Vietnam War Photo Archives

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The following images may contain material of a graphic nature which may be offensive to some viewers or inappropriate for viewing by children and young people. Viewer discretion is advised. The Vietnam War Photo Archives collection contains photographs collected by Bernie Weisz. These images document the Vietnam War as well as the after effects. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and known in Vietnam as Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a war that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. This war was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China and other communist allies and the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, Philippines and other anti-communist allies.


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281st Assault Helicopter Company (AHC), Nha Trang
Photo by Brent Gourley, 12/1966 -12/67. 281st AHC, Nha Trang, RVN and repaired by Dan Fox. The 281st Assault Helicopter Company has a rich history and involvement in Special Forces Operations and Special Operations. From the first UH-1A that was operational in-country until the day the colors were retired, the 281st AHC and its predecessor units were instrumental in the strategic reconnaissance mission that was the mainstay of the 5th Special Forces Group (ABN), Special Projects and Special Operations units. It is considered by the U.S. Army Special Warfare Museum and its Historians to be the legacy unit for today's Special Operations Aviation units as it was the only Aviation unit that was attached to the 5th Special Forces Group (ABN) during the Vietnam War. The 281st Assault Helicopter Company (AHC) "Intruders" was stationed at Nha Trang, Republic of Vietnam 1965-1970. It was originally attached to the 5th Special Forces Group and was situated inside the Special Forces Operating Base (SFOB). The 281st AHC was the first US Army Helicopter Company organized and trained as a Special Operations Aviation unit in the Republic of Vietnam. A combat aviation task force from the unit was attached, as requested, to Detachment B-52, Project Delta, a Special Operations Augmentation unit that conducted strategic reconnaissance and other clandestine operations throughout the country of South Vietnam. This attachment constituted the major mission of the unit and resulted in it being named the US Army´s First Special Operations Helicopter Company. The 281st trained with and supported the Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) RECONDO Training Center in Nha Trang and in its later years provided support for all Major Commands (MACOMs) within the II Corps Tactical Zone. http://www.281st.com/index.htm, JPG Files downloaded from Facebook Profile with permission of the Profile Owner, then processed using Photoshop to generate archival TIFFs.
7RAR Troops Dash From A United States Army Iroquois Helicopter
Troops from 7RAR dash from a United States Army Iroquois helicopter, one of 20 that dropped the battalion at the landing zone, to launch Operation Lismore, their first major mission against the Viet Cong. From left: Private (Pte) Ken Aspinal, Pte Jozsef Csorba and Pte Peter Gates from the Fire Assault Platoon, Support Company. Peter Gates described the operation in a letter to his family., JPG Files downloaded from Facebook Profile with permission of the Profile Owner, then processed using Photoshop to generate archival TIFFs.
Cleatis Burgess And A Sleeping Soldier
Photograph of Cleatis Burgess (left) KIA, October 19,1970 and an unidentified soldier sleeping. Photo by Arlan Ervasti, Company B, 1/7 Cavalry., JPG Files downloaded from Facebook Profile with permission of the Profile Owner, then processed using Photoshop to generate archival TIFFs.
Distinguished Flying Cross Medal
A Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded to veteran Tom Everhart., JPG Files downloaded from Facebook Profile with permission of the Profile Owner, then processed using Photoshop to generate archival TIFFs.
Fire Support Base Six Shooter
This photo was taken summer of 1969 at Fire Support Base (FSB) Six Shooter west of Da Nang, reading data for the guns for an artillery "fire mission." Photo by Jack Wells., JPG Files downloaded from Facebook Profile with permission of the Profile Owner, then processed using Photoshop to generate archival TIFFs.
Kolenda And Mundahl Outside Their Hooch
Jerry Kolenda & Paul D. Mundahl talking outside their hooch. 3/4 Cavalry Vietnam, Cu Chi, 1966. Photo by Roger McGill., JPG Files downloaded from Facebook Profile with permission of the Profile Owner, then processed using Photoshop to generate archival TIFFs.
Landing Sky Crane With Supplies
Sky crane landing amidst the fog with supplies. Photo by Tom Shoupe, 1968. Company B, 1/7 Cavalry., JPG Files downloaded from Facebook Profile with permission of the Profile Owner, then processed using Photoshop to generate archival TIFFs.
Reoccuping a Hilltop Outpost After Hand-To-Hand Combat
South Vietnamese Special Forces troopers led by U.S Green Beret Officers reoccupy a hilltop outpost after hand-to-hand combat. Ha Than, 1968. Photo by Dana Stone, JPG Files downloaded from Facebook Profile with permission of the Profile Owner, then processed using Photoshop to generate archival TIFFs.
"Barbarian" Field Artillery
110 MM 8" Gun, "Barbarian." Photo by Frank Koehler "A" Btry 7th/15th Field Artillery Regiment 1967 -1968., JPG Files downloaded from Facebook Profile with permission of the Profile Owner, then processed using Photoshop to generate archival TIFFs.
"Blood, Sweat, & Tears," Large Artillery
Soldiers with large artillery with the words, "Blood, sweat, & tears," painted on the barrel with a skull on the top.Photo by Bill Frantz., JPG Files downloaded from Facebook Profile with permission of the Profile Owner, then processed using Photoshop to generate archival TIFFs.
"Blue Max" 1st Air Cavalry Cobra
1st Air Cavalry Cobra "Blue Max." Photo by Dennis Proulx., JPG Files downloaded from Facebook Profile with permission of the Profile Owner, then processed using Photoshop to generate archival TIFFs.
"Bounty Hunter" Gun Truck
Roy Merryman on the "Bounty Hunter" Gun Truck, 1971. Photo by Roy Merryman., JPG Files downloaded from Facebook Profile with permission of the Profile Owner, then processed using Photoshop to generate archival TIFFs.

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