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Vietnam War '67 - '68

Photos from a tour in Vietnam as a combat medic with the 2/2nd Infantry (Mechanized) Ramrods and 2/28th Infantry Black Lions, 1st Infantry Division. Although most were, not all of these photos were taken by me personally. Some were taken by friends or came from archives or other sources. I have had the privilege of reconnecting with many of the guys I served with in the last several years through the magic of the internet. They were brave soldiers and I am blessed to have these good friends whose courage and loyalty I respect and treasure.

The gallery shares experiences and people who were important in my life and the lives of others. It also attempts to honor those who should be more than just names on a wall or award citations. I have added details and recollections when relevant (although sometimes irreverently and probably not always accurately) and links to other sources in order to provide more information. If you are interested in historical photos you will find some of those. If you are interested in learning more about what those photos mean, then please read the narratives and follow the links.

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Simon and Garfunkel said it best in the lyrics to "Old Friends/Bookends":

Time it was,
And what a time it was.
It was . . .
A time of innocence.
A time of confidences.

Long ago . . . it must be . . .
I have a photograph.
Preserve your memories,
They’re all that’s left you.

Big Red One
Big Red One
2/2nd Infantry (Mechanized)
2/2nd Infantry (Mechanized)
28th US Infantry Regiment - Black Lions of Cantigny
28th US Infantry Regiment - Black Lions of Cantigny
AO map
AO map
AO map 2
AO map 2
Daring HQ
Daring HQ
Aid Station Forward
Aid Station Forward
What I had in mind was a GTO
What I had in mind was a GTO
Aid Station Forward
Aid Station Forward
Downed chopper
Downed chopper
War is Hell
War is Hell
Sandbag detail
Sandbag detail
Digging in
Digging in
Operation Dallas
Operation Dallas
On the perimeter
On the perimeter
Camp Swampy - welcome to the monsoon!
Camp Swampy - welcome to the monsoon!
Monsoon patrol
Monsoon patrol
Tent, sweet tent
Tent, sweet tent
Don Scott  & me - '67
Don Scott & me - '67
Still crazy after all these years
Still crazy after all these years
Don Scott & Al Winter - 2010
Don Scott & Al Winter - 2010
Don Scott on .50 cal
Don Scott on .50 cal
Me on the .50 cal
Me on the .50 cal
222 track
222 track
Convoy - gunner's view
Convoy - gunner's view
POW camp
POW camp
Church
Church
Another church in the AO
Another church in the AO
ARVN soldier
ARVN soldier
Recon 2/2nd Infantry
Recon 2/2nd Infantry
VC for lunch
VC for lunch
Bravo 2/2nd
Bravo 2/2nd
232 track
232 track
233 track
233 track
234 track
234 track
212 track in the rubber
212 track in the rubber
Blown track
Blown track
20 track
20 track
SP5 Joe Lupo - KIA 26 Aug. '67
SP5 Joe Lupo - KIA 26 Aug. '67
Bravo Co. - Minesweeping with machines (and people)
Bravo Co. - Minesweeping with machines (and people)
Bravo Co. Minesweeping 2
Bravo Co. Minesweeping 2
Command track
Command track
SP4 Jeff Hahn - KIA 11 Oct. '67
SP4 Jeff Hahn - KIA 11 Oct. '67
Search and seal
Search and seal
Boys will be boys
Boys will be boys
Don & Boots
Don & Boots
Eddie Caudill and Grunt
Eddie Caudill and Grunt
Grunt
Grunt
Grunt - King of the Jungle
Grunt - King of the Jungle
Damn!
Damn!
Mahoney and Bloomberg
Mahoney and Bloomberg
Herringbone formation
Herringbone formation
Through a town
Through a town
Passing through
Passing through
Rubber plantation
Rubber plantation
Maintenance
Maintenance
In garrison
In garrison
Preparing to move out
Preparing to move out
Sometimes, beauty finds you
Sometimes, beauty finds you
Rome Plow - Operation Paul Bunyan
Rome Plow - Operation Paul Bunyan
Operation Paul Bunyan
Operation Paul Bunyan
Tracks in the Ho Bo Woods
Tracks in the Ho Bo Woods
Children of war
Children of war
Children in the fields
Children in the fields
Paddies
Paddies
Local village
Local village
Cemetery
Cemetery
Black Lions, Sir!
Black Lions, Sir!
Battle of Xom Bo II - 17 June 1967
Battle of Xom Bo II - 17 June 1967
Battle of Xom Bo II - 17 June 1967
Battle of Xom Bo II - 17 June 1967
Battle of Xom Bo II - 17 June 1967
Battle of Xom Bo II - 17 June 1967
Black Lions Battalion Command, late '67
Black Lions Battalion Command, late '67
Medics Blumenfeld, Hinger & Norgon - Operation Shenandoah II, Oct. '67
Medics Blumenfeld, Hinger & Norgon - Operation Shenandoah II, Oct. '67
The Battle of Ong Thanh - 17 Oct. '67
The Battle of Ong Thanh - 17 Oct. '67
The Battle of Ong Thanh -  17 Oct. '67 - The human cost
The Battle of Ong Thanh - 17 Oct. '67 - The human cost
Garland Rip Randall - KIA 17 Oct. '67
Garland "Rip" Randall - KIA 17 Oct. '67
Allen Jagielo - KIA 17 Oct. '67
Allen Jagielo - KIA 17 Oct. '67
Joe Booker - Died of Wounds 18 Oct. '67
Joe Booker - Died of Wounds 18 Oct. '67
Major Donald Holleder - Distinguished Service Cross - KIA 17 Oct. '67
Major Donald Holleder - Distinguished Service Cross - KIA 17 Oct. '67
2nd Lt. Harold Durham - Medal of Honor - KIA 17 Oct. '67
2nd Lt. Harold Durham - Medal of Honor - KIA 17 Oct. '67
The Battles of Loc Ninh, Nov. '67 - Overview and American Units
The Battles of Loc Ninh, Nov. '67 - Overview and American Units
The Battle of Loc Ninh Airstrip
The Battle of Loc Ninh Airstrip
Battle of Loc Ninh Airstrip
Battle of Loc Ninh Airstrip
Loc Ninh, 3 Nov. '67
Loc Ninh, 3 Nov. '67
Battle for Loc Ninh Village, Nov. '67
Battle for Loc Ninh Village, Nov. '67
Battle for Loc Ninh Village, Nov. '67
Battle for Loc Ninh Village, Nov. '67
Did anyone order a snake?
Did anyone order a snake?
Loc Ninh - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Soldiers Band
Loc Ninh - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Soldiers Band
Loc Ninh - Rocket from Hell
Loc Ninh - Rocket from Hell
Tom Hinger - Silver Star, 2 Purple Hearts
Tom Hinger - Silver Star, 2 Purple Hearts
Tom and me
Tom and me
Tom and Rod
Tom and Rod
Joe Costello - Silver Star, Purple Heart
Joe Costello - Silver Star, Purple Heart
Grey Lions
Grey Lions
MAJ (P) Louis C. Menetrey, Battalion Commander; and Charles Smith, medic
MAJ (P) Louis C. Menetrey, Battalion Commander; and Charles Smith, medic
LTC Louis Menetrey & CPT Jim George
LTC Louis Menetrey & CPT Jim George
Sad day for the Black Lions
Sad day for the Black Lions
General Louis C. Menetrey, 1929-2009
General Louis C. Menetrey, 1929-2009
Major General Keith Ware - Medal of Honor - KIA 13 Sept. '68
Major General Keith Ware - Medal of Honor - KIA 13 Sept. '68
Woody, 1967
Woody, 1967
Woody now
Woody now
Goody, 1967
Goody, 1967
Goody, 1967
Goody, 1967
Goody now
Goody now
Rogues Gallery
Rogues Gallery
Proud heritage
Proud heritage
Paul Fahey
Paul Fahey
The wheels of a grateful nation turn slowly
The wheels of a grateful nation turn slowly
Doc Crum
Doc Crum
Blumenfeld and Dailey
Blumenfeld and Dailey
John McCoy - Christmas '67
John McCoy - Christmas '67
SGT John McCoy - Rest in Peace, Brother - 4/8/09
SGT John McCoy - Rest in Peace, Brother - 4/8/09
Joe Hare - early '67
Joe Hare - early '67
Joe Hare -  Nov. '67
Joe Hare - Nov. '67
Joe Karczynski, Dave Groh, Dale Carry, and Wayne Crisp
Joe Karczynski, Dave Groh, Dale Carry, and Wayne Crisp
Pride of Lions
Pride of Lions
1Lt. Tony Seahorn
1Lt. Tony Seahorn
Tears of A Warrior
Tears of A Warrior
PFC Sam Scriven - KIA 1 May '67
PFC Sam Scriven - KIA 1 May '67
CPT Carl Kizer - KIA 19 June '68
CPT Carl Kizer - KIA 19 June '68
CPT Carl Kizer
CPT Carl Kizer
Mortar attack
Mortar attack
VC bunker
VC bunker
Another VC bunker
Another VC bunker
Another day - another VC bunker
Another day - another VC bunker
VC overhead cover
VC overhead cover
Propaganda tree
Propaganda tree
Propaganda tree 2
Propaganda tree 2
Propaganda tree 3
Propaganda tree 3
Captured 11 Oct. '67 - Operation Shenandoah II
Captured 11 Oct. '67 - Operation Shenandoah II
Captured weapons
Captured weapons
Battle debris the morning after a ground attack
Battle debris the morning after a ground attack
Hurry up and wait
Hurry up and wait
Lai Khe assault pad
Lai Khe assault pad
Aviators
Aviators
Thank you for flying 173rd AHC - Air Robinhood
"Thank you for flying 173rd AHC - Air Robinhood"
Wingman
Wingman
Cruising
Cruising
Different day, same view
Different day, same view
Young warrior
Young warrior
Commuting to work
Commuting to work
LZ 1
LZ 1
LZ 2
LZ 2
LZ 3
LZ 3
LZ 4
LZ 4
Julio Martinez with the M-60
Julio Martinez with the M-60
Patrol
Patrol
Patrol
Patrol
Spread out you knuckleheads.  One round will get you all!
Spread out you knuckleheads. One round will get you all!
Insertion
Insertion
Cobra gunship down in the Black Lions NDP
Cobra gunship down in the Black Lions NDP
Lt. Joe Devine and team
Lt. Joe Devine and team
Lt. Devine, Lt. Stroup and platoon Sgt
Lt. Devine, Lt. Stroup and platoon Sgt
Lt.  Al Bracey
Lt. Al Bracey
Bill Springer
Bill Springer
Mike Kotowski
Mike Kotowski
All dressed up
All dressed up
Scout Camp '68
Scout Camp '68
Break time
Break time
Recon Platoon, 2/28 Inf.
Recon Platoon, 2/28 Inf.
VC barber
VC barber
You better not pout
You better not pout
Thunder FSB
Thunder FSB
Fire mission
Fire mission
Patrol out
Patrol out
Patrol going out
Patrol going out
Fighting position
Fighting position
Mayo Clinic (Southeastern Branch)
Mayo Clinic (Southeastern Branch)
Fire Support Base
Fire Support Base
Air Strike
Air Strike
Services
Services
In the rear with the gear
In the rear with the gear
The mythical Freedom Bird
The mythical "Freedom Bird"
Lai Khe airstrip
Lai Khe airstrip
LRRPs
LRRPs
Lai Khe Aviation
Lai Khe Aviation
2/34th Armor
2/34th Armor
Christmas '67
Christmas '67
Christmas '67
Christmas '67
Christmas menu
Christmas menu
Matt - KIA 26 Dec '67
Matt - KIA 26 Dec '67
1st Division Chapel
1st Division Chapel
War wagon
War wagon
Lai Khe post office
Lai Khe post office
Vietnam War Flying Ace
Vietnam War Flying Ace
Litter Jeep
Litter Jeep
Phantom
Phantom
Vung Tau
Vung Tau
Chieu Hoi pass
Chieu Hoi pass
Chieu Hoi back
Chieu Hoi back
Nguyen Charlie
Nguyen Charlie
Nguyen Charlie
Nguyen Charlie
Chris Noel
Chris Noel
Girls say YES . . .
"Girls say YES . . .
Combat Medics and Navy Corpsmen
Combat Medics and Navy Corpsmen
Combat Medic Memorial
Combat Medic Memorial
The Wall
The Wall
The Wall - More than just a memorial
The Wall - More than just a memorial
Epilogue
Epilogue