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Vietnam War Documentary Films


At a total cost of more than 3.1 million lives, the Vietnam conflict was America’s longest and most controversial war. It also marked the first time TV journalists ventured out to the frontlines to bring the spectacle of combat into American living rooms.

Galen Rosher, Brian Holcomb & Randy Zahn standing on the runway at FSB Buttons with Nui Ba Ra behind them on day two of their 2005 return trip to Vietnam. The trip was taken to film “Goin’ Back: Vietnam” a documentary for the Discovery Channel. The men served with Charlie Troop 1/9th, 1st Air Cavalry between 1969 & 71.

WO Brian S. Holcomb ‘Cavalier 34H’ was transfered into C Troop 1/9th in 1970.

MAJ Galen Rosher ‘Cavalier 6′ was C Troop 1/9th Commanding Officer 12/10/69- 06/24/70.

WO Randy Zahn ‘Cavalier 24′ was a Cobra Pilot with C Troop 1/9th 1970-71.

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Fire Support Base Buttons


Next to Song Be Village

Every morning in April 1970, about fifteen of us Blues would board our choppers and fly to LZ Buttons, which was about a half hour flight to the north of Phuoc Vinh.

When we arrived, we usually hung out in culvert looking shelters next to the runway. These shelters gave us some protection in the event of a mortar attack on the airstrip. There we waited for our next mission, whether it be recon or rescue a downed bird.

My radio was always tuned into the same frequency as our Scout birds buzzing around the jungle at tree top level looking for enemy activity. Whenever a door gunner zapped an unfriendly with his M-60 or other weapon of choice, we would let out a cheer almost like a sports event.

The measure of success the military developed for the war in Vietnam was the enemy body count

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Nui Ba Ra Mountain in background on right, LZ Buttons with airstrip in background on left

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Blues arriving at Buttons

The Battle for Buttons

A view of Song Be City from FSB Buttons, January 1970
By Bert Schreibstein

The berm at FSB Buttons, January 1970
By Bert Schreibstein

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Photo by Mike Logson (1969)

The 2/12th Cavalry tent city and Nui Ba Ra in January 1970
By Bert Schreibstein

LZ Thomas on top of Nui Ba Ra, January 1970
By Bert Schreibstein

For more photos of Fire Base Buttons: Armed Savage (Delta Troop 1/9th)

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