Photo of what appears to be AVRN troops depart a U.S. Chinook helicopter (Vietnam War)
USMC photograph of ARVN Airborne troops, with a Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter in the background, 1966.
The Charge–Army of Republic of Vietnam Airborne troops charge for cover after being lifted into battle by a CH-46A Sea Knight Helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM)-265. The action took place during Operation Hastings.
My Dad on the 1st of three tours in Vietnam. This one is 1966 I believe. A co. 101st AVN, 101st Airborne.
He was also with 40th Infantry Division in Korea, and 1st ABN Battlegroup in Beirut Lebanon 1957-58 timeframe.
Submitted by the child of the veteran pictured.
“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 1968
Submitted by the son of the man pictured.
“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 Marines, 1st Marine Division, 1969.