|Drawing by Bernie Duff, combat medic, 51st Medical Company, Vietnam 69-70
|Welcome to all who have found this website. I am one of several 1000's of medics who served in the
Republic of South Vietnam. Each of us has a story to tell....this one is mine. This is a story of my
experiences of being a combat medic in Vietnam and after I came home learning how to deal with
the effects of war. It is my desire that you will view all the pages contained here as they also pay
honor to those I served and worked with.
I have been asked by several people how the name of this website came about. While I was in
Vietnam we ate food in cans called C-rations. It was kind of boring so someone got the idea of
cooking our food hoping that heating it up and adding spices would help the taste. We would add
several different foods together in a helmet light up some C-4 and cook the food adding spices sent
from home. I remember going into Saigon one time and went into a bar and the girls would always
ask you to buy them a Saigon Tea. So the combination of the two phrases were put together. I
guess too, it truly describes the year I spent there as the best of times and the worst of times. Come
on in and stay awhile.....you just might get a taste of Rice Paddy Stew and Saigon Tea.