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Images of Vietnam


I spent over a thousand days) in the ten-thousand-day war and most of my days have been started with the sound of the Huey rotor and ended at a certain LZ. Unfortunately, I was trapped in Danang city as it fell on March 29, 1975, and of course 99.9% of my photographic document has been destroyed to eliminate the communist sentence on my "crime". Recently, I just received from several friends who still have a copy in their family albums. Not much, but enough for me to look back to my past.
Image couresty of Thanh Nguyen

"Cattle Drive" - Hau Ngia province, 1972
Image couresty of Doug Kibbey

Number One Hooch Maid
Image couresty of Jim Newman

Door Gunner in Training
Image courtesy of Frank Zipperer 118th Avn Mar 64- Mar65

This is the best shot I have of the light house at Vung Tau. 67-68 era
Image courtesy of Lowell L. Eneix

Ubiquitous sight, bus traffic on QL-1 near Hue, '71
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

French Colonial Catholic Church, between Phu Loi & Saigon river - 1972 (wonder if it survived?)
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

Indomitable spirit being exhibited by bar maid & 'associate' of D Troop 2/17th Cav considering that this is the 2nd floor of the combo 'D'Troop and 'L'Co. Ranger hanger at Camp Eagle just after Typhoon Agnes and there is no roof overhead. The theater that was upstairs, shown on right, is just through the door barely visible to the left of the bar in the boy's picture. No movie that night, for sure. Note '101st Abn.' and '2/17 Cav' with crossed sabres painted on bar...this was a class establishment!
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey, 'D' Troop, 2/17th Cav.

Panoramic (slightly manipulated for perspective error), Hau Nghia province, 1972
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

House girls Soc Trang
Image courtesy of Forrest L. Webb

Forrest L. Webb with "pet"
Image courtesy of Forrest L. Webb

Snake at Soc Trang - notice Chicken legs extruding from his mouth!
Image courtesy of Forrest L. Webb


Image courtesy of Forrest L. Webb


Image courtesy of Forrest L. Webb


Image courtesy of Forrest L. Webb

Vung Tao lighthouse
Image courtesy of Don Joyce,CW4, US Army Aviator, Retired

Here is another view of the light house in Vung Tau taken in 1971.
Image courtesy of Felix Bates Greyhound/Kennel Keeper 13

Some where along the coast around Da Nang I think? 67-68 era.
Image courtesy of Lowell L. Eneix

Another shot of the RVN coast. 67-68 era.
Image courtesy of Lowell L. Eneix

Another coastal shot of RVN. 67-68 era.
Image courtesy of Lowell L. Eneix

Xmas day, 1968, Saigon.
Image courtesy of Lowell L. Eneix

Xmas day, 1968, Saigon.
Image courtesy of Lowell L. Eneix

Over delta about halfway between Saigon and Ving long.
Image courtesy of Lowell L. Eneix

Beauty is how you look at it...I took this outside Camp Eagle in '71, thought it was exotic stuff (I was from NC at the time). Now I live in SoCal and my yard is full of it.
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

Pen and Ink sketch. Just something I doodled once when I was in the mood, clearly influenced by my experience & surroundings.
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

"The Mandarin House, a restaurant on Long Binh located across an empty lot in front of Long Binh Finance East. I was fortunate(?) enough to be a class A agent and got into Long Binh once a month to collect a three payrolls. While they were collecting the money I would get a meal here." - Jay Brown
image courtesy of Jay Brown

Frenchman's house-Quan Loi
image courtesy of Robert Hraben B troop 1/9

Pool at the Frenchman's house. Only got to use it once, but boy was it great!
image courtesy of Robert Hraben B troop 1/9

Dalat RVN


Phan Rang Area
Image courtesy of Steve Shepard

Diamond Head shot through the window of a Boeing 707. Two hour fuel stop at Honolulu, then on to Viet Nam
Image courtesy of Steve Shepard

Honolulu 27 OCT 71
Image courtesy of Steve Shepard


Image courtesy of Bill Hughes via Egor


Image courtesy of Bill Hughes via Egor


Image courtesy of Bill Hughes via Egor


Image courtesy of Bill Hughes via Egor


Image courtesy of Bill Hughes via Egor


Image courtesy of Bill Hughes via Egor


Image courtesy of Bill Hughes via Egor

Proof that the swastika is, in fact, an ancient symbol appropriated from the Buddhists. Taken between Phu Loi and Long Binh in March '72.
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

Aerial recon overhead of typical farmers hooch & it's all there...water buffalo, earthen jars, and Ma, Pa & Baby relaxing in the back yard (look closely and you can see Papa really relaxing...laying out!). Taken in I Corps, area of Thua Thien/Quang Tri provinces.
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

Bars in An Khe 10/65 ..... what An Khe was like before?"Disneyland"
Image courtesy of Ed Lemp - Btry E, 82nd Arty?

An Khe?October 1965
Image courtesy of Ed Lemp - Btry E, 82nd Arty?

On R and R .... Nha Trang pedicab
Image courtesy of Ed Lemp - Btry E, 82nd Arty?

Shoeshine boys downtown An Khe 10/65.
Image courtesy of Ed Lemp - Btry E, 82nd Arty?

French colonial Catholic church between Phu Loi and Saigon River
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

Ground component for Bob Hope Christmas show security, Camp Eagle - '71. Hopefully, the MP's loaded the twin .30's or the .50 on that V100, 'cause they won't get much security out of the M60 (unloaded).
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

On the way to the Vung tau. Vung Tau is off to the right of pic
Image courtesy of Lowell L. Eneix

Some where in the delta. After tet 68
Image courtesy of Lowell L. Eneix

Another Delta shot
Image courtesy of Lowell L. Eneix

This pic was taken not long after 68 tet at a compound not far from Soctrang towards Vung tau.
Image courtesy of Lowell L. Eneix

Don't know why I consider this my best work. Can Tho runway is just to my back. Straight across from the tower. They didn't even have a fence. You could walk from the edge of the runway right into the rice paddies. Wide open.
Image courtesy of Lowell L. Eneix

Children in the Delta, I took these pics from the left seat.
Image courtesy of Lowell L. Eneix

I like this one. Again in the Delta after 68 tet.
Image courtesy of Lowell L. Eneix

Somewhere over the delta. Sometime during my tour. Taken out the windshield.
Image courtesy of Lowell L. Eneix

Village child, Hau Nghia province - 1972
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

Traditional family graves, Hau Nghia province 1972
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

Village hooch scene, Hau Nghia province 1972
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

Hue City
Image courtesy of Jim Newman

Virgin on the Hillside, statue in Binh Duong province. This wasn't the only approaching storm in March '72
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

Saigon 10/65.
Image courtesy of Ed Lemp

Saigon River
Image courtesy of Robert Geiger

Saigon - Pearl of the Orient. Big, crowded, busy, alluring.
Image courtesy of Jim Newman - Condor 6

Black Virgin Mountain
Image courtesy of Robert Geiger

Village near Black Virgin Mountain
Image courtesy of Robert Geiger

Forewarned is forearmed
Image courtesy of Rick Schwab, Condor 47

We may have taken our Hooch maids for granted but, in retrospect, we see how blessed we really were!
Image courtesy of Rick Schwab, Condor 47

Composite view of approach to Saigon River-'72
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

QL-13 a coupla' clicks short of the Saigon River...I think. Open to correction on this...
"This was taken from my M113 on one of those rare occasions that we used a road (to turn in our vehicles at stand-down, actually). Those are VN civilians on the scooter, so they're 'safe'...however, whenever we'd pass one of those ARVN types in those a-little-too-beautiful tailored and pressed uniforms pimping around leisurely on their Suzuki's, they would invariably run a gauntlet of whip antennas being bent over from the left side of the M113's, where they were in easy reach of the crew. May seem insensitive but there was a lot of resentment about our being out living in field conditions while a few priviledged kids of service age were living comfortably in the rear areas of their own country, never having heard a shot fired in anger." - Doug Kibbey-G Troop, 2/11th ACR

Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

Myself and SP4 Tom Fink, Door Gunner, across the river from the Hue Citadel. Late '72.
Images courtesy of Rich Neely

Binh Duong province-'72
Images courtesy of Doug Kibbey

Along QL13, Binh Duong province-'72
Images courtesy of Doug Kibbey

Unmarked or uncared for graves were not usual in a culture that valued ancestors. When we encountered one in an incongruous place, we examined them to verify that they were not concealed weapon caches (which they sometime were), or possibly contained the remains of someone who needed to come to the attention of Graves Registration. This one appeared to contain the remains of a VC/NVA nurse. It was respectfully refilled.
Images courtesy of Doug Kibbey

Saigon River-'72
Images courtesy of Doug Kibbey

Saigon River-'72
Images courtesy of Doug Kibbey

Field burn, Binh Duong province-'72
Images courtesy of Doug Kibbey

2 slices of life in a Night Defensive Perimeter (NDP), the armored cav version of 'circling the wagons'. Would have 2 concentric circles..an inner and outer, though reaction to threat was to mobilize & attack (every vehicle here could be movin' & shootin' in 30 seconds). On the left, M548 in center of circle was the troop mechanics vehicle (best parties in town) and on the right, time for a car wash. We'd sortie from these (1 or 2 of 3 line platoons at a time, 1 stayed for security) and maintain the location for 24-72 hours, any longer invited attack of some kind. Note erected 'RPG nets'. Hau Nghia province '72
Images courtesy of Doug Kibbey, G troop, 2/11th ACR

A Saigon night-club dancer. Wonder what she looks like today? Must be near 50.
Images courtesy of Mark Connolly via Steve Shepard

This is MAMASON
Images courtesy of Mark Connolly via Steve Shepard

This is a Vietnam Fruit Bat, And a small one to boot, I remember these things flying and making the sky dark. They were near the Cambodia border around MOC HUO".
Images courtesy of Ron Woodgeard

The city of Vungtau today. It's a full grown city.The Vungtau picture was taken by 'Quang Phan Vinh" and sent to me. Read about Quang under the "Bad Guys" page.
Images courtesy of Ron Woodgeard

Typical bunch of Kids that always gathered around the a/c.
Images courtesy of Chip Decker of the 128th AHC.

2nd Plt hoochmaids.
Images courtesy of Chip Decker of the 128th AHC.

Kid on a bike. Vung Tao soccer stadium.
Images courtesy of Chip Decker of the 128th AHC.

Same kid, but the rest of the story about his bike.
Images courtesy of Chip Decker of the 128th AHC.

An old colonial French fort South of Siagon that was used as an artillery fire support base by the 1st Infantry and the Tomahawks (128th AHC) staged out of there sometimes for Combat assaults south and west of Siagon (1967).
Images courtesy of Chip Decker of the 128th AHC.

An old colonial French fort South of Siagon that was used as an artillery fire support base by the 1st Infantry and the Tomahawks (128th AHC) staged out of there sometimes for Combat assaults south and west of Siagon (1967).
Images courtesy of Chip Decker of the 128th AHC.

An old colonial French fort South of Siagon that was used as an artillery fire support base by the 1st Infantry and the Tomahawks (128th AHC) staged out of there sometimes for Combat assaults south and west of Siagon (1967).
Images courtesy of Chip Decker of the 128th AHC.

Ricebowl. Paddys lying fallow and under cultivation during dry season in Hau Nghia prov.
Images courtesy of Doug Kibbey

In the Delta of Vietnam, river traffic was the mode of transportation most used. Nearly all of the villages and all of the towns were built with river or canal access.
Images courtesy of George Quackenbush

There may have been war and mayhem on the ground but there were moments of beauty that stirred the soul.
Images courtesy of George Quackenbush

Unfortunately the latest in Satellite navigation (GPS) was not available during this conflict. Two B52's had done their best to hit this treeline only to make large holes filled with chemicals. The only effect was to scare the living *&^% out of whoever was in the treeline below. The GPS or laser guided bombs that are in use today are extremely accurate, so much so that practice bombs, made of concrete, are effective against tanks and other hard targets without any collateral damage (1969)
Images courtesy of George Quackenbush

Down town Soc Trang. The arketexture had a strong French influance. The sights, sounds and smells were so foriegn to all of us young GI's who had never been anywhere before stepping off a freedom bird into a war zone.
Images courtesy of George Quackenbush

The sunsets were spectacular. With the entire Vietnamese population cooking over wood fires, the smoke made the sunsets something to look forward to.
Images courtesy of George Quackenbush

Typical localized tropical storm in the "Delta". Very heavy down pour for a short time. Most of these storms could be avoided by flying around them. These were much different from a storm front that would pass through dropping heavy rain over a large area.
Images courtesy of George Quackenbush

B52 bombers would fly from Guam to drop thier loads in the predawn. Many of these strikes did not hit the intended target as precise global navigation had not yet been invented. Had the satalite based GPS (Global Positioning System) been available, the B52 would have been a devistating weapon with precise bomb impact targeting. This entire load missed it's target.
Images courtesy of George Quackenbush

In the Delta, most goods were transported by rivers and canals as roads were scarce and many bridges were destroyed. This is also how most of the Viet Cong and NVA moved thier arsonals.
Images courtesy of George Quackenbush

Do we all rember "Lolling on the Liber" China Beach in country R&R center Da Nang, 1968.
Images courtesy of Ray Knight

Temple in Thailand. Taken on R&R 1970.
Image courtesy of Don (333rd TC Det) & Marianne Garrett

Shops and houses on one side of highway, craters on the other, probably Highway 1. Taken in 1970.
Image courtesy of Don (333rd TC Det) & Marianne Garrett

Vietnamese women working on road Cantho airbase
Image courtesy of Milton Lowden 121st AHC

Saigon
Image courtesy of Milton Lowden 121st AHC

Saigon from a Hotel on Tudo Street
Image courtesy of Milton Lowden 121st AHC

Mekong River - Vietnamese Navy boats wood
Image courtesy of Milton Lowden 121st AHC

Hand made baskets Soc Trang market
Image courtesy of Milton Lowden 121st AHC

Nice Hand woven cloth Soc Trang market
Image courtesy of Milton Lowden 121st AHC

Cyclo and bridge over Mekong River Soc Trang
Image courtesy of Milton Lowden 121st AHC

Saigon at night
Image courtesy of Milton Lowden 121st AHC

Ice Truck supplying Soc Trang airport kitchen
Image courtesy of Milton Lowden 121st AHC

Japanese freighter off the coast of Vietnam. The Vietnamese had stripped it clean.
Image courtesy of Judd Clemens


Image courtesy of Greg Windsor - 240th AHC

Buddhist temple between Hue and Quang Tri. From the air the doors look like gold (but were probably made of brass).
Image courtesy of Wayne Moose via Brian Harrison

They start smoking young in VN
Image courtesy of Judd Clemens

This church in the sandy plain south of Quang Tri was the scene of fighting during the Easter Offensive, spring 1972. CW0 Clark (pilot) and Sgt Beck (gunner) were both seriously wounded by a command-detonated claymore and the left-seat observer (enlisted man) flew the Loach home.
Image courtesy of Wayne Moose, F troop, 4th Cav

Hue cemetery along the Perfume River.
Image courtesy of Brian Harrison, F troop, 4th Cav

Father and son on scooter - DaNang
Image courtesy of Wayne Moose

Mamasan walking - DaNang
Image courtesy of Wayne Moose

Mamasan going to market - DaNang
Image courtesy of Wayne Moose

DaNang EM club Camp Swampy
Image courtesy of Wayne Moose

Battleship New Jersey at Danang
Image courtesy of Paul W. Herring, E Battery, 82nd Artillery


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