In 1954, the French signed a peace treaty with the Viet Minh and withdrew from Vietnam. The United States determined to aid the South Vietnamese with aid and advisors. That all changed on March 8, 1965, when U.S. Marines landed at Danang.
Chaplain Running ordering Marines to their next humiliation.
First Sergeant Alston gets greased up at the Kiss the Baby's Belly station.
Another victim kisses the baby's belly. The First Sergeant ended up with a terrible sunburn.
A goo shampoo was part of the initiation.
Eating the slop.
The weird haircut station.
A volleyball would never have stayed on the deck, so we played volleyball, sort of, with a medicine ball. My good buddie Vinnie Yax, Jr. gives the one-fingered salute. Vinnie was also known as "Junior".
Vinnie deciding whether to spike the ball or set it up.
Bravo Company Commander Guy Squillace. Guy had also fought in Korea. Because of his competence, Guy eventually became the Battalion Operations officer about February 1965.
We stopped in Yokosuka, Japan, for liberty before sailing for Okinawa. I took this photograph of the Emperor's Palace in Tokyo.