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A SAIGON KIDS™ REFLECTIONS OF LIFE IN VIETNAM

Submitted by Frank Stoddard (ACS)

I just read an article about my 1960 travel to Vietnam as a 16 year old. An ole family friend had this Anaconda, Montana article that I never knew existed.

Now what I really want to talk about is my military service time in Vietnam, and not so much about […]

THE LAST FLIGHT OUT and AFTER THE LAST FLIGHT OUT

40th anniversary since the Last Flight Out of Saigon. Gripping stories you’ll enjoy reading by those who lived it … […]

LETTERS HOME: COUP IN SAIGON NOVEMBER 3, 1963

It started about 1:30 Friday (wee hours of that morning your time). I was out for my French lesson not too far from home when the tutor said – “Is that firecrackers?” And we casually said “yes” but thought they were banned, except for new years. It was the starting of the coup (pronounced “coo”). Her husband [the tutor’s] called & said there was heavy artillery fire on the river. […]

A FAMILY’S ADVENTURES IN ASIA – CHRISTMAS 1964

In the spring of 1964, the Navy presented me, as an officer in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps, with orders to the Naval Support Activity Saigon. I arrived June 19th and went through the standard orientation, including at least one impressive talk by General Westmoreland. […]

50TH ANNIVERSARY: AMERICAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL SAIGON CLOSING AND EVACUATION OF AMERICAN DEPENDENTS

Submitted by Jim Cooper (ACS)

Evacuation at Tan Son Nhut. Jim, Tom and Mrs. Cooper. Circa February 11, 1965. Jim Cooper Collection. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE.

For many of us, this particular February 8th (2015) is the 50th anniversary of our Evacuation from Saigon — an exciting, nostalgic, and formative event which capped off […]