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.
Vietnamese Soldiers Trudge Past a Grieving Mother Praying for Daughter and Daughter-in-Law in Their Coffins
Vietnamese soldiers trudge past a grieving mother praying for daughter and daughter-in-law in their coffins. Both were killed during heavy fighting between ARVN troops and Viet Cong as the Viet Cong attacked An Nhon hamlet in Go Vap District, Gia Dinh Province. At the same time others were striking at the capital city and other areas of the Republic as the populace celebrated the TET (new year - The Year of the Monkey) season on the early morning hours of January 31, 1968. Photo by Dougls Pike.
Bodies of Vietnamese Army Troops Laid Out in an Open Area to be Checked for Documents Before Burial
The bodies of North Vietnamese Army troops who attempted to hold the rubber plantation village of Binh Ba, are laid out in an open area so they can be checked for documents before burial. In the foreground are some of the Australian troops who fought in the battle, June 1969.
Huge Cache of Arms and Stores Captured by Allied Military Operations in South Vietnam
Allied military operations in South Vietnam have uncovered caches of enough arms and stores in a recent three week period to supply a 10,000 man communist division for more than three months. Elements of the U.S. First Cavalry Division fighting 90 kilometers northwest of Saigon, just 25 kilometers from Cambodia, discovered a deep-dug 30-bunker complex crammed with 45 tons of food and ammunition. It included quantities of small arms ammunition, shells, mortar, and recoilless rifle rounds, rockets, and explosives; mostly of Communist Chinese manufacture.; South Vietnamese Rangers on operations in the Mekong Delta have seized 300 automatic weapons. These guns are believed to be of West German origin. Military authorities estimate these losses to the enemy to be the worst since the beginning of the war, with significant impact on communist ability to indicate that most communist war material is transported and infiltrated on the backs of impressed laborers and enemy soldiers.
"With Haggerman, Hulk aka Rusty and Bubbles Conyers. That's me in the middle. that's me at 20 years old. We had just killed 7 NVA (North Vietnam Army) in the BaLong Valley. I am holding a Major's AK and wearing his [pith ]helmet. He was the paymaster for the NVA carrying 50,000 piasters in his backpack......We were one mean fighting machine for America but now I am also one mean fighting machine for Jesus Christ!!!" Caption came with the photo, identity unknown.
Vietnamese Marine Receives First Aid From a U.S. Marine Medic
Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) Forces Inflict Heavy Casualties on North Vietnamese Army (NVA) Invaders - Blinded by the blast of a NVA B40 rocket, a Vietnamese marine receives first aid from a Marine medic. Photo by Douglas Pike.
Dead North Vietnamese Soldiers From Random H&I Fires
Here is a photo taken by a Marine in 1969. "Marine artillery units fired 105mm projectiles at random places and at random times throughout the night. Targets were plotted as stream and river junctions and trail junctions. On a patrol this Marine came across a camp fire with 3 or 4 dead North Vietnamese soldiers, their bodies deteriorated already who had been killed my one of these random H&I fires. (Harassment & Interdiction) This program was to keep invading units from the North off-balance and that there was never any secure area within range of the Marine artillery guns." Vietnam Veteran. Credit to a 7th Marine Regiment Marine, 1969 via Jack Wells. In the photo, you can see the helmet, part of the uniform and his belt and buckle.
Bob Scheurer wearing North Vietnamese Army (NVA) soft cap with AK-47. Photo by SP4 Robert Scheurer, 11B (1968 - 1969) 1st Platoon "The Pioneers" 1st Battalion, 11th Inf. Regiment, 1st Brigade, 5th Inf. Div. (mech). Quang Tri Province, RVN.
Captured North Vietnamese Army (NVA) medical supplies. "All pictures were taken while I was with the Korean 9th Inf Div out of Ninh Hoa, Vietnam. When SF was sent back to the states I was transferred to the ROK 9th as NCOIC. I participated in several missions. The pictures were taken on my last mission, when all 3 regiments went into the mountains for 3 weeks." -Vietnam Veteran. Photo Taken 1970-71 by Tony Kristol.