This has to be one of the best threads on here. Great pics, vor033.
Tractors of the 196th Field Artillery, U.S. Eighth Army, pull 155-mm guns through a detour near the town of Tari-Gol, Korea, in their advance towards the 38th Parallel. 8 April 1951. Korea.
Infantrymen of the Heavy Mortar Co., 1st Platoon, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th U.S. Infantry Division, fire the 4.2-inch Heavy mortar on Communist hill positions in the Mung Dung-ni Valley. 10 August 1952. Korea.
A long line of jeeps waiting to be ferried across the Kumho-gang River cause a traffic jam on the way to the front in Korea. 16 Sep 1950.
A 57-mm recoilless rifle team opens fire at a Chinese position three miles south of the 38th Parallel in Korea. 31 March 1951. Korea.
Cpl. Thomas E. Bullis of Troy, N.Y., gunner, and Pfc. Charles R. Gilman of Peroria, Ill., assistant gunner, fire their 57-mm recoilless rifle at a Chinese Communist pillbox during action against the Communist forces at the bottom of Hill860, near Kaoch/Eang-ni, Korea. 24 April 1951. Korea.
A machine gun crew gives supporting fire to UN troops as they withdrew from Hill 412 south of the Imjin River after a fierce battle with Communist-led Chinese forces. 26 April 1951. Korea.
Two light machine gunners cover men of the 187th RCT as they go up a ridge on Hill 451, north of Inje, Korea, while F-80's strafe the village. 1 June 1951. Korea.
Cpl. Sam Ayala of Niles, Calif., Co. L, 7th RCT, U.S.3rd Infantry Division, waits for medical evacuation from Hill 717, Cpl. Ayala was wounded while engaged in a bitter grenade battle with deeply entrenched Chinese Communism. 3 July 1951. Korea.
Sgt. Douglas D. Tompkins of Jud, North Dakota, Tank Company, 5th RCT, 24th U.S. Infantry Division, fires a .50 caliber machine gun at Communist-held positions during an assault against the Chinese Communist forces along the east central front, Korea. 14 July 1951. Korea.
Men of the 3rd Ranger Company, 3rd Infantry Division, adjust their gear before undertaking a dawn patrol across the Imjin River, Korea. 17 April 1951. Korea.
A wounded man of the 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, is evacuated from Hill 657 near Sanghoenchon, Korea, after having been hit by a grenade. 11 June 1951. Korea.
This has to be one of the best threads on here. Great pics, vor033.
Great Korean war pics, havent seen many from Korea.
I'll contribute some more when i get the chance.
173rd Airborne Brigade, Dak to/Hill 875, Vietnam 1967
194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducts convoy live-fire at Story Range, Republic of Korea.
PANMUNJOM - With weapons at the ready, members of 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion set out at dawn to conduct convoy live-fire training here, March 25.
The fast-paced exercise exposed Soldiers to many of the real-worldperils found on today's asymmetric battlefield, culminating in a series of drills designed to hone their skills in reacting to road-side bombs and enemy small-arms fire.
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Exercise Foal Eagle 98, held at the Twin Bridges training area, with U.S and Korean Soldiers conducting a combined exercise involving Infantry and armoured assaults. Republic of Korea Nov. 2, 1998.
Members of the United Nations Command Security Battalion / Joint Security Area (UNCSB/JSA), Scout Platoon, patrols the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Oct. 20, 1998. Scout Platoon conducts patrols of the DMZ on a regular basis.
Members of the 16th Reconnaissance Company, 1st Cavalry Division sets the fuses on a "Daisy Chain" of light anti-tank mines, northwest of Youchon. 10 Nov 1951.
An Engineer from the 3rd Engineer Battalion plants an anti-personnel mine on the side of a hill along the central Korean front. 26 Apr 1951.
Men of Company C, 3rd Engineer Combat Battalion, 24th US Infantry Division, prepare to blow away some debris near the 24th Division front in Korea. 7 Mar 1951.
A demolition squad of Company A, 65th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, place dynamite under the tracks of a burned out tank, under the supervision of the recovery platoon of C, 89th Tank Battalion, 25th Infantry Division. 14 Oct 1951.
Engineers use a rope to pull a ****y-trapped tree off the road in the Techen-ni Area, Korea. Attached to the tree was a Russian-type heat grenade that failed to explode. 14 Apr 1951.
Men of the 2nd Platoon, B Co 10th Engineer Battalion check a tank for ****y-traps and the area for mines. 8 Oct 1951.
Members of the 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion sweep the roads of Korea for anti-tank mines. 16 Mar 1951
Men of the 77th Engineer Combat Company blast at Communist troops taking cover in caves imbedded along steep banks of the Hantan River. 11 Apr 1951.
A company of the 9th Engineer Battalion, X Corps, construct a pontoon bridge over the Han River at the crossing point, seven miles south of Chunju, Korea
I posted some Army Okinawa pics, heres some more Army Pacific photos
Browning M1917A1 machine gun crew of US 96th Division on the top of Yaeju-Dake Hill, Okinawa, Japan, 18 Jun 1945; note yellow cloth front lines marker on right.
US 25th Division squad leader pointing at a suspected Japanese position at the edge of Baleta Pass, near Baguio, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 23 Mar 1945.
US Infantry on Stepping Stone Island on the Vella Yavella Island Front.
Infantryman Terry Moore taking cover as incoming Japanese artillery fire explodes nearby during the fight to take Okinawa.
Battle-weary infantryman Terry Moore with his BAR at his side, eating canned "C" ration lunch of meat, beans & desert during mid-morning respite in the fighting against Japanese enemy on hillside,Okinawa,
Infantryman Terry Moore holding his BAR rifle while crouching behind rocks as he assesses his attack path towards his objective.Okinawa,1945
Three American infantryman in ponchos huddled in foxhole on Okinawa,1945
American soldiers crossing battlefield strewn with branches and foliage blown from trees during the fight to take the Buna-Gona area from occupying Japanese troops.1943
33rd ID men of an 81mm mortar squad observe a Japanese soldier killed, 1945
GI's escort an elderly woman to the rear on Okinawa.
A flamethrower hurls a burst of fire at a Japanese position on Bougainville Island while riflemen in foreground cover his activity. April 1944
PFC Emil Raths(R.I.P) employs his flamethrower to destroy a Japanese pillbox as two other Soldiers provide covering fire as the 37th Division holds the line against the Japanese assault on the Cape Torokina perimeter, March 1944.
Captain Byron E. Bradford in a fox hole during the fight against Japanese forces holding the area.New Guinea 1943
7th Division soldiers hugging the ground as a flamethrowers try's to smoke out Japanese
US Army soldiers approach an entrance of a Japanese dugout prior to entering. Image taken during the Buna operations, January 3, 1943
US soldier uses a captured Japanese light machine gun in Guadalcanal.
A tank goes forward as infantrymen follow in its cover. Each night the Japanese would infiltrate American lines. At dawn, U.S. troops went out looking for them. March 1944.
PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Members of Task Force Cyclone took part in an air insertion mission in western Parwan province, Afghanistan, to examine current projects, meet Afghan police members and talk with the Afghan civilians, Nov. 16.
More than 40 Cyclone personnel from Task Force Gladius' security forces, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers technicians and Human Terrain Team members collected information on current operations in the district assisting the people in Surkh-e Parsa area.
"We were able to assess both the village and the ANP at one time, while also being able to use the engineers to assess the ongoing projects in the area," 1st Lt. Sam Drzewianowski, a platoon leader with Company B, Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division said. "This type of collaborative mission is both efficient and shows a unity among all the elements that can assist the Afghan People."
Edmund Campbell, Cyclone Human Terrain Team member who interviewed people in the area, said citizens reacted well to the troops' presence.
"People's response was good," Campbell said. "The people were glad to see us...Coalition forces have not been to the area in four months."
Drzewianowski had similar thoughts on the operation.
"The people were hesitant at first...but they began to tell us all their issues once they became more comfortable," Drzewianowski said. "They were happy to have Coalition forces in the area of operation and informed us that there have not been any Taliban in the area and (they) have had no problems with violence."
Tait Nelson, lead brigade engineer for USACE Cyclone, spoke of the importance of being able to physically visit projects and talk with the contractors of the area.
"In remote sites we don't have the luxury of being on the ground on a daily basis and we don't even have the luxury of having some of our outside local engineers to get there consistently to keep up with the construction," Nelson said. "These missions are unique that we can physically get there and use our USACE engineers to inspect the site and get a handle on where they're actually at."
Although the site was isolated and visits by Coalition forces are not frequent, Cyclone team members had a positive outlook on the mission.
"It was a very good visit," Nelson said. "We got to thoroughly inspect the site and look at everything from the quality of construction of the concrete to the construction of the guard towers how their stone walls are being fabricated."
The troops from Cyclone were able to accomplish multiple tasks in their time spent at
This mission will not only benefit the local people with the vital information gathered, it will ultimately increase the cooperation between all elements involved for operations in the future.
"I think it was a very well planned mission and security was adequately set up," Nelson said. "Everything was done properly and on time."
"We also learned we can all help each other rather than each Coalition force element working separately," Drzewianowski said.
FORT HOOD, Texas – In the old days, a cavalry trooper was given an inexperienced horse with no tail as a way to show his own inexperience.
Today's cavalry trooper is no different ... except for the horse.
Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Felt, the Fort Hood Garrison sergeant major, and a former command sergeant major for the squadron, shared that story with the candidates -- nearly 60 of them throughout the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, set out last week during three days of intense testing and a display of their physical prowess.
The silver spurs the candidates were vying for was a trophy they'd earn after completing an Army Physical Fitness Test, in which they'd be graded in youngest age group and would have to achieve 75 percent in order to move on to a written exam. From there, they'd start their night and day land navigation.
If they passed, the rest would be attainable, said Lt. Col. John Cushing, the squadron's commander of Rochester, Mich.
"If you've made it this far, you should be able to make it the rest of the way," Cushing told the candidates just before their night land navigation.
The rest of the testing consisted of more than a dozen different Cavalry Scout-related tasks and a 12-mile road march.
The Squadron returned from a year-long deployment to Iraq and most of its members earned the golden, "combat spurs."
For most of the troopers who already have their combat spurs, earning the silver spurs was something they believed was a "right of passage."
Yet, a few, who are new to the unit, earning the silver spurs is the only set they'll get a chance to have.
For Sgt. William Farmer, a Troop B Cavalry Scout, who just arrived to the unit two weeks before the spur ride, testing for the silver spur was something he felt he had to do.
"Not everyone has it, and the ones who have it take great pride in having them," Farmer said.
Farmer's commander, Capt. Ben Jackman, of Princeton, N.J., joined the unit during their deployment. This was the first opportunity for the Ranger-tabbed Infantry officer to test for his silver spurs. He said wanted to go through the spur ride to be out with his Soldiers.
"It's fantastic training," he said. "It's a great way for Soldiers, who are proficient in Scout skills, to show their excellence in a realist and physically tough environment."
That's exactly what attracted Sgt. Victoria Talveras, of Boston, to the spur ride. "I feel pumped up," she said after the road march. "I just like all the physical stuff ... and keeping up with the guys."
Talveras, who is a food service sergeant assigned to the Squadron's support unit, Company D, Forward Support Company, was one of only two females to enter the spur ride.
Looking back, she said the toughest part of the spur ride was the sleep deprivation they would all encounter in the three days ... and, oh, yeah, the rain.
"It sucked ... during the Claymore mines, it was two in the morning in the rain," she recalled. "Even though it was cold, windy and pouring rain, I kept on going because I don't like to quit; it would have eaten away at me if I'd quit."
And for retired Col. Joe Bowen, a former member of the Squadron during the Vietnam War, being able to watch today's Headhunter was "humbling."
"Being out here with these young guys ... for us old guys, it's very humbling to see what this generation is doing to carry on our traditions," said Bowen, who serves as the 1st Sqdrn., 9th Cav. Regt.'s Bullwhip Association president.
Bowen, along with a handful of other former Squadron members were invited to the spur ceremony and dinner at the Elijah Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain facility on Fort Hood.
The Bullwhip Association paid for all the spurs and beverages during the spur ceremony dinner at the MOUT site.
During the dinner, Felt, as the guest speaker, reminded the candidates that he was proud of them for stepping up and taking the challenge of not only the spur ride, but also on the global war on terrorism. He reminded them that by earning their spurs, they have proven that they have earned the right of passage.
"Some of you have earned combat spurs, and now you have earned silver spurs," said Felt. "You've crossed that line from inexperienced to experienced ... you're authorized full tale and spurs."
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- It's 1:30 p.m., and the sun is high in the sky. Its rays beat down on the Soldiers of the Scout Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 221st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, as they march toward their objective.
Laghman province, Afghanistan, seems to have forgotten autumn. The heat makes the day seem more like early August, not mid-October. But, the Soldiers known collectively as the Hustlers, press on.
The day began with a simple objective—meet with local village elders to see how they are doing and if they need help with anything from security issues to possible provincial reconstruction team projects. But, things change and events force the Hustlers to abandon any notion of a peaceful presence patrol. Such is the life of a Soldier.
Another unit operating out of Combat Outpost Nagil has been ambushed and needs assistance. The Hustlers, after receiving guidance from their leadership, head back to COP Nagil. However, they weren't abandoning their comrades.
"The area is too rugged for our vehicles to get out there (to the conflict)," said U.S. Army Sgt. John Lopez, a forward observer for the Hustlers. "We knew they needed help, so we went on foot."
The terrain was rough and uneven and only got worse as they continued onward. The small hills eventually turned into sizeable challenges for the Soldiers as they moved quickly toward their eventual position.
"It was rough," Lopez, a native of Riverside, Calif., said. "I would call them mini-mountains."
U.S. Army Sgt. John Stone, a squad leader for the Hustlers, also said the trek was tough.
"It was a smoker," said the Lincoln, Neb., native. "I'm pretty sure everyone was hurting, but we had a job to do and they (the engaged unit) needed us."
According to Stone, the Hustler's new mission was to provide a safety net and prevent any militants from escaping, while aerial reinforcements engaged enemy forces.
Because of their position, Hustler was afforded a great show of coordination and force.
First came the mortars from COP Nagil, which slammed into the mountainside. A few minutes later, an Air Force A-10 Warthog dropped a few bombs that echoed off of the mountain side. Finally, Kiowa helicopters arrived and launched a few missiles forcing the enemies to retreat.
"It was great," said Lopez. "They (the aerial reinforcements) made sure our guys were safe."
"They (the aerial rainforests in the area) are always willing to help out," said Stone, "and they do a great job. The coordination between all of us helped to ensure the bad guys were neutralized."
After the Kiowas cleared the area, the Hustlers moved toward the formerly engaged unit.
"We wanted to make sure they were ok," said Stone. "We wanted them to know that we were there for them."
Stone said no Coalition Forces were hurt, which made for a good day at COP Nagil.
"Life can be hard here," said Stone, "but this is what we do. If we can neutralize the enemy and no one gets hurt, then it's a good day."
But, Lopez put it more simply.
"Chalk one up for the good guys," he said.