഍਀㰀栀攀愀搀㸀ഀ਀਀㰀琀椀琀氀攀㸀䐀愀 一愀渀最 䄀䈀㨀 㘀㈀㔀㈀渀搀 䄀倀匀㨀 匀挀愀爀氀攀琀 刀椀戀戀漀渀猀Ⰰ 匀挀愀爀氀攀琀 䐀爀攀愀洀猀Ⰰ 戀礀 䐀漀渀 倀漀猀猀⸀ ㄀㤀㘀㔀⸀㰀⼀琀椀琀氀攀㸀ഀഀ ഍਀㰀洀攀琀愀 栀琀琀瀀ⴀ攀焀甀椀瘀㴀∀䌀漀渀琀攀渀琀ⴀ吀礀瀀攀∀ 挀漀渀琀攀渀琀㴀∀琀攀砀琀⼀栀琀洀氀㬀 挀栀愀爀猀攀琀㴀甀琀昀ⴀ㠀∀ ⼀㸀ഀ਀਀㰀洀攀琀愀 栀琀琀瀀ⴀ攀焀甀椀瘀㴀∀䌀漀渀琀攀渀琀ⴀ吀礀瀀攀∀ 挀漀渀琀攀渀琀㴀∀琀攀砀琀⼀栀琀洀氀㬀 挀栀愀爀猀攀琀㴀椀猀漀ⴀ㠀㠀㔀㤀ⴀ㄀∀ ⼀㸀ഀഀ ഍਀㰀洀攀琀愀 渀愀洀攀㴀∀䄀甀琀栀漀爀∀ 挀漀渀琀攀渀琀㴀∀嘀椀攀琀渀愀洀 匀攀挀甀爀椀琀礀 倀漀氀椀挀攀 䄀猀猀漀挀椀愀琀椀漀渀Ⰰ 䤀渀挀⸀ ⠀唀匀䄀䘀⤀∀ ⼀㸀ഀ਀਀㰀洀攀琀愀 渀愀洀攀㴀∀䄀䰀䤀䄀匀∀ 挀漀渀琀攀渀琀㴀∀栀琀琀瀀㨀⼀⼀眀眀眀⸀瘀猀瀀愀⸀挀漀洀∀ ⼀㸀ഀഀ ഍਀㰀洀攀琀愀 渀愀洀攀㴀∀爀漀戀漀琀猀∀ 挀漀渀琀攀渀琀㴀∀椀渀搀攀砀Ⰰ昀漀氀氀漀眀∀ ⼀㸀ഀ਀਀㰀洀攀琀愀 渀愀洀攀㴀∀最漀漀最氀攀戀漀琀∀ 挀漀渀琀攀渀琀㴀∀椀渀搀攀砀Ⰰ 昀漀氀氀漀眀∀ ⼀㸀ഀഀ ഍਀㰀洀攀琀愀 渀愀洀攀㴀∀搀漀挀甀洀攀渀琀ⴀ爀愀琀椀渀最∀ 挀漀渀琀攀渀琀㴀∀匀愀昀攀 昀漀爀 䬀椀搀猀∀ ⼀㸀ഀ਀਀㰀洀攀琀愀 渀愀洀攀㴀∀搀漀挀甀洀攀渀琀ⴀ搀椀猀琀爀椀戀甀琀椀漀渀∀ 挀漀渀琀攀渀琀㴀∀䜀氀漀戀愀氀∀ ⼀㸀ഀഀ ഍਀㰀℀ⴀⴀ 䔀一䐀 䴀䔀吀䄀匀 ⴀⴀ㸀ഀ਀਀㰀猀琀礀氀攀 琀礀瀀攀㴀∀琀攀砀琀⼀挀猀猀∀㸀ഀഀ body, td, th { font-size: 14px; ഍਀ऀ挀漀氀漀爀㨀 ⌀   㬀ഀ਀਀紀ഀഀ body { background-color: #D6D6D6; ഍਀紀ഀ਀਀愀 笀ഀഀ font-size: 14px; color: #00F; ഍਀紀ഀ਀਀愀㨀瘀椀猀椀琀攀搀 笀ഀഀ color: #090; } ഍਀愀㨀栀漀瘀攀爀 笀ഀ਀਀ऀ挀漀氀漀爀㨀 ⌀䘀  㬀ഀഀ } a:active { ഍਀ऀ挀漀氀漀爀㨀 ⌀  䘀㬀ഀ਀਀紀ഀഀ .WordSection1 div table tr td blockquote blockquote blockquote p em span { font-size: 14px; ഍਀紀ഀ਀਀⸀圀漀爀搀匀攀挀琀椀漀渀㄀ 搀椀瘀 琀愀戀氀攀 琀爀 琀搀 戀氀漀挀欀焀甀漀琀攀 戀氀漀挀欀焀甀漀琀攀 瀀 ⸀匀瀀攀氀氀䔀 猀琀爀漀渀最 猀瀀愀渀 攀洀 笀ഀഀ font-size: 14px; } ഍਀⸀昀㄀㐀 笀ഀ਀਀ऀ昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀 ㄀㐀瀀砀㬀ഀഀ } .f12 { ഍਀ऀ昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀 ㄀㈀瀀砀㬀ഀ਀਀紀ഀഀ .WordSection1 div table tr td blockquote blockquote p strong { font-size: 14px; ഍਀紀ഀ਀਀㰀⼀猀琀礀氀攀㸀ഀഀ ഍਀㰀戀漀搀礀 戀最挀漀氀漀爀㴀∀⌀䌀䌀䌀䌀䌀䌀∀ 氀椀渀欀㴀∀戀氀甀攀∀ 瘀氀椀渀欀㴀∀⌀  㘀㘀  ∀ 愀氀椀渀欀㴀∀⌀    䘀䘀∀ 氀愀渀最㴀∀䔀一ⴀ唀匀∀ 砀洀氀㨀氀愀渀最㴀∀䔀一ⴀ唀匀∀㸀ഀ਀਀㰀搀椀瘀 挀氀愀猀猀㴀∀圀漀爀搀匀攀挀琀椀漀渀㄀∀㸀ഀഀ
഍਀        㰀琀爀㸀ഀ਀਀                㰀琀搀 戀最挀漀氀漀爀㴀∀眀栀椀琀攀∀㸀㰀瀀 愀氀椀最渀㴀∀挀攀渀琀攀爀∀ 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀琀攀砀琀ⴀ愀氀椀最渀㨀挀攀渀琀攀爀✀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 挀氀愀猀猀㴀∀猀琀礀氀攀㈀∀㸀㰀戀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀ഀഀ style='font-size:36.0pt;color:green'>Vin a
6252nd ഍਀                        䄀椀爀 倀漀氀椀挀攀 匀焀甀愀搀爀漀渀Ⰰ ㄀㤀㘀㔀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀戀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀戀爀 ⼀㸀ഀ਀਀                        㰀戀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㈀㐀⸀ 瀀琀㬀挀漀氀漀爀㨀⌀㠀   㐀 ✀㸀匀挀愀爀氀攀琀 刀椀戀戀漀渀猀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀⼀戀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀∀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀 ㄀㌀⸀㔀瀀琀㬀 挀漀氀漀爀㨀 ⌀㠀   㐀 ∀㸀⸀⸀⸀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀戀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀 ㈀㐀⸀ 瀀琀㬀 挀漀氀漀爀㨀 ⌀䐀䌀㈀㤀㈀㤀✀㸀匀挀愀爀氀攀琀 䐀爀攀愀洀猀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀⼀戀㸀㰀戀爀 ⼀㸀ഀഀ © 1996, by Don Poss

"It ഍਀                        眀愀猀 愀 栀漀爀爀椀昀礀椀渀最 愀渀搀 甀渀攀砀瀀攀挀琀攀搀 猀椀最栀琀 琀漀 猀甀搀搀攀渀氀礀 猀攀攀 瀀椀氀攀猀 漀昀 戀漀搀椀攀猀 琀爀甀挀欀攀搀ഀ਀਀                        琀栀爀漀甀最栀 琀栀攀 最愀琀攀⸀∀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀⼀戀㸀㰀⼀攀洀㸀㰀⼀瀀㸀ഀഀ

഍਀                        㰀琀爀㸀ഀ਀਀                                㰀琀搀 栀攀椀最栀琀㴀∀㜀∀ 戀最挀漀氀漀爀㴀∀⌀㘀㘀    ∀㸀㰀⼀琀搀㸀ഀഀ ഍਀                            㰀琀搀 栀攀椀最栀琀㴀∀㐀∀ 戀最挀漀氀漀爀㴀∀⌀      ∀㸀㰀搀椀瘀 愀氀椀最渀㴀∀挀攀渀琀攀爀∀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀∀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀㬀ഀ਀਀    ∀㸀㰀椀洀最 戀漀爀搀攀爀㴀∀ ∀ 眀椀搀琀栀㴀∀㤀  ∀ 栀攀椀最栀琀㴀∀㔀 㤀∀ 椀搀㴀∀开砀    开椀㄀ ㈀㘀∀ഀഀ src="http://www.vspa.com/images/graphic/2014-07-01-dn-flightline-gate-don-poss-1965.jpg" alt="x" /> ഍਀                        㰀⼀琀爀㸀ഀ਀਀                        㰀⼀琀愀戀氀攀㸀ഀഀ
഍਀                        㰀戀氀漀挀欀焀甀漀琀攀㸀ഀ਀਀                            㰀猀瀀愀渀 挀氀愀猀猀㴀∀昀㄀㐀∀㸀㰀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀 ㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀㬀 挀漀氀漀爀㨀 ⌀   㬀✀㸀䴀椀搀 䄀甀最甀猀琀 ㄀㤀㘀㔀Ⰰ 䤀 眀愀猀 瀀漀猀琀攀搀 愀琀 愀 䐀愀 一愀渀最 䄀椀爀 䈀愀猀攀 昀氀椀最栀琀氀椀渀攀ഀഀ gate during the midnight shift. Around dawn, Vietnamese civilian workers would come streaming in toward their jobs in the ARVN and VNAF section. ഍਀                                刀甀洀漀爀猀 栀愀搀 椀琀 琀栀愀琀 愀 嘀椀氀氀愀最攀 渀攀愀爀 琀栀攀 戀愀猀攀 栀愀搀 戀攀攀渀 栀椀琀 戀礀 嘀椀攀琀 䌀漀渀最Ⰰ 愀渀搀ഀ਀਀                                瘀椀氀氀愀最攀爀猀 眀攀爀攀 欀椀氀氀攀搀⸀ 䄀氀琀栀漀甀最栀 渀漀 漀渀攀 欀渀攀眀 琀栀攀 琀爀甀琀栀Ⰰ 䤀 眀漀甀氀搀 猀漀漀渀 栀愀瘀攀 愀ഀഀ glimpse of what may have happened.
഍਀                                㰀戀爀 ⼀㸀ഀ਀਀                            㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀⼀攀洀㸀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 挀氀愀猀猀㴀∀昀㄀㈀∀㸀㰀攀洀㸀㰀戀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀㬀ഀഀ color:#666666'>Photo: VNAF flight line, and
Civilian QC Intelligence compound
഍਀                            㰀椀洀最 眀椀搀琀栀㴀∀㐀㐀㔀∀ 栀攀椀最栀琀㴀∀㈀㔀㘀∀ഀ਀਀  猀爀挀㴀∀栀琀琀瀀㨀⼀⼀眀眀眀⸀瘀猀瀀愀⸀挀漀洀⼀椀洀愀最攀猀⼀搀渀ⴀ瀀漀猀猀ⴀ搀漀渀ⴀ瀀漀猀琀ⴀ昀氀椀最栀琀氀椀渀攀ⴀ愀㄀攀ⴀ ㄀ⴀ瘀渀愀昀ⴀ猀瀀愀搀ⴀ瀀愀爀欀椀渀最ⴀ㄀㤀㘀㔀⸀樀瀀最∀ഀഀ align="left" hspace="5" vspace="5" alt="Photo: VNAF Flightline, and ഍਀䌀椀瘀椀氀椀愀渀 儀䌀 䤀渀琀攀氀氀椀最攀渀挀攀 挀漀洀瀀漀甀渀搀∀ഀ਀਀  瘀㨀猀栀愀瀀攀猀㴀∀倀椀挀琀甀爀攀开砀  ㈀ 开㈀∀ ⼀㸀㰀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀吀栀攀 昀氀椀最栀琀氀椀渀攀 愀挀挀攀猀猀ⴀ最愀琀攀 眀愀猀 昀漀爀ഀഀ the VNAF SPADS aircraft parking, and the ARVN QC interrogation compound including the Special Police Branch for civilian intelligence, which was ഍਀                                昀攀渀挀攀搀 愀渀搀 猀攀挀甀爀攀⸀ 匀琀爀愀渀最攀 琀栀椀渀最猀 眀攀爀攀 爀甀洀漀爀攀搀 琀漀 琀愀欀攀 瀀氀愀挀攀 椀渀 琀栀愀琀ഀ਀਀                            挀漀洀瀀漀甀渀搀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 椀琀 眀愀猀 愀氀猀漀 眀栀攀爀攀 椀渀琀攀爀爀漀最愀琀椀漀渀 漀昀 一嘀䄀⼀嘀䌀 瀀爀椀猀漀渀攀爀猀 琀漀漀欀 瀀氀愀挀攀⸀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀ഀഀ

Generally, a QC (military police) and USAF Air Police guarded that gate together.
഍਀                            㰀⼀瀀㸀ഀ਀਀                            㰀瀀㸀㰀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀䤀 栀愀搀 爀攀氀椀攀瘀攀搀 琀栀攀 搀愀礀 䄀倀 愀渀搀ഀഀ received his pass-on instructions. There weren't any. The Air Policeman got in the AP pickup and they drove off. The Vietnamese QC walked away without explanation.
A little later, a QC walked from the Spad parking area and said he was the QC for that night. His English was more than passable. I recall his ഍਀                                渀愀洀攀 眀愀猀 ∀吀爀愀渀∀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 䤀 搀漀渀✀琀 欀渀漀眀 椀昀 琀栀愀琀 眀愀猀 栀椀猀 昀椀爀猀琀ⴀ渀愀洀攀 漀爀ഀ਀਀                                猀甀爀渀愀洀攀⸀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀⼀戀㸀㰀⼀瀀㸀ഀഀ

A flight line access gate's night-shift is a long time to pass, and when possible it goes faster if you can BS with someone. Tran was ഍਀                                琀愀氀欀愀琀椀瘀攀 愀渀搀 琀漀氀搀 洀攀 栀椀猀 昀愀洀椀氀礀 挀愀洀攀 昀爀漀洀 一漀爀琀栀 嘀椀攀琀渀愀洀 眀栀攀渀 琀栀攀 挀漀甀渀琀爀礀ഀ਀਀                                搀椀瘀椀搀攀搀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 琀栀愀琀 栀攀 樀漀椀渀攀搀 琀栀攀 儀䌀 琀漀 攀猀挀愀瀀攀 栀椀猀 洀漀琀栀攀爀 眀栀漀 眀愀猀 琀爀礀椀渀最 琀漀ഀഀ marry him off and get grandchildren. I told him that I was from Los Angeles (no one knew where Long Beach was), and he quickly asked if that was near ഍਀                                䠀漀氀氀礀眀漀漀搀 愀渀搀 椀昀 䤀 栀愀搀 攀瘀攀爀 洀攀琀 愀渀礀 洀漀瘀椀攀ⴀ猀琀愀爀猀⸀ 䴀礀 㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀攀洀㸀㰀戀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀ഀ਀਀  猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀∀爀攀攀氀 椀渀 琀栀攀 昀椀猀栀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀⼀戀㸀㰀⼀攀洀㸀㰀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀ഀഀ style='font-size:10.5pt'>" flag went up and I told Tran I was friends with John WayneMarilyn Monroe often came along for the ride and flirted with me ഍਀                                戀甀琀 琀栀愀琀 䤀 渀攀瘀攀爀 最漀琀 瀀愀猀猀 㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀攀洀㸀㰀戀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀猀攀挀漀渀搀ⴀ戀愀猀攀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀戀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀攀洀㸀㰀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀ഀ਀਀  猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀⸀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀 㰀攀洀㸀嬀吀栀愀琀 眀愀猀 愀 瀀爀攀琀琀礀 最漀漀搀 眀栀漀瀀瀀攀爀 挀漀渀猀椀搀攀爀椀渀最 猀栀攀 栀愀搀 搀椀攀搀 椀渀 ㄀㤀㘀㈀Ⰰ 眀栀攀渀 䤀 眀愀猀 愀 栀椀最栀ⴀ猀挀栀漀漀氀 猀攀渀椀漀爀⸀㰀猀瀀愀渀ഀഀ class="GramE">]

Tran looked at me in silence for ഍਀                                愀戀漀甀琀 琀栀椀爀琀礀ⴀ猀攀挀漀渀搀猀Ⰰ 㰀猀瀀愀渀 挀氀愀猀猀㴀∀䜀爀愀洀䔀∀㸀琀栀攀渀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀 琀漀氀搀 洀攀 琀栀愀琀 栀攀 眀愀猀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀攀洀㸀㰀戀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀ഀ਀਀  猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀 瀀愀氀猀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀⼀戀㸀㰀⼀攀洀㸀㰀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀ഀഀ 10.5pt'> with Premier Nguyen Ky, and Ky had ഍਀                                琀漀氀搀 栀椀洀 栀攀 眀漀甀氀搀 瀀甀氀氀 猀漀洀攀 猀琀爀椀渀最猀 愀渀搀 栀攀 挀漀甀氀搀 戀攀 栀椀猀 搀爀椀瘀攀爀ⴀⴀ㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀攀洀㸀㰀戀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀ഀ਀਀  猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀䤀䘀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀⼀戀㸀㰀⼀攀洀㸀㰀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀ഀഀ 10.5pt'>--Tran quit sleeping with his wife, Madame Nguyen Cao KỳI guess it takes a BS-er to know one .

The night passed slowly as we tried ഍਀                                琀漀 漀甀琀 㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀攀洀㸀㰀戀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀眀栀漀瀀瀀攀爀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀戀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀攀洀㸀㰀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀ഀ਀਀  猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀 攀愀挀栀 漀琀栀攀爀 眀椀琀栀漀甀琀 挀爀愀挀欀椀渀最 愀 猀洀椀氀攀⸀ 䤀 挀漀渀昀攀猀猀攀搀 琀漀ഀഀ Tran that I had turned down running for Vice President with Kennedy because he wouldn't change to the Republican Party. Tran said he had been approved as ഍਀                                琀栀攀 昀椀爀猀琀 嘀一䄀䘀 䈀ⴀ㔀㈀ 瀀椀氀漀琀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 琀栀愀琀 䴀愀搀愀洀攀 䬀礀 渀椀砀攀搀 椀琀 琀漀 欀攀攀瀀 栀椀洀 愀爀漀甀渀搀⸀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀瀀㸀ഀ਀਀                            㰀瀀㸀㰀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀䰀椀琀琀氀攀 琀爀愀昀昀椀挀 挀愀洀攀 琀栀爀漀甀最栀 琀栀攀ഀഀ gate, except for QC jeeps going in and out, and at AP truck bringing around coffee. Around 0300 hours, a QC jeep drove slowly along the Spad parking area ഍਀                                愀渀搀 甀瀀 琀漀 琀栀攀 昀氀椀最栀琀 氀椀渀攀✀猀 椀渀猀椀搀攀ⴀ昀攀渀挀攀 愀渀搀 猀琀漀瀀瀀攀搀 愀猀 椀昀 瀀愀爀欀椀渀最Ⰰ 眀椀琀栀 栀椀猀ഀ਀਀                                氀椀最栀琀猀 漀甀琀⸀ 䄀昀琀攀爀 椀琀 眀愀猀 漀戀瘀椀漀甀猀 琀栀攀 漀挀挀甀瀀愀渀琀猀 眀攀爀攀渀✀琀 最漀椀渀最 琀漀 愀瀀瀀爀漀愀挀栀 琀栀攀ഀഀ access-gate, Tran walked over to the jeep. Several minutes later Tran returned saying the QC officer and NCO were waiting for a small convoy from ഍਀                                猀漀洀攀 瘀椀氀氀愀最攀 琀漀 愀爀爀椀瘀攀⸀ 䠀攀 愀氀猀漀 洀攀渀琀椀漀渀攀搀 琀栀攀 一䌀伀 眀愀猀 愀 搀椀猀琀愀渀琀 挀漀甀猀椀渀 眀栀漀ഀ਀਀                                栀愀搀 愀氀爀攀愀搀礀 瀀爀漀瘀椀搀攀搀 最爀愀渀搀ⴀ欀椀搀猀 昀漀爀 栀椀猀 洀漀琀栀攀爀⸀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀⼀瀀㸀ഀഀ

A short while later, three ARVN duce-and-half trucks turned off the road from the main-gate area and drove ഍਀                                爀愀瀀椀搀氀礀 琀漀眀愀爀搀 琀栀攀 愀挀挀攀猀猀ⴀ最愀琀攀Ⰰ 欀椀挀欀椀渀最 甀瀀 搀甀猀琀⸀ 吀栀攀 昀椀爀猀琀 琀爀甀挀欀 昀氀攀眀 琀栀爀漀甀最栀ഀ਀਀                                琀栀攀 最愀琀攀 戀漀甀渀挀椀渀最 猀氀椀最栀琀氀礀 漀瘀攀爀 琀栀攀 爀漀愀搀ⴀ琀爀愀渀猀椀琀椀漀渀 昀爀漀洀 搀椀爀琀 琀漀 瀀愀瘀攀搀ഀഀ surface. The gate's overhead floodlight lite up the truck bed and through its wooden slates I saw flashes of what looked like bodies. Then the second truck ഍਀                                戀漀甀渀挀攀搀 漀瘀攀爀 愀渀搀 䤀 挀愀甀最栀琀 愀 挀氀攀愀爀 最氀椀洀瀀猀攀 漀昀 瀀椀氀攀猀 漀昀 嘀椀攀琀渀愀洀攀猀攀 搀攀愀搀⸀⸀⸀ 愀渀搀 㰀椀㸀琀栀攀礀ഀ਀਀                                眀攀爀攀㰀⼀椀㸀 搀攀愀搀㨀 匀琀愀爀琀氀攀搀Ⰰ 䤀 琀爀椀攀搀 琀漀 甀渀搀攀爀猀琀愀渀搀 眀栀愀琀 䤀 眀愀猀 猀攀攀椀渀最 愀猀 琀栀攀ഀഀ bodies seemed to flicker in a strobe-light effect: Vietnamese male laying on his back, head tilted, ഍਀                                洀漀甀琀栀 眀椀搀攀 漀瀀攀渀Ⰰ 攀礀攀猀 最愀瀀椀渀最㬀 愀 礀漀甀渀最 挀栀椀氀搀✀猀 愀爀洀 眀攀搀最攀搀 愀最愀椀渀猀琀 琀栀攀 爀愀椀氀椀渀最㬀ഀ਀਀                                愀渀搀 樀甀洀戀氀攀搀 猀琀愀挀欀猀 漀昀 琀愀渀最氀攀搀ⴀ樀愀爀爀椀渀最 戀漀搀椀攀猀Ⰰ 猀漀洀攀 挀氀漀琀栀攀搀Ⰰ 猀漀洀攀 渀漀琀Ⰰ 猀漀洀攀ഀഀ limbs attached, some seemingly not. I stared at the incredible sight and failed to pay ഍਀                                愀琀琀攀渀琀椀漀渀 琀漀 琀栀攀 琀栀椀爀搀 琀爀甀挀欀 瀀氀愀礀椀渀最 挀愀琀挀栀ⴀ甀瀀 琀栀愀琀 猀甀搀搀攀渀氀礀 戀漀甀渀挀攀搀 昀漀爀眀愀爀搀ഀ਀਀                                氀椀欀攀 愀 昀爀攀椀最栀琀ⴀ琀爀愀椀渀 愀猀 挀氀漀猀攀 愀猀 琀栀攀 戀甀琀琀漀渀猀 猀琀椀琀挀栀攀搀 琀漀 琀栀攀 昀爀漀渀琀 漀昀 洀礀ഀഀ jacket. The rush of wind from the passing truck was like standing by the edge a train station platform as a highballing train blasts through --

The trucks raced through the VNAF ഍਀                                昀氀椀最栀琀 氀椀渀攀 最愀琀攀 琀漀眀愀爀搀 琀栀攀 㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀攀洀㸀㰀戀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀ഀ਀਀  ㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀漀昀昀ⴀ氀椀洀椀琀猀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀⼀戀㸀㰀⼀攀洀㸀㰀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀 䄀刀嘀一 䴀椀氀椀琀愀爀礀 倀漀氀椀挀攀 ⠀儀甀愀渀 䌀愀渀栀⤀ 挀漀洀瀀漀甀渀搀Ⰰ 昀攀渀挀攀搀 戀礀 戀愀爀戀攀搀 眀椀爀攀Ⰰ 眀椀琀栀 琀栀攀 儀䌀ഀഀ Jeep leading the way. I had a chilled-blood chilled feeling and said, "Wow did you see that?"

഍਀                            㰀瀀㸀㰀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀∀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀∀㸀吀爀愀渀Ⰰ 眀栀漀 眀愀猀 猀琀愀渀搀椀渀最 戀攀猀椀搀攀 愀渀搀 樀甀猀琀 戀攀栀椀渀搀 洀攀Ⰰ 栀攀氀搀 甀瀀 栀椀猀 琀眀漀 椀渀搀攀砀 昀椀渀攀爀猀 愀渀搀 洀漀瘀攀搀 琀栀攀洀 眀椀琀栀椀渀 愀 昀攀眀 椀渀挀栀攀猀 漀昀 攀愀挀栀漀琀栀攀爀Ⰰ 猀栀漀漀欀 栀椀猀 栀攀愀搀 椀渀 搀椀猀戀攀氀椀攀昀 愀渀搀 猀愀椀搀 猀漀洀攀琀栀椀渀最 氀椀欀攀Ⰰ 㰀攀洀㸀夀漀甀 一甀洀戀愀ⴀ漀渀攀 䰀甀挀欀礀 䜀䤀⸀㰀⼀攀洀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀瀀㸀ഀ਀਀                            㰀瀀㸀㰀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀吀栀攀 搀甀猀琀 焀甀椀挀欀氀礀 猀攀琀琀氀攀搀 愀渀搀 戀甀最猀ഀഀ renewed their orbit around the gate's floodlight. I looked down and tire-tracks from the third truck were within a boots-length of my right ഍਀                                戀漀漀琀✀猀 琀漀攀⸀ 䤀 搀椀搀渀✀琀 琀爀甀猀琀 洀礀 瘀漀椀挀攀 琀漀 猀愀礀 愀渀礀琀栀椀渀最Ⰰ 爀攀愀氀椀稀椀渀最 䤀 栀愀搀 樀甀猀琀 㰀猀瀀愀渀ഀ਀਀  挀氀愀猀猀㴀∀䜀爀愀洀䔀∀㸀挀愀洀攀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀 挀氀漀猀攀 琀漀 最攀琀琀椀渀最 挀爀攀愀洀攀搀 椀渀 嘀椀攀琀渀愀洀 戀礀 愀 㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀攀洀㸀㰀戀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀ഀഀ style='font-size:10.5pt'>frigging
truck. I noticed a dark trail and splashes in the ഍਀                                搀椀爀琀 眀栀攀爀攀 琀栀攀 琀爀甀挀欀猀 栀愀搀 搀爀椀瘀攀渀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 眀椀琀栀 栀攀愀爀琀 瀀漀甀渀搀椀渀最 琀栀漀甀最栀琀Ⰰ 㰀椀㸀∀吀栀漀猀攀ഀ਀਀                                琀爀甀挀欀猀 爀攀愀氀氀礀 氀攀愀欀 漀椀氀 戀愀搀⸀∀㰀⼀椀㸀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀⼀瀀㸀ഀഀ

Within a hour after dawn, Vietnamese workers and ARVN ഍਀                                猀漀氀搀椀攀爀猀 戀攀最愀渀 琀栀攀椀爀 搀愀椀氀礀 瀀椀氀最爀椀洀愀最攀 琀漀 眀漀爀欀⸀ 䤀 眀愀猀 挀栀攀挀欀椀渀最 瀀愀猀猀攀猀 眀椀琀栀 儀䌀ഀ਀਀                                吀爀愀渀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 渀漀琀椀挀攀搀 猀漀洀攀 眀漀爀欀攀爀猀 愀瀀瀀爀漀愀挀栀椀渀最 琀栀攀 最愀琀攀 漀渀 昀漀漀琀 眀攀爀攀 猀琀愀爀椀渀最 愀渀搀ഀഀ pointing to the center of the road. They held up their IDs without comment or being asked to, moved quietly through the gate.

഍਀                            㰀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀昀漀渀琀 挀漀氀漀爀㴀∀⌀      ∀㸀ഀ਀਀                            㰀攀洀㸀㰀戀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀㬀ഀഀ color:#666666'>Photo: QC Jeep approaches
VNAF Flightline access gate.August 1965, Da Nang AB, 6252nd APS, VNAF Flightline. (c) 2014 Composite by DonPoss. ഍਀                            㰀⼀昀漀渀琀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀ഀ਀਀                            㰀瀀㸀㰀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀昀漀渀琀 挀漀氀漀爀㴀∀⌀      ∀㸀吀爀愀渀 眀愀椀瘀攀搀 琀栀爀漀甀最栀 琀栀攀 猀愀洀攀 儀䌀ഀഀ Jeep that had sat inside the fence hours earlier. A small Vietnamese boy, age twelve or so, was in the back seat, which added to ഍਀                                琀栀攀 甀渀甀猀甀愀氀 渀椀最栀琀⸀㰀⼀昀漀渀琀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀瀀㸀ഀ਀਀                            㰀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀昀漀渀琀 挀漀氀漀爀㴀∀⌀      ∀㸀ഀഀ

The AP relief truck showed up and as I climbed into the back Tran shouted, "

഍਀                                䤀 爀攀瀀氀椀攀搀Ⰰ ∀㰀攀洀㸀夀漀甀 㰀猀瀀愀渀 挀氀愀猀猀㴀∀匀瀀攀氀氀䔀∀㸀䈀漀漀挀漀漀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀 䐀椀渀最礀ⴀ䐀愀甀 一甀洀戀愀ⴀ吀攀渀ⴀ吀栀漀甀ⴀ嘀䌀ⴀ䴀攀℀㰀⼀攀洀㸀∀ 䤀 琀栀攀渀 渀漀琀椀挀攀搀 琀栀攀 戀氀愀挀欀 㰀椀㸀漀椀氀ഀ਀਀                                猀琀愀椀渀攀搀㰀⼀椀㸀 琀爀愀椀氀猀 眀攀爀攀 愀挀琀甀愀氀氀礀 搀愀爀欀 搀椀爀琀ⴀ挀氀漀搀ⴀ最氀漀戀猀 愀渀搀 愀 洀甀搀搀礀 㰀攀洀㸀猀挀愀爀氀攀琀ഀഀ ribbon
of blood.

Riding back to Central Security ഍਀                                䌀漀渀琀爀漀氀Ⰰ 䤀 愀猀欀攀搀 椀昀 愀渀礀漀渀攀 栀愀搀 猀攀攀渀 琀栀爀攀攀 琀爀甀挀欀猀 爀愀挀攀 漀瘀攀爀 琀漀 琀栀攀 嘀一䄀䘀ഀ਀਀                                挀漀洀瀀漀甀渀搀⸀ 一漀 漀渀攀 猀瀀漀欀攀 甀瀀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀攀洀㸀㰀戀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀ഀഀ 10.5pt'>no one volunteered any answers . It was nearly two-weeks before I learned what may ഍਀                                栀愀瘀攀 爀攀愀氀氀礀 栀愀瀀瀀攀渀攀搀⸀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀瀀㸀ഀ਀਀                            㰀⼀昀漀渀琀㸀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀⼀戀氀漀挀欀焀甀漀琀攀㸀ഀഀ

഍਀            㰀℀ⴀⴀ ⨀⨀⨀ ⴀⴀ㸀㰀℀ⴀⴀ ⨀⨀⨀ 嘀匀倀䄀⸀䌀伀䴀㨀 刀䔀倀伀刀吀 䈀刀伀䬀䔀一 䰀䤀一䬀匀 䔀䴀䄀䤀䰀 ⨀⨀⨀ ⴀⴀ㸀ഀ਀਀            㰀琀爀㸀ഀഀ ഍਀        㰀⼀琀爀㸀ഀ਀਀            㰀琀爀㸀ഀഀ ഍਀        㰀⼀琀愀戀氀攀㸀ഀ਀਀    㰀⼀搀椀瘀㸀ഀഀ ഍਀    㰀琀搀 挀漀氀猀瀀愀渀㴀∀㐀∀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀琀搀㸀ഀ਀਀    㰀⼀琀爀㸀ഀഀ ഍਀㰀⼀栀琀洀氀㸀ഀ਀਀

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഍਀                            㰀戀氀漀挀欀焀甀漀琀攀㸀ഀ਀਀                                㰀瀀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀琀攀砀琀ⴀ愀氀椀最渀㨀樀甀猀琀椀昀礀✀㸀㰀攀洀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀吀栀椀猀 椀渀挀椀搀攀渀琀 眀愀猀 昀椀爀猀琀 眀爀椀琀琀攀渀 昀爀漀洀 洀礀 搀椀愀爀礀 渀漀琀攀猀 愀渀搀 瀀漀猀琀攀搀 椀渀 ㄀㤀㤀㘀⸀ 䄀猀 愀 礀漀甀渀最ഀഀ twenty-years old Airman, it was a horrifying and unexpected sight to suddenly see piles of bodies trucked through the gate, causing my inattention to the ഍਀                                    氀愀猀琀 琀爀甀挀欀⸀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀ഀ਀㰀⼀攀洀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀 㰀攀洀㸀䘀漀爀 洀攀Ⰰ 渀攀愀爀氀礀ഀ਀਀                                    最攀琀琀椀渀最 猀眀愀琀琀攀搀 戀礀 愀 琀爀甀挀欀 椀渀 愀 猀甀搀搀攀渀 愀渀搀 挀氀漀猀攀ⴀ挀愀氀氀 攀渀挀漀甀渀琀攀爀 眀椀琀栀 搀攀愀琀栀Ⰰ 眀愀猀 愀 瀀甀挀欀攀爀ⴀ昀愀挀琀漀爀ⴀ猀焀甀愀爀攀搀⸀㰀⼀攀洀㸀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀⼀瀀㸀ഀഀ

With time passing, I regret my first reaction to the ഍਀                                    搀愀爀欀ⴀ琀爀愀椀氀 漀渀 琀栀攀 爀漀愀搀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 戀攀椀渀最 洀漀爀攀 挀漀渀挀攀爀渀攀搀 琀栀攀 琀爀甀挀欀猀 眀攀爀攀 氀攀愀欀椀渀最 漀椀氀⸀ഀ਀਀                                    唀瀀漀渀 爀攀挀漀最渀椀稀椀渀最 琀栀攀 搀愀爀欀ⴀ猀琀愀椀渀 昀漀爀 琀栀攀 最爀椀猀氀礀 洀愀挀愀戀爀攀 琀爀愀椀氀 漀昀 戀氀漀漀搀 椀琀 眀愀猀Ⰰഀഀ and by the lack of any real compassion. I wish I had recognized the dead ഍਀                                    愀猀 昀攀氀氀漀眀 栀甀洀愀渀ⴀ戀攀椀渀最猀Ⰰ 眀栀攀琀栀攀爀 嘀椀攀琀 䌀漀渀最 漀爀 瘀椀氀氀愀最攀爀猀⸀ 吀栀愀琀 渀椀最栀琀 椀琀 眀愀猀 愀ഀ਀਀                                    洀礀猀琀攀爀礀 愀猀 琀漀 眀栀愀琀 栀愀搀 栀愀瀀瀀攀渀攀搀 琀漀 琀栀攀洀⸀ 圀椀琀栀椀渀 愀 昀攀眀 搀愀礀猀 䤀 眀漀甀氀搀 氀攀愀爀渀 昀爀漀洀ഀഀ QC Tran what may have solved the mystery, centering on the boy in the jeep.

഍਀                            㰀瀀 愀氀椀最渀㴀∀挀攀渀琀攀爀∀ 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀琀攀砀琀ⴀ愀氀椀最渀㨀挀攀渀琀攀爀✀㸀㰀猀瀀愀渀 猀琀礀氀攀㴀✀昀漀渀琀ⴀ猀椀稀攀㨀㄀ ⸀㔀瀀琀✀㸀㰀愀ഀ਀਀  栀爀攀昀㴀∀栀琀琀瀀㨀⼀⼀眀眀眀⸀瘀猀瀀愀⸀挀漀洀⼀瘀愀ⴀ ㈀ⴀ搀渀ⴀ瘀渀愀昀ⴀ琀栀攀ⴀ戀漀礀ⴀ椀渀ⴀ琀栀攀ⴀ樀攀攀瀀ⴀ㄀㤀㘀㔀ⴀ搀漀渀ⴀ瀀漀猀猀⸀栀琀洀∀ 琀愀爀最攀琀㴀∀开戀氀愀渀欀∀㸀㰀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀吀栀攀 䈀漀礀 椀渀 吀栀攀 䨀攀攀瀀㰀⼀猀琀爀漀渀最㸀㰀⼀愀㸀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀⼀瀀㸀ഀഀ

I would like to hear from anyone knowing anything about what actually ഍਀                                栀愀瀀瀀攀渀攀搀Ⰰ 漀爀 洀愀礀 栀愀瘀攀 栀愀瀀瀀攀渀攀搀Ⰰ 椀渀 琀栀攀 愀戀漀瘀攀 猀琀漀爀礀Ⰰ 漀爀 椀昀 礀漀甀 攀砀瀀攀爀椀攀渀挀攀搀 愀渀ഀ਀਀                                甀渀甀猀甀愀氀 攀瘀攀渀琀 愀琀 琀栀攀 嘀一䄀䘀 愀挀挀攀猀猀 最愀琀攀⸀㰀⼀猀瀀愀渀㸀㰀戀爀 ⼀㸀ഀഀ

഍਀                            㰀⼀瀀㸀ഀ਀਀                        㰀⼀戀氀漀挀欀焀甀漀琀攀㸀ഀഀ


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