Thursday, April 18, 2013

A young private waits on the beach during the Marine landing at Da Nang, Vietnam, August 3, 1965

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Looking at who was around Da Nang around then, he must be either 1/3 or 1/9 Marine Corp, so I'm trudging through their battle rosters as we speak (the vets really do have great websites for their old regiments).

Another discussion here:
Found a book online called The Marines in Vietnam 1965: The Landing and the Buildup. In the Chronology of Significant Events section it says that on 3 August 1965 (the date of the photo) Company D, 1/9 had conducted a one day operation (Operation Blastout 1) at Cam Ne, south of Da Nang, and a CBS crew did some filming. Perhaps our mysterious Marine was part of that company as the dates and places match!
You said that he was (possibly) from the Company D, 1/9. I looked at the 1/9 marine website I looked at the list of names (and found the name: Charles R. Cool. This is extremely close to R.C Coo_.

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