One of the commenters on my June 26th post marking the 50th anniversary of my induction into the Air Force wondered if I might return to the subject of my time in VietNam. Thanks for the nudge dimple. I went through my photos and found a few that were never published.
Not only did I publish this photo on the blog, I included it in my Saigon 1966 Black and White photo book because I liked it so much.
Another in a sequence of street shots that I probably took on the same day.
And another from the sequence
And the final image in the sequence
With the exception of the first image, I used several programs to clean up the scans. The original negatives are nasty dirty. Cleaning them by hand would take too long so I let the computer do all the heavy lifting. Images 2, 3 and 4 aren’t the best finished quality as a consequence. But they still tell a story.
The year was 1966 and the war hadn’t reached into the city yet, that would come a little over a year later with the Tet offensive on January 30, 1968. I’m so glad I was safe at home in the USA (I left VietNam in January 1967) when the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong launched the coordinated Tet offensive that brought the war into Saigon in a big way.