Re: Return to Vietnam

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1. Posted by Bac Si (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I was in Vietnam during 1968 & 69. I was not a combatant but worked with some of the military forces.
I would like to return and try to locate some people that I knew there.

I was in the Nha Trang, Cam Ranh area. Can anyone help?


2. Posted by kevmille (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Your first bet is to go back to the places where you met your friends. The odds are good that they, or their relatives, still live there.

Other options include contacting the US Vietnam Vets organizations in Vietnam or placing adds with local newspapers or TV stations.

Best of luck.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I think Kevin gave you some good advice. While you are in the US, contact the many groups that deal with VietNam and veterans. Contact the army group that you were working for and talk to the guys that were there. They should be a goldmine of info for you.

I was in Nha Trang this Feb. but just enjoying the area. There will be locals that remember the 'American War' era and perhaps can help you once back in VN. Many of the pedicab guys in NT are SVN army vets. I used them several times and most speak OK English and are helpful for returning vets. Good luck with your quest.

4. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 438 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

there is a lot of good advice there but I'll throw a word of caution out there too. There aren't as many surviving vets in Vietnam as you might expect, I've met a few but most of the people I've met there who remember the war were kids at the time. The average life expectancy in the country was very low back in the 60's and 70's was less than 60 (I think it was abut 52, it rose to 65 in the 90s).

I've been doing the same research because my dad would like to go back after hearing me talk about it.