Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Tet 1968 and its aftermath. Phan Thiet. Memories of Vietnam
A U.S. Army 106mm Recoiless Rifle team in action.
They were giving support to the Montagnard battalion who were engaging the Viet Cong units who dug in in the destroyed buildings. There were also VC units holding positions on my way back to our camp at the airfield. The U.S. Army were using helicopters firing rockets in support of other Montagnards. These poor blighters were always used to do the dirty work as their losses didn't really count in the statistics. No photos of the latter. I was nursing my own submachine gun. Always preferable to a camera at times. Frankly every time the chopper fired off its 2.75 inch rockets as it came in low over our heads my knees used to give a twitch. When a VC broke out and the ARVN with me opened fire I just stood motionless, my fingers frozen. The only time it ever happened.