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.’