Category: 1968

50 years later, Marine gunny to be awarded the Medal of Honor for Hue City heroics

50 years later, Marine gunny to be awarded the Medal of Honor for Hue City heroics

“Elephants to parachute to war” –  Times [London, England] 12…

“Elephants to parachute to war” – 

Times [London, England] 12 Jan. 1968

A Company, 1/508 Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division leaving a…

A Company, 1/508 Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division leaving a village.

The 508th Infantry Regiment had the nickname of “Red Devils.”

From the source:

Back to work. Heading out! Stay safe. Note the Red Devil Head painted on the last helmet. Photo by Craig Forrester. — at Vietnam 1968-69.

Soldiers of the 108th Artillery Group, circa 1967-1968.

Soldiers of the 108th Artillery Group, circa 1967-1968.

Australian Centurion tank, 1968

Australian Centurion tank, 1968

From the source: Bob Cutts ©Stars and StripesLong Binh, South…

From the source:

Bob Cutts ©Stars and Stripes
Long Binh, South Vietnam, October, 1968: A mechanic works amid an immense pile of wrecked and combat-destroyed armored personnel carriers and other vehicles as he searches for useful parts at the Long Binh Army Depot’s salvage yard. The depot was the biggest in the world, and supplied about half of the entire U.S. Army force in Vietnam. “Over $600 million worth of supplies and parts — from washers to 20-ton cranes — are on hand in the depot’s yards at Long Binh Post, the central supply yard for III and IV Corps,” according to a 1968 story.

From the source: Frank Mullar & Ken Kesinger sending…

From the source:

Frank Mullar & Ken Kesinger sending $120.00 to Mrs. Cazier of Chicago who was thrown out of her house at the age of 92.
HHC 2/327 1st Bde 101st (ABN) Div was the Donator.

From the source: GAS-1 Gary Alan Stading, KIA 25 April 68,…

From the source:

GAS-1 Gary Alan Stading, KIA 25 April 68, takes a hit off a homemade bong of bamboo with a joint in it. Stading was from Orange, CA.

M113 Armored Personnel Carriers of the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry…

M113 Armored Personnel Carriers of the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, circa 1968-1969.

todaysdocument: “A Marine from CAP unit 281 brings a smile to…

todaysdocument:

“A Marine from CAP unit 281 brings a smile to the face of a small child of the village of Hoa Thanh, 8 miles Northeast of Da Nang.” 8/6/1968

File Unit: Divider/Subject – 374 – Vietnamese Civilian Life – 1968, 1962 – 1975Series: Black and White Photographs of Marine Corps Activities in Vietnam, 1962 – 1975Record Group 127: Records of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1775 – .

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The Marine CAP, or Combined Action Program, were joint force units consisting of a Marine rifleman squad and a platoon of Regional or Popular Forces (essentially Vietnamese militia, poorly equipped). The idea was that the Marines would help the RF/PF platoon to patrol the area around a specific village or villages. The Marines would train them, and the RF/PF would benefit from the firepower that their American allies could call in. Meanwhile the Marines were living with the villagers, helping them with local projects, providing medical aid, etc. In many instances the Marines would send home asking for toys or clothes for the children and their families helped to raise money and send any requested items. 

If truly successful, the Marines would basically work themselves out of a job in that area. The RF/PFs would be able to defend the area themselves and there would be much less chance, if any at all, of Communist infiltration into the villages.