Members of 1 Platoon, Victor 3 Company during an O Group meeting. This photo was taken in March 1969 during Operation Federal in Bien Hoa Province. It shows MFC Larry Southern teaching Section Commanders Junior Manihera, 'Spy' Rogatski and Dave Ropeta how to use a Bic pen.
In the background, reading a paper, is Platoon Signaller Hardie Martin - he already knows how to use a pen, in fact it was probably stolen from him. The Platoon Commander, Mike Farland is displaying a high level of alertness. It is thought that he also knows how to use a pen - probably from close observations of the overworked Platoon Signaller.
Image courtesy Hardie Martin