Yankee Papa 13

These photographs are from the cover story from the April 16, 1965, issue of LIFE magazine. It shows pictures from the March 31, 1965, helicopter mission near Da Nang, Vietnam.


“The Vietcong dug in along the tree line, were just waiting for us to come into the landing zone,” Burrows reported. “We were all like sitting ducks and their raking crossfire was murderous. Over the intercom system one pilot radioed Colonel Ewers, who was in the lead ship: ‘Colonel! We’re being hit.’ Back came the reply: ‘We’re all being hit. If your plane is flyable, press on.’

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Luck, noun, success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.

This is Marine Private First Class Jerry W. Garner at age 19. He was a machine gunner attached to F Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines. He is seen here wearing his ‘lucky’ helmet that took an enemy round during a gunfight near Da Nang on July 15th 1969.

Mr. Garner died on May 22, 2012. His obituary read as follows…

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