Mama San

Many Vietnamese worked in Tay Ninh Base Camp doing jobs soldiers did not want to do such as cleaning buildings, shining boots, doing laundry, filling sandbags, burning human waste and sexual services. Most workers were women and girls. The few men mainly “burned shit”. Rural Vietnamese women seemed to have three stages of appearance; kids, youth looking about 16 and in a few years looking 60. A female in the 16 stage was not in Base Camp to fill sandbags or do cleaning.

Vietnamese workers or soldiers were very seldom seen in fire support bases. A few infantry outfits had “Kit Carson” scouts, enemy soldiers who converted, gave up and joined our side. An American was to watch them at all times but that was seldom the case.

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