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Hey, My problem is I think I'm an alcoholic. How do I know? I'm really not sure, but I know I've gotten so drunk I've blacked out and said and done things I'm ashamed of. I'm trying to get over my addiction, but I'm scared. My friend Tina just asked me to go to a party. I mean, I can't stay at...

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Bombing the Bong Son Bridge

The explosion was so loud that it woke up the whole entire city of Bong Son.  I opened my eyes to this loud noise so close by my house. At the same time I saw all of the windows and doors of our house spring wide open.  Things on the shelves in my house were crashing down on the floor.  I heard my mom’s terrifying voice called out to us to go in to the more secure room to hide.  I …

Posted in 1970's Vietnam, bong son, Bong Son Bridge, South Vietnam war zone, Vietnam bombings | 5 Comments

Midnight Spy Search

The village where I grew up in Viet Nam during my childhood years was a beautiful place, and the neighbors were always looking out for each other. We were like one big family. There were  other villages around us just like us, but we did not know most of them.  One evening, when I was about five or six years old,  the city official came to our home and told us we needed to evacuate the village because they believed we may have communist …

Posted in 1960's vietnam, 1970's Vietnam, bong son, Fall of South Vietnam, Guerilla Viet Cong, South Vietnam war zone | 1 Comment

Viet Nam Funeral, 1970, Bong Son

My childhood years were inside a war zone.  There were things that were scary, but to me as a child the  thing that terrified me the most was the sight of a funeral procession through my village.  I used to roam around the neighborhood and play with my friends daily.  No matter how far away from home, if I heard the sound of a funeral procession, I would run home as fast as I could without thinking about anything else. …

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Raising the Vietnamese Flag

The Summer of 1972,the war became very intense. The communists (viet cong) had taken over the city of Bong Son. Many people had to move, including most of my beloved Thac Da villagers. At this time my family had already moved to Qui Nhon city, but because of school exam, my brother Khoa stayed behind until the evacuation. This caused a lot of worry for my parents. Many years later I met Phung, one of my friends from the village. …

Posted in American Bases, bong son, patriotism, Qui Non, Thai Le's Blog: Child of South Vietnam, vietnam war, War Veterans | 2 Comments

Thai Le’s Memoir

This is the story of Thai Le Nguyen, who grew up in Bong Son during the late 60′s and early 70′s near the LZ English American Army Base. Her story, powerful and poignant, depicts a loving family struggling to provide a normal childhood for six children amidst Communist guerrilla attacks and the rugged, lethal quality of the land itself. From snakes to gory death, the children survived by a blessed good fortune and a mother and father’s determined love. Her …

Posted in 60's, 70's, American Bases, bong son, floods, snakes, Thai Le's Blog: Child of South Vietnam, Vietnam, vietnam war | 1 Comment

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