1. Heading back to Củ Chi on Highway One.
Dức Hòa T. Lộ So. 9
I can pinpoint this sign on a map. It’s heading Northwest on Highway One after leaving Quan Tre and immediately prior to the intersection of TL 9 (QL, Quốc Lộ, is national or interprovincial highway. TL is Tỉnh Lộ, provincial, communal or other road. I don’t know what SO means).
Actually, Highway One doesn’t go all the way to Tây Ninh; instead, it bends at Hiéừ Thiên (Gò Dâu Ha) and Highway 22 goes on into Tây Ninh.
2. In Sàigòn; this looks like a war memorial, or a listing of war dead.
3. Somewhere in Long Binh:
29th General Support Group, APO 96491.
Check out http://grunt.space.swri.edu/army041.htm.
4. The Kim Hà barber shop (hớt tóc) in Biên Hóa.
5. Caltex service station in Biên Hóa. I think this was the only non-Shell service station I saw in Việt Nam. I’m not counting the countless roadside stands where you could by petrol by the liter, of course.
6. Where we got paid in Long Binh
7. The instructions for Finance Center East
8. Leaving Củ Chi, entering Highway 1.
9. Early morning at the main gate area at Củ Chi, where the on-base workers were met.
10. Main gate area at Củ Chi.
11. Main gate area at Củ Chi.
12. Tropic Lightning sign outside Củ Chi basecamp. You can see the backside of the sign on the next page, figure 5.
13. The 86th Signal Bn. was just across the street from the 369th detachment in Củ Chi. Our mail came through them, and we even ate at their mess hall, if we didn’t eat in our rooms or in the recreation room. The detachment had a cook assigned to it; he slept in one of the rooms in our hooch, but we hardly ever saw him. We had two cooks during 1970.
14. Our first cook, named Dan McKinney, arrived about two months after I got there in March. This picture was probably taken in late April or May.
15. Our second cook. His name is in my letters somewhere; when I find it, I’ll post it. I have only three pictures of him.
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