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Fire_in_the_hole-1a.JPGDestroying enemy munitionsA cave with enemy munitions is loaded up with plenty of C-4 explosive.
Grunt_Club_-_2.JPGCacti Beer HallWell, you could say that it was "Miller Time", but the gang is all drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Cacti_Grunt_Club.JPGBeer HallWho knew? The Cacti battalion had their very own beer hall! Salud! (burp)
2Village_Firefight.JPGVillage FirefightDon says that this is the battle where Lt Dick Arnold of B/1/35 and his platoon were pinned down.
Fire_in_the_hole-1.JPGKa-blooey!The NCO is getting ready to blow this enemy stash to kingdom come!
Major_Punji_Trap.JPGPunji StakesOne of the nastiest booby traps in all of Vietnam was the punji stake trap. A hole in the ground was covered up to hide the sharply-pointed stakes pointing upward, usually with poison on the tips. The idea wasn't to kill US troops, but to take them out of the battle and to demoralize their comrades.
Grunt_Club_Ice.JPGGrunt Club Supply WagonNothing like taking a military trailer and putting it to better use! Here this trailer is loaded with ice to cover the Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.
Flag_is_Captured.JPGI got it!Every battle known to man is to capture the other guy's flag. Here it is!
DK-PFC.jpgYeah...I started out as a Private, but they demoted me to Lieutenant, Forward Observer, Field Artillery, and sent me to Nam.
Don_Kieth_-_2014.jpgHow?How did I get so old so fast??

Don attends a Veterans Day ceremony in Bartlett, TN on Nov 11, 2014. Truly, he is an image of "the old warrior".
Don_K_2015.JPGVeteran's Day, 2015Still standing tall 48 years after Vietnam.

Don-173d.JPG2016 Reunion of the 173dDon submits a photo of two beauties dressed in WWII uniforms while he is in his dress blues from two (2) tours in Vietnam. Isn't it amazing how the WWII veterans held up so much better than our Vietnam veteran?
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