Vietnam Tour of Duty Photographs by Stanley Hall


A collection of photographs by Stanley "Doc" Hall (a Corpsman in Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines) taken during his tour of duty in the Vietnam War (around April 1967).

Photographs © 1967-2019 Stanley Hall; published with permission as compliments to The Cage, an in-progress book project.

Document last modified: December 18, 2018

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Stanley "Doc" Hall

Corpsman for Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines

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Door Gunner's M60

Inbound from a helicopter ship on a mission over the South China Sea.

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UH-34 Approach

UH-34 making approach to a ridge to unload supplies.

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Mike Boats 1

Marines aboard LCM-8 "Mike Boats".

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Mike Boats 2

Marines aboard LCM-8 "Mike Boats".

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LST-649

"Landing Ship, Tank (LST), or tank landing ship, supported amphibious operations by carrying tanks, vehicles, cargo, and landing troops directly onto shore. The bow had a large door that would open with a ramp for unloading the vehicles. The LST had a special flat keel that allowed the ship to be beached and stay upright. The twin propellers and rudders had protection from grounding." - Wikipedia, Sep. 2018

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UH-34 Supply Run
UH-34 Supply Run

UH-34 bringing in supplies with a sling-load. The sling-load allows the Uh-34 to drop supplies without having to land.

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Waiting for a Lift
Waiting for a Lift

Marines waiting for transport on the UH-34s. This may have been during Operation Beaver Cage; but I can't be sure.

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Hovering in I-Corps
Hovering in I-Corps

A Marine UH-34 somewhere in I-Corps, where South Vietnam meets North Vietnam at the DMZ.

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South China Sea
South China Sea

Probably an inlet of the South China Sea. They had some beautiful white-sand beaches in Vietnam.

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LPD
USS Duluth (LPD-6)

The ship in the background is an LPD (Landing Platform Dock), the USS Duluth (LPD-6). I think they now call those "LPH"), but back then it was called an LPD. They lower the gate, flood the well deck and either the Mike Boats or Amtraks can be released. Above there is space for chopper landing.

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Sunset in the Nam
Sunset in the Nam

Sunset over Vietnam behind trees that have been stripped bare. Agent Orange?

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River
River

A river near Dong Ha.

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Shootin' the Breeze
Shootin' the Breeze

Men around the boat talking.

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Sandy Terrain
Sandy Terrain

Sandy terrain with mountains in the background. It was flat like that all the way back to those mountains. Pretty typical of South Vietnam until you got down further south to all the swampy waterways and such.

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Platoon Command Group
Platoon Command Group

Standing: Lieutenant Berkheiser (I think). Laying on the rubber mat: Staff Sergeant Amos. Other two: unknown. This is probably the Platoon command group. Precise location unknown.

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South China Sea
South China Sea

South China Sea with mountains in the distance.

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Offshore
Offshore

In between operations, up and down the coast of I-Corps in the South China Sea.

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LPD?
LPD?

Probably the LPD.

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Cleaning .45
Cleaning .45

James (Jim) Haight cleans his .45 caliber pistol on ship. At Camp Schwab in Okinawa, when they turned in their M14s for the M16s, Jim didn’t want "that piece of junk," so he opted out for the 45. Being a Battalion radio operator, his main job was to keep comms. up and his head down. When humping in country, he carried extra M16 ammo along with his radio and extra batteries.

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Amtraks on the Move
Amtraks on the Move

Amtraks moving inland (more than likely). Ocean may be behind the scrub-line (no tracks in the foreground).

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Bomb Crater?
Bomb Crater? 1

Probably a bomb crater.

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Bomb Crater?
Bomb Crater? 2

Another shot of what could be a bomb crater.

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Sergeant Shaving
Sergeant Shaving

I think Sergeant Turner, the supply Sergeant for the platoon.

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Maybe LPD
Maybe LPD

Maybe LPD (Landing Platform/Dock).

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The Helmet that Saved Me
The Helmet that Saved Me

At right: Me - Corpsman, Stanley Hall. Other: unknown. Notice the dent on the helmet? Yeah - that's from a bullet.

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Chopper Down
Chopper Down

We were on a company-sized patrol North of Da Nang near the ocean. Engineers had cleared a landing spot. The helo was coming in to a ridge and, while the chopper was about ten feet from ground, the rear tail hit a stump and flipped him nose down on the side. She went 40 or 50 yards. Flying debris. Nobody was hurt.

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Ship at Sea
Ship at Sea

In the waters surrounding the Republic of Vietnam.

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In the Bush
In the Bush

A hillside in the jungles of Vietnam (same time frame as that chopper crash).

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South China Sea
South China Sea

Another shot of the South China Sea. Barring the circumstances, it was beautiful country.

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Just Another Hill
Just Another Hill

A small hillside in the country. Hills were named by number according to their height.

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On Patrol at Dusk
On Patrol at Dusk

On patrol - putting down for the evening.

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Stan and the Sea
Stan and the Sea

Corpsman, Stanley Hall on a hill near the South China Sea.

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River
River

Probably just a Mike boat on the river.

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South China Sea
South China Sea

Another shot of the South China Sea

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Church Steeple
Church Steeple

Church steeple in sandy, beach area. Precise location unknown.

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Break
Break

At left, sitting: Berkheiser. Center: Staff Sgt. Amos. Other two: unknown.

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Marine Sitting
Marine Sitting

Marine (unidentified) rests with what looks like ocean or inlet in background.

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Supply Ship 1
Supply Ship 1

Probably a supply ship

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Supply Ship 2
Supply Ship 2

Probably a supply ship

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Huddle
Huddle

Marines huddle around a task; maybe map reading. At right: Corporal Hebsch (fire team leader); not 100% sure. Others: unidentified.

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C Rat Resupply
C Rat Resupply

Resupply of C rations. At left: Lt. Berkheiser (pretty sure); others: unidentified. I was told we had C rats that were left over from the Korean War. I liked the pound cake and fruit cocktail. Hot sauce would cure a lot of ills.

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Brothers
Brothers

51 years later, I have trouble remembering some of the names. Is that Stanley Wilson? I can't be sure. Others: unidentified.

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Marines in the Bush
Marines in the Bush

Individuals unidentified.

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Valley
Valley

Overlooking a valley.

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Chopper Down 2
Chopper Down 2

Another shot of the downed chopper.

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Ocean and Inlet
Ocean and Inlet

Arial view of an inlet with the South China Sea in the background.

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Huey
Huey

Huey with rocket pods. Not sure if it's a Marine chopper or Army; I suspect it's Marine.

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Hooch
Hooch

Sitting at left: Staff Sgt Amos, standing next: Lt Berkheiser, other 3: unidentified.

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CH-47 Transporting Jeep
CH-47 Transporting Jeep

CH-47 twin rotor / Sea Knight transporting a Jeep. This is a Navy / Marine version. The Army had a similar version. The CH-47 had 3 wheels, the Chinook had 4.

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Amtrak
Amtrak

Amtrak in the sand

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Getting Some Shade

At right facing camera: Staff Sgt Amos, others: unidentified. Amos came to the company in Okinawa;he'd been a drill Sgt in San Diego at the recruit training depot. He was a hard-ass, but he was a good man and fair to people. He didn't put up with a lot of nonsense.

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The Sea
The Sea

The South China Sea, more than likely.

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Amphibious Landing
Amphibious Landing

Mike Boats and Amtrak on the beach.

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A Rare Casual Day
A Rare Casual Day

Secure in some town, it seems (no helmets and gear). We didn't have many times like this.

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Underway Replenishment (UnRep) 1
Underway Replenishment (UnRep) 1

An "Underway Replenishment" (UnRep), also known as "Replenishment at sea" (RAS) - moving fuel and other supplies from one transport to another. It can be a risky operation.

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UnRep 5
UnRep 5

One part of the UnRep involves putting tag-lines between ships and, with manpower, dragging them across through open doors on the side of the ship.

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