Now...ah...but that was at that day. Then, they sent us back, for the next three days... ahh...Those people left, but, in the meantime, they are in our home. Troops are coming in and out all the time and these troops were, as you now know...ah...dressed in the northern uniform with the famous hat, the famous so-called Ho Chi Minh sandals...ahhhh...well-dressed and they talked to us freely and they told us they were sent to...ah... occupy the city. There was to be a big review, a victory parade and they had a special uniform for that. Each of them has a special uniform that made for parade. But, all these people are from the north, and they told us that ah we didn’t have to ask because we...ahhhh... recognize this hat, we recognize the northern accent and... ah...when we asked them, they told us.
So...ah...there’s no secret about that. So, the three days...ah...there was fighting and nothing really happened. They must have sent us back on the uh 8th, I think, 8th of a lunar year. And, then, we just start to live through three or four very tense days. For some strange reason, they didn’t take away our radio. Ahh...Ahh...Radio set. So, we just secretly listened and...ah...occasionally these boys would come in and...ah...are you listening to radio? We were listening (chuckle) to the BBC at the time. So, we had to switch to something else immediately. But, through the BBC then we learned that the reinforcement would come from the south, that the American Marines have landed in Hue
that is downtown in the...ahhhh...near the bridge. Everyone knows about that...ah...area, and just, we just
wait and prayed...and...ah...that the companies wouldn’t take us away in that time. And, for some reason, they, they didn’t. either they were too busy or for...ahhhh...some other reason, I...I...I don’t know...Ah...it, but the fact is that...ah...on the 12th, I think, of the lunar year the...ah...Marines rushed from, arrive at the railway station which is about a mile, a mile-and-a-half from our home, and the next morning, this is one of the surprising thing about American fighting tactics, they simply run one stretch from that bridge to our home. That is about half, one-and-a-half miles, and... ah...I found out afterwards that...ah...they did so because there was a...there was fire by a mortar, and when they came into my home in the back yard and...ah...we were in the house, and...ah...they came in the back and...ah...we were afraid they would...sh...they would, they would shoot.
So, I came out and all the time I said don’t shoot, don’t shoot, don’t shoot all the time. And, then I found these Marines very tense, you know, the things on the gadget. And so, they said, they said “VC where’s the VC?” And then... ah...I was very cool at that time. I said let me talk to your skipper. Call your skipper and then...ah...the little man came. He said where’s the VC, and I said the VC is gone but my family’s th...are there. I said, I beck...everyone to come out. So, everyone came out and they said VC, they...they fire from here. But, I show them the...ah...the hatch. You know they always...the Viet Cong practice us to cut retreat
path...Ah...and I say, you see the, the hatch Viet Cong cut this and, for their retreat.
But, the...the lieutenant insist and they say that we were far from here. Oh, I said, I understand now. The Viet Cong had a long tube and...ah...they occupy the house across the street, so go and check there. So he went and checked and...ah...of course the Viet Cong had start a mortar position there. So, when he came back, it’s all right, it’s just, they relaxed. Ahh...And then...ah...I told the...ahhhh...the lieutenant that I had to get out. My brother too. And he said, umm, well, we have a jeep. We can uh take you out...ah...but just...ah...don’t worry. Ahhhh...you could sl...sleep there. I say I’m not going to sleep here because you’re going to pull out and the Viet Cong’s coming back tonight. There’s no doubt about that so I insist so much, they we... there’s room for one. I said there’s also my brother and my
sister-in-law, they have to...So, in the end they took us, all three...ahh...down to the...ah...to the...ah...to the station, the radio station.