Jim Bates & Thny. "Jim was my Team Leader and Thny was a Kit Carson Scout. We were lucky to get a couple of good ones. Their families were killed by the VC/NVA, so they wanted them more than we did". The Kit Carson Scouts (Vietnamese: Hồi Chánh Viên, a term loosely translated as "members who have returned to the righteous side") belonged to a special program initially created by the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War involving the use of former Viet Cong combatants as intelligence scouts for American infantry units. Photo and comments by David Weeks II.
"Dennis John O'Leary in the middle and Kit Carson scout forward and his brother in law aft. Going out to set up an ambush site in a near by village. Nights belonged to the Viet Cong, and we hid off the paths they took, and either took them out or brought them back to the provincial/district Chief for interrogation. This is down by CG16 area, 'The Cape B,' I always called it. Not a good place as you well know. Ha, ya really had to be there in the Nam!!! But I was in good hands, with the Vietnamese SEALS, I was with, in this picture. They did the work,I just was along for the ride,asking,"Are we there yet?.. Are we there yet?" It was scary, but so was Boston, back in the 60's. A lot of dead people on the side walks and alleys when the sun came up back when the gang/Mob wars were going on back then, was told I would be safer in the Service. Yes, mom, she was right. I was so young looking, only 18yrs old, and Gunnery Sergeant, Ho would paint his face to look older!! Ha, it was the beginning of a life, to this day I still miss, yes it was a movie with a very sad ending, we pulled out and left them when we promised to give them what was needed to protect themselves, and fight on." -Dennis John O'Leary. Photo by Dennis John O'Leary.