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  1. The_Traveler

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    this was taken in 1967 with Pentax Spotmatic and tri-x, developed in whatever was in the brown bottle. I have no idea what the shutter speed or aperture was.

    I was out in my jeep doing MedCap on civilians when I inadvertently (believe me) ended up in the very middle of a helicopter assault and a fierce firefight. Only dared to take this one and then hid my head until tanks and more troops came up and the area was secured.

    Negative long gone, just this one battered print remains.

    [​IMG]
     
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    d***, what a time to have a camera. Awesome picture my friend. :thumbup:
     
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    WOW, great shot. Glad you kept your head down.
     
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    If you look at it, the technical values aren't much at all and composition isn't maximum but what it does have is immediacy and reality - (completely by accident). A viewer just knows that life is happening big time right in front of the camera.

    I was lucky to be there with a camera.
     
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    amazing!!!

    what a great capture!! I cant even imagine what you guys went through over there!

    thanks for going and protecting this country!

    garrentee
     
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    I had it easy, believe me.
    It was the grunts that suffered.

    and I didn't go to protect the country. I went because politicians made me; pols who weren't afraid of a little blood and guts - as long as it wasn't their own. I spent 24 years in the service - retiring as a full colonel. Whatever failings the individual soldiers have, they are willing to put their lives at risk in the line of duty for the concept of love of country. For whatever virtues a politician has, he or she won't risk their career for anything.

    To paraphrase Wm Buckley, I would rather be governed by 500 people chosen at random from the telephone book than the 500 people in Congress who have, in general, sold their honor to get where they are.
     
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    lol, the title had me thinking something for a minute...

    Great pic though, I just appericate it so much when pictures like those are shared...
     
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    this is one for the history books! its awesome
     
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    Hey The Traveler, very nice shot, I didn't know you were that old! lol.

    My father flew that chopper, the UH-1 Huey, for 5 years (1970-1975) during the war in Vietnam. Logged in a total of 4600 hours. Serve 7 years in POW camps after the war for that. Thanks for sharing the picture.
     
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    Gunship platoon of 118th AHC/145 Combat Avn Bn
    Rocket tubes on side of UH-1 Huey
    scanned from 40 yr old slide.

    Gunner fires M60 machine gun from door, hulls and links ar on the floor of cabin.(M60s leaning on rocket tubes)

    [​IMG]
     
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    Reloading the 'Blooper' or 'Pooper'; it fired 40 mm explosive rounds.

    The actual instruments of destruction are strangely interesting perhaps because of their intricate lethality and their foreigness to most people.

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