Sunday, July 8, 2012


Fascinating photos of the early days of the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam conflict, sent to me from a friend's personal collection (Click on the images to view the original size, they are amazing) I get a poignant feeling coming through these photographs; an earlier era before the peacenik chickensh*ts and their spineless quislings in Congress betrayed the Vietnamese people by declaring the war "lost" . . . S.L.

A South Vietnamese soldier holds a cocked pistol as he questions two suspected Viet Cong guerrillas captured in a weed-filled marsh in the southern delta region late in August 1962. The prisoners were searched, bound and questioned before being marched off to join other detainees. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

A US crewman runs from a crashed CH-21 Shawnee troop helicopter near the village of Ca Mau in the southern tip of South Vietnam, Dec. 11, 1962. Two helicopters crashed without serious injuries during a government raid on the Viet Cong-infiltrated area. Both helicopters were destroyed to keep them out of enemy hands. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

In this Aug. 1962 file photo, South Vietnamese government troops from the 2nd Battalion of the 36th Infantry sleep in a U.S. Navy troop carrier on their way back to the provincial capital of Ca Mau, Vietnam. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

With a few salvaged belongings in the background, a Vietnamese woman carries a baby and pulls her daughter away as their home erupts in flames in July 1963. The woman and children may have been left behind so as not to slow other villagers escaping into the jungle. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

Vietnamese government troops are silhouetted against palm tree and jungle background as they cross a wooden bridge en route to the village of Ap Ba Nam, deep in southern Camau province on August 24, 1963, during a 5-day mission against Communists. The mission, which ended on August 20, was accomplished by about 4,000 government troops. The area south, east, and west of Camau province is a Viet Cong stronghold. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

As South Vietnamese troops pass by in the Ca Mau peninsula, a mother grieves over her daughter, who was badly wounded by machine gun fire from a US helicopter, the week of Sept. 15, 1963. The soldiers had landed by helicopter in response to an attack by Viet Cong guerrillas on a South Vietnamese outpost. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

South Vietnamese soldiers ride elephants across a river in the Ba Don area, about 20 miles from the Cambodian border, during a patrol in search of Viet Cong guerrillas in June 1964. In some conditions, the Hannibal-like transportation is more suited to jungle warfare than more modern vehicles. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

In this March 19, 1964 photo, one of several shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas which earned him the first of two Pulitzer Prizes, a father holds the body of his child as South Vietnamese Army Rangers look down from their armored vehicle. The child was killed as government forces pursued guerrillas into a village near the Cambodian border. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

In this Jan. 9, 1964 photo, a South Vietnamese soldier uses the back end of a bayonet to beat a farmer for allegedly supplying government troops with inaccurate information about the movement of Viet Cong guerrillas in a village west of Saigon, Vietnam. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

As the day breaks in the jungle area of Binh Gia, 40 miles east of Saigon Sept. 1, 1964 paratroopers of the first battalion airborne brigade are silhouetted at a mortar position they have manned through the night against possible night Viet Cong attack. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

As US "Eagle Flight" helicopters hover overhead, South Vietnamese troops wade through a rice paddy in Long An province during operations against Viet Cong guerrillas in the Mekong Delta, December 1964. The "Eagle Flight" choppers were loaded with Vietnamese airborne troops who were dropped in to support ground forces at the first sign of enemy contact. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

Flying low over the jungle, an A-1 Skyraider drops 500-pound bombs on a Viet Cong position below as smoke rises from a previous pass at the target, Dec. 26, 1964. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

U.S. door gunners in H-21 Shawnee gunships look for a suspected Viet Cong guerrilla who ran to a foxhole from the sampan on the Mekong Delta river bank, Jan. 17, 1964. The U.S. provided air support during a South Vietnamese offensive in the Mekong Delta. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

Hovering U.S. Army helicopters pour machine gun fire into tree line to cover the advance of Vietnamese ground troops in an attack on a Viet Cong camp 18 miles north of Tay Ninh on March 29, 1965, which is northwest of Saigon near the Cambodian border. Combined assault routed Viet Cong guerrilla force. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

In this January 1965 photo, the sun breaks through dense jungle foliage around the embattled town of Binh Gia, 40 miles east of Saigon, as South Vietnamese troops, joined by U.S. advisers, rest after a cold, damp and tense night of waiting in an ambush position for a Viet Cong attack that didn't come. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

1 comment:

  1. TomR armed in TexasJuly 8, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Wow! Brings back memories. I spent 17 months, Oct 66-Mar 66) in Camau, at the southern tip of the Mekong Delta. I was an aviation asset(L-19/O1A Cessna Birddog) to a provincial MACV advisory team working with the 21st ARVN Infantry Division. Your pictures predate me by a year or two. The situation was the same. In the Delta we fought mostly a small unit guerilla war unlike the large unit more conventional battles of many of the US units in the other three corps areas north of us. Large operations for us would be battalion size with an infrequent regiment or division effort. The enemy was mostly Viet Cong not NVA. They operated in squad size to multi battalion. There were local VC usually platoon size or smaller and main force VC up to bn. size. Camau was flatland rice paddies and thick swampy multi canopied jungle. Special Forces Major Nick Rowe and several other Americans were held as POWs in our province, An Xuyen. We spent a lot of time trying to find and rescue these POWs. Rowe escaped about six months after I left.

    Tet 68 was an exciting event. Main force VC units came out of the jungles and faced our fire power. They were decimated. The ARVN were spectacular. We killed more VC in a five day period than we had killed in my previous 16 months in Camau. It was our Battle of the Bulge event. I came home 6 weeks later with victory on my mind to find out Walter Cronkite, the MSM and leftist politicians had declared Tet 68 a victory for the communists. Never im my young mind did I think we would have anything but a victory in our effort in Vietnam. The liberal, leftist, socialist, commie, globalist traitors in America threw 59,000 Americans and multi million Indochinese lives away as they pursued their New World Order agenda. May LBJ, Robert Strange MacNamara, Hanoi Jane Fonda, Hanoi John Kerry and their traitorous allies rot in eternal damnation.