New Vietnam

Back in 1975, Rev. Carl McIntire had the idea of bringing the Vietnam experience back to America by building a Vietnam theme park (to be called ‘New Vietnam’) in Florida, near Cape Canaveral. Needless to say, the idea didn’t go over well. Some details:

The village hootches will be built on stilts, surrounded by rice paddies worked by refugees dressed in native garb.
Adjacent to the village will be a rectangular special forces camp encircled by a moat and guarded by machine gun nests, punji stakes and fatigue-clad “soldiers” hired from the county. Inside will be a war museum of Viet Cong and American memorabilia.

Orlando Sentinel – Sep 11, 1975 (click to enlarge)

Philadelphia Daily News – Jun 12, 1975