US Troops Believed that Vietnamese Traditions Held the Symbolism of the Spade to Mean Death and Ill-Fortune
Vietnam War Helmet. For those who served, "US troops believed that Vietnamese traditions held the symbolism of the spade to mean death and ill-fortune, and in a bid to scare away Viet Cong soldiers without a firefight, it was common practice to leave an ace of spades on the bodies of killed Vietnamese and even to litter the forested grounds and fields with the card."
Troops of 5RAR (5th Royal Australian Regiment ) move through a banana plantation during the final stage of Operation Hardihood in May, 1966. During Hardihood, Nui Dat and the surrounding area were secured and the various tasks associated with planning and establishing a new task force base in Phuoc Tuy province completed.
Charlie Black, "Charlie always carried a grenade in his jungle jacket left front pocket, as you see in this picture. I asked him why he carried it. He replied, 'You never know when you might need it....'" 1970. This was in the MP Platoon AO, LZ English, April or May. "Charlie was a great MP to have on your side in a fight." Photo and comments by Jerry W. Colwell
Clearance Diving Team 3, 8th Contingent, based at Da Nang. Back row: Able Seaman (AB) CD Larry (Digger) Digney; AB CD Tony Ey, AB Brian (Blue) Furner. Front row: Acting PO CD Phil (Narra) Narramore, Lieutenant Edward (Jake) Linton and Chief Petty Officer CD John (Speed) Gilchrist, 1970. [Image courtesy of Tony Ey] Initially it was mine clearance. That was the role of clearance divers. They were mine clearance but that's expanded and took on everything until now they are basically the Australian equivalent of the American Navy SEAL [Sea, Air Land personnel]. They parachute, they shore base, they are weapon specialists, anti-terrorist the whole box and dice. But Vietnam kicked it off. That really kicked off the clearance diving branch. Photo by Clearance Diver Tony Ey, RAN (Royal Australian Navy).