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The Vietnam Experience 1966 - 1967

I spent from May 1966 to May 1968 at Binh Thuy Air Base in the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam. The Mekong river flowed right next to the base and through the nearby Town of Can Tho. The North Vietnamese controlled the opposite bank of the river and used it to lob mortar shells onto the base at various times of the night. The shellings were infrequent and rarely did a lot of damage. The perimeter of the base was never breached while I was there but I understand the North Vietnamese did so during the Tet offensive in 1968. We spent some time in the village of Can Tho. If the North Vietnamese soldiers were among the citizens they never bothered us. These images were taken with a 35 mm slide film. I scanned the slides to get these prints and some are of poor quality.
In the Republic of Vietnam
In the Republic of Vietnam
Security Headquarters
Security Headquarters
Vietnam, 1967
Vietnam, 1967
Vietnamese village
Vietnamese village
A Vietnamese Subdivision
A Vietnamese Subdivision
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Vietnames friendly.
Vietnames friendly.
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Vietnam. Circa 1966
Vietnam. Circa 1966
A celebration of sorts although I can tell you what they are celebrating.
A celebration of sorts although I can tell you what they are celebrating.
Another group of young citizens of South Viietnam
Another group of young citizens of South Viietnam
Working on the stone pile.
Working on the stone pile.
Buddys. They seem to be a happy group.
Buddys. They seem to be a happy group.
Portrait of two Vietnamese citizens
Portrait of two Vietnamese citizens
The Can Tho waterfront.
The Can Tho waterfront.
The Can Tho market
The Can Tho market
Getting around Can Tho City
Getting around Can Tho City
Growing up in Vietnam
Growing up in Vietnam
A vietnamese washing machine
A vietnamese washing machine
The marketplace
The marketplace
Vietnamese Village
Vietnamese Village
USO show performer
USO show performer
Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo
Vietnamese village.
Vietnamese village.
A shot of the Mekong River which passed by Binh Thuy Air Base.
A shot of the Mekong River which passed by Binh Thuy Air Base.
I can' remember now but this looks like Can Tho from the air.
I can' remember now but this looks like Can Tho from the air.
Helicopter on takeoff
Helicopter on takeoff
Fighter jet on landing approach
Fighter jet on landing approach
Security police barracks 2
Security police barracks 2
Security Police barracks
Security Police barracks
The rain is relentless during the monsoon season.
The rain is relentless during the monsoon season.
Mortor tube
Mortor tube
Security  patrol
Security patrol
Combat security jeep with 50 caliber machine gun mounted on the back.
Combat security jeep with 50 caliber machine gun mounted on the back.
Armored vehicle for patrolling the air base perimeter
Armored vehicle for patrolling the air base perimeter
The barracks area
The barracks area
Security control vehicles
Security control vehicles
Tail up landing
Tail up landing
No combat zone here.
No combat zone here.
Moving ammo
Moving ammo
Helicopter parking ramp.
Helicopter parking ramp.
Low altitude fly by
Low altitude fly by
Spotter Aircraft with C-47 gunships in the background
Spotter Aircraft with C-47 gunships in the background
Spotter aircraft
Spotter aircraft
Didn't quite make it
Didn't quite make it
A rough landing
A rough landing
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Vietnam, Circa 1966
Vietnam, Circa 1966
 Vietnam Era Aircraft-Grumman OV1 Mohawk.jpg (from a scanned slide) (66-67)
Vietnam Era Aircraft-Grumman OV1 Mohawk.jpg (from a scanned slide) (66-67)
Grumman Mohawk
Grumman Mohawk
Boeing Vertol H-21 aka the flying banana
Boeing Vertol H-21 aka the "flying banana"
Vietnam Era A/C-VNAF Douglas A-4 Skyraider (from a scanned slide) (66-67)
Vietnam Era A/C-VNAF Douglas A-4 Skyraider (from a scanned slide) (66-67)
Vietnamese Air Force Douglas A-4 Skyraider in Flight (from a scanned slide) (66-67)
Vietnamese Air Force Douglas A-4 Skyraider in Flight (from a scanned slide) (66-67)
Vietnam Era Aircraft (F-5 Fighter) (from a scanned slide). Taken at Binh Thuy AB, Vietnam. (66-67)
Vietnam Era Aircraft (F-5 Fighter) (from a scanned slide). Taken at Binh Thuy AB, Vietnam. (66-67)
Boeing CH 47 Chinook (froma scanned slide) (66-67)
Boeing CH 47 Chinook (froma scanned slide) (66-67)
Fairchild C-123 Provider landing at Binh Thuy AB (from a scanned slide) (66-67)
Fairchild C-123 Provider landing at Binh Thuy AB (from a scanned slide) (66-67)
Kaman HH-43 Huskie. Rescue aircraft
Kaman HH-43 Huskie. Rescue aircraft