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chrisjensenChris Jensen was in Iran with the Topo Training Team at the same that I was. He saw these web pages and contacted me, and after a few exchanges he sent the scanned images below. Chris appears in my photos, playing guitar on the roof of Topo House, in the Topo House section.
Captions provided by Chris; either his memory is a lot better than mine, or he had something written on the back of the pictures!
I joined the US Army on 06 Sept 1966 in Spokane, WA. Basic training was at Fort Polk Louisiana, “Tiger Land”.
AIT, Topographical mapping, was at Fort Belvoir VA where I finished May 1967. I was then assigned to 64th Engineers battalion in Teheran, Iran. “TTT” Topo training team. Arrived 25 May 1967, two weeks before the Middle East war broke out. Six days was a long time being new to the Middle East.
First Iranian assignment in June took me to Yazd. Among the things I carried were two important ones that stand out. 1. A Kodak Instamatic camera 2. An Angry 9 short wave radio
The photos you are getting are nearly 100 percent from that camera. The radio changed my MOS. After 4 months doing field surveys in Yazd, on 1955 aerial photography, they thought my skills as a radio operator were needed in Teheran. Bruce Bright was my boss. I occasionally made field trips to Mashhad as radio operator at “Landlords” for two week stints. Most of my time in Teheran was in the “Ampere” Station.
I mustered out ofthe US Army and Iran on 05 Sept 1969. (54 years ago today)
My memories of Don Bradner were you carrying your camera with telephoto lenses. Always around taking pictures, I did not know that you had taken the shot of me on the roof with the ill fated guitar.
Thanks for including these photos and narratives of a thing long, long ago in a place far,far away.
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