Bong Son was our base area and was also known as Cav Country. Here we were very familiar with the terrain, the tactics of various enemy units operating in the region and the way of life of the local inhabitants. Although we frequently deployed to distant areas to combat large-scale enemy units, our return to Bong Son was like coming home. Bong Son to us included the small market town of that name located close to LZ English, and the vast hinterland of rice paddies that stretched from the mountains to the South China Sea. The local economy was based on rice farming and scattered throughout the Bong Son plains were countless small hamlets where farming families lived. Bong Son is very picturesque and the beauty of the rural scenery and our fascination with the local inhabitants was captured in numerous photographs by members of Bravo Company.
AERIAL VIEW OF BONG SON LOOKING EAST TOWARDS THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. Thanks to Chris Decker
HAMLETS AND RICE PADDIES Thanks to Tom Beach
RICE PADDIES SEPARATED BY DIKES Thanks to Tom De Young
SMALL HAMLET Thanks to Tom Beach
BRAVO PATROL MOVING ALONG RICE PADDY DIKE Thanks to Tom Beach
Dikes were also the main paths connecting hamlets and were used for taking agricultural produce to the market at Bong Son. These dikes were dangerous because of open exposure with no cover to sweeping fire by the enemy from tree lines. Small mines and booby traps/punji traps were often emplaced by local guerrilla soldiers or as ambush sites along the dikes.
TYPICAL HOUSE IN A HAMLET Thanks to Tom Beach
WELL CARED FOR HOUSE WITH MANY POTTED PLANTS Thanks to Tom Beach
PROSPEROUS RICE FARMERS HOUSE Thanks to Tom Beach
NEWLY SEEDED RICE PADDY Thanks to
Tom De Young
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