Viet Nam Photo Collection
I served in the U.S. Army in Viet Nam from March 1968 to
- During my first year, I lived in a regular Army
Signal Corps unit (Company A/44, 36th Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade,
USARV - US ARmy Vietnam ) at Bien Hoa Army Base and was
was a "professional amateur radio operator" in the Army MARS (Military Amateur
Radio System) program.
- During the next 6 months, I was in a MACV
(Military Assistance Command Vietnam) advisor company in the town of Ba Ria,
Phouc Tuy province about 30 miles north of the resort city of Vung Tau.
- During my final 6 months, I was with AFVN (American
Forces Vietnam Network) radio-TV and spent time in Saigon, Da Nang and on Hon
Tre (an island off the coast of the central coast resort city of Nha Trang).
The video slide show below contains some of the over 3,000 pictures I took during
my time there, synchonized to actual audio from AFVN radio circa 1969-70. The originals are Kodachrome
and Ektachrome slides, converted to digital form with a Nikon Coolscan LS-5000 film scanner.
- The slide show video is in H.264 MP4 format playable
on all modern browsers. This presentation was originally created with the first-gen
Windows Movie Maker included with Windows XP. The maximum output video
resolution of this program was only 480x640 VGA (i.e. NTSC analog TV
resolution); far far worse than the original slide scans. As a result, the
images may appear either small, or somewhat fuzzy, when upscaled to modern
In the near future, I plan to redo this video in modern 1920x1080-line
- The virtual iPod is an interactive widget implemented in
Adobe Flash. It won't be
viewable on i-Devices since they don't support the Adobe Flash .FLV format.
Since this was more than just a video clip, there appears to be no easy way
to convert the virtual iPod widget to a more modern format compatible with