Support troops from the US 25th Division take cover from the force of a US helicopter's rotor wash as it lands near Duc Co, Vietnam, 1965.
The red soil of the country was infamous among the soldiers, the fine sand/dust would penetrate everything leaving a red color everywhere. The soldiers considered it the pits; it was "numbha ten" as they called anything bad in slang. The soldiers in Vietnam defined their own
terminology for many things based on a mixture of Vietnamese, French and American. For instance, all new soldiers were considered FNG's (Fuc*ing New Guy), until they knew the lingo.