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Olongapo 1965

I took these photos in Olongapo City, Philippines during a resupply of the heavy guided missile cruiser USS Canberra (CAG-2) in the spring of 1965. The USS Canberra was supporting the troop build-up in Vietnam that began with the landing of Marines at Chu Lai in March 1965. Olongapo was next to the former US Navy base at Subic Bay. The Olongapo River separated the base from the city. Olongapo was a city of barkeeps, jitney (Jeep taxi) drivers, whores and pickpockets plus an unknown number of honest people and many children. There were downpours during our visit that left the many potholes on the dirt main drag full of water. Sailors entertained themselves by tossing coins into the river. Children in outrigger canoes would dive into the muck for them. The sailors also did a lot of drinking and whoring. I got my worst sunburn ever while snorkeling during a picnic on the beach of nearby Grande Island. The island seemed to be undeveloped at that time. Now there are resorts on it.
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Cigarette vendor
Cigarette vendor
Olongapo River
Olongapo River
Olongapo River in the opposite direction
Olongapo River in the opposite direction
Man on Olongapo River
Man on Olongapo River
Old Spanish gate inside Subic Bay Naval Base
Old Spanish gate inside Subic Bay Naval Base
Children downtown
Children downtown
Kids who dived for coins in the river
Kids who dived for coins in the river
Retrieving a coin tossed by a sailor
Retrieving a coin tossed by a sailor
Jeepneys navigating potholes on main street
Jeepneys navigating potholes on main street
Sidewalk vendor
Sidewalk vendor
Jeepneys on the main drag
Jeepneys on the main drag
Women selling potatoes and cigarettes
Women selling potatoes and cigarettes
Jeepneys and sailors on main street
Jeepneys and sailors on main street
Young girl and sibling
Young girl and sibling
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