Monday, November 30, 2009

Message from Sam

Cpl Sam Smith

I think all the 68/69 boys will remember Sam, he was with us in 3 TPT Pl before we went over and was with us for the most of 68. Well Sam was so busy looking after our laundry, soft drink and CES for the vehicles he never had much of a chance to take any photos. If anyone out there has photos of Sam or photos of a general nature they could send Sam he would appreciate it. Contact us here and we will pass on Sams details.

You tell me

"The Flags"
Were these photos taken form about the same position? The one on the bottom taken by Mohrie in 1968, the other taken by Neil Collard a few years ago. Take a close look at the buildings in the background.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Memory form then

"The Flags"
Vung Tau
If you ever went into town on a Sunday afternoon you will remember The Flags, is was the most popular meeting place in Vung Tau. I can never remember a time when I saw any flags actually flying on the monument. However that's where the vehicles picked you up, and if was close to the bars and other forms of entertainment. I could only guess what stand in it's place now. If anyone knows please pass on the info to us here and we will post it.

Till next time
Stay safe.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Second reunion meeting

(L to R Adrian Schults, Bob Hartmann, Terry Byrne, Carol Dinte, Tony Mohr,Russ Dinte and Neil Collard)

From the meeting

The following merchandise was discussed and agreed upon for now:

  • Wine glasses
  • Number plate surrounds
  • 4 x 4 Spare wheel covers
  • Mugs
A register fee of $5.00 to apply

The reunion to start in the first week of November 2011
The reunion to run Monday to Friday as follows:
  • Monday morning Rego
  • Tuesday trip to Canungra Memorial and Tamborine Mts
  • Wednesday river cruise with Rainforest Cruises
  • Thursday free day
  • Thursday reunion dinner
  • Friday morning Breakfast
The Spit Roast Catering Company to do evening meals. (relaxed dining marquee style of meal. No set setting)

No refunds on meals for non attendance.

The first mail out will be in early new year

You are all invited to make suggestions through this blog or email me at: or phone me on 0407 546 311

Nothing is set in concrete as yet, so we need your feedback

Till next time

Stay safe

My how things Change

This is the hill where the HQ of 1 ALSG once stood. It is taken from the other side of the hill that the photo below was taken (if that makes sense.)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Memory form then


I think we can all remember the HQ buildings at 1 ALSG. I don't think I ever went up that way my whole time over there. I do remember driving past the place every time we left on convoy. There was nothing remarkable about the place other the to say it was the normal "Bull Shit Castle." What is remarkable about the place is what stands in it's place now. Come back in a day or two and I will post some interesting photos.

Stay Safe

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Memory form then

Tunza Gutz
How can you ever forget "Tunza Gutz" She went with us on most of the large convoys and came with us when we assisted at any of the Fire Support Bases. At coral she was officially listed as WIA with minor damage to her front end. Used more in unloading heavy loads then as a wrecker she got the job completed. If anyone can remember who the operators were I would love to list them on this blog. I think Tunza Gutz has a new home at the Army Transport Museum.

Monday, November 16, 2009

My how things Change

The Peter Badcoe Club

Thanks to Stan Exon and Bob Peterson I can post the ever changing face of Vietnam. Yes, no more "Badcoe Club." I don't know if they sell beer in the new centre, some how I don't think so. The whole of the back beach has changed, even to the point you might even consider taking your own family down for a swim. A big change to the back beach I remember ( or should I say what others told me about.)

Till next time stay safe

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Memory form then

The Peter Badcoe Club
If you spent any time in Vietnam you would have visited the "Peter Badcoe Club" at least once during you visit. The troops of 2 Tpt Pl new the club well. It was one of the only places in Vung Tau with it's own swimming pool so it attracted many a visitor. We spent a good few Sundays there which made Monday mornings a bit of a drag. Thank God they never had breath testing back then.
In the next few days I will post what is on the Peter Badcoe Club site now. You will never guess.

stay safe

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A special form Stan Exon

If you are a senior you will understand this one, if you deal with seniors this should help you understand them a little better, and if you are not a senior yet........God willing, someday you will be......

The $2.99 Special

We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the 'seniors' special' was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $2.99.

'Sounds good,' my wife said. 'But I don't want the eggs.'

'Then, I'll have to charge you three dollars and forty-nine cents because you're ordering a la carte,' the waitress warned her.

'You mean I'd have to pay for not taking the eggs?' my wife asked incredulously.

'YES!!' stated the waitress.

'I'll take the special then,' my wife said.

'How do you want your eggs?' the waitress asked.

'Raw and in the shell,' my wife replied.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Remembrance Day

Remembrance of all our mates
who have since passed
Lest We Forget

Update on the theatre in Baria

I did a bit of investigating on the bombed out Theatre in Baria and found that it was repaired of sorts and was being used as a theatre in 1997. I had a look on google map and it looks like the whole area has been cleared and the road widened into one huge intersection. The province is now called Vung Tau Baria with Vung Tau as the capital. I have emailed the information centre in Baria for more information. I have been sent some up to date photos of Vung Tau and will post them in the future.

stay safe

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Memory form then

I know, I know, I know, it's the most photographed building in Vietnam, but you must admit it brings back memories. When you average it out we all must have passed it once a day. Do you know if anybody knows what stands there now. I would love to place it in our "my how it has changed" segment.

stay safe

Monday, November 9, 2009

My how things Change

Taken from different angles and I would say different times of the year, we see the top shot as Nui Dat in 1968 and the bottom as it is today. One would say not that much has changed other then to say "it is still there" Thanks to Bob Peterson in our next viewing we will see the Peter Badcoe Club and what stands there now, you wont believe it. Other coming attractions will be the Back beach today, the main street into Vung Tau, VC Hill and the main gate into 1 ALSG. Give us your feedback.

Stay safe.

A new segment.

Starting today we will be starting a new segment on the blog, it will be called " My how things change". Thanks to a photo sent in by Bob Peterson (thanks Bob) we will look at Nui Dat. We hope you all enjoy this as much as we do putting it together.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Memory form then

If you ever went to the bar, and I don't think many did not, you would remember this little lady forever watching over us. I don't know the story behind her, if you know who put her up and the story please let us know. We did have some great nights there, at 20 cents a can (or was it 15) you could have the time of you life for only a few dollars. I remember the night Punchie came in and closed us down for making to much noise, the officers wanted an early night. We all felt sorry for them

stay safe