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26 September
12 December 2012

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My wife never worries about me having a mistress because she knows that my mistress is Vietnam, and Vietnam fills me with exquisite joy, and sometimes Vietnam breaks my heart. But then, I guess that is what mistresses do.

I have all my photos from this trip and other photos on Phanfare . you may see them all there however I have very little identification. Also, on Phanfare . are the photos of my time in Vietnam, in the Army, from Sept 1967 to September 1968.

Frank, in Reading; I have not had a phone call in years. Is everything allright?

We are back in touch with Calvin and I have Holly's phone number.

For an update look at my page http://www.henrybechtold.com/2015/2015journal.html and read the entry for Tuesday 7 July. you can also find the photos of this trip at my Phanfare account. Name Henry Bechtold and the date of 7 July 2015.

Rt 1 near the National Military Cemetery has undergone some changes so I have corrected my directions the best I can.

Directions to the National Military Cemetery

South on Rt 1 from Long Binh, Bien Hoa - Pass Vung Tau Cutoff (Big C Store, your near left)

North on Rt 1 - Pass Thu Duc and make a u-turn at the Southwest corner of the former Long Binh Post(Big C store on your far right).

Now all are heading South. Cross Cogido River, Pass Di An Cutoff.

Continue a short distance, Petrolimex Gas Station is on the right, In a hundred feet is a road on your right. At the end of the road you can see the gate to the stairway up to the tomb on the hill. It is not easy to see but it is there.

After visiting the tomb on the hill, as you look at the gate from Rt 1 go to your left around the hill. You come to a cross road and continue straight. Shortly, after a brick yard, is a gate on the right, A small building is inside. You must stop and sign in with the officer. He is pleasant. He may ask if you have a camera and if you do say yes. He allowed me to keep mine and also to take photos. A friend, who was with me, suggested a tip of 100,000 VND for the officer and his assistant. I gave 200,000 to the officer and he shared it with the assistant. The man who was officer is now replaced by a military officer so I do not know if a tip is correct however inside an older lady took us to see the grave of the Unknown Soldier who was reburied after the tomb on the hill was removed in 1975 and he is now in a grave. She also showed us the row of the Generals. I did tip her 50,000 VND, 100,000 VND would not be excessive.

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Back row left to right - Thuy, Thao Ly, Nhung, Thuy Em
Front row left to right - Tram, Chau, Ha



Dai Nam
At Dai Nam Chau is in front and my good friend Thanh is in red. Thanh acted as chaperone on this trip.


Thanh invited me to Quin Nhon to meet her family. While there we went to Stone Egg Beach. Thanh took a particular liking to this egg. Thanh has such a joyful innocence about her.


Ao Dai
This is the National Dress and on a slender woman with just the slightest suggestion of a breeze it is something to see.







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