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Our MommaSan

Our MommaSan

Our MommaSan was part french and stood a head taller than all of the other MommaSans. She cleaned our "Hooch" every day, washed our clothes, and cleaned our boots. One day she got into a fight with another MommaSan that was helping herself to our clothes that were drying on a line. She won!

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Mai nguyen 11-Nov-2016 22:56
I'm looking for my grandfather. Please help. My mom was born in April 1968.. so he had to have met my grandmother in 1967. He's African American
thomas gomez sr 28-Oct-2016 02:31
her name was wha. duc pho vietnam
Larry Crist 05-Sep-2016 23:10
Spent 68 - 69 at Marble Mountain and other Marine bases in the area as a GE rep. with the helicopter squadrons. Trying to make contact with them.
RJ 11-Feb-2016 10:56
My Mommason was also great. I don't know what she did in her spare time but she took really good care of me. When it was her New Year I had no problem going to the PX and buying her cargos of cigarettes and bottles of congnac.
Guest 14-Jan-2016 01:23
Was her name lai? LZ monzuma duc pho?
G.L.HINES 10-Mar-2011 05:46
Guest 18-Sep-2007 23:13
a moment of peace in a war
Guest 06-Sep-2007 03:55
Earl Umfleet 07-Aug-2007 03:37
That mommasan is almost a twin to my own while I was over there. I liked the Vietnamese people and would like to go back sometime soon. Being 77 years old, it isn't likely.
Paul 30-Apr-2007 03:18
Wonderful Photo. It captures the spirit of the people. I just spent a month traveling around Vietnam as a tourist. I met many Vietnamese that when they found out I was American, they were very happy. Some showed me their papers showing they had been trained by the US army to support activities from refrigeration repair to transportation to translators. They showed me these certifications with pride and without asking for something in return. I experienced only positives and smiles. Having been born the year the war ended, but hearing the stories from my parents generation, it was a moving experience to visit such places as Hue and Khe Sahn (now a coffee plantation). I think it is amazing how the Vietnamese have picked up and moved on. They don't let the past hold them back and they don't hold grudges. They are too busying making better lives for them and their family. Knowing that so many of my brave countrymen fought and died to give them what they found on their own with time (at least some level of freedom - though they are not yet free) really makes me think. Especially in these challenging times. Thank you sir for your photographs and for your service. You all sacrificed for us.
carol j. phipps24-Jan-2007 02:39
Very nice.
Donald Verger18-Jan-2007 22:50
Xabier Mikel Laburu Van Woudenberg28-Jun-2006 08:03
I wonder what happened to all these people that had contacts with the american troopes... don't think that Charly wold have liked that. Have you ever after tried to get in contact with anyone there with the opening of Vietnam? I just wander what has to bee the feeleng of having lived during one year -18 days ;) and going so many years after over the material you did, somehow shoking I imagine. Great gallery by the way.
Anna Yu25-May-2006 17:23
Excellent portrait
gerard belbeoch28-Dec-2005 22:31
Une superbe photo pleine de nostalgie,
Jola Dziubinska09-Dec-2005 19:40
Very good portrait, tells a lot.
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