U-Tapao AFB, Thailand

I’ve Always Wanted a Harley — Part 5

Jerry Roth
I’ve Always Wanted a Harley

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Jerry Roth enjoying Thailand in 1974
Rayong Thailand — Jerry Roth

Situated on the Gulf of Siam, the warm sandy beaches of Rayong, Thailand had all the activities of any resort town. There was even an outdoor, walk-in movie theater with no walls or roof so close to the water you could hear the waves during the movie. It was like going to a drive-in without the car. Viewers brought their own beer and snacks.

I learned to water ski behind a little motorboat right off the beach. Snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, sunbathing, volleyball, it was all there, including small Japanese motorcycles for rent! Honda CB’s and Yamaha RD’s. Ten dollars a day. No mileage fee, no insurance, and no helmets.

There was also an Air Force Base called U-Tapao where I would spend the next year.

My roommate’s name was Dennis, but his two front teeth stuck out so far, everyone called him Squirrel. On our days off, we would get to the beach early, rent two scooters, and take off for parts of Thailand where GIs never went. We sat in cafes, smoked Thai stick, used sign language and broken American Thai to order strange-named meals made with suspect ingredients while washing them down with big bottles of 25-cent Singha beer.

On several excursions, we would spend $5 to get a bottle of Mekong Whiskey, a bottle of Sprite, a bucket of ice, and…

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Jerry Roth
I’ve Always Wanted a Harley

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