were built from excess armor steel
plating, and most of them were
painted black. The 8th
Transportation Group trucks,
distinctive with yellow noses
painted on their hoods, also painted
trim on the hinges along the sides
of the vehicle, and sometimes
portions of the bumpers and mud
Truckers collected damaged
weapons from infantry units they
supported, cannibalized them,
salvaged all working parts, and
built new guns, accumulating a
sizable inventory of parts. Weapons
such as the M-60 and the .50 caliber
machine gun became standard
equipment, and mini-guns were added
Drivers, mechanics and
administrators became gunners,
training on base camp ranges. Crews
were formed and assigned to one
truck, and were responsible for all
maintenance of that truck.
Typically, a transportation company
had three gun trucks, one that
served as a maintenance truck,
carrying extra tires and parts to
quickly repair other gun trucks. The
convoy SOP was changed to reflect
the new asset - the Gun Truck.
of the crew of the "Eve of
Destruction" on an earlier model
with only single armor plate
sides. It was later designed
with double walls of sheet armor
plating, which became the
standard design for all gun
Specialist 4 Tom Brown, 359th
Transportation Company, 1971.
Specialist Brown is servicing the
twin .50 caliber machineguns on the
rear of his truck, The Misfits.
Claude Roberson, NCOIC on the gun
truck "Ace of Spades" assigned to
the 523 Trans Co out of Phu Bai,
during Operation Lam Son 719 in
1971, showing the strain and dirt of
Roberson, a gunner on
the guntruck "Justifier"
assigned to the 57th
Trans Co, 54th Trans Bn,
out of Quang Tri. SGT
Roberson served on the
gun truck in 1970-1971.
crew of the 572nd Trans Co receive
their daily convoy briefing
including the probability of enemy
contact and other vital information
with a rear .50 caliber machine gun.
This is an earlier model with the
lower sides. Later models had higher
sides that provided more protection
for the gunners.