Agent Orange, herbicide sprayed forest. Photo by Russell Elderbaum, a "Scout" with D-Troop during 1969 & 1970. 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin. http://www.dtroop.com/
US Troops Believed that Vietnamese Traditions Held the Symbolism of the Spade to Mean Death and Ill-Fortune
Vietnam War Helmet. For those who served, "US troops believed that Vietnamese traditions held the symbolism of the spade to mean death and ill-fortune, and in a bid to scare away Viet Cong soldiers without a firefight, it was common practice to leave an ace of spades on the bodies of killed Vietnamese and even to litter the forested grounds and fields with the card."