Da Nang, South Vietnam (JFK+50) Fifty years ago today, March 8, 1965, 3500 United States Marines were landed north of Da Nang*.
The Marines were dressed in full battle gear and were each armed with a M-14 rifle. They were greeted by Vietnamese girls with leis.
The Corps assignment was to secure the United States air base and free up the South Vietnamese Army for combat against the communists.
*Da Nang is a major port city of Vietnam located on the South China Sea and the Han River. Today it is the commercial and educational center of central Vietnam. Its' population is 1,100,000. During the Vietnam War, Da Nang was the location of the world's busiest airport, the base used by both the United States and South Vietnam.
US Marines in Da Nang
TED KENNEDY IS A PROFILE IN COURAGE
Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Six years ago today, March 8, 2009, Senator Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy, (D) Massachusetts, received the "Profiles in Courage Award" at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library here in Boston.
The brother of the late President Kennedy had served in the United States Senate for 47 years. The award was presented to Senator Kennedy...
"in recognition of distinguished public service & the example he has set of political courage in public life."
"He carried the nation on his shoulders through the most important struggles of our time for justice, for equality, for opportunity and for freedom."
The JFK Profile In Courage Award
VW BUS BEGAN PRODUCTION 65 YEARS AGO
Sixty-five years ago today, March 8, 1950, the Volkswagen Micro Bus, officially labeled VW Type 2, went into production today in Germany. The bus was the idea of Dutch businessman Ben Pon, an importer of the VW Beetle in the Netherlands.**
VW Type 2
**The VW Bus became known in the United States as a "Hippie Van" because it was used to transport groups of young people and their camping gear to concerts and war protest rallies in the 1960s. The VW Type 2 was produced to the end of the 1967 model year.