A Special Photo Gallery - In Tribute To Veterans of the Vietnam War  
           South Vietnam,  1968-1969
A Tribute In Pictures to the 4th Battalion (Mechanized),  23rd Infantry Regiment,  
 25th Infantry Division
 
                 
 
~ A Special Place for our Extended Family of Vietnam Veterans ~  
from an archive of original photographs taken from February 1968
through February 1969,  
the TET Offensive
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And To All Vietnam Veterans,  Thank You For Your Service,  
and
Welcome Back.
 
all images PONDCREST STUDIO, except where noted
music: Jose Feliciano,  The Doors,  The Hollies,
John Denver,  The Mamas & The Papas
The images displayed are the result of a restoration project using
photographs taken in the field of operations of the 4/23 Mechanized
Infantry,  25th Infantry Division.  The quality level of these images
is the result of the non professional,  point and shoot camera
and film available at that time.  
 
This Presentation
Represents One Infantry Soldier's Perspective  
Out Of The Many Who Bravely Served.
 
And now,  please scroll down to view
this photographic tribute to our Vietnam Veterans.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
BRAVO Company,  2nd platoon, squad,
Atop M113  "APC" (Armoured Personnel Carrier),  South Vietnam - 1968
 
 
 
 
  
Rumbling Through the Counry Side  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Securing An ARVN  (Army Republic of Vietnam)  Outpost  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
At A Field Position  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
The Rainy Season  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
In the Village of Trang Bang,  Cao Dai temple 1968
- a most troubled area during this time and throughout the war  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Cao Dai temple In Trang Bang - Today!
(image source internet, unknown)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
A Small Village,  along Highway One  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
CH-47  "Chinook" Field Resupply  (Chinook still in production)  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
A Safe Lift  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Setup On The Perimeter  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
HU-1A  "Huey", in a touch and go,  (Huey is the most recognized helicopter)  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
"Doc" Gets A Resupply  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Hueys Lift Off  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Hueys Complete A Touch and Go,  And On Their Way  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Mr.  "Chinook"  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Chinook Prepares A lift Of Artillery  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
A Small Village 2,  along Highway One  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Helpers from The Local Village,  at Tay Ninh base camp  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Huey In Wet Land  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Securing A Field Position,  2nd platoon,  squad  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
CH-54  "Skycrane",  descending with pallet  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
"Skycrane",  a quick descent and quicker lift off  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
"Skycrane",  up up and away  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Rain Likely  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Late Afternoon  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Field Artillery,  On Call  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Field Artillery,  maintenance a must  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
Chopper transport,  Nui Ba Den  (Black Virgin Mountain)  in distance shrouded in clouds,
Tay Ninh province,  South Vietnam - 1968  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Another View From The "Door"  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Another Small Village  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Village Children,  Always Inquisitive  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Passing By Two Boys In A Village,  Scavenging  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Sun Setting  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Huey In Evening Drop Off  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
In The Brown Soup  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Mud Field,    
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Bogged Down In Mud,    
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Never a Shortage of Rich Wet Soil  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Local Villager Weaving  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Mortar Track,    
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
At The Wire In A Field Postion  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
In Another Field Postion,    
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Command Chopper Take Off,
Hughes Aviation: OH-13 and OH-23:
The OH-13 "Sioux" and the OH-23 "Raven",
were both light (observation) helicopters;
used for artillery support missions (spotter) or light transport purposes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Villagers Eager To Sell,    
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Perimeter Position with M60,    
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Needed Supplies,  inside view of M113  "APC"  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Side Mounted M60 machine gun,  on M113  "APC"  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Not Raining Yet,    
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
2nd Platoon,  Squad, at a field position,    
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Set Up In A Pasture,  with water buffalo  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Resupply and Mess Area,    
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Preparing For Security of Tan Son Nhut Air Base,  Saigon,    
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
F4 Phantom 11  Lands At Tan Son Nhut Air Base - Saigon,  at the time
the busiest airport in the world - 1968  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Readying Gear & Preparing For A Mission,  at Tan Son Nhut Air Base  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Along The Flight Line,  at Tan Son Nhut Air Base  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Typical Day,  The Rainy Season,    
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Command Track - Bravo Company In Transit,    
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Bravo Company,  2nd Platoon,  mixed squads setting up for the night  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Post Green,  Tay Ninh - 2nd Brigade,  25th Infantry Division,  South Vietnam - 1968  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
This Presentaion Is Part Of An On Going Project - Over 40 Years In The Making.
Thank You For Visiting This Online Tribute To Vietnam Veterans.
 
 
 

 
Some Brief Details of service during this time period:  The 4/23 "Tomahawks"
were attached to the 25th Infantry Division,  with their command center located at Cu Chi,
the 1st Brigade main base camp of the 25th Infantry Division.
Their area of operations included Saigon/Tan Son Nhut to Tay Ninh and Dau Tieng,  and to the
North West to Cambodia.  The "Tomahawks" later relocated to the 2nd Brigade at Tay Ninh Base Camp
and continued operations along Highway One from Saigon To Dau Tieng,  including the villages
of Hoc Mon,  Trang Bang,  Hobo Woods,  The Little Rubber Plantation,  and the area
around Nui Ba Den - also known as  "Black Virgin Mountain".
     Map of South Vietnam - circa 1968
     Map of 25th Infantry Division operations area, South Vietnam - circa 1968
         Return to Begining of Presentation
additional links of interest:
Link to Battalion Commander's Journal Entries for Field Operations,
May to November,  1968
Link to Battalion History

   American Aircraft in Support of Ground Troops Observed by this Member
in the Area of Operations from 1968 - 1969
      Bell AH-1 Cobra / HueyCobra (Bell 209),   Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey),   Boeing B-52 Stratofortress,
      Boeing CH-47 Chinook,   de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou,   Douglas A-1 Skyraider,
      Hughes OH-6 Cayuse (Loach),   Lockheed C-130 Hercules,   McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II,
      Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger / Tiger II,   Republic F-105 Thunderchief,
      Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe / Erickson S-64 Skycrane,    Hughes Aviation: OH-13 "Sioux", and OH-23 "Raven".

 
  credits for music excerpts:
    "Light My Fire" - Jose Feliciano
    "Riders On The Storm" - The Doors
    "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" - Hollies
    "The Eagle And The Hawk" - John Denver
    "California Dreaming" - Mamas & Papas
  Photo credit:
    "Trang Bang Today" - internet, unknown
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A place for visitors submitted comments:

 
1450 hrs local - Wednesday - August 13, 2014
Re: SGT Richard F. "Rick" Zahn

Rick Zahn and I were in Tay Ninh at the same time back in 1968.  
We went to the same high school in Livingston, NJ; Rick was class 
of '62 and I was '64.  He was a US and I was RA and our families 
knew each other for years. I was with the 187th Assault Helicopter 
Company's gunship team, Rat Pack during this time; January through July 1968.  

I wasn't aware that Rick was in-country until I got a letter from home.  
An enclosed local newspaper article mentioned there were several of 
us 'over there' at the same time.  
I saw Rick's name and quickly discovered he was in B Company, 4/23 'Tomahawks', 
25th Division. He was pleasantly surprised to run into someone from his home town!  
I remember going over to his hooch from time to time and we'd have an occasional beer or two.  

Anyway Rick passed away last Friday, August 8th in Waterloo, South Carolina.  
He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia two years earlier and he did 
his best to fight it. I'm hoping there might still be a guy or two from B Company 
who might remember Rick. I remember one particularly busy night for Rick and his 
squad in Bao Trai, not too far from Trang Bang; April or May of '68 as I reacall.

I can provide the funeral details and name and address of Rick's wife Sandy.  
They had one son, also named Rick, who works up in Jersey City.  I'm sure they'd 
both be happy to hear from some of his old service buddies.  

The date of Rick's final service in East Hanover, New Jersey, planning for a 
military sendoff, is not yet set but will probably be sometime in mid-September.  
I can provide additional contact info to anyone who may remember Rick Zahn
Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Sincerely,
Chris Reilly - katanga_6@msn.com - formerly served with A 3/7, 199th Lt Inf Bde, 
1966-67 and 187th Assault Helicopter Company based in Tay Ninh 1968

CHRIS REILLY
4790 South Atlantic Avenue
Fishermen's Village - Unit B-202
Ponce Inlet, FL
32127-7161 USA