Alpha Company 1st Tanks with Wounded 1/5 Marines – February 15, 1968

Photo by Stars & Strips John Olson.


Jim Beals C 1/5 (Holding the bottle), Richard Schlagel (holding James Blaine KIA 2/15 – C 1/5), Jim Rice H&S 1/5 (w/Bandage on face), Dennis Ommert H&S 1/5 (behind Jim), and last Richard E. Hill.

“Jim Beals, who is holding the bottle, had the bottle shot out of his hand by a sniper or a stray bullet moments after this shot was taken.” – Nephew of Jim, Al Billings

“Jim Beals and I were standing next to James when he was shot. People Magazine found us and took our stories.” – Richard Schlagel

AP Photos (Released 2013)

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Delta 1/5 taking the Dong Ba Tower – February 16, 1968
Photo by Time Magazine.


Two top Marines left to right are Bob Thoms (Cajun Bob), and Jim Walsh. Middle Marine is Selwyn Taitt (SMan), and bottom Marine is Tom Zwetow.


Battle in Hue, Vietnam – February 1968
Photo by Don McCullin.


Information; Sniper Eric Henshall. 1 Story Link 2 Story Link



Charlie 1/5-Citadel, Huy City Feb. 14, 1968


LtoR-Brad Sillman (In back w/cigarette), Ed Engel (Pointing), Emmett Gibson (Behind Ed), Roger Eggers, William Johnson, Unknown (Glasses),


Story behind Photos;

In the photos above show Charlie 1/5 – M60 fire team firing on the enemy in Hue City. During the firing, a media crew was filming and when all was done, a photographer didn’t get the shot he wanted so he asked the Marines to stage for another shot. So in the photo on the right shows the staged shot with no ammo belt in the 60.

LtoR-Ed Engel (Finger in ear), Emmett Gibson (Behind Ed), Bradford ‘Buzzard Brad’ Sillman, Roger Eggers (On M60), William Johnson


Bruce Leming and Roger Yagle – Huy City Feb. 1968

Alpha Co. 1/5 Gunner Roger E. Yagle and Bruce Leming behind him in the Citadel, Hue City – Feb. 1968.



Hue City – Feb. 17th 1968

Left to Right: Seated on helmet, is John Carrow (A 1/5), Dave ‘Alphabet’ Nanybida (A 1/5), and Unknown.


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  1. Richard E. Hill, December 12, 2013
    My name is Richard Hill and I am the last marine on the tank. If you count from front to rear I am the seventh man. I was interviewed by Time life magazine . I was 1/5 H&S 81 mortars , they were doing a medivac and my corpsman ask if there was room for one more, someone on the tank yelled back there is always room for one more. I had shrapnel metal in both my lower legs . I was pushed up onto the tank. I believe everyone on the tank was from Alpha company except me.
  2. admin, December 18, 2013
    Welcome Home Richard...I added your name...SF
  3. Cpl. David "Ripp" Rippberger A1/5 67-68, December 18, 2013
    Welcome home Brother
  4. danny wilderman (wildman), January 8, 2014
    I was driver of tank
  5. admin, January 8, 2014
    Just added the two AP Photos above. Is that you driving?
  6. danny wilderman (wildman), January 8, 2014
    yes if it is A-51
  7. Guy H Day, May 18, 2014
    Hello, My name is Guy Day from Indianapolis In. My uncle was Cpl Howard R. Carpenter Jr. Aco 1stbn 5thmar. He was Kia 18FEB68 in Hue. I was born in JUL68 so I didnt get to meet him. I grew up having him and all our troops as my heros. I have been searching for the events that day that took my uncles life. I would appreciate any information you could provide. As a veteran I understand and respect your position if you don't or can't provide any info. Thank you for your service, Guy H Day
  8. Alan Davis, August 12, 2014
    My Uncle was in Fox company, 2/5, 3rd platoon. His name is L/Cpl Kenneth Lee Crysel and his squad leader was called Arkie, Cpl. Albritton, because he was from Arkansas. They, and many others, are mentioned in a book written by Eric Hammel, "Fire in the street- The battle for Hue, Tet 1968". I'm wondering if anyone here could help me get any information for some questions I have. L/Cpl Crysel was more like a big brother to me than an Uncle as he was only ten years older than me, I was only 9 when he was kia Feb. 15, '68 in Hue, of course, making him only 19. I myself was a Marine for four years, '76 to '80, India 3/2, 2nd. Marines, It would be an honor to speak with any of you, especially the ones that fought right along with my Uncle, firstly, his team, their ranks at the time of battle, Arkie, Cpl Allbritton, L/cpl Stewert, L/cpl (Warren, the machine gunner), and Pfc Rigollet. Others would include any guys from 2/5 and anyone else in Hue at the time. My email is, seekingjoy2003 at yahoo dot com RIP Lt. Col. (Lt. Gen.) Cheatham, June 14, 2014
  9. Steve Vann, November 24, 2014
    A plague will be placed in the Haralson county Ga court house in honor of Lance Corp Paul R Cheatwood 1/5, he received the Navy Cross for actions in Hue, Phase Line Green, People were amazed when they found out what he did, he never talked about it. He passed 2 yr's ago,
  10. Ray Gallagher, January 17, 2015
    Howard and I were good friends, I was wounded on 2 Feb. so I wasn't there when we lost him. I did speak with the Corpsman who treated Howard (Doc Martin) he gave me all the details.
  11. Ellen Smith, February 1, 2015
    I was wondering if Ronald Smith was in that picture of wounded 15 marines? He's my father and I was told one of these in the picture is him ? Thank you .
  12. Alan Davis, July 16, 2016
    I've so much respect for what all you guys did in Hue. Losing my Uncle there, and being a Marine myself, I think about you guys often. "Fire in the Streets"!
  13. Richard E.Hill, March 18, 2017
    Thank you Sir but the guy on the tank laying down is Alvin Grantham he was with C 1/5 A machine gun or he was shot in the chest with an AK-47 and he still alive I just had a reunion with him and also with John OLSON Who took the colored picture thank you sir
  14. Kyle, March 31, 2017
    I meant to say...If that's Alvin Grantham...then why does everyone keep saying that is James Graham Blaine who died 2-15-68? Please disregard my first comment!
  15. Lawrence Smith, August 5, 2017
    Roger was my cousin and am looking for any more photos that may be available. Please email me for any verifications you may need and any of the family members can verify me. If you have any info on Tom Yagle, that would also be most appreciated. Thanks, Larry
  16. Gene Wilson, March 2, 2018
    I have identified the Medic on the tank in the picture of A.B. Grantham and Richard E. Hill. His name is John Bryant and he lives in Washington State. He would love to communicate with them. Please let me know what I can do to help facilitate that. Thank you and thank you for your service.
  17. Richard E Hill, March 2, 2018
    This is always a sad and hard subject to talk about it was nothing good about the battle of Hue City I was a L/cp with 81s. Guy H Day I did not know your Uncle and I was hit on the 16 th of February and Medvac out on the 17th on the tank picture. But I can tell you this your Uncle fought like a hero and is what Marines are made of and he is what Americas are all about. I’m so sorry you did not get to grow up with him, I wish I could give you more Sir but I will give you this from all of us Semper Fi
  18. Eric Snider, May 12, 2018
    My grandfather wasn’t present during the battle but a man who he went to basic with is Richard Schlagel I was wondering if he’s still around or if he remembers anything about my grandpa John
  19. Pam Kain, January 24, 2019
    My husband's friend is John Groff. He is all the way on the back of the tank with is helmet crooked. He passed away on Jan. 22, 2019. The funeral is friday 1/25/2019.
  20. Judy Johnson, March 2, 2019
    Is L/Cpl Kenneth Lee Crysel in the top picture? He died 2.15.68. Is there anyone who knew him? Was anyone with him the day he died? Can you tell me anything? I am his niece and my mom would like more details than they were given. Thanks, Judy Johnson
  21. Rob Blaine, March 14, 2019
    Here is the highly documented truth (article below). DOCUMENTED. All the details in this story are backed up with documents from the DOD/Marine Corp. Additionally, there are numerous eye witness accounts from guys who were there at the moment. On top of that, an Army digital historian, Erik Villard, after reading the story, did a photo analysis of both Jimmy Blaine and Alvin Grantham. His conclusion is that the guy on the tank is Blaine. Not enough? OK. How about this. The tank he's on has an ID number in Sir Don McCullin's pictures (same tank, same guy just before John Olson shows up and takes his picture). A52. It was leaving Hue for repairs so it was carrying out some wounded on it's way to the repair shop. The date it left Hue, according to documented records discovered by Villard- Feb. 15, 1968. It wasn't in Hue on the 17th to pic up Hill and Grantham. They rode a tank out, but it wasn't that one. Nope. It's not Grantham. It's Blaine.
  22. admin, March 15, 2019
    Thank You all for your posts

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