This is the scene at the U.S. Marine outpost at Con Thien, just below the?
This is the scene at the U.S. Marine outpost at Con Thien, just below the Demilitarized Zone in Vietnam.
Following a period of almost daily enemy artillery and mortar attacks, the battle-hardened Leathernecks clean up and put the outpost in order.
Thousands of rounds of enemy mortar and artillery poured into the immediate camp area. After assessing the damage, the Leathernecks rebuild bunkers, dig trenches, and fortify their positions at the hilltop base.
The many weapons in the compound must be cleaned after the many clashes with the North Vietnamese Army. Everything from individual rifles to tanks were checked, cleaned and made combat-ready to insure their effectiveness in future action. Some of the supplies are flown in to replenish low stocks on hand at the outpost. Some of the men take time to read a letter from home or grab a little sleep.
The relative quiet is disturbed by incoming enemy.
The Leathernecks retaliate with small arms and tank fire at positions surrounding the Camp. Marine jets are called in to support the battle-weary troops holding Con Thien, and drop napalm and bombs on suspected enemy positions.