The Vietnam Experience

The Vietnam Experience

The Vietnam Experience

The Vietnam Experience / A photo series by Bill Mullin, an American in the Vietnam War

Looking back over the years, Bill Mullin has created a web page to share his experiences in Vietnam through a series of photographs that he took in the late 1960’s. At the time he was serving in a civilian capacity at the Port of Saigon. Towards the end of his temporary assignment, he traveled often to Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, and Cholon, the predominantly Chinese part of the city.

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A Hynos toothpaste advertisement in the city

The armed conflict between North and South Vietnam was over, but much of it is still fresh in his memory. The photo series presents the opportunity to see Vietnam in retrospect. Bill Mullin has one disclaimer. He is not a professional photographer and has never been. The photographs of the 60’s were in 35-mm color slides since negatives were scarce and hard to come by in Vietnam back in the day. Using modern scanner software, he converted the old slides into digital images, and then cleaned up dust and scratches to make them suitable for public viewing. Bill Mullin is not offering his opinion, just sharing his experiences looking at Vietnam in retrospect through the lens.

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Inside the Tan Son Nhut terminal
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Bill Mullin (left) and his friend
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One of the ships in Saigon Port
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Outdoor media in ’60s
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Road through a park
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A country farm
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The Ben Thanh market
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Movie signs were very colorful. “Johnny Yuma” was an Italian western which was shown in French with Vietnamese, Chinese, and English subtitles!
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This movie was “The Thundering Sword” starring Cheng Pei-Pei, who many years later had a major role in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.
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Saigon school girls wearing the traditional ao dai.
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A family ride
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A legal street vendor
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Bill Mullin’s jeep in front of a pagoda
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This is the nearly completed but still empty American Embassy as photographed in Sept., 1967. Shortly after this Americans began occupying the building. During the Jan., 1968 Tết Offensive, the Viet Cong invaded the embassy! They blew a hole in the wall near the front entrance and were on the grounds around the front entrance where they were all killed or captured. Fortunately the embassy building itself was never entered by the Viet Cong.
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The Saigon Medical School
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The Continental Palace Hotel. This hotel is very well known throughout western Europe.
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A catholic church in Saigon
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The National Assembly building
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The Presidential palace
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Siesta time
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This little girl made a colorful picture
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Market in Cholon
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A Chinese funeral car
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A huge buffalo in the countryside
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Bill Mullin in front of banyan trees
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Nguyen Hue and Tu Do streets during the day
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The Eden Roc Hotel & Bar
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A 20-second nighttime exposure taken out a hotel window

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