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Claude Pelanne 13E20 Fire Direction Control - B Battery 2nd Battalion 35th Artillery (Husky Bravo) Sept 6 1968 - Aug 28 1969
Riding into FSB Kerry - YT 138130 - Operation Federal supporting 5 Royal Australian Regiment and 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Black Horse) 17 Feb - 2 April 1969- AO Arunda -


Troops of the 9th Infantry Division, nicknamed “The OLD RELIABLES,” have scored many major triumphs since launching combat operations in Vietnam during December, 1966.
The most significant achievements include numerous victories over Main Force Viet Cong and North Vietnamese units from the Demilitarized Zone to the Mekong Delta, formation of a Mobile Riverine Force and the suppression of the VC campaign during Tet.
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Australian members of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) with US Special Forces in the command bunker at the old French fort at Ngok Tavak. Identified, left to right: Sergeant First Class (SFC) Harold H. Swicegood; 17093 Captain (Capt) John Ernest D White AATTV; Sergeant (Sgt E-5) Kenneth J Benway, medic, 11th Company Da Nang Mike Force; Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Frank Lucas; Sgt David A. Blomgren; ?Sgt Miller and WO2 Donald George (Don) Cameron. Capt White joined the AATTV in February 1968. He was soon commanding a 120-strong company of Americans, Chinese mercenaries, and Montagnards near the Laotian border. On 10 May White's company was attacked by a large North Vietnamese force at Ngok Tavak. Hand-to-hand combat took place, but two Australian warrant officers, Don Cameron and Frank Lucas, bravely led a counter-attack that prevented the fort from being overrun. WO2 Cameron was commander of one of three platoons which platoon came under heavy ambush between 8 to 10 May 1968 from Viet Cong (VC) near Ngok Tavak. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) on 1 January 1970 for his actions in Vietnam whilst serving as a WO Class 1 with the AATTV. WO2 Cameron served in Vietnam from 20 October 1965 to 19 October 1966 and also completed a second tour from 18 February 1968 to 20 November 1968. Cameron originally enlisted in Second World War as a private on 19 December 1944 and was discharged in 1947. He next served as a Lance Corporal with 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) in Korea where he was awarded the Military Medal (MM) on 1 January 1952. He was awarded a second MM on 6 March 1969 in Vietnam with AATTV.
SPC-4 Richard Springman, U.S. Army, Captured 25 May 70) talks with a North Vietnamese Army officer who is looking at his peace symbol. He is one of the twenty eight American POWs who were released on February 12, 1973

An F-4B Phantom II of Fighter Squadron VF-111 Sundowners drops 227 kg Mk 82 bombs over Vietnam during 1971.


A U.S. Air Force SAM Hunter killer group of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing takes fuel on the way to North Vietnam for a strike during "Operation Linebacker" in October 1972.


An AC-130 plane of the US Air Force on the runway in Kbam Bleh, Vietnam, 1966.
A Salute to Thomas William Bennett. He gave his all to save his brothers.
Deeply religious, Thomas Bennett became the first conscientious objector since Desmond Doss in World War II to be awarded the Medal of Honor (Posthumously). Bennett, from Morgantown, West Virginia, serving with the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Division of the US Army was honored for his heroic actions at Chu Pa, Pleiku Province.
Corporal Bennett's Medal of Honor Citation reads as follows:
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Corporal Thomas William Bennett (ASN: 51908201), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a platoon Medical aidman with 2d Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Chu Pa, Pleiku Province, Republic of Vietnam, from 9 to 11 February 1969, during a reconnaissance-in-force mission. On 9 February the platoon was moving to assist the 1st Platoon of Company D which had run into a North Vietnamese ambush when it became heavily engaged by the intense small arms, automatic weapons, mortar and rocket fire from a well fortified and numerically superior enemy unit. In the initial barrage of fire, three of the point members of the platoon fell wounded. Corporal Bennett, with complete disregard for his safety, ran through the heavy fire to his fallen comrades, administered life-saving first aid under fire and then made repeated trips carrying the wounded men to positions of relative safety from which they would be medically evacuated from the battle position. Corporal Bennett repeatedly braved the intense enemy fire moving across open areas to give aid and comfort to his wounded comrades. He valiantly exposed himself to the heavy fire in order to retrieve the bodies of several fallen personnel. Throughout the night and following day, Corporal Bennett moved from position to position treating and comforting the several personnel who had suffered shrapnel and gunshot wounds. On 11 February, Company B again moved in an assault on the well fortified enemy positions and became heavily engaged with the numerically superior enemy force. Five members of the company fell wounded in the initial assault. Corporal Bennett ran to their aid without regard to the heavy fire. He treated one wounded comrade and began running toward another seriously wounded man. Although the wounded man was located forward of the company position covered by heavy enemy grazing fire and Corporal Bennett was warned that it was impossible to reach the position, he leaped forward with complete disregard for his safety to save his comrade's life. In attempting to save his fellow soldier, he was mortally wounded. Corporal Bennett's undaunted concern for his comrades at the cost of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
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US Army nurse Carol Kirk on this picture: "This is a picture of myself at work at the 93rd EVAC Hospital in Long Binh, RVN in December 1970. The patient's name was Bill. He had just turned 18 on the day he was wounded. Sadly he died two days after this picture was taken."

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