This was taken just before I left on 1 July 1963. What a difference 5 1/2 months Nam will do to a person.
The shower was in one of these and the place we ate was a huge tent. The only thing to drink was water, coffee, bug juice (kool-aide). Down town we had a lot of biere 33 and biere Larue. Whiskey was also to purhase, but what was missing was something you would never believe.
When 6 of us all left on the 4th of July 1963 and arrived in San Francisco on the 4th (Date Time Line) we went to the SF airport and went to get something to drink. We all sat at the food counter and a waitress came up to us and asked the first in line, “What would you like to have?” and he said; “A loooong tall glass of milk.” “Anything else sir?”, “nope!”. She went to the second person and again asked “And what would you like to have?” “A long tall glass of milk.” She looked down the line and asked “Does anyone want anything different?” And the rest of us said “NO. Just a long tall glass of milk.”
Its amazing what the lack of milk in our diet had for us as we had been raised on milk and at every other normal base, milk was always available. Strange how you really don’t how much you like something when you no longer can get it.
The only aircraft that was assigned to our air base were Marine Choppers. A couple of years later it 10 times as large and had a large number of fighter and transport aircraft. We had plenty of time to relax in the local village, DaNang. And heres the proof:
I am the one, second from the right and this was a local ‘Tea House’. So sometimes we had fun too.