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.
My M-16, my jeep and the Medics working with the villagers and giving Medical aid on the MEDCAP Program: Medical doctors and specialists with equipment and supplies set up a temporary field clinic to provide limited medical treatment to the local population. MEDCAPs are generally narrow in scope and usually provide targeted assistance, such as inoculations. 3/4 Cavalry Vietnam, Cu Chi, 1966. Photo by Roger McGill.
Gunner Prepares to Fire His M60 Machine Gun as South Vietnamese Soldiers Run Towards His Helicopter
A 9 Squadron door gunner prepares to fire his M60 machine gun as South Vietnamese soldiers run towards his helicopter. Incidents such as this, when men were picked up under fire as the aircraft hovered just above the ground were known as ‘hot extractions’. This helicopter was flown by a naval officer, a member of the Royal Australian Navy Detachment to 9 Squadron.
Soldier Cools Off in a Stream in the Mekong Delta Whilst Cleaning His Weapon
A U.S. 9th Infantry Division soldier of the 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry, takes advantage of a stream in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam to cool off while cleaning his weapon in June 1969 during the Vietnam War.
Bob Lund of B Battery 6/14 leaving An Khe heading up the pass November 1965. "The 6/14 got off the Gordon in Oct. 1965 at Qui Nhon. We were assigned to support the 1st cav. div... we came back to Pleiku and set up arty hill in Dec. 1965." Photo by Bob Lund, 6th Battalion, 14th Artillery Regiment, RVN, 1965.