The music was really bad. Think of
it...Fabian. It would drive anybody to war.
phones, no pagers, no email, no personal computers, no Internet, no TV, no Howard Stern.
Maybe it wasn't so bad.
All kinds of agencies of one type or another were involved
in trying to keep the communists from gaining control of Indochina - or anywhere else. It
turned out to be difficult.
A really good highway was being built between Saigon and
Bien Hoa. It was so strong it would support tanks. JDP (who built the highway) had a
compound near the golf course to provide homes for their US workers and families.
One way to gauge the growth of the war was by how much
stuff was in the PX. It went from not much to enough to feed thousands. I hated the canned
milk. It tasted like milk from a can - duh.
We were all too young to know about 33 Export. I think it
was a beer. Then there were the big bottles with a tiger on them. Had some kind of
General Sam Williams was the only US Army General in town
in 1958. By 1963 there were 12 US US generals of one branch or another. The airport
was getting busy.
Ambassador Durbrow wasn't optimistic about the ability of
the Diem government to win the support of the people. He had a chauffer driven black and
white Nash Rambler. Very goofy car.
There was a coup attempt in 1961 that failed but made life
exciting for folks in Saigon. Got my attention.
In 1962 the palace was bombed by some rebellious Air Force
pilots. They destroyed the west wing of the palace. The whole palace was rebuilt.
It was hot.