North Vietnamese Army infantrymen. The machine gunner armed with an RPD appears to be wearing a U.S. M56 pistol belt (vertical weave) with a M67 20rnd magazine pouch attached to it, in addition to his RPD ammunition bag. One of the tankers also carries a Type 56 assault rifle with a folding stock.
On his last tour to Vietnam, at the age of 23, Navy SEAL Michael Thornton heroically saved the life of his senior officer on an intelligence gathering and prisoner capture operation. The small team of two Navy SEALs and three South Vietnamese commandos was discovered by a larger North Vietnamese Army force, and a fierce firefight ensued. SEAL LT Thomas Norris, who had himself earned the Medal of Honor just months earlier, was shot in the face and believed dead.
LTG Hal Moore and CSM Basil Plumley lead members of the 1st Battalion 7th U. S. Cavalry (Airmobile), the unit portrayed in the film "We Were Soldiers" about the Battle of la Drang on 14 Dec 1965; the first battle between U. S. Forces against the North Vietnamese Army.
Hanoi Hilton---The Hoa Loa Prison, sarcastically coined the Hanoi Hilton by American POWs, was originally built by the French to house Vietnamese political prisoners. The North Vietnamese Army later used the prison to house prisoners of war during the Vietnam War.