After less than three weeks in Vietnam, a CH-46 Sea Knight came
up to Signal Hill and whisked us away for a short operation south
of Stud. Where ever it was that we were going in the bush, it was
by Sea Knight. Few Marines in the northern I Corps traveled by
Huey helicopter -- those were for the Army. We had these tough old
twin-blade choppers that were built like a tank and could haul a
full squad of grunts.
This photo was taken looking west toward the Laotian border.
Once while traveling in a CH-46, the side gunner came over
to me and tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Don't I know
you?" I shrugged my shoulders and pointed to his helmet and
visor -- hell it could have been Darth Vader for all I knew. He
laughed and pulled it up. It was Larry Grant, a boot camp buddy of
mine. It was good to see a familiar face... (Please see
photo No. 7.)