Category: 1966

uss-edsall:Photograph of US Soldier Corporal Ralph Nicholls…

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Photograph of US Soldier Corporal Ralph Nicholls Searches Jungle for Viet Cong, 1/14/1966. NARA 66956458 

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M2 & Owen Gun In Action: How Trooper John Carter won the Distinguished Conduct Medal

The evening of the 18th August 1966, saw Trooper (temporary corporal) John Carter or the Royal Australian Armoured Corps win the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery. Trooper Carter’s M113A1 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) was part of a Troop moving forward with reinforcements to assist a company of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment which was heavily engaged with a large force of North Vietnamese troops. 

As the APCs advanced they came under fire from an enemy 57mm recoilless rifle and intense small arms fire. A 57mm recoilless rifle round just missed Carter’s APC. The citation for Trooper Carter’s medal describes his actions: 

Carter returned the fire using his .50 calibre machine gun [mounted on the roof of the M113A1 APC]. The gun jammed. He then grasped the driver’s Owen Machine Carbine and without hesitation leapt on to the top of his vehicle and returned fire killing the 57 millimetre recoilless rifle team a fraction after another 57 millimetre recoilless rifle round had been fired. This round exploded and dazed the crew and passengers. Corporal Carter still undeterred continued to fire killing five other enemy. 

By his actions Corporal Carter also drew additional fire on to himself enabling the other vehicles of the troop to advance. Through the action which was fought at very close range Corporal Carter showed outstanding courage, initiative and determination. His actions were an inspiration to all his comrades and contributed greatly to the success of the assault by the relief force, the heavy casualties inflicted on the enemy and immediately afterwards, the relief of D Company 6 Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.

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The London Gazette (Supplement), 28 July 1967, No. 44376, p.8433, (source)


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From the source: “LT Carey trying to warm up on a hill top near…

From the source: “LT Carey trying to warm up on a hill top near Kon Tum.” (Tiger Force, 1966)

1st Medical Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1966.

1st Medical Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1966.

US Navy Light Photographic Squadron 62 (VFP-62) Vought F-8…

US Navy Light Photographic Squadron 62 (VFP-62) Vought F-8 Crusader on the deck of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1966.

From the source:

[The following from Cdr. Norm Green gives more information on the above photo.] “Close inspection of the photo reveals that the aircraft has flown 25 combat missions when the picture was taken; it was pretty busy since we had only flown missions on about 23 days at that point. Using Russian math and some guesswork I would guess that the picture was taken on perhaps the 4th or the 5th of Sept, I flew that aircraft both Days. At first I thought that it might have been the 6th of Sept, the day Norm Bundy crashed in that aircraft; but I doubt that because of the light ripples in the water. There was no wind on the 6th of Sept, the Gulf of Tonkin was as smooth as glass. I remember that the cat officers could only give us 5-6 knots above stall speed that day. The Rosy had all boilers on line and was pulling her guts out. Amazing, sometimes I struggle to remember my street number but remember things from 48 years ago.”

More information about LTJG Norman Bundy available at The Virtual Wall.

“Camp Holloway Field Exchange” [1966]

“Camp Holloway Field Exchange” [1966]

Camp Carroll from the air, date unknown.From Where We Were in…

Camp Carroll from the air, date unknown.

From Where We Were in Vietnam:

Camp Carroll, a.k.a. Artillery Plateau, Camp J.J. Carroll and FSB Tan Lam. S of QL-9, apx 1 km SW peak Nui Kiem (Hill 250), 7 km SW Cam Lo, 5 km NW Mai Loc, 8 km E to ESE the Rockpile, 26 km W to WNW Quang Tri. Originally named Artillery Plateau, but renamed 10Nov66, to honor Capt. James J. Carooll, USMC, CO K/3d/4th Marines, KIA 27Sep66 by friendly fire (improperly registered tank rounds) on Hill 400 while he was directing fire support for attack on Hill 484. By [Operation] Lam Son 719, was under ARVN control as FSB Tan Lam (2d ARVN Inf Rgt)… 12th Marine Arty ‘67, including four-155s, sic-105s here and then, in late Sep67, four-175s of Army’s 6th/27th Arty were added for long range support of Khe Sanh (175mm total later increase to six tubes). 

A Company, 70th Engineer Battalion (Combat) at the An Khe…

A Company, 70th Engineer Battalion (Combat) at the An Khe Quarry, circa 1967.

Nui Dat, an Australian base, circa 1966.

Nui Dat, an Australian base, circa 1966.

“Operation Jackstay is over. I guess now I’m a veteran. Nothing they could have done would have…”

“Operation Jackstay is over. I guess now I’m a veteran. Nothing they could have done would have prepared us for this. We now know the training in Hawaii and the Philippines was a piece of cake. God doesn’t know about the Mekong Delta, He didn’t create that hellhole. I think when He rested, the devil slipped one in on him. They told us before we went in that we were the first American unit to operate that far south in the war. I think everyone else had more brains. Maybe when I’m out of the Marines I’ll be proud of this, I’m just too tired to feel anything.
          We lost some good guys. How do you explain this in a letter? One minute they were there, then dead. I have no idea why I’m still here.”

Cpl. Jon Johnson in a letter home to his parents and wife, dated 8 April 1966. Johnson served in Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. 

Source: Letters from Vietnam edited by Bill Adler