HCMTrail Ride Update

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I have narrowed down the date(s) for this great adventure. There is still a little wiggle room here, and nothing is cast in stone… yet. But it soon will be. If you are interested in going, then contact me NOW. rdennard@memoriesofnakedfanny.com

Here’s the latest. We now have a six week window:

1 Feb through 15 Mar.

Within that window, we will Continue reading

Ho Chi Minh Trail

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From around 1963 to 1973 the US waged a secret war in Laos. A large portion of that war was against the Ho Chi Minh Trail… or the “Trail”… or just the HCMT.

Even though I’ve been writing about the “Secret War” in Northern Laos, the biggest goal of this “Trail ride” is to see the Trail  up close and personal. So, I thought I should start writing a little about that.

Since my time there, I’ve had a growing desire to see The Trail for myself. Now I’m going to do it on a “trail bike”… on an on/off-road motorcycle. Check out the following video for a glimpse of what I’m talking about:

Ho CHi Minh Trail Ride.

Starting in the early 1960s and for over ten years, Americans waged war on the HCMT. It was mostly Continue reading

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11th Hour, 11th Day, 11th Month

Today, I have no words. The following says more than I can ever say.

The price of freedom.
An overview of the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery, in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. (Photo by Warrick Page/ABMC)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.- Fourteen statues of helmets, rifles, dog tags, boots and photographs stand in front of Marines, families and friends of 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, as they honor their fallen at a memorial ceremony here, March 31. These Marines made the ultimate sacrifice while honorably serving their country in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lucian Friel (RELEASED)

Freedom never has been and will never be free.

Places to go – Xepon Part 1

The town of Xepon appears in more after-action reports, CHECO, and Corona Harvest documentation about the war than any other place on the HCMT. So much went on at Xepon I’m dividing this into two or three parts. I’ll post the other parts in the next few days.

I discovered this song, Tchepone, on YouTube. The lyrics tell a lot about flying near Xepon and perhaps are a microcosm of the entire air war over the Ho CHi Minh Trail. Click on it and let it play as you continue on. (Click Here to read the LYRICS)

Xepon is another of the places Continue reading

Sidebar 7 – Operation Junction City, Jr.

Knife 61 and Knife 62 were shot down during Operation Junction City, Junior. (Don’t confuse this with the US Army 1967 “Operation Junction City.” The ’67 operation was named after the Kansas town, “Junction City.” Google it, and you’ll find lots of info.)

Perhaps the name for this operation (Junction City, Jr.) was well chosen because the goal was capturing the city at the junction of Ho Chi Minh Trail (HCMT) Routes 9 & 23. Route 9 came into Xepon from the east, and Route 23 was a main artery to the southern portion of the HCMT. The town was Muang Phin (also spelled Phine amongst others.)

Road Watch Teams (Operation Shining Brass/Prairie Fire) had unconfirmed reports of American prisoners Continue reading