I don’t have many photos of Da Nang, they seem to have disappeared over the years. The first in this series of photos is a Canberra medium bomber taking off and loaded for action, this is plain to see by how low he is after taking off from one of Da Nang’s super long runways. The area in the photo is the southern end of the airstrip is full of homes and small shops today.
A Catholic Church on Trung Nu Vuong Street. It is still there! Had I realized I had a photo from 1966, I would have made a “now” photo.
                For those interested Da-Nang 2009 Photos                                 Some Views of how she has grown.
Another sight that you saw and still do today are the burial pagodas. The three black and whites were taken along route 1 between Red Beach and FLSG-A. The color photo of the cement boat I saw along the bay between the eastern end of Da Nang and Red Beach. This is the most interesting Pagoda I personally have ever seen. What a nice way to spend eternity!
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One day I lucked out and with another peon after we together manhandled a Staff NCO’s foot locker that weighed well over 100 pounds onto a deuce and a half. We were then driven from the dump on a scenic tour through Da-Nang to a warehouse for shipping back to the States. When we arrived an 80 pound old woman came over to us, pulled the heavy foot locker off the truck onto her shoulder, then half-stepped into the warehouse. To say the least in spite of being humbled,I was impressed to the max with what I saw the old woman do.
Here are a few photos of the Airstrip I made while passing the Strip on our way with the above mentioned foot locker.
Joe Capozzo made this movie highlighting the Bay of Da-Nang and the Han River.
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I couldn't get over how much Da Nang has changed for the better. In addition to being at least five times bigger in area, Da Nang is also a nice blend of the old and new. Here is a small sample of Da Nang today. The Green Plaza Hotel is where I stayed while in Da Nang.
Here are some views of one of the bridges crossing the Han river . Of all the bridges crossing the Han this bridge is arguably the most picturesque. The center section rotates open to allow bigger ships to pass through. There is a strict schedule usually late at night when it opens to water traffic.
Still running 40+ years later! You see these every now and then along the way.
You don't have to travel far to be in the country! This photo was taken behind Dogpatch
I took these photos on Monkey Mountain. The photos clearly show there are monkeys on Monkey Mountain.
China Beach today is even more beautiful than I remembered.
Last but not least on this page is Marble Mountain, Marble Mountain was always visable from the dump. The last photo is two Vietnamese ladies that stopped to chat while I was taking a photo of the monestary on the mountain. Vietnamese are natural born salesman and do not take no for an answer. Their philosophy seems to be that just because you said no fifty times , perhaps on the fifty-first you will relent. They ended up luring me to their shop where I succumbed to their salesmanship and purchased two small marble pieces. The old American hangars today have the same old look that the French bunkers had back in 1966. It seems that the Vietnamese have removed every trace of the French, at least around Da Nang. Between the old helicopter base and Marble Mountain is a Vietnamese AA Battery.
Do you remember these sights along the sides of the roads?
Trung Nu Vuong Street was the southern edge of Da Nang city in 1966 - 1967 today it sits in the north eastern fifth of the city! The first two then and now photos are of the beginning of Trung Nu Vuong Street by the river. The Vietnamese loved banners back in the day, they still have the passion today. I was in Da-Nang for Ho Chi Minh’s birthday, there were banners everywhere proclaiming that it has been 119 years since he was born.