Combat engineers with the help of indigenous carpenters build the enlisted mens’ club at Danang. Named the Bamboo Room, it had a bar in front and a lounge in back. Vietnamese hostesses were hired by Special Services as wait staff, and to provide some social companionship for the Danang Marines. The young ladies could speak enough English to make us feel a bit closer to civilization. The USO did not yet know about us.
Beer mugs, belonging to the “regulars,” hung on a pegboard on a side wall of the bar.  I hand lettered many of the mugs with each owner’s name and anything else he deemed appropriate. The longest name, about 20 letters long, belonged to a Polish-American Marine. The name wrapped completely around the mug, and then some.
Uniform of the day was a white skivvy shirt (t-shirt) with utility trousers. At the time, no one worried about being a highly visible target for snipers. Things soon would change.
Marines sporting “white-walls” were often visitors.
Waitress is carrying a beer that may be the one I’m drinking. We always had a good supply of beer, but had to travel to the nearby Air Force base to buy anything harder. We had no post exchange (PX), or commissary at Danang.
Cold beer, a jukebox, and a drinking buddy was all most of us needed to unwind and relax.
Mac could eat a full-size hamburger, with the bun and all the fixings, in one bite. He was our local plumber and had the dirtiest job on base. He operated a Swamp Hog, which was a trailer-mounted pump used to keep the base waste lines clear. It made a sucking sound like the chocolate pumps in Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Sewers at Danang often overran because of the constant rain, and it was Mac’s job to fix the clogs. On more than one occasion, I saw him up to his knees and elbows in waste, working the problem.
Pop Tops on beer cans had just come out. No more “church keys” needed. The only problem was the thin aluminum tab had the tendency to cut the thumb of a careless drinker. More than one beer drinker sported a “pop top” thumb. 
Rotation Cycle taken from Stars and Stripes newspaper.
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Haircut styles varied greatly at Danang. Most people kept their hair length under the three-inch maximum; spelled out in our dress code. Yet some Marines went a bit further, or longer. Even a “DA” could be spotted, once in awhile.
SHUFLY United States Marine Corps Bamboo Room Operation
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