Can anyone provide the location of this destroyed bridge during the Vietnam War? I believe the sign at the end of the bridge refers to the Big Red One, 1st Infantry Divisionenter image description here

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    The bridge style is distinctive, but very common. It's a Bailey-style bridge, very widely used after WWII by military engineering units. US forces would have erected plenty of them in Vietnam. Commented Jun 30, 2019 at 12:04
  • I blew the photo up to 1200 dpi. The patch in the upper left of the photo is very distinctive, green with the red numeral one. Other photos in the collection are fromthe same division. Commented Jun 30, 2019 at 13:17
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    What was the source of this photo? It is probably useful to include that information to help research answers.
    – Semaphore
    Commented Jul 1, 2019 at 5:18
  • A collection of photos from the same person in Vietnam were purchased on ebay. Commented Jul 1, 2019 at 23:26
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    @Photolibrarian please move the source/citation into the question. The question should contain everything. If people have to read the comments to understand the question, they'll move on. Comments diminish the likelihood of an answer.
    – MCW
    Commented Apr 17 at 16:07

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This photo was taken at the Tonle Cham Camp, constructed in 1967 and abandoned in 1974. Given the lack of encampments in the background, I believe the photo was taken towards the beginning of this period.

I came across a photo of a similar-looking encampment including two similar bridges on Flickr, which is titled 'Tonle Cham Special Force Camp'.

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With that search term, I was able to find a photo from the same angle as the photo in the question on the First Engineer Battalion Veterans website, titled 'New bridge installed to build airstrip and special forces camp at Tonle Cham'. The debris pattern is easily identifiable as identical to that in the photo in the question.

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That website also includes a photo of, if not exactly the same sign visible on the right-hand side of the bridge in the photo in the question, then one very similar, which helps confirm the identity of the 'Big Red One'.

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