Photograph of SSG (Staff Sergeant) Larry Shirk and SP4 (The rank of SP4 once denoted the fourth grade of the specialist rank in the U.S. Army. The term was abandoned in favor of "SPC," the only specialist rank, and is roughly equivalent to the rank of corporal.) James Fisher. Photo courtesy of William Carr Jr.
E-Troop 17th Cavalry, LZ Uplift.It was the base of operations for the 1st Bn 69th Armor. It was also home to an artillery battery and a battalion of the 1/503rd of the 173rd Airborne. There was a Duster battery from the 4th/60th Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) located here as well as artillery from the 7th/15th Artillery, and the 7th/13th Artillery., Jan/Feb of 1970. Photo by Jerry W. Colwell
An Aussie "digger" (soldier) from 7RAR moves through a creek during a patrol on Operation Cung Chung in June, 1970. This is WO2 John Francis Sexton, Company Sergeant Major (Bless His Heart). John did the two tours of Vietnam with 7RAR and was formerly of the SAS. Passed away 18 August 2005. RIP.
Australians with their tracker dogs at Coral in May 1965. The dogs, mostly black Labradors, were trained to follow the scent of human blood, waste and food, and were used by patrolling Australians to locate enemy troops.
Berlin-Born Paratrooper Ruediger Richter Patrols In The Jungle
September 2, 1966, Bien Hoa, Vietnam. In this 1966 photo, Berlin-born paratrooper Ruediger Richter patrols in the jungle northeast of what is now called Ho Chi Minh City as a member of the U.S. Army's 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade. As a boy, Richter saw bodies in the streets of Hitler's Germany, where he spent his childhood. He then became a professional killer, first as a member of the French Foreign Legion and later as a member of the U.S. Army. A gunshot through the head ended his Vietnam combat service in 1967, leaving him with a shattered face and a heart hollowed out by anger and addictions. He has since found his peace living in the rural Southern United States near Columbus, Georgia. Photo by Henri Huet KIA Feb. 10 1971 over Laos.
An Iroquois Flies Supplies To An Australian Patrol In The Nui Dinh Mountains
An Iroquois flies supplies to an Australian patrol in the Nui Dinh mountains. In rugged terrain helicopters provided the only means of resupplying men in the field but 9 Squadron flew resupply missions to soldiers in all sorts of situations throughout the war.
Sergeant Tom Birnie (right), with Unidentified Soldier on Patrol.
Sergeant Tom Birnie (right), Platoon Sergeant of 4 Platoon, D Company, 2RAR and an unidentified soldier on patrol during Operation Coburg, Bien Hoa, January 1968. Sgt Birnie served in Vietnam for a second time with 2 RAR in 1970-71 and was accidentally shot by a sentry while re-entering his own platoon area after a reconnaissance patrol. He died of his wounds at 1 Australian Field Hospital on 25 March 1971.
Amphibious U.S. Navy Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle (PACV)
An amphibious U.S. Navy patrol air cushion vehicle (PACV) easily transitions from water to land as it returns to its Cat Lo Base after a mission in the Mekong Delta region of South Vietnam. Three PACV's have been operating in South Vietnam since May 1966. They make up patrol air cushion vehicle (PACV) division 107, part of boat squadron 1, military assistance command (Vietnam). The PACV's are being evaluated for coastal surveillance, intercept and investigation to help prevent seaborne infiltration and supply of Viet Cong units in South Vietnam. Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle (PACV) moves up the ramp at Cat Lo during evaluation work with Task Force 116
Saber Blues (aka "Blues") in the field. Photo by Dan Lefleur, who served with D-Troop as a Scout pilot. During the years 1969-1970, Scout Platoon, D-Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. Courtesy of Mike Gustin
Airfield Defence Guards Waiting to Leave Nui Dat and Begin a Patrol
RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) Airfield Defense Guards waiting to leave Nui Dat and begin a patrol. Although stationed at Vung Tau, Airfield Defence Guards often took part in night-time patrols around the Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat.