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     SIGHTSEEING  -  People,  Places  and  Things -  then and now

    

       Last Revision:  25 June  2016

        

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     LINKS  to  WEBSITES  and  U-TUBE

      patriotic materials from the Members of the Unit  -  click the  LINKS   below

     USO Show -  Bob Hope USO Show

     MUSIC        -   The Star Spangled Banner - the FOURTH Verse

     MUSIC        -   The Army Song  - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6QQGMcGfIQ

     MUSIC        -   Soldier's Song - Dinky Dau Blues

     MUSIC        -   The Promise   -  by Jack Murphy of 199th Liight Infantry Brigade

     MUSIC        -   USO Tour - Military Service Songs by KISS

     SPEECH    -   Oliver North Speech on 31 May 2010 - US Navy Medic with USMC and Wounded Iraqi

     SPEECH    -   The New "Greatest Generation" - THE VIETNAM VETS  by Retired General Zinni

     SPEECH    -   Medal of Honor Roy Benavide

     VIIDEO        -   POWs at White House  -   http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=LemllfcAY8A&sns=em

     VIIDEO        -   We Are Americans  - a Patriotic Speech by President Ronald Reagan

     VIIDEO        -   Pledge of Allegiance  - a serious word by word explanation by comedian Red Skelton

     Interviews  -   2CA  LT Earl Simms - http://www.witnesstowar.org/combat_stories/Vietnam/5650

                                                                         thru 5659    and    about 'going back'.

                        

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     BOOKS  -   written by  Former Members  of  The 2nd Civil Affairs Company

    

         FIELDS  OF  DESPAIR  -  a novel by   HARRY  Vance  RYERSON -  LT - 1966-67

      

        WOUNDED  -  a novel and now in E-Book format by  RICHARD GRAHAM -  LT -1970

       

        TEARS OF THE DRAGON  -  an autobiography by  LARRY SIEGEL - LT - 1969-70

       

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“When we talk to the villager, they all remember the Emperor and the old feudal system with a great deal of fondness. Now how can we erase this from their minds ? They gave their allegiance to one man who was their feudal lord, and he in turn protected them.  At least they had a government structure.   Today, they have nothing. If they want anything done, they must pay the government many times what it is worth through corruption.  The Viet Cong extract taxes and do not have the physical means to accomplish great projects.   Where would your loyalty be in a situation like this ?   They live in “Field of Despair”. They have nowhere to turn for help. The populace is caught in the middle.”                                 HVR

 
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     SIGHTSEEING  -  People,  Places  and  Things -  then and now

   

       LOCATIONS  -  I heard about  but  I never had a chance to visit.

       PLACES  -  I had no idea they even existed.

       THINGS  -   I had no idea they could really do that.

    

      

Mechanical  Dust-Off

Chinook Ambulance  with a disabled  Huey

being evacuated  to the  Huey Hospital

photos from the Dwight Young collection

 

Nui  Ba  Den

Black Virgin Mountain  -  Hill 985  -  northeast of  Tay Ninh

the Summit was occupied by a platoon from a Signal Battalion  plus a CIDG unit;

the VC utilized the lower hills and caves for their base camps;

while the Plains below were owned by 196th Light Infantry Brigade.

 

Cao Dai Temple

Tay Ninh

 

Cao Dai Temple

Tay Ninh

Roof of the Cao Dai Temple

Tay Ninh

 
 

The Eye

"The One Eye - looking north"

on the outside of

the Cao Dai Temple, Tay Ninh

 

The  "EYE"  in the globe

Inside the Cao Dai Temple

Tay Ninh

 
 

Buddhist Temple

Tay Ninh

Buddhist Temple

Tay Ninh

 
 

Catholic Shrine - Virgin Mary

Tay Ninh

   

Toa Do Chinh

Saigon City Hall

circa 1969

RSVN  Flag  in the center of second floor

       

Nha Tho Duc Ba

The Cathedral of Notre Dame in Saigon

circa 1969

      

Downtown  Saigon

   

Downtown Saigon

  

 
 

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The Emperor's Summer Palace  at  Dalat, Vietnam

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Before World War Two,  the French Government in Paris ruled French Indo-China

through a group of local royal rulers.

There was a King in Laos,  a King in Cambodia  and  an Emperor in Vietnam.

The Vietnamese Emperor had a Summer Palace at Dalat.

The last Emperor,  Bao-Dai (1913-1963),  certainly lived better than the

Tenant Rice Farmers   in the   III and IV  Corps areas !

He was deposed in 1955 and died in exile.

above and from the SFC Robert Gulley collection - circa 1969

  

    

Amusement Park with Rides for Kids in Saigon

Why Not ?

I surely missed this spot !

 
 

     

  A   ZOO   in Saigon with live animals !

why not  ?

pictorial proof from

John Martin, Hal Lynch and Tom Slusher

1-LT  Hal Lynch

visitng the Zoo between JUSPAO Classes

Two Kangaroos

having lunch

 
 

Elephants

Better off in the Saigon Zoo than

carrying cargo down the  Ho Chi Minh Trail

Two  Black  Bears

Why not take a 'Cooling Bath'

Vietnam is  'too hot'  for my fur coat  !

   
Bird House
Strolling Around looking for a Fish Dinner
   
Park
Pond
   
Climbing a Tree
A Jump into the Lake
 
 
1Lt. Lewis Stien teaches tennis

Tennis Courts  -  in Tay Ninh  !

Tennis Pro  and   2nd CA  LT

  Lou Stein  vs.  Gen William Westmoreland

Did  Lou  " Let the General win ?

Absolutely   R.H.I.P.

 

Certainly a Unique Trailer

In-Transit  to destination unknown  -  an NVA-VC Hotel on the Ho Chi Minh Trail ?

or perhaps with a new type of   CIVIL AFFAIRS   camouflage !

No, but with a coat of new paint, the future home of the  C. O. of the  2nd CA.

  

Aerial Photo of the 2nd Civil Affairs Company Area

The Buildings  -  from Right to Left

2nd CA Supply,  9th Car Company BOQ  and last   2nd CA BOQ #2  and  BOQ # 1

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  90th Replacement Battalion  -  top of picture

552nd Military Police Company - Enlisted Housing Area  -  upper right buildings

House Trailers - in temporary storage

but for the future use by the  ' Generals in the field '  !

     
    

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the ultimate  CAPITALIST SYMBOL  in a  Communist Vietnam  !

a   TOLL PLAZA   on Highway 1

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on the  Saigon to Long Binh Road

about 2 miles north of the Saigon River Bridge.

Do you think they have  E-Z Pass  ?

 
While watching this guy work, I kept thinking about the Glen Campbell song I am a lineman for the county.

Saigon Telephone System in 2010

After 40 years,  the telephone communication system has not changed that much.

Perhaps, a current day member of the Communist Secret Police

attempting to put wire tap on "Yellow Dragons"

Xin Loi

    
    
The Flag of the

Republic of Vietnam

         
 

ARVN  Monument

Highway 1

Di An  -  Tu Duc  Area

 

ARVN  Monument

Highway 1

Di An  -  Tu Duc  Area

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The South Vietnamese Presidential Palace in Saigon

your U.S. Tax Dollars  hard at work  for you !

Now a NVA and VC War Museum.

    

SAOLA

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A newly discovered animal in the   ANTELOPE  species

with 18"- 24" Horns  which diverge slightly.

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The animal was "discovered" in Vietnam in 1996

and this is first new large mammal discovery since 1937.

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Picture from the Smithsonian Magazine, August  2008

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P.S.

this animal's ancestors have been around for thousands of years,

perhaps longer than man's ancestors and

they survived the B-52 bombings of their habitat along the Ho Chi Minh Trail too.

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