The head (toilets) and showers were nothing to write home about, but the water was clean and the commodes flushed. We got accustomed to using “dry sinks” for shaving. There were no individual sinks with running water. We drew water from a central trough, located between two rows of sinks and mirrors, as seen in the left side of this photo. The showers, located to the right, behind the walls with the air holes. The head, in an adjacent building, was outfitted with high-tank toilets and pull chains that activated the flush. The old French commodes were installed on raised tile platforms, making obvious the phrase, “Sitting on the throne.”   This photo is also noteworthy because we were concerned about the quantity and quality of water that originally came from the existing shallow wells at Danang. Navy engineers drilled a new well, over 300 feet deep. The water from this aquifer was low in minerals and had a great, clean taste. Because the water was so soft, we found it impossible to get that “squeaky clean” feeling when we showered. Something few of us had every experienced at home, and would never have expected from a field installation.
Boardwalk from the Danang Hilton to the showers helped keep us out of the mud.
Preparing us for duty in the Pacific meant a lot of shots. On one occasion we each received three shots in each arm, all administered with the infamous jet injector, a medical syringe that used a jet of serum under high pres-sure instead of a hypodermic needle to penetrate the skin. We then waited around outside the infirmary to make sure no one reacted badly to the injections. Blood trickling down our arms was business as usual. The docs tried to protect us from all the baddies including Typhus,  Influenza, Polio, Adeno Virus, Smallpox, Cholera, Typhoid, Tetanus, and the  Plague!   The jet injectors eventually were removed from service because of the risk  of transferring infections from one Marine to the next. The guns could never  be completely sterilized between injections. 
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Shot card signed off by a medical officers was my personal record of immunizations received.
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Wars have been lost because of poor sanitation. Military historians point out that in World War II, one of the reasons the British beat Rommel and his Afrika Korps was because of the dismal waste facilities used by the Germans. Dysentery was rampant among the Third Reich ranks, rendering many soldiers ineffective fighters. In contrast, the British had instituted an effective and well-disciplined field sanitation program.