174th Assault
Helicopter Company

Early Shark Hootch Lounge

A significantly younger and thinner Jim McDaniel in the small lounge built in the new Shark hootch at Duc Pho. Painting in background is a pinup-type painting on velvet by a local Vietnamese artist. Lounge was large enough for a small bar and one poker table with eight or so chairs. Paneling is from disassembled rocket boxes that have been "stained" with a blow torch to bring out the wood grain. Captured VC rifles lined the top of the lounge on the wall above the windows. Photo property of Jim McDaniel, Duc Pho, January 1968.