|Football. Notice the boy's perfect stance for center.|
|Horse playing Marines. The Americans were constantly playing around with each other to relieve the tremendous tension. Most of the Americans were the age of college freshmen back home that were partying and acting silly around college campuses. Although the village Americans could not party, their silliness was magnified.|
|These two boys (about twelve) were very close with their Americans friends. Their smiles tell everything. They seldom slept at home with their families because the Communists had threats against their lives. Usually each boy had a nickname given to him by his Americans friends. The boy on the left was called Samson and the boy on the right was called Sugar Crisp.|
|A strong bond of trust was developed with the children of the village. The four children in the above picture have an American M-60 Machinegun that they are toying with. The boy on the right has a grenade launcher. If we were "bad guys," the Marine taking this picture would be on "The Wall" in Washington DC. (I took the picture.)|
|Looking out the Phu Da side gate. There were no bunkers or heavy barbed wire surrounding the village. However, there was a simple, farmer's fence to keep the animals in. In 1970, there were no military defenses at all around the village. The only defenses were the men of CAP 2-9-2.|
My hometown of Rosedale, New York is the site of the first Vietnam Veteran Memorial in America. The Memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day 1968. It was organized and created by a group of Rosedale mothers who got together to honor the boys and girls serving in Vietnam. They did not want Vietnam Veterans to be forgotten like the Veterans who served in Korea.
I was in Phu Da, when the Rosedale Memorial was attacked with black tar and paint twice in a matter of months. A friend sent me the newspaper articles while I was in Phu Da. The cowardly attacks on my hometown's Memorial are in my script and adds to the theme "So Alone"
The web site dedicated to the Rosedale Memorial and its creators is located at: www.expage.com/RosedaleMemorial
The above article was taken from "The Vietnam War-Almanac." General Editor - Mr. John S. Bowman
The Cap Units left the An Hoa Valley in early August 1970. Within seven months of the pullout, the Communists punished the peasant population of Phu Da (aka. Duc Duc Resettlement Village) for supporting the Americans.
|Children belonging to a family, who basically adopted the American boys.|
|Phu Da, Vietnam|
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