By John Culbertson
"Morning was once consistently a welcome sight to us. It intended issues. the 1st used to be that we have been nonetheless alive. . . ."
In 1967, demise was once the consistent significant other of the Marines of resort corporation, 2/5, as they patrolled the paddy dikes, dust, and mountains of the Arizona Territory southwest of Da Nang. yet John Culbertson and many of the remainder of lodge corporation have been an identical lean, battling Marines who had survived the carnage of Operation Tuscaloosa. Hotel's grunts walked over the enemy, no longer round him.
In photo phrases, John Culbertson describes the day-by-day, risky lifetime of a soldier struggling with in a rustic the place the enemy was once usually indistinguishable from the allies, fought tenaciously, and proposal not anything of utilizing civilians as a guard. even though he was once one of many best marksmen in 1st Marine department Sniper university in Da Nang in March 1967--a type of simply eighteen, selected from the division's twenty thousand Marines--Culbertson knew that opposed to the VC and the NVA, sturdy education and adventure may hold you simply to this point. yet his company's undertaking was once to discover and have interaction the enemy, regardless of the expense. This riveting, bloody first-person account bargains a stark testimony to the stuff U.S. Marines are made from.
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Piloted by Dick Dutson (pictured). Name might have been the call sign of the aircraft commander. DICK DUTSON RITA ANN. UH-1H, 67-17725. 117th Assault Helicopter Company. Long Binh, 1969. Piloted by Mike Deady AC. Accrued 1,835 flight hours, serving all its time in the 117th. GRANT CURTIS RAT FINK. UH-1D. 121st Assault Helicopter Company. Soc Trang, 1967. Crewed by Jerry McBee CE. Name and artwork inspired by the iconic logo by famous funny car artist Ed Roth. GARY DOWLER STRANGE DAZE. UH-1H, 67-17304.
271st Assault Support Helicopter Company. Can Tho, 1970. Crewed by Craig Markovich FE. Name derived from the Marvel comics superhero. Artwork by Rick Ferrell. Served from March 1968 to June 1971, accumulating 2,042 flight hours, serving in the 271st from January 1969 to June 1971, when it crashed short of the runway and sustained serious structural damage. CRAIG MARKOVICH CAPTAIN AMERICA. CH-47B, 67-18462. 271st Assault Support Helicopter Company. Can Tho, 1970. Craig Markovich FE (pictured) finishes up a paint job on the rear pylon of his assigned Chinook.
Murphy DG. Named after the mascot of Fritos Corn Chips. Accrued 1,418 flight hours from March 1968 to August 1970, with a stint in the 116th from April to August 1970. Loss to inventory on August 7, 1970. JUAN GARCIA THUMPER. UH-1D, 64-13583. 117th Assault Helicopter Company. III Corps, 1966. Crewed by Dennis Wood CE (pictured). Named after Wood’s girlfriend and future wife. Accrued 2,268 flight hours from 1965 through November 1967 before it was loss to inventory on December 3, 1967. DENNIS WOOD LADY LUCK.