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Grimaldo Urlich-Vivar`s pictures 101st Airborn Div.  His tour of duty was from, Dec.1st, 68 to Nov. 30th 69.  He was assigned to HHC 3/506th inf Bn . On January 30th 1969, (Tet )LZ betty was attacked by the 482nd Local Force VC Batallion and the 840 Main Force VC Bn.

Behind the messhall  after Tet 1969

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                                                    More damage from the tet 69 attack

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Co E`s area after the tet 69 attack

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                                    Accessing the damage

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West side green line by the  helipad a damaged 113

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                                 Tank recovery vehicle west side green line

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Civilian DC-3 crash no one was hurt

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                     Airplane crash near the LSA area

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         The right side radial engine was torn off its engine mounts

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                           Grimaldo commo platoon rto

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Co E`s mortar pit

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After recieving several direct hits during tet 69 S2,and S3 building`s where finally protected with ammo boxes filled with sand.  Sp4 Blevins & Grimaldo

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S2 and S3 building where not protected by sand bags during tet 69

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                        EcoCo motar pit before tet 69

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Sp4 Blevins

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                                                                                 Sgt Cox Sp4 Fisher

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Commo Platoon filling sand bags 1969

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Pfc Tulsa, Sp4 Peck & Sp4 Urlich                                                       

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East side looking northeast from one of the towers on the greenline

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                     Waiting tobe airlifted to begin CA

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Mortar platoon and fire support west side greenline

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                                                                                         Next

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Picture taken by H. Hummel B-Co 1st of the 50th.  Picture shows Le Hong Phong Forest.  The 400 foot wide path`s were cut by the 687th Engineer Co and the 3/506th 101st Abn.  The project was started on Aug 19th 1969.  It was done to deny the Vietcong cover and concealment.

Information provided by Jerald Berry &J. Alexander
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The following pictures are from Steve Greneveld. His MOS was 35K20 avionics tech with the 192nd AHC ( Polcat). His tour was from1 Nov 68 to 27 Oct 69.
He is probally best remembered for a boot leg radio station he ran on LZ Betty called LAGH ( Lets All Go Home ) on 100.0 MHZ. Most common phrase used " Lifers Suck ".
Steve says one night W03 Ralph ? disrupted the tranmission of the station. Within 15 minutes the CO of the 3/506th Col. Alves called complaining his men who had just returned from the field and who were writing letters home enjoyed the station and were pissed off because it went off the air.

Steve comparing an M-16 round to a 155 round.  Wonder which one will hurt the most.

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Steve`s hootch on the east side of LZ Betty

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 The transmitter, and reel to reel attached firmly to the wall.  The LAGH radio station operated on 100.0 MHZ depending on the weather.

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Monsoon rains filled the ditch outside Steve`s hootch.  he said the water was 5 feet deep.

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Stolen PA & E telephone pole was used for the antenna`s.  Some pilots said they could pick up the station over 50 miles away.

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 He got the music from the pilots who would do the ash and trash flights up to the larger bases and hit the PX`s there. The transmitter was jury rigged by one of his pilots.  it put out about 3 to 4 watts.

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Francis Heshler ran the radio station after Steve left.  It was kept operating up to about March of 1970.

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The 2 pictures below show the results of a 107mm rocket that took place on 06/06/69. One picture shows the mortally wounded 0-1 bird dog from the 183rd Rac.  The other shows a
hootch in the CO area that was hit killing Spc5 Francis L. Thompson acft electrician mos, 68F20,Sp4 Michael J. Evans mos 44E20 machinist, and Spec5 Melvin E. White mos 67N20 acft crew chief.

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