While researching and writing about the history of our American Community School the trail of information got a bit grey after the 1965 evacuation. About the only information available was the school buildings got hurriedly converted into an Army hospital – Third Field Hospital. Written and pictorial information was limited other then from a military point of view. This left a missing link – a void – of a time gap between when the school shut down until the compound became The War Remnants Museum, as it remains today.
Fortunately, we have been blessed with the appearance on our Blog of George Baggett who was assigned to the 3rd Field Hospital in 1969 at the tender young age of 21. George spent about one year at 3rd Field. During this time he was “touched” by old Saigon and Viet-nam, just as most of us Saigon Kids had been ‘touched’ during our short stay.
George lives with is family in the Kansas City area. He stumbled on our Blog while searching the Internet for information about 3rd Field – hoping to be able to connect with people who spent time there. If you spent time at 3rd Field or no of people who did, George would very much like to connect with you.
George has a collection of about 100 pictures taken during 1969 of our old school buildings after they where converted to 3rd Field, along with many pictures of the Saigon area. He has been gracious enough to share them with us by creating an Album in our Photo Gallery. To view them login to the Photo Gallery click on ‘Saigon Kids Galleries” then look under “George Baggett”. So far he has uploaded 46 pictures and still has more coming.
I think it is very kind of George to take the time and effort to share his pictures and comments with us about the heritage of our school.
Personally, I feel very proud and honored to know those hallowed halls of our beloved school where, in many ways, we were molded into what we became in later life, were put to such a worthy use and cause – healing the sick and saving lives. Just as those concrete buildings with there tiled floors lead many of us into the future with new beginnings … those who were treated at 3rd Field left with a new lease on life … to new beginnings and a better future.
With the information George has given us our school’s history is now complete from it’s humble beginnings as a temple of knowledge and education – to a temple of healing giving new life – to a museum symbolizing … Peace is always a better path then war.
George, again, thank you for your contribution to our group and all you’ve shared with us – we are very glad you found us and welcome you to remain a part of our ‘family’ of Saigon Kids.
As always, you are welcome to leave your comments below.