Vietnam Bound

Setting Foot on Foreign Soil

After a grueling hour and forty minutes on a broken down Greyhound bus that was probably built before I was born, we arrived at Travis Air Force Base in California. There we boarded a huge cargo plane. I don’t remember the model, but they told us the only plane larger was the B-52 Bombers.

The flight was long (about twenty-two hours) with two stops before reaching our destination, which was Bien Hoa Air Base in Vietnam. Our first stop was Anchorage, Alaska and then Yokota Air Base in Japan. It was night time and very dark when we landed in Bien Hoa. This was one of the first US bases built during the Vietnam War. The air base was one of the busiest airports in the world during the war.


The door of the plane was opened, and immediately I was bombarded by the heat. The intense humidity made my uniform stick to me and was quite uncomfortable. There was a smell in the air which seemed to be a combination of garbage and urine, with just the hint of disinfectant.
We were now in a foreign land, very foreign indeed…


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7 responses to “Vietnam Bound

  1. Cliff Fostr

    Just saw your blog – I was in the Cav Charlie Company 2nd of the 8th from Nov 1986 – Nov 1969.

  2. Dennis j. Tankersley

    I was there at Bien Hoa with the 1st. Cav Div. 229 th. AHB ( air- moble) 3rd. Brigade. I was a Door Gunner .

    • Cliff Foster

      Hey Dennis I was in country from Nov 1968 to Nov 1969… I was also in the 1st Cav. Charlie company 2nd of the 8th … I was a grunt and flew Charlie Alphas in Huey’s for about 7 months until I took some schrapnel in my back I was reassigned to HHQ in Bien HOA. Great to hear from a follow Vet…
      Cliff Foster

      • Welcome Home Cliff…

      • william matthews

        Where did you work when at HHQ in Bien Hoa?….I was there May 1969-June 1970. Worked in Personnel Management and did several different jobs. Sorry I was only REMF for the whole time. Often wish I had been in a combat MOS…..Would like to hear from any Cav Vets.

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