Vietnam veterans: ‘We never felt safe’
Sorry for the posting delay, folks. Internet crashed at our Can Tho hotel. We just got back to Ho Chi Minh City, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed…
Now that we’ve joined a group with 13 other Vietnam veterans, I’m seeing a different side of nature in Vietnam: the dangerous side. I don’t mean the snakes and insects, though we’ve seen plenty of those; it’s the haystacks, termite hills and mangrove patches that once served as ideal hiding places for Viet Cong guerillas, turning almost any place troops traveled into a potential death trap. In other words, as my father put it, “We never felt safe. Maybe the base camp was safer than being out in the field, but you were always a target.”
Here’s some mangrove leaves we floated by on the Mekong Delta. Click the audio link below to hear Ed Frank, a Navy veteran, explain what made this such a dangerous plant.