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 patients 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 protester 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.
left: This extremely rare Viet Cong cup was purchased at the military
market in Saigon in 1998 by Bill Kimball. The cup is a commemorative
cup honoring the victory of the National Liberation Front in 1975.
The cup has the Liberation's official stamp on the bottom of the
right: The inscription
on the reverse side reads: "Endeavor to completely defeat
the American invasion with unswerving resolve". A very rare
piece of memorabilia from the Viet Cong era.
This NVA Commerative Plate was purchased in Saigon in 1995. It belongs to Bill Kimball President of Vets With A Mission.