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The  1st of the 50th mech. Infantry arrives at LZ Betty, in 1969

Picture of Batallion hill.  Taken in1969 by SP5 Wayne Earley. Wayne was assigned to 55th MID 1st FFV Task Force South and took this shot at the beginning of one of his missions.  His tour of duty was from Sept. 69 to Oct. 1970 

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Spc5 Wayne Earley, picture By Paul Gluchowski

Pictures from Harvey Hummel B-Co 7/69 to 7/70

LT Carter B-Co 1st of the 50th

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                                               Harvey`s track 331 getting some PM

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Monsoons are coming

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                      Jim Mezza KIA on feb. 13th ( Friday the 13th ) 1970 

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Murphy, Sarge, and Hummel

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B-Co comanders APC, Capt. Bob Camors track, Larry Evans in the TC hatch. I believe thats Murphy who has the towel arround his neck.

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To beef up protection metal runway pieces are welded on the side

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                                                                                       DOC on the right.

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Harvey Hummel on the left, Jim Sluzas on the right. This was before we moved up to the quansit hut hootches.

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Tranco B-Co`s Kitcarson scout

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     What a mess ! Just completed the move south to LZ Betty.

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                         Harvey and Crash B-Co`s mascot early in 1970

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Crash eventually passed away in late summer 1970 when the 113 he was sleeping under accidently backed over him

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                                                                               Early am in the field

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Harvey B-Co motor pool, stand down

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                                              Harvey over by D-co area west side

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Truck wash

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                                      SSG Mac batallion ammo section ncoic

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Tower 7 and the west side green line

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                                                 2nd of the 1st cav west green line

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Jim Sluzas shortly after the move down to LZ Betty.

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                                                                                   B-Co area 1969

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Harvey and Sgt Stamper

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Ssgt Darwin Scott Stamper , Scotty. His 2nd tour in Nam was with the Big Red One. His third tour was with the 1st of the 50th.

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Harvey and Frag

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                                                                                          Got parts ?

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Carl Green and Dan Nailer

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                                                                                 Harvey and Max

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Max

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Harvey D-Co area on the west side.  Just before he derosed back to the states in July.

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Returning from a combat assault, this is just out side LZ Betty

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                                                                                Awards ceremony

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Billy Sowell ammo section D-Co

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                                                            Sky Crane heavy lift helicopter

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South Side ( Jim Sluzas ) and Sgt Zapata

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                                                                                         Doc

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    Bad guy !

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                                                                      Setting up for the night

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Murphy, day or night I never saw him with his sunglasses off

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Murphies APC kicking up some sand as he moves into position.

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Le Hong Phong Forest,  Picture taken  at the beginning of a C/A.  The 440 foot wide path`s were cut by the 687th Engineer co. and 3/506th(101st Abn) provided security

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Pictures by Don Rainwater APC mechanic assigned to B-Co 1st of the 50th mechanized inf. 1969 t0 1970

Don on one of the track recovery vehicles

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Don took this picture on his approach to his new home part of the move south

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      3 new concrete bunkers added on east side greenline 1970

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   Looking sout down the east side greenline from the ocean

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Waiting for the track recovery vehicle to pull them to dry land Johny " the Mole " Williams in the drivers hatch.

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Monsoons, mechanics hootches

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                                                                    Monsoons summer 1970

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Crossing a rice paddy dyke during the dry season

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                                                                 Don`s short timers calender

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Tiger killed about 25 clicks away from Betty, approximately the 3rd week in May.  The tiger tripped a mechanical ambush.

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East side greenline from the ocean

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                                                                       Its not sappose to sink !

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  Combat assault, as seen from the back of the mechanics hootches, also seen are the 3 rows of grunt tents

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Company Area as seen looking out from the runway side of the mechanics hootches

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                                                              175 self-propelled howitzer

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Melvin Wadleigh, back to camera, directs pulling a duster out of the river

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Company area east side green line

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                     Em club, conex`s, mess hall and the first aid station

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                                                                                 Melvins RTV

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Don (center) with friends out behind his hootch

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Another ariel shot of LZ Betty taken in the fall of 69.

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Don`s hotch.  Down time for the mechanics. 

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The following pictures where taken by Steve Vlossak
who was assigned to the 630MP Co at LZ Betty.  Steve
tour of duty was from July 26th 1969 to July 26 1970.

  Steve`s E-M Club ID from Cam Rahn Bay. I dont think this is valid anymore !

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Steve Vlossak on the left with Jeff Sartell , spring 1970.

Picture provided by Tom Belkola
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Signal company area near 630MP co

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                                POW camp located down by the fuel bladders

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Looking out toward the grave yard from the 630mp Co. area

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                                                               Leaving the 630mp Co area

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Storage area on the beach just above the fuel storage tanks

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                                                         LST piers and fuel storage area

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Main runway and west side greenline

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Nice arial photo of the entrance arch, 630th Mp co area, North end of the LZ

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Base chapel on the left in the back ground smoke from an airstrike

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                                                                                            Steve`s turn, 

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ARVN compound on the left, MP check point center, and the engineers on the right

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                                                                                        MP check point

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Tom Belkola 630mp Co, Phan Thiet Village

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Whiskey Mountain search light. On the lower right you can see some ilumination flares.

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The following pictures are from Tom Belkola, he served with the 630 MP Co at LZ Betty from 69 to 70

Brian and Brent Tobin, twins who enlisted together.

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These pictures are from Dam M. Linn C-Co 3rd Bn (Airmoble) 506th Inf ( Currahee) 101st Abn Div.  He landed on Lz Betty in a C-130 on Nov. 25th 1969 and stayed for 6 days. He left in a C-7 Caribu. He was enroute to Camp Coryell In Ban Me Thout. He was medivacked on 18 Jan 1970

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The following pictures are from Gus A. Allbritton.  He was assigned to C-Co under Sgt Zapata from March 69 until Feb. 1970.  In Feb. 1970 he was assigned to HHC under Major Burleson until May .  He was wounded twice during the attack on LZ Betty on 3 May 1970.

Chinook crash

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Sunrise over the South China Sea from the east side greenline

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Gus C-Co area August 69

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                             From the May issue of Pacific Stars and Stripes

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               Looking south down the eastside toward Vung Tao

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         L to R, Crawford, Russo, Mansel (Red), Lanston, an Isreal

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Co area 69, GI ?

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Gus resting during a 4 hour boat trip on his way back to LZ Betty.   Members of the 1st of the 50th and a combined force of Vietnamese units both RF and PF lead an assault into Le Hong Phong Forest

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