The French plantaion house at An Khe airfield that the Bird Dog pilots and the airfield commander lived in. My room was on the second floor with the blue awning over the window and Lt. Gemino's room was in the old control tower on the roof! What a view from up there of the surrounding central highland mountains.
Two of our RF counterparts. I don't recall their names.
Some UH-34 helicopters of the Vietnamese Air Force called "King Bees" fueling up on the ramp at An Khe. Also an O-2 airplane from the USAF on the right. I'm up on the roof of the plantation house where we lived taking these pictures.
It was very safe sleeping here, the walls were 3 to 4 feet thick and it had taken rocket hits with no damage. We had a deck to party on up top.
Sign at the airfield. The 173rd Airborne Brigade took over An Khe after the 1st Cav Division left. An Khe mountain in back ground.
225th SAC officer's club on the right and officer's barracks to he left. The volley ball pit is just over the brick wall in the right center where we had many a "jungle rules" game across the net.
Mohawk revetments at Phu Hiep Army Airfield. CH-54 Skycrane in background.
Elderly lady from Phong Ngu - Feb 1968
Young girl selling corn at the local market - late Feb 1968
Having fun. The fun stopped when a group of young men came by while I was in the river. Had to duck almost under water and turn away so they couldn't see I was Caucasian. We left as soon as they were out of sight. A gang or Communist patrol I'll never know, but everyone was SCARED. It was much darker than these pictures show.
Malee headed to the river for a bath.
Malee in river with brothers and sisters.
Old landing craft sunk on the beach.
Sunk landing craft from the high sand dunes. Beautiful beaches and water, but what fools we were to be here without a weapon or radio.
Malee and me outside of our apartment downtown Udorn. She caused me a lot of headache, but I was young.
Orphan kid from Thu's village. I would see him again in 1989. He has since died.
RFs cooking rice for supper. Notice the orange drum. We used this to kill the tall grass that grew up in the French minefields around our compound. Nobody ever told us what it was.
Getting ready for a one-day operation with our counterparts.
My squad on a day patrol - kneeling Pfc V. - standing left to right - Pfc H., Pfc T., Pfc S. - counterparts in the rear - Anh K., Anh D., Anh L. and Anh T.
Chow time for our RF counterparts
Father and son from Vinh Dien
Dawn in our compound early-Feb 1968
Looking southwest across into "Dodge City" . Phong Nhi in the distant treeline left of center in the photo. Many people wearing white, the color of mourning in Viet Nam.
View up the Thanh Quit River towards our compound.
Some more of our people - LCpl E., "Recon", Pvt H., LCpl S.
My hootch from mess hall roof in the Honor-Smith compound on Bien Hoa Air Base. My first room was just to the right of the step ladder for a short while, then I moved to the left corner room till I went home in September 1968. The field just to the left took a lot of 122mm rocket strikes when they overshot the Air Force flight line.
UH-1D slick of the 334th Armed Helicopter Co. that was hit and burned from the rocket attack on 10 Jan 1968, Bien Hoa Air Base.
Kids at the market place giving us the finger - Vietnamese style. We didn't even know what it meant at the time.
Fish market in the town of Song Cau where we would go with S.F. soldiers to buy lobster and shrimp for company parties. This is down the coast not far from Qui Nhon.
Nice lobster. We'd let the S.F. sergeant and his interpreter,on the right, do our bartering for us. Song Cau.
Nice squid. Song Cau fish market.
Very large prawn. Song Cau fish market.
Blue crabs. Song Cau fish market.
Cutting fish fillets with machete and stick. Song Cau fish market.
Some nice fish fillets. Song Cau fish market.
A sea of conical hats. Song Cau fish market.
Loading up the lobster! Song Cau fish market.
Two of our RFs making a fish trap from bamboo strip
Friend or foe - we never knew - not that it matters now -holding my M-16
Taking a patrol break - meanwhile village life goes on
Carrying water from the river. This was the only source of water for the villagers. The road is Hwy. 1. Beyond the road is a mine field left over from the French Colonial era.
Another one of our Marines, PfC G.
Chow time - Pvt H. eating with three of our counterparts.
More village kids.
More well tended hamlets. Notice rice drying behind the upper house.
Well tended hamlets along the Song Cau river west of Qui Nhon.
Three more of our Marines - Cpl B., Pfc H., Pfc. H. ready for an op our by the Vinh Dien River with our RF counterparts
At the local general store - Pfc Z., Cpl. B. and another Cpl. B. from 1968 The lady in the background is the store owner. I located her during Tet of 1995. She has done very well.
Would you call this accurate bombing?
An abandoned airfield in the Ashau Valley - An Air Force A-1 Skyraider pilot earned the medal of Honor by landing on the air strip and rescuing his wingman who had been shot down.
Infiltration route in the Ashau Valley - These pics were taken during a search for Catp. Jim “Hymie” Fickler and Lt. Bob Kuhlman who did not return from their mission the night before. no wreckge could be found.
Da Nang Airfield 1969
Vietnamese Children for dental care
MAG 11 Housing
Our neighbors outside the gate
WO-1 Bob Coveney giving rides to the little kids at Rach Kein south of Saigon.
WO-1 Sam Denton with a young "smoker" at Rach Kein.
The Miami Bar in Taipei that I patroned for two R & R's in the summer of 1968. A lot of the gun platoon also went here for their R & R's.
A US Army airboat gun platform tied up at the Nha Be Navy Base dock on it's way to My Tho.
Two of our CAP leaders - Sgt. B (right) and his assistant, Cpl ? (left)
Phillipino band girls catching a ride out of Lane AHP!
61st AHC slicks shut down at LZ Pony during POW rescue mission "Bright Light". Picture by Eric Hahn.
Malee in our apartment downtown Udorn, Thailand.
Malee and her parents somewhere in central Thailand. During a trip to Bangkok we went to visit her home for a couple of days. Got there by taxi (a long ride) and left by lambreta, small bus then larger bus to get back to Bangkok. They lived in a large hut about ten feet off the ground on stilts in the middle of the jungle. This was a VERY interesting trip!
Panorama view from Marble Mtn. looking westphoto from July 2002
On the helipad atop Mattahorn Mountain with Korean troopers from White Horse Division. We would spend all day hauling mail, people, food, and lots of 5 gallon containers of water to all the mountain peak outposts surrounding the valley that Lane AHP and the Korean Divison Headquaters was in. They are emptying the containers while we waited in this photo.
Shut down at Rach Kein ( I think). The kids would always swarm over the helicopter so you had to watch them closely. Notice we've taken all the doors off for less weight but mainly for better visability.
Three RDs at my bunker
Preparing for patrol to be led by LCpl P. with LCpl McE. and PFC B and ? the steel object is part of a pile driving rig used by 7th Eng Bn to rebuild the blown river bridge. New bridge was completed in June '68 and was blown up again in August 1968
Search and Destroy
Young village boys in our AO
Patrol in the Phong Ngu area. We knew this would be a relatively safe patrol and so I took my camera along. This was a part of my squad. Photo also appeared in the official 1968 Marine Corps History
Tobacco harvest time in the villages
Looking southwest. "Dodge City" at the distant treelines. The road below is Hwy 1. Photo was taken from a tower in our compound.
Highly respected and well cared for water buffalo. Overhead shelter fashioned from an artillery illumination round parachute
Phong Ngu village kids
Awards ceromony at Polei Kleng Special Forces camp.
Awards ceromony at Polei Kleng Special Forces camp. I left the area quickly because of obvious target for mortors. Photo taken towards the South across the runway and helipads.
Polei Kleng. Typical SF camp with the indiginous troop's housing right on the perimeter. They lived and fought here with their families.
Polei Kleng. 105 MM cannon facing to the Southwest.
Polei Kleng. A kid in the trench line right outside where they lived.
Living quarters for Vietnamese at Polei Klang S.F. Camp. Looking northwest in the direction from where the tanks came that over ran the camp in April 1975.
One of our RDs. He was very good on patrols and ambushes
Taking a break while on patrol. RD is posing with my M-16.
Two RDs. My bunker is there on the left. Fold-up cot is visible there behind the little blast wall. The ground inside was covered with C-Ration case cardboard.
One of three "hooches" in our compound. Normally we used to keep a few personal things in them but slept in sandbagged bunkers at night when not on an ambush or on watch.
Two RFs at the front gate bunker
One of our counterparts, Anh T. In the background is the RF comm bunker and our 50 ft high observation tower which was a dangerous place to be during Tet.
Special Forces A Team living quarters at Polei Klang. Pilot in flight jacket at left appears to be WO-1 Jerry (Rummy) Clark.
Living quarters for Vietnamese at Polei Klang S.F. Camp.
Village children at Phong Ngu, the hamlet nearest to our CAP compound.
Me; HQ 7th Air Force
Saigon, BOQ area
Saigon, Base Chapel
Saigon, NCO Club
Saigon, Mail room
Saigon, Vietnamese Officer's Club
Saigon, Officer's Club
Saigon, O-Club, Bearcat
Saigon, my busy desk!
Saigon, BOQ maid
Saigon, self pic
Saigon, BOQ (note clothes line)
Saigon; Wha Hoppened?
Saigon, My small BOQ room
Saigon, self portrait
Saigon, My room, Xmas 1971
Saigon, my cot!
Saigon, BOQ community shower
Saigon, Fellow workers
Saigon, Me, a Pave Expert?
Saigon, HQ building
Saigon, Office view
Saigon, Me on duty
Saigon, My desk area
Saigon, P-40 model I made
Saigon, kids enjoying flash flooding
Saigon, entering downtown
Saigon, Presidential Palace
Saigon, Entrance to Vietnamese Military Base
Saigon, On Base traffic
Saigon, Main Gate display
Saigon, B-52 bomb drop holes!
Saigon, painting, F-4 & Pilot
Saigon, WW I fighter pilots Frick & Me!
Saigon, Tank near base gate
Saigon, Just inside gate
Saigon, Taxis heading downtown
Saigon, Entrance to Vietnamese Base
Saigon, Buddha temple
Saigon, Buddha temple pagoda
Saigon, Continental Palace
Saigon, RC Cathedral
Saigon, Cultural House
Saigon, La Bonne Fourchette Restaurant; Tu-Do Street
Saigon, Monument near Tu-Do Street
Saigon, Downtown, across from REX
Saigon, Main Street; Tu-Do Street
Saigon, Warrior monument on the waterfront
Saigon, War Monument
Saigon, Black Market area
Saigon, kids playing
Saigon, Lunch stop!
Flying into Cambodia May 1970
Cambodia May 1970
A large vietnamese home
A Vietnamese family
A Vietnamese market place
The Cathedral Saigon 1965
The Cathedral Saigon 1965Bức ảnh này khá hay, vì ngay foreground đã ghi lại được cùng lúc hình ảnh của những chiếc xe tiêu biểu của Saigon thời đó.
Hoc sinh tan truong, goc duong Cong Quynh - Nguyen Cu Trinh
Trung tam Saigon 1972
Buu dien Cho Lon - voi tuong Phan Dinh Phung o vong xoay phia truoc
Xe ngua tren duong pho Saigon
Duong Ben Bach Dang
Duong Le Loi voi Khach san Rex, Saigon 1960's
Cong vien canh tru so Quoc Hoi (Nha Hat TP ngay nay)
Tuong Thuy Quan Luc Chien tai cong vien dau duong Le Loi
Duong Tu Do, canh Cong vien Chi Lang, Saigon 1960
Duong Dong Khanh, Cholon 1965
Đường Thống Nhất (Lê Duẩn ngày nay), Saigon 1965
Duong Le Thanh Ton , sau Cho Ben Thanh, Saigon 1968
Duong Ta Thu Thau, Saigon 1968
Saigon 1965, duong nao ma hoa dep qua, khong nhan ra:
Đường Lê Lợi, Saigon 1965
Saigon Xe Hơi Công Ty, Saigon 1965Góc đường Thống Nhất - Duy Tân (tức Lê Duẩn - Phạm Ngọc Thạch ngày nay). Tại vị trí này hiện nay là siêu thị Diamond Plaza
Sign at the An Khe POL refueling point for helicopters. Note the famous mountain at An Khe in background. The saying is a "play on words" taken from a TV commercial in the 1960's.
My favorite picture that I took in Vietnam. 173rd Abn. Bde. fire base south of An Khe. Spring of 1971.
Sunrise at Phu Hiep Army Air Field.
08 Nov 1955, Saigon, South Vietnam --- Inauguration of First President of Vietnam Republic. Saigon, South Vietnam: Ngo Dinh Diem, prime minister of Vietnam, is shown as he took the oath of office as first president of the Republic of Vietnam after the referendum that ousted Emperor Bao Dai and made Vietnam a republic. The Vietnamese voted 5,721,735 to 63,017 in favor of the republic. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
05 Apr 1966, Da Nang, South Vietnam --- Weapons ready, loyal government troops stand behind hastily erected barricades in front of the sir base April 5th Awaiting approach of Anti-government demonstrators. The guards are protecting the entrance to the base, where government troops dispatched by premier Nguyen Cao Ky are grouping for a possible march on the city to restore order. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
07 Nov 1967, Loc Ninh, South Vietnam --- Young Warrior. Loc Ninh, South Vietnam: The battle over, a 14-year-old South Vietnamese soldier enjoys a candy bar as he carries a rifle over his shoulder at the Allied fortress at Loc Ninh recently. Trying to score a major victory, the communists sacrificed some 2,000 men, more than 900 of which were killed, during seven days of attacks against this strategic American advisory camp and Special Forces fort some 75 miles north of Saigon close to the Cambodian border, --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
11 Nov 1968, Loc Ninh, South Vietnam --- Thieu in the Field. Loc Ninh, South Vietnam: South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu congratulates the valiant defenders of the embattled allied post at Loc Ninh on his first field trip since taking office. He predicted that allied forces will observe three separate cease fires between Christmas and the Lunar New Year next February. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
14 Dec 1969, Nha Trang, South Vietnam --- Nha Trang, South Vietnam:Cadets march with colors on graduation day at South Vietnam's Military academy in Dalat. Modeled along the lines of West Point, 92 cadets received their commissions. They were the first group to complete the four year course instituted by a decree from then president Nguyen Cao Ky in 1966. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
Civilians in Xa Long Tan. 1995. Very few men.
One of the better houses in Long Phuoc.
Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City.
Long Tan today.
Me and Dave. Late afternoon in Vung Tau. Propaganda blaring from the speakers. Ho Chi Minh up top.