The Mighty Ninth

Strive To Reach The Summit

Last additions - Bert G. Landau
Bert_Boy.jpgThe Innocents of WarI took this photo on the docks at Da Nang. The little boy is standing on artificial legs...and smiling.

This was on my 2nd tour in Vietnam.
Oct 18, 2020
Ku_Award.jpgThe Coveted "Ku" AwardEd Thomas takes possession of the "Ku Award", formerly held by Bert, presented at the 35th Inf Regt Assn reunion at Northbrook, Il. September, 2014. Presentation made by Jerry Walling of C-1-35.Sep 27, 2014
BertBeach.JPGOn The BeachMy failing memory suggests that this was before we went into the mountains [and carnage] west of Tam Ky, so we were still relatively 'unbloodied' except for a few scrapes. Maybe October, 67? For a day or two, I think we were kind of pinned in with the sea at our back, on a white sand beach that was very easily defended. Choppers brought is food and mail and flew in from the sea instead of over land for the 2-3 days were were there. Even night was fairly safe since we had nearly a full moon, clear skies and anything that moved was pretty easily spotted in the white sand. Does any of that sound familiar?
(Bert watches intently as a "local" is giving information. Note his typically discarded helmet appears in the rear; could never get one that fit. )
Dec 27, 2010
Charlie_Co,_1_35th.jpgFO's TeamKneeling, Front: Lt Bert Landau; Lt Tony Bloemhard (KIA) by friendly fire returning from a recon mission.
Back Row: Co 1SG Antonio Cartagena, "C" Co commander, Capt Dave Collins, and Lt Joel Matusek, KIA. The story of Lt Matusek is provided under Bert's "Tour of Duty" link.
Mar 03, 2009
Okerstrom-Malnar.jpgMap StrategyIncoming RTO, PFC Laurel "Lee" Okerstrom, and outgoing RTO PFC Greg Malnar, do a little map recon. Got to know the lay of the land!Feb 22, 2009
OpnCtr2.jpgThe Operations CenterDesks? Tables? Chairs? What is all this stuff?Feb 21, 2009
Mountains_near_Hoi_An.jpgOutside the FDC CONEXSame photo, but includes UNK SSG and Lt Wayne D. George, the FDO, with Bert Landau at far left. Bert has a natural tendency to lean on something!Feb 21, 2009
Landau-Collins.jpgHappy Reunion!You can't beat this! A reunion with your old Infantry boss (Dave Collins), sharing a smile and a drink. We can laugh now...thank goodness!Feb 21, 2009
BG-1.jpgMail Call"This letter says 'Don't Come Home'....nope! Just kidding!"
"Mail Call" in the field was the greatest morale factor in all of Vietnam.
Feb 21, 2009
Bert-Gun2.jpgSapper attack @ LZ IncomingOne less cannon on the books.Feb 21, 2009
Bert-Gun1.jpgSapper attack @ LZ IncomingA fine example of a weak maintenance program...not!
Sappers do their damage.
Feb 21, 2009
Bert-FO.jpgOutside the bunker at Hoi AnLots of sandbags keep you safe. The "Steve Allen" optical frames were standard military issue back then. But...the helmets weren't! Suckers wouldn't stay on my head.Feb 21, 2009
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