Saigon after curfew

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    nighthawk
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    (8/21/01 4:59:21 pm)
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    A few times I had to go out on the streets of Saigon after curfew for various reasons. I was always issued a pass to allow me to do this. It was one of the few times we were allowed to carry our weapons loaded. We sometimes had a MP riding shotgun for us, but not always.
    It was very strange to be out there, in a city with what??6,,,7,,10 million?? and the streets were totaly deserted. I could get to the Medford Hotel (1 of the BEQ/BOQ's) in the city in about 5 or 6 minutes,,or out on Plantation Rd in less,,when during normal hours it would take at least half hour or more,,fighting traffic,,of course we were moving along pretty fast,,not a sight-seeing trip,,
    One night (morning actually,,,about 0130) I got stopped on the way back by a MP patrol,,,Had just a E-3 who worked with me along,, The MPs wanted to know all about me and him,,why were out there, etc.,,searched the jeep,,,even radioed in to verify the ligitimacy of the pass,,,,,guess they thought we were AWOLs or deserters,, They were ok, though,,just a couple of GIs doing their job,,they had a (was it QC?) Viet MP with them, he was cool,,just bumbed a smoke from us,,guess the American MPs didn't smoke,,,lol
    The other times I had to go out were uneventfull, but I never got comfortable doing that,, just too damn scarey out there in what seemed like a deserted city, but you knew there were a lot of eyes watching everywhere you went,,spookyyyyyy

    another random memory,,, strange how things come back to you,,in bits and pieces,,,

    Stan H ,, nighthawk

    LarryJK
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    (8/22/01 8:43:58 pm)
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    My "Saigon after curfew" happened in Nov 68. Another MP and myself were assigned an escort of three prisoner to Trippler Army hospitol in Hawaii. We left Long Binh by chopper in the afternoon enroute to Saigon where we would be leaving the next day around noon. The transport was a C-130 or maybe a C-141...medivac plane...not sure. Man, a bunch of wounded on that flight. We went out to a bar that night. I don't recall having any paper that said I could go. Sometime that night, we got a ride back to Ton Son Nhut on the back of mopeds. Much like your experience...there wasn't hardly any traffic on the streets.


    I wrote above that we rode mopeds back to Ton Son Nhut...I'm thinking now that they were small motorcycles.

    Edited by: LarryJK at: 8/23/01 4:17:51 am

    oneknight
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    (8/22/01 9:59:27 pm)
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    And you were going where at 1:30 in the morning?

    Was that the Medford Hotel? lol!

    nighthawk
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    (8/22/01 10:18:37 pm)
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    Larry,,,the first time I had to go downtown after curfew, I had an MP escort,,they told me they enjoyed the late shift,,said the city was almost always quiet at that time,, plus they had a pretty good working realtionship with the QC's (I guess QC is right). They would handle all the US troop problems, and the QC's would take care of the Viet problems, but if they were combined, the MPs would take charge,, They (the Mps I met) were a pretty good bunch of guys,,and they KNEW just how good they had it, assigned to Saigon! Will try to remember some names,,,may come back to me,,I do remember the faces,,of course,,

    Donna,,,the only reason I would be going to the Medford Hotel, at 0130, with armed escort, cold sober,, would be to retrieve out illustrious Major to sign some "abso-freaking-lutely" IMPORTANT piece of crap-document that could not wait until he arrived at the office at 0630. The Major is a story (or a couple of stories) in himself, whjich I shall regale you with at another time. Suffice it to say, here, that he was the original "Pain-in-the Ass"

    Stan H,,nighthawk


    LarryJK
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    (8/23/01 3:33:19 am)
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    Stan...the QC's were a kick-ass unit. From my limited experience with QC's, I had a lot of respect for them. I don't recall when it was but, we did an AWOL/Deserter search in Bien Hoa during my tour. We worked in groups of three...MP, QC and Bien Hoa city cop. We went door to door in our assigned sections and searched houses for A/D's. There were a couple of times when the door didn't open up fast enough...QC would put a foot into the door. I could only speak typical GI Vietnamese and couldn't hardly understand a word of it, but during this day I could tell the QC was a hell of alot better at his job than the "white mice" of Bien Hoa. The QC didn't take no lip from none of the Vn civilians.
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