The first week of May 1967 we were sent to Song Mao, a town located north of Phan Thiet to secure the airfield which was being built by Army engineers. We waited at the PhanThiet airport until our helicopter transport arrived. We watched as Army Caribous and other aircraft landed and took off. At Song Mao, mortar and rifle platoons were being rotated until permanent security could be established. We set up near the air strip which had temporarily been made of meshed steel plates.
While we were at Song Mao, patrols turned up a Viet Cong cache of weapons which were recovered and brought back to camp. Some of the pictures below show us inspecting MAT-49 assault rifles, German mausers and other weapons.
During off hours we spent our time at the restaurant/bar which the Army engineers had constructed at the airfield. In the "waiting room" shack, an enterprising Vietnamese woman had brought a record player and music to attract customers for cokes, cigarettes and other items.
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