This group of photos was sent to me by Tiger Dennis Hamblin. In his own words: "...In February of '69 almost the entire Tiger Force was reformed. It seems like 3 or 4 of us were selected from each company in the 1/327th. The remaining Tigers were few- Sergeants Field, Paige and Gertsch and a couple of "short-timers ("Lurch" for one).
Most were draftees, country boys with about 4 months in country, many, like myself hadn't gone to jump school. In little timethough with the leadership we had, we became a tight group and were all proud to be Tigers."
"John [Gertsch] saved my life more than once. I had to carry his body up the hill to the LZ the day he was killed. After that the Tigers were never the same for me. Two months later I went home."
Rear of boat to front: Karl Malmin, John Gertsch, Dennis Hamblin. This is what passed for Vietnamese "riverine operations". The men had just conducted a short patrol further upstream, and used the kid's boat to travel to the jumping off point.
Winning hearts and minds in Phu Loc. Dennis is the only one I can ID here 3d from left. Notice the kid with the cigarette.
Karl Malmin, and Dennis Hamblin.
Dennis Hamblin on road out of Phu Loc.