on Hill 55. This desolate hill, on the coastal plain south
of Da Nang, commanded a birds-eye view of the fertile rice
basin. From Hill 55 one can see all the way (1) to Da Nang,
to the north; (2) to the ocean, to the east; (3) to the Que Son
Mountains, to the south; (4) to Charlie Ridge and the
"Arizona Territory," to the west. The Marines
occupied the hill, as the French had done in decades past.