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    • Day63

      Khe Sanh

      September 5 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

      Khe Sanh als Zwischenstop von Hué nach Phong Nha.
      Schlechtes Hotel und kaum ein Laden in dem es etwas zu Essen gibt. Dafür auf der Fahrt noch im Kriegsmuseum gestoppt. Khe San ist einer der Plätze der vom Vietnamkrieg am schlimmsten betroffene war.Read more

    • Day59


      March 2, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌬 14 °C

      Was ich sehen durfte, traute ich meinen Augen kaum.
      Ein komplettes Dorf auf 3 Etagen von 10 - 23 tiefe unter der Erde !
      Nachdem Vinh Moc im Krieg bombardiert worden war und kein Haus mehr davon übrig blieb, schufen hunderte Menschen ein ausgeklügeltes Tunnelsystem mit Schlafstätten, Waschräume, Kommandozentrale, ja sogar ein Krankenhaus und Gebärstation, wo 17 babys auf die Welt kamen.
      Auf dem 1. Bild ist ein nachbau von den Village im Modelgrösse zu sehen. Kann aber heute auch jeder die Tunnel selbst besichtigen.
      Eine absolute Meisterarbeit, wobei das nicht aus Spaß enstand, sondern vielmehr der Kampf ums überleben.
      Die Anlage wurde 1976 von den vietnamesischen Ministerium als historsch gelistet. Zu kriegszeiten lebten über mehrere Monate bis zu 500 Menschen darin. WAHNSINN !
      Und der Plan funktionierte! Die Amerikanischen Bomberpiloten flogen über das Chinesische Meer nach Vietnam. Sahen keinen ( Feind ) und machten wieder kehrt.
      Die Tunnel haben 17 Eingänge, sind knapp 3 km lang, ca. 1.60 - 1.70 hoch, schmal und haben auf 23 meter tiefe einen direkten unauffälligen Ausgang am Meer.
      Momentan befinde ich mich in einen kleinen Bergdorf Zentral Vietnams mit einer malerischen Aussicht 🤗🌝
      Ihr wollt mehr? Dann schaut wieder vorbei... ✌
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      489days Reise um die Welt


    • Day47

      Khe Sanh Base & the DMZ

      July 20, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

      Last night, I went to a local hangout called the DMZ Bar. The ceiling was the map of the Khe Sanh area (the Demilitarized Zone DMZ), and they had the coolest ceiling fan ever: the helicopter marking the location of the air strip. I met some Kiwi and Aussie expats and had a really nice time.

      Today, I'm on an organized tour of the DMZ. We stopped for a picture of the Rockpile. There's only a flag pole on top now, but it was a US radio Outpost for several years. Next was the beginning of one of many Ho Chi Minh Trails, which is now a two-lane highway.

      We just left the remains of Khe Sanh Base. There are a couple of Army helicopters, an Air Force C-130, some recreated bunkers, and a museum dedicated to the might of the North's Liberation Army (Viet Com) and the desperation of the South Vietnamese Army and the US. Most of the pictures of the US men were of them either running towards airlift in an attempt to escape or squatting in bunkers of trenches in fear of the mighty LA. There's one display of seismic intrusion detectors that are labeled US electronic spying devices. I guess the military museums in the US are the same way, but it's still weird.

      Now we're on to lunch, then a 1.5-kilometer-long tunnel used as shelter from the US bombing raids and defoliation efforts.

      Out for now. ✌️
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      Very, very cool. Thx Professor

    • Day16

      Peace Trees Khe Sanh and Dong Ha

      October 25, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      This morning we woke early for a busy day with staff from Peace Trees Vietnam. Van Ahn Vu picked us up at our guesthouse in Dong Ha and drove us to their main in-country office just outside of town. Their US office is in Seattle. Along the way she explained that the organization has five main components.

      1. Clearing the land of unexploded ordinance
      2. Building and staffing preschool kindergartens and training school kids to be safe in the countryside
      3. Providing scholarships to kids or adults in families where the main breadwinner has been injured by unexploded ordinance
      4. Encouraging rural families to plant small vegetable gardens on their land
      5. Agricultural consultation with area farmers

      Their main headquarters doubles as an office and training center for area kids. She explained that the organization busses children from the provinces most affected by the presence of unexploded bombs, grenades, and mortar shells. These areas are concentrated in the two provinces closest to the Lao border and along route 9, the east/west highway most heavily defended by the US during the war. Van Ahn also asked us to plant two trees in the forest around the headquarters. It seems when they began, with the normalization of relations back in 1995 they asked all visitors to plant trees on the then barren land. Now it's a forest and we planted the two latest saplings. Now the kids who come to the training center also camp out in the forest. Pretty cool!

      After our intro we got back in the car and headed up to Khe Sanh where a demining team was busy clearing several hectares of land. The work area was adjacent to three previous US bases. The team used a sophisticated grid pattern and series of markers to slowly run metal detectors over the land. It seemed it would take them about one and a half days to clear about two acres of land. With the teams thay have operating at present Van Ahn noted that it would take about 300 years to clear the whole areas most effected. Seven years to plant the seeds of destruction and 350 to clean up the mess. I wonder how long it will take in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan. This doesn't even take into account the armies that we profit from selling weapons to. During our visit they found two unexploded bombs from a cluster bomb that had failed to detonate. Augie took a video of the detonation here:

      Fortunately our day wasn't over yet. Next we drove out into a village adjacent to Khe Sanh to visit a kindergarten. The money for the building came from a church on Bainbridge Island in Washington. Hence the name, Grace Church Kindergarten. Each kindergarten that they building has a main schoolroom, kitchen, bathroom, playground, and library. The kids attending are between three and five years old. Each kid gets a meal during the school day. Most of the kids are from local indigenous families and are not able to speak Vietnamese when the arrive. They are staffed by teachers paid by the government. So far the organization has built 10 kindergartens. If one is interested in funding a school, the cost is around 30k. A video taken during the visit is here:

      All in all a pretty good day. Augie and I both think we've found a really solid place to send some funds down the road.
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    • Day15

      Khe Sanh Combat Base

      September 4, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Next we visited the Khe Sanh Combat base the planes, helicopter's and some artillery where left when the Americans pulled out.

      Khe Sanh Combat Base was a United States Marine Corps outpost south of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) used during the Vietnam War.

      This is the site of the most famous siege of the American War, the USA’s Khe Sanh Combat Base was never overrun, but saw the bloodiest battle of the war. About 500 Americans, 10,000 North Vietnamese troops and uncounted civilian bystanders died around this remote highland base.

      The 75-day siege of Khe Sanh began on 21 January 1968 with a small-scale assault on the base’s perimeter. As the marines and South Vietnamese rangers braced for a fullscale ground attack, Khe Sanh became the focus of global media attention. It was the cover story for both Newsweek and Life magazines, and made the front pages of countless newspapers around the world. During the next two months the base was subjected to continuous ground attacks and artillery fire, and US aircraft dropped 100,000 tonnes of explosives in its vicinity.

      But the expected attempt to overrun the base never came.

      On 7 April 1968, after heavy fighting, US troops reopened Hwy 9 and linked up with the marines, ending the siege.

      It now seems clear that the siege was an enormous diversion to draw US attention away from the South Vietnamese population centres in preparation for the Tet Offensive, which began a week after the siege started and resulted in the North Vietnamese winning significant ground right around South Vietnam.
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