Charlie Black, "Charlie always carried a grenade in his jungle jacket left front pocket, as you see in this picture. I asked him why he carried it. He replied, 'You never know when you might need it....'" 1970. This was in the MP Platoon AO, LZ English, April or May. "Charlie was a great MP to have on your side in a fight." Photo and comments by Jerry W. Colwell
MP desk blotter, LZ English, (Landing Zone English, also known as English Airfield, LZ Dog, LZ English or simply Bong Son) is a former U.S. Army base in Bồng Sơn, Bình Định Province, Vietnam. The base was located along Highway 1 approximately 82 km northwest of Qui Nhơn.) 1969. "I was sick as a dog with dysentery. This is in the MP Squad hootch, LZ North English." Photo and comment by Jerry W. Colwell
"Place was probably as you remembered it.....a billion rubber trees, the old plantation house and the big above ground pool. [Viet Cong] blew the shit outa the place in mid 69." Photo and comments by Howard Swede Ware
An American Crewman In Helicopter During A Medical Evacuation Flight
An American crewman in the back of a helicopter during a medical evacuation flight to Long Binh. Long Binh, outside Saigon, was the largest US Army base in South Vietnam and the point of both entry and departure for many Americans during the war. It included a stockade which was known as the ‘Long Binh Jail’ or ‘LBJ’, after the American President.
Army Base, LZ English, With the MP Hootch in the Foreground
LZ English, MP Hootch. "This is LZ North English from a bunker looking over the MP Squad, the Chapel, and then TOC (Tactical Operations Center) in the background. Look at the shrapnel holes in our trailer. Still worked on beer runs into Qui Nhon's PX." Photo and comments by Jerry W. Colwell
MP Hurst. main gate guard, LZ English, 1969. "Hurst on Main Gate Guard, LZ North English. Helo Pad is in the background. Choppers coming in would try to blow our guard shack over. They succeeded a couple of times. Charlie (Viet Cong) had set a bouncing betty (bounding mine) just behind Hurst. Fortunately, a grunt had come in that morning and spotted it. Hurst is awaiting EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal). We are checking up on him and have our houseboy with us". Photo and comments by Jerry W. Colwell.
Pevy, of 4th Battalion, Wanted One Last Ride With His Buddy
"This is actually taken at the MP Squad AO, LZ North English. Sergeant Bird is unhooking the antenna. Bill Barr (I believe) is driving, Terry Smith is working the radio, probably asking the main desk on LZ English, 'how ya read me?'. Ed Christman, sergeant on the main desk would reply, 'gotcha lima charlie!' Pevy, of 4th Battalion wanted one last ride with his buddy, Sergeant Bird. Bird was severely WIA in an early January 1970 mortar attack on LZ North English. That is the same attack in which Major Lewis, the XO was KIA. LZ English, Pevy DEROS'ing." Photo and comments by Jerry W. Colwell
New Zealand Beret From Whiskey Company at Nui Dat Infantry Base Camp
The Aussie and New Zealand forces called ANZAC operated from their Nui Dat infantry Base Camp called Nui Dat in Phouc Tuy Province southeast of Saigon down highway 15 past Bear Cat. I was part of a Support detachment of ASA Intel troops providing DF and Signal intercept of VC activities from 68-69. I worked with Whiskey Company of the small NZ component quite often. That is a Kiwi beret from them. We had some unusual weapons at times but used the FN SLR most often. That is pictured here. Photo by Dave Breisch
Soldier watering a dirt road in order to keep the dust down. Photo by Russell Elderbaum, a "Scout" with D-Troop during 1969 & 1970. 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. Courtesy of Mike Gustin, email@example.com http://www.dtroop.com/