50th Anniversary Of Arriving In DaNang

50th Anniversary Of Arriving In DaNang

Sgt. Grit, I arrived in DaNang on Aug 26, 1966, 3 months shy of my 20th birthday. I still remember the flight from Okinawa and looking at my fellow Marines and wondering which one of us was coming home. Fortunately, most of us made it. I found this travel voucher from October 1966. I was originally scheduled to go to Viet Nam from Camp Pendleton to the Third Marine Division on June 1, 1966 but 63 of us were diverted to 12 weeks of Vietnamese Language School at the Presidio of Monterey. Upon completion of language school my new orders were to the First Marine Division. I ended up as an Intelligence scout/assistant with the S-2 Section, Hq Company, 1st Marine Regiment south of DaNang along the Song Tu Bon river. The only major operation was Union 1 and 2 from April to September 1967. I know of two of my classmates who were killed in action during that operation, Bruce Parmalee and Glen E. Sanders. John Wayne Jarrell died earlier. In all, five of the 63 language school graduates were killed.

Semper Fi,
J Kanavy
0311 Cpl USMC

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21 comments


  • Frank J.

    Year of attack? Suggest you ask for info on Facebook at . Someone there might know or know someone else you can ask. Tell admin of that Facebook website what you are looking for and they may post for you if they don’t let you on there. Your info above didn’t have the year so tell them the year also. Let me know if they help or not.


  • robert rybak

    I was station with the Seabees in danang at 1st marine division hill 327.attacted feb 23 at 200 in the morning.if any body remember what happen at command center received combat ribbon not in my dd 214.


  • Charles E. Allen

    Joined 2nd Plt, F/2/3 on Oki Dec. 65, left Dec. 1966! Semper Fi!


  • Thomas Reasch

    I was in 3/9 landed nam 8/15/65 then went to 1/9 for a few days then 2/9 On Christmas dec. 65 I was in 81,s south of Danang by a steel broken bridge , middle was in the river I believe it was on highway one. All Christmas night we heard over loud speakers Marines you are going to die tonight. They would not let us go silence them. I guess we chewed some of the same dirt. Left Nam in late July of 66.


  • Steve

    ATL fellow Marines and Corpsman from Nam in 1967 Echo Co. 2nd Btl. 5th Marines 1st. Marine Div. station at An Hoa.


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