Olympus Penn Camera

David “Bulldog” Smith’s MAC V SOG 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.

David C. Smith served two tours in Vietnam. His first tour was in 1962 with 5thSpecial Forces Group (ABN) assigned to Dak Pek, RVN. He returned for a second tour in 1967 with Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MAC V SOG) as the Executive Officer of Forward Operational Base #2 (FOB#2), FOB#1 Executive Officer and later as the Commanding Officer of FOB#3.

Lieutenant Colonel (0-5) Bull Dog Smith retired in July 1973.