Photos Courtesy of
Captain (Retired LTC) Tom Newsham
1. Early morning mine sweep heading north on QL22 (TL256 ??) to QL4
2. Flame APCs letting it rip during mine sweep - 300 gallons of napalm will cook your bacon
3. During morning mine sweep - two prisoners - no ID. B Company interpreter with back to camera and wearing black beret
Bailey bridge (B Company) that was installed during spring 1969 on the east side of Dong Tam. Trying to ease the problems of Ambush Alley.
Photos of single engine aircraft that augured in - the aircraft came almost straight down. B Company was sent in to recover the aircraft. As we hand cut our way with axes and machetes into the crash area, one of our guys whacked a hard wood tree with his machete and was greeted by a ball of fire ants. Have to say I have never seen a troop jump around and strip his cloths off as he did that day. Fire ants are more than annoying, they are extremely painful.
Seems B Company, 15th Engineers had it's own version of a mini "Daisy Cutter." Photos of CPT Tom Newsham and other 15th vets setting up a Fuel, Air, Explosive device (FAE) to clear some jungle.
1. 9th ID POW stockade in Dong Tam. The POWs may not have liked being a prisoner of the 9th ID but they surely did not want be a prisoner of the South Vietnamese. Don't ask. Your webmaster had a chance to compare situations. There was no comparison.
2. 15th Engineer S3 took a mortar or rocket. Repairs under way
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