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By 1969 travel along the main highways was fairly well controlled, so travel to and from Saigon and Long Bien post was usually okay, at least during the daylight hours.  There were periodic road blocks where the locals would show their papers before continuing, but military vehicles were not subject to these civilian checks/searches.

Anyway, this helped reduce problems in Saigon rather significantly.  There were occasional problems and periodic gunfire, but generally, things were rather subdued.

I'm still going through all of the 35mm slides that I shipped home, and I hope to post some showing the differences in housing between the cities and countryside. Once I've completed my analysis of the pictures, and converted them to the proper format, I'll be posting them here and to the other pages as well...Hal