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.
Each liberty party required an officer in charge and one NCO for every ten troops. Lt. Lemmon is at the lower left, and Staff Sergeant "Wild Bill" Campbell stands in the truck.
Wild Bill, an ass-chewing former drill instructor, explains how badly he will "maldick" any Marine who gets into trouble or fails to show up on time for the return trip.
Open air markets lined the main road into Danang.
This is central Danang near where the liberty truck dropped the troops.
Zoom in to read the sign.
Street vendors outside a bar.
This was central Danang with the usual, bars, money changers, barber shops, jewelry stores, etc.
Another view of the same area.
Lt. Joe Feeley with his ever present movie camera. Tragically, all of his films were destroyed. Somehow, they were flooded aboard some ship.
A primary means of local transportation was the sit lo, which Marines renamed "cyclo".
Here I sit inside a typical Danang bar.
Lisa Bar and New York Bar.
Every bar had hostesses who would sit and talk with Marines as long as the Marines had money to buy them drinks (actually tea).
The local theater. Movies were American but dubbed in French with Vietnamese subtitles. Try to imagine my confusion as I tried to read the American actors' lips while hearing French and reading Vietnamese subtitles.
The local school.
A motorcade with an important governmental official. The Bamboo Restaurant is in the background.
The Bamboo Restaurant had good food and a great location on the river across from the Grand Hotel.
My buddy Lt. Glynn Lemmon and I had dinner at the Bamboo Restaurant, one of the few times we had liberty together in Danang.
We were warned not to eat food from the street vendors.
Waiting for the ferry boat to cross the river.
A fishing boat flying the South Vietnam flag.
After the Vietcong blew up the bridge, the ferry was the only way to cross the river.