Le Van Ba:
During the operation called Cedar Falls, they bombed all around in order to prevent the inhabitants from fleeing. Then they herded us to one place, captured us and then took us away. At first, they herded us to the school, inspected us and then sent us home. While were being herded, the cattle and buffaloes which we shut up in the pens and compounds were all shot and killed.
Then within the first few days, they herded us to the ferry landing, which was over here. My wife and the rest of the family were taken away, leaving all the belongings behind. They did not allow us to take anything along with us at all. We had to stay there at the ferry landing for two days before they shipped us to Binh Duong
. Then they put us under a tent, I don't know what it was made of, it was a red canopy and was extremely hot inside.
By the end of the year, I left the camp. They did not allow me to leave, they said that they would provide me with money and other things. But I refused everything and escaped. I came back to the liberated area and lived there until 1968 when I was again herded away again during a search and destroy operation. In 1972 I came back here again.
They bombed and shelled unendingly, but my day didn't come yet. There were B-52s and other types of bombers. My wife was lucky. She got knocked down into a bomb crater and was saved. At that time they removed everybody and then bulldozed the whole place flat. This whole area was just like an empty field at the time. There was nothing left standing.