Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam.
All photographs in this gallery are © Copyright Mark Melnick. They were taken from June 1970 through May 1971 in the territory depicted on this aeronautical chart: the Americal Division's Area of Operation in Southern I Corps, Military Region 1, bordered on the east by the South China Sea, to the north by Da Nang, and in the west by Laos and Cambodia.
Significant features depicted on this topographical map are Chu Lai, the division's headquarters, home to 25,000 American soldiers and marines, and My Lai, site of the infamous 1968 massacre of 347 unarmed Vietnamese civilians. Circled in red are numerous American fire support bases and landing zones.
I would like to extend my gratitude to Jim McDaniel, a helicopter pilot during two tours of Vietnam and presently Webmaster of the 174th AHC website. Jim first posted this digital chart in the earliest days of the internet, and it has migrated from my very first graphics computer to the powerful laptop I'm using now. It represents the site of many fond and somber memories.
174th AHC Webmaster
174th AHC Dolphin pilot, Duc Pho, 1967
174th AHC Shark pilot, Duc Pho, 1968
116th AHC Hornet pilot, Chu Lai, 1971