Jun 26

A Sailor Responds to the Bombing of the My Canh Café: 26 June 1965

Saturday, June 26, 2010 5:00 AM


A favorite hang-out for Americans in Saigon was the My Canh Cafe, a floating restaurant on the Saigon River renowned for good Vietnamese food and riverside views. On 26 June 1965, a grenade exploded in the establishment at the height of the dinner hour. Then, as dazed and wounded customers headed to shore by way of a gangplank, a mine planted in the riverbank exploded, causing mass casualties among people fleeing from the first blast.

Construction Electrician (Wiring) Third Class (CEW3) William Gary Hadley, a 20-year old Seabee from Tulare, California, was one of the first rescuers at the scene. His Seabee detachment generally performed construction missions Headquarters Support Activity, Saigon, but when a bomb went off, the detachment became a rescue and recovery team. Relying mainly on pry-bars and their own hands, Hadley’s team worked to recover dead and wounded trapped in the rubble. According to Hadley, “There were pools of blood and shattered glass everywhere. This is the first time I had ever seen so many dead and wounded people. I remember carrying a decapitated body out of the restaurant. After I got back to my billet, I was covered in blood and had to throw out all my clothes. Blood had even gotten inside my boots.”

Hadley had joined the Navy in 1964 to work in construction as a Seabee, not to recover “elbows and assholes” from blown up buildings. “I never imagined before coming to Vietnam how sick and immoral our enemy was.” In all, 32 people were killed at My Canh and another 42 wounded. Among the dead were 13 Americans (7 military and 5 civilians), and the wounded included 15 U.S. service personnel and 2 civilians. Many of the victims were ordinary Vietnamese citizens gathered at a nearby soft-drink stand, cyclo drivers waiting for passengers and others out for an evening stroll.

Terrorism in Saigon continued to make Saigon unsafe for Americans in 1965. “Saigon was no rear area,” explained Hadley, “it was very dangerous.”

займы онлайн без залога

https://credit-n.ru/order/kreditnye-karty-nokssbank.html https://credit-n.ru/order/zaymyi-turbozaim.html https://credit-n.ru/order/zaymyi-webbankir.html http://www.otc-certified-store.com/anti-inflammatories-medicine-europe.html https://zp-pdl.com/best-payday-loans.php https://credit-n.ru/order/debitovaya-karta-home.html https://zp-pdl.com/get-a-next-business-day-payday-loan.php http://www.otc-certified-store.com/analgesics-medicine-europe.html www.zp-pdl.com https://credit-n.ru/order/zaim-zaymigo.html www.zp-pdl.com взять займ онлайн на qiwiзайм рассрочказайм вива деньги займ моментальноkonga займ личный кабинетяндекс займ займер займ личный кабинетзайм на теле2займ на яндекс деньги срочно займ онлайн рфзайм на счет мобильного телефонаонлайн займ на киви кошелек омск займ денегзайм до зарплаты иркутскзайм онлайн pay ps

кредит срочно на карту без отказа zaymi-bistro.ru экспресс займ онлайн заявка
займ на киви кошелек без отказа www.zaymi-bistro.ru займы онлайн на карту без проверок срочно
микрозайм без залога www.zaymi-bistro.ru деньги онлайн займ на банковскую карту
hairy girl with unshaven armpits and pussy instagram.com/hairyhousewife/ hairy woman pics and videos
female hairy armpits www.instagram.com/hairyhousewife/ very hairy armpits
female hairy armpits www.instagram.com/hairyhousewife/ very hairy armpits
very hairy pussy https://www.instagram.com/hairyhousewife/ very hairy pussy and crotch
кредит срочно на карту без отказа www.zaymi-bistro.ru экспресс займ онлайн заявка
кредит онлайн на карту долгий срок www.zaymi-bistro.ru онлайн кредит круглосуточно
онлайн займ на карту маэстро www.zaymi-bistro.ru займ онлайн на киви кошелек срочно
payday loans are short-term loans for small amounts of money https://zp-pdl.com payday loans online
быстрый займ на карточку credit-n.ru займ на длительный срок онлайн
online кредит на карту credit-n.ru онлайн кредит без процентов на карту