Waiting on the flight line. Photo by Ernie Patrick who was with the "Blues" from March, to July, 1970. Ernie says he wasn't in country very long. Ship was shot down and he was sent to hospital in Da Nang, Cam Rahn Bay, Japan then to Fort Gordon, Ga. Finally sent to Fort Hood where he stayed until discharge. He was with D-Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. Courtesy of Mike Gustin.
Mario Guzman & Doc Roberts in a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV). 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.
Soldiers and helicopter on military base. "When we got hit at LZ (landing zone) English, the MPs (Military Police) had to set perimeter guard around the chopper pad, among other duties." -Vietnam Veteran. Photo by Jerry W. Colwell.
White phosphorus is used in smoke, tracer, illumination, and incendiary munitions. In addition to its offensive capabilities, white phosphorus is a highly efficient smoke-producing agent, which burns quickly and produces an immediate blanket of smoke. As a result, smoke-producing white phosphorus munitions are very common, particularly as smoke grenades for infantry, loaded in grenade launchers on tanks and other armored vehicles, or as part of the ammunition allotment for artillery or mortars. These create smoke screens to mask from the enemy movement, position, infrared signatures, or the origin of fire. Photo by SP4 Robert Scheurer, 11B (1968 - 1969) 1st Platoon "The Pioneers" 1st Battalion, 11th Inf. Regiment, 1st Brigade, 5th Inf. Div. (mech). Quang Tri Province, RVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN)). Photo repaired by Dan Fox
"Dennis John O'Leary in the middle and Kit Carson scout forward and his brother in law aft. Going out to set up an ambush site in a near by village. Nights belonged to the Viet Cong, and we hid off the paths they took, and either took them out or brought them back to the provincial/district Chief for interrogation. This is down by CG16 area, 'The Cape B,' I always called it. Not a good place as you well know. Ha, ya really had to be there in the Nam!!! But I was in good hands, with the Vietnamese SEALS, I was with, in this picture. They did the work,I just was along for the ride,asking,"Are we there yet?.. Are we there yet?" It was scary, but so was Boston, back in the 60's. A lot of dead people on the side walks and alleys when the sun came up back when the gang/Mob wars were going on back then, was told I would be safer in the Service. Yes, mom, she was right. I was so young looking, only 18yrs old, and Gunnery Sergeant, Ho would paint his face to look older!! Ha, it was the beginning of a life, to this day I still miss, yes it was a movie with a very sad ending, we pulled out and left them when we promised to give them what was needed to protect themselves, and fight on." -Dennis John O'Leary. Photo by Dennis John O'Leary.
The Squadron Worked In Conjunction With Aircraft Of The Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam and United States Forces
In November 1967 a 9 Squadron Iroquois lands to pick up members of the 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR) during operation Santa Fe, a grueling three week-long operation through inhospitable country some 23 kilometres from the Task Force Base at Nui Dat. A second RAAF service began in Vietnam on 3 May 1966 when an advance party from No. 9 Squadron arrived at Vung Tau. The squadron’s helicopters arrived on 6 June aboard HMAS Sydney and were flown to Vung Tau that day before moving to Nui Dat at the end of the month. No. 9 Squadron’s helicopters carried out a variety of roles in Vietnam. Most important were the transport of infantry and logistic support, but the helicopters were also used to drop leaflets over enemy territory. Some were also used in aerial spraying to rid the base of mosquitoes and, more aggressively, to kill vegetative growth around the base and to destroy agricultural plots in Viet Cong territory, denying the enemy a source of food. Just two months after the squadron’s arrival in Vietnam, two pilots were called on to drop ammunition to the beleaguered troops of D Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, at Long Tan. Flying in appalling weather at tree-top height; they dropped ammunition to the soldiers on the ground through driving rain and under intense Viet Cong fire. The squadron operated again that night, after the battle, to retrieve the wounded, guided only by the light emanating from the open hatches of armoured personnel carriers. No. 9 Squadron was re-equipped with larger Iroquois helicopters in 1967. Now equipped with 16 helicopters, the squadron worked in conjunction with aircraft of the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam and United States forces, on the dangerous tasks of transporting men to and from patrols and evacuating wounded soldiers from the battlefield. On some occasions these operations ended with the death of helicopter crewmen and the destruction of the aircraft. The last members of 9 Squadron left Vung Tau on 17 December 1971. Six squadron members were killed on operations, and another man, attached to the squadron from No. 1 Operational Support Unit, was also killed.