The remains of the Tan Son Nhut Chapel, hit during the rocket and mortar attack on Tan Son Nhut Air Base. February 18, 1968. AVSG-S-1256-16/AGA68 ARVN Tan Son Nhut. Photo by: SP4 Thomas G. Wong Pictoria.
What was left of #738, where Captain Thornton (Thumper) and Warrant Officer Hamilton lost their lives on a Command and Control (CCN) Mission, Oct. 25, 1969. CE Adair and Gunner Van Durme were the only survivors, and escaped by being thrown out when the helicopter became inverted, before crashing. Photo by Tom Everhart.
D-17 Calvary 199th APC (armored personnel carrier) hit by an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) during Tet '68 north of Ho Nai village. For the next several days, all of the Brigade’s attached units were engaged in heavy combat across the Saigon/Long Binh/Bien Hoa area. As the 199th was the only major reaction force in and around Saigon during the first days of Tet, they were charged with clearing the infamous Cholon district of Saigon. The Redcatchers, mostly from the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry, who were used to jungle fighting, became experts in urban warfare within minutes. This style of fighting quickly became similar in nature to what their fathers and uncles had to endure while clearing Germany in the closing months of World War II. Photo restored by Dan Fox.
Damage to the deck of HMAS Perth, the only Australian vessel to receive a direct hit from enemy fire during the conflict. HMAS Perth came under fire from coastal defense batteries on 18 October 1967 and although the ship sustained only slight damage, seven sailors were wounded. Two of those wounded were evacuated by helicopter to USS Oriskany and then transferred to the US naval hospital at Subic Bay in the Philippines. Photo by Orm Cooper.
Damage From The Second Missile Which Hit HMAS Hobart
Damage from the second missile which hit HMAS Hobart, most of which landed in the after seamen’s mess deck. On June 17, 1968 while on the gun line with Yankee Station off the coast of North Vietnam, HOBART was struck by three Sparrow missiles fired from a USAF 7th Air Force aircraft (one of the three missiles failed to explode). Two crewmen were killed and seven injured. HOBART and USS BOSTON had been in the vicinity of two US Navy Swift Boats (PCF-12 & PCF-19) that were attacked and sunk after a 2-hour gun battle by North Vietnamese Helicopters. US jets arrived several hours later (around midnight) but the enemy aircraft had departed. As the attack by helicopter was unprecedented, the US aircraft attacked the BOSTON and HOBART assuming they were the enemy who sunk the Swift Boats. The BOSTON suffered no casualties, and was only slightly damaged. In all, HOBART served three tours of duty, and was awarded the United States Navy Unit Commendation for the 1st and 3rd Tours in Vietnam. HOBART was decommissioned on May 12, 2000 and was sunk as a dive wreck four nautical miles west-north-west of Marina Vincent, Yankalilla Bay, South Australia on November 5, 2002.
This was the Huey that was involved in that accident in our parking area that also took out the Cobra - note how the mast that's sticking out the top of the transmission is just snapped 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.
Soldier with downed 284 Light Observation Helicopter (LOH). Photo by Jay Kline, a Cobra pilot a Scout Door Gunner & Crew Chief.with the Scout Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin. http://www.dtroop.com/
Helicopter that Received a Number of Shots From the Viet Cong
"This is a Dust Off chopper with the doors off it. Look at the litter poles and the liter/stretcher on the floor. Could be with the 237th Dust Off due to the yellow skid caps. And notice no guns! Dust Off never carried guns." Comments by Charlie Whaley. "Bad neighborhood, they shot us up on the way out!! It was truly a lets "Get outa here" 'copter....") Photo and comment by Howard Swede Ware