Looking southwest. "Dodge City" at the distant treelines. The road below is Hwy 1. Photo was taken from a tower in our compound.
Chow time for our RF counterparts
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.
View up the Thanh Quit River towards our compound.
Chow time - Pvt H. eating with three of 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.
Friend or foe - we never knew - not that it matters now -
holding my M-16
With Sgt Y. on patrol in Phong Ngu
RD (Revolutionary Development) Team Leader - His team stayed in our compound from time to time. Photo taken looking south on Hwy 1. Photo taken on or near Buddha's birthday in 1968
Former Viet Minh, Anh L. a member of the local RD team. Looking south on Hwy. 1 at Phong Ngu 1968
Pfc L. and Pfc Z. at our CAP compound in 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.
Panorama view from Marble Mtn. looking west
photo from July 2002
Getting ready for a one-day operation with our counterparts.
Some of our RF counterparts from 1968 - evening chow time
Two of our RF counterparts. I don't recall their names.
Taking a break while on patrol. RD is posing with my M-16.
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.
Two RFs at the front gate bunker
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 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.
Two of our RFs making a fish trap from bamboo strip
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
Another one of our Marines, PfC G.
Some more of our people - LCpl E., "Recon", Pvt H., LCpl S.
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.
Pfc H. - notice the shells of village houses in the background.
Dawn in our compound early-Feb 1968
Two of our CAP leaders - Sgt. B (right) and his assistant, Cpl ? (left)
Posing for a "gungy" photo
Tobacco harvest time in the villages
Highly respected and well cared for water buffalo. Overhead shelter fashioned from an artillery illumination round parachute
Father and his son, a student at Vinh Dien.
Village girls who lived in the village which was napalmed on 3 Feb 1968.
Village children at Phong Ngu, the hamlet nearest to our CAP compound.
That is Thu (smiling) in the hammock with her friend at the local market place
Young village boys in our AO
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.
My old friend Anh Sau. I visited with him in 1989, 1993 and 1994. He has since passed away.
Elderly lady from Phong Ngu - Feb 1968
More village kids.
Orphan kid from Thu's village. I would see him again in 1989. He has since died.
Scene from the local market. This was one of the first market days after the worst of the Tet Offensive had passed.
The bridge was blown before I arrived and this temporary bridge was installed. A new bridge was completed in May of 1968 and was blown again in August of 1968.
Tobacco harvest time
Kids at the market place giving us the finger - Vietnamese style. We didn't even know what it meant at the time.
Father and son from Vinh Dien
Phong Ngu village kids
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
Taking a patrol break - meanwhile village life goes on
Young girl selling corn at the local market - late Feb 1968
One of our RDs. He was very good on patrols and ambushes
Three RDs at my bunker
Pfc Z. at the front gate to our compound
My good friend LCpl A. taken inside of our CAP compound
Martyr's cemetery near Thu's home. Nguyen Van Troi Memorial is also nearby