4th Platoon, C Company, 4th/47th Battalion, 2nd Brigade Charlie Company troopers takin’ a break between patrols in the Mekong Delta on the USS Benewah’s pontoon. There’s Mike O’Gara sitting at right (facing camera) and Jimmie Salazar at center of the five guys standing. Ron Gann the Mortar Man! Firing this weapon with skill &accuracy was quite a specialty. Paris Fadden – 4th Platoonreplacement from Minnesota. June 1967 – That’s the USS Benewah – home sweet home andheadquarters for the Mobile Riverine Force. Sgt. Pedro Blas looking over Wes Ostrem’s shoulder – the RTO is Paris, who transferred from the 4th I.D & the fellow smiling is a Vietnamese soldier. General Fulton awards Ronnie Gann his 2nd Purple Heart. It was Ronnie’s 21st Birthday – he and The General celebrated with beer and cup cakes. Anyone know this soldier’s name? Ronnie Gann chowing down a fresh pineapple. Alan Richards swimming in the muddy Mekong River. Robert Jindra gave the ultimate sacrifice on June 19, 1967. Kenny Frakes also died on June 19, 1967. Ronnie got his 1st Purple Heart from our June 19th Battle near Ap Bac Village down in the Mekong. Berm guard duty at Dong Tam was uneventful butnighttime could be quite another story. Two 4th Platoon troopers digging a mortar pit at Camp Bearcat. 4th Platoon’s tent & mortar trench at Camp Bearcat. Alan Richards setting a claymore minefor the night while on patrol. Mortar Platoon’s home sweet home in the Mekong Delta.March – April 1967.