Acknowledgements

 

Bob "Red" Lindgren, RTO, PhotographerWhile I was in Vietnam lots of the guys carried a Kodak in their elastic helmet band, and snapped shots everywhere we went.  I didn't carry a camera, because I told myself I would never want to remember all the things I saw in Vietnam.   Well, I was wrong.  And now I don't have any photographs.  So when I published my Tales Of A War Far Away stories my pages were full of text, but not many pictures.Bob on Ontos

And then one day the little e-mail indicator in the corner of the screen popped up, and when I retrieved my mail there was one titled "An Old Friend".  I opened it and found a picture of a PRC-25 radio, just like the one I carried in the field.   Before long two more items arrived, one with pictures of smoke grenades and another with signal flares.  They were from Bob "Red" Lindgren, Golf Company, 2nd. Battalion, 1st Marines, "Nighters!" ('69-'70).  That's Bob on the right (its dress-down day) and also on top of the Ontos.

Golf Company LogoThey were the first of a flood of pictures, which have added immeasurably to the interest and appeal of these pages, and I want to extend my public thanks to a fellow veteran for the spirit of comradeship displayed in offering his pictures, unsolicited, to help another vet.

The table below lists each of the pictures Bob has contributed and the stories where they can be found.  As an aside, I think it would be best if the Joint Chiefs don't find out about this sort of collaboration between the Army and the Marines...

 

 

Chapter Picture
  An Army Travels On Its Stomach   Searching Through Box of C-Rations
  P-38 Can Opener
  Water Buffalo   Hootches
  A Home-Cooked Meal   Five Men on Patrol in the Paddies
  Patton II   Soldier with Rifle
  Leaving Chinook on the Double
  New Bunker
  The Garment District   Helping the Villagers Move
  Zippo (front) 35th ARVN Ranger Bn.
  Zippo (back)
  Always Sit With Your Back To The Wall   AK-47 Ammo
  Mosquitoes   Tank
  On Patrol With Tank
  The Road Gang   Leaving by the Main Gate
  That Circle In The Sky   Observation Tower, Bunkers
  Dragon   Sandbag Bunker
  Observation Tower
  Patrolling   Three Men in Group, Standing
  Three Men on Patrol
  Death In The Jungle   Group Leaving The Wire
  Bugs!!!   Into The Treeline
  Stamps And Silk Stockings   Gunboat on the River
  Rice Bowl   Villagers in Front of House
  The Three Minute Mile   Taking a Break on Patrol
  Patrolling II   On Patrol
  Footprints   Bomb Craters in the Paddies
  To The Rear, March!   Chinook Climbing
  The Field Dressing   Field Dressing  [Front]
  Field Dressing  [Back]
  The M-16 Rifle   M-16 Magazine in Wrapper
  M-16 Ammo
  The M-60 Machine Gun   M-60 Ammo
  Jungle Fatigues   Combat Boot
  The Canteen   1-Quart Canteen
  The Flak Jacket   Flak Jacket
  A Hootch Is A House Is A Home   Hootch in Trees
  Tunnels   Checking Tunnel Entrance
  RTO - The Radio Telephone Operator   PRC-25 Radio
  Smoke Grenades
  Signal Flares
  Radio Handset
  Acknowledgements   Bob Lindgren, Standing
  Bob Lindgren on Ontos
  Golf Co, 2nd Bn., 1st Marines Logo

 

 

I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Daniel Spires, 4th/20th Mech Inf (deactivated) 193rd Inf Bgd (CZ) Republic of Panama, who e-mailed the dictionary definition of the word "hootch" found in A Hootch Is A House Is A Home.  Thanks...

 

Paul North, E Co., 2/14th Inf.Paul North  served with 2/14th Inf. Echo Company 4.2 mm. mortar platoon during the early part of my tour.  He participated in the action at Keane, and helped build Patton II, one sandbag at a time.   His mortar crew demolished the hootches in the field across from the new Patton II fire base.

Paul is webmaster of the 25th Infantry Division Association web site and has collected information and maps relating to our area of operations.  He was able to provide me with locations of the fire support bases we both stayed at.  The table below lists each of the pictures and documents Paul has contributed and the stories where they can be found.

 

 

Chapter Picture/Document
  Patton II   Night Laager Before Base Was Built
  Patrolling   4.2 Mortar Squad at FSB Hunsley
  To The Rear, March!   When FSB Hunsley Was New
  Acknowledgements   Paul North Cameo

 

Don Casteel, A Co., 2/14th

 

Don Casteel served with Alpha Company,  2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.  The table below lists each of the documents Don has contributed and the stories where they can be found.

 

 

 

 

Chapter Picture/Document
  1968 - Operation Toan Thang I   Along the Saigon River - Alpha Co.
  Acknowledgements   Don Casteel photo

 

Matt Vuolo, HHC, 2/14th

Matt Vuolo served with Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment in the communications platoon.   He shipped over from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii on the Walker in 1966  and helped with the construction of parts of Cu Chi.  The table below lists each of the documents Matt has contributed and where they can be found.

 

 

 

Chapter Picture/Document
  Acknowledgements   Matt Vuolo photo

 

 

Jim Huskey served with Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment in the Battalion S-1.   He was part of the rear detachment when the battalion left Schofield Barracks, Hawaii for Vietnam on the Walker in 1966.  He flew commercial jet to catch up, and joined them on the drive up Highway 1 to their new base at Cu Chi.  The table below lists each of the document Jim has contributed and where they can be found.

 

Chapter Picture/Document
  2/14th Archives   Troop Orientation: Operation Lanikai

 

 

As support platoon leader, Peter Riker made many trips from Cu Chi to the battalion fire support bases such as Keene and Patton.  Not a job for the weak at heart, Peter survived many trips down highway 7A where every day two or three vehicles met their demise to mines planted in the dirt.  He eventually transferred to the 725th Maintenance Battalion, but not before recording many of the sights with his Kodak.  The table below lists each of the photographs Peter has contributed and where they can be found.

Chapter Picture/Document
  Patton II   Patton II, Before the Bunkers...
  The Road Gang   Loading Supplies to go to Patton II
  Home Was Never Like This   105 mm. Howitzer at FSB Keene
  Many a Slip Twixt Cup and Lip   155 mm. Howitzer at FSB Patton II
  The Sidewalks of New York   Bill Chasey, Motor Pool at Cu Chi
  C-4 Explosives   Road Outpost on Road to Patton II
     Two Girls on Motorbike

 

 

Dion Detrick at FSB Keene

Dion P. Detrick, or "Butch".  Also known as the "mailman", Butch brought the mail and other supplies to Keene, either by convoy or air.  Along with all the Christmas packages and mail, he was aboard the Chinook that crashed at Keene.  "It got too hot back there to save any of the mail. We only wanted to get out!".  The table below lists where his photographs can be found.

 

Chapter Picture/Document
  Acknowledgements   Dion Detrick at FSB Keene
  All That Slithers Is Not Cold   Hootches and Boardwalks, Cu Chi

 

 

Patrick Shedd

 

Patrick Shedd served as a medic assigned to Charlie company from August, 1966 until he was wounded by a grenade on the 4th of July, 1967.

 

 

Chapter Picture/Document
  Acknowledgements   Patrick Shedd, relaxing, Cu Chi

 

 

Bill Olive

Bill Olive served with Alpha Company from 70 to 71, arriving just after the Cambodia incursion, then moving to Dau Tieng.  These pictures were published in The Army Reporter, Oct. 26, 1970, showing Bill's squad crossing through elephant grass south of the Razorback Mountains.  The table below lists where his photographs can be found.

 

 

Chapter Picture/Document
  Acknowledgements   Bill Olive Crossing Stream
    Bill Olive and Squad, Razorback Mtns

 

 

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Acknowledgements:  Tales Of A War Far Away
Copyright 1995 Kirk S. Ramsey
Pictures Copyright 1995 Bob Lindgren
Picture Copyright 1995 Paul North
Picture Copyright 1995 Don Casteel
Picture Copyright 1995 Matt Vuolo
Picture Copyright 1995 Dion P. Detrick
Picture Copyright 1995 Patrick Shedd
Picture Copyright 1995 The Army Reporter
Last modified: April 05, 1995