"Mike Kratz was standing next to me [Mike Grisey] on my right. Check out the M-16 magazine I'm holding with a bullet hole through it. This was a CCN [Command and Control North] mission (10 shipper) that we flew lead, and got the shit shot out of us on the insertion. I believe 7 out of the 10 birds got shot-up pretty good, and we limped in and barely made an emergency on FB [fire support base] whip. As I recall, Tom Everhart and Roach were also on this mission. This was Bill Konyu's first combat mission, and we lost him on his second combat mission two days later." Mike Grisey, Mike Kratz, Bill Konyu (KIA, 2ND From right), and Garcia. Photo by Tom Everhart.
Vietnamese Marine Receives First Aid From a U.S. Marine Medic
Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) Forces Inflict Heavy Casualties on North Vietnamese Army (NVA) Invaders - Blinded by the blast of a NVA B40 rocket, a Vietnamese marine receives first aid from a Marine medic. Photo by Douglas Pike.
UH-1 helicopter, aerial delivery of personnel. During the Vietnam War, the United States relied on the helicopter as never before. The helicopter's role in combat expanded enormously in this conflict as thousands of "choppers" rapidly transported personnel throughout the war zone. Heavily armed helicopters offered a fearsome component to ground operations as close air support. Photo by Douglas Pike.
"This was up north of Tay Ninh. [The helicopter pilot] couldn't land so [he] hovered while loading wounded, I was peeking around a tree, bad neighborhood! Dust Off pilots were not known to be stable individuals! They were shot down or shot up more than any other pilots in the 'Nam !! God love em!!'" Photo and comment by Howard Swede Ware.
Small Puppy Huddles in the Protective Arms of Marine Waiting to Move Forward
While a grenadier team softens communists positions in the Imperial city of Hue, a small puppy huddles in the protective arms Marine waiting to move forward. The fighting followed Viet Cong offensive during the Tet holiday period. Photo by Douglas Pike
Effects of a Rocket Proelled Grenade Strike on an APC
The devastating effects of a rocket propelled grenade strike on an APC (armoured personnel carriers) are clearly evident in this image. The vehicle was hit by members of a Viet Cong patrol on the outskirts of Phuoc Tuy’s capital, Ba Ria, and its driver, Lance-Corporal Paul Atkinson, was seriously wounded.
C-130 Landing at Khe Sanh Under Fire, "Getting there was half the story." U.S Air Force and Navy Jets put down a line of defensive fire as they engage in the protection of a C-130 transport preparing for departure from the Marine base at Khe Sanh. Enemy forces were spotted moving along a mountainside in full view of the base just after the C-130 landed a load of ammunition. Air strikes were called in and the enemy's apparent plan to destroy the aircraft and its cargo was foiled U.S. Air Force photo.
Soldiers on an Airfield, Young Soldiers Were Heavily Influenced by Their Experiences in Vietnam
"Lawson with his 1000 Yard Stare & Harris. Lawson saw way too much combat and killing at age 18". Photo by Russell Elderbaum, a "Scout" with D-Troop during 1969 & 1970. 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. Courtesy of Mike Gustin. http://www.dtroop.com/
Soldier Who Was KIA and Served Between 1966 and 1967
"SP4 James McDonald RIP. Served C Company, 2/3d Infantry (Old Guard), 199th Light Infantry Brigade (Separate), Republic of Vietnam, 1966-67. Rest in peace, Mighty Warrior! May God be with you and keep you. You suffered much, yet you triumphed over life." (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.) Photo and comment by William Carr Jr.
Bunker 123, the Morning After it Was Almost Overrun by Viet Cong
Bunker 123, almost overran. Combatants (Viet Cong) came right up to the wire at night. Beehive rounds fired point blank took care of them all. Photo by John Wray, a "Blues" gun pilot with the Scout Platoon, D-Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. Dec., 1969-Dec.1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin. http://www.dtroop.com/