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Ric Ciavarra at a firebase about eight kilometers south of Kontum. He furnished the following photos of the 4th Inf. Div. Band Jazz Group playing a gig WAY forward. Ric was an F.O. for an artillery outfit associtated with the guys on the tiny base. A few days after these photos were taken this outfit was pounded by a numerically superior N.V.A. outfit and suffered over 50% casualties.
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The 4th Infantry Division Band Jazz Group playing at a firebase about eight kilometers south of Kontum. Left to right they are: Willie Driffin on tenor sax who stayed Army and became a First Sgt of other bands, S.Sgt. Gordon Carpenter on alto sax, Andy Campbell on bass and Ken Pesile on drums.
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Another shot of the 4th Infantry Division Band Jazz Group at the same firebase. The guys had to spend the night because they couldn't get a chopper out. I think these are the only photos of any of the "small ensembles" playing at any forward firebase in Vietnam. Thank you VERY much Ric for letting me use these images!.
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The 4th Infantry Division Band Jazz Group playing a a firebase about eight kilometers south of Kontum Vietnam. Note the smoke. Some was from cooking fires but this was a brand new firebase and some smoke was left from creating the opening in the trees.
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The 4th Infantry Division Jazz Group at a firebase about eight "clicks" south of Kontum. Left to right they are: Willie Driffin, Gordon Carpenter, Andy Campbell and Ken Pesile.
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The 4th Infantry Division Band Jazz group with members of Co. D of the 3/8th Infantry.
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4th Infantry Division Band Jazz group at a fire base about eight kilometers south of Kontum Vietnam. The group's "web gear" laying around their feet and members of Co. D 3/8 Infantry in audience.
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The 4th Infantry Division Band Jazz Group and members of the 3/8th Infantry at a fire base about eight kilometers south of Kontum.

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