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Page Six

I HE MICHIGAN DAILY

Wednesday, February 7, 1973

Page Six H-iL MICHIGAN DAILY

TROPICAL PARADISE

Peace
By HUGH A. MULLIGAN
BIEN HOA, Vietnam () - The
international peacekeepers on
duty at this regional headquart-
ers have something to write
home about to Budapest, War-
saw, Jakapta and Ottawa.
Topless nymphs on light fixtur-
es in the conference room. A
swimming -pool brimming with
bikinis right outside the barracks
window. Slot machines in t h e
zar, billiard tables in the mess
hall and soul music blaring all
day from a monstrous hi-fi.
"And some of the biggest rats
I' ever seen," said a Canad-
ian officer. "I didn't know whe-
ther to shoot them with my side-
arm or go after them with a
club."
The regional team assigned to
this headquarters of the Interna-
tional Commission for Control
and Supervision, 15 miles north-
east of Saigon, have taken up re-
sidence in the Bien Hoa Club, a
roadhouse that in the days of
war catered to the after-hour

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joys of American airmen at the
nearby jet base.
Out back,, behind the tennis
courts, the words "massage par-
lor" loomed in large letters, over
a long row of tiny rooms where
prostitutes used to hold shop.
"Closed since April." lamented
the Vietnamese manager. "The
government banned frivolity and
ordered seriousness."

more comfortable regional sites
in the country," the colonel said
with a straight face.
With fellow colonels from In-
donesia, Poland and Hungary,
he had just come down from the
conference room, which only the
day before had been a rooftop
night club with bandstand, pur-
ple walls and bare-bosomed plas-
ter cuties protruding from the

fire violations.
Marsh said they were expect-
ing jeeps, scout cars and helicop-
ters "any minute now" from the
Americans, but they were still
awaiting the Viet Cong delegate
to the four-party joint military
team before "getting rolling."
In the meantime, they were
still trying to get the telephones
working and the office organiz-

The sergeant, from Cold Lake,
Alta., found Vietnam a pleasant
place to be at that particular
moment.
"Back where I come from, it
can get down to 50 below this
time of year, and a chill factor of
85 below," he said.
Pink flowers bloomed in pro-
fusion on the balcony outside his
window. Off in the distance stool
the watchtowers and high brick-
ed walls of a prison camp where
several thousand North V i e t-
namese and Viet Cong prisoners
are undergoing final processing
for eventual release.

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Topless nymphs . . . a swimming pool brimming with bikinis .
some of the biggest rats I've ever seen." Said one colonel: "I'd
is one of the more comfortable regional sites in the country."

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say this

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of the three men killed when one
* of four boilers exploded Monday
during maneuvers the ship was
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looked across the dining room Behind double glass doors still ting with his typewriter on his in recovery and release of pris-
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