August, 1968: "Taking a break some where south Vietnam this would have been a couple of weeks before coming home. possible around the Bong Song Plains. May be Landing Zone (LZ) Saber.?" -Danny Fort. Photo by Danny Fort.
May, 1970 unidentified soldiers on Fire Support Base (FSB) Gladiator. Mortared every day. Machine Gunner was wounded by one of those rounds. As I said earlier this was one ugly Firebase. Robert Henningsen adds: "My squad was first 'on the hill' when Gladiator was re-opened, Spring '70. A 'daisy cutter' was first dropped on the hill and it looked like an atomic bomb plume from the jungle floor. We were the only Grunts to 'make the top' by dusk and it was 'a long night' of 100 % guard duty on the crest. No Viet Congs showed up and we were happy to see the rest of our 2cd platoon and the boys of Company C show up in the morning." Photo by Franklin Bass.
Left to right, Lieutenant Colonel Runkle, Bn Commander, Sergeant Major "Top" Fowler and Captain Dan Terry, Company Commander for Charlie company of the 1/5 CAV on April 3, 1968 at Landing Zone (LZ) Stud preparing for Operation Pegasus support. "On April 4, 1968, Lieutenant Colonel Runkle was KIA when his CC UH-1D Huey was shot down. On May 4,1968 Sergeant Major "Top" Fowler was KIA. About a week after I took this slide Captain Terry was wounded by 5 AK-47 rounds and wounds from a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) mortar. Captain Terry survived his wounds." -Vietnam Veteran. Photo by Bennie E. Gene Koon.