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

Vịnh Mốc tunnels

During my return to Vietnam, 2001, trip, I wanted to view a tunnel network. There were two tunnel networks, one at the Cu Chi tunnel and the other at Vinh Moc. Vinh Moc tunnels were high enough, inside the tunnels, so a person could stand up while viewing the tunnels. Cu Chi tunnels while viewing a person had to crawl on his hands and knees. The Vinh Moc tunnels were formed from limestone and were much more durable. The Vinh Moc tunnels were located 30 kilometers north of the DMZ. Vinh Moc was originally a small village and had to be moved underground because of the American bombing. It was discovered that the tunnels were part of a supply network while moving Vietcong supplies to South Vietnam.

Below pictures show the entrance of the tunnels and the exit of the tunnels. The tunnels exited just above the beach on the South China sea. At night the supplies were loaded on sampans and proceeded to a directly offshore. The sampans headed South during the night and the supplies became part of a major supply network, much the same as the Ho Chi Minh trail. The tunnels were between 10 and 30 meters deep. The complex grew to include wells, kitchens, rooms for each family and space for healthcare. Around sixty families lived in the tunnels; as many as 17 children were born inside the tunnels.

Tam Biet-------bye bye