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My Last Night in Viet Nam

My Last Night in Viet Nam

This was the large version of my short timer's calendar to cover the final 2 weeks. I do not recall a lot (anything) about the party! I quit smoking when I got back to the states!

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Guest 07-Nov-2013 15:12
I know the feeling, I was so short I could sit on a dime my feet would dangle!! Rich 69
edwinleo22-Jul-2013 10:03
Happy and Lucky... V.
Lou Marini 27-May-2013 18:24
Colonel Richard Calhoun Beauregard Calhoun. I was one of the FNG'S at your party.
Nafzinger gave me OJT in preparation for his departure.(Arrived on 19 june 1969)

Larry T. Riley 04-Jun-2011 22:10
My last day wasn't too well documented but I remember it well. I just had to make a statement at the club that last night, after dealing with months of short timers announcing their days left before departure from Nam. I gave all the short timers there time to rub it in and I quote their abusive slurred statements " 6 days!, 2 days!, 3 days!". Things calmed down. My night had arrived. I climbed up on the table with beer in hand and screamed out "10 hours!". Finally got that off my chest.
Swede 22-Aug-2009 03:57
was there as a seaman in '69, (Saigon)left a piece of myself there as i had to bury one of my best friend there, killed not in action but in a bar
oldfolkie 29-Jun-2009 20:58
The look of a man so short he needn't light up another cigarette. There's just not enough time to finish before boarding the plane. Did you save your shortimer calendar? I wish I had mine.
veraferia29-Apr-2009 14:15
At least you had some pleasures in that time...this collection is wonderful and interesting!I love it!V
Guest 26-Feb-2009 06:39
glad you made the trip........we who did must tell others so they won't have to
tee 11-Jan-2008 03:31
congrats life is aso fast we got to move along. i am tired of the bullshit we all want to be heroes but if you realy think back we were all luckey to get back home to the people we love we have to move onthrough all the shit that keeps rattling threw . bury it move I Love bro.
Sam_C30-Jun-2007 16:46
Great shot! Such a fun-loving guy you are :-)
Alina04-Jun-2007 18:26
I’m happy for you Richard that you had the party :)
Raymond04-Jun-2007 12:36
I love this image in that it tells a story that has been repeated exactly countless of times since, in all the various conflicts since Vietnam... and I'm certain that today, in Iraq, and in Afghanistan... among others, there are very similar parties. It's a joyful time for those departing, but so sad that there's a new for such a parties. The sad truth though, is that there will always be such gatherings... that's life in our times...
You came a long way since Richard... and you have reasons to be a very proud man. The road you've travelled in life has enabled you to see life in a wonderful way today, and to share it with us on PBase.
Thank you for that Richard
Tom Beech03-Jun-2007 12:39
8-) 8-( ! No words work for me say it all.
Eric Carrčre03-Jun-2007 06:45
Very nice Richard, V.
Paco López03-Jun-2007 04:54
Very nice picture, Richard!! A lot of memories... V!!
Cyrus Khamak03-Jun-2007 03:38
Fine shot Rishard, nice to meet you!
Ceya03-Jun-2007 02:35
Like the mood! You did it! :) V
Troy Bertrand03-Jun-2007 01:17
great pic I'm sure you cherish, must have been a surreal night to say the least.
Fong Lam02-Jun-2007 23:43
I can see that you're overjoyed. Certainly an image to be cherished ~V~
Robin Reid02-Jun-2007 23:01
A stunner. Your successful survival has blessed us with your rich an wonderful photos of the ballet.
Galina Stepanova02-Jun-2007 22:49
Memorable date.
Impressive photo.
Robyco02-Jun-2007 21:06
Hey, cool !!!
Not that the war was, but this shot !!
But we want more about that party, you did mention it, so we want to know........
Guest 02-Jun-2007 20:47
Incredible story !! V !

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