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The Berm: A Night in Veitnam – Part 3

As we all know many Saigon Kids returned to Viet-nam in the military during the Viet-nam war years.

In this 4-part series, The Berm, *Born To Wander*, attempts to re-create the experience of American soldiers who manned the bunkers around their bases at night. These may have been a remote Landing Zone or Fire Base and manned by infantrymen, artillerymen or combat engineers. More often, these bunkers were at a larger, more permanent and more secure base and manned by technicians, clerks and cooks who had little training in the art of combat. Long Thanh North, where *Born To Wander* spent many-a-night on the berm, was such a base.

The story is told from his personal experiences, but I’m sure those who spent a night on the berm will probably find the sights, sounds and feelings quite familiar. For those who have never had the pleasure of such a night, perhaps this will give you a small flavor.

Nearly all the still photographs and sounds used are from war-time Viet-nam. Night photography of Viet-nam is rare – but of course, there wasn’t much to see anyway, except darkness, shadows, the moon and stars and , of course, fireworks.

Part 3 takes us from music from AFVN Radio (at 9 pm) through an outgoing artillery barrage (at midnight).

To view Part 1 – Click Here
To View Part 2 – Click Here

A Born To Wander Production

Best viewed in *Full Screen* mode. To open Full Screen mode, click the *4 arrows* Icon on the Tool Bar across the bottom of video player screen.

Stay tuned for Part 4 coming soon.

2 comments to The Berm: A Night in Veitnam – Part 3

  • Kenneth R. Yeager

    Hmm, unable to access this part…seems that there is some sort of copyright infringement here in Germany with the music. Still looked at 1, 2 & 4. Happy to say I never had to experience any sort of a firefight. Tet occurred just about 10 days or so before I arrived so the base was still on alart…but again, it was pretty peaceful for us support guys…felt sorry for the grunts…they had it bad.

    • Ken – Odd, as a copyright license was obtained for all music in these. But, not surprising since Germany, Italy, China, Viet-nam and a few other countries censor all Internet traffic within there countries. Particularly, Germany, Italy and China who have been in ongoing battles with Google (who owns You Tube) regarding censorship and freedom of information on the Internet. Google has maintained the position that everyone in the world should have access to *all* information on the Internet. While several countries maintain the position they can *filter* Internet information limiting what there citizens are allowed to view, etc., within there country.

      Unfortunately, it is just a matter of time until governments all over the world take *control* of the Internet.

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