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Foto Friday - A Grand Rapids Veteran's Vietnam Memory

Foto Friday – A Grand Rapids Veteran’s Vietnam Memory

 Swimming pool with Banana Trees in front of my hooch

Ahhh, tropical Vietnam, a vacationer’s delight.  In 1970, this scene

was right outside my hooch [Army barrack’s room] anytime I wanted to

take a dip.  It was a regular cement pool with all the trimmings installed

by our engineering group long before I landed in-country in 1970.


Because our base was in the Central Highlands, we were definitely

back country and had few extras or other signs of civilization, unlike Cam Ranh

Bay which had paved streets with street lights. The pool was our pride and joy.


The story I heard was that a high ranking officer ordered the pool

for his base on the coast.  When the supplies to build it arrived

in-country, our engineering group happened to spot it sitting on the docks waiting

to be checked in.  A Chinook was handy and going our way, the rest is history.


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Comment balloon 2 commentsTerry & Bonnie Westbrook • November 19 2010 12:57PM


Great memories for you it is always good to relive memories and those happy times. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) about 10 years ago

Terry Bonnie - When I first looked at the picture, I thought, "Self, that doesn't look like a Michigan scene.  At least not this time of year." 

I have a friend that occassionally hauls out interesting looking Vietnam era photos.  He was shot in the thumb on the 4th day after landing there, and was returned to the states.  However, he has a half dozen pictures he took while there.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 10 years ago

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