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DA Pam 20-198,
A Pocket Guide to Viet-Nam.

"If you are bound for Viet-Nam, it is for the deeply serious business of helping a brave nation repel Communist invasion. This is your official job and it is a vital one."

"The dangers of ambush and raid will make sightseeing impossible in some places; but, when security restrictions permit, be sure to see something of the lovely country you are visiting and get acquainted with the charming-and tough and couragous-people who call Viet-Nam home."

Thus starts this 1962 DOD official publication (right, above) issued for the use of military personnel under the signature of the Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara. It's a scintillating good read!

Provided by Ray Sarlin



Unofficially, There Were Other Guides to Viet-Nam.

What to Do (and Not Do) After You Arrive in Nam.

MACV Rules of Conduct

U.S. Armed Forces Code of Conduct

MACV Prisoner of War Treatment Card

MACV Prisoner of War Treatment Card

USARV Mine Warfare Card

U.S. Army GTA, M18A1 Claymore

1st Cavalry Division
Air Assault Handbook

No Introduction Needed

U.S. Army
Top Secret Document
Cover Sheet

One of Over 1,000,000
Zippo Lighters.

Works first time, every time...
except when it doesn't..

We Were Young Once,
and Boy Scouts.

It all seems so long ago at times.
Other times it's like yesterday.

Waterproof wallet
embossed with 173d Airborne Brigade logo.

Obtained at LZ Uplift in 1969.
Provided by Ray Sarlin

Waterproof wallet
embossed with First
Cavalry Division logo.

Obtained at An Khe in 1969.
Provided by Ray Sarlin

Cover of Typhoon, Vol IV, No. 6, June 1970.

Provided by Walter (Happy) Gilbreath.
"Typhoon" was an authorized monthly publication of the Information Office, I Field Force Vietnam, and was published by the 5th Public Information Detachment, APO San Francisco 96350. This issue featured the article on the 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 50th Infantry Scout Platoon entitled "Roving Track Pack. APCs flush out Charlie," which is reproduced in the "News" section of this website.

U.S. Army Poster (1977)

Text reads, "Remember me? I'm the person who goes into the orderly room and patiently waits while the first sergeant or AST does everything but pay attention to me. I'm the person who goes into the supply room and stands quietly by while the supply sergeant and assistant finish their chit-chat. I'm the person who does not grumble while I clean rifles in addition to my own, while other people wander aimlessly around the armory. Yes, you might say I'm a pretty good person. But do you know who else I am? I AM THE PERSON WHO NEVER EXTENDS MY ENLISTMENT and it amuses me to see you spending many hours and dollars every year to get me back into your unit when I was there in the first place. All you had to do to keep me was give me a little courtesy, use me well and treat me well." Provided by Ray Sarlin

Ba Moui Ba, (Vietnamese for Thirty Three) or '33' Beer

This Danang-brewed golden lager was produced by France's Brasseries et Glacieres Internationales, until the plant was nationalized after the fall of South Vietnam in 1975. After nationalization, Vietnamese-made beer was excluded from most major export markets other than Japan for years, and the French continued to produce 33 outside Vietnam under worldwide license. The Vietnamese beer became known as 333 (or "ba ba ba"), and the 33 vs. 333 dispute plagued Vietnamese brewing for decades. Heineken's Saigon Brewery Co. now produces "33".

So why was the beer named "33" in the first place? Without being certain (because who can ever tell what any Frenchman thinks) here are some interesting guesses:
  • Average consumption of beer is about 33 gallons per person per year (based on persons over 18 years of age).
  • The 21st Amendment abolished Prohibition in the USA on 5 December 1933.
  • The French Brewmaster had 33 mistresses.
  • Beer tastes best at 33 degrees.
  • The beer is brewed at 33 degrees.
  • 33rd Degree is the highest level status attained by Freemasons.
  • 33 is a lucky number in the Chinese I-Ching philosophy.

Safe-conduct Pass

Used during Psychological Operations in Vietnam.

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