Vietnam 1967-68

The 15th TC Battalion,1st Air Cavalry Division, Vietnam. The unit was in Camp Evans near Hue, Vietnam. 1968.
img016  My home for six months at Camp Evans Hue, Viet Nam.  15TC Battalion, First Air Cav. Jan 1968 Sept 1968. The sand bags piled down the center of the row of tents was for protection against mortar or rockets attacks  in the camp. The camp was on the perimeter of Camp Evans. Vietnam 96  Jim Shaffner on bunker duty Chu Lai, Vietnam 1967.    I have posted this photo before but was recently reminded of something that happened when I was on Greenline Duty in Vietnam. You will notice the green round thing hanging from my flak jacket. That thing is a hand grenade which is actually a tiny bomb that can be thrown about 30 yards before it explodes.  The operation of a hand grenade is fairly simple. The handle on a hand grenade is held in place by a crimped cotter pin made of very soft metal. The grenade is armed by pulling the cotter pin out of position while holding the handle in place. When the hand grenade is thrown, the handle comes off, arming the grenade, which will then explode in about five seconds killing every thing close to it.  One night in Vietnam my group was sent into the jungle to set up a defensive perimeter for a night time operation. Before our group left we all lined our pockets with hand grenades. We also picked up Claymore mines to place in front of our perimeter.  Besides taking our M16 rifles we took a 50 caliber machine gun for backup protection. We were fairly well armed and luckily there were no confrontations the entire night. After spending a sleepless night the next morning we packed up and started to leave when we decided to clear the area in front of us of trees and other vegetation. We used the 50 caliber machine gun to absolutely cut a 60 degree swath in front of of us for fifty yards. The 50 caliber machine gun did a much better jog clearing large trees and brush than a chain saw and very fast.  My group left the area and went back to the main camp with all our equipment, machine guns, rifles, mines, ammunition and grenades. We were putting everything back into crates including our hand grenades. When I reached into my pocket I grabbed one of the hand grenades from around the handle and pulled it from my pocket. I looked at it and the cotter pin had fallen out of position. I never said a word but knew what could have happened if I had not grabbed the grenade holding the handle in place. The day before I had not noticed when I lined my pockets with grenades tha someone had straightened the cotter pin out instead of crimping it. It was not a funny joke and a really horrible thing to do. Needless to say it was one of many occasions I almost had to clean out my shorts while in Vietnam. Vietnam93  Jim Shaffner on bunker duty Chu Lai, Vietnam 1967 Viet Nam 1967-68 111  My bunker-mate for long lonely and sometimes terrifying nights . Chu Lai, Vietnam 1967. : Viet Nam 1967-68
img011  A Vietnamese street vendor with a magnificent local cuisine in Chu Lai, Vietnam 1967. Raw fish was sold by many street vendors and a probable DEATH SENTENCE for American soldiers if eaten. Disease symptoms would not show up for 20 or more years from eating fish that had parasitic worms (liver flukes) The government ran tests on 50 Vietnam veterans last year (2017) and twenty percent tested positive for liver fluke antibodies. img008  Chu Lai, Vietnam 1967. The older Vietnamese wore black pajamas exclusively. This photo is a road side eatery. I am not sure what was served. Viet Nam 1967-68 107  During a rocket attack there was always an alert  that required that flak jackets and full gear be put on. Chu Lai, Vietnam 1967 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 029  Mosley with several Chu Lai children. The ever present M16 rifle hangs from Mosleys shoulder. : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 070  Bunker on the coast near Chu Lai, Vietnam 1967. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 076  Bunker on the coast near Chu Lai, Vietnam 1967. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 066  Bunker on the coast near Chu Lai, Vietnam 1967. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 012  Mosley and couple other guys on the beach at Chu Lai. : Viet Nam 1967-68
img010  Hanging out in the eveving Chu Lai, Vietnam 1968. L-R Mosley, Sgt. Schuj  (C on his baseball hat), Huntley, Noah Harrelson, David Walker. I always thought Schuj was a spy because he had no function but watched all the time. That is another time I should have kept my mouth shut. I saw Brinkley when I returned from Vietnam at Fort Riley, Kansas. He was with a group being sent back to Vietnam. I never saw him again. Vietnam guys 222  Back Brinkley (Birds), L to R Meech, Pop, Bondurant, standing- Stookey next to the dog and Harrelson, kneeling L to R Dennis Tuckosh, Graves. Camp Evans Hue, Viet Nam 1968.  15 TC Battalion, First Air Cavalry. Kneeling L to R Jim Shaffner and  Graves  Jim Shaffner kneeling and Graves. Camp Evans Hue, Viet Nam 1968.  15 TC Battalion, First Air Cavalry. img015
Viet Nam 1967-68 009  Hanging out Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. Sgt Schuj and David Walker. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 028  Stockey and Mosley near a well in a Vietnamese village called Chu Lai 1967. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 097  Bob Hope show Hue/Phu Bai, Viet Nam. The young trooper in the lower right hand corner is Brinkley. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 134 : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 163  Hanging outnin our tent Hue Vietnam 1968 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Sampan in the harbor of Da Nang 1968  Cam Rahn Bay Vietnam near Da Nang. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 092 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 082  Rice  field off highway 1 between Dang and Hue 1968 : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 078  Small villiage south of Hue 1968 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 032 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 015  Bacon Camp Evans Hue, Viet Nam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Vietnam 5  Camp Evans at Hue, Viet Nam 1968. A very nice mud hole during the rainy season. 1968
Vietnam 6  Camp Evans north of Hue, Viet Nam 1968. This smoke is from diesel fuel in 55 gallon half barrels. These barrels where placed under the seats in the outhouses and filled with diesel fuel.  Most outhouses had four to six seats.  The "refuse Burner" would pull out the barrels of fuel every day and set fire to them, let the barrels cool, then add more fuel and insert them back into the outhouses.  It was a favorite trick of the locals to drop live grenades and ammunition into the fuel.  The "Refuse Burner" would light all the barrels and run, just in case there were live rounds or grenades in them. Viet Nam 1967-68 004  Camp Evans, Hue. On the night of 19 May 1968 the ammunition dump at Camp Evans was hit by NVA rockets and exploded causing a chain reaction and fire that lasted more than 12 hours. I saw the rocket going over our camp before it hit the ammo dump. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 025  Camp Evans, Hue. On the night of 19 May 1968 the ammunition dump at Camp Evans was hit by NVA rockets and exploded causing a chain reaction and fire that lasted more than 12 hours. I saw the rocket going over our camp before it hit the ammo dump. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 034  Camp Evans, Hue. On the night of 19 May 1968 the ammunition dump at Camp Evans was hit by NVA rockets and exploded causing a chain reaction and fire that lasted more than 12 hours. I saw the rocket going over our camp before it hit the ammo dump. : Viet Nam 1967-68
img002  These artillary guns used on enemy soldiers (Viet Cong) were so powerful that it was impossible to hold the camera steady. The picture was taken the instant the gun went off shaking the ground and rippling the air. Vietnam 15  The entrance to a cemetery near Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. Viet Nam 1967-68 014  Dennis Tuckosh Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 021  Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 020 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 018  Stokey,  Hue 1968 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 017  Brinkley holding a funnel while the helicopter is refueled. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 022  Brinkley holding a funnel while the helicopter is refueled. Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 016  Small villiage on Highway one between Danang and Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 003  Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 008  Dennis Tuckosh on the right. Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 026  Dennis Tuckosh playing with the camp dog "Cherry" Hue, Vietnam 1968. The ever present M16 rifle is close by. I do remember Tuckosh told me a story about flying to Da Nang in a Huey helicopter gunship piloted by Mr. Dunn to pick up several civilians. On the way back from Da Nang, the pilot Mr. Dunn said, "lock and load, there is an emergency we must attend to." The problem with that was, Tuckosh didn't take his M60 machine gun with him on this mission just to pick up civilians. Tuckosh then reached over, picked up his M16 rifle, and chambered a bullet. Tuckosh looked at the civilians that were with him and told me "they were terrified, their eyes were as big as silver dollars" after he chambered a bullet in his M16. Tuckosh told Mr. Dunn the pilot, he "didn't have his M60 machine gun with him" and all of a sudden the Huey helicopter gunship slowed to a crawl because the helicopter pilot knew it would be very hard to defend without a machine gun on board. Tuckosh said he "didn't know that helicopters flew that slow." In a few minutes Tuckosh got an "all clear" message in his head phone from the pilot and the Huey gunship speed increased dramatically going back to Hue. The civilians didn't have head phones on so weren't privy to the Tuckosh and the pilots conversation. Mr. Dunn the Huey gunship pilot was my favorite among all the pilots I knew. : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 033  Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 035  Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 036  On Highway 1 from Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam to Da Nang. 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 037  Construction on Highway 1 between Hue and Da Nang, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 045  Sampans in the harbor near Da Nang 1968 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 038  Young Vietnamese child walking on Highway 1, between Hue and Da Nang 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 040  Small villiage south of Hue, 1968 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 042  Small villiage south of Hue, 1968 : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 058 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 055  Small villiage south of Hue, 1968 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 114  Vietnam coast 1968 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 054  Beach near small villiage south of Hue, 1968 : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 047  Rice field between Hue and Da Nang on Highway 1 which was unpaved. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 049  Consetina wire on the beach in Da Nang, Vietnam 1968, : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 060  Vietnamese cowboy. Taken from highway one. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 062  Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 048  Huey helicopter with m79 grenade launcher installed on the front. Hue, Vietnam 1968 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 135  Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 132  Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 067  This helicopter was called the Loach and was shot down near Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 063  This helicopter was called the Loach and was shot down near Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 068  This helicopter was called the Loach and was shot down near Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 069  Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 057 : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 059  Huey Cobra helicopter a really awsome weapon. Hue Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 056 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 071  The OH-13 observation helicopter. Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 077  This helicopter was called the Loach and was shot down near Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 052 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 046 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 079  This helicopter was called the Loach and was shot down near Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 072  Da nang coast line 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 061 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 084  The Huey Cobra with rocket tubes on both side and M-79 grenade launcher on the turret underneath. Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 136  Huey shot down near Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 075  On the road to Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 091  This Huey helicopter was shot down near Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 088  Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 011 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 024  My friend Mosley. I never saw or heard from him again after I left Vietnam. : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 093 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 109  Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. Front of Huet helicopter. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 110 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 113  On the coast near Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 133  Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 137  Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Vietnam 12  Rice fields near Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. Vietnam 20  Vietnamese home on Highway 1 between Hue and Da Nang, Vietnam 1968.
Vietnam 21  Vietnamese village on Highway 1 between Hue and Da Nang, Vietnam 1968. Concertina wire surrounded the entire village. The wire was coiled barbed wire. Vietnam 22  Vietnamese home on road to Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968 from Da Nang Vietnam 13  This building in Hue where some of the fiercest fighting of the Vietnam war took place. Beginning the night of January 31, 1968 during the celebration of Tet (Named for the lunar new year holiday called Tet). 150 Marines,  400 South Vietnamese troops and an estimated 5,000 Communist soldiers were killed. Vietnam 14  This building in Hue where some of the fiercest fighting of the Vietnam war took place. Beginning the night of January 31, 1968 during the celebration of Tet (Named for the lunar new year holiday called Tet). 150 Marines,  400 South Vietnamese troops and an estimated 5,000 Communist soldiers were killed.
VIetnam 16  Vietnamese grave near Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. Viet Nam 1967-68 073 : Viet Nam 1967-68 Vietnam 17  Vietnamese grave near Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968. Vietnam 18  Vietnamese grave near Camp Evans Hue, Vietnam 1968.
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Viet Nam 1967-68 090  Jim Shaffner suiting up for the first flight on a Huey helicopter being trained to load and fire a M-60 machine gun, Fort Eustis, Virginia. My next assignment after this trainingg was finished was a tour of duty in Vietnam : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 089  Jim Shaffner suiting up for the first flight on a Huey helicopter being trained to load and fire a M-60 machine gun, Fort Eustis, Virginia. My next assignment after this trainingg was finished was a tour of duty in Vietnam. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 086  Flight training, Fort Eustis, Virginia : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 013  Crew Chief during training at Fort Eustis, Virginia. : Viet Nam 1967-68
Viet Nam 1967-68 125  Ft. Eustus, Virginia Butch holding M-60 machine gun rounds on a day of actual M-60  machine gun training. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 124  Ft. Eustus, Virginia. M-60  machine gun training. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 065  Sorting M60 machine gun shells after training. Fort Eustis, Virginia 1967 : Viet Nam 1967-68 img106  My friend Joe Turner getting ready for m60 machine gun training on a Huey helicopter gunship. Joe had his pilots license and would rent a plane and fly around the Fort Eustis area. I suspect that the army would have talked him into Huey helicopter pilot training. I never saw or heard from Joe after this picture was taken.
Graduation day from Huey helicopter  Graduation day from Huey helicopter gunship training at Fort Eustis Virginia August, 1967. I am not sure why all the M60 machine guns were lined up against the wall. I was sent straight to Vietnam in September 1967. : Viet Nam 1967-68 Viet Nam 1967-68 123  Graduation day Ft. Eustis Virginia. Butch kneeling Jim Shaffner standing in the center. : Viet Nam 1967-68 img110  Jim Shaffner August 1967. Shortley after this picture was taken I was sent to Vietnam September 1967.