This page depicts civilian life among the Vietnamese in and around the Saigon, Bien Hoa, and Xuan Loc areas in 1969.
In a cafe. The men in this photo got angry with me when I took several photos, I don't know why. They started to voice insults and then noticed that I had a 9mm. I showed them that I was no threat and cool heads prevailed.
I stumbled into this back alley market (above and below) that was stocked with plenty of food. Since food was scarce for many people during the war, this was the very epitome of a black market. Food was selling at more than triple rates and I saw purloined C-rations, California oranges, etc., etc.
Street scenes in Saigon, above and below.
Saigon harbor. This place looks very similar today.
Med-Cap, 1969. Above and below.
Charcoal for sale.
Saigon street scenes, above and below.
This is a memorial graveyard to South Vietnamese (ARVN) soldiers, similar to Arlington National Cemetery. After 1975, the communists bulldozed over it and removed the grave markers, then burying their dead "heroes" atop those of the South Vietnamese who finally won the war.