I was on the USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21) back on Jan - Feb 1966 for FIREX 1-66 to Blue Beach, Vieques PR. Little did I know, until today, that Bill Cosby served on that ship back in 1960 and as a Navy Corpsman, HM3. Then not only that, this ship was filmed back in 1961 for the movie "The Longest Day". I was also a Navy Corpsman, HM3, but I was attached to the 10th Marines out of Camp Lejeune, NC. Just found this all rather interesting, just never knew that back when I was on this ship.
USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21)
Welcome to Blue Beach, Vieques PR.