1st Air Cavalry soldier with an M79 grenade launcher, May 1968 - Vietnam War

1st Air Cavalry soldier with an M79 grenade launcher, May 1968 - Vietnam War

A Marine fires his M79 Grenade Launcher at a sniper’s position during the Battle of Hue, 1968.

A Marine fires his M79 Grenade Launcher at a sniper’s position during the Battle of Hue, 1968.

My dad with his trusty M79 grenade launcher Vietnam 1969.

My dad with his trusty M79 grenade launcher Vietnam 1969.

Vest full of ammunition for the M79 Grenade Launcher.  This is the type of vest I had in Vietnam for my launcher; RB

Vest full of ammunition for the M79 Grenade Launcher. This is the type of vest I had in Vietnam for my launcher; RB

Classic M79 grenade launcher AKA "Thumper" in the US and "Wombat Gun" in Oz - fires a wide variety of 40 mm rounds, including explosive, smoke, anti-personnel, CS gas, flechette and illumination

Classic M79 grenade launcher AKA "Thumper" in the US and "Wombat Gun" in Oz - fires a wide variety of 40 mm rounds, including explosive, smoke, anti-personnel, CS gas, flechette and illumination

A grenadier holding an M79 grenade launcher examines an entrance to a VC tunnel. He has an XM28E4 riot gas mask carrier (for the XM19 riot gas mask) secured to an M1956 buttpack, which is attached to a lightweight rucksack frame.

A grenadier holding an M79 grenade launcher examines an entrance to a VC tunnel. He has an XM28E4 riot gas mask carrier (for the XM19 riot gas mask) secured to an M1956 buttpack, which is attached to a lightweight rucksack frame.

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