Photos US Forces

US Army 1st Brigade Infantry troops scout near jungle South of Bien Hoa Airbase on search and destroy operations. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

1969, Saigon

Saigon: troops of the Ninth division wade through swamps and rivers south of Saigon in the summer of 1969, in the Delta area

Two members of an American helicopter recovery team turn their backs to the biting dust kicked up as a Huey "Slick" hoists a LOH helicopter from Laotian soil for the trip back to Vietnam. The light observation helicopter was downed near by anti-aircraft fire. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

A Corpsman attached to the 1st Battalion, 27th Marines helps a wounded Leatherneck to a helicopter landing zone so he can be evacuated for medical aid. They were participating in a recent operation southwest of DaNang."

Photo and description sourced from the 1st Marine Division Press Releases and Photographs Collection (COLL/4532) at the Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections

"Operation Purple Martin"

Operation in Quang Tri from February 28,1969-March 6,1969, Hill 400 Chopper Hill, and Hill 484 LZ Mack, or Mutters Ridge.( Part of Operation Purple Martin)

Operation Purple Martin (Originally Operation Massachusetts Bay) Feb 27-May 8, 1969 search and clear operation lasting 71 days on part of that operation the Marines stayed in the bush for over 50 consecutive days longest period of time spent in the bush for any operation in Vietnam.

Scout Dog swims across a muddy stream during operation with a unit of the U.S. 199th light infantry brigade west of Saigon on Sept. 13, 1968

Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock is a legend of Marine Corps history. One of the most lethal snipers in history, he even repeatedly succeeded in killing snipers sent to hunt him. In one of his last missions on a tour in Vietnam, he crawled nearly two miles to kill a Vietnamese general and escape.

South Vietnam, October, 1971: Spc. 4 Harmon Young didn't even have time to get the shaving cream off his face, much less get dressed, when an early-morning call for mortar support came in at Fire Base Pace. With him is Sgt. 1st Class Cecil Pittman.


Similar threads