29 Historical Photos Of The Vietnam War

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Photo shows Lt. Commander Donald D. Sheppard, of the U.S. Navy about to shoot a flaming arrow at a target on the banks of the Bassac River in Vietnam on 1967. In what was called “Operation Game Warden,” the Army teamed up with the Navy to form the River Patrol Force and utilized 31-foot river patrol boats or PBRs to prevent the enemy from using the river for transportation and also to locate and destroy Communist forces in the delta. The PBRs were usually manned by a crew of four and are equipped with dual .50 caliber machine guns, light machine guns, grenade launchers, and for moments like these, a bow and arrow.