Category: USMC

US Marines debark a Sikorsky H-34 during Operation Virginia, 20…

US Marines debark a Sikorsky H-34 during Operation Virginia, 20 April 1966.

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.

hogramme-zupfth:Photo of what appears to be AVRN troops depart a…

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Photo of what appears to be AVRN troops depart a U.S. Chinook helicopter (Vietnam War)

USMC photograph of ARVN Airborne troops, with a Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter in the background, 1966.

Original caption:

The Charge–Army of Republic of Vietnam Airborne troops charge for cover after being lifted into battle by a CH-46A Sea Knight Helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM)-265. The action took place during Operation Hastings.

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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

Marine of the 3rd Tank Battalion, 3rd Marine Division with an…

Marine of the 3rd Tank Battalion, 3rd Marine Division with an ARVN soldier. The Marine has an M3 grease gun over his shoulder. Another Marine in the background has an M14. Circa 1966-1967.

M51 Heavy Recovery Vehicle named “Nadine”, 1st Tank Battalion,…

M51 Heavy Recovery Vehicle named “Nadine”, 1st Tank Battalion, date and location unknown.

From the source:May 17, 1967: A U.S. Marine corpsman leads a…

From the source:

May 17, 1967: A U.S. Marine corpsman leads a wounded comrade, foreground, as others carry bodies toward a helicopter in Con Thien, Vietnam. [AP]

Marines of 3rd Tank Battalion at Camp Carroll, date…

Marines of 3rd Tank Battalion at Camp Carroll, date unknown. 

Jack Butcher, the Marine who took this photograph, was a Canadian who enlisted and served two tours in Vietnam.

Men of 2nd Bn, 1st Marines with their puppy, named Hard Times,…

Men of 2nd Bn, 1st Marines with their puppy, named Hard Times, circa 1970.

From the source:“Radioman Francis Comer waiting for a…

From the source:

“Radioman Francis Comer waiting for a chopper, 2d plt, Mike Co, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 1968.”

From the Robert L. Drieslein Collection (COLL/5643) at the Archives Branch, Marine Corps History Division

OFFICIAL USMC PHOTOGRAPH