Mac McIntosh is a hero to a guy in England

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Mac McIntosh is a hero to a guy in England

Postby Niner Alpha » Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:34 pm

Got this in my email today to the site. I forwarded it to Mac.

Hi, I am wondering if you can help me put a name to a photograph of a
soldier 0f the 9th infantry division that has appeared in various
magazines. The caption that comes with the photo says the soldier has
received three purple hearts & the only name I can find is that of John
McIntosh. The photo was taken at Tan An 1968.
The reason for my enquiry is I have had his photo along with many others
from the Vietnam war airbrushed onto the panels & saddlebags of my
motorcycle & it would be nice to put a name to the face. His particular
portrait has created a lot of interest over here in England.
I got the idea for the Vietnam theme after watching a programme called 'We
can keep you forever' a documentary about American servicemen captured by
the NVA, Pathet Lao & VC, flaunted in public but left there by the American
government of the time.
That programme has stayed with me since it was aired in the late 80s.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks

Paul Mason
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Re: Mac McIntosh is a hero to a guy in England

Postby Niner Alpha » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:59 am

I received this follow up.

Hi Robert

Many thanks for the quick reply, I have attached two pictures of soldier, one is the actual photo the other is airbrushed onto a bike panel.
As I say I am not sure who he is but do know he was awarded three purple hearts & was at Tan An in 1968, the picture was taken by war correspondent Tim Page.
If it is 'Mac' I hope he sees this as a tribute to all who served during the Vietnam conflict, his photo moved a lot of people who never really grasped the true horror of that war.

Regards

Paul


I have no idea if this is the same "Mac McIntosh" either. No response from the email I sent to the Mac I'm acquainted with.
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Re: Mac McIntosh is a hero to a guy in England

Postby Niner Delta » Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:40 pm

That appears to be a 9th Div patch in the background, I thought everyone had switched
to the "subdued" black and OD patches by 1968.

The photo caption, "Soldier-in-Vietnam-sheds-tear"... or is it sweat???



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Re: Mac McIntosh is a hero to a guy in England

Postby Delta75 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:03 pm

This picture doesn't look like I would have expected Mac to look like in 1968. Looks Hispanic??
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Re: Mac McIntosh is a hero to a guy in England

Postby Niner Alpha » Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:04 pm

We've all changed after a lot of years. 48 years later this is what one John McIntosh, who was in Bravo in 1968 looks like. The guy on the right. Jerry White is on the left.
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Re: Mac McIntosh is a hero to a guy in England

Postby Niner Alpha » Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:33 pm

And... our John's wife and daughter both say that it isn't him in the photo. Case closed....except.. who is the guy in the photo? Any chance he was in the 6/31st? Tan An wouldn't have been a place the 6/31st was ever based and in 68 the 6/31st wasn't in the 3rd Brigade but in the 1st "Recondo" brigade. Tan An at least ended up the HQ for the 3rd brigade, "Go Devils", after the 6/31st was transferred to them in 69....but never the HQ for the 6/31st Battalion.

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