Student Query: Bach Ma Franco-Vietnamese Project

Danielle Quennevile,  a student at the University of La Rochelle in France, is writing a thesis in collaboration with a non-profit French-Vietnamese project responsible for enhancing the cultural and natural heritage of Bach Ma National Park in Central Vietnam north of Da Nang.

“With the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we will develop interpretive centers (museums) in the park to tell its history, ” she told us. “We also plan to publish a book. The themes include wildlife, flora, and remnants of a French colonial village and of the base of U.S. helicopters that had been built during the Vietnam War.”

The student would like to hear from “American soldiers who lived in the park during this period, as well as photographs (or movies) in high definition that could be used for the museum and the book. We welcome any information to help us document the site (construction of the base, its organization and its military defenses, the types of helicopters, the supplies, the equipment, the personnel and the units on the site, the operations, the Vietnamese forces in presence, etc.) and the life of soldiers during this period (biographies, leisure activities, impressions of the surrounding forest, relationships with people, etc.).”

If you can help, send an email to  and mention that you learned about the project at Vietnam Veterans of America’s Arts of War on the web.

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