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. Reply
    • admin, December 18, 2013
      Welcome Home Richard...I added your name...SF Reply
      • 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 Reply
  2. Cpl. David "Ripp" Rippberger A1/5 67-68, December 18, 2013
    Welcome home Brother Reply
    • 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 Reply
      • 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. Reply
  3. danny wilderman (wildman), January 8, 2014
    I was driver of tank Reply
    • admin, January 8, 2014
      Just added the two AP Photos above. Is that you driving? Reply
      • danny wilderman (wildman), January 8, 2014
        yes if it is A-51 Reply
  4. 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 Reply
  5. 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, Reply
  6. 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 . Reply
  7. 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"! Reply

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