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1 Graphic courtesy of:

Charles Penley
377th Security Police Squadron
Sentry Dog Section
October 1967 - July 1969

Whenever I got a day off, I would always go down to the Continental Hotel and get a good meal.

These children on the left are my personal friends, to whom I would give apples and oranges, whenever I saw them.

What Vietnamese that I learned, it was thanks to these children.
2 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

This was the oldest child in the above photograph.

Her name is Son  (pronounced:   Sung)
3 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

This was the second oldest child in the top photograph.

Her name is Hue  (pronounced:   Way)
4 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

This was the third oldest child in the top photograph

Her name is Dung  (pronounced:   Yoom)
5 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

This is two of the girls from the group photograph.

One on the left is Hoa  (Means:   Flower)

One on the right is Hue  (Pronounced:  Way)
6 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

This lady is my barracks mama-san. Her name is Bui.

She would take care of 10 air policemen, clothes, shoes, and barracks.

She was paid $10/month by each of us for a total of $100/month.

That was a decent salary in 1968.

My salary was $218.00 a month plus combat pay of "$65.00."
7 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

This lady worked at the Tan Son Nhut BX.

Her name is Bui Diem Hoang.
8 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

This lady was a mess hall mama-san, unknown name.
8a Graphic courtesy of:  TSNA Member, Susie Aherns

Minh Do and Jackie Phuong Dao, who worked at the TSN base library in 1968-1969, then Jackie transferred to the CBPO office.

They never made it out of VN and are living in Saigon, we three still remain friends.
9 Graphic courtesy of:  TSNA Member, Susie Aherns

This photograph was taken in 1967, near the NCO club area.

The lady on the left is Do Thi Minh, who worked in the Base Library from 1967 1968.

She still lives in Vietnam and we still remain, close friends.

The lady on the right is Man Thi Dang.

I worked in the tape library and later as a secretary.  You currently know me as, Tan Son Nhut Member, Susie Aherns.
10 Graphic courtesy of:  TSNA Member, Susie Aherns

Tan Son Nhut Association Member, Susie Aherns.
10a Graphic courtesy of:

Larry Blades
377th Security Police Squadron
November 1967 - November 1968

Lyn would sell soda pop at the entrance to the 1300 area, which was the security police compound.

A friendly girl of about fourteen years of age.
11 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

Lt Col Luu Kim Cuong
Commander, 33rd Vietnamese Air Force Wing
Commander, TSN Sensitive Area

Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon, Vietnam.

Lt Col Cuong was killed during the "Mini-TET Offensive, May 6, 1968."

He was out on Plantation Road, near the large French Cemetery, commanding his men who were part of the battle.
12 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

Major Phung Van Chieu
Deputy Commander, 33rd Vietnamese Air Force Wing
Deputy Commander, TSN Sensitive Area

Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon, Vietnam.
12b Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

Vietnamese, Joint Defense Operations Officer and Guard.
12c Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

Vietnamese, ARVN Airborne School.
12d Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

Vietnamese, ARVN Airborne School.
12a Graphic courtesy of:

David Dowdell
377th Security Police Squadron
November 1967 - November 1968

1.  33rd Vietnamese Air Force, A1-E

2.  ARVN tanks.

Photograph taken on Tan Son Nhut.
14 Graphic courtesy of:

Terry Whitaker
Naval Support Activity Saigon
Newport, Saigon, Vietnam.

This photograph shows an excellent view of the statute bust, located in Saigon.

It is sixteen year old Quach Thi Trang, who was killed in a demonstration, Saigon, 1966.

Susie Aherns:


Quach Thi Trang, was a high school student, who was also an activist.  She was born in 1948, at the time of her death, she was 16.

During the Ngo Dinh Diem regime and history confirmed that Madame Nhu had a big part in it.  The government started to harrass Buddhist monks and Buddhist temples, so people started to demonstrate.

Many schools formed demonstrations in downtown Saigon, the one Quach Thi Trang took part in, was attacked by the police forces.

They shot into the crowd and she was not going to retreat and got shot.

The government tried to cover up this incident, but it was like wild fire and she became the heroin in the Buddisht communities.

After Ngo Dinh Diem, was killed during the coupe, the people erected her statute and named it:  Quach Thi Trang square:

It's now Tran Hung Dao square, right smack in the middle of downtown Saigon, by the Saigon market.

I think it was Tran Hung Dao square before too.

Tran Hung Dao, was one of the greatest Kings of Vietnam, way back when.
15 Graphic courtesy of:

Steve Michael
377th Security Police Squadron
January 1970 - January 1971

Quan Canh Camp on Tan Son Nhut.

Susie Aherns, interpreted the sign:

Top line - Military Law Enforcement (or Military Police)

Bottom line - Tan Son Nhut squad
15a Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

Quan Canh Patch.
16 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

American and Vietnamese Friendship!
17 Graphic courtesy of:  Charles Penley

When I first saw the patch to the left, I knew instantly that I had to share it with all of the TSNA Members and Friends.

You each have a different last name from mine!

However, you are truely my, "Brothers and Sisters!"

It is we, as a collective, who decided that we wanted to be a "Family!"

"We are the Tan Son Nhut Association Family!"



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