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Looking Back

These pictures were taken by my buddy Jim Fawcett, while we were in Vietnam during 1968 & 1969. Although I didn't spend a lot of time looking at our surroundings through the lens of a farmer, now as I look at them, I find myself analyzing the agricultural potential of the lands where we once patrolled.


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Near the beach, just south of the DMZ. Not much good for farming. Good place to plant high dollar houses.

Closer to the Ocean. Pearl white sands just south of the DMZ.

Just south of the DMZ. Ground looks too chalky to raise much. Nice river though.

Further inland, near Quang Tri City. Ground still too white for my tastes.

Help for the hand labor part. I believe this might be rice. Near Quang Tri City

Near Quang Tri City. Ground doesn't seem to be cultivated.

Near Quang Tri City. This stuff doesn't look like much either. Hard digging.

Hard and rocky. Near Quang Tri City.

More hard rocky ground

Between Saigon & Cambodia to the north. Song Be area. Dug in and time for a game of pinochle.

Song Be area. Fair dirt.

Song Be area. Hard digging and mediocre dirt.

A clearing in the bamboo around Song Be. Deep rich soils here.

Lush grasses here. Good dirt beneath.

Chopper wash pushing grass outwards. Very nice.

Very nice dirt here, Song Be area. A fair sized reptile used to call this home.

Deep & rich. Man should be able to grow something here.

More of the same soils. Bamboo growing in the background, looks like a harbinger of good dirt.

It gets better. This stuff is deep and loose. Needed shoring to maintain a wall. Bamboo in the background.

In the bamboo. Very lush, thick growth, restricts sunlight and visibility.

Another shot of inside the bamboo thicket.

In the thick stuff. The full light of day makes very little headway in lighting this place up.

Remains of an old Michelin Rubber plantation. Grove of rubber trees behind the ruins of a building.

A bomb barely missed, but dug a big hole. Very nice soil - explains siting a rubber plantation here.

Ruins of the old plantation.

Rubber trees. Milk is drained from trees by scarring the bark and driving a small metal spout into the tree beneath the scar, to direct the milk into a container

Among the rubber trees. The plantation has been neglected and the trees have grown very lush.

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The trooper with the pencil moustache in many of the pictures is Jim Fawcett. The big trooper with red hair that is carrying the gun in many of the pictures is Roy Shabram of Neleigh, Nebraska. There is one picture of me - the dark haired pinochle player.



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