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Album 9 - Return to Vietnam, 1989

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I returned to Vietnam in 1989, six years before the U.S. and Vietnam normalized diplomatic relations. I made all my travel arrangements through a Canadian Travel Agency. At first, the Vietnamese refused my request to visit Phan Thiet, but they later relented. The day I arrived in Phan Thiet a Communist official told me I was the first American war veteran to return there since the end of the War. 

 With Viet kids

With children who followed me around

Blanco and ex-VC, Tunnels of Cu Chi With VC vet at Tunnels of Cu Chi
With boy and his buffalo With boy and his buffalo By entrance to Tunnels of Cu Chi By map of the Tunnels of Cu Chi
Monsoon Monsoon downpour Boy on buffalo Boy on his buffalo
Ngunh showing maps to villagers My guides show villagers photos of the houses I was trying to find. On ox cart Riding ox cart
Saigon street scene Ho Chi Minh City
(Saigon)
Children on porch Children on porch
Phan Thiet River Phan Thiet River and Tower Goats in front of hotel Goats in front of my hotel in Phan Thiet. Today there's a golf course nearby.
Phan Thiet River Phan Thiet River
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