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A MACV-SOG recon team dangling in mid-air after being evacuated from a jungle in Vietnam. An AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter is providing cover. Members of MACV-SOG carried out some of the most dangerous and top-secret missions of the Vietnam War.
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A MACV-SOG recon team dangling in mid-air after being evacuated from a jungle in Vietnam. An AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter is providing cover. Members of MACV-SOG carried out some of the most dangerous and top-secret missions of the Vietnam War.
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Brilliant picture, never seen one with so many yards and recon men on a single rig! Thx for sharing.
 
Those men must have some fortitude, hanging like that. I know I'd be pooing myself, just quietly. And the landing, too. A very delicate affair I imagine.
 
August 1966. Sailors aboard the USS Oriskany (CVA 34) standby to prep A-4 Skyhawks, F-8 Crusaders and A-1 Skyraiders for a strike mission. M-117, 500lb and 1,000lb bombs and rocket pods wait on ordnance carts
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The act of dropping 'propaganda' leaflets is as old as military aviation itself and was still being carried out in Vietnam War. This Cessna 0-2 of the 9th Special Operations Squadron USAF, is seen dropping leaflets to a grateful population...probably for use as toilet paper!
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1972 - AN LOC
U.S. Adviser Lt. Col. Burr M. Willey of Ayer, Mass., fired his rifle as he moved up Route 13 with a South Vietnamese army unit toward An Loc, besieged provincial capital north of Saigon. In this scene in Vietnam, May 19, 1972, Willey was followed by his faithful dog Moose and South Vietnamese troops. On June 19, the colonel and his dog were killed during a rocket attack in the area along Route 13

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On April 29, 1975, SVAF Maj. Buang-Ly stole a Cessna O-1 Bird Dog and landed on USS Midway with his wife and 5 children to escape North Vietnamese forces. After Buang made a few low passes over USS Midway to drop notes explaining his situation and intention to land, Capt. Lawrence Chambers ordered $10 million worth of helicopters to be pushed overboard to clear the deck. Buang was able to land safely. The Cessna is now on display at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola.

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On 30 April 1975, the Vietnam War ended as the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to North Vietnamese Communist forces. The South Vietnamese stronghold of Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City) falls to People's Army of Vietnam and the Viet Cong on 30 April 1975. The South Vietnamese forces had collapsed under the rapid advancement of the North Vietnamese. The most recent fighting had begun in December 1974, when the North Vietnamese had launched a major attack against the lightly defended province of Phuoc Long, located due north of Saigon along the Cambodian border, overrunning the provincial capital at Phuoc Binh on 6 January 1975. Despite previous presidential promises to provide aid in such a scenario, the United States did nothing. By this time, Nixon had resigned from office and his successor, Gerald Ford, was unable to convince a hostile Congress to make good on Nixon’s earlier promises to rescue Saigon from communist takeover.
This situation emboldened the North Vietnamese, who launched a new campaign in March 1975. The South Vietnamese forces fell back in total disarray, and once again, the United States did nothing. The South Vietnamese abandoned Pleiku and Kontum in the Highlands with very little fighting. Then Quang Tri, Hue, and Da Nang fell to the communist onslaught. The North Vietnamese continued to attack south along the coast toward Saigon, defeating the South Vietnamese forces at each encounter.
The South Vietnamese 18th Division had fought a valiant battle at Xuan Loc, just to the east of Saigon, destroying three North Vietnamese divisions in the process. However, it proved to be the last battle in the defense of the Republic of South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese forces held out against the attackers until they ran out of tactical air support and weapons, finally abandoning Xuan Loc to the communists on 21 April.
Having crushed the last major organized opposition before Saigon, the North Vietnamese got into position for the final assault. In Saigon, South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned and transferred authority to Vice President Tran Van Huong before fleeing the city on 25 April. By 27 April, the North Vietnamese had completely encircled Saigon and began to maneuver for a complete takeover.
When they attacked at dawn on 30 April, they met little resistance. North Vietnamese tanks crashed through the gates of the Presidential Palace and the war came to an end. North Vietnamese Col. Bui Tin accepted the surrender from Gen. Duong Van Minh, who had taken over after Tran Van Huong spent only one day in power. Tin explained to Minh, “You have nothing to fear. Between Vietnamese there are no victors and no vanquished. Only the Americans have been beaten. If you are patriots, consider this a moment of joy. The war for our country is over.”

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Navy and Marine helicopters from the Seventh Fleet and Army and South Vietnamese helicopters carried out Operation Frequent Wind—the evacuation of Americans and allied nationals from Saigon, South Vietnam #OTD in 1975. These images were taken on board USS Hancock (CVA 19).

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Wow..........what a tumultuous time in history this all was, great pics!
 
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Soldiers of the Royal Thai Army Volunteer Regiment (Queen's Cobras) conduct a search and sweep mission in Phuoc Tho, 1967
 
A MACV-SOG recon team dangling in mid-air after being evacuated from a jungle in Vietnam. An AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter is providing cover. Members of MACV-SOG carried out some of the most dangerous and top-secret missions of the Vietnam War.
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I count 9-10 soldiers at sling
 

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