Wow! The reference to the Kinh Do bombing certainly brought lots of folks out of the shadows. Interesting to hear everyone’s stories. I remember Mike Cooper going to the movie that night without me (why did I ever date that guy?) and that my parents were there in the balcony. I also remember attending the memorial service for the Marine Captain that ran into the theater to warn everyone to move forward (Captain Koelper). I wish I had asked a long time ago how to contact his family and express my admiration and thankfulness for his courage. Wasn’t there a second marine killed also? And where were you all during the coup? I was waiting for a bus outside MACV headquarters and got pulled off the street by the marines and ushered into headquarters. The marines drove me home hours later. My parents must have been frantic. What did we do before cell phones? My brother also assisted in looting the palace. And I pick on my son for traffic tickets! Everyone remember the Cerc Sportif (2-piece bathing suits – so risque back then), La Ritz on top of the Hotel Caravelle, the Rex BOQ, Cheap Charlies, and Brodard’s on Tu Do?
Alice Ahlgren Blackburn