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Pictures taken by Bryan and Nancy Lagimoniere in Jan. 2005.  LZ Betty was first built by the French during French occupation.  The base was abandoned until it was reoccupied by the 1st Air Cav in the mid 1960`s.  Then by various other units such as the 101st, First Field Force and many other units.
In early 1971 most of the American units had left. Part of the 5/27th moved up to Phan Rang. Another asset of the 5/27th moved to MACV in down town Phan Thiet. 2 of the guns from the 5/27th went to Dak To. From information gathered from other US souldiers who were still there in 1971, the daily operation of LZ Betty was taken over by the Army of the Republic of Vietnam ARVN until the end of the war in 1975. At the end of the war with the base was occupied by the Socialist Army of Vietnam up until 1985.  The unit assigned was then moved to Saigon and shortly after that the base was ordered torn down.
 

Me at the old Chieu Hoi Center,  the area is now a public park.  In 1970 it was off limits.  This was the Chateau Deau  Water Tower.

Some information provided by:Jerald Berry 3/506th
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Whiskey Mountian ( Nui Ta Dom Mountain ) and West Phan Thiet

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                                 Post Office North Phan Thiet

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Green building on the left Phan Thiet hotel
site of the old MACV compound

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 New cemetary access road   west side of cemetary.  This intersects on Hwy1  down by Phu Kanh Hamlet

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Fish market on the Ba Trung Nhi Street
Running along the Ca Ty River heading
towards the LZ

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One of the new bridges over the Ca Ty River heading north

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Sand dunes North Phan Thiet

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                                                                                    Phan Thiet harbor

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Fishing boat early am South China Sea

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                                          From the north looking south toward lz

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We just turned left at the fish market.The next 2 pictures are taken on Trung Trac rd. This road runs along the Ca Ty River heading toward LZ Betty

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Duong Tran Quy CAP road leading up to Betty

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                  Cemetary on the right just before the MP check point

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New graves in the old cemetary

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Area in front of bunker 5, note exposed tunnel due to erosion

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Area north west of LZ far corner of cemetary

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                                       West side green line bunker 3 to bunker 9

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North end of LZ, South China Sea back ground

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                             West side greenline as seen from the new road

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                                   Erosion ditch 35 years later south end of LZ

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Chieu Hoi Center.Now a park area

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                                                               Looking north to runway 25

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West side ramp area looking east

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                      From nw corner of tarmat toward the 192 AHC area

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Area in front of bunker 2 VC escape route 3/may/70

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The cemetary had extended futher down the green line.

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Location of the base chapel, north west corner of the LZ.

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                                                      Looking south toward runway 07

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End of runway 07, the road in the background was to the old FSB and the access road leading out of LZ Betty

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                            Erosion ditch 35 years later behind batallion hill

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Remains of one of the old French bunkers

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   Remains of helicopter revetments near the Seahorse hanger

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Looking south from batallion hill over our old company area

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                              Old ARVN compound near the MP check point

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North east corner of LZ , former location of guard towers

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From area of the guard towers looking south toward Vung Tao

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Old view from east side green line towards Vung Tao

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Area just below here was where the changing shed was on the beach

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Another of the old French Bunkers

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                                                     Remains of one of the old bunkers

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                  Standing up by the old PA&e ice plant looking south

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Taking different pictures of the ramp area

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                                 Remains of HQ building in the erosion ditch

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The beach area, former location of the fuel tanks and LST pier

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You are looking at the old greenline access road facing west

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 Me and the old entrance arch

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West side greenline.  This used to be rice paddies.There has been alot of erosion

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Nancy and I on bunker 2

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                            Looking down toward the old MP check point

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Standing at the very end of runway 25 looking south

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Leaving LZ Betty, heading down runway 25

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                                                          The new residents of our old LZ

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Song Cai river bridge,  coming into PT as you crossed this bridge you could look up and see the west side greenline
from HWY 1.  Just to the right of this was Phu Kanh Hamlet
 

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           Some of the many abandoned houses around our old LZ. I frequently searched these homes looking for VC,  This was part of the former Phu Kanh Hamlet ,  Not far from HWY 1

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Nancy and I on the edge of the erosion ditch on the south end of LZ Betty

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Over crowded harbor.  Many people who were fisherman in the north have moved south 

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                                           They fished from early am till mid day

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                                                        Our last sunrise in Phan Thiet.

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             My wife Nancy`s new friend.  Somethings never change

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One of the smaller fishing boats. They seemed tobe more colorful now.

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One or 2 person fishing basket

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The City of Ben Hoa.  Alot of us took our incountry training here with the 11th ARC.  Ben Hoa has more than trippled in size.

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West of PT on Highway 1.  In all it's insanity, there were some beautiful places in Vietnam.

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One of the many weddings we passed on HWY 1 heading toward Phan Thiet

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The following pictures are from Adam Bray.  Adam  is a website/graphic designer.  He went to visit his brother who is teaching english in China. He decided to tour Asia and eventually settled in Phan Thiet.
  He knew that there were American forces stationed in Binh Thuan but found many of the locals resistant to talk about the war.  In searching he contacted Rolando Salazar, 1st Cav LZ Betty  and eventually contacted me.
  He has been of great help in gathering information for me and Rolando on our old area of operation.
 He has a site dedicated to travel in Binh Thuan Province.  www.muinebeach.net
 

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The picture above is of the old Batallion motor pool area looking south toward Vung Tao. Below pictures looking up toward the LZ from the ocean. What used tobe a ditch`s are now canyon`s.

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Thrown about on the beach below LZ Betty. Unlike Americans
the vietnamese dont collect sea shells.

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Whiskey Mountain with cell phone tower.The picture was taken from the Cham Buddist Temple in North Phan Thiet

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Looking up the beach from in front of the LZ.

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