I was awake at 4:00 am this morning, exhausted but did not sleep well. I met Mike and David downstairs at 6:30 for breakfast. The hotel had a great breakfast for the guest. Everyone we encountered so far has been great to us.
At 7:00 the driver, Vinh, arrived on time, and we loaded into the van for the 2 ½ hour ride to Quang Ngai. There were many, I mean many, motorcycles and scooters on the road and very few cars. Mike and I watched out the windows and commented on changes to the countryside and the Vietnamese people.
After arriving at Hill 4-11, the driver parked the van, and we got out. Nothing looked the same. The hill was completely overgrown, and there was construction, moving dirt, at the bottom of the hill near where the entrance used to be. We roamed at the base taking some pictures and then followed a trail to the top of the hill. We found many cemeteries among the thick brush and trees. Nothing was familiar. Mike and I located our bunker position, and we located the bunker where Dusty, Chuck, Renolds, Ramos and Okino were.
We drove around the Hill to the north side and walked to the top again. The terrain looked familiar at this location. This is where 2nd and 3rd platoon had their positions. Mike and I talked during the climb and while we on top of the significance of FSB Hill-411 and explained our memories to David. From both locations, we climbed the mountains were visible.
More pictures later, need to meet Mike and David downstairs for dinner.
When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam War Memoir and Soldiering After the Vietnam War.