Stepping foot on foreign soil created a mixture of emotions. For some there was exhilaration, for others uncertainty, or maybe fear. But those landing knew one thing. The trek across the ocean was behind them. As the Cav patches walked onto solid ground, there was relief. And there was an evident confidence. The "Cav" had come to fight!
Soldiers watch as air-dropped supplies rain down near their position. Aerial resupply allowed the Army to keep beans and bullets flowing to outposts deep in the bush.
These photos from the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center provide a look into how U.S. Army soldiers fought, lived, and moved through Vietnam, one of America's longest-running wars. 58,000 American troops would die in the fighting.
PR-13-CN-1971-246-19: Vietnam War. Troops of the C Co., 1st BN, 50th Mech, 1st Cav Div unload from CH-47 “Chinook” at LZ Quick to begin a search and destroy mission in the Cay Giep Mountains, October 29-20 October 1967. U.S. Army photograph: SSG Alfred Batungbacal. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. (2017/05/26).