0351 Antitank Assaultman

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0351 Antitank Assaultman

#1 Postby jayapeterson » Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:46 am

Trying to find out what an 0351 assaultman did in Vietnam. If any of you guys were an 0351 around June-July of 1968 let me know what you did and what your training consisted of.

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#2 Postby SgtMaj83 » Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:05 am

I wasn't a 0351 but I was the weapons platoon sergeant in '66-'67. The rockets were mainly used to mark targets (WP rounds) for air strikes, blow-up tunnels, as well as anti-personnel. The 3.5" rocket launcher was eventually replaced by the LAAW.
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#3 Postby jayapeterson » Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:27 am

Thanks Sgt Maj. So if I have this correct my buddy was a 3.5 rocket man and if he was with a company he would have been attached from H&S weapons platoon.

What I am trying to do is reconstruct a very short history of a high school friend who quit school and joined the Corps before the rest of us. He ended up in India 3/4 and was killed after less than a month in country on July 6, 1968.

Can you tell me if he would have gone through ITR at Pendleton like the rest of us 0311s or would he have gone to a specialty school? I fired the 3.5, but did not have any other training on it since I was 0311. Any details about where he would likely have gone after bootcamp (San Diego) would be greatly appreciated by myself and the rest of the people I am putting this info together for.

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#4 Postby SgtMaj83 » Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:21 am

During that era, each rifle company had a weapons platoon consisting of a machine gun section, a anti-tank assault section and a 60mm mortar section. The various gun teams, etc., were attached out to the different rifle platoons on an "as needed" basis. The 60mm mortars were controled by the company headquarters element.
Your friend would have gone through ITR followed by crew served weapons training at Camp Pendleton. However, he may have been a rifleman cross trained as an 0351. Really hard to say. Good luck with your project.
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#5 Postby jayapeterson » Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:31 am

It would have been a lot easier if he had been an 0311. And to make it harder, he was not there long enough for anyone to have gotten to know him. So far I haven't found anyone who remembers serving with him. However, I do have the 3/4 Command Chronologies and I have been able to piece together quite a bit of info. Thanks for your help on this issue.

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0351 Anti-tank assaultman

#6 Postby Stan Yonemura » Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:44 pm

I served with 2/5, H&S Co., 106's, from March to August 1968. I was WIA in August and eventually medically retired. My mos was 0351, anti-tank. Our weapons were either the 3.5 Rocket launcher, Flame thrower, or the 106 recoilless rifle. After ITR, our advanced training focused on our mos weapons.

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#7 Postby jayapeterson » Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:09 am

Thanks for the info Stan.


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