The Peanut Whistle of the Central Highlands
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Known as "Ho Chi Minhs", these sandals were made from discarded tires and inner tubes. Looking from the side, I counted 10 plies. It's impossible to imagine how much tread life remains.

Volunteer Peanut Whistle DJs chose anonymous nicknames when broadcasting. One of them used the handle "Goofy Grape" after the like-named Funny Face 'kool-aid' drink mix.

Military Pay Certificates (MPC)

MPC was issued to US troops to prevent the hard US dollar currency from falling into enemy hands which could then be used to finance the Viet Cong's war. To further limit illegal access to this US backed currency it was designated to be used only for exchange or purchases on military installations. However, that restriction was generally ignored.

To prevent hoarding and black market dealing in MPC, the circulating bills were periodically, without prior warning, exchanged for new issue bills. GI's generally had one day to swap their money on hand for the soon-to-be-worthless old paper. Vietnamese were not authorized to possess MPC and therefore not eligible to exchange their money. Similarly, GI's who could not explain unreasonalby large sums, would be left holding the 'bag'.

MPC, short for Military Payment Certificate, front.
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MPC, short for Military Payment Certificate, back.
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South Vietnamese Paper Currency (Piasters)

South Viet Nam paper currency, front.
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South Viet Nam paper currency, back.
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South Vietnamese Coins (Dong)

South Viet Nam coins.
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Every thing we needed to know.
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Mind your manners.
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Would help to have some phonetic spelling here. ______________ In other words, no waterboarding?________
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It was fascinating to experience such different customs and cultures,
especially the Montagnards (mountain people).
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How to treat prisoners.
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