A collection of about 1,000 b&w photos taken by a French journalist in Saigon (principally early to middle 1960s) is available online at the Healey Library of the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Most are military related, some with U.S. military men identified by name, from NCOs up through Gen. Westmoreland. But there are also scenes of American civilians in Saigon, the embassy (both old and new), one of the Cercle Sportif pool even.
There are several that may interest Saigon Kids, including an undated one showing 3 American Boyscouts at an airfield in Nha Trang. Another dated February 1966 shows a young American woman identified as “English teacher Sandra Williams” (but doesn’t tell where she taught). A third is entitled “American Community School; Saigon” (dated February 18, 1964) and shows an American man in white shirt and bowtie standing under the front walkway of the school with a helmeted and armed American soldier standing above him on the roof of the walkway. Another is entitled “American housewives at the U.S. Commissary after buying the week’s groceries” and is dated January 6, 1965.
Click Here and click on the link for “View digital collection here”, which takes you to the first of over 50 webpages of 20 thumbnails each in the library collection. Clicking on the thumbnail brings up a larger version that allows for downloading a copy to your computer.
Enjoy! Maybe you’ll spot someone you knew!