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By: Dale Sutton

I too was in Vietnam in 1965-66 1/9 the walking dead we landed by LST on the beach at DaNang on June 16th 1965. We came to there from Okinawa. My unit was on Oki for about 6 months before going to Vietnam I came home in July of 1966. I transferred to the USAF in 1968 and Maintained C-130 Aircraft for many years. In April 1973 I was part of Operation Homecoming when we brought the first POW’s out of North Vietnam. It was at this time I was able to talk and remember all the time in VN without any stigmas. I was very proud to be a part of the POW release, I retired from the Air Force in 1985 never forgetting my time in the Marines it is the proudest time of my Military Career.
Once a Marine always a Marine. Semper Fi my brothers.

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George WILLIAMS - March 28, 2020

White Beach is on OKINAWA….(home of the water tanks {people carrier}).

Murray M. Hermanson - March 28, 2020

Steve.
They got the name, I was told from Ho. They pissed him off some time in the first year of the war. Ho said kill them all, they are all as good as dead. “They are walking dead.” Check 2July1967 Operation Buffalo, known as worst loss for Marine Corps in Vietnam. Murray 1371, Vietnam Dec 66 to Aug 68 back May 69 to Aug69. Many operations went with 1/9, 2/9, 3/9, 2/26 and others. On the first 50,000 pulled out in Aug69 with 1/9.

Steve Eaton - March 28, 2020

That is why they r called “The Walking Dead” ! CH53 CrewChief w/ HMM165, Late72/73.I flew in operation Ceasefire! What a joke. I don’t wanna get carried away. Please pray for ALL our troops all over the world. From Gitmo 2 the damn sand box ! Semprer Fi

Nick - March 28, 2020

Found where White Beach was, Located about 20 miles south of Chu-lai just north of Bantagan Peninsula. If anyone cares. Nick

Nick - March 28, 2020

Where was White beach?

Bill Head - March 28, 2020

Been there done that 65-66 1/3 & 67-68 1/3 SLF/ 70-71 1stMPBn Rvn-Danang.

Harry 1371 - March 28, 2020

Hey “Ski” Can not remember rifle # or lock combo. I thought I might have written them in my “Red Notebook” from boot camp, guess not. Harry

Harry 1371 - March 28, 2020

Hey Ray, I am by no means a Vietnam War expert but, 7th Engrs. landed at Red Beach (The site of the future FLC) and set up CP west about 2 miles known as Camp Love. Harry 1371 7th Engrs. 68-69

Moe Boudreau - March 28, 2020

Al Scott
I to was at Marine Barracks Kaneohe bay with the lst Marine brigade attached to HMM -262 lst MAW when I got back from Vietnam 68 69 was at Cammp Lejeune right after and got a transfer to the lst Marine Brigade. Attended NCO leadership school and went to Ford Island and trained as a career advisor for the rest of my time in the Corps. 67-71.

Robert E. Hays - March 28, 2020

I was a Corpsman with D 1/4. When I checked in, the guy doing the assigning was a buddy from Corps School, and he assigned all the marrieds to the 4th Marines and the singles to the 9th Marines because the odds of dying in the 9th Marines were so much greater.

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