VIETNAM CHRONICLES

CAPTAIN RICHARD L. KLOPPENBURG

SHORT STORIES FROM 1966-1967 IN VIETNAM

BELOW ARE SOME TRUE BUT UNTOLD STORIES
VIETNAM WAS THE GREAT ADVENTURE OF MY GENERATION

German Soldier - Dien Bien Phu Story

Captain Joe Mucelli was on a patrol with Vietnamese soldiers when they found a small village Southeast of Bao Loc that contained a caucasian man living in the village. Mucelli could speak fluent Vietnamese and so could talk to the caucasian man. The man indicated that he was a soldier in the French Foreign Legion. He was a German WW11 soldier which had been conscripted into the French Foreign Legion after WW11. At the time the Legion was composed of German army conscripts and French officers. He was sent to Vietnam, which at the time was called Indochina. In 1954 the French were defeated at Dien Bien Phu. One day French helicopters arrived at Dien Bien Phu and picked up all of the French officers and left the German conscripts to fair for themself. There were stories of radio calls, from these Germans, up to six months later. This caucasian WAS a German conscript. He learned the Vietnam language and was married to a Vietnam woman. Mucelli said that he wanted to stay in the village, but he would like to have a radio.