A promise kept
My brother in law Marvin served in Vietnam in 1969 with the 4th Infantry Division as a crew member for an M109 self propelled howitzer. Marvin left us a few years ago after a prolonged illness we are quite certain was brought on by exposure to Agent Orange. “We used to spray the stuff out of garden hoses to clear all the vegetation” I remember him telling me. After he died I promised my wife I would build a model of his gun, and place it in a suitable display. Well, the years and life got in the way, finding the Italeri M109 can be hard, but mostly other projects edged this one out. Finally I got an Italeri M109, some AFV club tracks and went to town with the results you see here. Sgt. Briese was a good guy, and proud of his service in the “s****y little war” that took so many lives. This one’s for you brother, we miss you!
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