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The Pearl of the Far East: Saigon 2010

Mimi sent me these pictures with this note.

I received these pictures from a friend of mine, and cannot believe my eyes!

Are they fake?

Is this my home town?

Thank you for contributing these, Mimi.

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6 comments to The Pearl of the Far East: Saigon 2010

  • Kenneth R. Yeager

    I know that Saigon, like any city in the world, needed to modernize and grow, but frankly, those photos turned me off. I loved Saigon in the ‘60s with the old French architecture of the Post Office, the Continental Hotel and some of the other old buildings. I guess in many ways I am somewhat of a traditionalist and don’t always like change. Must be an age things.

  • Suellen Oliver Campbell

    Is that for real? Looks like the Jetson’s world to me. I agree with Ken that the beautiful architecture of the city in the 50’s and 60’s was charming. It is how I choose to remember Saigon.
    Just a note that my Dad, who was Naval Attache to Viet Nam and Camobodia from 1958-60 is very ill. We do not expect to have a Thanksgiving celebration with him. Dad loved Viet Nam and shared his love of the country with all of us. He was supposedly the first American to ride the train all the way from north to south. Thanks to Dad I learned to love a very foreign land, its people and to appreciate its incredible beauty.
    Please keep Dad (Cdr. James A. Oliver, Jr.) and our family in your thoughts and prayers this week.

    • S’ellen – YOU and YOURS are in our thoughts and prayers. Please thank your dad for blessing the world with such a wonderful daughter who has touched us all in so many beautiful ways.

      Peace be with you.

      Big Hugs


  • Kenneth R. Yeager


    Tell you dad “Aye Aye Sir,” and that we are indeed thinking and praying for him. All the best to all of you.

  • Laurie Methven

    Like Kenneth and Sueellen – can’t believe my eyes!Also have a hard time calling it Ho Chi Minh city. Even with the war, some of my fondest memories growing up were from Saigon where I was for 3 years (1962-1965) and where I started high school. Still remember the coups, Diem’s demise etc. Remember all the cyclos (sp?), pony carts and chaos of the streets :). Like Kenneth, an age thing I guess.

  • Al Misker

    Your Dad, You, and your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers!
    All our best!

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