‘Sailor and his girl, Kings Cross 1970-71’ ‘Golden Orchid, Kings Cross 1970-71’ Seeking respite from a brutal war, many United States servicemen chose to spend their precious seven days of rest and recreation (R&R) in Australia. This, in many cases, meant Sydney’s Kings Cross. These candid shots show American servicemen enjoying their few days of leisure in one of Australia’s most notorious red light districts. Some wait outside strip clubs keen to enjoy the sexual services for which the Cross was becoming famous, others are engaged in more innocent pursuits, shopping for souvenirs or just hanging about the streets. Photographer Rennie Ellis took this picture during the final six months of the R&R scheme in 1970–71.
Mamie Van Doren on a floor show in the old Marine Corps Officer's club that the soldiers inherited when the Marines left Chu Lai and the Army moved in. Photo by David Adams, a Cobra pilot in the gun group during the years 1970-1971 with the Scout Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin. http://www.dtroop.com/
Soldiers watching a USO Show (United Service Organizations Inc.) - Loren Taki. Photo by Mariano Guzman who served as one of D-Troop's "Blues" while serving with D-Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin.
USO (United Service Organizations (provides morale, welfare and recreation-type services to US uniformed military personnel)) Show the "Virginian" Cu Chi base camp. 3/4 Cavalry Vietnam, Cu Chi, 1966. Photo by Roger McGill.