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  • Members of the 9th U.S. Marine Expeditionary Force go ashore at Da Nang, South Vietnam, March 8, 1965, and run to assigned positions. The Marines were ordered into Da Nang to beef up defense of the air base nearby from which air strikes against North Vietnam targets had been launched. The 3,500 Marines dispatched on March 8, 1965, marked the start of the ground war in Vietnam.
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  • U.S. Marines get tanks and other equipment ashore north of Da Nang.
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  • An amphibious assault in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. U.S. soldiers charge through the waves from a landing craft on Red Beach One, March 8, 1965.
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  • Men of the 9th U.S. Marine Expeditionary Force scramble out of a landing barge and onto the beach at Da Nang in South Vietnam, March 8, 1965. They were ordered to the area to bolster defenses around the air base at Da Nang against possible VietCong attacks.
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  • U.S. Marines landing in Da Nang, March 8, 1965.
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  • U.S. Marines take up defensive positions after landing at Da Nang Bay in South Vietnam on March 8, 1965 during the Vietnamese War. The members of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Force were to increase defenses against possible Communist Viet Cong attacks on the Da Nang air base.
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  • U.S. Marines of the 3rd Division erect a framework for a billet on the outskirts of Da Nang Air Base in South Vietnam, March 8, 1965. The Marines had landed in the area earlier in the day in order to defend Da Nang Air Base against Viet Cong forces.
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  • A long column of U.S. Marines moves from Da Nang Airbase towards Hill 327, in background, some three miles away, on March 9, 1965. The "leathernecks," newly landed in South Vietnam to help defend it against the Communists by occupying the hill in order to keep Viet Cong guerrillas out of mortar range of the Base.
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