January 1967 - September 1968

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January 2020, I celebrated my 53rd Anniversary of arriving at Cat Lai. It is hard to imagine it has been over 53 years!

If my memory is correct, this web site was lauched in about 1996 in a very primitive form. I can't say how long this adventure will continue. All I ask is that you enjoy your visit, and to say thank you for stopping by.

This site is dedicated to all who served in the US armed forces in Vietnam; and especially to the members of the 124th Transportation Company, the 11th Transportation Battalion, the 4th Transportation Command, and all others that may have ventured to Cat Lai.

This is a brief look back, through nearly 600 different photos and a free downloadable video, from about 53+ years ago, about a little place called Cat Lai, Vietnam.

Check out all the Contributer's pages. Many thanks to all for your submissions to this site!

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy!

Jerry Simmons
Cat Lai (01/1967-09/1968)

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Cat Lai back then and today...

Cat Lai in the news... Catlai in the news

Here are a couple of News articles about Cat Lai. Sorry the quality is not better.

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Faces seen at Cat Lai (1967-1968) Faces

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Places around Cat Lai (1967-1968) Places

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view of theater and swimming pool over top of medic quanset along Cat Lai road along Cat Lai road Cat Lai boardwalk Cat Lai storm and chopper Cat Lai buildings Cat Lai - 124th supply room looking towards HQ New Cat Lai mess hall Looking down from tower at Cat Lai from Cat Lai tower Cat Lai bunker Cat Lai - working on a bunker Cat Lai from outside the north fence Cat Lai - bunker work Cat Lai new barracks on the way Cat Lai new barracks Cat lai new barracks Monsoons! Cat Lai floating crapper Cat Lai pier and Tug Bum boat at Nha Be Nhe Be tower On the river... Cat Lai pier Locals along the road along Cat Lai Road along Cat Lai Road monsoons! pickin up the butts Cat Lai new barracks 1968 Cat Lai base Nha Be village-caputred VC in jeep Nha Be village from tower Nha Be village from tower Painting bouys at Cat Lai

CatLai then, today, and changes over the years... Places

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Cat Lai 1967-2009

Below is an image that shows Cat Lai in 1967, 2005, and 2009. The yellow arrow in each shows the location of the tent where I was housed while at Cat lai. I have made a best guess for the same location in the 2005 and 2009 pictures.
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One of the pictures is of the new Phu My Bridge - located just south of Cat Lai. This bridge is over the Saigon River heading back towards Newport.

Cat Lai - 1967 Picture provided by Capt. Jerry Long, 11 Trans Bn Cat Lai - 2005 Courtesy Google Earth Cat Lai - 2009 Courtesy www.diaocthuthiem.vn Phu My Bridge - South of Cat Lai - over Saigon River heading to Newport
Cat Lai over the years

Cat Lai 2011

  • Cat Lai port at work - (2011)

  • HCM City (Saigon)-(2011)

A bit of change since 1967!

cat lai today

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Welcome to this brief look back at Cat Lai Vietnam

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My name is Jerry Simmons.

Enlisting 'RA' in December 1965 (hoping to avoid Vietnam); Basic Training at Fort Ord, California, Artillery Survey school at Ft. Sill Oklahoma; orders for Vietnam in October 1966; in country and arrived in Cat Lai in January 1967.

One day at a formation, a volunteer was needed that knew something about boats...being 'RA'...and having grown up on Summit Lake, Olympia Washington; and the great Pacific Northwest's Puget Sound...to make a long story short...two days later I was in Cat lai. I found Cat Lai very refreshing, lots of sun - right on the banks of the Dong Nai River and led to the reason why I call this web site 'My Cat Lai Vacation'.

I returned to the world in September 1968.

If you were at Catlai and have pictures you would like to share on this web site, please contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Jerry Simmons
Lacey, Washington


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