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Mike McDermott, Mr. (Mike McDermott) (1752) Mike McDermott Collection

 Collection

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A Document Welcoming Team 162 And Vietnamese Airborne Division
Item Number: 17520101001   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 145]

Item Creation Date: 01 February 1972

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 24 Aug 2006[Updated: 24 Aug 2006]
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Mike McDermott Collection (1752) Finding Aid
Item Number: 17520000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Approximately four linear feet of slides and documents donated to the archive by Mike McDermott. The documents include a manuscript written by Mike McDermott titled 'Welcome to Team 162 and the Vietnamese Airborne Division' documents McDermott's service in Vietnam in 1972, including his role in the Battle of An Loc during the Easter Offensive. The slides show major cities like Hue and Saigon, military equipment like various models of helicopter, artillery pieces and weapons, aerial photographs of Vietnam, images of Camp Eagle, patrolling in the jungle, a Christmas mass service, medcap missions, montagnards, and various cities visited by McDermott during his R&R. The slides date from 1967 through 1972.

Added: 25 Apr 2006[Updated: 16 May 2017]
Slide
Item Number: VAS083269   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Aircraft and Montagnards"

A Martin B-57 Canberra twinjet tactical bomber rests upon an airstrip in Vietnam, quite possibly at Phanh Rhang. The B-57 was an older model light bomber initially entering service in the early 1950's but was used extensively in Vietnam to provide air support to

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 07 Feb 2017[Updated: 07 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083270   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Aircraft and Montagnards"

An Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II parked at Da Nang. Note the camouflage paint scheme and the twin jet engine intakes along the aircraft's fuselage. The F-4 was a major airborne weapon system used by the Air Force, Marines and Navy during the war and

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 07 Feb 2017[Updated: 07 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083271   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Aircraft and Montagnards"

Two McDonnell F-101 Voodoos rest betwen missions at an airfield somewhere in Vietnam. The F-101 was a multi-use aircraft which initially entered service in the 1950's as a long range bomber escort but it was remodeled extensively as required to eventually include

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 07 Feb 2017[Updated: 07 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083272   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Aircraft and Montagnards"

An F-101 Voodoo taxis towards the runway prior to a mission at what appears to be Da Nang Airbase (note the walled revetments and close proximity of mountains). Photograph is taken from the interior of another aircraft in which Colonel McDermott (then Lieutenant or

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 07 Feb 2017[Updated: 07 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083328   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

Destruction litters the landscape of Saigon during the aftermath of the Tet Offensive, 1968. Note the burned out section of the city at the photograph's center giving evidence to the city's easily burned, temporary construction as the recent fires

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Item Creation Date: 1968

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 09 Feb 2017[Updated: 09 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083329   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

Destruction caused by the Tet Offensive plagued the cityscape months after the intensity of the fighting ebbed. Note the enormous shell holes in the walls of the buildings and the obliterated concrete facades. The road has been cleaned and swept in

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Item Creation Date: 1968

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 09 Feb 2017[Updated: 09 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083276   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Aircraft and Montagnards"

With landing gear down the F-105 Thunderchief makes its final approach. Note the sharp angle of the aircraft's tail and the engine exhaust extending directly underneath the fuselage.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 07 Feb 2017[Updated: 07 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083331   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

The "Thropy Room" at Camp Eagle, Vietnam, 1968. Camp Eagle was home to the 101st Airborne Division from March, 1968 until it departed Vietnam in late 1971. Camp Eagle was located south of Hue near the South China Sea.

The vehicles pictured

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Item Creation Date: 1968

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 09 Feb 2017[Updated: 09 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083370   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

The angelic laughter of a small girl transcends the violence of war. This anonymous picture seems to highlight the contradiction of the Vietnam War as the lofty aims and purposes of the conflict debated by the upper echelons of the military and

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 10 Feb 2017[Updated: 10 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083333   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

More trucks aligned for display at Camp Eagle, Vietnam. These discarded vehicles were captured along the Ho Chi Minh Trail and brought to Camp Eagle for display. Note the officer's car at center and the distinctly foreign appearance of the

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Item Creation Date: 1968

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 09 Feb 2017[Updated: 09 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083372   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

Two young boys enjoy the cool waters of the South Vietnam coastline.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 10 Feb 2017[Updated: 10 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083281   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Aircraft and Montagnards"

Twin parachutes assist in the arresting of the two aircraft as they land at Bien Hoa Airbase.

Note the parachutes extending from the rear of the aircraft as they slow after landing at Bien Hoa.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 07 Feb 2017[Updated: 07 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083282   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Aircraft and Montagnards"

The two jets disappear in the far distance of the runway at Bien Hoa Airbase.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 07 Feb 2017[Updated: 07 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083283   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Aircraft and Montagnards"

Photograph showing a Northtrop F-5 Freedom Fighter as it banks over Bien Hoa Airbase just prior to making its final approach for landing.

The F-105 was initially designed as a supersonic light fighter in the later 1950's but it was soon replaced by the more

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 07 Feb 2017[Updated: 07 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083376   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

"The Little Angel of Vietnam" appears in the next three slides. The unmistakable beauty of childhood innocence is revealed in the face and eyes of this young girl as she assumes a disinterested and perhaps slightly bored gaze while she poses for

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 10 Feb 2017[Updated: 10 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083285   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Aircraft and Montagnards"

A decent profile of the F-105 illustrating its sharp design and needle-like aerodynamics.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 07 Feb 2017[Updated: 07 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083378   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

Obviously trying to signal that the photo session has ended our little angel sits down and waits for the attention to dissipate.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 10 Feb 2017[Updated: 10 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083379   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

Two young Montagnard girls pose for the camera at a refugee camp near an American base in Vietnam.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 10 Feb 2017[Updated: 10 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083289   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Airfield and Montagnards"

Touchdown.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 07 Feb 2017[Updated: 07 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083342   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

Lieutenant McDermott holds a captured North Vietnamese weapon while other members of the company sort through additional pieces of captured equipment.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 09 Feb 2017[Updated: 09 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083382   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

The natural toughness and pure human athleticism is evidenced in the images of these two Montagnard girls as they wander near their new home at a refugee camp near Hue.

Montagnards were an indigenous people who lived a slightly nomadic,

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Item Creation Date: 1969

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 10 Feb 2017[Updated: 10 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083383   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

Two more beautiful Montagnard children strut before the camera. Note the wonderful innocent smile of the child on the left and the pure athleticism of the young girl on the right. This athleticism was mentioned by Colonel McDermott as being

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Item Creation Date: 1969

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 10 Feb 2017[Updated: 10 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083345   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

The ancient city of Hue (in the distance) is seen from above looking South to North across the Perfume River in 1969. Note the villages lining the canal at lower half of the image and the island.

Item Creation Date: 1969

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 09 Feb 2017[Updated: 09 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083346   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

The city of Hue in the distance in 1969. Note the flooded rice paddies at lower-left and the arcing bend of the Perfume River as it cuts through the image.

Item Creation Date: 1969

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 09 Feb 2017[Updated: 09 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083347   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

Smoke from an airstrike rises in the distance as the OH-1 Birddog spotter plane banks above a canal over South Vietnam. Note the bamboo and thorn property boundaries along the canal and the sharp rise of the mountains in the distance.

Item Creation Date: 1969

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 09 Feb 2017[Updated: 09 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083296   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Aircraft and Montagnards"

The OV-10 Bronco prepares to land. Note the large windows of the forward cockpit which provided great visibility to the pilot and the unique twin tail design.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 08 Feb 2017[Updated: 08 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083387   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

The mountainous region west of Hue is pockmarked with shell holes from recent artillery and airstrikes. After the Tet Offensive of January, 1968 the 101st Airborne Division was tasked with moving west from the coastal region deep into the mountains as they

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083388   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

A mountain river slowly winds it way through a valley west of Hue. Note the difficult terrain through which the paratroopers operated. The all day hiking through exceptionally challenging topography was a slow and difficult job filled with danger and tension.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083351   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

The winter monsoons have flooded the coastal plain and submerged the rice paddies.

Item Creation Date: 1969

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 09 Feb 2017[Updated: 09 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083390   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

A mountaintop firebase can be seen in the distance as the 101st conducts operations west of Hue after the Tet Offensive of 1968. Firebases utilized hilltops which were cleared by engineers and then arranged to accommodate artillery which was capable of

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083391   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

A wider view of the same hilltop firebase. Note the rise in elevation and the thick jungle cover which impeded the infantry units. Heat, insects, snakes, exhaustion and other elements proved almost as dangerous as the watchful North Vietnamese Army who

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083392   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

The jungle cover has been cleared from a hilltop in order to provide unobstructed views for the American unit at an anonymous firebase west of Hue in 1968.

Item Creation Date: 1968

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083302   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Aircraft and Montagnards"

A Montagnard man carries an enormous hand-woven basket on his back and a child on his front as he makes his way past several American paratroopers. Also note the primitive tool he is carrying. Colonel McDermott displayed an obvious affinity for these people and a

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 08 Feb 2017[Updated: 08 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083394   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastline"

The dark afternoon light obscures the jungle as the 101st moves west in 1968.

Item Creation Date: 1968

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083395   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

Another example of the thick jungle blanketing South Vietnam and the endless expanse of greenery through which the 101st Airborne Division was forced to march as they attempted to meet and destroy the North Vietnamese Army.

Item Creation Date: 1968

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083396   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

A populated valley stretches into the horizon.

Item Creation Date: 1968

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083305   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Casualties, Captured Weapons, and Children"

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A Huey helicopter full of "walking wounded" casualties is unloaded at the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry helicopter pad at Camp Eagle, South

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Item Creation Date: 1968

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 08 Feb 2017[Updated: 08 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083399   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastline"

A section of the Ho Chi Minh Trail has been bombed and defoliated as it snakes through the once-thick jungle. Note the winding trail and the large shell holes which testify to the tactical importance of the target area. The jungle here has been defoliated with

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083400   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

Another view of the damage caused by the defoliant "Agent Orange" and its impact upon the jungle.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083401   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

The jungle duty of the infantryman in Vietnam gave the paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division long weeks of harsh repetitiveness with little respite from the heat, enemy or stress of war. Upon the completion of an operation the field units were extracted

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083402   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

A conical peak rises above the jungle floor as a lazy river slowly drains from the mountains. Note the solid wall of thick jungle which extends right up to the river's edge.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083403   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

Vietnam's beauty shines beyond the violence of war in this image of mountains reflecting from the surface of an anonymous lake. Note the apparent trail following the shoreline and although none are seen here, American paratroopers are strung along the line as

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083404   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

The ever-vigilant eyes of a Huey M-60 Door Gunner scans the ground below as the South China Sea blurs into the horizon and gentle rivers flow towards the coastline. Note the flat topography and the increase in population as the jungle gives way to the coastal

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083405   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

Turning westward the low piedmont region gives way to the rising mountains of the jungle interior as an M-60 machine gunner keeps the watch.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083406   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

A river slowly retreats into the hazy distance as the 101st Airborne hitches a ride into the jungles of Vietnam. Note the canvas bag or "brass catcher" attached to the machine gun which was used to capture spent shell casings before they could be sucked into

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083407   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

Bomb splatter remnants litter the ground as the helicopter races over the landscape.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083408   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

A rubber plantation seen from the air along the right side of the highway that bisects the image. Note too the protected village nearby which relied upon the important raw material.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]
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Item Number: VAS083409   (Click For More Item Information)
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"Vietnam Scenery and Coastlines"

An old French fort from the days of Vietnam's colonial era under French rule. Note the well travelled highway cutting through the image and the triangular defensive positioning of the fort itself.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Mike McDermott Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 13 Feb 2017]