DOTTIE at BS 630 855, home of the 1st Battalion
6th Infantry from 22 Mar 70 to 14 Jun 71.
east from the VIP helicopter pad toward thet Tactical Operations Center
gate at LZ Dottie 1970.
the many radio antennas just the right edge. The sign was added in
Nov 1970 for a visit by GEN
the commander of all US forces in Vietnam. (Below) An OH-6 LOH at
the VIP pad.
photos from by Rick Phillips, who served as aCrew Chief, 176th Assault
Helicopter Company 70-71
An OH-6 Light Observation Helicopter (LOH) on the VIP pad at LZ Dottie
in late 1970. The pilot
of this particular aircraft, Philip E. Richard (aka Gooch)
to the northwest from the chopper pad at LZ Dottie, toward the hamlet of
Xuan Yen Ta (2) The
Army "water buffalo" is destined for a helicopter sling load ride to a
forward fire support base on
Batangan, while the Vietnamese water buffalo is really a tractor.
Early 1970 photos above and
provided by Earl Pogue, 1-14 FA. (Both photos may be enlarged)
sling load of ammunition has company on the pad at LZ Dottie. View
is to the southwest, with the
of the quarry just on the other side of the road visible at left.
Wade's photo of he and David Compton (3rd Plt, C Co. 1st Bn 6th Inf 1970-71)
at LZ Dottie.
was an M-60 gunner, while David was an extraordinary pointman.A chance
to get cleaned up
the clean uniforms) and shaved at LZ Dottie after weeks in the field meant
living in a tin hut,
guard duty on the bunker line, and performing necessary chores. It
also meant real food in
mess tent rather than C-rations out of cans, a bunk bed rather than the
ground, and loud music
a hootch instead of whispers in the hedgerows.
the tin structure in the background: a two-hole latrine, containing two
cut-off 55 gal drums to
the s---, and then to be burned. Someone had to stir the mess to
be sure it burned completely.
was the real smell of Vietnam in the morning--burning fuel oil mixed with
s--- (not burning napalm).
additional photos from the index at left, or link to the 1st Bn 6th Inf