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Friday, 16 November 2007

Cap St. Jacques. French Indochina. Memories of Vietnam

Mother and daughter on the rocks.
This old photo was probably taken in the early 1940s.It was by the sea near the town of Cap St Jacques, now known as Vung Tau or Vungtau. That was a time when the Japanese army occupied what was then French Indochina. When I was there the American officers mess was in the Pacific hotel. It had also served as an officers mess for the Japanese.
The little girl in the photo can remember being given sweets by Japanese soldiers who were billeted in the house opposite hers in Saigon. I can remember being given sweets by Canadian soldiers who were billeted on our farm. The house she stayed in in Saigon would later become the Japanese Embassy. But that was in another war when the Japanese were no longer the enemy but neutral. The mother would die towards the end of the war due to complications in childbirth.
There is often a story behind even the simplest of old photos. In Vietnam it was usually a story with war as a background.

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