Sabre 79 Helmet. Photo by Melvin Walker, a CW2 gun pilot and flew "Mel's Toy" with the Scout Platoon, D Troop, 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."
With their artillery piece in the background, gunners occupy defensive positions at Coral. Steel helmets have replaced the ‘bush hat’ commonly associated with the Australians in Vietnam because of the danger posed by enemy RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) and mortar fire.
Soldier Holding Helmet of Individual Injured in the Helicopter Crash
Learned holding Gonzales' helmet who was injured in this helicopter crash. Photo by Russell Elderbaum, a "Scout" with D-Troop during 1969 & 1970. 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. Courtesy of Mike Gustin, firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.dtroop.com/
Captured North Vietnamese Army (NVA) supplies. "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.