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Army of the Republic of Vietnam Ranger and a CD-46D helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263 [HMM-263] are silhouetted against the early morning sky near An Hoa (official USMC photo by Gunnery Sergeant Bob Jordan)."

Photo and description sourced from the Jonathan Abel Collection (COLL/3611), Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections.

SOUTH VIETNAM. An Loc. American and South Vietnamese injured soldiers being carried by helicopter to a nearby medical center. 1972. (Photo © Bruno Barbey/Magnum Photos)

Pics of the market above brought back memories. A good place to get a few souvenirs for friends and family. I bought a lot of incense for the wannabe hippy girls back home, and they all loved it. 'Thousand miler' sandals were popular as were 'camera straps' which were more often used as head bands. A few guys bought locally made shoulder holsters (after the military pattern) but they were made of "hen skin" and never lasted long.

Things to never buy in the ville: any kind of alcohol or watches. How long will a 7 jewel watch run without jewels? A guy in my company found out not very long at all!
Tet Offensive, May 1968

Wounded Rangers In Saigon

Wounded South Vietnamese ARVN Rangers receive treatment from colleagues in front of a temple during fighting in Saigon between South Vietnamese Rangers and North Vietnamese Vietcong fighters involved in the May Offensive, phase 2 of the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War, May 1968.

Soldiers of the ARVN Ranger force tend to a badly bleeding woman while awaiting medical aid during the Tet Offensive in Saigon, February 1968
ARVN Rangers in Saigon during the Tet Offensive, 1968

South Vietnamese Field Police (left, with the Uzi) and Marine (right) escort the Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem (also known as Bay Lop) on a Saigon street, 1st February 1968, early in the Tet Offensive.
ARVN Marines and Army MPs take overwatch positions on the Phan Thanh Giản bridge during Operation Quyet Thang, during the counterattack around Saigon at the aftermath of the Tet Offensive, March or April of 1968.

Republic of Vietnam National Police Field Force (Cãnh Sát Dã Chiên – CSDC) in the streets of Saigon, 1970.
The National Field Police Force (Cãnh Sát Dã Chiến, CSDC) was a paramilitary force of the South Vietnam National Police, created on January 27, 1966. Its two main tasks were to destroy the communist infrastructure in rural and urban inhabited areas, as well as suppressing civil unrest. Its numbers consisted of Vietnamese police and armed forces volunteers, including an influx of special forces when the LLDB was dissolved (Lực Lượng Đặc Biệt Quân Lực Việt Nam Cộng Hòa, Special Forces of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam) in December 1970. The Field Police soldiers passed through ARVN schools, such as the Thu Duc Infantry School, as well as courses in Dalat for officers and sergeants. It was also common for Field Police soldiers to be sent to training in neighboring countries, such as Malaysia and the Philippines.

On April 30, 1975, after President Duong Van Minh announced the surrender, and the CSDC commander, Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Van Long, committed suicide at the foot of the South Vietnamese Marine Corps monument.

Field Police on the streets of Saigon on the morning of the fateful April 30, 1975

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