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“Ferrying South Vietnamese rangers, American helicopters from the 199th Light Infantry Brigade swooped into a landing zone on the fringe of a pineapple plantation. August 1967.”
(Dang Van Phuoc for the AP)
Some excellent context added by “dittybopper”:
My old unit! I joined the 199th a couple of months after this photo was taken. At that time the brigade was still doing joint operations, training operations, with the 5th ARVN Rangers and the picture shows those rangers. I can tell by the logo on their helmets.
The Pineapple Plantation, one of several, was south and west of Saigon bordering the Mekong River Delta in IV Corps. The whole delta area was a sanctuary, R&R playground and staging area for the VC. It was one of the areas used as a staging area for attacks on Saigon during the Tet Offensive, 1968. They traveled mostly at night in sampans along the uncounted tributaries of the delta. Hard to find, difficult to engage and they knew every nook and cranny. Ambush was the name of that game.