Eighth Aerial Port Squadron, USAF in Vietnam

Eddie Mitchell's Can Tho Story

8th APS Mobility
October 1971



They sent me down the road to CAN THO from BHIN THUY in Oct. 1971. I didn't take a whole lot pictures. When i left CAN THO i had a little over 1 month left before i DEROS out of VIETNAM so i was sent on what they call pallet recovery but i can't remember some of the places. TAN SON NUT needed the pallets to ship cargo so some guys were sent out to retrieve them from other locations in country. The ARMY used them in a lot of ways (roofs, floors, walls, for bunkers , housing ETC) that they were not intended & you talk about getting "MAD" if you even hinted that you wanted them.


SANTA BOO similar to the ones RANDY WALSHAM took.   I was already gone by this time so a friend took these and sent them to me latter.
SECOND VIEW
Can Tho Aerial Port Patch
CAN THO
CAN THO CROSS BOW ARROWS
CAN THO " HUEY" RED CROSS CHOPPER
similar to Randy's taken outside the terminal except it's a HUEY instead of COBRA.
CAN THO C123 PROVIDER
a LOUD, LEAKING, SLOW, UGLY C123. Believe it or not i don't remember seeing 1 until i got to VIETNAM in 69. The 1st. time i was on one it shook so bad and was so loud i thought there something wrong. The loadmaster started laughing & told me not to worry. If it ain't loud, don't shake & rattle or smoke when you fire it up thats when you worry. I was around this plane more than any other. She couldn't carry near what the C130 HERKY BIRD could, so she made some more trips to make up for this short coming.
You can barely make out the wing of a C123 between A/T & building
CAN THO PLAQUE