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Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel

During the Vietnam War, each soldier qualified for one week of R&R (rest and relaxation) at an approved destination outside of Vietnam.  Those places available during 1971 were Bangkok, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Hawaii, Taiwan, and Singapore.  If I remember correctly, military personnel had to be in Vietnam for at least six months before they could even add their name to the list.  The timing for this “vacation” depended upon how many names were on the list for that destination when you considered adding yours – there were only so many allocations available every week.  A long list could mean waiting a few months.  The longest wait during my year in country was for Australia, as it was the most popular and desirable; some soldiers had to extend their time in Vietnam in order to go there.  Places like Bangkok usually had a wait of two months at the most

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