|Dog Handler - Vietnam War|
by Tony Chliek
Many times when we went out on patrols from FSB STUART, a Kit Carson scout led our patrols.
Other times, a dog handler and his German Shepherd would accompany us on patrols.
|Punji Pit Trap - Vietnam War|
Another booby trap I encountered was a trip wire. Trip wires were connected to all types of booby traps like the hand grenade in the picture below.
|Trip Wire Booby Trap|
Ho Bo Woods weren't exactly what you would call woods any more. The area used to be a stronghold for the VC and NVA so the woods had actually been leveled to eliminate hiding places.
While patrolling the area, my foot got caught on something. I looked down and saw it tangled in a wire. I froze and called out that I was tangled in a trip wire.
Another day we were patrolling around one of the villages close to our FSB. We were walking on the berm that separated the rice paddies like the guys in the picture.
All of a sudden I dropped straight down into a hole in the water that was over my head. Since I was carrying all that equipment, I sunk like a rock.
|Walking the Berm|
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