Different terrain... similar misery
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The following pictures were taken by Phil Crowell. We exchanged pictures not too long after Phil arrived in country. Phil got to 'Nam about six months after I arrived in country. (The story about how Phil got to Vietnam and how/why he left in six months is presented below.)
Sgt. Phil Crowell (sportin' a ten-day beard) was a typical Special Forces Radio Operator -- an over-sexed, over-paid, under-worked,
butt-ugly average guy with basically with no faults!
NO... the truth is that Phil was someone whom I would have wanted on my team. One of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet!
Notice that, in the absence of high ground, you build towers.
On the back of his photo Phill writes "Our CO likes the lizards and leeches" I Corps didn't have the lizards that I know of, but we sure had the leeches!
Phil's caption states that their B-Team (Nui Ba Ra) lies right behind the small knob seen in the distance. Elevation is 800 feet above sea level.
Nice flat swamps and a few rubber plantations.
Contrast this view with the photos about I Corps topography. Ngoc Linh, approximately halfway between the Gia Vuc and Ba To Special Forces camps in I Corps, rises to over 8500 feet. (See map on Special Forces I Corps A-Teams page)
Again, the chopper was the mode of ingress and egress for the camp.
Who said the Special Forces 'pacification' program wasn't working??
Dong Xoa JAYCEEs? Rotary Club?
These guys were sick pups!!
Elevation: 600 feet
A-342 Dong Xoa The portion of the camp (top right corner) with the four long horizontal roofs was the District Chief's area.
The middle-third of the righthand edge of the picture shows the Special Forces 'inner compound'. The 'company area' surrounds these areas.
This was typical of the III and IV Corps regions -- elevation usually just at the water line. Notice the height of the grass?
Also, pay particular attention to the density of the vegetation directly ahead of the lead patrol member. Can you see how the dense foliage could easily snag the backpacks, canteen, and other items you carried?
Did you notice the broken limb almost dead center in the picture? It was signs such as this that we looked for while on patrol. It meant that you were not alone in the boonies.