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1st Cav, An Khe Vietnam Central Higlands 1965

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by Chuck Pike, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Chuck Pike

    Chuck Pike Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 3, 2010
    Charlotte, NC.
    My first real camera was a mirrorless P&S, rangerfinder I bought for $15 at a closet size PX. I am some what suprised at the traffic that I get on my gallery from Vietnam. I added it as an extra because I was proud of having served, I didn't expect it to get the most total traffic.

    This first picture has something very wrong with it. All the smiling faces, and me holding a M-16, but that was a fact of life back then.

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    I was always wanting to take pictures of people and if the Army had allowed me to go on to photo school I would have taken another 6 years. Boy and I glad that didn't happen.

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    I added this photo as one of my major images on my web page. Many of these were taken with the Canon P&S. Great camera, and it did a great job. I hadn't looked at these photos in over 40 years. It really brought back that event to me. In this is the lesson that we really need to take lots of pictures and make sure that we save them and keep them safe.

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    I shot with what ever film that they had at the PX, so some are in color and some B&W. While I shoot all color today, I shot all B&W until I move to digital and shot raw. I could never afford the expense of color processing.

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  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Thanks Chuck.
    It's an Honor as always....
    Don
     
  3. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

    479
    Mar 31, 2011
    Phare Ouest
    Pleiku 1959-1960 here. Same "central highlands", but we called it Kontum or Hauts Plateaux. We grew tea nearby, like two hours drive away. Watched my first movies--westerns with Gary Cooper (when lucky...) at Pleiku's advisors camp. 1st Cav became neighbours, but later, after advisors' era. After French planters' era, too. Cheers to our youth.
     
  4. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Welcome back Chuck ... and welcome back to Don and Paul.

    (I always welcome back Vietnam Vets as the our country failed to do so.)

    Gary

    PS- I remember Kontum and Pleiku. I was never comfortable in the Highlands ... just so ... spooky.

    G
     
  5. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 31, 2011
    Phare Ouest
    Gary, vet me out: I was 6yo at the Catecka plantation, left before 1st Cav arrived. Can't Viet me out, though: born there.
    Highlands spooky not really, lean big cats aside. Then until '62... They went fat. Out in the sticks, Frenchmen had special relations with the natives, especially the Djarai mountaineers.
    Seen the redux of Apoc. Now, with these crazy Frogs in their mansions withour aircon but with silverware, sweating in dinner jackets with a Rem .280 at hand? Exxagerated of course, yet the most realistic scene in the movie...
     
  6. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    I dunno Paul ... Viet is close to Vet ... haven't seen the redux ... I thought the Swedish K was the preferred weapon of choice by the gentry.

    Gary

    PS- It was spooky ... the eerie silence, the eerie sounds, the heat the cold, the fog the humidity, the smells (the combination of genesis and death), the 'yards ... it was all so utterly unfamiliar. I spent a lot of time north of the 1st Cav.

    G