Long Binh recon patrol...

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We frequently have dragon fruit, and we thought you would like to see one. The pink peel is removed and we eat the sweet, white center. We were told it's part of the cactus family. Whatever it is, it is great.

This is our hotel's front desk. The custom is to leave your room key here, and pick it up when you return.

There are usually several friendly desk clerks to help answering questions and giving directions. The photo behind her shows the Rex on the left and the city hall on the right.

This morning Larry and I headed up Highway 1 to Long Binh to see if there was anything left that we recognized. The area of the old Long Binh base is now a huge industrial park that wouldn't look out of place in the USA. Unfortunately the only thing we recognized are some of the old USARV headquarters buildings, which are now on a military base. We couldn't get close to the Bien Hoa base because it is strictly military and they are pretty strict about access. The map at the left shows our route.

We first looked for Long Binh Jail, since Larry and I knew where it was (and, no, we didn't spend any time in there). We used our GPS to locate it, although we knew there was a slim chance that anything recognizable was still there. Now there is a huge factory of some sort on the site. I always thought there was a huge irony in the fact that its initials were LBJ at the time when he was running the war.

The 24th Evac Hospital was directly across the road to the north of LBJ. No sign now that it was ever there. That's our van parked on the right side of the street. LBJ would have been to the right of the van.

Larry spent several months on the Long Binh basecamp toward the end of his tour. The street between his barracks and 24th Evac is right about here. The hospital was on the left and his barracks was on the right. View is toward the north.

 

This was the best view we could get of the former USARV headquarters buildings. Apparently these are the few structures from the 1970s that still exist. They are on an active military base, and we couldn't get any closer.

 

Larry and I are standing at the monument located at the junction of the road heading toward Vung Tau. Larry is blowing a kiss for one of our favorite people.

We would never have found things without my trusty GPS. Here we're heading back to the hotel, and we have about 1.8 kilometers to go. Unfortunately we are standing still, which seems to happen often on the outskirts of Saigon.


There are plenty of billboards commemorating the 55th anniversary of the fall of Dien Bien Phu on May 7. We didn't see any celebrations of that anniversary, but apparently there's a pretty good show on April 30 for the fall of Saigon and May 1 for May Day.