The VAL-4 "Black Ponies"
(Photographs At The Navy History & Heritage Command)


Title: Aviation Machinist Mate Airman Jack L. Riley
Description: Drains a fuel sample from a North American Rockwell OV-10A Bronco Light Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft of U.S. Navy Light Attack Squadron Four (VAL-4), at Vung Tau Air Base. He left hand is holding the muzzle of one of the plane's four 7.62mm M60 machine guns. Immediately below is a pod of four Zuni 5-inch Folding-Fin Aircraft Rockets (FFAR). The front of a pod of seven 2.75-inch FFARs is at the extreme lower left.
Catalog #: USN 1139909


Title: Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class William E. Allison
Caption: Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class from Ozana, Florida works on one of the power plants of an OV-10A Bronco aircraft of Light Attack Squadron Four (VAL-4) at Vung Tau.
Catalog #: USN 1139910


Title: North American Rockwell OV-10A "Bronco"
Photo #: USN 1139904
Caption: North American Rockwell OV-10A Bronco Light Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft of U.S. Navy Light Attack Squadron Four (VAL-4) Parked in a revetment at Binh Thuy Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, armed and ready for its next mission.

This plane carries twelve Zuni 5-inch Folding-Fin Aircraft Rockets (FFAR) in two and four-rocket pods, plus two pods each holding seven 2.75-inch FFARs.

Other OV-10As and a U.S. Air Force Kaman H-43 helicopter are in the background.
Catalog #: USN 1139904


Title: North American Rockwell OV-10A "Bronco"
Description: Photo #: USN 1139898 North American Rockwell OV-10A Bronco Light Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft Two OV-10As of U.S. Navy Light Attack Squadron Four (VAL-4) in flight over the Mekong Delta.
These planes carry Zuni 5-inch Folding-Fin Aircraft Rockets in two and four-rocket pods.
Catalog #: USN 1139898


Title: North American Rockwell OV-10A "Bronco"
Description: Photo #: USN 1139900 North American Rockwell OV-10A Bronco Light Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft of U.S. Navy Light Attack Squadron Four (VAL-4) Fires a Zuni 5-inch Folding-Fin Aircraft Rocket at a target somewhere in the Mekong Delta Catalog #: USN 1139900

Title: Two OV-10A Bronco Aircraft
Caption: of Light Attack Squadron Four (VAL-4) fly in low over the Rung Sat Special Zone in search of enemy activity.
Catalog #: USN 1139918

Photographs taken by: Chief Photographer's Mate A.R. Hill. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
Republic of Vietnam, June 1969


Title: OV-10A Bronco Aircraft
Caption: of Light Attack Squadron Four (VAL-4) takes off from Vung Tau, Republic of Vietnam for a search and destroy mission, June 1969.
Catalog #: USN 1139912
Copyright Owner: National Archives
Original Creator: Photographer, Chief Photographer's Mate Charles L. Wright


Title: A Navy OV-10A Bronco Aircraft
Caption: Of Val-4 takes off from a Vietnamese Air Base to provide air cover for a river patrol boat engaging the enemy in the Mekong Delta Area, August 1969.
Catalog #: USN 1142473
Copyright Owner: National Archives


Title: Corpsman Second Class William W. Strader
Caption: U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Second Class of Emporium, Pennsylvania, gently treats a Vietnamese infant assisted by a Roman Catholic nun, during one of his biweekly visits the Can Tho Orphanage, Vietnam. Strader, who visits the orphanage regularly, also provides the children with gifts of food and other supplies contributed by fellow Navy men serving at Binh Thuy in the Mekong Delta region of South Vietnam, June 1969.
Catalog #: USN 1138615
Copyright Owner: National Archives
Original Creator: Photographer, Photographer's Mate Airman William Chamberlain


Title: Corpsman Second Class William W. Strader
Caption: Hospital Corpsman Second Class of Emporium, Pennsylvania, treats children at the Can Tho Orphanage to candy during one of his biweekly visits. Strader, who contributes his own time to provide the Vietnamese children with needed medical treatment, also collects donations from fellow Navy men at Binh Thuy for food and other supplies. Little Mai, the girl on his arm, was chosen by Strader for legal adoption, a complicated process for Americans, June 1969.
Catalog #: USN 1138626


Title: Corpsman Second Class William W. Strader
Caption: U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Second Class of Emporium, Pennsylvania, performs minor surgery on a baby at the Can Tho Orphanage, Mekong Delta region, South Vietnam. Strader, who is in the process of adopting one of the orphans, visits the children twice weekly on his own time and, in addition to giving medical treatment, brings food and other supplies bought with donations collected from Navy men at Binh Thuy, June 1969.


Title: Corpsman Second Class William W. Strader
Caption: U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Second Class of Emporium, Pennsylvania, provides regular treatment for skin conditions, burns, and other physical disorders among the children at the Can Tho Orphanage during his free time biweekly visits. Strader, who serves with the naval forces at Binh Thuy, South Vietnam, also provides the children with food and other supplies bought with donations from fellow Navy men, June 1969.
Catalog #: USN 1138617
Copyright Owner: National Archives
Original Creator: Photographer, Photographer's Mate Airman William Chamberlain


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