A message from Uncle Sam at Tay Ninh, 1968
Published: May 20, 2012
J. Tom Graham ©Stars and Stripes
Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, October, 1968: The 41st Army Postal Unit's post office at the Tay Ninh base camp was intended to be as much like the ones back home as possible. Makeshift mail trucks, for instance, were painted in the familiar red, white and blue motif. But the "I want you" slogan on stateside post offices' Uncle Sam posters just wouldn't work in South Vietnam, so the sign out front — on which Sp4 Gilbert Johnson is putting the finishing touches — bears a slogan more suited to those already in uniform and fighting a war far from home.
Stars and Stripes' 1968 story about quality-of-life improvements at Tay Ninh.