We all know that youtube.com is a wealth of information. Just about anything we want to learn or research is there, including a lot about Vietnam. Below are some videos that I found informative and interesting. From my own personal experience, I believe the videos included here are reasonably accurate. Enjoy and learn....
We were flying overhead during the battle of Ong Thanh. It was a very short encounter, but turned out to be an agonizing long day. We were there from the early afternoon until dark. There were still many American bodies not recovered until the following day. It was the worst disaster I remember for the 1st Infantry Division.
What I liked about this video is that it shows the typical fire fight in the infantry. Unlike what Hollywood likes to portray, most of the fights were like this. It's real and it's bad, but you don't usually see charging enemy soldiers coming at you. Most of the time you're shooting at bushes and tall grass.
I picked this video because it showed the excitement of flying and gives a good feel of firing the machine guns.
I loved the Huey and loved flying in them, and yet, I'm actually afraid of heights. I can't look over the edge of a tall building and not freak out. Flying just seemed to be different. Go figure....
More fun and games with helicopters. Remember to play nice. And it's not important if you win or loose, but how you play the game.
This video actually shows ME as door gunner. I was flying gunner for MG John Hay and on this day we were escorting Gen. Harold K. Johnson on an inspection tour of the 1st Infantry Division at DiAn South Vietnam. This was on August 03, 1967. I found this video originally on YouTube and later downloaded it from Archives.
More fun in the air with your favorite flying machine. Another mixture of gun ships and slicks. Sometimes gun ships escorted slicks and sometimes not. Nothing was standard.
I had to include this video. It's the airstrip at Lai Khe. The first pad they show on approach (before the cross road) is where our Longhorn and a few other Longhorns sat.
An excellent video on the Huey helicopter in the Vietnam war. Enjoy.
A tribute to the door gunner. I will be accepting praise and monetary compensation next Tuesday in front of the VFW.