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PART OF SERIES FROM U.S.A.A.F. — INDIANS VISIT ARMY FLYERS — ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — During their tour of Kirtland Field here, the small arms intrigued the Indians more than anything else. They fondled the guns like veterans, and remarked how they’d like to have this gun or that to take home to shoot deer and turkey. Carpio Martinez, ex-governor of San Juan Pueblo, was especially fond of the Tommy Gun and is shown getting a few instructions from First LT. Anthony Gasparovich, director of Kirtland Field’s small arms school. 6/11/44

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MORONG, PHILIPPINES: The Montagnards, the fiercely independent tribesmen of Vietnam’s Central Highlands who fought the communists in the jungles of Cambodia and Vietnam, recently decided to abandon their struggle and seek new lives in the U.S. In this April, 1969 photo, a Montagnard tribesman heads for his guard post at Tieu-Altar, South Vietnam with his baby strapped to his back. Sept 1 1986

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NOT TO BE PUBLISHED PRIOR TO SUNDAY, APRIL 16 1944 – MARINE DEVIL DOGS – Once again dogs are proving to be man’s best friend. They are taking part in the war in the Southwest Pacific and have proven themselves to be heroes under all circumstances. The dog platoon at Bougainville was the first full platoon of dogs to be used in combat by any of our armed forces during this war. These canines are enlisted in the Marine Corps in the Marine Devil Dogs and are given several months of grueling training under simulated battle conditions. This schooling, they put to good use when in actual combat. They live, as Marines do, in foxholes, in jungles and on limited rations, and like all true Marines, fall to their task with great eagerness. Several of the dogs have been commended by the Marine Corps Commandant for their outstanding work in combat.

NIPPED BY A NIP — Jack, a three year old Belgian Shepherd, was donated for war service to the Marine Corps by his owner Joseph Verhseghe, Floral Park, New York, and has been commended by the Commandant of the Marine Corps for “outstanding performance against the enemy” while on Bougainville. Jack was in the line of duty carrying a message back from the company on a road block, and was wounded in the back by a Jap sniper. Even though wounded he carried the message through. He is pictured here with one of his handlers, Private First Class Finley, Elmira, New York. — Photographer PFC P. Scheer

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On one weekend each month, Marine reservists gather in Tampa to take on a staged military mission. They are part of the 4th Amphibian Assault Battalion of the 4th Marine Division. The Tampa unit draws its people from the southeastern United States, although most of its crew comes from the bay area. The vehicles reservists use are called LTVP-7A1 Assault Amphibian Vehicles. They are lightly armed and protected so they can carry Marine forces from ship to shore. The vehicles have a crew of three, and while they can carry up to 25, the preferred combat load is 18.

SHOWN: Lance Cpl. J.R. Bartolus in camouflage. MAR 9 ’88