Pfc. Orville Painter, 22, of Modesto, Calif., leans out of his bunker at Ka Tum, 50 miles northwest of Saigon, to hang his Christmas stocking.

Christmas in Saigon: Troops found ways to stay cheerful in Vietnam

Another holiday season is upon us and with it, plenty of reasons to hug our loved ones.

'Cajun Bob' Thoms at Hue

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Bob Thoms assesses the situation before leading an assault on the Dong Ba Tower, considered a crucial objective for U.S. forces in the fierce battle for the city of Hue.

'The first thing I'm going to do ...'

The last time Maj. Jay R. Jensen saw his little girl she was a moppet of 10. She has yet to turn 17, but is already married — and Jensen is a grandfather.

Rousing welcome greets 20 more returnees at Clark

Twenty American returnees from North Vietnamese captivity landed at this base Sunday night and were given a larger and more rousing welcome than another group, seven times as large, that landed six days before.

A case of low flying and high risk

"Hey, captain," the sergeant said with the disinterested, matter-of-fact calm of a professional. "look at this."

They say An Loc looks like hell

"I guessed that this was what the end of the world would be like," the young pilot recalled as he and other pilots related what they saw only in blurred, streaking motion.

Newsmen take cover as war gets too personal

"Should we move back to the ditch, captain?" the photographer asked nervously.


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