Olympus Penn Camera

Gene McCarley’s issued Olympus Penn camera.

The Olympus Penn cameras were procured through the Counter Insurgency Support Office (CISO) and issued to reconnaissance personnel through-out the war. The cameras were state of the art at the time with a sundial face (able to take pictures in low light) and took half frame photos allowing seventy-two pictures per roll of film.

Eugene C. McCarley Jr served two tours in Vietnam. His first tour was in 1967 with Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MAC V SOG), Forward Operational Base #2 (FOB#2), Recon Company assigned to Spike Team Florida until he transferred to the B-Company Hatchet Forces. Gene returned for a second tour in 1970 with MAC V SOG, Command and Control Central (CCC) assigned as the Commanding Officer of the B-Company Hatchet Force. During the veteran’s tour he served as the Ground Commander during Operation Tail Wind.

Lieutenant Colonel (0-4) McCarley retired from the Army in January 1985 after twenty-eight years’ service with thirty-one months in Vietnam.