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Bruce Thiemann - Vietnam War
Bruce Thiemann enlisted in the Army in 1968, and following his training as a helicopter mechanic, he was sent to Vietnam and assigned to B Troop, 7th Squadron of the 1st Air Cavalry Regiment, based at Vĩnh Long, South Vietnam. Thiemann volunteered to serve as a door gunner and then as a crew chief on UH-1H Huey helicopters. As crew chief, he insured the ship was properly maintained, armed, gassed up, with the logbook kept up to date. He assisted his aircraft commanders with insertion missions, dropping off and picking up infantry troops in the Mekong Delta region of South Vietnam, as well as near the Cambodian border.
Interview Session (Audio)
Bruce Theimann, M-16 in hand, stands in front of his UH-1H Huey helicopter following a troop insertion into the Mekong Delta region of South Vietnam in the summer of 1969. The pilots are in the background, fishing.
Mekong Delta, South Vietnam
Late Summer, 1969