1RNZIR Band Tour Vietnam 1969 - Ernie Bate and Vietnamese children

Bdsm Ernie Bate poses with omnipresent street urchins outside the bands billet, the Metropolitan Hotel, in Saigon, November 1969.

Not visible in this photograph are concrete filled drums to prevent vehicles ramming into the hotel's entrance or small Military Police guard post outside the door. The hotel was in poor condition and somewhat unkempt. Water from its taps was not drinkable. The floor in a room shared by Bandsmen John Forrest and Terry Garmonsway featured a sizeable hole permitting an unobstructed view into the room below. Free entertainment!

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Image courtesy Terry Garmonsway

How to cite this page: '1RNZIR Band Tour - Ernie Bate and children', URL: http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/photo/1rnzir-band-tour-vietnam-1969-ernie-bate-children, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 26-Aug-2013