Raquel Welch Visited Me in Vietnam

Here is another color in the palette of Stephen Dennstedt’s experience from his blog.

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Raquel Welch Entertaining Us At Chu Lai, Vietnam in December 1967

Raquel Welch flew all the way to Vietnam to see me—and about 500,000 other guys in December 1967. She was part of Bob Hope’s Christmas Tour to entertain the troops. I was one of the troops at Chu Lai: Sergeant Stephen F. Dennstedt USMC (twenty years old). I was finishing up my 13-month combat tour in-country and was scheduled to fly home in early February 1968. I almost didn’t make it because on January 30, 1968 at 0430 hours the Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese Army (NVA) launched the Têt Offensive.

Raquel was a local girl from my hometown of San Diego, California and of course I bragged up that fact to all of my buddies (yeah, like I knew her or something—fat chance). She’s seven years older than me so she would have been twenty-seven…

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