Sapper Attack!
December 4 - 5, 1966

377th Air Police Squadron, Tan Son Nhut, RVN
by:  Joe McNeil, Life Member VSPA
Copyright © 2009
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Official USAF 600th Photo Squadron Photographs In Vietnam

On Dec 4 - 5, 1966 Tan Son Nhut AB received 33 rounds
during a Stand Off and Sapper attack.

Casualties:  US KIA 3, WIA 15, RVN KIA 3, WIA 4, 20 aircraft damaged. NVA/VC KIA:  28, POW 4.


While reading Bill Trimble's story, I recalled that I had numerous pictures from that 4 - Dec 1966 sapper
attack which I received from a “friend” in the 600th photo unit.  The 12 photos from the sapper attack
were taken by USAF combat photographers during the operations.  The original photos are 8 X 10 black
and white.  They are all black and white and depict our “sweeps” “Viet Cong weapons recovered” and
morgue photos of VC killed in the action.

600th Photo Sq Patch   I have no caveats on these photos that I am aware of.  Photos are all from
   the USAF 600th Photo Squadron, Vietnam, which did all the PR photos for
   the press corp.  I know they were checked by someone before I left the
   country as there were marks on my photo album that weren’t there when I
   packed my hold baggage.

   All photographs are by Official USAF combat photographers, 600th Photo
   Squadron, during or following the Sapper Attack, 4 - 5 Dec 1966.

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1.  377th Air Police form a skirmish line to search for hiding sappers.
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2.  Close up of photo 1.
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3.  377th APS Airmen search scrub brush
and holes for VC and NVA sappers.
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4.  377th APS Airmen prepare to cross a gully stream,
search for VC and NVA sappers.
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5.  377th APS Airmen crossing a gully stream, searching for VC and NVA sappers.
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What's a little water...?
6.  377th APS Airmen crossing a gully stream, searching for VC and NVA sappers.
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7.  377th APS Airmen search scrub brush,
concealing-structures, and holes for VC and NVA sappers.
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8.   377th APS Airmen search perimeter fields, scrub brush,
heavy foliage and forest for concealed VC and NVA sappers.
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9.  Close up of photo 8.
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10.  377th APS Airmen search scrub brush and holes for VC and NVA sappers.
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11.  377th APS Airmen prepare to cross another
stream, searching for VC and NVA sappers.
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12.  Close up of photo 11.
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13.  Close up of photo 11.
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14.  NCO from Explosive Ordinance Detachment (EOD)
examines VC boots, discarded while fleeing.
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15.  Explosive Ordinance Detachment (EOD)
makes safe the VC/NVA weapons cache displayed.
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16.  Just a portion of the VC/NVA weapons cache being displayed.
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17.  Major and NCOs examine VC/NVA weapons cache.
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18.  Battle damaged 377th Air Police Pickup Truck. Note: The busted gum-ball red light on top.
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