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A US soldier after a 6-day patrol in the Da Nang region of Vietnam, 1968.

Da Nang was one of the most important ports in the Central Lowlands of Vietnam. It became the second largest urban area after Saigon, in South Vietnam, due to the large concentration of refugees and troops. Da Nang had a large air base and was therefore the site of the first landing of ground forces (two Marine battalions) on March 8th, 1965, marking the beginning of a US commitment of ground forces to Vietnam.

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