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Old October 8th, 2012, 09:00 PM   #31
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Great to have you aboard! What is that monster weighing down your M14?
Gen 1 starlight had the 1st one in the 1 core..It was way cool back in the day , Used it as a spotter for the 50 cal & the M 60's. Took about a Mo till V.C. knew we were watching him in the dark.

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Gen 1 starlight had the 1st one in the 1 core..It was way cool back in the day , Used it as a spotter for the 50 cal & the M 60's. Took about a Mo till V.C. knew we were watching him in the dark.
We had a couple of hand held starlights back in '66. We didn't have much of chance to use them, the brass thought they were too expensive to risk damaging them on our perimeter. I was able to use one for few minutes, but there was nothing going on at the time, so it was difficult to assess its usefulness.

The earily green 'ghosty' appearance was akin to looking through a poorly focused telescope at ill-defined objects. I think having more time to train ourselves would have solved much of the difficulties we had.

But, I never saw it again. Heard a rumor that they were being rotated amongst different units for feedback purposes.

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We had a couple of hand held starlights back in '66. We didn't have much of chance to use them, the brass thought they were too expensive to risk damaging them on our perimeter. I was able to use one for few minutes, but there was nothing going on at the time, so it was difficult to assess its usefulness.

The earily green 'ghosty' appearance was akin to looking through a poorly focused telescope at ill-defined objects. I think having more time to train ourselves would have solved much of the difficulties we had.

But, I never saw it again. Heard a rumor that they were being rotated amongst different units for feedback purposes.
We had plenty of them in the 1st Cav in '68-'69...
True, they showed everything in a ghostly green...but they did work!
They did take some getting used to.
They were 'delicate', used up batteries quickly, and bulky and unwieldy.
You had to quickly shield the front lens whenever an aerial flare or a hand-popper went off...but then as soon as the flare burned off...you would quickly scan the terrain to catch Victor Charles trying to use the sudden darkness to his advantage. If you already knew all the aspects of the terrain in front of you from careful scanning...you in fact could detect any movement. Sure it was blurry, but on the other hand, in Viet Nam, at that point you had no doubt whatsoever that it was NVA or VC heading your way...and you did not hesitate!

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We had a couple of hand held starlights back in '66. We didn't have much of chance to use them, the brass thought they were too expensive to risk damaging them on our perimeter. I was able to use one for few minutes, but there was nothing going on at the time, so it was difficult to assess its usefulness.

The earily green 'ghosty' appearance was akin to looking through a poorly focused telescope at ill-defined objects. I think having more time to train ourselves would have solved much of the difficulties we had.

But, I never saw it again. Heard a rumor that they were being rotated amongst different units for feedback purposes.
We got alot of the new stuff so the 6's could get feedback, to see if the new stuff was worth a crap, If we gave it a good report it was sent to the grinder down in the Mekong.
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We had plenty of them in the 1st Cav in '68-'69...
True, they showed everything in a ghostly green...but they did work!
They did take some getting used to.
They were 'delicate', used up batteries quickly, and bulky and unwieldy.
You had to quickly shield the front lens whenever an aerial flare or a hand-popper went off...but then as soon as the flare burned off...you would quickly scan the terrain to catch Victor Charles trying to use the sudden darkness to his advantage. If you already knew all the aspects of the terrain in front of you from careful scanning...you in fact could detect any movement. Sure it was blurry, but on the other hand, in Viet Nam, at that point you had no doubt whatsoever that it was NVA or VC heading your way...and you did not hesitate!

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When you got the hang of it it was great. Mine was a spotter for the big guns. That one tracer set off bad news for the V.C.

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1966 near Cu Chi

Here's an AP wire photo from 1966
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1967 Vietnam Marine Sgt Howard Greene Walks Through Mud in Jungle Wire

North of Cam Lo. Caption says chilly temps and heavy rain makes patrolling "grim".
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Near Chu Lai airbase, 1965

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1965 Da Nang

1965 Da Nang, S. Viet Nam Sen. Edward Kennedy Visits Troops, inspects M14s
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1966 Trung Lap

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1971 US Army 716th Military Police Honor Guard
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1965 Da Nang Vietnam Santo Domingo and Blue Marlin

1965 Da Nang Vietnam 18 Yr Old Marine Pfc Don Collier. Says fought alos in Santo Domingo and went in with Op. Blue Marlin
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1960 hitting the beach Da Nang
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another Da Nang beach shot

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