Lt. Bud Vincent of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment wrote this sign to his wife asking to keep a kitten he found, circa 1969.
The sign reads:
As you can see I am a little Vietnamese kitten. Do you suppose your husband could keep me?
[drawing of paw print]
Men of 2nd Bn, 1st Marines with their puppy, named Hard Times, circa 1970.
Dog handler of the 1st Infantry Division, circa 1966.
“Sniffer missions were comprised of having a machine in the cargo compartment behind the pilots that would measure ammonia levels in the air. There were generally two guys on board, who operated the ammonia sensing equipment, besides the four man crew. Since congregations of humans gave off a lot of ammonia as a result of their metabolism, the army figured this would be a good way to find groups of enemy troops. The only drawback was that congregations of monkeys also gave off a lot of ammonia. It was Standard Operating Procedure for a Sniffer flight to be flown at fifty feet, just above the tops of the trees, at fifty knots airspeed. In other words, it was dangerous as hell. During the flight, the ammonia machine operators would say “mark!” into the intercom radio and the crew chief or door gunner would throw out a smoke grenade, marking the area. Immediately a gunship fire team would roll in on the smoke-marked area and blow the absolute crap out of it. I always suspected a lot of monkeys were needlessly massacred.”
– Guts ‘N Gunships: What it was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam by Mark Garrison, page 104
US Army scout dog team, location unknown, circa 1970.
A platoon sergeant of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment briefing troops in the field, circa 1968.
American soldiers, including a dog handler, crossing a river, date unknown.