Second Lieutenant John ‘Lofty’ Dwyer of 1RAR In Front of Viet Cong Bunker
Second Lieutenant John ‘Lofty’ Dwyer of 1RAR stands in front of a typical Viet Cong bunker in Ho Bo Woods during Operation Crimp. The bunker’s roof was constructed of hard packed, baked mud that set like concrete. January 1966.
Soldiers In A Dismantled Bunker To Escape Howitzer Rounds
Thomas Berry Corbin (lower left looking up with bandaged finger Tom was Killed in Action 1/1/1968). Robert Lindsey, Charles Ford, Marshall Pickel, Curtis Hines and Flossie Riels are in a partially dismantled bunker to escape the mayhem of 3,600 of our own 105mm Howitzer rounds lighting off at knee level in all directions. December 9, 1967, Fire Support Base Grant, Loc Ninh, Republic of Vietnam. Photograph by Sgt. Christopher Gaynor.
Latrine, the Bunker and APC 113 up front right. Photo of the 3/4 Cavalry Vietnam, 1966. Photo by Roger McGill. Richard Bradley adds: "I remember sitting with half a cheek in this latrine due to the chemical burns I suffered keeping my insect repellent in my back pocket. Never did that again!"
Beautiful bunker, used mostly for hiding out & sunbathing on days off. 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.
Before Beginning a Search of a Viet Cong Bunker System
Section Commander Corporal Joe Danyluk of NSW (right) and Private Dick Bligh of Qld, of B Company 8RAR, ‘take five’ before beginning their search of a Viet Cong bunker system in the Long Hai mountains during Operation Hamersley, February 1970. Once inside the tunnels, the Australians encountered a range of defences; lethal panji stakes, spiders, centipedes, snakes, hornets, bats, fire ants and bees were all used by the Viet Cong to kill or injure intruders. Snakes were hidden in bamboo tubes and tied to pieces of wire on the tunnel ceiling, waiting to be knocked out of the tube by the larger American or Australian tunnel ‘rats’. In the Cu Chi tunnels the VC used to take boxes of scorpions with a tripwire and that was a booby trap. You tripped the wire, the box would open and the scorpions would come into the tunnel.
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