Bellis, Edson Franklin, Sgt

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0311-Rifleman
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Infantry
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2531-Field Radio Operator
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1966-1967, 2531, Hotel Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)
Service Years
1965 - 1969
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Da Nang Combat Base
From Month/Year
March / 1965
To Month/Year
August / 1972

Description
During the Vietnam War, the city was home to a major air base that was used by both the South Vietnamese and United States air forces. The base was considered one of the world's busiest airports during the war, reaching an average of 2,595 air traffic operations daily, more than any airport in the world at that time.

On March 8, 1965, The USS Henrico, Union, and Vancouver, carrying the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade under Brig. Gen. Frederick J. Karch, take up station 4,000 yards off Red Beach Two, north of Da Nang.

First ashore was the Battalion Landing Team 3/9, which arrived on the beach at 8:15 a.m. Wearing full battle gear and carrying M-14s, the Marines were met by sightseers, South Vietnamese officers, Vietnamese girls with leis, and four American soldiers with a large sign stating: "Welcome, Gallant Marines." Gen. William Westmoreland, senior U.S. military commander in Saigon, was reportedly "appalled" at the spectacle because he had hoped that the Marines could land without any fanfare. Within two hours, Battalion Landing Team 1/3 began landing at Da Nang air base. This began the build up of the Da Nang facilties.

The final U.S. ground combat operations in Vietnam ceased on 13 August 1972, when a residual force of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade stood down in �?à Nẵng. B Battery 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment fired the final U.S. artillery round and the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment finished their final patrols. This residual force was known as "Operation Gimlet".
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 1966
To Month/Year
December / 1966
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
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  176 Also There at This Battle:
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  • Baranyai, Joseph, LCpl, (1967-1970)
  • Barry, Eugene, LCpl, (1968-1970)
  • Beck, Donald L., Sgt, (1965-1971)
  • Beck, Grant, SgtMaj, (1958-1989)
  • Bell, John, SSgt, (1965-1974)
  • Bernard, John, Sgt, (1968-1977)
  • Blackmon, Clifford, SSgt, (1965-1974)
  • BOMBARD, GEORGE, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Bosin, Jack, LCpl, (1968-1970)
  • Bradford, Dennis, SSgt, (1967-1974)
  • Butera, Joseph, Cpl, (1964-1968)
  • Canley, John, SgtMaj, (1953-1981)
  • Chadwick, James, Sgt, (1965-1968)
  • Chapman, Paul, SSgt, (1967-1992)
  • Chase, Allan, GySgt, (1968-1988)
  • Clark, Norman, MSgt, (1961-1984)
  • Cleland, Ronald, MSgt, (1965-1988)
  • Clements, Jerome, Cpl, (1966-1968)
  • Cook, R Wayne, MSgt, (1966-1997)
  • Cox, Charles, Maj, (1966-1989)
  • Cox, James, MGySgt, (1961-1991)
  • Culverwell, Paul, Pvt, (1965-1969)
  • Dahlkamp, Michael, CWO4, (1968-1998)
  • David, William, LCpl, (1968-1970)
  • Davis, Danel, Cpl, (1968-1970)
  • Dennis, Jack, Sgt, (1968-1974)
  • DIGIACOMO, VINCENT, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Donaldson, John, Sgt, (1965-1971)
  • Dorsch, Andrew, Sgt, (1963-1967)
  • Drummond, Michael, Cpl, (1968-1971)
  • East, Bill, HMCS, (1965-1993)
  • Eby, Ross, Cpl, (1965-1969)
  • Erhardt Jr, Charles, Sgt, (1968-1984)
  • Everhard Jr., Casper A., PFC, (1966-1970)
  • Farley, Timothy, Pvt, (1967-1969)
  • Flanagan, Michael, 1stSgt, (1969-1994)
  • Fletcher, Robert, Sgt, (1968-1997)
  • Folk, John, Sgt, (1968-1972)
  • Folsom, Jeff, LCpl, (1965-1968)
  • Frame, James, Cpl, (1967-1970)
  • Franklin, James, MSgt, (1956-1978)
  • Fuimano, Steve, PFC, (1967-1970)
  • Gibbons, Gregory, HM3, (1968-1970)
  • Gladson, Levy, Sgt, (1964-1968)
  • Gordon, Carl, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Gott, Ronald, Cpl, (1967-1971)
  • Guthrie, Bruce, Cpl, (1966-1968)
  • Handley, Jerry, Cpl, (1967-1973)
  • Hendricks, Robert, GySgt, (1968-1988)
  • Hibbs, Hawkins, Sgt, (1965-1969)
  • Irwin, Larry, LCpl, (1964-1970)
  • Jagodnik, Ronald, 1stSgt, (1963-1990)
  • Jones, David, Cpl, (1968-1970)
  • Joyner, Joe, MGySgt, (1961-1991)
  • Kelford, Craig, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Lacy, Edward, MSgt, (1969-1990)
  • Lane, Kenneth, MGySgt, (1968-2008)
  • Langley, Leon, Sgt, (1963-1970)
  • LaRoche, Howard, LCpl, (1969-1971)
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  • Lenz, Thomas, Capt, (1966-1972)
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