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This page was started with photographs graciously furnished by Rick Stayner.  Rick and I were members of the 550th Signal Company at Can Tho Airfield in 1972/73, and we lived in the same hooch while there.
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Corporal 1. A picture of Corporal, our hooch mascot, standing guard on the porch.  Corporal made a very effective watch dog.  People not belonging to our hooch never entered unannounced.
  The road leading towards the horizon led out the front gate of the base. On this road, behind the building was the Comm. Center, our Company Office and the Hospital.
  The road leading to the right went to the air tower.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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Corporal 2. Another picture of Corporal.  This time guarding our hooch from the hallway while catching a few zz's, rather than duty in the hot mid day sun.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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Can Tho Air Tower 3. A Picture of the Can Tho Airfield Air Tower.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

Air Tower, picture 2 4. Another picture of the Air Tower.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

I have no idea 5. I have no idea what this is.  It almost looks like the small hut that sold pizza and the MARS station across from it?
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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A picture from the hooch porch of one of the bunkers and towers. 6. A picture from the hooch porch, facing in the opposite direction than the picture of Corporal.  The guard bunker on the perimeter behind the pole is where Joe nursed an M-16, M-60 and M-79 a few nights. The Mess Hall was in this direction, about a block away. Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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The Air Tower and the side of our hooch. 7. Another picture of the Air Tower, along the side of our hooch.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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Children at the front gate 8. A picture of the children at the front gate.  If they had work permits, they would gather outside the gate and beg, fight and crawl over each other to gain a daily work detail to police areas, cut grass and etc. for very little money and food. Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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Another picture of the children 9. Another picture of the children.   The type of scene that still wrenches my heart, makes me angry that we could not do more for them, and brings tears to my eyes when I remember.
  Yes, the older street wise ones could slit your pocket with a razor so the change would fall on the ground and the group would grab it and run.  And yes they were masters at slitting a  watch band to steal your watch, and you would never feel it.   But that was what they had to do in order to survive.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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The TV relay tower. 10. A picture of the TV relay tower and Calibration van.  The Comm. Center was on the other side of this building.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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Another picture of the TV tower, van and area. 11. Another picture of the TV tower and Calibration vans.  From the angle of the shot, it seems to be from the same porch area of our hooch porch.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

Our Company truck 12. Our Company truck.  Rick and Hart drove this quite a bit.  There was a deuce and a half too, that I remember riding guard on a few times for hand carrying message traffic to the compound down town.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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Bunker, our hooch and latrine. 13. Looking over the roof of the latrine, you can see the corner of our hooch, guard bunker and the Cal. van.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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Guard bunker  14. A closer shot of the same guard bunker and perimeter, but the shot seems to be from our hooch.  I think Rick said he pulled guard duty in this bunker a few nights.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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Guard towers 15. Guard towers and the bunker I pulled duty in a few times again.  The shot seems to be from our hooch area with a pan to the left of about 90 degrees from the picture above.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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Towers and bunker again 16. This picture is of the same area as above.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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JMC 17. Rick will have to help me with this one.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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Sgt. Gordan 18. This picture is of Sgt. Jordan and Babbitt outside the Company Office.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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Momason 19. This was our hooch Mamasan, she kept our hooch clean, washed and ironed out clothes and was one of the hardest working people I have ever known.   She was one of the few Vietnamese Corporal would allow into the hooch. God bless you Mamasan, I hope you are doing well! Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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Company party and cookout 20. This was a Company R&R cookout and party.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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another shot of the party 21. Another shot of the party.   I guess you can see from this one why everyone was muddy in the photo above.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

Perimeter wire, backside of the base. 22. Rick said he took this perimeter picture on the backside of base when driving the Major around one day.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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550th sign on one of the Company hooches 23. A 550th sign, outside one of the EM hooches.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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TV relay tower 24. The TV relay tower.   The Comm. Center is the roof just to the right of the tower.
Photo by: Rick Stayner 1972-73

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52nd Signal 25. The 52nd Signal Bn area 1969.  From the view, this shot is looking towards the tower by the Comm center and at the corner hooch where Joe stayed in 1972.  In 1972 the Mess hall would be behind you. Photo by: Phillip Tyson, link

Troops on the runway 26. The Troops on the runway during TET 1968.
Photo by: Earl Seagraves

Tower 27. A photo from the barracks area towards the tower and Comm Center. TET 68.
Photo by: Earl Seagraves

Washing the trucks 28. Washing the trucks during. TET 68.
Photo by: Earl Seagraves

3rd Surg Hospital 29. 1971-72 The "last photo" of 3rd Surg Hosp. The cargo truck is mine, and it was the last truck in the convoy, leaving. Hospital closed!
Photo by: Dan Fisher 
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Fred and Corporal 30. 1971   Fred Sloviko and Corporal shortly after his run in with a jerk in a jeep.  He hit him and just kept going.  I was on guard duty that night and carried him to the hospital where they fixed him up. (note the dressing on his leg). Photo by: Fred Sloviko 

Jim Miller after Barracks Fire 31. 1972  The "Great Barracks Fire". I think it took place around Feb. of `72 but I'm not certain. Jim Miller is checking out the aftermath. The look on his face says it all! Most of us lost everything we had that day!
Photo by: Fred Sloviko   

The Great Barracks Fire 32. 1972  The "Great Barracks Fire" Most of us lost everything we had that day!
Photo by: Fred Sloviko   

Binh Thuy 33. 1971  Looking towards Binh Thuy from the second floor of our barracks. They took a rocket attack the night before hitting their ammo dump. The photo looks out of focus but actually it was the ground shaking all the way to Can Tho! For three days we never saw the Sun due to all the smoke etc.! Photo by: Fred Sloviko   

A great photo of the Can Tho Airfield front gate 34. 1971-72  A great photo of the Can Tho Airfield front gate.
Photo by: Gary Gardina   

A great photo of the Dempsey Compound Cenima 35. Late 72 - Early 73,  A great photo of the Dempsey Compound Movie Cinema. 
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

A great photo of Master Sgt. Joseph A White in Can Tho. 36. Late 72 - Early 73,  A great photo of Master Sgt. Joseph A White in Can Tho. 
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

The 1st Cav. CO's trailor 37. Late 72 - Early 73,  A photo of the 7/1 AIR CAV. SQ. CO's trailer. 
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

The 94th Signal Building 38. Late 72 - Early 73,  A photo of the 94th Signal building. 
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

The bank building 39. Late 72 - Early 73,  A photo of the bank building. 
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

The Education Center 40. Late 72 - Early 73,  A photo of the Education Center. 
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

The EM Club 41. Late 72 - Early 73,  A photo of the EM Club. (E1-E4)
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

The MP Office 42. Late 72 - Early 73,  A photo of the MP Office.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

The NCO Club 43. Late 72 - Early 73,  A photo of the NCO Club.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

The Pizza Hut 44. Late 72 - Early 73,  A photo of the Pizza Hut.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

The Post Office 45. Late 72 - Early 73,  A photo of the Post Office.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

The Unknown building for now. 46. Late 72 - Early 73,  Mess Hall or Club?
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

47. Late 72 - Early 73,  164th CAG Meeting Room.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

48. Late 72 - Early 73,  164th CAG Meeting Room Insignias.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

49. Late 72 - Early 73,  164th CAG Meeting Room Insignias 2.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

50. Late 72 - Early 73,  164th CAG Meeting Room Insignias 3.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

51. Late 72 - Early 73, Headquarters, Army Support Element-MRIV building.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

52. Late 72 - Early 73,  Base Engineers and Education sign.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

53. Late 72 - Early 73,  CORDS DRAC Air Operations.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

54. Late 72 - Early 73,  Dispensary.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

55. Late 72 - Early 73,  The inside of a club, Tiki Hut maybe.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

56. Late 72 - Early 73,  Memorial Plague 1 inside of the chapel.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

57. Late 72 - Early 73,  Memorial Plague 2 inside of the chapel.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

58. Late 72 - Early 73,  Post Exchange (PX) .
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

59. Late 72 - Early 73, Thoughts of the Era.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

60. Late 72 - Early 73,  The Tiki Hut club.
Photo by: 1st Sgt Joseph A White, 18th CAC. 164th Group and John L Jones (UK) An Email link to John

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