I purchased an eighteen inch square piece of rear projection screen material and photographed them with a Nikon digital camera. The results are less than perfect but far better than the alternative.
I wish I had a good camera in Vietnam. The one pictured here in my hand belonged to a friend. I carried a cheap Kodak point 'n shoot camera in an ammo pouch. I wasn't able to attach filters to compensate for the dense humidity that rendered almost all my photos in blue, especially those taken from the air. I have attempted to compensate digitally with mixed results.
I was sent to Vietnam with orders to join the 185th Military Intelligence Company in Saigon, but that post was taken by another lieutenant who upset the 9th Infantry Division Adjutant General and I was diverted to replace him. I think I replaced him admirably inasmuch as I too upset the AG during my tour of duty.
This photo was taken early in my tour of duty. Someone later planted a nice grass lawn in front of it and surrounded it with an ankle-high course of barbed wire to dissuade us from walking across it. Several people tripped over it as the fled the building during a rocket attack one night.
Affectionately known as The Aiming Stake, we were certain that the Vietnamese who frequented our base camp every day were pacing off the distance from the radio tower to every major target and noting its bearing.
Of course it was equipped with flashing red aircraft beacons making it perfect for directing mortar fire at night.
I guess that the tower was about 150 feet high. We learned that even at that height, it was not sufficient to maintain radio communication with patrols in the nearby rubber plantation. The signal corps launched a barrage balloon with radio antennae shortly after a patrol was badly beaten there.
My memoirs of Vietnam will probably amuse some and upset others. I have very strong opinions about our role there and my service during that time, opinions that are not popularly expressed. Feel free to comment. You can't insult me any worse than that which I've already heard.
Ultimately, these memoirs will serve as the foundation of a novel that I hope to write right after two others that are already in progress.