First USO Tour

October 6-November 16, 1971

(VietNam, Thailand, Australia, and Diego Garcia)

Trish and Jeanie boarding helicopter.
Linda narrates from the side.

We were at Qui Nhon when it was ought to our attention that one of the perimeter fire bases lost their company commander. Morale was low, and we were asked if we would be willing to do another show on our day off. We always volunteered to do extra shows so, of course, the answer was "yes." However, there were complications to doing this show.

The "hill" was always closed by 6pm each evening because of its vulnerability to VC and VC sympathizers. And we were going up that night! It was sunset as we were leaving and very much into the evening as we arrived at the base.

They had quite a convoy accompanying us up the hill. There were five jeeps and two large trucks. Each jeep had a driver and a machine gun mounted on the front for the number two man to operate. The third man carried a mobile radio and was armed as well. The fourth passenger was one Hilltop Singer in complete camouflage including netting covering our faces. Our own parents would not have been able to recognize us at a three foot distance! The fourth jeep carried just the three soldiers and had an opening in case one of the others developed mechanical problems.

I think the big truck was called a deuce and a half. It was quite capable of carrying the equipment and all of us as well. The second truck was its equal. When I asked why we were being taken up in separate jeeps, it was explained to me that if we came under fire there was a better chance of the show going on, maybe as a duet, but that most of us would make it that way. I guess if they had known that there were three American girls from the USO in those jeeps they may have been more resourceful and more tempted to attack us.

Anyhow, when we got there and climbed out of those fatigues into our miniskirts, hose and heels, it was quite a treat to our countrymen. The show was well received, and we feel we did a great job in boosting the morale at that location.

The safety concern was never an issue with us. Our Christian upbringing, as well as the naivete of our youth, provided us with a very secure "comfort zone." It was not until years later when watching a weekly series on VietNam that I realized the danger we had undertaken that night. And, as it was with all our USO and military involvement, we were treated with the greatest respect - like precious cargo.

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