This strip of photos was bought online. This photo’s date puts it smack in the middle of the US involvement in the Vietnam conflict at a time when President Lyndon B Johnson had escalated military involvement (1963 – 1969). Not mentioned in the listing was the fact that one of the soldiers is identified on the back and that they were training at Fort Gordon, Georgia making this a particularly interesting group of photos.
I am hopeful that both the lads in this great record of comaradery survived the war. I am not sure that I have interpreted the handwriting correctly but I am glad to say that no Tomsen, Thompson or any other spelling variation of that name, who also came from Maryland, is listed as a casualty at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial website.