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
you may see them all there however I have very little identification. Also, on
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.
I am now the Nguyen Bechtold Trading Company LLC. Unfortunately my partner married and is no longer allowed to be part of the venture. I miss her
very much. She is a very special person. I am hoping to find another partner and continue. We will see.
I have my ticket and I will be in Saigon at 11:40 on 28 September. Only a few weeks and I am excited and yet.... So much is happening, here,
I will first go to my hotel. I have contacted Miss Loan who said my room, 101, will be ready. Next I will get a phone and post the number here.
Please write anytime and call if you are in country between 28 September and 12 December.
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.
Back row left to right - Thuy, Thao Ly, Nhung, Thuy Em
Front row left to right - Tram, Chau, Ha