Vietnam

Rich Frahm with M14 and an associate over looking Valley from guard bunker
Note the red and white stake used by
artillery & mortar units for aiming the weapons.
This picture was taken about an hour after two others and I came under sniper fire while moving up the mountain to this position.  Those at the top sucussefully took the sniper out.
 
 
Steve Sipos

You needed all your shots to be eligible to be shot. The only lead protection was the M69 protective vest (a/k/a flak jacket). It weighed about 8 lbs and was hot.

Oct 16, 2016 at 8:51 PM ·

Richard Frahm '63

...and the jungle rot and fevers no one could tell what infection U had....."jungle fever?"

Oct 17, 2016 at 6:55 AM ·

Steve Sipos

Ring worm. Picked that up while winning hearts and minds whille attached to the 23rd ARVN Infantry Regiment (August 1968) Here are a few little ones. I wonder where they are now? They would be about 50 years old.

 

Oct 17, 2016 at 7:37 AM ·

Gary Koniz

I am with you, Steve. Here's a photo of me with some kids in the Slums of Saigon taken in late October of 1966. Like you, I wonder where they are now and what has become of them. You and I are Kindred Spirits, but we've known that all along. Maybe we can try and find out from the Embassy. I am calling for restoring the name of Ho Chi Minh City to Saigon once again in reverence to The American People who shed their blood and sacrifice help to resolve Vietnam's Civil War and who politely surrendered the Country Back to the Vietnamese with the certain knowledge that the Vietnamese People were a People who were tired of being "Occupied" by foreigners and who were trying to unify their Country; and who are quite happy and content now with the way that things have worked themselves out. The politics of war come to light and resolved.

Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh
Embassy Of The Socialist Republic of Vietnam
In The United States Of America
1233 20th Street, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 861-0737
For consular emergency: (202) 739 1666; (202) 716-8666
Fax: (202) 861-0917
Email: info@vietnamembassy.us (for general information)
Consular: vnconsular@vietnamembassy.us(for consular affairs)

 

Oct 17, 2016 at 10:12 AM, Edited: Oct 17, 2016 at 10:19 AM ·

Richard Frahm '63

And who can forget the kids coming up to us and saying, "you f-------- my momma..she a virgin." Pimping for momma.

Oct 17, 2016 at 3:09 PM ·

Gary Koniz

Truly a sad story, Richard. Truly.

Oct 17, 2016 at 3:42 PM ·

Steve Sipos

Gary.. Where did you get the civies? Rich.. I think the girl was telling you her mother was from Virginia. GI numba one.

Oct 17, 2016 at 6:34 PM, Edited: Oct 17, 2016 at 7:07 PM ·

Richard Frahm '63

.....oh...now that makes sense.

Oct 17, 2016 at 8:16 PM ·

Gary Koniz

Steve: On our day off one day in late October 1966,(we had one day off to ourselves every two weeks from the 18 hour days,) myself and two of my friends hitchhiked the 13 miles from Long Binh/Ben Hoa area South to Saigon. It was an adventure that climaxed by us getting arrested by the M.P,'s for being in Saigon without a pass and then having to hitch hike back in the dark of night; in which we were picked up by two Vietnamese men in a truck on the outskirts of Saigon on Highway 1, and taken by way of the back roads with us riding in the closed in canvass back all the way into the City of Ben Hoa by an alternate route, We were then able to hail a petty cab for the three mike ride back to our base camp in the Rubber Tree Plantation at Long Bihn. Trusting Souls that we were, we made it. But we thought on the way back that we were being spirited away by the Viet Cong. And that's the story of that. We were told by the M.P.'s to report our being arrested in Saigon without a pass to our Commanding Officer, but we never did and nothing ever came of it. Lesson learned. It was a deadly place to be alive.

Oct 17, 2016 at 10:22 PM, Edited: Oct 17, 2016 at 10:27 PM ·

Gary Koniz

Photos of the M.P.'s approaching us and at the M.P. Headquarters on release. Moments in Time.

 
 

Oct 18, 2016 at 8:19 AM, Edited: Oct 18, 2016 at 8:20 AM ·

Steve Sipos

Gary... Good move. Traveling at night riding in civilian Vietnamese vehicles. You could have been an MIA in a flash. I moved once in a Jeep at night down a closed highway with one of our battery commanders.. He didn't want to wait for daybreak. Amazing what you did at age 20+.

Oct 18, 2016 at 11:42 AM ·

Gary Koniz

Amazing what WE did at the age of 20 + ... And survived it! The war made is Fatalistic ... Some may call it Suicidal. But what was not a bravado of longing for death but in living with the thought of death that each moment may be our last that turned our Psychological Defenses from the cowardice of trembling fear and terror into a determined and stoic fatalism in curious mechanism to see what was at the end of life if the end of life was indeed to come.

Oct 18, 2016 at 3:32 PM ·

Richard Frahm '63

....thanks god for a little weed and some suds.

Oct 18, 2016 at 5:19 PM ·

Steve Sipos

Suds.. Oh yes suds from a bar of soap,rocks and a stream. Clean fatigues. Here I am hanging out my laundry. Then the NVA blew holes in them with 122mm rockets. Missed us fortunately.

 

Oct 18, 2016 at 10:28 PM, Edited: Oct 19, 2016 at 9:05 AM ·

Richard Frahm '63

I was more sophisticated and therefore would hire a local "momma-san" to do my laundry while I cleaned M-14.

Oct 19, 2016 at 7:36 AM ·

Gary Koniz

That is a nice endearing picture of you with your laundry, Steve. No House Girl? What and where are those mountains in the background, and when was it taken?

Oct 19, 2016 at 9:24 AM, Edited: Oct 19, 2016 at 9:26 AM ·

Steve Sipos

Gary.. No civilians in the area other than the Motagnards. We were deep in NVA territory near the Cambodia Border outside Polei Kleng Special Forces Camp. Picture taken March or April 1968. Here is a link to the Battle of Chu Moor Mountain, http://1-22infantry.org/history/chumoortitle.htm We were located in the vicinity of the RED dot on the map below, South of Dak To and west of Kontum. We were interdicting the Ho Chi Mihn Trail and supporting elements of the 4th Infantry Division and Special Forces.

 

Oct 19, 2016 at 10:44 AM, Edited: Oct 19, 2016 at 10:50 AM ·

Gary Koniz

OH, my goodness, Steve. You were really out-there in the real thick of it like Richard, maybe worse. God Bless You. Thanks for showing me where you were. I can't imagine. That picture of you with your laundry needs to be preserved in The Smithsonian for history. Here's my letter to The Vietnamese Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh in Washington.

Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh
Embassy Of The Socialist Republic of Vietnam
In The United States Of America
1233 20th Street, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 861-0737
For consular emergency: (202) 739 1666; (202) 716-8666
Fax: (202) 861-0917
Email: info@vietnamembassy.us (for general information)
Consular: vnconsular@vietnamembassy.us(for consular affairs)

Here's a photo of myself with some children in the Slums of Saigon in juxtaposition to its opulent splendor taken in late October of 1966. I wonder where those children are now and what has become of them. I am hoping we can try and find out about them from the Embassy. I am calling for restoring the name of Ho Chi Minh City to Saigon once again in reverence to The American People who sacrificed and who shed their blood help to resolve Vietnam's Civil War and who politely surrendered the Country Back to the Vietnamese with the certain knowledge in Diplomacy that the Vietnamese People were a People who were tired of being "Occupied" by foreigners and who were trying to unify their Country; that being accomplished; and who are quite happy and content now with the way that things have worked themselves out. The politics of war come to light and resolved. Let us now heal over its emotional wounds of Face. You and I are Kindred Spirits, but we've known that all along.

Oct 19, 2016 at 12:32 PM ·

Richard Frahm '63

Welcome home GI's.....we made it.

Oct 19, 2016 at 3:27 PM ·

Steve Sipos

Yes. Welcome home..

Oct 19, 2016 at 4:13 PM ·

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