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Vietnam 67 - 68

I joined the Marine Corps in 1957 and retired in 1978. I was with 3rd Bn. 9th Marines. We left Okinawa in Jan 1967 but I can’t remember how we entered Vietnam. If anyone who was with 3-9 at that time could e-mail me and let me know how we landed I would appreciate it very much..I’m starting to forget a lot of things and I don’t want to forget how I got to Vietnam.
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BRENDAN MCCARRON 1st MAW - April 13, 2020

MARINE THANKS FOR YOUR CLARIFICTION. I AM A VERY BITTER MAN AT WHAT THEY DID. I CAN’T WAIT TO MEET THEM IN HELL. THEN THEY WILL REALLY FIND OUT WHAT HELL IS LIKE. NOTHING WORSE THAN AN ANGRY MARINE WHO IS IRISH. THANKS AGAIN OF YOUR RESPONSE AND WILL GLADLY PUY A FEW BEERS IF WE EVER DO MEET.
SEMPER FI. MARINE. YOU SURE DID GET TO SEE VIETNAM ON THE GOVERMENTS DIME. HELL I GOT STUCK AT DANANG FOR 20 MONTHS.
HAD A BALL. AGAIN THANKS FOR YOUR GREAT REPLY.
BRENDAN MCCARRON 1stMAW DANANG. END OF 1966 TO THE MIDDLE OF 1968. WHAT A RIDE. NEVER WILL FORGET IT.

RT - April 13, 2020

Brendan,
Please accept my sincere apology for the misunderstanding. I can understand why you were pissed and don’t blame you. But, when you quoted “…55315 dead from their desire to play war” and in the very next sentence you said : “Remember them when you meet them in Hell” I was pissed a little myself. I hope you understand how I made the mistake and hope you forgive me for the misunderstanding. It was a political war that we paid the price for and feathered many “Fat Cat’s” pockets back home who never saw Nam. Yes I am a Marine, GREEN THROUGH AND THROUGH. And yes I did serve in Nam in 1966 and 1967 and was at mostly up north at Phu Bia, Hue, Cobi Than Tan (Camp Evans), Dong Ha and places that didn’t have a name that I was aware of. Just like so many others, I went where I was sent, did what I was told when I was told and looked forward to the day I could return home again to my wife ALIVE. I hope this explanation helps cool your anger towards a fellow Marine.
SEMPER FI MARINE!

BRENDAN MC CARRON - April 13, 2020

RT . F.U. AND THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON. A. H. THOSE GUYS I MENTIONED WERE THE POLITICAL HACKS WHO SENT US THERE NOT MARINES. IN MY WORLD ALL MARINES GO TO HEAVEN BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN THRU HELL A.H.
GET A REAL LIFE. YOU PISSED ME OFF. LOOK ME UP SOMETIME AND WE CAN TALK FACE TO FACE. ARE YOU A MARINE? WERE
YOU IN NAM? WHERE? WHATS YOUR MOS??
TIME FOR ANOTHER BEER TO HELP ME FORGET. TRY IT OR GET LAID. YOUR FRIEND BRENDAN. AN IRISH MARINE.

RT - April 13, 2020

In your infinite wisdom, how do you know I or any of those brave men are going to hell?

Paul 0311 - April 13, 2020

I also flew a charter in to Da-Nang from Okinawa. Landed at night,not sure what time, NCO came on board told us to run like hell to the green bus,then laughed as he watched us. “Welcome to Vietnam” !! Paul 0311

BRENDAN MCCARRON 1st - April 13, 2020

LIKE MOST OF YOU BRAVE SOULS I ALSO FFLEW INTO DANANG ON AMERICAN AIRLINES. REMEMBER THE STINK AND THE CATTLE CAR RIDE TO THE DANANG BASE. WAS ASSIGNED TO THE Ist MARINE AIR WING THERE. THE WHOLE PLACE SMELLED LIKE SHIT AND PISS.
REMEMBER ASKING THE DRIVER WHAT YOU DID ON LIBERTY THERE. HE LAUGHED AND SAID THERE IS NO LIBERTY AND YOU WORK 12HOURS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK. SURE DID BURST MY BUBBLE. AFTER A WHILE AND GREAT MARINES WE MADE OUR OWN FUN. 12 HOURS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK LESS TIME TO THINK ABOUT HOME AND GIRLFRIENDS.
I FELT SO SORRY FOR THE FEW MARINES I LIVED WITH WHO GOT MARRIED BEFORE DEPLOYMMENT. WHAT MISERY THEY WENT THROUGH. HAD ONE KID WHO DRANK AFTER SHAVE TO KILL THE PAIN.
WHY DID THEY DO THIS TO US THEN ABANDON US. 55315 DEAD FOR THEIR DESIRE TO PLAY WAR. REMEMBER THEM WHEN YOU MEET THEM IN HELL.
SORRY NOT RELATED MUCH TO THE ORIGINAL QUESTION.
JUST VENTING.
SEMPER FI MARINES AND GOD BLESS.
BRENDAN MC CARRON 1st MAW DANANG 1966 1968.

Bz - April 13, 2020

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Bz - April 13, 2020

C130

Bz - April 13, 2020

We landed in Nam on Nov 28th 1966 aboard a C139 from Okinawa. Moved to Dong Ha and Chu Lai, Khe Sanh months later with First Marine Div. We exited out of rear of C130 around 1400hrs and it had to be over 110 outside. That night it stormed and temp dropped to 75 degrees within 45 minutes. Drenched in rain and Froze our butts off. Weird start of 13 months.

Ron Hoffman - April 13, 2020

If anyone is trying to find information on their unit while in Vietnam, go into http://www.recordsofwar.com/vietnam/usmc/USMC_Rvn.htm
On the left side of the page you will find a list of all the units that were there. Click on your unit and it will give you the Command Chronologies by date. Click on one of them and it will take you to another page that will show you a logo for PDF. Click on it and you will see the Command Chronologies.
I printed off the ones for the time our unit was in Nam in order to write my book, TO HEAR SILENCE. I ended up with a stack of paper over 11″ high. So there is a lot of info there.
Hope this is helpful.

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