Category: 1971

USAF de Havilland Canada C-7 Caribou landing at Dak Seang. The…

USAF de Havilland Canada C-7 Caribou landing at Dak Seang. The smoke visible was used to show direction of the winds, 5 November 1971.

USAF de Havilland Canada C-7 Caribou, decorated as a “SantaBou”…


“Happy New Year Too; 535th”


“Welcome; Free Booze, smoke; Cheers”

USAF de Havilland Canada C-7 Caribou, decorated as a “SantaBou” for Christmas, at Pleiku Air Base, 1971.

“After 40 years the scream still lingers and I can not stop it with my fingers I cry and try to blot…”

After 40 years the scream still lingers
and I can not stop it with my fingers
I cry and try to blot out their faces
accusing eyes from so many places

As an Army Medic I failed to deliver a Duty of Care
to those now gone and to some who still wither
On the cross of dismissal and nails of deceit
a lingering despair I struggle to defeat

Too many slow deaths from deliberate neglect
whilst those in charge pontificate on bedecked
Dripping gongs for services so inadequately rendered
whilst those in need are ignored as intended.

“Why The Scream Lingers”, by John ‘Doc’ Mountain.
John ‘Doc’ Mountain served as a medic with Victor 5 Company in Vietnam, 1970-71. (via uss-edsall)

transmanrichardstrand: My professor, who was in grad school in the late 70s, told us something…

transmanrichardstrand:

My professor, who was in grad school in the late 70s, told us something really interesting in class today that I can’t find a source on:

He claims that when he was doing his undergrad during the Vietnam War, at one point the US government ended the thing where college students were exempt from the draft. He says that they broadcasted who they were going to draft over the radio, and students who weren’t in class listened in and drew up big charts for the students who were in class. 

He said the announcer had two boxes or containers with numbers on slips of paper–one numbered 1 through 365, and the other with slips of paper with the actual days of the year on them. One number from each got pulled together, and your birth date determined what number you were assigned–like if February 3rd was pulled at the same time as 275, then people born on February 3rd would follow directions for people with that number.

I think he said that everyone who got a number below 100 could probably expect to be drafted. 

This is so, so interesting and I’ve never heard it before. My professor is kind of an upbeat dude and even stays bouncy when he’s talking about events like the Battle of Antietam, and his somber, distant voice really struck me. I do totally believe his story, but I was wondering if anyone could help me find a source showing that the US government drafted some university students at some point during the Vietnam War.

This most certainly happened. The lottery was a very defining moment for a lot of young men at the time.

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US Army 12th Infantry Regiment soldier of a reconnaissance unit…

US Army 12th Infantry Regiment soldier of a reconnaissance unit armed with an M16, 1971.

11th Infantry Regiment soldier showing the effects of leeches,…

11th Infantry Regiment soldier showing the effects of leeches, circa 1970.

enrique262: @vietnamwarera “Lam Son 719 – Feb-Apr 1971: Area of…

enrique262:

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“Lam Son 719 – Feb-Apr 1971: Area of Operations, Firebases, Participating US Army Aviation Units”

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From the source: “Dak Seang Ranger Camp, most all underground, 5…

From the source: “Dak Seang Ranger Camp, most all underground, 5 Nov 71.”

From Where We Were in Vietnam

“Sat in valley in Tri-border area. Regarded by some as most vulnerable SF camp in SVN… ‘Anyone looking at it tactically,’ wrote Gary Beikirch (awarded the MOH for battle here 1Apr70). ‘could see that it appeared to have been designed by Custer and was quite reminiscent of Dien Bien Phu.’”

NVA forces attacked the camp on 1 April 1970, besieging it until May.

US Army scout dog team, location unknown, circa 1970.

US Army scout dog team, location unknown, circa 1970.

11th Infantry Regiment with his full pack and M16, location…

11th Infantry Regiment with his full pack and M16, location unknown, circa 1970.