174th Assault
Helicopter Company

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FSB Mary Ann in Early 1971

This is Fire Support Base (FSB) Mary Ann in early 1971. Mary Ann was located about 38 miles west of Chu Lai (coordinates AS 961 998). The helicopter is on the resupply pad and, due to the yellow paint on the front, is probably a Hornet from the Yellow Jacket platoon of the 116th AHC. This photo was taken from the mortar area looking generally from the north to the south. The VIP pad is in the background where the flag is visible. The tactical operations center (TOC) is in the center background with the tall antanna, to the left of the VIP pad. The ammo dump is at the right-front of the helicopter and the mess area is directly above the rotor hub. There is a wood latrine immediately between the top of the engine air intake cowling and the aft rotor. Note the bunkers at the extreme right of the photo. (Photo by Ed Manson, 1971, provided by Gary Noller, Americal Division Veterans Association National Commander)