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."
Commandant Janice Webb (far right), Australian Red Cross, with Walking Wounded
Commandant Janice Webb (far right), Australian Red Cross, with walking wounded at 8 Field Ambulance, Vung Tau, during 1967. The men were going to the airstrip to board a RAAF C130E Hercules flight bound for 4 RAAF Hospital at Butterworth, Malaysia. Red Cross personnel provided valuable support to the sick and wounded men. They wrote letters, distributed comfort items and ran errands for them.