By J.T. “Birdie” Bertrand 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 Vietnam. […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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, […]
There are two aspects of a trip to Hamburger Hill from Hue: getting to Aluoi from Hue and getting up to the top of Hamburger Hill from Aluoi. Each is important, and each presents different challenges and rewards. Getting to Aluoi from Hue The trip to Aluoi is interesting itself. It’s only about 60 km […]
The tour guides - each very different were excellent, Phong, Vinh and Le. They were knowledgeable, flexible and helpful in so many different ways - we are most appreciative.
Judy Dannett - New York, USA.