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Marines crowded inside the bay of a landing vehicle.

[Marines aboard an amphibious assault ship in the estuary of the Cua Viet River.] "September 17 [1967]--D-Day--[the first day of Operation Fortress Sentry]--would probably be remembered by the Marines because it ran afoul of the first great autumnal monsoon storm of the year. Most of the men just bent their head against the wind and rain, and waited . . . " War Without Heroes, p. 12.