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
Military Police Squad from the 173rd Airborne Brigade
October or so, 1969, LZ (Landing Zone) North English, Main Gate, MP Squad, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Vietnam — with Jerry Doyle, ARVN Sgt Long, KIA July 70, Paul Hurst, Sergeant Bell, House Boy, John Herron and Terry Smith. Photo by Jerry W. Colwell
MP desk blotter, LZ English, (Landing Zone English, also known as English Airfield, LZ Dog, LZ English or simply Bong Son) is a former U.S. Army base in Bồng Sơn, Bình Định Province, Vietnam. The base was located along Highway 1 approximately 82 km northwest of Qui Nhơn.) 1969. "I was sick as a dog with dysentery. This is in the MP Squad hootch, LZ North English." Photo and comment by Jerry W. Colwell
SP/4 Jerry W. Colwell. United States Army Airborn, 173rd "Herd." Taken at the Republic of Vietnam, 1969-1970; LZ (landing zone) English. Jerry W. Colwell was in charge of taking care of prisoners of war (POWs), he would report incidents to the IG (Inspector General). Photo by Rafael Salas Santos, of Guam, 40th PIO about March 31, 1970. Rafael was KIA (killed in action) about a week later in an ambush in the field.
Military Police (MP) Platoon, LZ (Landing Zone) English. "61st Assault Helicopter Company (AHC) is above the bunker/bar and the showers. "We always received the long shots when Charlie was trying to hit the chopper pad. V-100's in the foreground." -Jerry W. Colwell. Photo by Jerry W. Colwell.
Landing Zone (LZ) English Chopper Pad. 61st AHC (Assault Helicopter Company). The MP (Military Police) Platoon AO was just below this. pad. An Lo mountains in the background. Photo by Jerry W. Colwell.
Army Base, LZ English, With the MP Hootch in the Foreground
LZ English, MP Hootch. "This is LZ North English from a bunker looking over the MP Squad, the Chapel, and then TOC (Tactical Operations Center) in the background. Look at the shrapnel holes in our trailer. Still worked on beer runs into Qui Nhon's PX." Photo and comments by Jerry W. Colwell
MP Hurst. main gate guard, LZ English, 1969. "Hurst on Main Gate Guard, LZ North English. Helo Pad is in the background. Choppers coming in would try to blow our guard shack over. They succeeded a couple of times. Charlie (Viet Cong) had set a bouncing betty (bounding mine) just behind Hurst. Fortunately, a grunt had come in that morning and spotted it. Hurst is awaiting EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal). We are checking up on him and have our houseboy with us". Photo and comments by Jerry W. Colwell.
Pevy, of 4th Battalion, Wanted One Last Ride With His Buddy
"This is actually taken at the MP Squad AO, LZ North English. Sergeant Bird is unhooking the antenna. Bill Barr (I believe) is driving, Terry Smith is working the radio, probably asking the main desk on LZ English, 'how ya read me?'. Ed Christman, sergeant on the main desk would reply, 'gotcha lima charlie!' Pevy, of 4th Battalion wanted one last ride with his buddy, Sergeant Bird. Bird was severely WIA in an early January 1970 mortar attack on LZ North English. That is the same attack in which Major Lewis, the XO was KIA. LZ English, Pevy DEROS'ing." Photo and comments by Jerry W. Colwell