Vietnam War - A Memoir - History


The Battalion flag of the K10 NVA Battalion that fought against the Marines at Hue in 1968.

“War is like German opera, too long and too loud.”

– Evelyn Waugh; British author

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This was one of ours. Its message was that the VC are forcing all your men and women to join their army.

“You can’t say civilizations don’t advance — in every war they find a new way to kill you.”

– Will Rogers

Remember when all you had to do was write “FREE” on the upper right corner of a letter or post card to get mail delivered? Those were the “PERKS”. This is a C-Rat box top that I used to send my mother a Mother’s Day Card. As you can see it actually made it through the mail system. My local newspaper found out about it and did a small write up on it (The Sacramento Bee 1966).

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Propaganda from the area around Chu Lie, it depicts the great South Vietnamese Army on a white horse, overcoming the armies from the North.

“Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth that must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow, and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war.”

– Herbert Hoover

All Vietnam Vets feared the reality of reading the names of friends from the Vietnam Casualties list. The war was over for the names appearing on the back page of “STARS AND STRIPES”, the official newspaper of the servicemen in Vietnam.
This list contained the names of 1st squad “B” Co. 1/9. The list was printed in May of 1966.

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These photos are of a game in one of Saigon’s parks. The picture was taken in 1989 when the feelings towards Americans was still a little hostile. The pictures show American tanks and Amtrak’s, and the players try to hit them with rubber band darts to win prizes.

These are photos taken at the Concord Naval Weapons Station in Concord California. One of the main munitions loading and storage stations on the West Coast during the Vietnam War.

I was stationed here after being a patient at the Oakland Naval Hospital. This was the worst possible duty station for a returning mad, angry Marine. We had to face these protesters on a daily basis as Military Police . The protesters were about as violent as the VC and NVA. We had regular encounters with them and they did not do well. It was a great stress reliever and a place to get out some of that anger. The Govt.’ was not too bright in stationing Vietnam Vets here.