Ham Tan is practically on the coast of the South China Sea, due east of Saigon.
|Ham Tan Terminal|
yeah, that’s the airport i flew in and out of in south vietnam many years ago. looks like a nice place, huh? a bit out in the sticks to be sure but it did what it was supposed to do.
i didn’t take these photos. you can see who did at the bottom of each photo, peter bird and bob payne. i hope they don’t mind my borrowing the photos. i’m not making any money on this so i hope it’s ok with them. anyways you can google ham tan images and they show up.
the top photo is ham tan international during the war. though the date on it says 1999. it looked pretty much like that while i was there. although back then there was a tail section from some large army plane out back. i was in a macv advisory unit down the road a piece.
the second photo is the same place but it looks considerably cleaned up and the sign is fixed. must be years later. i used to have a photo of myself standing in front of the building, circa 1971.
i don’t have any of that stuff anymore because last year i gave it all to the vietnam archive at texas tech university. they get tons of stuff. they haven’t processed or cataloged my stuff as yet. it’s a nice site and you should visit. lots of things to look at plus oral histories of vietnam vets to read or listen to. free on line history. pretty sweet. http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/