m113 apc

Roger Holder of the 11th ACR, 1967.

Holder was seriously wounded when a landmine hit his M113 APC. Later, after serving time for marijuana possession, he went AWOL. Then, in 1972, he hijacked a plane with his girlfriend.

From Wikipedia:

June 2, 1972: Western Airlines Flight 701 from Los Angeles to Seattle was hijacked by Willie Roger Holder, a Vietnam War veteran, and his girlfriend Catherine Marie Kerkow. The hijackers claimed they had a bomb in an attaché case and demanded $500,000 and that Angela Davis, who was then on trial, be freed. After allowing half the passengers to get off in San Francisco and the other half to get off in New York on a re-fueling stop, they flew on to Algeria, where they were granted political asylum, joining the International Section of the Black Panther Party. It was and still remains the longest-distance hijacking in American history. Later, $488,000 of the ransom money was returned to American officials.

The story of the hijacking is chronicled in Brendan Koerner’s book The Skies Belong to Us.

This M113 APC belonged to the 1st Cavalry operating out of Camp Radcliff. During a routine patrol convoy along QL 19 it was ambushed and destroyed by an RPG. QL 19 was a vital supply line to bases in the central highlands, and thus was also subject to frequent ambushes by Viet Cong and PAVN forces. 


Jacques Littlefield Collection Part 4

Photos by Bernard Zee

1 & 2) SU-100. Formerly in Egyptian service during the Six Day War, captured by the Israelis and later sold to the collection.

3 & 4) StuG III Ausf. whatever.

5 & 6) Israeli M3 Halftrack, armed with 2x 12.7mm M2 Browning HMGs and 2x 7.62mm M1919 medium machine guns. This configuration was thrown together during the Yom Kippur War when Egyptian AT-3 Sagger missiles were causing havoc amongst Israeli armor. The Israelis discovered that the easiest way to deal with a Sagger was to use massive suppressing fire against the missile operator. This would cause the operator to duck, consequently missing his shot. Two half tracks would be assigned to every armored platoon to defend against Saggers.

7 & 8) Chieftain MBT. This is perhaps the most common vehicle in the collection, next to Shermans. Maybe about five in the collection in different marks and configurations, including a mine clearing flail tank.

9) 15cm Nebelwerfer 42. Notable for being assigned to the chemical section of the army, called the Nebeltruppen (smoke troops). Supposedly this was given its name as a disinformation strategy designed were designed to fool observers from the League of Nations. They were primarily intended to deliver poison gas and smoke shells although a high-explosive shell was developed for the Nebelwerfer from the beginning

10) M113 APC. The vehicle was first fielded by the United States Army’s mechanized infantry units in Vietnam in April 1962. The M113 was the most widely used armored vehicle of the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, earning the nickname ‘Green Dragon’ by the Viet Cong as it was used to break through heavy thickets in the midst of the jungle to attack and overrun enemy positions. It was largely known as an “ACAV” (armored cavalry assault vehicle) by the allied forces. Had a terrible susceptibility to mines and many soldiers took to riding on the roof instead of inside.

Submitted by the always based  cavalier-renegade

“On line, 21 Apr 1968, Opn MENG HO 11, minutes before assault on Ky Son. Two ROK APCs and B21 in background. LT Hasty and Meerholz can be seen on Bootlegger. In ensuing firefight, crew wounded, Meerholz KIA, and LT Hasty fighting tank and earning Silver Star.”