Bill Black - First impressions

Running time
1 min 1 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


I suppose you were taking it all in. I can remember, I think was Baria, the town we went through, and there was a big brick building there and someone said it was a picture theatre once, I think two story. It was like you saw out of the cities in Europe. Shot up and bombed.

And I've only recently read that there was a big offensive there that the Viet Cong used as a stronghold and the Americans went in. So that was possibly the aftermath. So you're sort of aware, I don't think any of us were really aware of what we're in for.

They possibly... I'm trying to think now whether they purposefully did it, but we were given the impression... I certainly had the impression they were just farmers...we were going to come up against and it was far from that.

So whether they did that here to sort of cool us down a bit...That was my thinking and I can assure you most of the other guys were the same.

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