203000 Cpt. James W. Herrington, seen here mounting his M-60 tank. This photo was taken during training at Fort Carson, Colorado. 1/77 trained on the M-60 tank. There weren’t enough Armor Captains to go around, so, although trained as an Infantry Officer, Jim was chosen to lead A Company as the unit deployed to Vietnam in the summer of 1968. Later he served as the Battalion S1. Jim passed on sometime after leaving the service.
203001 Lazlo “Ernie” Kovacs waiting at Travis AFB for the flight to RVN
203005 The day the equipment arrived!? Anybody know more?
203007 July 24th 1968 – Arrival
203010 The tank commander is Captain Darrell Blalock, the Company C Commander. Riding the loaders hatch is his trusty F.O., Rich Anderson (call sign 87I). The bridge, just downstream of this shot had been washed out by a big flood. It was the main supply route to our units in the north. The engineers came in and built a floating bridge at this site. Later the 1/77th moved out of Cam Lo combat base and moved to LZ Nancy. August 1968.
203015 Mine damage on Tank A-34 that occurred during Operation Sullivan September 13, 1968. Tank A-34 had backed over a mine in the Market Place area south of Hill 56 during the closing hours of the operation. No one was injured, but Merton Teixeira (3rd PSG) was very concerned for his driver, Kevin Dunne who was not answering calls over the intercom due to having some problem with the switch on his CVC helmet. Operation Sullivan was the first (and last) large armored mission of its type into the DMZ.
Photo by Kevin Dunne, Sept 1968.
203017 A company tank crew #66, with cook. (L to R) Thomas McCauley, Gary Goodwin, Ron Parrett and John Kenny, a cook from D company. John was attached to A company for his entire tour. He passed on a few weeks after returning home. This photo was taken September 1968 at C-3 near Cam Lo.
203020 Joe Wotruba A/2plt (letf) and Support Sgt John Kerns (right). These guys are in the process of restocking the beverage stores, or is it a removal? NZ Nancy 1968. Photo by CO Jerry Brown! Wow! This must have been an inspection by Jerry.
203025 Info. needed! Must have been important, we didn’t have many formations.
203026 Info. needed! Second from left is Cpt. Jerry Brown, can you name the others?
203030 Wunder Beach – Info. needed!
203032 Info. needed!
203033 Philip Venson. tank crewman, 3rd Platoon A Company. He is seen on the rear deck of Tank 31 northeast of Hai Lang (LZ Sandy). Operations in the coastal areas proved to be hard on drive sprockets and tracks due to excessive wear caused by sand. Phil was best known for his ability in fulfilling part requisition lists. Photo taken by Kevin Dunne late ’68, early ’69.
203035 1/77 Armor scout track on the coast. GI seen here in conversation with local residents. Date and photographer unknown.
203037 Wunder Beach area on the South China Sea. Date/Photographer unknown
203038 Info. needed!
203039 Photo taken from Tank A66 December 1968 west of LZ Nancy Area 101. Note the personal gear boxes partially seen on side of turret. Boxes seen in other photos of A66 confirms this. Tank in back ground is A Company asset. Note the yellow outlined diamond on side of turret of tank A13, SSgt Jay Griffin in the TC hatch and gunner Paul ‘Pop’ Stuwart in the loaders hatch. This tank is a M48A2C Moe gas power pack. Photo taken by Jerry Brown.
203040 A worn and very tired Jerry Brown (right). Probably tired of Bob Rushforth smoking (left). During Operation Napoleon Saline II/ AO Marshall Mountain 1968. Photographer unknown.
203042 Cpt. Jerry Brown (CO A Co.) & 1Lt Robert Elrod (FO 5/4 Arty) indulging in lunch. Looks like food from home, not C rations! Photo by Gary Goodwin
203043 A66 (M48A2C gas power) west of LZ Nancy, Area 101, Dec. 1968. L-R Terry Greer(driver A65), Gary Goodwin (driver A66), Larry Wisenhunt (loader A65). Photo by Jerry Brown
203044 West of LZ Nancy, Dec. 1968, A66 crewman napping. Photo by Jerry Brown
203045 Company A tank LZ Nancy December 1968. M48A2C Moe gas power pack on the ground. This has to be a 1st Platoon tank. 3rd Platoon will be all over it next night for parts, ha. 1Lt Bill Kauffman over sees maintenance team. Bill Kaufman goes on to CO 1st 77th Battalion Maintenance and CO of A Troop 4/12 Cav later in 1969. Photo by Jerry Brown
203046 Captain Brown (CO A) on the radio with battalion calling east of Hai Lang December 1968. Need more …… soda, ice ….. don’t forget the beer, over! Photographer unknown.
203047 USO Show at LZ Nancy May Or June ’69 Girl had gotten hurt and still went on with the show.
203048 Mail time – Info. needed
203049 SP/5 John Theiss Hq Platoon stands next to A-10 at LZ Nacy 1968.
203050 Gerry Dubois (left) TC for A-10 and Bill Wilburn (right) possibly changing a jeep tire. Bill was one of the M-60 gunners when A-10 hit a mine. Bill perished as a result of the attack and Gerry was severely wounded. Photo by Jerry Brown NZ Nancy 1968.
203052 Battalion Command tank #66 (M48A2C) on the edges of Area 101 west of LZ Nancy. CO of A Company, Jerry Brown, speaking with the command group on issues at hand …… ‘ya know Sir, we had warm sodas again yesterday’ Ha! Late 1968. Photo by Gary Goodwin.
203055 Kendell Brown A Company Clerk. Thanksgiving 1968. Look at that grin before consuming the Army chow! The cooks did a fine job. We remember it was a great meal in all ways. Photo by Jerry Brown LZ Nancy.
203058 Tank A-31, a M-48A2C (power pack Mo-Gas) seen here at LZ Nancy. 1/77 Armor started receiving the refurbished M-48A3 (power pack diesel) as replacements of the A2s by late 1968. Photo by Kevin Dunne Dec 1968
203060 Chuck Winslow’s tank, A-11 burned out (M-48A2C Gas power pack). During Operation Napoleon Saline II/AO Marshall Mountain, on December 1st, 1968, 1/77 Armor was operating west of LZ Nancy at the edge of Area 101. Lt. Winslow (with his boots off), while leading his 1st platoon on a tank trail and was hit by a command detonated mine. SP/4 Dick Cavanaugh was the driver who rescued the wounded William Ramige and Winslow. Cavanaugh was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor. The tank burned all day. This was Jerry Brown’s first operation commanding A Company. The Battalion CO had assured his new company commander this area very near the LZ had been quiet. Tank Photo by Jerry Brown, Dec 1968.
203062 Late 1968 or early 1969, Co. A, 2nd Plt. Tk during operations on the coast east of Hai Lang (LZ Sandy).
203070 Jerry’s tank with Grunts on board.
203071 Terry Dallape checking out damage to Renoux’s tank.
203073 A-34 moving through the Phuoe Mon Village southwest of LZ Sharon (Napoleon Saline II/Marshall Mt). Photo by Kevin Dunne Jan 1969.
203074 Continuing on during Operation Napoleon Saline II/Marshall Mt.
203075 During Operation Napoleon Saline II/Marshall Mountain (Nov 1st ’68 thru February ’69 ) 1/77 Armor pushed deep into the western hills. Seen here is a 3rd Platoon tank of A Company running up a road way to Nhu Le Village on the Thach Han River northwest of LZ Sharon. During this operation 1/77 Armor would make its first attempt to cut an overland route to Ong Do Hill (LZ Ann 275 meters in elevation). On January 14th, 1969 two reinforced tank platoons from Company A would make Hill 124, 2500 meters east of this old 1st Cav Fire Support Base, LZ Ann. They were unable to find a route for armored vehicles to the LZ and returned on the 16th. During a second attempt in early February by A Company’s 2nd Platoon (reinforced) would reach the LZ. Photo by Kevin Dunne Jan 1969.
203076 The “road” didn’t get any better.
203077 1/77 Armor operating in Area 101 west of LZ Nancy. Early to mid 1969. Photographer unknown.
203080 LZ Sharon. The 3rd Platoon at camp during rains. The mud! Life in tents made tankers feel very exposed. Photo by Kevin Dunne Jan 1969.
203083 A-10 Command/Communications M-113 vehicle being removed from the battle area after hitting a large land mine. This was Gerry Dubois track. Stu Iverson driver, Bill Wliburn and Terry Yee on the M-60 guns. One engineer from 7th Eng. Bn. was on board, name unknown. Photo by Kevin Dunne on January 16th, 1969.
203084 A 3rd Platoon tank dragging A-10 track to LZ Sharon. The fierceness of the explosion below the commander’s cupola some 75 feet in the air with TC G. Dubois. The track burned throughout to day. Photo by Kevin Dunne, Jan 16th,
203085 A-10 C&C track. Second Platoon tank in the back ground. Note the blown hatches at all access points. Crew members had been sitting in the cargo when the land mine detonated just behind and to the left of the TC cupola. This occurred on returning from Hill 124 during the first attempt to reach LZ Ann (Ong Do Hill). Operation Napoleon Saline II/Marshall Mountain. Multiple tanks had negotiated a small tributary stream to the Thach Han River. The exit point was quite slick with mud. All vehicles prior to A-10 had straddled the mine. A-10 initially exited from the stream in good order. Then it slipped to the right losing some traction. The left track detonating the mine. January 16th, 1969. Photo by Kevin Dunne.
203087 Terry Dallape & Lazlo “Ernie” Kovacs
203088 Dave Lacey, Tank 31 driver, A Company. Dave sits here on the main gun tube enjoying a cool beverage. Dave perished in the early morning hours of April 25th, 1969 southwest of Khe Sanh during Operator Remagen. Photo taken by Kevin Dunne, early 1969.
203089 Operation Remagen April 1969. Company A 3rd Platoon tank. Photo by Kevin Dunne.
203090 Operation Remagen April 1969 We had to get across that river
203091 Operation Remagen. Vehicles of 1/77th Armor on QL-9 closing on the Khe Sanh area. This view from the drivers hatch of A-34 shows a M60 AVLB placing its 60 foot span folding scissors bridge over the upper Quang Tri River in mid April ’69. Seen waiting to cross is a VTR A-9 (M-88) of A Company. Photo by Kevin Dunne April 1969.
203092 Operation Remagen Spring 1969. This view from tank A-34 shows A-9 pulled up between two 3rd Platoon tanks. Mechanical problems with armored vehicles during extended operations such has Remagen, in the Khe Sanh area was something unit commanders had to deal with. Support of maneuver units proved to be a challenge for 1/77 Armor maintenance and support personnel. This was met with excellence and determination. A job well done. Photo by Kevin Dunne April 1969.
203094 SP4 Terry Dallape (acting-jack 5) atop C33. Terry was TC of C33 for only about three weeks when he and medic Harold Stump and Sp4 Cantrell from 1-11 were killed in an RPG ambush trying to stop us from getting to their main regiment. The loader, PFC Butler and two other 1-11 grunts were wounded. C33 was the lead tank and the driver, PFC McPhie, was radioed to back up to clear the road for the rest of the platoonand ended up flipping C33 on it’s top in a crater. The NVA regiment was wiped out primarily by air strikes that utilized everything available other that B-52s. Later that day one of our VTR’s got C33 back over on it’s tracks and PFC McPhie drove it back to A4 in the moonless dark with no headlights. Thankfully the VTR’s gas engine belched flames that PFC McPhie could follow.
203096 This is believed to be a 1st Platoon tank of A Company 1/77 AR. It has been stated that the 3rd Platoon was looking for replacement parts once again. The 3rd always started with the 1st Platoon. Kevin Dunne took this photo showing the results of a spare parts retrieval mission. Probably headed up by Phil Venson, 3rd Platoon scrounger. Ha! LZ Nancy 1969.
203098 Platoon Sgt Merton Teixeira seen here in camouflage uniform with USMC gunney cap, on his tank A-34. Photo Kevin Dunne. LZ Nancy 1969
203100 M88 VTR (vehicle/tank/recovery) A-9 from A Company. LZ Sharon. 1969 photo Kevin Dunne.
203102 SP/5 Phil Venson & Sgt/5 Dave ‘Chief’ Hargrove are seen here servicing the 50 cal MG on tank 31.1969 photo by Kevin Dunne.
203104 “I want to go Home” USO show at LZ Sharon 1969. Photo by Kevin Dunne
203106 Come on Kevin, look up and smile,
Kevin Dunne 1969. Photographer unknown.
203108 SP5 Kevin Dunne in front of A-34. LZ Sharon 1969. Photographer unknown.
203110 M48A3 Patton Medium Tank. The yellow diamond and number identify this vehicle is part of A Company 3rd Platoon number 34, a Platoon Sgt Command tank. LZ Sharon. 1969 photo by Kevin Dunne.
203112 3rd Platoon tanks from A Company 1/77 Armor. LZ Sharon. 1969 photo by Kevin Dunne.
203115 Jerry’s first selfie? Nice shades!
203117 Cooks from Company D. John Kenny and Smitty. LZ Nancy 1969. Photo by Jerry Brown.
203119 Somebody had fun making photshopping this one!
203121 Gary McCollough sees over a tire charge on
Route 9. This picture was taken in route to LZ Van DerGiff. Gary was catching up to his assigned unit, now operating in the Khe Sanh area (Operation Remagen). Gary perished on May 25th, 1969 at LZ Sandy, during an attack on the fire support base. An RPG round hit the hinge of the open loaders hatch while Gary was servicing the weapons system. Gary was a loader for 2nd Platoon, Company A. Photo taken on April 22nd, 1969.
203123 …the only tank with a front bumper!
The tanker working on the track is Jerry Ogren. Photo taken at LZ Sharon early 1969. CO Jerry Brown’s tank #66 of Company A.
203125 Jerry Ogren sitting in the commander’s hatch. Jerry was the gunner of tank #66. Later he was assigned to tank #65 as it’s commander. Jerry perished on September 16th, 1969 in the A-4 FSB, during a day time rocket attack. He was a member of Company A, Headquarters Tank Section. Photo taken at LZ Nancy early/mid 1969
203127 1st Lt Charles “Chuck” H Winslow. This photo was taken in A company’s club, at LZ Nancy mid ’69. Chuck was 1st Platoon leader, XO, and acting CO before leaving the unit in fall of ’69. One of Chuck’s other duties while serving with the company, was the beverage supply to the unit’s club, and keeping the books on incoming and outgoing beverages. During the period of 2003 to 2009 Chuck served as Quartermaster, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-president and President of the Association. He was responsible for registering the URL www.steeltigers.org and was instrumental in setting up our original website.
203129 Info. needed!
203131 Info. needed!
203132 Info. needed!
203133 Info. needed!
203140 Info. needed!
203142 Info. needed!
203144 Info. needed!
203146 Info. needed!
203148 Info. needed!
203150 Scout Platoon Leadership, from left to right: Sgt Billy Stewart, Sgt.Walter Riggs, Lt. Bruce Goldsmith, Sgt. Dick Makela (deceased), Sgt. Bobby Lyon Date: Mid 1969. Location: LZ Nancy. Photographer unknown
203152 Cpt. Matt Spruill is seen here next to his tank. Matt was the third CO for A company. After just a few months with A company, he was CO of ATrp 4/12 Cav. This photo was taken during the summer of ’69 at LZ Nancy.
203160 Info. needed!
203162 Quang Tri City 1970
203164 Rob Sutton chillin’ on the gun tube! 1970
203166 Camp Red Devil – Info. needed on these 3!
203170 On 12 February 1970, while we were working the A Shau Valley, we came a upon a rice field that had a narrow road across it. It was the only way to get to the other side, so Lt. Walter Bradford told us not to cross because of the golden rule. The Company Commander Captain Rodger Ford decided that we should cross it. Lt. Bradford argued with him but nothing would work. Frank Reeves put the tank into gear and away we went, about twenty feet and we were airborne. I slammed my head on the turret and was thrown to the front of the tank, Nick Trama was right behind me. We thought we were taking small arms fire so we both tried to get back into the tank through the commander’s hatch. As always the TC was in the hatch, but that didn’t stop us, we all ended up on the floor cursing. The NVA got an ” At-A-Boy” that day, and I heard later that Captain Ford was relieved after a couple more occurrences.
203172 L-R: Executive Officer Unknown, Capt. Moore, Pete Peterson [PEACE] at LZ Sandy. June ’69 – June ’70
203174 L-R.. SSgt. Unknown..Tom Tviet [Twitty]..Sgt. Garza..Nick Trama..Rick Raddigan..Unknown..Unknown
June ’69 – June ’70
203176 Rick Raddigan looking down into the A Shau Valley, March 1970..drove up a slippery muddy hill..no other tanks could climb that hill, so our tank crew spent all night on that hill by ourselves.
203180 RPG dud. 1970 photo by John Hannum Co C 1//77 Ar.
203182 Sgt Bailey (gunner/TC) takes a moment from his 50 cal MG to smile for the camera. He his seen here in the command cupola of tank C-21on a search and destroy operation north of Fire Support Base C-2 several miles south of the DMZ. Photo by John W Hannum Co. C 1/77
203184 1970 accommodations for C Company 1/77 Armor at C-2 FSB. No improvement over previous years. Home sweet Home for John Hannum photographer.
203186 Some down time at the Quang Tri Combat Base 1970. Smith (center) and Bob Hawke (right) speaking of the weather and Army Chow perhaps. GI on the left unknown. Photo by John W Hannum Co C 1/77 Ar.
203188 Bob Hawke (left) and Doc. Quang Tri 1970. Photo by John W Hannum C0 C 1/77 Ar.
203190 GIs from Company C 2nd platoon taking few moments for C-rations. This is during sweep operations west of C-2 FSB. 1970 photo by John Hannum Co C 1//77 Armor.
203192 ‘Tracks off! Road wheels damaged! Over!’ John Hannum standing in a crater made by an anti/tank mine. This second platoon tank from C Company ran into troubles just north of A-4 FSB (Con Thien). 1970 photographer unknown.
203194 Search and Destroy operation north of C-2 FSB. 2nd Platoon C-1/77Armor. 1970 photo by John Hannum.
203196 1st Battalion 61st Mechanized Infantry Regiment APC (M-113) operating on the plains south of the DMZ 1970. Photo by John Hannum C Co 1/77 Ar.
203198 This is an example of the NPC (military script) used by the 1/77Armor GIs during the early part of 1970. Photo by John W Hannum Co C 1/77 AR.
203199 This is an example of a type of propaganda leaflet. Anyone know what it says?
203200 1st Battalion, 77th Armor, 1969-1970
Used with permission of
The Company of Military Historians Headquarters
203300 Info. needed!
203301 Info. needed!
203302 Info. needed!
203303 Info. needed! Is that a Zippo?
203304 Info. needed!
203305 Info. needed!
203306 Info. needed!
203320 Info. needed!
203321 Info. needed!
203322 Info. needed!
203500 75 Lee
203504 Captured 122 rocket
203505 CC and WT Sharon
203506 Chinook Resupply
203507 Con Thien hill
203511 Khe Sanh Village
203512 Khe Sanh Hilltop Firebase
203513 langv M48 destroyed
203516 patrol south of Cua Viet
203517 Rainbow over Sharon
203519 TF Remagen
203520 TF Remagen
203521 TF Remagen
203522 TF Remagen
203523 TF Remagen
203524 Vandy to Khe Sanh Valley road