: Khe Gio Bridge, Republic of Vietnam, 12 March 1970.
Entered service at: Raleigh, N.C. Born: 24 February 1950, Knoxville, Tenn.
Buried at: Virtue Cemetery, Concord, Knox County, Tennessee, USA

General Order No. 42, 12 September 1974, Medal of Honor Sergeant Mitchell W. Stout

Vietnam Memories

Stories from our Brothers that walked the walk.

Member Stories

Khe Sanh Article by Bruce M. Geiger

U.S. Army Air Defenders Defend Besieged Marine Combat Base. 

Our Dusters and Quad 50s had excellent fields of fire, commanding all avenues of approach to the northern perimeter of the base. Our two Duster positions were well located at opposite ends of the runway with the Quad 50s placed in between but not more than one hundred meters away from a Duster. All weapons had excellent fields of fire, commanding all avenues of approach to the northern perimeter of the base.

DQS_S Quad Fifties in Hue revised 1.9.24


January 31, 1968: Quad 50s at Hue by Bob Lauver 

My Quad 50 was providing cover fire from across the river when a Marine officer came up to me and asked, “Sarge, my men are getting the hell shot out of them, can you help them out?” I looked at the other guys on the truck (Harris, Davis, the gunner, and David the driver), and they looked at me and shrugged. There was never any thought to say “No”, but I think that each of us told ourselves that we weren’t going to make it back from this one. I said “Let’s Go”.

DQS_S Hot Pursuit into the DMZ

Hot Pursuit in the DMZ by Phillip Millam

I had never heard of the hot pursuit doctrine, but the plan sounded good to me. I and most of the Duster crews were fairly bored with the routine and going into the DMZ sounded like a serious adventure. But I knew that going into the DMZ was not a decision a first lieutenant could make alone.

Joe Belardo’s Story of Saving Camp Carroll

Outnumbered on the DMZ – Saving Camp J.J. Carroll by Joseph M. Belardo


The following story in the most accurate account of the battle taken from my diary and interviews with the combatants. We Dustermen have never openly spoken about it except with those who were in the battle. You will be reading the “no holds barred” collective experiences of a handful of “Dustermen” and Marines who fought ferociously in one the biggest, most horrific, under reported, battles in the Vietnam War.

It is one of the many unsung stories of “Charlie Battery” 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery, (Automatic Weapons) (Self Propelled); a humble attempt at an “After Action Report” that conveys the selfless sacrifices and the heroism displayed by our “Duster and Marine Brothers” on that day.

TET 50 Year Anniversary Reunion Photos January 2018_c

Presented at The 50th Year Anniversary of the DMZ to Hue City 1968 “TET” Offensive.   

Penn State University – State College, PA January 24, 2018
Prepared by Sgt. E5 – Joseph Belardo, Charlie Battery 1st/44th Dusters.
Program Moderators: Colonel (Ret.) Vincent J. Tedesco, LT. Bruce Geiger, Sgt. E5 Robert Lauver and Sgt. E5 Joseph Belardo.

The following 685 page photo gallery is a year in the life of 1st Battalion 44th Artillery Twin 40mm Duster crews from Charlie Battery, Alpha Battery and Battery G-65th – Quad 50 Artillery crews and all the Marines units who fought along side each other in combat along the “DMZ” and south to Hue City, Vietnam. A time period from August 1967 to August 1968.