Category: vietnam war

MCDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II of US Navy Strike Fighter…

MCDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II of US Navy Strike Fighter Squadron (VF) 161 off the USS Midway, circa 1972.

From the source, Bob Coveney: “On the wall above my bed at Lane…

From the source, Bob Coveney: “On the wall above my bed at Lane Army Heliport. I still have both of these, the wings were from my time with the 203rd RAC while flying O-1G Birdogs. 1971″

Alpha Company, 2/8th Cavalry, circa 1965

Alpha Company, 2/8th Cavalry, circa 1965

usnatarchivesexhibits: Airborne: Lobo, 1968 Does your dog…

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Airborne: Lobo, 1968

Does your dog enjoy the breeze blowing in his face during a car ride? Maybe he would enjoy parachute jumping as Lobo here did. The pup almost appears to be grinning after finishing his first parachute jump with his handler, Sergeant Frank Spano.

Animals (war dogs, mascots, pets) – 1968

Learn more about “Remembering Vietnam.”

Would you happen to have any information about/knowledge of the contribution of Canadian volunteers to the American war effort in Vietnam? Apparently one Medal of Honour recipient, Peter C. Lemon, was from Toronto, Ontario!

There isn’t a ton out there, largely because Canada didn’t send its own units as part of the Free World Forces (like Australia, Republic of Korea, etc). Those who served as part of the US military arguably had a harder time of it upon returning home. The US military did not keep explicit records about their foreign volunteers either.

Here are a couple of snippets:

  • “An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 Canadians served in the American military in Vietnam, although nearly half were Canadian citizens living in the United States. Seventy-eight Canadians are listed on the wall of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, DC.” [Source: The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War edited by Spencer Tucker]
  • Peter C. Lemon was indeed from Toronto, Ontario, and the only Canadian to be awarded the Medal of Honor in Vietnam. The medal was for actions that took place at Fire Support Base Illingworth on 1 April 1970. [Wiki]

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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.

Bell UH-1 Huey at work, 1970

Bell UH-1 Huey at work, 1970

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

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

Dog handler of the 1st Infantry Division, circa 1966.

Dog handler of the 1st Infantry Division, circa 1966.

Marine of HQ Company, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division,…

Marine of HQ Company, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, circa 1965