Category: living conditions

From the source: L-R: PFC Victor R. Sheets; SP4 Jim L. Barstad;…

From the source:

L-R: PFC Victor R. Sheets; SP4 Jim L. Barstad; and SP4 Clint R. Bath of D Co., 12th Inf Regt., 3rd Bde, 4th Inf Div, enjoy their Thanksgiving Day dinner at LZ St. George. 27 November 69.

uss-edsall: A shaving cream fight during the Vietnam…

uss-edsall:

A shaving cream fight during the Vietnam War.

2350VI3118, Jerry S. Gladysz Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

From the source: Viet Cong Defections Increase Under GVN…

From the source:

Viet Cong Defections Increase Under GVN ‘Open Arms’ Program; ; Lunch-time at the ‘Chieu Hoi’ (Open Arms) Center in Binh Dinh is a time for a hearty meal in a jovial atmosphere for these former Viet Cong insurgents.; ; Medical care and vocational training is also available at the center under Republic of Viet Nam’s stepped-up program.

8th Cavalry Regiment soldier eating C-rations in front of his…

8th Cavalry Regiment soldier eating C-rations in front of his poncho tent, 1967.

“When he was reassigned to work with the II Corps in the central highlands south of Pleiku,…”

“When he was reassigned to work with the II Corps in the central highlands south of Pleiku, Reyes-Colon found the environment even more accepting of gay soldiers. He and other gay friends double-dated and even turned a small hooch into a makeshift gay bar where they danced with their boyfriends to the latest Temptations albums. The straight soldiers had their own hooch for boozing it up and dancing. Nobody cared.”

Conduct Unbecoming: Gays & Lesbians in the U.S. Military by Randy Shilts, page 80.

USAF Sergeant Roberto Reyes-Colon grew up in a Puerto Rican neighborhood in New York City. He joined the Air Force at age 17 as a means of getting a leg up. He had six other siblings whom his mother raised alone. His family was accepting of his sexuality and encouraged him to return home after his discharge from the Air Force. The discharge followed months of investigations regarding Reyes-Colon’s sexuality.

Solder of the 27th Inf Reg with a camera at his units living…

Solder of the 27th Inf Reg with a camera at his units living area in Cu Chi, 1966.

Not the best quality photo, but it shows the setup of a…

Not the best quality photo, but it shows the setup of a soldier’s hootch and bedding really well. (585th Transportation Co., date and location unknown)

11th ACR soldier resting, circa 1968-1969.

11th ACR soldier resting, circa 1968-1969.

Entrance to living quarters bunker for 6th Battalion, 14th…

Entrance to living quarters bunker for 6th Battalion, 14th Artillery at Dak To, 1968.

6th Battalion, 11th Artillery, Americal Division on the USS…

6th Battalion, 11th Artillery, Americal Division on the USS Gordon traveling to Vietnam, 1967.