War's Creature Comforts

The Cushy Side of War in Vietnam 2

The Kobal Collection

A USO show is taken to the extreme in "Apocalypse Now."

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The Kobal Collection

A USO show is taken to the extreme in "Apocalypse Now."

Built 20 miles north of Saigon, Long Binh Post was the largest U.S. base in Vietnam. Among its features was the Nature of the War Museum, a replica of a Viet Cong-controlled village complete with tunnels, booby traps, and weapons. It served "as a reminder to personnel that there was indeed a war going on somewhere nearby," writes Meredith H. Lair.

That was not always easy to remember, she suggests, in Long Binh, a Cleveland-size enclave of American opulence that rarely saw any danger.