A kneeling NCO (non commissioned officer) kneels and opens fire with his Australian-made Owen Submachine Gun. Backing him up are two lying prone soldiers... one fires the American M60, belt-fed machine gun while the other utilizes the standard L1A1 SLR (self loading rifle). The fourth member of the section is the radio man holding his M16 rifle in one hand while he calls in a SITREP (situation report) on the handset of his PRC-25 radio set.
Meanwhile in Hue City, further north from Saigon, this young ‘Grunt’ sprints for cover, one hand gripping his M16, the other holding onto his steel helmet.
Every Marine, regardless of rank and Corps specialty is, first and foremost, a Marine Rifleman! This ‘Grunt’ goes down on one knee to take up a firing position and ‘take-out’...
As VN036 sprints for cover his kneeling buddy shouts over to him.
Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Canley served multiple tours in South Vietnam between 1965 and 1970. In January 1968 he was with Alpha Co., 1st Btn., 1st Marine Regt., 1st Marine...