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
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.
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.
Table with different types of grenades. "All pictures were taken while I was with the Korean 9th Inf Div out of Ninh Hoa, Vietnam. When SF was sent back to the states I was transferred to the ROK 9th as NCOIC. I participated in several missions. The pictures were taken on my last mission, when all 3 regiments went into the mountains for 3 weeks." -Vietnam Veteran. Photo Taken 1970-71 courtesy of Tony Kristol.
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
Vietnam War grenade. "Our grenades worked, most of the NVA's were duds." -Vietnam Veteran. Photo by Jay Kline, a Cobra pilot a Scout Door Gunner & Crew Chief.with the Scout Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin. http://www.dtroop.com/