Category: machine gun

vietnamwarera:American soldiers lay down covering fire with an…

vietnamwarera:

American soldiers lay down covering fire with an M60, 1966.

From the source:Vietnamese Marines Fight Communist Infiltrators…

From the source:

Vietnamese Marines Fight Communist Infiltrators in Gia Dinh – A Vietnamese tanker fires his 50 Caliber machine gun into a Viet Cong position in Gia Dinh during heavy street fighting June 4. Viet Cong infiltrators had dug in along a wall in a yard and had to be blasted out.

“The minigun ships, on the other hand, carried fourteen rockets, and two, 7.62mm, six-barrel minigun,…”

“The minigun ships, on the other hand, carried fourteen rockets, and two, 7.62mm, six-barrel minigun, machine guns. These are truly awesome weapons. The machine guns were electrically operated from a sighting system in the copilot seat. The aircraft commander (AC) could, however, take control of these guns if he deemed fit. An electronic, piper or bullseye was in the sights and the copilot moved this piper to line up on his target. The sights came down on a mechanical arm from their stowed position when the copilot released them. As he moved the piper, the guns followed. We generally set these guns to fire at a rate of 2,400 rounds per minute. That meant the ship could put out 80 rounds per second. These guns had a maximum capability of firing 6,000 rounds per minute but that rate was reserved for the faster fixed wing fighter jets. At our fire rate of 2,400 rounds per minute at the speed of 120 knots, a good operator could put a bullet in every square foot on the ground. You don’t need any more coverage than that. More would waste ammunition and decrease your available time at a combat station. Try to imagine what it would sound like if you were to make the single blast of a 308 high powered rifle a continuous sound. Let me tell you, it is a deafening roar when the miniguns kick in. They get hot quickly, so they are set up to fire no more than three second bursts, and then automatically kick off for three seconds, to keep the barrels from melting down.”

Guts ‘N Gunships: What it was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam by Mark Garrison, page 114

Kenny Shackelford 199th LIB 2/3 Aug. 28 1968Submitted by the son…

Kenny Shackelford 199th LIB 2/3 Aug. 28 1968

Submitted by the son of the man pictured.

“SOUTH VIETNAM. Near Quang Tri, on the DMZ border. Patrol…

“SOUTH VIETNAM. Near Quang Tri, on the DMZ border. Patrol along the 17th parallel.” Photographed by Bruno Barbey, 1971.

This M113 APC has the name “One Chance Fancy” written on the turret shield. Unit unknown.

US Marine with a M60 in Dai Loc Pass. 2nd Battalion, 7th…

US Marine with a M60 in Dai Loc Pass. 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, 1969.

From the source: OPERATION JACKSON – Second Lieutenant Ronald…

From the source:

OPERATION JACKSON – Second Lieutenant Ronald L. Scroggin (Oceanside, Calif.), 2d Platoon Commander, “M” Company, 3d Battalion, Seventh Marines, gives fire directions to machine gunner, Corporal Mitchell Smith (Baltimore, Md.) and his assistant,  Lance Corporal Stephen P. Kindred (Clayton, Ga.) during Operation Jackson, taking place in the Quang Ngai Province of Vietnam. [1966]

Marines of Charlie Company, 1/5 Marines responding to enemy…

Marines of Charlie Company, 1/5 Marines responding to enemy fire, circa 1967-1968.

From the source: SSG Harry F. Mitchell (Austin, TX) , a platoon…

From the source:

SSG Harry F. Mitchell (Austin, TX) , a platoon sergeant with “C” Troop, 1st Squad, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR), returns fire with a 50 caliber machine gun mounted on a M113 Armored Personnel Carrier. The 11th ACR was conducting a search and destroy mission in the “Iron Triangle” as a part of Operation “Junction City”. The Iron Triangle was also known as War Zone” D “and is approximately 20 miles northwest of Saigon, Republic of Vietnam.

todaysdocument: “A Marine machine gun crew from Co. E, 2nd…

todaysdocument:

“A Marine machine gun crew from Co. E, 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, is in place on Hill 170 during Operation Essex. They are, left to right: Pfc. J.L. Duckworth, Cpl. H.T. Hudson and Pfc. D.O. McPherson.” 11/20/1967

Series: General Photograph File of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1927 – 1981Record Group 127: Records of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1775 –


Now open at the National Archives Museum:
Remembering Vietnam: Twelve Critical Episodes in the Vietnam War

Explore 12 critical episodes in the Vietnam War through National Archives records which trace the policies and decisions made by the architects of the conflict and help untangle why the United States became involved in Vietnam, why it went on so long, and why it was so divisive for American society.

Find more records, information, and resources on the Vietnam War from the @usnatarchives at the Vietnam War Research Portal.