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Old 06-04-2008, 07:04 AM   #31
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The HCM Trail has sure changed...

The Trail appears to have changed drastically since my experience with it in '70-'72. In serving with MACV-SOG, I ran border ops to sections of the Trail in it's sections in Laos. At that time most of it was not paved but it certainly was not just a single road. We would call in air strikes to attack the truck traffic but the NVA would just shift the traffic further west to a different section.

When the ARVN forces launched Operation Lam Son 719 to cut the Trail in '72, we warned them that there wasn't a single trail to cut. The NVA let them penetrate about 15 miles in, doing a strategic withdrawal, then cut them off and just hammered them. I remember my ARVN counterpart kept saying as they cut a new section of the Trail, "Now we have reached the Trail and will stop the flow of NVA into the RVN." He said that repeatedly but as the ARVN forces pushed further west, they kept finding new "Trails".

The Trail was by that time in the war much more highly developed than in the 60's. A lot of it in Laos and NVN was paved. We even found, and blew up, a gasoline pipeline that originated in NVN, which supplied fuel to the truck depots on the Trail.

I've been back to visit Vietnam 3 times. For most of the people I have met over there, the war is ancient history. Folks are nice, the food is great, and it is a beautiful place to visit.
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:45 AM   #32
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Ooo - I want to go. Great trip so far.

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Old 06-04-2008, 10:03 AM   #33
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Me too - last time I was there some of the locals were somewhat less than friendly to visiting Americans. Choi duc oi!
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:28 AM   #34
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:42 AM   #35
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:13 AM   #36
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:55 AM   #37
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October '65 - October '66. USAF Communications type stationed at Tan Son Nhut. Had a succession of TWN and Peugeot 2-strokes. Rode them out into the countryside occasionally. Very young and foolish. No longer young.
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:17 PM   #38
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Looking forward to this report. Was at a place called Phan Rang AFB in '70-'71. We had the occasion to ride in a six-by to the south china sea for a little r&r. It was a beautiful country of what I got to see of it. Spent a few weeks in Tan Son Nhut. Always wondered what happened to my mama-son after we left.
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:55 PM   #39
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Beautiful pictures and great report. I am eager to read the rest.
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Old 06-04-2008, 01:05 PM   #40
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I just thought I'd say that your pics are amazing to me. Very good quality and composition. Keep up the good work. Really really good photos!!!
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Old 06-04-2008, 03:17 PM   #41
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I can't wait to see the rest. I live in Westminster, California, a.k.a Little Saigon. 30% of the population of Westminster is Vietnamese. I'm thinking about traveling to Vietnam this coming December - January. Maybe even buying a bike and doing a similar trip.


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I've heard there is some sort of tyre plug you can use to plug tyres without taking the tyre off - anyone got any info?
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:16 PM   #42
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Great pictures, always wanted to see the Pearl of the Orient.

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Driving down a side street in this town, I came across a house which was just impossibly grand in comparison to the rest of the houses in the town. This is quite a good example of modern Vietnamese architecture, you see a lot of houses like this in the upmarket areas of HCMC, I just didn't expect to see one here.
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The town had a large undercover market.
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