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Vietnam....A soldier of the 1st Infantry Division motions to a woman refugee to keep her children's heads down during a fight with Viet Cong who had attempted to ambush the unit during a move through an area criss-crossed with bamboo hedgerows. Photo taken  01/16/1966. (National Archives)
Vietnam....A soldier of the 1st Infantry Division motions to a woman refugee to keep her children's heads down during a fight with Viet Cong who had attempted to ambush the unit during a move through an area criss-crossed with bamboo hedgerows. Photo taken 01/16/1966.





Vietnam....Marines of Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Regiment, walk through a punji-staked gully. Photo taken  01/28/1966. (National Archives)
Vietnam....Marines of Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Regiment, walk through a punji-staked gully. Photo taken 01/28/1966.





Marine Corps flame thrower tank in action in Vietnam. Photo taken  01/1966. (National Archives)
Marine Corps flame thrower tank in action in Vietnam. Photo taken 01/1966.





Three Air Force F-105 Thunderchief pilots enroute to bomb military target in Vietnam pull up to a flying Air Force gas station. The refueling aircraft is an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker.  Photo taken  01/1966. (National Archives)
Three Air Force F-105 Thunderchief pilots enroute to bomb military target in Vietnam pull up to a flying Air Force gas station. The refueling aircraft is an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker. Photo taken 01/1966.





Stunned by the viciousness of a Viet Cong attack on their village, Vietnam war refugees ride an Air Force helicopter to a safe area near Saigon.  Photo taken  03/1966. (National Archives)
Stunned by the viciousness of a Viet Cong attack on their village, Vietnam war refugees ride an Air Force helicopter to a safe area near Saigon. Photo taken 03/1966.





U.S. Marines, grouped in fours and fives in outboard motor boats, approach the beach in an amphibious assault in the Rung Sat Zone, 35 miles from Saigon. Rung Sat, infested with Viet Cong, is the target of Operation Jackstay, involving 1,200 Marines. Photo taken  03/26/1966. (National Archives)
U.S. Marines, grouped in fours and fives in outboard motor boats, approach the beach in an amphibious assault in the Rung Sat Zone, 35 miles from Saigon. Rung Sat, infested with Viet Cong, is the target of Operation Jackstay, involving 1,200 Marines. Photo taken 03/26/1966.





South China Sea....Two Attack Squadron 85, VA-85, A-6A intruder attack aircraft in flight with their tailhooks extended for recovery aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, CVA-63. Photo taken  01/1966. (National Archives)
South China Sea....Two Attack Squadron 85, VA-85, A-6A intruder attack aircraft in flight with their tailhooks extended for recovery aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, CVA-63. Photo taken 01/1966.





Honolulu Conference: Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky (South Vietnam), President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Thieu (South Vietnam) Photo taken  02/08/1966. (National Archives)
Honolulu Conference: Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky (South Vietnam), President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Thieu (South Vietnam) Photo taken 02/08/1966.





South Vietnamese villagers board an Air Force CH-3C helicopter for evacuation to another village as U.S. forces battled Viet Cong guerrillas in the area. Photo taken  03/1966. (National Archives)
South Vietnamese villagers board an Air Force CH-3C helicopter for evacuation to another village as U.S. forces battled Viet Cong guerrillas in the area. Photo taken 03/1966.





Tank from 1st Battalion, 69th Armor, 25th Infantry Division, moves through Saigon shortly after disembarking from LST at Saigon Harbor. Photo taken  03/12/1966. (National Archives)
Tank from 1st Battalion, 69th Armor, 25th Infantry Division, moves through Saigon shortly after disembarking from LST at Saigon Harbor. Photo taken 03/12/1966.





Four Vietnamese and three Americans were killed, and dozens of Vietnamese buildings were heavily damaged during a Viet Cong bomb attack against a multi-story U.S. officers billet in Saigon. Photo taken  04/01/1966. (National Archives)
Four Vietnamese and three Americans were killed, and dozens of Vietnamese buildings were heavily damaged during a Viet Cong bomb attack against a multi-story U.S. officers billet in Saigon. Photo taken 04/01/1966.





A rifle salute to the dead of Operation Osage. Photo taken  04/26/1966. (National Archives)
A rifle salute to the dead of Operation Osage. Photo taken 04/26/1966.





Members of the 101st Airborne Division shown aboard a USAF C-130 at Pham Thiet Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, for airlift to Phi Troung Air Base during Operation Austin 6. Photo taken  04/1966. (National Archives)
"Members of the 101st Airborne Division shown aboard a USAF C-130 at Pham Thiet Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, for airlift to Phi Troung Air Base during Operation Austin 6. Photo taken 04/1966.





Operation Georgia--Marines blow up bunkers and tunnels used by the Viet Cong. Photo taken  05/05/1966. (National Archives)
Operation Georgia--Marines blow up bunkers and tunnels used by the Viet Cong. Photo taken 05/05/1966.





UH-1D helicopters airlift members of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment from the Filhol Rubber Plantation area to a new staging area, during Operation Wahiawa a search and destroy mission conducted by the 25th Infantry Division, northeast of Cu Chi, Vietnam. Photo taken  05/16/1966. (National Archives)
UH-1D helicopters airlift members of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment from the Filhol Rubber Plantation area to a new staging area, during Operation Wahiawa a search and destroy mission conducted by the 25th Infantry Division, northeast of Cu Chi, Vietnam. Photo taken 05/16/1966.





The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) cruises in the clear blue water of the Gulf of Tonkin off the shores of Vietnam. With A-4 Skyhawk bombers on her bow, enterprise is ready to recover more aircraft on her angled deck. Photo taken  05/28/1966. (National Archives)
The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) cruises in the clear blue water of the Gulf of Tonkin off the shores of Vietnam. With A-4 Skyhawk bombers on her bow, enterprise is ready to recover more aircraft on her angled deck. Photo taken 05/28/1966.





Dak To, South Vietnam. An infantry patrol moves up to assault the last Viet Cong position after an attempted overrun of the artillery position by the Viet Cong during Operation Hawthorne. Photo taken  06/07/1966. (National Archives)
Dak To, South Vietnam. An infantry patrol moves up to assault the last Viet Cong position after an attempted overrun of the artillery position by the Viet Cong during Operation Hawthorne. Photo taken 06/07/1966.





John Wayne signs Private First Class Fonsell Wofford's helmet during his visit to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, at Chu Lai. Photo taken  06/20/1966. (National Archives)
John Wayne signs Private First Class Fonsell Wofford's helmet during his visit to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, at Chu Lai. Photo taken 06/20/1966.





The 101st Airborne Brigade is briefed on the forthcoming Operation Eagle Bait. Photo taken  06/25/1966. (National Archives)
The 101st Airborne Brigade is briefed on the forthcoming Operation Eagle Bait. Photo taken 06/25/1966.

Dong Ha, Vietnam. Operation Hastings - Marines of Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment take to the water as they move to join up with other elements of their battalion. Photo taken  07/1966. (National Archives)
Dong Ha, Vietnam. Operation Hastings - Marines of Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment take to the water as they move to join up with other elements of their battalion. Photo taken 07/1966.





F-105 Thunderchief in the skies over southeast Asia. Photo taken  07/1966. (National Archives)
F-105 Thunderchief in the skies over southeast Asia. Photo taken 07/1966.





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A Marine walking point for his unit during Operation Macon moves slowly, cautious of enemy pitfalls. Photo taken 1966. (National Archives)
A Marine walking point for his unit during Operation Macon moves slowly, cautious of enemy pitfalls. Photo taken 1966.





Lieutenant Colonel F.S. Wood, commanding officer, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, shows Secretary of the Navy Paul H. Nitze and Major General Lewis J. Fields part of the command post area. Photo taken  07/12/1966. (National Archives)
Lieutenant Colonel F.S. Wood, commanding officer, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, shows Secretary of the Navy Paul H. Nitze and Major General Lewis J. Fields part of the command post area. Photo taken 07/12/1966.





A First Lieutenant instructs a Private First Class in a back, leg and stomach muscle exercise at the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, area. Photo taken  08/13/1966. (National Archives)
A First Lieutenant instructs a Private First Class in a back, leg and stomach muscle exercise at the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, area. Photo taken 08/13/1966.





A Marine rifleman with Company H, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, Leaps across a break in a rice paddy dike during a search and destroy mission on Operation Colorado. Photo taken  08/15/1966. (National Archives)
A Marine rifleman with Company H, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, Leaps across a break in a rice paddy dike during a search and destroy mission on Operation Colorado. Photo taken 08/15/1966.





LVTP-5 amphibious tractors transport 3rd Marine Division troops. Photo taken  1966. (National Archives)
LVTP-5 amphibious tractors transport 3rd Marine Division troops. Photo taken 1966.





President Lyndon B. Johnson in Vietnam: Decorating a soldier.  Photo taken  10/26/1966. (National Archives)
President Lyndon B. Johnson in Vietnam: Decorating a soldier. Photo taken 10/26/1966.





Surfing -  Judges give out their awards  for the OSO sponsored surfing contest held September 25, 1966. Photo taken  09/25/1966. (National Archives)
Surfing - Judges give out their awards for the OSO sponsored surfing contest held September 25, 1966. Photo taken 09/25/1966.





As the second phase of operation Thayer, the 1st Air Cavalry Division (airmobile) is having operation Irving in the area 25 miles north of Qui Nhon which lies 400 miles north-northeast of Saigon. The 1st Air Cavalry was given the mission of clearing a mountain range where an estimated two battalions of North Vietnam regulars were supposed to be massing an attack on Hammond Airstrip. Troops of A Company, checking house during patrol. Photo taken  10/06/1966. (National Archives)
As the second phase of operation Thayer, the 1st Air Cavalry Division (airmobile) is having operation Irving in the area 25 miles north of Qui Nhon which lies 400 miles north-northeast of Saigon. The 1st Air Cavalry was given the mission of clearing a mountain range where an estimated two battalions of North Vietnam regulars were supposed to be massing an attack on Hammond Airstrip. Troops of A Company, checking house during patrol. Photo taken 10/06/1966.





A U.S. Army soldier directs a UH-1 helicopter approaching to pick up injured after a paradrop in South Vietnam. Photo taken  10/1966. (National Archives)
A U.S. Army soldier directs a UH-1 helicopter approaching to pick up injured after a paradrop in South Vietnam. Photo taken 10/1966.





Long Khanh Province, Republic of Vietnam....A soldier of the 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, lifts his battle weary eyes to the heavens.  A Sergeant stares down at their fallen comrade. The day's battle ended, they  silently await the helicopter which will evacuate their comrade from the jungle covered hills. Photo taken  1966. (National Archives)
Long Khanh Province, Republic of Vietnam....A soldier of the 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, lifts his battle weary eyes to the heavens. A Sergeant stares down at their fallen comrade. The day's battle ended, they silently await the helicopter which will evacuate their comrade from the jungle covered hills. Photo taken 1966.





Marines of E Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, riding on an M-48 tank. Photo taken  1966. (National Archives)
Marines of E Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, riding on an M-48 tank. Photo taken 1966.





President Lyndon B. Johnson in Vietnam: With General William Westmoreland, Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Thieu, Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky (South Vietnam).  Photo taken  10/26/1966. (National Archives)
President Lyndon B. Johnson in Vietnam: With General William Westmoreland, Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Thieu, Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky (South Vietnam). Photo taken 10/26/1966.





President Lyndon B. Johnson in Vietnam: With General William Westmoreland in a jeep.  Photo taken  10/26/1966. (National Archives)
President Lyndon B. Johnson in Vietnam: With General William Westmoreland in a jeep. Photo taken 10/26/1966.





President Lyndon B. Johnson in Vietnam: With General William Westmoreland and the fighting men.  Photo taken  10/26/1966. (National Archives)
President Lyndon B. Johnson in Vietnam: With General William Westmoreland and the fighting men. Photo taken 10/26/1966.





President Lyndon B. Johnson in Vietnam: With General William Westmoreland decorating a soldier.  Photo taken  10/26/1966. (National Archives)
President Lyndon B. Johnson in Vietnam: With General William Westmoreland decorating a soldier. Photo taken 10/26/1966.





Air Borne Sing-A-Long. Roy and Dale Rogers entertain crew members of an Air Force C-123 Provider during the last leg of their Vietnam tour. Photo taken  11/1966. (National Archives)
Air Borne Sing-A-Long. Roy and Dale Rogers entertain crew members of an Air Force C-123 Provider during the last leg of their Vietnam tour.





Christmas Special -- Bob Hope and his star-studded cast touched down at Pleiku Air Base, Vietnam, December 19, 1966, enroute to Dragon Mountain, home of the 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division for his first Christmas show for servicemen in Vietnam. Photo taken  12/19/1966. (National Archives)
Christmas Special -- Bob Hope and his star-studded cast touched down at Pleiku Air Base, Vietnam, December 19, 1966, enroute to Dragon Mountain, home of the 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division for his first Christmas show for servicemen in Vietnam. They were escorted aboard Army helicopters which airlifted them to Dragon Mountain. About 400 Air Force personnel from Pleiku joined some 4,500 Army troops to watch the first Christmas Special show. Photo taken 12/19/1966.



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