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

Ho Chi Minh Trial


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Picture of the Ho Chi Minh trail. The picture was taken from a book called SOG. The picture was taken by a “Stars and Stripes” photographer. He showed up one day and wanted to take pictures from the back seat of a Birddog. I have met the pilot at a “Headhunter 220th Aviation reunion. That day they flew along the Ho Chi Minh trail. It was called a double ship mission. That means one Birddog at 2000 feet and this Birddog at ground level. The higher Birddog was to watch over the Birddog at ground level. At ground level, they could see under the jungle canopy. Surprise. The photographer was taking pictures at the right time. They caught the NVA moving South on the Ho Chi Minh trail. I was a surprise for both the NVA and the photographer. Look closely, and you will see the NVA with their pith helmets on! The Ho Chi Minh trail would normally be under the jungle canopy so that the NVS could not be seen from the higher altitude. The higher altitude was the normal altitude to fly because the airplane was hard to hit, by ground fire, and still be able to see the NVA.