Cacti Vietnam Photos
John Kelly B 1/35 1968-69
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25 Dec 68 – 1500 hrs. LZ Mary Etta. 1st Squad, 3rd Plat,. Co. B, 1/35 Inf L. to R., Standing on bunker – Gamble, Leake, Arceo, Winstead, Carlson. Standing in front – Caycedo, Bryerton, Austin, McGinnis, Bonds, Zimmerman. Sgt Farmer absent – on R & R
25 Dec 68 – 1530 hrs. LZ Mary Etta. 2nd Squad, 3rd Plat., Co. B, 1/35 Inf L. to R., Sitting on bunker – Zanetich, Beasley, Webb, Sgt Brummage, Sweet, Brockway. Kneeling – Gomez (Chief), Pastor, Dill, Stitt, Moore. Wright absent – at mess hall. He was later transferred permanently
25 Dec 68 – 1530 hrs. LZ Mary Etta. 2nd Squad, 3rd Plat., Co. B, 1/35 Inf L. to R., Sitting on bunker – Zanetich, Beasley, Webb, Sgt Brummage, Sweet, Brockway. Kneeling – Gomez (Chief), Pastor, Dill, Stitt, Moore. Wright absent – at mess hall
25 Dec 68 – 1630 hrs. LZ Mary Etta. Chow line for Christmas Dinner – 3rd Plat. Fritchen in front, Freidman next, Sgt Stan, Schatten, Genereau. Bonds at extreme left
25 dec 68 – 1500 hrs. LZ Mary Etta. “Christmas Tree” at CO. CP. Lt Phillip (squatting, rt.), Capt Tower, Lt Coultas, 1SG Coleman, SSG Rigsby. LZ Mary Etta named after 1SG Coleman’s wife
25 Dec 68 – Afternoon. LZ Mary Etta. 3rd Squad, 3rd Plat. B Co 1/35 inf. L. to R., rear to front – Freidman (visiting, now working in rear), Neal, Lubin, Genereau, Fritchen (in hat), Perez, Jaskulski, Szanyi (red HAIR), Kneeling – Oddo, Sikora, Sgt Stan Synstelien. PFC Schatten declined to be in this photo
25 Dec 68 – Afternoon. LZ Mary Etta 3rd Squad, 3rd Plat, B co. 1/35 Inf. L. to R. – standing – Freidman (visiting, now works in rear), Szanyi, Neal, Lubin, Genereau, fritchen (in hat), Perez, Jaskulski kneeling – Oddo, Sikora, Sgt Stan Synstelien PFC Schatten declined to be in this photo
25 Dec 68 – Afternoon. LZ Mary Etta CP, 3rd Plat., B Co, 1/35 Inf L. to R. – SFC Robert Freitas, Plat Sgt, PFC William Hoelle, RTO, LT Kelly, Plat Ldr. (Medic, Doc Martin, missing (off celebrating)
25 Dec 68 – Afternoon. Chaplain (Father [Capt.] Dystkowski setting up for Christmas Mass at 3rd Plat CP bunker. LZ Mary Etta
26 Dec 68 1400 hrs. LZ Mary Etta – from S. of perimeter. West half of perimeter. 3rd Plat Sector of perimeter (2nd of 4)
26 Dec 68 1400 hrs. LZ Mary Etta – taken from S. of perimeter, outside wire. Extreme left (West) side of perimeter, tree line begins at left, then cleared area, then wire, bunker at right (1st of 4)
26 Dec 68 1400 hrs. LZ Mary Etta – from S. of perimeter. Open structure with roof is mess hall: Co CP area to its left. (3rd of 4)
26 Dec 68 1400 hrs. LZ Mary Etta – from S. of perimeter (2nd Plat. Sector). Helicopter pad at extreme right, outside wire. Green belt at base of trees in rear is original height of brush (5-6 ft.). Foreground has been cleared (4th of 4)
26 Dec 68 1430 hrs. LZ Mary Etta – CH 47 (Chinook[Hook]) bringing in resupply (food & barbed wire). He will hover & lower the load onto the column of green smoke, then drop it. Dust storm caused by downdraft from rotors seen just starting at right. It will soon envelope entire helicopter, & bunker in the foreground
28 Dec 68 0920 hrs. CSF (Montagnard) Platoon at LZ Mary Etta – ready to move out on patrol
25 Dec 69 (?) Afternoon. LZ Mary Etta. Me & my Christmas Tree – CP bunker 3rd Plat. Probably taken after Christmas and mistakenly labeled 25 Dec
29 Dec 68 1800 hrs. LZ Mary Etta. Capt Tower aiming a 90mm M67 Recoilless Rifle, using canister to shoot at crows.
29 Dec 68 1800 hrs. LZ Mary Etta. Target practice with M72 Light Antitank Weapon (LAW). Capt. Tower firing
31 Dec 69 1600 hrs. Crossing 1st part of Se San – could wade, holding line against current, gear floated across on air mattress
1 Jan 69 0900 hrs. Upstream Se San river from near Night Lager of 1131 Dec – 1 Jan. One small branch of river.
1 Jan 69 0900 hrs. Downstream, on Se San. Men from 3rd Plat. On near bank. River wadeable to sandy shore, deepest channel is beyond, just in front of tree line in rear.
1 Jan 69 0900 hrs. Patrol on Se San river. Cleaning up before continuing. Across stream can be seen near part of large, flat island by tall trees in background (just in front of them) lies deep, swift main channel of river that stopped us. Stream in foreground is wadeable – chest deep. [LT Kelly]
1 Jan 69 0900 hrs. PFC Hoelle, 3rd platoon RTO – on patrol along Se San river.
1 Jan 69 Morning. Crossing back over first part of Se San – from South bank
1 Jan 69 Morning. From South bank of Se San, looking West to crossing site (100 meters down stream). SP/4 Malley pulling security in foreground
1 Jan 69 Afternoon. From South bank of Se San, looking East. RTO, FO Lt. Jim Jackson), & PSG (Sgt Freitas) in foreground.
1 Jan 69 Afternoon. From South bank of Se San, looking Northwest. Sgt Joe Farmer at left
2 Jan 69 0900 hrs. Se San at point where enemy bivouac site & fisherman’s camp was found. From South bank.
2 Jan 69 1130 hrs. Crossing stream at washing point for LZ Mary Etta
2 Jan 69 1200 hrs. LZ Mary Etta, seen from just outside wire in N.E. side – 2nd Plat. Area in front. Taken as 3rd Plat. returns from river. Open-sided structure in center is mess hall
6 Jan 69 1330 hrs. Part of perimeter of LZ Mary Ella – trench line connecting bunkers. 2nd Squad of 3rd Plat, looking N. toward3rd squad
7 Jan 69 0900 hrs. LZ Mary Etta – taken from a Huey taking off from LZ. 2nd Platoon area in foreground, 3rd Plat to left & rear
7 Jan 69 Morning. Looking SW from a Huey, somewhere between LZ Mary Etta & LZ Lanetta. Door gun in foreground.
7 Jan 69 Morning. Huey approaching Oasis – seen through front window. This is the one I took from LZ Mary Etta to come in for R&R. From Oasis I went by jeep to Camp Enari
6 Jan 69 (?) LZ Mary Etta. Photo toward 3rd Plat sector of perimeter. From near Co. CPB 1/35 Inf. 3rd Bde 4th Inf. Div. Photo of me standing at LZ Mary Etta
21-24 Jan 69 – LZ Cheryl Ann
21 Jan 69 1030 hrs. LZ Cheryl Ann – Company CP from 3rd Plat area./ Capt Tower
21-24 Jan 69 – LZ Cheryl Ann
22 Jan 69 1530 hrs. CP at play – Capt Tower (in hat), Lt. Coultas, SFC Riffle, SFC Banks playing cards