• Soldiers climbing aboard a truck

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    Six soldiers preparing to depart on a truck for patrol, photographed from behind the truck bed. One soldier is pointing to or reaching for his rifle. The truck is probably a "deuce and a half," slang…

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  • SP4 Christopher Ammons and SGT Eldridge at Lai Khe

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    SP4 Christopher Ammons and SGT Eldridge at Lai Khe in May 1968. Ammons (on right) is holding a captured AK-47. These guns were originally Russian made with a high front sight and distinctive banana ma…

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  • Mortar team at Vung Chua firing an 81 mm mortar

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    Five soldiers surround an 81 mm mortar as one of them prepares to fire it. Their faces are down and their hands are over their ears. The walls around the group are constructed from ammunition boxes th…

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  • Vietnamese worker at Vung Chua Mountain signal station

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    A woman who polished boots, washed floors, and did various jobs around the Vung Chua Mountain base located just north of Qui Nhon. There are stacked metal drums and sandbag barricades in the backgroun…

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  • Letter discussing Ammons's command of an 8-man squad

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    Three page letter begins, "This is our eighth day in the boonies, and tomorrow we might go back to Lai Khe." He writes of having been a squad leader for several days now ("8 men including myself") bec…

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  • Christopher Ammons near Saigon with five other soldiers

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    Christopher Ammons with five unidentified members of 3rd Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Ammons is at the back row, left, wearing glasses. Two soldiers are kne…

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  • Soldiers leaving on a truck from the signals station on Vung Chua Mountain

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    Five soldiers sitting in the back of an open truck. One is drinking from a can. At left, a partially visible soldier holds n apple. Two others stand nearby with their backs to the camera.

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  • Yashica Electro 35 camera

    Yashica Electro 35 camera with which Christopher Ammons took most of his Vietnam photographs. The camera was purchased at the PX in Qui Nhon during his second tour.

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  • Sgt. Christopher Ammons resting on patrol near Vung Chua Mountain

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    Ammons resting while patroling the perimeter around Vung Chua Mountain for Viet Cong activity. He is wearing a boonie hat and a belt of ammunition for his M-60 machine gun across his chest. He has a t…

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  • SGT Christopher Ammons on patrol near Vung Chua Mountain

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    SGT Christopher Ammons on patrol near Vung Chua Mountain. He is wearing a towel around his neck, as was customary for soldiers on patrol in the sweltering climate of Vietnam. He has a belt of M60 ammu…

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  • Letter describing his role as squad leader

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    Two-page handwritten letter by Christopher Ammons to his family describing his role as a squad leader. He also lists the names and responsibilities of the other men in his squad.

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  • Soldier resting on patrol near Vung Chua Mountain

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    A young soldier, his face in profile, sitting on the ground in an area of tall dried vegetation. His uniform pants and shoes are very muddy. His left hand is resting on his left knee. He is smiling sl…

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  • Truck carries soldiers through the streets of Qui Nhon

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    Several soldiers outfitted with helmets, rifles, and flak vests are riding in a small truck through Qui Nhon on their way back to the military base at Vung Chua Mountain. All but the driver are wearin…

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  • Soldiers on a muddy landing strip

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    Eight soldiers (some partially obscured) on a muddy landing strip. A line of several helicopters (probably Hueys) can be seen in the background. Photograph is from Ammons's first tour in 1968.

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  • Members of 194th MP Security Platoon on Vung Chua Mountain

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    194th MP Security Platoon on Vung Chua Mountain poses before patrol. Members, left to right, are Hammonds, Riggle, Doughty, Baisdew, (unidentifed solider in rear), 1st Lt. Zinn, Race, Clark, Chu, and…

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  • Soldiers about to depart for patrol

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    Four soldiers about to depart for patrol with another soldier nearby. A large military transport truck in the background appears to be a "deuce and a half," slang for a two-and-a-half-ton truck. Photo…

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  • SGT Christopher D. Ammons wearing Vietnamese hat

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    SGT Chris Ammons in a Vietnamese rice hat standing near an earth-filled 55-gallon drum at the signal station on Vung Chua Mountain. Another soldier gives him "bunny ears." Ammons wears a Big Red 1 sho…

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  • Ammons's letter describing a South Korean plane crash on Vung Chua

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    Three-page letter describes a plane crash on Vung Chua that killed eight South Korean officers. (The plane, still visible on the mountain, and a nearby monument are pictured in Ammons's photos.) No on…

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  • 194th MP Security Platoon on Vung Chua Mountain before a patrol

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    194th MP Security Platoon on Vung Chua Mountain pose before a patrol with trucks and military facilities behind them. Pictured, left to right, are Hammonds, Doughty, Clark, Race, Riggle, Manning, and…

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  • Huey landing at Vung Chua Mountain

    Ammons, Christopher D., 1948

    A Huey helicopter lands on a pad at Vung Chua Mountain, throwing up a great quantity of dust. Fences, buildings, and communication equipment can be seen in the background. Note: a non-color-corrected…

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