Jan. 1970 at Fire Support Base (FSB) Chamberlin Southwest of Cu Chi: Howard Swede Ware and his M-79. "I carried a pack that had 15 extra, if that wasn't enough I had my pistol, if I burned that up I had 2 hand frags, if I burned those up, well, we picked a fight with the wrong folks....Small Bowie Knife. Smoke and frags were on the suspended web belt and harness along with 1 of 2 handguns. Carried CS rounds in my ruck for the 79." -Howard Swede Ware. Photo by Howard Swede Ware.
Group of soldiers taking a break, scrounging for food. Tech Sergeant Smith in front, Lonnie Strickland seated directly behind him, Bill (Spoonie) Rogers standing at the grill, Captain Yanno seated at the table, Thelen with his back turned, and Redeagle in the chair, and one unidentified soldier. Photo by Lonnie Strickland.
Sand-bag and barbed-wire defenses protecting the RAAF zone of the Australian base at Vung Tau in 1966. Australian Airfield Defense Guards constructed, maintained, and manned these positions, and carried out patrols beyond them.
Fire Support Base Chamberlain, Dec. 1969. 49 miles NW of Saigon. Close to the Cambodian border. "These guys worked hard day and night to support us outside the wire." -Vietnam Veteran. Aco 1 / 27th Wolfhounds 25th ID. Photo by Joel Richard Watkins.
Phu Loi 1968. Soldiers getting shots. "Our Company area was over on the West side, if you stayed to the left when you came through the Main Gate, and ran about 3/4's of the way around to the west side the Huey's and hooks had their revetments pretty much next to us. The Hueys would taxi right outside our hootch's back door. We'd set out there in the evenings and wave and drink beer. On occasion if they were coming in late we'd run over and hand all the guys a cold beer as they hovered past. Bad side, the Dinks knew where the Birds were and on occasion try to mortar them. Then we weren't real happy to have them as neighbors!" -Vietnam Veteran. Photo by Howard Swede Ware