America’s fighting men and women have endured the hardships of combat for almost 250 years. However, those hardships haven’t prevented Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen from celebrating the Holy holiday. CombatTales.com presents a look at American war fighters celebrating Christmas during times of war.
Watch as soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 101st Division find a weapons cache in the Ashau Valley in Vietnam and then prepare to destroy the weapons and ordinance. Video shot on April 2, 1969.
Raw video of soldiers from the United States Army’s 1st Battalion, of the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) in March, 1966 in Vietnam.
Over an hour of U.S. Air Force bombing and strafing videos from 1967 in Vietnam. Check the list of pilots to see if one of your veteran friends or family was involved.
Video of First Infantry Division conducting combat operations in Vietnam from 1965-1970.
Army Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez was a true hero who shared his heart-wrenching life story the day he was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Ronald Reagan. The video inside contains comments by the President and then an amazing speech by an American hero.
Video of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division (Big Red 1) C Company 1/18 Infantry Battalion in Vietnam. The footage was taken between May 3-18, 1966.
The First Infantry Division of the United States Army is one of the proudest units in that service. During the Vietnam War the “Big Red 1” saw 6,146 of its soldiers die in combat, a figure that exceeds the total US forces losses in the recently completed Iraq War. Look inside for combat photos of the First Division in the Vietnam War. Some of these photos may never have been published on the web before. These photos were taken during the 1965-1967 time period.
Jeremiah Andrew Denton Jr. (born July 15, 1924) is a retired United States Navy rear admiral, naval aviator and a former Republican U.S. senator for the state of Alabama. He spent almost eight years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and later wrote a book about his experiences. Denton and Tschudy were both held as prisoners of war for almost eight years, four of which were spent in solitary confinement. Denton is best known for the 1966 North Vietnamese television interview he was forced to give as a prisoner, in which he ingeniously used the opportunity to communicate to American Intelligence.
Operation Lam Son 719 — When the U.S. attacked the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos, they avoided sending in ground troops, leaving that to South Vietnamese fighters. Pilots like Bob Clewell supported the battle, flying in the largest helicopter operation in the war.