Britt Small is reading the packing slip, CID, MP Platoon AO, LZ English. "Yep, that's me all right. The man standing next to me is Leo Spencer. He was the head of our team, & my first partner. He was from Louisiana, & was a school-trained CID agent. Leo was also a Korean War veteran, & had been a tank commander during that war. As you can see, he was a big man, about 300 lbs, & he could really make that jeep behind us roll. We were coming back to LZ English on QL-1 late one night, after investigating a shooting at LZ North English, & we got ambushed from both sides of the road. We were following the MPs V-100, which was carrying the shooter for safety. The V-100 was an armored vehicle with big tires, & angled sides, so that the bullets would bounce off of it in all directions. We could see the tracers going in all directions. Leo was driving, & I was in the back seat behind him on the left. There were four of us in the jeep. John Entwhisle was in the backseat on the right side next to me. He was scooted down behind the radio, & firing his Car-15 to the right. I was scooted down too, & firing to the left. Leo had the lights off, he stomped on the gas, & put the nose of the jeep right under the back of the V-100, so that the rounds went over us. We were going about 70 mph, & Leo was fearless driving that jeep. The V-100 got at least one tire hit, but it was made with an inner tire, so they just swerved a little, & kept on going. None of us got hit, but the canvas on the jeep didn't fair very well. We made it to LZ English, & stopped just inside the gate. We had to pull the other Lifer CID guy out of the foot well of the right front seat. He hadn't fired a shot. He did wet his pants, though. Well boys & girls, that's the end of my war story. I was supposed to start it with "& this is no shit," but I forgot. There were many more adventures after this one. Leo, the old tanker saved our asses because he was fearless, & he could really wheel that jeep. I'm sure Leo is gone now, but he saved our lives. God bless your memory, Brother. We'll always remember you. The 173rd Airborne Brigade Frontier Cops." - Britt Small. Photo by Jerry W. Colwell
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
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
C-130 Landing at Khe Sanh Under Fire, "Getting there was half the story." U.S Air Force and Navy Jets put down a line of defensive fire as they engage in the protection of a C-130 transport preparing for departure from the Marine base at Khe Sanh. Enemy forces were spotted moving along a mountainside in full view of the base just after the C-130 landed a load of ammunition. Air strikes were called in and the enemy's apparent plan to destroy the aircraft and its cargo was foiled U.S. Air Force photo.
Soldier taking a break and riding a small motorbike. Photo by Jim Lundy, a Cobra pilot a Scout Door Gunner with the Scout Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin. http://www.dtroop.com/
Don Blanchette at Fire Support Base, Fuller - Jan 1970. In 1st Platoon "The Pioneers," 1st Battalions, 11th Inf. Regiment, 1st Brigade, 5th Inf. Div. (mech). Quang Tri Province, RVN. Photo repaired by Dan Fox
Soldiers cooking steaks and drinking beer while taking photos. Photo by Jim Lundy, a Cobra pilot a Scout Door Gunner with the Scout Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin.