The La Nga River Bridge

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The La Nga River Bridge

In 1970, the U.S. Navy Officer in Charge of Construction RVN awarded a construction contract to a French construction contractor, Eiffel-Asie, to construct a bridge across the La Nga River on national highway QL-20 running north of Sai Gon to Dalat.  This was the first construction contract awarded outside of the work the huge American […]

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I am living over an old project of mine…

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I am living over an old project of mine...

While in Saigon to manage construction contracts to Vietnamese construction contractors in 1972, I worked with a company called VIHICO to build a large storm drainage tunnel two or three kilometers long. The project was called Vo Thanh Drain, which might have been for the name of the street that was dug up during construction […]

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RMK-BRJ Construction Legacy in Việt Nam Today [Part 3]

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

RMK-BRJ Construction Legacy in Việt Nam Today [Part 3]

Between 1965 and 1972, the consortium of the four largest American construction companies, RMK-BRJ, built much of the infrastructure of the lines of communications now serving southern Việt Nam today.  All of the photographs below were taken in 1972 — click on any of them to enlarge it. The Newport Saigon River depot  (now called […]

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RMK-BRJ Construction Industry Legacy in Việt Nam [Part 2]

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

RMK-BRJ Construction Industry Legacy in Việt Nam [Part 2]

All of the photographs below were taken in 1972 — click on any of them to enlarge it. The huge American construction consortium RMK-BRJ was ubiquitous thoughout southern Việt Nam is the 60s and early 70s with its thousands of ochre-colored trucks and equipment. RMK-BRJ gave construction training and employment to 200,000 Vietnamese in this […]

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Getting civilian military construction done — RMK-BRJ [Part 1]

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Getting civilian military construction done -- RMK-BRJ [Part 1]

KBR (formerly the M.W. Kellogg Company and Brown & Root, Inc.) is the 4th largest American construction firm today (listed by Engineering News Record) and is a subsidiary firm of Halliburton, well known for its former CEO, now U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.  KBR makes the news regularly under criticism of the non-competitive sole-source contracts […]

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Battle of An Lộc, Việt Nam, April 1972

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Battle of An Lộc, Việt Nam, April 1972

I am celebrating Reunification Day with my Vietnamese friends in Ho Chi Minh City this 30th of April. This event left me in sorrow that day 35 years ago — not that I felt we had lost Việt Nam, but rather from a recognition that the wars of the 20th Century in Việt Nam left a country […]

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Saigon 1972

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Saigon 1972

From November 1971 through November 1972, I was privileged to live in the heart of Saigon, known as District One. I say privileged because the American military was on its way out of Vietnam and military personel were discouraged from entering Saigon. Since I was assigned to the Officer in Charge 0f Construction (OICC RVN), […]

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Quân lực Việt Nam Cộng hòa sau Hiệp định Paris

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Quân lực Việt Nam Cộng hòa sau Hiệp định Paris

2010-04-12 Ngoài những thắng lợi mà quân lực Việt nam cộng hòa đã đạt được trước khi Hiệp định Paris được ký kết, Việt Hà gửi đến những diễn biến sau Hiệp định Paris. Mỹ cắt giảm viện trợ Bắt đầu từ năm 1972, chiến trường Việt nam có nhiều thay đổi gây bất lợi […]

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