It's April and I must admit.....
I'm starting to get excited! The count down has begun! Eight weeks until you get to read Jack's story!
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Front and back cover of The Nam Legacy
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The Search Continues...
In the last newsletter we explored Nui Dat. It's the camp about two hours from Saigon, (or Ho Chi Minh City) where Jack and his best mate Terry were based when not out on patrol or on an operation in the jungle.
This month we're staying at Nui Dat and I'm going to tell you a bit about an area called Luscombe Bowl and how it fits into my story. Amongst Nui Dat's several helicopter pads, was a 3000 foot runway which was built and officially opened in December 1966, before Jack arrived in 1967. It was called Luscombe Field and got it's name from a Captain Bryan Luscombe, a post WW11 Army aviator who was killed in Korea in 1952. In 1968 the runway was extended to 4,100 feet and sealed. Some of the original seal still remains.
Luscombe Field in1966 the year before Jack arrived
Standing on the remains of what was the runway with our lovely guide and historian Khong, looking towards
the notorious Long Hai Hills and the coast beyond. - 2016
This is looking towards the opposite end of the runway. Right at the end is where Luscombe Bowl was situated.
Luscombe Bowl was an amphitheatre featuring a 'make-do' stage where performers used to sing for the men. It features in the story because Jack's girl sings there. Luscombe Bowl hosted a lot of well known entertainers from both Australia and New Zealand such as, The Quin Tikis, Maori Volcanics, Little Pattie and Lorraine Desmond and Dinah Lee.
These two images show New Zealand entertainer Dinah Lee performing in 1967. (Photos courtesy of Mal Brand)
Luscombe Bowl looking towards the Long Hai Hills - 1968 (Photo courtesy John Strange)
With some 'before' photos, Khong tells us we are standing exactly where the stage used to be.
Today the Bowl is planted in tapioca and maize or sweetcorn.
I'm standing at the top of the embankment, up behind the bowl. Nui Dat Hill is just peeking out right in the middle of the photo.
The crop behind me is tapioca which, although is grown as a food crop, most is now made into ethanol.
Ahead of me is where Jack's tent was set up.
Hope you're enjoying the personal tour of the places you'll read about in the story. Hopefully you'll have some idea of where Jack was and what it was like for him and his mates.
Next month I think we might have a brief break from the 1960's and I'll share some of the modern day road problems, namely the traffic!
And mentioning the traffic, I have a couple of special traffic related gifts for 2 lucky subscribers this month, but more about that shortly.
And if you love the music of the '60's, don't forget I'm sharing some of the great music from 67 and 68 on my Facebook page over the coming weeks. There are some great old favourites amongst them too. If there's something in particular you would like me to add to the playlist, send me an email and let me know- email@example.com
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Well, what do you know? One of the cards was not claimed! So I've re-drawn another name!
Bonnie Totten there is a card coming your way - just let me have your email!
DRUM ROLL PLEASE
From all those subscribed to this newsletter as from date of sending this - we have a winner!
CONGRATULATIONS to Deb Green you are the lucky winner of this gorgeous scarf I purchased in Da Lat, Vietnam. It will be coming your way very shortly.
Look what I have for two lucky subscribers this month!
(And don't laugh)
These two shirts are both sized XL (xtra large) so would fit a size 14 to 16, one grey and one navy, both have short sleeves. I always laugh when I see this picture as this is exactly what it's like in Saigon and Hanoi.
So, what do you have to do to enter? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! If you are a subscriber to this newsletter when I make the draw, your name will automatically be entered. Easy.
If you know anyone who might like to win One of these tee shirts, or who might enjoy hearing about the characters and places in The Nam Legacy, please feel free to forward them a copy of this newsletter and tell them to sign up over on my website at www.carolebrungar.com to get their own copy delivered straight to their mailbox!
If you haven't read my first book, A tide too high there is some great news coming your way very soon. Keep your eyes peeled.
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