Don Blanchette at Fire Support Base, Fuller - Jan 1970. In 1st Platoon "The Pioneers," 1st Battalions, 11th Inf. Regiment, 1st Brigade, 5th Inf. Div. (mech). Quang Tri Province, RVN. Photo repaired by Dan Fox
Vietnam Sniper - George "Ben" Norman in a rubber tree plantation in Vietnam: "I haven't shaved in 3 weeks, had a shower or a change of clothes. I smell so bad the flies won't land on me. Every scratch and mosquito bite is infected and I have ring worm everywhere my ruck sack and clothes rub my body. I have leeches attached to my skin, dysentery and I have had to brush mosquitoes off muddy bomb craters to re-fill my canteens for drinking water. I am truly a "mad dog animal at this point", ready to kill! Before I arrived in Vietnam I weighed between 165-170 lbs... after returning from the field I weighed 138lbs! 25th Infantry Division 1970-1971. Whatever conflict or war you may have served in, the average citizen has no idea what an infantry soldier truly has to endure!!! This is why the infantry brotherhood is so strong because... we know! Photo by Ben Norman.
Soldier Cools Off in a Stream in the Mekong Delta Whilst Cleaning His Weapon
A U.S. 9th Infantry Division soldier of the 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry, takes advantage of a stream in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam to cool off while cleaning his weapon in June 1969 during the Vietnam War.
Recon 1/502 101st Airborne Division, Vietnam 1969-70. Photo by Ruben Yzaguirre The 502nd Infantry Regiment (502nd INF), previously titled the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (502nd PIR), is an airborne infantry regiment of the United States Army. The regiment was established shortly after the American entry into World War II, and was assigned as a regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, "The Screaming Eagles", one of the most decorated formations of the U.S. Army. The regiment saw substantial action in the European Theater of World War II and was deactivated in 1945, shortly after the end of the war. Reactivating in a new form in 1956, the 502nd Infantry has served in the Vietnam War, the first Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. It was removed from parachute status with the rest of the 101st Airborne Division in 1969, and since 1974, the regiment has been classified as an Air Assault unit. Currently, its 1st and 2nd battalions are active. Both battalions are assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) 2nd Battalion served almost seven years in the Republic of Vietnam. 1st Battalion did five years. Fighting scattered actions under two different brigade headquarters from the Mekong River delta in the south to the DMZ up north, they earned 27 campaign streamers, six American, and eight Vietnamese unit citations between them, including two Presidential Unit Citations earned by 2nd Battalion for An Khe and Dak To. 1/502 fought in the A Shau Valley and the Rescue of Dustoff 65. Three 2nd Battalion soldiers earned the Medal of Honor. Specialist Dale E. Wayrynen, Private First Class Milton A. Lee, and Corporal Frank R. Fratellenico all have Fort Campbell landmarks named for them. In December 1971, after having drawn down in country, the 101st began returning home to Fort Campbell.
Jim Bates & Thny. "Jim was my Team Leader and Thny was a Kit Carson Scout. We were lucky to get a couple of good ones. Their families were killed by the VC/NVA, so they wanted them more than we did". The Kit Carson Scouts (Vietnamese: Hồi Chánh Viên, a term loosely translated as "members who have returned to the righteous side") belonged to a special program initially created by the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War involving the use of former Viet Cong combatants as intelligence scouts for American infantry units. Photo and comments by David Weeks II.
Soldiers Engaged in Rest & Relaxation, 1st Platoon "The Pioneers"
Soldiers engaged in R&R. Photographer unsure of all individuals but possibly: Joe Pittman, Johnny Martinez and Raymond Delgado are present. Photo by Steve Sullens, 11B 1970 -1971 1st Platoon "The Pioneers" 1st Battalion, 11th Inf. Regiment, 1st Brigade, 5th Inf. Div. (mech). Quang Tri Province, RVN. Photo repaired by Dan Fox