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NamVet67/68 09-22-2017 06:20 PM

Nam Photos
 
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NamVet67/68 09-22-2017 06:38 PM

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Following my "promotion" I was given a new desk ... only when the General wasn't in country :)

NamVet67/68 09-22-2017 06:44 PM

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This was the housing just before I arrived

NamVet67/68 09-22-2017 06:45 PM

I think I have to learn how to reduce the size of these photos?

Kegler300 09-22-2017 07:19 PM

I don't know how to crop photos, but you have figured out how to post photos.

What is the purpose of all of those 55 gallon drums around the tent?

NamVet67/68 09-22-2017 07:54 PM

The 55 gal drums were filled with sand to stop mortar fragments from coming in the side walls of the tents, as well as small arms fire ... should 'Charlie' decide to try to attack.

During Tet of '68 the Viet Cong did mortar our compound as well as try to get inside our perimeter with small arms, but they were pushed back. I have other photos of that Tet attack.

NamVet67/68 09-23-2017 04:10 PM

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Movie Theater, MACV Compound, Tan Son Nhut, Saigon 1967

NamVet67/68 09-23-2017 04:14 PM

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Inside Movie Theater

NamVet67/68 09-24-2017 03:51 PM

Tet" is a major Vietnamese holiday, the first day of Spring. It is also the Chinese New Year and is celebrated often for a week (like our Christmas through New Years) with feasts and fireworks. This holiday is based on the lunar calendar so it falls on different days (even different months). Tet in 1968 started at 12:01 AM on Tuesday, January 30.

The North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces had agreed with the South Vietnamese government and their Army, and American forces in country, on a "ceasefire" during this holiday period. The North and Viet Cong had no intentions on keeping this ceasefire.

For months they smuggled guns, ammo, and supplies into South Vietnam, with the intent to attack, on Tet, when people would be celebrating, and thus there would be a lax of security. They also thought there would be a mass uprising of the general population in their support.

Two of their major locations of attack were: the city of Hue [pronounced 'way'] in the north part of South Vietnam, and Saigon in the south, especially the American Embassy, the MACV Hq [the Pentagon of Southeast Asia] and all South Vietnamese Army bases and compounds.

Behind our MACV Hq compound was a golf course and a Vietnamese cemetery where the Viet Cong had buried their guns and ammo for this attack. Early that Tuesday morning we heard, what we thought were fireworks of early celebrations, but were the Viet Cong actually trying out their guns prior to their attack.

When we woke up we found our compound surrounded by the Viet Cong attacking our perimeter with mortars and small arms. I will try to post some photos of what it looked like, looking from the inside out.
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NamVet67/68 09-24-2017 03:53 PM

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