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LETTERS HOME: COUP IN SAIGON NOVEMBER 3, 1963

It started about 1:30 Friday (wee hours of that morning your time). I was out for my French lesson not too far from home when the tutor said – “Is that firecrackers?” And we casually said “yes” but thought they were banned, except for new years. It was the starting of the coup (pronounced “coo”). Her husband [the tutor’s] called & said there was heavy artillery fire on the river. […]

50TH ANNIVERSARY: AMERICAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL SAIGON CLOSING AND EVACUATION OF AMERICAN DEPENDENTS

Submitted by Jim Cooper (ACS)

Evacuation at Tan Son Nhut. Jim, Tom and Mrs. Cooper. Circa February 11, 1965. Jim Cooper Collection. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE.

For many of us, this particular February 8th (2015) is the 50th anniversary of our Evacuation from Saigon — an exciting, nostalgic, and formative event which capped off […]

SUMMER OF LOVE – MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL 1967

by Admin

In the spring of 1967 I drove out of Chicago on Route 66 heading back to Hawaii.

I stopped along the way to visit friends in southern Illinois, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona arriving in San Diego, California were I hooked up with some friends who lived there.

That’s when the party […]

A Thanksgiving Story: Memories of Those Gone Too Soon

I am intrigued by what I remember. I have difficulty remembering a lot of people’s names as if they were wiped out in my mind, save for the times, the places, and the people. […]

Saigon Kids™ Stories: Why I Was Exiled – In Saigon Some Things Are Not What They Seem (Part 1)

Previously in *Saigon Kids Stories: Exile From Saigon* my Saigon journey came to an abrupt end with my exile to Hawaii. If you’ve spent any time in the orient you know orientals are very indirect compared to the barbaric directness of Americans; and, things are not always what they appear to be on the surface. Such was the case with my exile from Saigon. […]