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
Airbase at Quang Ngai, Vietnam, 1963. Photos taken by CW4 (ret.) Mervin "Jake" Miller. Started as the 8th Transportation Company then converted to the 117th Aviation Company. Photo courtesy of Matthew W. Miller.
Mad minute on LZ Ike, 1968. In the Vietnam War, the "mad minute" was used to describe a drill involving intense automatic weapons fire, intended to flush out infiltrators or ambushes. The area targeted would be something which provided potential concealment for an enemy but not very good protection from projectiles, such as the vegetation line at the edge of a field, or at the edge of a cleared free fire zone around a fire base. All soldiers involved would direct the heaviest rate of continuous fire they could into that area for one minute. Photo by James Tree Machin.
Light Observation Helicopter (LOH) 2nd Brigade, 4th ID 1966 in Pleiku. "Tried these fixed guns on the skids. Kept jamming. Went to door gunners with M-60's. This was at Brigade HQ south of Pleiku. Area would be later named Camp Enari. Lt Mark Enari and I shared a stateroom on the boat from Tacoma to Qui Nhon. He was one of the first 4th ID soldiers killed in Vietnam." -Milt Brown. Photo by Milt Brown.
Applegath & Friend with a LOH (Light Observation Helicopters) in the background. Photo by Melvin Walker, a CW2 gun pilot and flew "Mel's Toy" with the Scout Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. courtesy of Mike Gustin. http://www.dtroop.com/
Soldier, on Watch, Multitasks by Tanning and Guarding
Soldier, on watch, multitasks by tanning and guarding an airfield at the same time. Apparently there was no shortage of sunburn in Vietnam. Photo by Russell Elderbaum, a "Scout" with D-Troop during 1969 & 1970. 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. Courtesy of Mike Gustin. http://www.dtroop.com/