Band members on the roof of the Free World Military Headquarters in Saigon - 1RNZIR Band Tour, 1969

1 November 1969: Band members gather for a publicity photo on the roof of the Free World Military Headquarters in Saigon. Watch a photo slideshow of the 1RNZIR Band tour here.

The Free World Military Headquarters is the headquarters for all the military in South Vietnam with the exception of the US Army and the South Vietnamese Army. Consequently, the place was very busy with Australians, New Zealanders, Koreans and other nationalities. The Kiwis in particular were very proud to have their own band there. At the conclusion of the concert, our PR men, Don and Dinger Bell (no relation) had us in groups on the rooftop posing for photographs.

Major Jim Carson (1934-2008), 1RNZIR Bandmaster
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Image courtesy Jim Carson

How to cite this page: 'Free World Military Headquarters - 1RNZIR Band Tour', URL: http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/photo/free-world-military-headquaters-saigon-1rnzir-band-tour-1969, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 28-Apr-2011