The soldier on the left is simply putting the suspected VC's head down. Contrary to popular liberal belief prisoners weren't abused or beaten. They were taken away after this and questioned further. The Americans are of the 1st Infantry Division. Great soldiers- well trained and disciplined.
Well, it was fun while it lasted. But all good things must come to an end. MG Hay pinned SGT. E-5 stripes on me a few weeks before I was to go home. Then, sometime in late January, 1968, I said good bye to my comrades and my "other friends". Never to return....
It's hard to believe that today Vietnam is actually a vacation spot. Holy shit! 50 years ago we were killing each other, and today we're like old friends. Well, I shouldn't be surprised. Look at Japan and Germany.
For the record, I really liked the Vietnamese people. They were kind and friendly- except those that shot at me.
PHOTO GROUP FOUR
Approximately 12,000 helicopters saw action in Vietnam, and logged 9,713,762 flight hours. It's believed the Huey and the AH-1 Cobra have more combat flight time than any other aircraft in the history of warfare. 2,709 were killed in the Huey. 1,074 pilots, 1,103 crew members and 532 passengers.
As I would never fly in a helicopter again, I would never "visit" Vietnam again. I mean, WHY....?