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My Slide Show

105 photos from my personal collection depicting my twelve months tour of duty while serving in the Vietnam War. This slideshow has background music and tunes of the day.  For best viewing, click on the box on the RH bottom of the screen to watch in full screen mode. Hit escape to return to the normal viewing mode.

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13 thoughts on “My Slide Show

  1. Nice. You had carbines in basic. We had 14’s and then 16’s. C/2/22 Mech 66-67 at Dau Tieng, 3rd Brigade 4th ID. Soui Tre March 21 67. We were assigned to the 25th till August 67 and then they switched back. While you were at Cu Chi, looks like you were at all of the same places . Each unit many times over did the same ground. From beginning to DOS we all joined the Vietnam Weight Watchers Program. You also had recreation Dau Tieng had a pool but who got the time. You had Mini golf and a trip to the beach, us never. Never Forget…How can one? Would like to forget about 60%, but remember the times we found a way for humor to survive. Derogatory names for each other, nick names, practical jokes, dumb 2nd LT’s I was a Squad Leader E-5 from day one but they should have given us the rocker ( E-6)for discharge. Except for those gun Ho’s that re-upped and went to Germany till they were asked to go back. Keep writing.

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  2. Great photos. Tell a super story. All who served there can relate and cherish the memories this brings back. The crazy things one did to relax were always hilarious.

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  3. Excellent John. Don’t know how you were able to take so many pictures. Many scenes looked the same, many different. 1st Inf Division: no beer in the field except one on Thanksgiving and Christmas. No swimming pool, no stand down at the beach but I was 3 years earlier than you. Things improved with time. Where are you in Detroit ? Do you belong to a VVA Chapter ? I’m in Livonia. Always wanted to write a book and if I had all the letters I wrote home, I probably would have. Memories left are enough to recollect some good times, some bad, not enough to pen a novel. Keep up the good work.

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  4. Too many memories, Cu Chi, the Michelin Rubber Plantation, the Iron Triangle, even Vung Tau. I was Air Cav maintenance and traveled that whole area but had a home to come to each night. You 11 Bravos deserve all the respect in the world for what you endured. Welcome home brother. And yes, be proud of that CIB.

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  5. Dear Mr. Podlaski,
    Ft. Hood took a formal picture of you on your last day in the Army?
    When I left Ft. Hood in June of 1970, after serving with the 82nd ABD in Nam 68-69,
    they couln’t open the gates fast enough for my drive back to Clinton Township, MI.
    Great shadow box. All Vietnam Veterans should put one together for their family to see and be proud of Dads/Grandpa’s SERVICE.

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  6. Excellent slide show. Brings back many memories. I was in stationed out of Cu Chi with “A” battery 3/13th artillery 155 self propelled guns from 10/1/68 till 12/13/69. Probably shot fire missions for you guys humping the same ground. I only got back to Cu Chi once for a 3 day R & R. I spent all of the rest of the time at two FSB’s which I don’t remember the names of if they had any. Again great slide show and keep up the stories. We all enjoy reading them.

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  7. Excellent slide show. Much different from my time is SEA. I flew “Rolling Thunder” support missions, mostly over Laos with the 552nd Airborne Early Warning & Control Wing’s “College Eye Task Force”. We were Air Defense Command folks loaned to 13th and 7th Air Forces in a TDY Status. Did a total of 18 months in three years, and 45 Combat Missions. Flight followed the bombers going North out of Thailand to bomb N Vietnam. Mostly dull. A luxury from this point of view. We only lost one man, during the seven years of the task force. That one was caused by alcohol poisoning… Lots of radio traffic from the Red Chinese. Lots of radio traffic from fighters and bombers “going in” to bomb, coming out with damage to consider ejecting. Most made it back to base. Some, still died, or went to POW Status. AF conditions, compared to the Army were “plush”. Always had either house boys (Tainan, Taiwan, the Northern Operating hub), or house girls in Ubon, Udorn, or Korat Air Bases, in Thailand. We would have a 50 ft, off the water, mission over the Gulf of Tonkin, requiring us to land at DaNang to refuel and wait for the afternoon “time on target”. Originally, College Eye flew out of Saigon, but, because of the mortars and rocket attacks, the organization was moved to Thailand. The move was to protect the aircraft. Not the people. The AF troops, who were in Saigon, received more than 248 Purple Hearts. After the move, none. Also flew counter fighter control in Korea after the Navy EC121 shoot down in 1969, being diverted from Taiwan to Korea, instead of heading back to Tailand. We flew back to Tailand later, after being relieved by other crews at Itazuke AS, in Japan, where they continued the Korea missions. Complicated. Still consider most of the Military Personnel, I served with, all services, to be some of the finest people in the World… Did 20… Ended up in Personnel. In SAC. “The Real Air Force”.

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