Replacement Troops

During my tour in Vietnam I never saw a captive, injured human or dead soldier that wore what our superiors would consider a “uniform”. The dead and captured enemy soldiers I observed and photographed at Fire Support Base Crook wore various pieces of clothing, much of it American made but not uniforms. They wore what we called “Ho Chi Minh Sandals” that were soles cut in a crude foot pattern from our discarded vehicle tires. The straps holding the sole to their feet were also cut from tires. Several dead I examined during clean-up detail after the battle had plastic bags holding rice and AK-47 rounds; the plastic had to be from our trash. Several vintage canteens I examined were stamped US and were scratched with graffiti in both Vietnamese (I assume) and English. Photo by Clark Chipman

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