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A Trip Back in Time to Vietnam – Part 2

Day 3 – April 18 While at breakfast at the hotel, 8 Mig 21′s took off from Da Nang and flew right by our hotel. Those guys must get up real early. Pickup by our guide was at 0815. We are heading for the Phubai – Hue areas. We drive through Da Nang and the […]

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A Trip Back in Time to Vietnam

By J.T. “Birdie” Bertrand 1234► It is 12:45 PDT, April 14, 2012, in Los Angeles. Korean Airline’s A380 has just started its takeoff roll and soon we will be airborne on our way to Seoul Korea, a 1 hour 20 minute stopover and a connection to a Korean Airlines B-737 flight, non-stop to Da Nang […]

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Trip of a Lifetime

Introduction – Chapter 1 – Chapter 2 – Chapter 3 – Chapter 4 – Summary Here, I see for the first time, Doc Howell has Part I and Part 2 documentation of his previous two trips. I too kept a journal while trekking through Vietnam, immediately I’m thinking, I could write Part 3. I contacted Ngoc […]

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Trip of a Lifetime – Introduction

Introduction – Chapter 1 – Chapter 2 – Chapter 3 – Chapter 4 – Summary Hill 362 2010 Vietnam Tour “Trip of a Lifetime” INTRODUCTION In 2008, ten (10) former Marines, now known as the “Ten Good Men” are as follows: Mike Carey, Gary Crowell, Gary Campbell, John Olsen, Tom Gainer, Stan Guillaume, Don Eberle, […]

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Trip of a Lifetime – Chapter 1

Introduction – Chapter 1 – Chapter 2 – Chapter 3 – Chapter 4 – Summary Saigon Rex Hotel, Hue and Dong Ha April 7, 2010 Major Carey leads yet another tour to the battlefield. This trip consisted of the Major, former Sgt. Jerome Ski Czarnowski, former (radio operator), former Cpl Jerry Bynum (M60 Machine Gun […]

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Trip of a Lifetime – Chapter 2

Introduction – Chapter 1 – Chapter 2 – Chapter 3 – Chapter 4 – Summary Hill 362 and The Streambed April 10th After a quick breakfast, we are loaded and moving north to the former DMZ. Everyone’s senses are heightened and alert, observing all the sights, smells and sounds as we converse on the way. […]

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Trip of a Lifetime – Chapter 3

Introduction – Chapter 1 – Chapter 2 – Chapter 3 – Chapter 4 – Summary Khe Sanh, the Rockpile and the Razorback, Hi Van Pass and Da Nang April 11th We head out for the Rockpile/Razorback, and, then, on to Khe Sanh Fire base. Khe Sanh has tank, aircraft and sand bagged bunker displays and […]

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Trip of a Lifetime – Chapter 4

Introduction – Chapter 1 – Chapter 2 – Chapter 3 – Chapter 4 – Summary Meeting the General, COSVN Headquarters and Cu Chi tunnels April 14th Basically a travel day, we drive back to Da Nang, say our good byes to Phong, Ngoc and Kim, and board a plane for our flight back to Saigon. […]

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Trip of a Lifetime – Summary

Introduction – Chapter 1 – Chapter 2 – Chapter 3 – Chapter 4 – Summary Wherever we traveled to and from, it was always a new experience. One thing that immediately stood out to me is the rules of the road, “The Law of Gross Tonnage determines who has The-Right-of-Way” and “Only worry about what’s […]

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Military Tours with More Fun Travel

In the thirty-five years that have passed since the fall of Saigon, both Vietnam and the United States have put the conflict behind them and moved on as nations.  However, many of those who fought in the war have a more difficult time escaping the past. Some veterans return to Vietnam to visit old battlefields, […]

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