Category: Navy

USS Marathon

USS Marathon

todaysdocument: “Twentieth Century ‘Angel of Mercy’ – D. R….

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“Twentieth Century ‘Angel of Mercy’ – D. R. Howe (Glencoe, MN) treats the wounds of Private First Class D. A. Crum (New Brighton, PA), “H” Company, 2nd Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, during Operation Hue City.” 2/6/1968

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

The Battle of Hue occurred during the larger Tet Offensive, a series of coordinated surprise attacks by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army against targets in South Vietnam which began on January 30, 1968 during the Vietnamese New Year holiday.  Although their advances were ultimately turned back, the campaign helped to diminish support for the war in the U.S.

Another view of this scene in black and white:

118 – Combat – Operation Hue City – February 6, 1968


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US Marine Corps photograph of a Hannukah ceremony, 1966. The…

US Marine Corps photograph of a Hannukah ceremony, 1966. The card reads:

Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW).
Photographer. Lance Corporal (LCpl.) Bill Jackson.
HANNUKAH CANDLES–Chaplain David B. Saltzman lights Hanukkah candles at the Hanukkah celebrations held at HILL-327 USO. Looking on are Seabee Stuart C. Simmons, 23, of Sherman Oaks, California, and Private First Class (Pfc.) Les Kushner, 20, of Great Neck, New York.

US Navy PACV (Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle) on the water near Dong…

US Navy PACV (Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle) on the water near Dong Tam, date unknown.

US Navy Bell UH-1 Huey landing on USS Garrett County. The Huey…

US Navy Bell UH-1 Huey landing on USS Garrett County. The Huey is a Seawolf of Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron 3. Date unknown.

US Navy PBR (patrol boat, river), date and location unknown.

US Navy PBR (patrol boat, river), date and location unknown.

Single 40mm gun mount, USS Garrett County, date unknown.

Single 40mm gun mount, USS Garrett County, date unknown.

US Navy Light Photographic Squadron 62 (VFP-62) Vought F-8…

US Navy Light Photographic Squadron 62 (VFP-62) Vought F-8 Crusader on the deck of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1966.

From the source:

[The following from Cdr. Norm Green gives more information on the above photo.] “Close inspection of the photo reveals that the aircraft has flown 25 combat missions when the picture was taken; it was pretty busy since we had only flown missions on about 23 days at that point. Using Russian math and some guesswork I would guess that the picture was taken on perhaps the 4th or the 5th of Sept, I flew that aircraft both Days. At first I thought that it might have been the 6th of Sept, the day Norm Bundy crashed in that aircraft; but I doubt that because of the light ripples in the water. There was no wind on the 6th of Sept, the Gulf of Tonkin was as smooth as glass. I remember that the cat officers could only give us 5-6 knots above stall speed that day. The Rosy had all boilers on line and was pulling her guts out. Amazing, sometimes I struggle to remember my street number but remember things from 48 years ago.”

More information about LTJG Norman Bundy available at The Virtual Wall.

USS Sphinx (ARL-24), 1969

USS Sphinx (ARL-24), 1969

Slides of a US Navy TF116 crew, 1969. Found at an estate sale…


Inspecting a South Vietnamese boat

Slides of a US Navy TF116 crew, 1969. Found at an estate sale for Don English, who passed away in 2010.