Leaders in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), Southern Vietnam, mapping out our night patrols and discussing different tactical zones referred to as I Corps, II Corps, III Corps, IV Corps. I Corps was the northernmost region of South Vietnam, bordering North Vietnam. II Corps oversaw the region of the central highlands region, north of the capital Saigon. Its corps headquarters was in the mountain town of Pleiku. III Corps oversaw the region of the country surrounding the capital Saigon. IV Corps oversaw the Mekong Delta region of the country. The army of the nation state of South Vietnam existed from 1955 to 1975. Photo by Patrick Brennan Photo repaired by Dan Fox.
ARVN Soldiers Take an Earned Break on the Roadside
ARVN soldiers take an earned break on the roadside following fierce fighting in the Tan Son Nhut area after securing objective. The engagement began as Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers attacked the capital city during the festive TET holiday period.
RAN Clearance Diving Team 3, US Navy and ARVN Personnel Searching for Enemy Mines and Obstructions
RAN (Royal Australian Navy) Clearance Diving Team 3, USN and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) personnel searching for enemy mines and obstructions in a Mekong River tributary. Three heavily armed USN river patrol craft are positioned at regular intervals and provide protection to smaller outboard-motor-powered boats which are manned by mixed crews from the three allied forces. Several men are in the water attaching demolition charges to a row of stakes which could have been placed by the Viet Cong.
Packages Which Contain the Remains of South Vietnamese Civilians Who Were Murdered by the NVA
"The small cloth-wrapped packages on these schoolroom desks contain the skeletons of South Vietnamese civilians murdered by the Communists in 1968 and just discovered April 6, 1971 in shallow graves near Trung Thien hamlet, 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Hue." Photo by Douglas Pike.
South Vietnam Army base camp, meant to protect the power plant. Destroyed railroad bridge in the background. Photo by David Adams, a Cobra pilot in the gun group during the years 1970-1971 with the Scout Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin. http://www.dtroop.com/
Bridge destroyed by a night time sapper attack. "Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) responsible for protecting the bridge but didn't count on attack from the water. I happened to be sleeping, that night, just to the left of where this photo was taken. The explosion bounced me off the ground and scared the crap out of me. Chunks of the bridge were landing around me." -David Wayne. Photo by David Wayne.
Nixon visits South Vietnam, July 30, 1969. In his first term as president, Richard Nixon promised the American public that he would reduce U.S. troop levels in Vietnam. He pursued a plan he called "Vietnamization," whereby the U.S. would gradually withdraw from the war, leaving the South Vietnamese army to shoulder the bulk of the fighting. Despite his pledge to bring American G.I.s home, American ground troop levels in Vietnam remained high and the Nixon administration expanded the war into the neighboring countries of Laos and Cambodia. In 1973, during Nixon's final year in office, the last U.S. combat soldiers left Vietnam, but military advisers and some Marines remained.