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This May Sting A Bit, 1967

Armed with bandages and medicine, these two members of the U.S. Air Force’s Operation MED CAP (Medical Civilian-Assistance Program) are making the rounds. MED CAP was composed of a team of doctors, nurses, and aides which traveled to Vietnamese villages to treat the ill, and educate the local populace on the importance of sanitation. Here, Second Lieutenant Kathleen M. Sullivan, treats a sick Vietnamese child in 1967.

Second Lieutenant Kathleen M. Sullivan treats a Vietnamese child during Operation MED CAP, a U.S. Air Force civic action program in which a team of doctors, nurses, and aides travel to Vietnamese villages, treat the sick and teach villagers the basics of sanitation and cleanliness.

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From the source: “Seabees of the Third U.S. Naval Construction…

From the source: “Seabees of the Third U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Team (NCBT) help Vietnamese villagers build an elementary sanitation system.” [1967]

Vietnamese civilians on a bus, location and date unknown

Vietnamese civilians on a bus, location and date unknown

vietnamwarera:A Vietnamese nun holds a baby at the Vinh Son…

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A Vietnamese nun holds a baby at the Vinh Son Orphanage, Nha Trang.

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

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“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.

From the source: Under sniper fire, a Vietnamese woman carries…

From the source:

Under sniper fire, a Vietnamese woman carries a child to safety as US marines storm the village of My Son, near Da Nang, searching for Vietcong insurgents, 25 April 1965. As was typical in such situations, the men of the village had mostly disappeared, and the remaining villagers revealed little when questioned

Photograph: Eddie Adams/AP

Interpreter with the 35th Inf. Reg. speaking with the parents of…

Interpreter with the 35th Inf. Reg. speaking with the parents of a captured Viet Cong, 1967.

Land surrounding Highway 509, 1967

Land surrounding Highway 509, 1967

From the source: Vietnamese Woman Medevac, 1969“Medevac:…

From the source:

Vietnamese Woman Medevac, 1969

“Medevac: 1st Marine Division Leathernecks get help from a villager as they carry a Vietnamese woman, injured by Viet Cong terrorists, to a waiting Marine helicopter 4 miles east of Hoa An (official USMC photo by Lance Corporal A. C. Prentiss).”

From the Jonathan F. Abel Collection (COLL/3611) at the Archives Branch, Marine Corps History Division

OFFICIAL USMC PHOTOGRAPH

Road sign, 1969

Road sign, 1969