Troopers of the 8th Vietnamese Airborne Battalion Fire M79 Grenade Launchers and Small Arms During Heavy Fighting
Viet Cong Attack On Saigon - January 31, 1968 - Troopers of the 8th Vietnamese Airborne Battalion fire M79 grenade launchers and small arms during heavy fighting with the Viet Cong in a cemetery one-half mile northeast of Saigon's Tan Son Nhut airfield. Photo by Don Jellema. Donald D. Jellema, originally from Orange City, Iowa served in the U.S. Army from 1952 until 1976. Before going to Vietnam in 1967, he was stationed at Camp Breckenridge (KY), Ft. Sam Houston (TX), Munich, Germany, Ft. Lee (VA), and Chicago (IL) at 5th Army Headquarters. Jellema served in Korea between 1952 and 1953 in E Co., 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, where he took part in combat on Pork Chop Hill and in Operation SMACK. In Vietnam, Jellema served in Saigon as a platoon sergeant in HQ Co., 69th Signal Battalion and as a member of the Department of the Army Special Photographic Office Association (DASPO). After he left Vietnam in 1968, he served at the Pentagon, in Hawaii with DASPO-Pacific, and in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as a recruiter. Jellema retired from the Army in 1976.
Anzac Battalion Members Instructing Troops from the ARVN
Members of the Anzac ( Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) battalion, 6RAR/NZ (ANZAC) instructing troops from the 3/43 Battalion, 18th Division of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), on the loading of an M79 grenade launcher at Horseshoe Hill, near Nui Dat, September 1969.
1968. M 79 Grenade Launcher. Hand grenades hanging from flak jacket. "I was moved quite often where needed. 2 places in the Mekong Delta which was Bac Lue and Camau on the very tip of Vietnam. Mosquitoes big and hungry. During the Tet offense I was near part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail Near The Cambodian Border. It was during Tet when I was wounded and medivaced off a mountaintop at night." -Bart Uselton. Photo by Bart Uselton.
An M113 Armored Personnel Carrier Follows a Centurion Tank Through Thick Undergrowth
An M113 armored personnel carrier (APC) follows a Centurion tank through thick scrub. Fitted with a turret, this APC is also armed with twin .30 inch machine guns. The crew commander has an M79 grenade launcher close to hand and smoke canisters are at the ready attached to the outside of the turret.
Tom Taylor with M-79 Thumper. "Tom and I trained together stateside and joined Delta Company in the Ashau, jumping off the same slick. We were assigned the same squad for a while. Tom was later wounded at the base of Dong Ap Bia and sent to Hawaii. We still keep in contact." -David Wayne. Photo by David Wayne.
Small Puppy Huddles in the Protective Arms of Marine Waiting to Move Forward
While a grenadier team softens communists positions in the Imperial city of Hue, a small puppy huddles in the protective arms Marine waiting to move forward. The fighting followed Viet Cong offensive during the Tet holiday period. Photo by Douglas Pike
Ambush Academy - Cu Chi Base Camp. "I'm the short guy with my head down carrying the M79 Grenade Launcher and M60 Machinegun ammunition around my neck. We didn't loose that war. The whiners and complainers and politicians back in the US lost it for us. We also were winning when I left!!!!" — comments by Richard Roland Bradley.
Bill Butler From Qld, Instruct Regional Force (RF) Soldiers in the use of the M79 Grenade Launcher in the Delta Region
Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Ray (Scarlet) O’Hara from Victoria, Australia with his hands on his hips and WO2 Bill Butler from Qld, instruct Regional Force (RF) soldiers in the use of the M79 grenade launcher in the Delta region, Ben Tranh District. The two AATTV advisors are part of a Night Operations Advisory Team (NOAT) to retrain the RF soldiers for night ambushes against the Viet Cong as part of a pilot project. June 1970.