Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Part 8 My Air Force Days...1968-72 More Nha Trang...
Actually today, temperature wise, reminded me of our 2009 Vietnam Security Police Reunion at Dayton...that was January 31, 2009...the weather was brutally cold, much like today....when we snapped the attached photo, some of the guys as well as all the wives had already escaped to the cafe in the adjacent Air Force Museum. Chill Factor was about like today, and was the factor that helped me decide to move the Mini Reunion from January to mid March...at least that gives us a shot at better weather, and we have been lucky the past couple of years.
Remembering Nha Trang....
We also had a small snack bar, for shakes, cokes, and sub sandwiches....Nha Trang, which I have gone into detail before on this blog, was pretty sweet duty, especially for a guy working day flight law enforcement. We had one rocket attack in October, and two major Aircraft crashes...one in November and another in October. The first killed a dozen or so on the aircraft and another 30 or so civilians, most children, at a school house at the end of the runway...the second involved a jet fighter hitting the wrong end of the runway, taking out a couple of Army guys and 2 or 3 civilians before sliding to a stop near the beach.
Such was life in a "war zone"....The days of Dover were gone...no I had not matured to adulthood yet, but I was growing, and gaining more confident as the weeks passed. By this time I had grown from a 5' 9" 135 kid at Amarillo to 5' 11" and about 170...still a kid, but gaining confidence as the weeks passed. Those days were the best of my time in the Air Force, at lease location and duty wise...probably one of the reasons I remember so many more names and faces from Nha Trang than the rest of my duty stations, Dover memories and people are next on that list....Tan Son Nhut, and even Griffiss, not nearly as much, although events from those two locations are clear in my mind today as well.
Photos-top January 31, 2009 our frozen Vientnam Security Police mini-reunion at Dayton and Wright-Patterson AFB. Me on Jeep Patrol at Nha Trang, and again on duty at the Civilian Worker Entry Control Gate. And finally a look at Nha Trang Beach, overlooking the South China Seas, as it looks today.
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