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Vietnam Resupply-1st Bn, 50 Inf.
Troops of Co C, 1st Bn (Mech), 50th Inf, 1st Cav Div (Airmobile) unload from CH-47 helicopter at Landing Zone Quick to begin a search and destroy mission in the Cay Giep Mountains, 29-30 Oct 1967.
File size: 69K. Official U.S. Army photo.

Vietnam Firefight-1st Bn 50 Inf
Armored personnel carriers of Charlie Company, 1st Bn (Mech), 50th Inf, reel off Highway 1 southwest of LZ Uplift to return sniper fire from the vicinity of Loc Son.
File size: 8K

Charlie Company APCs on Beach
Armored personnel carriers of Company C, 1st Bn (Mech), 50th Infantry laager on the beach as the unit takes a break from routine combat operations.
File size: 40K

Everything is Going Swimmingly
Armored personnel carriers of Charlie Company, 1st Bn (Mech), 50th Inf, negotiate difficult terrain in the Bong Son Plains.
File size: 23K

Life just didn't get better than this!
.A hot meal in the field wasn't an everyday occurrence.
File size: 72K. Photo courtesy of Bill Moore.

 

Saddle up.
The end of one mission often meant the beginning of another.
File size: 74K. Photo courtesy of Bill Moore.

Charlie Company at LZ Betty
LT Carlow and SSG William Koch of Company C , 1st Bn (Mech), 50th Infantry at LZ Betty, Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan Province in January 1970.
File size: 125K . Photo by Sam Bennett.

The crew of #1 Boom-Boom!
Members of first Platoon, on APC named #1 Boom-Boom. Sitting from right to left are Sam Bennett, Don Brandon, Don Dover and Don Stubbs. Standing in the middle is Don Lemons. Far back is Doc Keiter
File size: 145K. Photo by Sam Bennett.

Indie Sam & the Temple of Rice
Sam Bennett and SSG Koch pose with captured vase from bunker searched by Sam during a C Co. operation in the mountains in early 1970. The vase was filled with enemy rice, a C Co. specialty. On one operation, we found as much as during the 1970 Cambodia incursion.
File size: 136K. Photo by Sam Bennett.

Fitting out a new track
SP5 George Haynes, a Radio Mechanic in Company C, 1st Bn (Mech), 50th Infantry in Phan Thiet, pauses while fitting out commo equipment on replacement M113A1 No. 12FV94 . Also....same APC in 1971...last Americans out of Khe Sanh!
File size: 85K. Photos by George Haynes and Mike Boatwright.

George Haynes with AK47
Somewhere in the bush, 31B Haynes rigs an antenna on an AK-47. As Charlie 6, a LTC once asked how good our maintenance team was at a time we were using three tracks regs would have made combat losses. My answer needed no words.
File size: 91K. Photo by George Haynes.

Company Attention!!!
Company C (minus), 1st Bn (Mech), 50th Infantry in formation at LZ Betty, Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan Province in early May 1970.
File size: 32K

Charlie Company at LZ Betty
Company C (minus), 1st Bn (Mech), 50th Infantry forming up at LZ Betty, Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan Province in early May 1970.
File size: 68K

A fishing expedition in Nam
In early 1970, ARVNs OPCON to C Company in Binh Thuan Province augmented their rations with little fish to cook in their rice, much to the amusement of Charlie Company's battle-hardened soldiers. .
File size: 61K. Photo by Sam Bennett.

On patrol in an APC in 1970
Company C (minus), 1st Bn (Mech), 50th Infantry tracks (armored personnel carriers) in the bush operating in Binh Thuan Province in early 1970.
File size: 113K. Photo by Sam Bennett.

A daily hump in Vietnam
Stars and Stripes photograph taken of Charlie Company, 1/50(M) on a routine mission in early 1970 in Binh Thuan Province. .
File size: 85K. Photo by Sam Bennett.

No Bull!
APC C-21 festooned with the skull of of a water buffalo found by Company C troops in the field while operating in Binh Thuan Province.
File size: 69K. Photo by Billy Mims.

Getting ready to go out again!
APC driver Billy Mims pauses while reloading C Company APC C-21 before yet another patrol in Binh Thuan Province. .
File size: 63K. Photo by Billy Mims.

Setting up a daylight ambush.
Sam Bennett of Company C , 1/50(M) is photographed by a Stars and Stripes reporter in the field setting up a daylight ambush in early 1970.
File size: 66K. Photo by Sam Bennett.

Waiting for birds.
Charlie Company troops ready to go out on yet another combat assault, once the helicopters arrive. SGT Gary Cokley of Pasco WN (back to the camera) was the battalion's last KIA when hit by small arms fire on 2 November 1970. .
File size: 64K. Photo by Sam Bennett.

Duty on Whiskey Mountain
Art Borr of Charlie Company on duty at Whiskey Mountain in January 1970, manning M73 machine gun, developed for use as the standard M60A1 tank coaxial machine gun.
File size: 38K. Photo by Art Borr

Here we go again!
Charlie Company, 1/50(M) takes off on yet another combat assault in 1970 in Binh Thuan Province. It was just another 4% of an Air Medal. .
File size: 51K. Photo by Sam Bennett.

A rare stand-down in LZ Betty
Smiling for the camera in 1970 (left to right ) are Robert Mason, Pete Sparling, Hi (Kit Carson scout), Art Borr, Nam ( Kit Carson scout) and Roger Agee (APC driver of "Wild Thing"). Company C pretty much lived in the field, so the rear was R&R most times.
File size: 68K. Photo by Sam Bennett.

Fire and maneuver!
Sam Bennett rides behind one of the M60 machine guns on Charlie Company's APC "No. 1 Boom-Boom" in scenic Binh Thuan Province. .
File size: 61K. Photo by Sam Bennett.

Taking a break in place!
Starts & Stripes photographer accompanying Charlie Company in the field in 1970 catches Sam Bennett and his M60 companion in a rare unguarded moment.
File size: 118K. Photo by Sam Bennett.

 

 
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