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  1. I used a Petri FT. Picked it up at the PX. It was the only thing I could afford. Until I joined the CAT, I'd never seen a 35mm camera in my life. They wanted someone willing to go to the field and shoot pictures and I told them I'd been the photographer for my school newspaper...which was true, I just didn't mention I'd only used a Polaroid and we'd only started using pictures in my senior year. I probably shot about 5000 rolls of film and maybe 40 were usable. :^ D It was a great little camera though. Very tough. Went through all kinds of Delta conditions, numerous dunkings, monsoon rains, other stuff. Sadly, a couple of days before I left country somebody swiped it...
  2. Thank you for this really excellent fix. The photo was shot by a kid named Osborn, a Combat Photographer from 9th Sig, who provided the official Combat Photogs for the Division. He was killed a few days later w/ Charlie Co, 2/39th. All I was ever able to get ahold of were the contact strips.
  3. I'm obviously getting back to this way too long after it's been posted but I just want to - in my own defense I guess - point out that I wasn't identifying the gentleman in the photograph as Captain Johnson of Charlie Company. He is from Battalion HQ. My recollection (no doubt somewhat shaky after a few decades, and having only spent several weeks in total with the unit) is of him also being Johnson. He was a fine man in a thankless job and was helpful in getting me squared away when I got to Rach Kien, etc. I presumed it was quite evident from the photo, and my description of his duties, that he was not Captain Jesse Johnson. Apologies for any confusions.
  4. Very...I know...obviously not combat or VN related, but literally had this fall out of an old book I was giving to a church sale last weekend and thought it may be of interest to some. Hard to believe it's been forty-seven years since this happened. I'm second from the left kneeling. A few of the others in the photo also wound up in the 9th Division. For those looking for the ribbon, we were given the Living and Breathing Award, after our graduation ceremony. :^ D
  5. May 1968, tags worn at a slant, straight, and missing (though in a picture shot from a different angle, the GI on the end appears to have a name tag and be missing the U.S. Army tag only...)
  6. Sorry Showbart, I've been out of touch for some time and rarely check in any longer. Thank you very much for the information. Hearing Captain Hardin called "Charlie" is strange, to say the least, tough the sense of humor and bagging his platoon leaders certainly rings true - 2/39th as a whole seemed very tight in the officer department. Walter DEROS'd shortly after the pic was taken, so I never really knew him (never really knew anyone well actually, since I moved from unit to unit.) If you knew Capt Hardin after the war, I would love to hear more about him. Please leave a personal message and I'll try to be more diligent about responding. The picture, by the way - and I had to look around to find it too - is #169 on page 9.
  7. The S/Sgt in the photo is not me. He's a platoon sgt in Alpha 2/39th. I didn't carry a weapon. Wearing ChiCom equipment in the field was something that some units did, and others didn't. Alpha seemed to have an unusual number of guys who favored the AK pouches compared to most units I covered, including other companies in 2/39th... (and before any experts chime in...I can only speak to the period I covered the Division November '67 - November '68. Prior to, and following that, I cannot speak to.) (Also, upon looking at this photo - #54 - I noticed that I put up flipped, or as a mirror image...sorry.) Glad you like the stuff and appreciate the comments. Dennis
  8. just a matter of correcting a mis-identification. the officer in photo #28 is Lt Col Ira Hunt, not Col Emerson as stated in #30. Sorry for that.
  9. Hi David, Thank you for your kind comments. To tell the truth I had not realized that Col Schroeder was so "camera shy." Unfortunately, I missed my one opportunity to snap a pic of Emerson, I figured I'd have plenty of others. He was shot down shortly after, so much for "seize the moment..." . I did not cover 4/39th and, during my tour at least, I was the only CAT photographer, so for that period there would be no pictures from our team. Dennis
  10. Great work. I've always admired the ability to do renderings like these. Hope you have some more to share.
  11. Not particulary dramatic, but perhaps of interest to vehicle folks. These guys showed up while I was with the RTAVR and set up off to the side. Guess they wanted to be sure they had really good AFVN reception out in the field.
  12. With Alpha, 2/39th, Long An, 1968. Every hooch had one of these bunkers, either beside it like this one, or inside.
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