RAN Clearance Diving Team 3, US Navy and ARVN Personnel Searching for Enemy Mines and Obstructions
RAN (Royal Australian Navy) Clearance Diving Team 3, USN and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) personnel searching for enemy mines and obstructions in a Mekong River tributary. Three heavily armed USN river patrol craft are positioned at regular intervals and provide protection to smaller outboard-motor-powered boats which are manned by mixed crews from the three allied forces. Several men are in the water attaching demolition charges to a row of stakes which could have been placed by the Viet Cong.
MP Hurst. main gate guard, LZ English, 1969. "Hurst on Main Gate Guard, LZ North English. Helo Pad is in the background. Choppers coming in would try to blow our guard shack over. They succeeded a couple of times. Charlie (Viet Cong) had set a bouncing betty (bounding mine) just behind Hurst. Fortunately, a grunt had come in that morning and spotted it. Hurst is awaiting EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal). We are checking up on him and have our houseboy with us". Photo and comments by Jerry W. Colwell.
Kingsman Huey destroyed by detonated mine. "It exploded under the pilots seat, blowing him and seat through back of aircraft. I medevaced him to hospital in Phu Bai. He survived his wounds thanks to armored seat. One GI on firebase was killed when aircraft flipped on him. Mike Grisey says: I remember that mission... If it wasn't for the Door Gunner's eagle eye spotting the wires leading to mine on top of that abandoned fire base, we would have landed on top of it, and that could have been '798 blown apart... By the time we notified the ships behind us, it was too late." Photo by and comments by Tom Everhart
Soldier Reading a Newspaper With Another Who is, Latter, KIA
Whitten reading a newspaper. The soldier to the left, whose name is not known, is receiving a "Dear John" letter. He stepped on a booby trap 48 hours later and was KIA. Photo by Tom Consedine, 1st Platoon 1970. Company B, 1/7 Cavalry.