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First you can't see the tunnel exit, or can you? It's a little obvious because the camera is aiming towards the exit, but imagine if you didn't have this advantage.

Move your mouse over the image to show you where the exit is. Were you correct?

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And just when you thought you had the place to yourself, the bloody tourists turn out.

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War makes for good Hollywood entertainment, but in truth war always highlights the dark side of humanity. The Cu Chi tunnel guide demonstrates the different types of booby traps that the Viet Cong set for the Allied forces.

Jodie and Sascha look on intently, perhaps not having realised before what the Vietnam war was really about.

The War Museum in Ho Chi Minh City also opened their eyes a little wider too, but I did explain that it was partly propaganda, only showing atrocities from their opponents, not their own.

I did take a small MIA (Missing In Action) flag with me to the tunnels. I brought it after the Browns' game last year in Pittsburgh. Ed told me not to be so soft when I handed over the dollars to the old guy selling flags. The old man had great delight in telling me that the flag was made in the U.S.A. I had great delight in making his day and putting it to good use.

I left the flag somewhere in the tunnels. Very appropriate I thought. A mark of respect for all the men who didn't make it back to their home countries.


Sascha looking a little relieved.
Jodie looking like she wants to go back in again.

During the fourteen years of American involvement in Southeast Asia, and specifically the Vietnam War, more than 2,500 Americans were captured or listed as missing in action.

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Story behind the flag

The South Vietnamese "Freedom Flag" that flew until the communist victory in 1975.