James Lindoff, U.S. Army 101st Airborne, 1967-68

James Lindoff served in the 187th Division, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Battalion.

James at Dau Tieng base camp, where George Bennett was stationed and took this photo. James was serving with the 101st Airborne then.  His unit came to Dau Tieng to support the base camp where it was reported that it would get hit by a large North Vietnamese Army (NVA) force, which never happened.  James and his unit where there days before they left. 

James’s LRRP platoon had six-man teams equipped with VHF/FM AN/PRC-25 radios. LRRP training was notoriously rigorous and team leaders were often graduates of the U.S. Army's 5th Special Forces Recondo School in Nha Trang, Vietnam.  

James Lindoff was wounded while carrying a radio.  At another time he was an M60 machine gunner and said “They’re always happy when I’m the one firing.  Because I’m the only one firing.  They don’t want to give their position away.” 

Regarding meals, he remembers “They gave us steaks, baked potatoes, corn on the cob.  And we had five minutes to finish it off… ha ha ha!  Five minutes!  We kept trying.”

James Lindoff won the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. 

Some of the soldiers in basic training called him an “Ice Cube” before he went to Vietnam- said he was going to melt.  “Guys from Mississippi, Missouri, Alabama, teased me, but when they got to Vietnam, those same guys were falling over from the heat!”

Mr. Lindoff left Vietnam March 13, 1968… Friday the 13th. 



James Lindoff