Soldiers With Their Civet Cat And A Mortar Parachute
Cai Cai 1966. Richard H. Dick James standing 2nd from left. "We had just made our civet cat airborne qualified, using a mortar parachute off the observation tower. Sergeant First Class Allard, Staff Sergeant Conard, Sergeant Richard "Dick" James and Staff Sergeant Passmore. We got a group of four A-teams together, made a night jump at Bragg, and each team hiked to a target. We hiked (during the nighttime) to the Bragg Ammo Dump. Arrived before dawn, and reconnoitered the site. In the early dawn we cut our way through the fence/barbed wire, and snuck onto the grounds of the ammo dump. We then placed signs on each bunker, saying 'destroyed by Detachment A-42, Company D, 7th Special Forces Group.' The other three teams did the same at the base water supply and power supply, as well as the aircraft on Pope Air Force Base. The Ft. Bragg commanding general was livid, and chewed out everybody involved. It was a 'blast.' None of the teams were ever spotted." — with Richard H. Dick James. Photo by Richard H. Dick James.
North English Squad, November 1969, Min Gate. (R-L) Sp/4 Jerry R. Doyle; ARVN Sergeant Long, was KIA in July of 1970; PFC Jerry W. Colwell; Sp/4 Paul Hurst; Houseboy Sergeant Bell; Sp/4 Jon Herron; Sp/4 Terry Smith; Military Police, HHC, Attached to the Support Battalion, 173d Abn Bde. Photo by Jerry W. Colwell.
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.
Team A-412, Cai Cai, Vietnam (1966). Captain Leo M. Donker (bottom left) was KIA (killed in action). Richard H. Dick James (top center, 3rd from left standing).Master Sergeant Kerr (far left), Sergeant First Class Johnson, Sergeant First Class Noakes (middle), Staff Sergeant Anderson (bottom right), Sergeant Johnson (top center, right) Staff Sergeant Conard and Lieutenant Gerald Doht (far right).
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.
Command Sgt. Major Willie G. Anderson, he was a WW II, Korean, and soon to be a Vietnam Veteran. He was wounded in Vietnam at Cu Chi, was shot in his ear, was very lucky. The day after he got shot in the ear lobe he put in his retirement papers and that is when A Troop 1st Sgt. Max Davenport became the Squadron Command Sgt Major of the Squadron. He had also been wounded in Vietnam with A Troop. These pictures are from Hawaii, Training, FTX, Barracks. Getting ready to Deploy to Vietnam. Photo by Roger McGill.