Organized by: John Smith
I was an Army photographer at a base called Kham Duc when it was attacked by North Vietnamese sappers (commandos) in 1970. Sixteen sappers and three Americans died. After the fighting was over and it got light I filmed the damage and the dead. Forty years later I posted it on YouTube so people could see what war really looks like. It was seen by several Vietnamese who recognized family members and one former commando whose friends died. They all wanted to know where were the bodies? Since the middle of last year I've been working with two other GIs who were there and the Vietnamese sapper (Huong Pham Cong) trying to match old photos and maps and memories with Kham Duc today. There has been some digging but no luck. Now we'd like to raise money to send the sergeant in charge of the burial party back and pay for an expert with ground-penetrating radar to try and locate the grave. It was a long time ago, the sappers were brave, young men and it would be wonderful to return them to their families. I honestly am not sure how much we need. Still waiting to see how much ground-penetrating radar would cost. If you want to see the video, which I do not recommend, search YouTube for Kham Duc, sapper and 1970. The link below takes you to a dropbox to see an example of what we have been trying. "Randy" is the sergeant in charge of the burial party. He suffers from PTSD but is willing to go back to try and help.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/20823370/new photos and notes from randy.zip