Pictures From A/101 AVN Circa 68/69

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Photograph by John Steen

Fire Support Base Blaze. This place was so far back we had to abandon it every monsoon. When I (John Steen) was with 2nd Brigade I flew all kinds of scary recons into Laos in a OH-6A from this place. After the monsoon we Comancheros were involved in its re-capture. The experiment was to put the entire infantry unit on the ground at once. As I recall there were about eight Chinooks surrounded by about forty Hueys. To make this event even more surreal the Armed Services Radio out of Da Nang put on the long version of "Ingodadavita" (spelling?) by Iron Butterfly just as the formation came together. We listened to it all the way to Blaze. The song was coming to its finale when we were on final approach and every machine gun in the formation lit up the LZ. My heart was racing like a hummingbirds and I'm sure my blood was pink because of all the adrenalin.

Photograph by John Steen

From right to left, WO Dellazopa (company IP). Capt. Tom Flanagan (2nd platoon leader), Capt Goldstien ? ( Division psychiatrist, he partied with us about five times a week), above is Augy ? (he was our company POL specialist that we didn't need so he ran the O club, best ping pong playerI ever met) The high finger is WO James Vick?

Photograph by John Steen

Far right is WO John L. Bednarz the 29er before me.

Photograph by John Steen

"Hold me back I'm going to kick "Kills" ass".

The guy in the middle was a

lieutenant nick named "Kill" responding to the threat.

Photograph by John Steen

This is the beginning of a Black Label beer bath. The guy in the middle is WO John

Rizzo, KIA on 1/14/70 in aircraft 67-17349.

Photograph by John Steen

WO Wideman, Bathed in Black Label.

Photograph by John Steen

Ever fly resupply for the ARVNs? Live ducks with bags of rice in back. The rice was grown in Louisiana and shipped out of Houston.

Photograph by John Steen

LZ Henderson and Marine base way up north. The Vietnamese workers were POW's.

Provided by Jerry Simpson

From left to right, Ed White, Jerry Simpson, and Tim Wilkins

Photograph by John Steen

Navy landing craft at Cocoa Beach

Provided by Jerry Simpson

WO1 Richard W. Littell

Provided by Stephen R. Stover

Smokey Stover (me) at FSB Birmingham

Photograph by John Steen

John Steen waiting while the chemical tank was being refilled on a

de-foliation mission. about 11 or 12/69

Provided by Stephen R. Stover

CPT Nichols, Urfer, Edgy, Tom Handy, XO CPT Gooch?, CO MAJ Schneider

Provided by Stephen R. Stover

Ferrante, Myers, Nichols, "Buster", Sexton

Photograph by Martin DeOrio

Perfume River that ran through Hue.

Photograph by John Steen

.We pilots probably named this place. It is LZ Satan because it was hell to land on. A 2,500 foot high needle point mountain top with boulders on two sides so you could only land on it to the west. The yellow spot with the smoke rising is Camp Eagle. The Gulf of Tonkin on the horizon.

Provided by Jerry Simpson

WO1 John Rizzo

Provided by Stephen R. Stover

Smokey Stover (me) with smokey bird

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Group grope

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Ops Off, CPT Peach

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Turner & Garcia (Clarence - Pineapple)

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Neyman, Martin, Urfer in hooch

Photograph by John Steen

A view of the A Shau Valley as shot from Fire Base Burchesgarden.

The farthest line of mountains was the border of Laos

Photograph by John Steen

LZ Vandergriff another Marine base way up north.

Photograph by John Steen

Outside Da Nang (I think) there was like a 500 acre PSP field with this hamburger joint right in the middle. "Viking Drive In & Heloport".

Provided by Augie UlecKas

Augie Uleckas, XMAS 68 TAKEN BY STEVEN ROBERTS

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CHRISTMAN, CREW CHIEF 3/69

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CREW CHIEFS LANGENBACH AND MARTINEZ 4/69

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Santiago, ? , Ed Krome, Steve Wornkey, Reed, and Romero 3/69

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EM Crew Members, Santiago, Ed Krome, Steve Wornkey, Reed, 3/69

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GREG FUCHS (KIA 5/69) and Harold "Wierd Harold" Smith

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STEVEN ROBERTS (KIA 5/69) WE BUNKED NEXT TO EACH OTHER DURING OUR TOUR. HE WAS TIRED OF MAINTENANCE WORK AND DECIDED HE WANTED TO FLY. WE HAD A PACT THAT IF EITHER ONE OF US DIDN'T COME BACK, HE COULD HAVE MY GIRLFRIEND BACK HOME. IN TURN, I COULD KEEP HIS BOWIE KNIFE.

 

 

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