"And like the time we enlisted an old poppa-san to guide us through the mine fields out on the Batangan Peninsula "

Batagnan Peninsula
Public DomainBatagnan Peninsula - Credit: US Marine Corps
The Batangan Peninsula is in Quảng Ngãi Province. It is a very productive agricultural area, with flat fertile land and rolling hills covering about 48 square kilometers.

During the Vietnam War, the peninsula was a stronghold of the Vietcong. They built fortifications in the shape of a V pointing inland. This was the scene of several operations: Operation Piranha, Operation Bold Mariner, and Operation Russell Beach were all planned with the goal of capturing and securing the peninsula.