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9th Infantry Division, 1968, Tet offensive

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here is uncropped but lower resolution version of this image. found it caption USMC in Hue. Who knows. They are wearing ERDL which makes me think marines, but did not think USMC had gotten ERDL by Jan-feb 68

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An unknown GI, a Spec 4, of the 199th Infantry Brigade (Sep) during the Battle of Saigon TET, February 1968, he interestingly wears his first aid pouch attached to his helmet camo band, he's also wearing one of those field made ammo vest as well.

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Those aren't LDNN, they are Kit Carson Scouts at Ben Tre. And the back isn't cut out it looks like a large pocket. I have a larger image of this pic.

 

This pic is also backwards.

Thanks for the correct info! So they are kit Carson scouts for SEALs? Now that you say it I see it is a large pouch, makes a lot more sense structurally. Looking at the forward assist on the M16 I see the picture is backwards.

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KCS worked with any unit who needed their services. SEALs had pretty good success with them. The guy in the pic is Lou DiCroce when he was with Xray platoon at Ben Tre 70/71. They op'd some KCS a few times.

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"Unsure Footing: Lance Corporal Douglas Brush (Lockhaven, Pennsylvania), an M-79 man with H Company, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines [H/2/3] crosses the Cam Lo River during a patrol. H Company is currently participating in a sweep and clear operation north of the Rockpile (official USMC photo by Sergeant Bruce Smith)."

 

From the Jonathan F. Abel Collection (COLL/3611) at the Archives Branch, Marine Corps History Division

 

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Compassion: Navy corpsmen treat a Viet Cong guerrilla’s wounds during Operation Meade River, 10 miles south of Da Nang. The 19 day long operation netted 1,025 dead enemy killed. The VC was injured by Marine artillery and air strike."

 

From the Jonathan F. Abel Collection (COLL/3611), Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections

 

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Dong Tam, Vietnam DETAINEE COLLECTION POINT

Detainees board 2 1/2 ton trucks for the trip to the 9th Inf Div's Detainee Collection Poiunt where they will be interrogated. 6-7 Nov 1968 Photo by SP5 Dennis D. Connell

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"Troopers of the 327th Infantry, 101st Air Cavalry Division patrol the Laotian border during ‘Operation Plain’, August 14, 1968"

Caption is probably wrong, look like ARVN to me.

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Republic of Vietnam

Two women captured by members of Co C, 2nd Bn, 503rd Abn Inf, 173rd Abn Bde in the Thang Dien Forest during Operation "Cedar Falls". 20 January 1967 Photo by PFC James Fitzpatrick 69th Sig Bn (A)

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Vietnam War Entertainers GI Photo Pick of The Day
"Sergeant James J. Ross - Warrior 'Best Dressed' GI"
- Coat of Many Pockets - 1970
FSB PERSHING - Most combat infantrymen fighting in Vietnam really don't worry too much if they're wearing apparel which isn't in step with the latest fashions.
One exception, however, is Sergeant James J. Ross, who just might be a winner in the Army's Suggestion Program. Ross now qualifies as one of the best-dressed Warriors of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry, with a coat he fashioned for himself.
Ross's coat of many pockets is truly a unique garb to say the least. It features 24 large pockets for M-16 magazines and a pouch on the back to port a Claymore mine.
"I scrounged up the canvas material," Ross said. "I gave the measurements to our interpreter and he gave the specifications to a civilian tailor who made up the jacket for me. "It's really great to have on an operation," Ross said.
Other Warriors are following suit. "A few others in my platoon have had them made too," said the functionally, if not fashionably dressed, Warrior sergeant.
POCKETING IDEAS - Sergeant James J. Ross 2/12 Warriors shows off coat he had made by local tailor. The coat has many pockets for carrying ammunition and explosives.
Article: TROPIC LIGHTNING NEWS March 16, 1970
Photo By SP4 JEFF HINMAN
History Content Research: Morgan ManagementTeam
Vietnam War Entertainers Page
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