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3 - SP5 Norm Roy - Convoy Pt-Roads QL14_QL19. Dirt Road 512

I got to see a lot of the countryside when I traveled via convoy. The convoy points were always interesting since the Vietnamese used to gather there to sell their wares or bodies. As a matter of fact I had to make a couple trips to the 71st Evac Hospital as a result of some purchases which I made. Typically the convoys I rode in would start in the morning after the MPs verified the road was clear of mines. Many of the roads were paved so I questioned how it would be possible to lay a mine which could avoid detection. On one trip I made on QL19 the convoy passed by a mine crater in the paved road. I never questioned the MP checks after that. Depending on the area the convoy would pass through, a truck mounted quad 50 was along for security. On one trip to LZ Blackhawk I got to witness one of these brutes in action. Riding along QL19 a couple of mortar rounds dropped in but not close enough to cause any damage. The convoy commander must have ordered the quad 50 to cut loose. Convoys along QL14 north were not always mundane. Typically there was a tank here and there on watch. The tree-line was cut way back but occasionally a rocket or mortar would drop in. If there was a tank close by, it went into action. We did have to cross over some wooden bridges when heading north and typically they were guarded by a small ARVN unit. Two occasions come to mind regarding the bridges. One was attacked by some VC but they were killed and their bodies were lined up by the side of the road. The truck driver of my vehicle said they were put that way so some ARVN big-shot officer would chopper in to view “the kills”. I believe that was when I realized this conflict was about body counts! Another instance involved two girls on a motorbike (see pic). Based on what one of the ARVNs told the convoy commander, one or both were VC suspects but the one lying in the road tried to make a break and she was knocked off the bike by one of the soldiers. I guess no shots were fired. The picture of the horny monkey has a short tale. He belonged to a truck driver. The monkey had a habit of jumping on a GI’s shoulder, putting his little hands on the guy’s head and then tried to hump him in the ear. I witnessed this at least once and it made me a believer!

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A Little Friend At Convoy Point
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Another Pet-A Horny Little Bastard
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A Yard's Ox
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A Yard Village1
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CemeteryOutside Pleiku
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Convoy Point-How Much Mama San
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Convoy Point-Ongoing Negotiations
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Convoy Point-Trip Up QL14
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Convoy Point-Waitin For Business
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Draggin Wagon To Kontum
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Hitchhikers
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Looking For Poontang
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Los Angeles-A Long Way
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MP Convoy Truck-Quad 50 Cal
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Pleiku City-Outskirts
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QL14 Heading North-Kontum Dak To
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Repair Shop-Pleiku Outskirts
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River Unk Loc During Convoy Ride
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Sears Roebuck-QL14 Convoy Pt
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Shacks Along Hwy 19
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Shacks Along Hwy19-1
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Shacks Along Hwy19-2
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Small Village
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Suspected VC
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Tank Guards HWY 14
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Tank-QL14 Heading to VC Sighting
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Tank Recovery Vehicle
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Viet Cemetery
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View From Hwy 512
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Village-Along QL19
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Village-Main St
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Villagers Funeral
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Watching for Trouble Along QL14
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Yard Bldg Along Hwy 512
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