Red Beach, Da Nang: Then and now

The 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade landing at Da Nang, March 8, 1965. Brigadier General F. J. Karch, brigade commander, talks with Vietnamese generals Thi and Lam on the beach just prior to the landing.


By STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 10, 2015

Four U.S. ships of Amphibious Task Force 76 appeared off Da Nang, Vietnam, on March 8, 1965. Intermittent rain and up to 4-foot waves delayed the landing at Red Beach 2 for about an hour. With the arrival of the Marines and the escalation of the air campaign, America’s military role in Vietnam crossed the line from advise and assist to offensive warfare.

Called Red Beach because of the colors reflected over the water at dawn and sunset, it is now considered a clean, peaceful tourist attraction, about 9 miles from Da Nang’s city center.