Category: communications

Charlie Co, 1st Bat, 20th Inf Reg, circa 1969

Charlie Co, 1st Bat, 20th Inf Reg, circa 1969

From the source: American infantrymen searching the trees for…

From the source

American infantrymen searching the trees for Vietcong snipers during a battle in Phuoc Vinh, South Vietnam, in 1967. Credit: Henri Huet/Associated Press.

Australian 104 Signal Squadron radio operator, 1968.

Australian 104 Signal Squadron radio operator, 1968.

“SSG Willy Reichelt gives the word to move to crew members of…

“SSG Willy Reichelt gives the word to move to crew members of his M113 APC after picking up the ARVN troops who will accompany them. 1970.” [Official US Army photo. ID SC655904]

Artillery forward observer team with the 35th Inf. Reg.

Artillery forward observer team with the 35th Inf. Reg.

35th Inf. Reg. radio telephone operator, date unknown. His…

35th Inf. Reg. radio telephone operator, date unknown. His helmet seems to have “Peggy” written on it.

From the source:“Radioman Francis Comer waiting for a…

From the source:

“Radioman Francis Comer waiting for a chopper, 2d plt, Mike Co, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 1968.”

From the Robert L. Drieslein Collection (COLL/5643) at the Archives Branch, Marine Corps History Division

OFFICIAL USMC PHOTOGRAPH

Radio telephone operator, 6th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment,…

Radio telephone operator, 6th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 1970.

Communications center at Long Binh, 1970.

Communications center at Long Binh, 1970.

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Obsolete Technology, 1969

It’s rather amazing to think that in 1969, messaging coordinates was a two-person job which required a paper map and a wired telephone. It could probably all be done on today’s smartphone. In this photograph taken on Christmas Day 1969,  1st Lieutenant John R. Rabb uses a physical map to get coordinates of locations for bombing. Meanwhile, Gunnery Sergeant Earl L. Jones relays those positions over the radio.

Map Reading – December 25, 1969

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