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.
The battle for Okinawa occurred during April-June of 1945. In this vicious battle, the United States suffered over 82,000 casualties, including non-battle casualties, of whom over 12,500 were killed or missing. Twenty years later, we looked over this peaceful scene of an athletic field and Oura Won Bay.
Our football team playing the team of another camp.
We had access to Oura Won Beach on weekends.
Among our training was rappelling down a cliff. It was a skill I never had to use in Vietnam.
The officers' quarters were basic but comfortable. My recollection is that the junior officers lived two to a room, with a bathroom between each two rooms. Each room had a fan, since there was no air conditioning. Many of us invested in stereo gear, which was incredibly cheap at the PX.
Left to right, Lt. Pat Mitchell, me and Lt. Steve Stull sitting on the lower bunk bed. Pat Mitchell is deceased, but Steve Stull lives about 10 miles from me in southern California.
Lt. Mike Repp relaxing.
Relaxing at the bar from right to left: Lt. Len Hayes, Lt. Bob Salerno, Battalion Executive Officer Major Bob Lyons and other unidentified people.
Zoom into the bar menu at upper right. A beer was 15 cents and a mixed drink was 20 cents. At Friday Happy Hour, both beer and mixed drinks were 10 cents. We used to joke that if you survived a year on Okinawa without becoming an alcoholic, you would never be an alcoholic.
Lt. Brendan Cavanaugh with a waitress. After we left Vietnam, Brendan formed a pest control business in Florida. He said that line of work seemed to be a natural outgrowth of what we had been doing in Vietnam.
Two waitresses from the officers mess. It seemed that most of the waitresses had names ending in "Ko" (e.g. Nobuko), so we called them collectively the "Ko Sisters".