Latrines built and used by the Armed Forces in Vietnam circa 1966
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Latrine used by the Army 1966
Latrine used by the Army 1966
Photo contributed by E. Hart


Open air latrine during a monsoon in Vietnam
Open air latrine during a monsoon in Vietnam
Photo contributed by E. Hart

More permanent latrine in Vietnam used by the US Army
More permanent latrine in Vietnam used by the US Army
Photo contributed by E. Hart


    Mr. Hart was kind enough to send us some pictures of latrines (The Army doesn't use the name bathroom, outhouse or lavatory) that were built and used in Vietnam during the Vietnam war in 1966. This is what he wrote...
        "This is a urinal that was used in Vietnam. A rocket tube placed in the ground above and over stone. It had a three sided privacy fence to give you at least a little privacy! The next picture was taken during an afternoon monsoon of another urinal that was built in the center of our camp (no roof). The last picture shows that after we got settled in and being at a permanent site, we built much nicer out buildings. Under the seat were three 55 gallon drums cut in half. When full they were pulled out and at a safe distance set a fire the reason for the vents was during the day the temp. It would reach 112 to 120 deg. with high humidity." You can see the barrels burning on this page on the tour.

    Mr. Hart is also a poet. Here is one of his poems:

    No #1
A fence row,
    have to go,
Along the road,
    couldn't hold.
Wish I could,
    then just stood,
The urge is there,
    "but where"
Take a chance, I peed my pants

2007 c/r E.Hart

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