Cog in the Wheel

An official Army-issued O.D. green towel is on the left under the banner. Vietnam was green and most Army things were, giving me color deprivation. I cured the monotony with red towels purchased in the Tay Ninh PX.

I am wearing my $32 Seiko watch bought from the same PX. Stereo equipment and cameras from Japan were the most popular items, and were less expensive than in America. I bought the camera used to take the picture on this site.

The rockets are marked with what I assume are Chinese characters. Our prior commander spoke and read Chinese but he was long gone. I posed for this picture to convince myself and others that the work I did mattered.

Our unit was isolated from the locals because no one could speak or read Vietnamese. We depended on them to learn English.

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