All personnel were entitled to one week of R&R during their tour of duty in Vietnam, usually six months after being in-country. There were numerous locations where the 2nd of the 7th might send you on vacation. Assignments were usually made for R&R in Honolulu, Tokyo, Sydney, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Penang or Seoul. I was sent to Penang, a small resort island off the coast of Malaysia.
When orders were received for R&R, we were given short notice, told to pack our gear and were flown by helicopter to Cam Rahn Bay Air Base for a commercial flight to our destination. Upon arrival at the destination, we were briefed on what we could see, what was expected of us, when we were to return and various other subjects relating to our stay. We were then taken to our hotel and we were on our own. I have not included pictures of my R&R in Penang on this website, but may do so later on.
After returning from R&R, Army life returned to normal. The brief respite certainly helped to alleviate, at least for a short time, frustrations and the unreal situation in which we found ourselves. After my return, I went to a photography studio in Phan Thiet where the formal portrait below was taken.
During the summer of 1967, our company was at LZ Judy, a camp close to Muong Man. We were allowed to go into town and found it quite different than Phan Thiet. Muong Man is a relatively small town, larger than a village but with stores and its own railroad station.
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