Co Moi on the left was the woman who sold $1 Cokes to the Americans. (It must be American payday with her smile so wide.) She's standing with her sister, who was known to be married to a Communist Terrorist. Although they were close sisters, their political views were different. After a two hour patrol, under 100 degree temperatures, 3 to 5 Americans could be found in Co Moi's small, market place hut, drinking Coke after Coke to cool off. Although American beer was available, none of the Americans living in Phu Da chose to drink alcohol. A terrorist grenade could easily cause 50% causalities to the CAP Unit. Communist Terrorists could be anyone. But trust had to come in someplace. (As well as the roots of Capitalism.)
The Phu Da market place. Anything from cold Cokes to crushed Maggot sauce was sold in the simple wooded and tin selling stalls. The hut on the right was where the Americans stopped off for their cold Cokes after a patrol in the heat of the day. The name of the shop was "Co Moi's." It was named after the young woman who owned the shop. Since there was no electric at all in the village, the ice was bused into the village everyday from Da Nang by a local Vietnamese merchant. At the time, the Vietnamese didn't know the benefits of soap. After a two hour patrol, under 100 degree temperatures, carrying about thirty to fifty pounds of equipment, the American teenagers drank from fifthly glasses. It wasn't unheard of for a Marine to drink 4 or 5 cans of Coke in one sitting. At a dollar a can, everyone ran up a tab. On the American payday, Co Moi had a smile on her face a mile wide. She probably made more money in a month than most Vietnamese farmers made in an entire year.
Three buddies caught off guard.
This was another sister of Co Moi's. Her husband stayed out of the viilage, because he was a known Viet Cong Terrorist.
This is another Vietnamese Family, who adopted the mostly teenage Americans.
She loved one of the Americans, but was too shy to tell him. His tour of duty was almost over and he was returning to his home.
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