to go back for a Visit?
Here are two
sources for "packaged" tours that will give You the
biggest bang for the buck!
Quest for Healing
Quest for Healing is dedicated to helping
Vietnam Veterans find closure, healing, and psychological peace by
returning to Vietnam, replacing memories that never change and never age,
with newer and hopefully happier ones.
initially returned to Vietnam in October of 1997 in a final
attempt to regain control over my life. My goal was not only to go
back and face some of the areas where I had served in the past,
but hopefully to replace bad memories with good memories, or at
least different ones. Well I did just that. I could not find
anything resembling what I had remembered during those war torn
years, but was able to make my own private peace with the country.
I was also able to finally relax after awhile and have some fun.
The people I met were for the most part, in their
20s, early 30s, and of course the students, anxious to practice their
English skills. None of these people were political, nor were they part of
the war. "Before 1975" was the term they used. The few people
who were old enough to remember, or have been part of the war had had it
very hard for a long time.Many of those that I talked to had spent time in
prison (1-7 years), or in the country at a labor farm.They are now working
in the streets of Saigon as vendors or riding cyclos (three-wheeled
||Little by little the mental
pictures started to change, and I was able to make changes in my
attitude as well as the way I perceived the environment around me.
Gradually, as I traveled to Pleiku, Kon Tum, DaNang, Hanoi, and
back to Saigon, (now Ho Chi Minh City), I started to relax and
enjoy myself a little more. This process continued to work on me
even after I returned home. I continued to process my experiences
and share them with my wife and others. (My wife states that she
"has a new husband.")
This trip has been the most effective
treatment I have had since the war, so much that I felt the need
to share this kind of healing with other Vietnam vets who need
Travel arrangements are in place for the
first Monday in March and September each year. Special tours are
available as needed and are totally flexible.
|Walter (Waldo) Bacak, born in
Albany, Oregon. served three tours with the Army in Vietnam.
1967: Team Leader with the 1st Bde.(LRRP)- 101st Airborne
1970 & 1971:Assigned to Tm 162 (Red Hats) MACV advisers to the
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War Veteran Tours have been set up by Vietnamese veterans for their foreign
counterparts who participated in the two Indochina Wars. These
are special tour programs for those who have served in Viet Nam
and now wish to revisit the former locations and areas of their
former units, the Viet Cong war zones, and especially former
are also more extensive programs for veterans from all countries
(U.S., South Korea, Thailand, Australia, France, Philippines)
who were part of wars in Vietnam. These tours enable veterans to
visit places in our country, whether they are in the south or
Chi Minh Trail:
This trail initially started out as a small trail in the
mountainous ranges of Truong Son for foot soldiers only, but
later developed into an intricate, interlaced road network along
the majestic mountains for foot messengers, guides, and big
trucks. For more than a decade, the Ho Chi Minh Trail was a
special supply and communication line from north Viet Nam to the
battlefields of south Viet Nam.
Sanh (Quang Tri Province):
Khe Sanh is situated at a very important location in Quang Tri
province, 600 km south of Hanoi. It is a valley in between the
jungles and mountains, with an area of nearly 10 km2.
Geographically, this valley is like the Dien Bien Phu valley
(northwest of Vietnam), which was considered one of the most
important US Army’s bases and defense lines from 1966 to 1967.
Hai River: From
1954 to 1957, the Ben Hai River served as the demarcation line
between the Republic of Viet Nam (South Viet Nam) and the
Democratic Republic of Viet Nam (North Viet Nam). The
Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) consisted of a 5 km area on either side
of the demarcation line.
Son Cemetery: Located
on top of a hill at the center of 8 others, in the formation of
a blooming flower with 8 petals in Vinh Truong Village, Gio Linh
District, Quang Tri Province of 106 hectares in area, the main
cemetery has an area of 46 hectares holding 10,327 graves of
Vietnamese soldiers who died during the war. It is divided into
five zones: the Central Zone with the memorial and four others
classified by names of provinces. There is a group of memorials
between Zone 4 and Zone 5 demonstrating the courageous spirit of
Regiment 559, and showing the friendship between Vietnam and
Laos. Every year, this cemetery welcomes about 20,000 visitors
from everywhere in the country and abroad. Among them are
foreign visitors who flew thousands of miles to pay a visit to
Truong Son Cemetery.
Moc Tunnels: Vinh
Moc, in Quang Tri province, was where the first US bombs
were dropped in North Vietnam. In June 1965, after heavy
bombardments, Vine Moc villagers started digging
shelters beneath their houses and then joined with the
neighbors to create a web of tunnels. Every household
was entitled to 4 m2. Households were connected to
public facilities, such as meeting rooms, art
performance room, and a clinic where 17 babies were
Loc Road Junction:
The intersection of provincial roads 5 and 15 used to be
the main junction of the supply line during the war .
American aircraft heavily bombarded the area in repeated
efforts to destroy the junction. The less than 20 km
section of road underwent 2,057 air bombardments.
A unit of ten young female volunteers, aged 17 to
20 was assigned to keep the road
to traffic. Despite repeated heavy
bombardments, they stayed at their post, using
only shovels and hoes to level bomb craters. A
monument engraved with the names of the ten
heroines was erected on a hill at the Dong Loc