I served in Vietnam with the US Army from August 1968 to August 1969. Since then I made three trips back (1994, 1995, 1996). These are some of the people I met along the way during these return trips. All of my trips were arranged by Gerry Schooler of Viet Tour Expeditions--he had great contacts in-country and could get me just about anywhere. Gerry was a 25th Infantry Wolfhound draftee and Bronze star for Valor grunt during the war. Sadly, Gerry has since passed on. My brother, Steve, went with me on my 1996 trip back. He didn't make it to Vietnam during the war but served with the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany as an FO.
|Somewhere near Ban Me Thuot lives this wise old person in the disguise of a young girl.|
|This old rice farmer happily posed by his farm along Highway One near Nha Trang.
|One day, during my 1994 trip, I spent the morning exploring the ambush site of a French convoy at the Chu Dreh Pass in 1954. This was along a stretch of Highway 14 north of Ban Me Thuot . By afternoon it was extremely hot. We spent some time at this young boy's house where his mother sold fresh "squeezed" iced sugar cane juice.|
My first night in Nha Trang in 1994, found me walking along the beach. This happy teenager was so excited to meet her first American.
|In downtown Hanoi, under a statue of Lenin, paraded dozens of happy school kids.|
|I would have never expected to see anyone wearing a hat like this in downtown Hanoi. Later that same day I had lunch at Uncle Sam's Cafe. Unbelievable.|