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HEADQUARTERS
2nd Combined Action Group
III Marine Amphibious Force
FPO San Francisco, California 96602

                                                                                                   3/MAD/mad
5750
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28 Feb 1971

CONFIDENTIAL

From: Commanding Officer
To: Commandant of the Marine Corps (Code HD)
Via: (1) Commanding General, III Marine Amphibious Force
(2) Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
Subj: Command Chronology for period 1 January 1971 to 31 January 1971
Ref: (a) MCO 5750.1B
(b) FMFPacO 5750.8B
Encl: (1) 2nd Combined Action Group Command Chronology

1. In accordance with the provisions of references (a) and (b) enclosure (1) is submitted.

2. Downgraded at 3-year intervals, declassified after 12 years, DOD Dir 5200.10.

J. J. TOLNAY


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HEADQUARTERS
2nd Combined Action Group
III Marine Amphibious Force
FPO San Francisco, California 96602

COMMAND CHRONOLOGY

1 January 1971 - 31 January 1971

INDEX

Part I ORGANIZATIONAL DATA 1-1 to 1-2
Part II NARRATIVE SUMMARY 2-1
Part III SEQUENTIAL LISTING OF SIGNIFICANT EVENTS 3-1 to 3-14
Part IV SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS   NONE

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PART 1

Organizational Data

1. Designation Commander Date
2nd Combined Action Group Lt Col J.J. TOLNAY 1 - 31 Jan 71
Subordinate Units
1st Combined Action Company 1stLt W.W. CHAPMAN 1 - 31 Jan 71
2nd Combined Action Company Capt V.E. O'NEILL 1 - 31 Jan 71
3rd Combined Action Company Capt L.H. WILLIAMS 1 - 6 Jan 71
  Capt D.D. DOOLEY 7 - 31 Jan 71
4th Combined Action Company Capt D.L. MCINTURFF 1 - 31 Jan 71
7th Combined Action Company Capt R.M. MALLARD 1 - 31 Jan 71

Attached Units

DET, Kit Carson Scouts, 1st Mar Div G-2 (C-I)
DET, ARVN Interpreters/Translators, III MAF
DET, Medical Section, III MAF HQ
DET, Scout Dogs, 1st MP Battalion, FLC
DET, 7th Communication Battalion

2. Location

HQ, 2d CAG Hieu Nhon District, Quang Nam Province, RVN
CACO 2-1 Hieu Duc District, Quang Nam Province, RVN
CACO 2-2 Dai Loc District, Quang Nam Province, RVN
CACO 2-3 Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province, RVN
CACO 2-4 Hieu Nhon District, Quang Nam Province, RVN
CACO 2-7 Hoa Vang District, Quang Nam Province, RVN

3. Staff Officers

Executive Officer Maj H.V. LEE 1 - 31 Jan 71
S-1 Officer Capt E. COCKRELL 1 - 31 Jan 71
S-3 Officer Maj C.L. RUSHING 1 - 31 Jan 71
Asst S-3 Officer 1stLt B.C. QUIST 1 - 31 Jan 71
S-4 Officer 1stLt J.M. PIETRZAK 1 - 31 Jan 71
S-5 Officer 1stLt B.C. QUIST 1 - 31 Jan 71
Chaplain Lt F. BIANCHINO 1 - 31 Jan 71
ARVN Liaison Officer 1stLt HA SAU HOA 1 - 31 Jan 71

4. Average Monthly Strength
USMC USN Others
Off Enl Off Enl Off Enl
17 618 1 50 0 10

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5. End of Month Unit Diary Strength
USMC USN Others
Off Enl Off Enl Off Enl
17  633 1    50 0    11

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Part II

NARRATIVE SUMMARY

     The new year found 2nd CAG continuing its mission while training new personnel and participating in the TET festivities.
     Activity for the month of January was light with contact increasing slightly just before the TET holidays. The TET holidays found CAG units in a high threat period. This meant a 100 percent alert for CAG Headquarters. Staff section personnel thus worked in their offices during the day and stood guard at night. This high threat period which extended into February displayed the best qualities of these Marines.
     January saw a marked increase in the use of PsyOps. Five loudspeaker broadcasts by VC were heard by CAPs. VC also distributed leaflets mostly trying to take advantage of TET by telling FWMAF to leave their arms, TET brought six incidents of VC flags being found while the VC also conducted one assassination and one kidnapping during TET.
     In turn 2nd CAG's PsyOps effort also increased in January. Leaflets and posters distributed by CAP Marines supported the Phung Hoang Program and the Chieu Hoi Effort. The Province wide Freedom Light Campaign attempted to use the holiday period to urge VC to rally to the GVN.
     Living and working so close to the Vietnamese people, CAP Marines naturally found themselves involved in the festivities of the TET holidays. These festivities included the sending of TET cards and presenting of gifts. Courtesy visits were made, and many parties were attended.
     2nd CAG was honored on two occassions by the visit of Lieutenant General Donn J. Robertson, Commanding General, III Marine Amphibious Force.

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SEQUENTIAL LISTING OF SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

1. Operation Summary

2 January 71 While on routine ID card check a CAP 2-7-10 patrol apprehended 1 VN female, age 22, who had an improper ID card. The ID card check was       held at grid BT 040641, 6.2 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The VCS was delivered to Dien Ban District Headquarters where her name was found to be on the District DIOCC Blacklist. The VCS was classified as a POW. RESULTS: 1 VC POW.
5 January 71 CAP 2-7-4 ambush received 1 grenade from an unknown size enemy force at grid BT 043626, 4.5 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The CAP returned OWF causing the enemy to flee east. One USMC received minor wounds during the contact. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(M).
6 January 71 A CAP 2-4-3 ambush initiated OWF on 3 VC with weapons at grid BT 165583, 600 meters north of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The VC fled north without returning fire. A sweep of the area revealed 2 VC KIA, 5 M-26 grenades, 1 cartridge belt, 1 poncho, and numerous documents. Documents were delivered to District Headquarters for analysis. RESULTS: 2 VC KIA; 5 M-26 grenades, 1 cartridge belt, 1 poncho, and numerous documents captured.
6 January 71 CAP 2-3-2 combined with a PRU team, while in ambush site, initiated OWF on 2 VC with weapons at grid BT 055604, 2.2 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. VC did not return fire and fled east. A sweep of the area revealed 1 VC KIA, VC was identified by the PF as a local VC Platoon Leader. One K-54 pistol was found and delivered to District Headquarters. RESULTS: 1 VC KIA; and 1 IWC.
7 January 71 CAP 2-7-4 patrol received 1 incoming M-79 round from an USEF while at grid BT 047637, 5 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The CAP did not return fire because of a lack of a discernable target. One USMC received minor shrapnel wounds but was not evaced. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(M).
7 January 71 Acting on intelligence reports a CAP 2-1-1 patrol combined with a CIT team apprehended 2 VCI at grid AT 906716, 4.3 KM NW of Hieu Duc District Headquarters. The VCI were delivered to Hieu Duc District Headquarters for interrogation. RESULTS: 2 VCI captured.

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9 January 71 CAP 2-7-4 ambush received SAF from 5 VC at grid BT 041633, 5.5 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The CAP returned OWF causing the enemy to flee west. One USMC and one PF were WIA during the contact. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(M) and 1 PF WIA(M).
9 January 71 CAP 2-4-1 ambush detonated one unknown type booby trap at grid BT 183590, 3 KM NE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. One USN was medevaced by helicopter with multiple shrapnel wounds. RESULTS: 1 USN WIA(E).
9 January 71 CAP 2-3-7 ambush received SAF from an USEF at grid BT 038616, 4 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The CAP returned OWF causing the enemy to flee east. One USMC was WIA(M) during the contact. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(M).
9 January 71 A USMC member of CAP 2-7-2 patrol detonated an M-26 grenade rigged with a trip wire firing device beside a trail at grid BT 029619, 5 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. 1 USMC was WIA from the exploding grenade and medevaced by helicopter. A sweep of the area for further SFDs was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(E).
10 January 71 CAP 2-7-10 patrol initiated OWF on 4 VC with weapons at grid BT 047637, 5.7 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. VC returned fire and fled east. Sweep of the area revealed 2 VC KIA, 6 M-26 grenades, and propaganda papers. The ordnance was blown in place and the documents were delivered to District Headquarters. One RF was WIA and evaced by helicopter. Continuing the sweep the CAP received SAF from 10 VC at grid BT 044637, 5.8 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The CAP returned fire and called a helicopter gunship mission on the VC. VC fled east across the river. Sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 2 VC KIA; 1 CAP RF WIA(E); 6 M-26 grenades destroyed; numerous documents captured.
12 January 71 During a routine ID card check, CAP 2-7-4 patrol detained 2 VN females with improper identification and 1 VN male, age 18, dressed as a female and with negative identification at grid BT 041633, 5 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. unresponsive to questioning by CAP PFs the VN were classified as VCS and delivered to District Headquarters for further interrogation. RESULTS: 3 VCS detained.

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12 January 71 During a routine ID card check, CAP 2-3-9 patrol detained 1 VN female with an improper identification card at grid BT 097559, 3 KM SE of Dien Ban District Headquarters. Unresponsive to questioning by CAP PFs the VN was delivered to District Headquarters for further interrogation. RESULTS: 1 VCS detained.
13 January 71 In a combined operation, CAP 2-7-10 and CAP 2-7-4 patrols conducted a sweep of grid BT 0563, 4.5 KM north of Dien Ban District Headquarters. At grid BT 054633 a CAP PF detonated an M-26 grenade booby trap rigged with a trip wire firing device. While conducting medevac for the PF, the CAPs received SAF from an USEF. The CAP returned OWF causing the enemy to flee in an unknown direction. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. While sweeping at grid BT 052635, the CAPs discovered 1 bunker which contained assorted medical supplies and a document listing tax payments. While checking a house in the same area CAP 2-7-4 discovered 2 M-26 grenades, 1 .45 caliber pistol and 8 .45 caliber magazines in a rice bin. The operation concluded at 1000H. RESULTS: 1 CAP PF WIA(E); 2 M-26 grenades destroyed; 1 tax list and assorted medical supplies turned over to the 21st RF Company Headquarters; 1 IWC; 8 .45 caliber magazines captured and 4 VCS which were apprehended during the operation because of improper indentification were delivered to Dien Ban District Headquarters.
14 January 71 In a multi-CAP operation, CAPs 2-7-4 and 2-7-10 apprehended 1 VN female with negative identification who admitted to being a VC upon interrogation by CAP PFs. A further search of the area at grid BT 045640, 5.5 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters disclosed 2 bunkers and 1 bloodied bandage. The VC POW was delivered to District Headquarters and the 2 bunkers were destroyed. RESULTS: 1 VC POW; 2 bunkers destroyed.
14 January 71 CAP 2-2-2 patrol apprehended 3 VN children, who upon approach of the patrol attempted to hide a basket of food behind a log. Questioning by CAP PFs revealed several discrepancies in their stories. The children were detained and delivered to Dai Loc District Headquarters for interrogation. RESULTS: 3 VN children detained.
15 January 71 CAP 2-7-5 patrol initiated OWF on 2 VC with weapons at grid BT 053699, 4 KM SE of Hoa Vang District Headquarters. The VC returned SAF and fled east. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 M-16 rifle with magazine. RESULTS: 1 IWC.

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18 January 71 CAP 2-7-2 ambush initiated OWF on 10 VC with weapons at grid BT 027625, 5 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy returned SAF and fled in an unknown direction. 2 USMC were WIA, 1 USN was WIA, and 1 KCS was WIA during the contact, all of which were medevaced by helicopter to 1st Med Bn. A sweep of the area disclosed 4 VC KIA; 3 K-54 pistols, 1 AK-47 rifle, 7 M-26 grenades and 6 ChiCom grenades. RESULTS: 2 USMC WIA(E); 1 USN WIA(E); 1 KCS WIA(E); 4 VC KIA; 4 IWC; and 13 grenades destroyed.
19 January 71 While on routine check of ID cards, CAP 2-7-4 apprehended 3 VN females and 1 VN male and classified them as VCS upon discovering assorted medical supplies and 15,600$VN in their house at grid BT 042624, 4.6 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The medical supplies, money and 4 VN civilians were delivered to District Headquarters. RESULTS: 4 VCS detained; assorted medical gear and money captured.
19 January 71 CAP 2-3-1 ambush initiated OWF on 10 VC with weapons at grid BT 078586, 1.7 KM east of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The VC returned AK-47, M-60, and M-79 fire before fleeing north. 1 CAP PF was KIA in the contact. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 CAP PF KIA.
20 January 71 A CAP 2-7-4 patrol while at grid BT 042626, 4.4 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters, received one incoming M-79 HE round from an unknown source and direction. One USMC received minor shrapnel wounds from the exploding round but was not evaced. The CAP did not return fire because of a lack of a discernable target. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(M).
23 January 71 A CAP 2-4-1 ambush initiated OWF on 8 VC with weapons at grid BT 175595, 2.8 KM NW of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. VC returned fire and fled NW. CAP called an 81mm HE mortar fire mission on fleeing VC but had 1 round explode in the CAPís position. 2 USMC and 3 PF were WIA and evaced because of shrapnel wounds received from exploding 81mm round. One PRC-25 was damaged and 1 .45 caliber pistol was lost during the contact. RESULTS: 2 USMC WIA(E); 3 PF WIA(E); 1 PRC-25 damaged; and 1 individual weapon lost.
23 January 71 CAP 2-3-7 ambush initiated OWF on 4 VC with weapons at grid BT 033616, 4.2 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. VC returned SAF and 4 M-26 grenades and fled west. Sweep of the area was nonproductive. 2 USMC were WIA(M), non evaced, in the contact. RESULTS: 2 USMC WIA(M).

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23 January 71 CAP 2-7-5 ambush received SAF and M-79 fire from 11 VC at grid BT 051698, 7 KM north of Dien Ban District Headquarters. CAP 2-7-5 returned OWF causing the enemy to flee east. A sweep of the area disclosed 2 NVA flags and assorted propaganda papers. The flags and propaganda papers were delivered to District Headquarters. RESULTS: 2 NVA flags and assorted propaganda papers captured.
24 January 71 CAP 2-3-3 ambush initiated OWF on 7 VC with weapons at grid BT 050592, 2 KM west of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy returned OWF and fled north. One USMC was WIA(M) during the contact. A sweep of the area disclosed several blood trails and several fresh bandages. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(M).
24 January 71 CAP 2-3-8 ambush initiated OWF on 5 VC at grid BT 049613, 4 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy returned OWF and fled east. A sweep of the area disclosed 2 VC KIA, 3 B-40 rounds, 1 82mm HE round, assorted medical gear and assorted documents. The ordnance was blown in place and the medical gear and documents were delivered to District Headquarters. RESULTS: 2 VC KIA; 3 B-40 rounds and 1 82mm round destroyed; assorted medical gear and documents captured.
26 January 71 A CAP 2-4-1 patrol investigating a report of a body at grid BT 175593, 2.3 KM NE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters, discovered 1 VC KIA; 1 AK-47 rifle; 2 AK-47 magazines; and one cartridge belt. VC is believed to be killed from contact with CAP 2-4-1 on 23 January 1971. Rifle, magazines, and cartridge belt were delivered to District Headquarters. RESULTS: 1 VC KIA; 1 IWC; 2 magazines and 1 cartridge belt captured.
26 January 71 CAP 2-3-4 received SAF from 7 VC at grid BT 092573, 2.4 KM east of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The CAP ambush returned OWF causing the enemy to flee NW. 1 USMC was WIA during the contact and medevaced by helicopter. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(E).
27 January 71 Local villagers reported to CAP 2-1-5 night site that 4 VC entered the La Chou Hamlet at grid AT 949665, 4 KM SE of Hieu Duc District Headquarters and assassinated 1 VN male and took 1 VN female hostage. The CAP dispatched a patrol to investigate. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 VN male KIA. The VC fled in an unknown direction. RESULTS: 1 VN male civilian KIA; 1 VN female MIA.
27 January 71 CAP units in Dien Ban and Dai Loc District made three sightings of VC propaganda leaflets and VC flags at grids BT 067554, BT 078584, and AT 923604. The flags and leaflets were turned over to the District Headquarters.

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28 January 71 CAP 2-3-2 ambush initiated OWF on 18 VC with weapons at grid BT 055605, 1 km north of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy returned B-40 and SAF before fleeing west. 3 USMC and one PF were WIA(M) during the contact. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 3 USMC WIA(M); 1 PF WIA(M).
29 January 71 While making a routine identification check, CAP 2-3-7 patrol detained 1 VN male with an improper identification card at grid BT 057621, 4 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The VCS was delivered to District Headquarters. RESULTS: 1 VN male detained.
30 January 71 CAP 2-7-4 patrol initiated OWF on 2 VC with weapons at grid BT 054633, 5 KM NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. VC fled SE without returning fire. A sweep of the area produced 6 VCS when they were unresponsive to CAP PF questioning. RESULTS: 6 VCS.
30 January 71 One USMC while standing perimeter guard for 2nd CAG HQ, located at grid BT 110575, 5.6 KM west of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters, received gunshot wound from a stray round. Stray round came from a RF/VC contact approximately 800 meters SW of 2nd CAG HQ position. Marine was medevaced at first light. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(E).

2. Neutralization of Enemy Forces

a. NVA KIA 0
b. VC KIA 12
c. NVA POW 0
d. VC POW 4
f. Hoi Chanh
 
(1) NVA 0
(2) VC 0
(3) VCI 0

3. Casualties Sustained

a. USMC KIA 0       
b. USMC WIA(E) 8  
c. USMC WIA(M) 11
d. USMC MIA 0
e. USN KIA 0
f. USN WIA(E) 2
g. USN WIA(M) 0
h. USN MIA 0
i. CAP PF KIA 1
j. CAP PF WIA(E) 7
k. CAP PF WIA(M) 3
l. CAP PF MIA 0

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4. New Techniques Employed

   Negative

5. Command Relationships

   2d CAG experienced no problem areas with Vietnamese or local FWMAF units during January.

6. Significant Accomplishments of Attachments

   a. Kit Carson Scouts:  While participating in 146 patrols, the KCS attached to 2nd CAG accounted for (2) VCS detained, and (2) booby traps discovered. The KCS also assisted the Marines in conducting 12 classes. One KCS was terminated during the reporting period as he proved unsuitable for duty with 2nd CAG. The end of the month strength was (5) KCS being utilized by this command.

   b. ARVN Interpreters:  During the month of January, 2nd CAG had seven interpreters and one ARVN Liaison Officer assigned. The interpreters continue to provide valuable services in the translation of documents and providing daily liaison with the Vietnamese.

   c. Scout Dogs:   Due to the lack of availability, 2nd CAG employed only (4) Scout Dog Teams and (2) Mine and Booby Trap Teams. All teams were proficient in their combat assignments and a welcome asset to CAP capabilities.

7. Lessons Learned

   Negative

8. Logistics

   a. General:   2nd CAG continues to be categorized in a C-1 status under the MARES/FORSTAT Reporting System.

   b. Significant Events:

     (1)   A contact team from Ordnance Maintenance Battalion, Force Logistics Command, inspected all weapons of this command. This inspection provided a general upgrade of these weapons. Benefits should be longer life and less future 2nd echelon maintenance required. A secondary result from the inspection was the opportunity of our own armorers to work with these personnel, picking up valuable experience in the areas of ordnance repair.

     (2)   This Commandís problem with outboard motors has been alleviated. The replacement of old motors was accomplished by redistribution conducted throughout all Marine Corps units in the Republic of Vietnam and administered by the G-4 Office, III Marine Amphibious Force. During this period 2nd CAG received two outboard motors through this redistribution.

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   c. Damage to Weapons due to enemy action: For the month of January the Command armory received no weapons damaged due to enemy action.

   d. Motor Transport: A total of 10,423 miles was registered by the Group Motor Transport for the reporting period. There were 11 vehicles deadlined for 2nd echelon maintenance and 8 vehicles deadlined for 3rd echelon maintenance. Breakdown is as follows:

    
NOMENCLATURE     ECHELON     QTY
Truck, M35A2C Cargo 3rd 3
Truck, Utility M-151 3rd 4
Generator, PU/239 3rd 1
Truck, M37B1 Cargo 2nd 6
Truck, Utility M-151 2nd 5

   e. Airlifts:   During the month of January, logistical support by helicopter was provided with the movement of 8,300 lbs. of supplies to field units.

   f. Messhall:   Approximately 28,700 meals were prepared during the reporting period in the 2nd CAG Messhall. Of the above total an estimated 17,550 meals were distributed to the troops in the field.

   g. Armory:   The Group armory repaired a total of 155 weapons. In addition, 108 weapons were sent to be repaired at 1st FSR for 3rd echelon maintenance. Many of these were in conjunction with the Ordnance Maintenance Contact Team inspection.

   h. Miscellaneous Service:   During the reporting period, "A" Company, 7th Engineers, built a seahut and six personnel bunkers for the 2nd CAG HQ.

   i. Supplies::

     (1) All pending descrepancies from the Field Analysis Supply Office inspection were evaluated and corrected to improve supply support and economy. A complete inventory of garrison property was completed in connection with the submission of a Consolidated Memorandum Receipt to III MAF Garrison Property Office.
    (2) A rework of the warehouse was accomplished to insure conformity with field warehousing standards and allow better service to the Command.
    (3) Previous problems with supply support to this unit have been alleviated by the establishment of close coordination between the S-4, 2nd CAG and both the Force Supply Office and ICP at the Force Logistics Command.

   j. Problem Areas:   None

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9. Civic Action/Psychological Operations

  a.   January saw the continued decline in long-term Civic Action projects initiated and completed by 2nd CAG Marines. This trend was in consonance with Vietnamization, the attempt to turn Civic Action as well as military operations over to GVN sources.

  b.   The result of this program is that CAP Marines are concentrating more on short-term, high-impact programs. During January, CAP Marines taught 46 English classes; contributed 4 truckloads of building materials; distributed 370 lbs of food, 72 sewing kits, 146 lbs of clothing, and 255 lbs of soap.

  c.   While these activities are considered beneficial, considerable trouble was encountered trying to obtain Civic Action supplies. Funds in US channels have not been made available and Vietnamese channels are either unwilling or unable to fulfill most of the requests submitted by Vietnamese civilians.

  d.   The MedCap program continued and is reported under the Medical Section of this report.

  e.   Just prior to TET 165,000$VN was allocated to 2nd CAG from G-5, III MAF to use as TET gifts. Further allocation to Combined Action Companies saw these funds divided for use by the CAPs. Gifts of money as well as candy and incense were made to PFs and children with whom the CAPs are associated. Fourteen sets of volleyballs and nets obtained thru Civic Action channels were also distributed at TET.

  f.   Psychological Operations increased in the month of January as 2nd CAG took part in the continuing Chieu Hoi effort. Of special interest was the Freedom Light Campaign which attempted to take advantage of the festivities of TET by encouraging Viet Cong to rally to searchlights placed at various installations in the Province. The CAG also continued to conduct face-to-face distribution of leaflets, posters and handbills in support of Phung Hoang, Pro-GVN and other continuing PsyOps Campaigns.

  g.   Civic Action and PsyOps met successfully in the numerous TET parties held for CAP Marines. These parties attended by virtually every CAP are a good indication of the cordial relations between Marines and Vietnamese civilians and military personnel.

10. Personnel and Administration

  a. Personnel Transactions. During the month of January the following personnel transactions were completed.

 
(1) Joined USMC
  Off Enl
   4  85

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(2) Rotated CONUS USMC
  Off Enl
   3  40

 
(3) Reassignment Within WestPac USMC
  Off Enl
   0  7
 
(4) Transferred by Service Records while sick (out of country hospital)
USMC
  Off Enl
   0  13

 
(5) Extension of WestPac Tour effected USMC
  Off Enl
   0  2

  b. Promotions: During the month of January the following promotions were effected.

      To PFC  1     To SSGT  0
To LCPL  6     To GYSGT  0
To CPL  1     To 1stSGT/MSGT  0
To SGT  0     To SGTMAJ/MGYSGT  0

  c. Legal Matters

    (1) Courts held: GCM   0
     SpCM  2
     SCM   0
     
(2) Article 32 Investigations:    0  
(3) NJP:      4 Completed
  Yes
(4) JAG-Type Investigations:  6  
 

  d. Award Recommendations

      BSM 10
NCM  7
NAM  9
PHM  4

  e. Congrints/Splints/Welreps   The command has responded to:
 
  (1) CONGRINTS (0) SPLINTS (0) WELREPS

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  f. Morale and Welfare

     (1) R&R: The command has utilized the following number of quotas to the R&R areas listed.

        (a) Hong Kong (3)     Okinawa (4)
Taipei (7)     Bangkok (11)
Hawaii (11)     Sydney (8)
(b) In Country (6)      

     (2) Mail:.   Daily average bags of mail processed:

  Incoming (15) Outgoing (2)

     (3) Hospital Visitations: All in country hospital patients are visited weekly by their respective CACO Commanders.

  g. Career Planning

   Re-enlistments:  None

   Extensions:  None

11. Intelligence:   Contact during January continued light as the enemy continued to secure supplies and propagandize in preparation of TET and the coming K-800 Spring Campaign. Enemy was found to be still moving in small groups and appeared to be avoiding contact with CAP Marines. Two incidents of VC gathering people together to propagandize were noted prior to TET.
     The light contact prior to TET and intelligence of coming attacks brought on declaration of a high threat period just prior to TET and continuing into February.
     The TET holidays were marked by three finds of VC/NVA flags and propaganda leaflets which were picked up by CAPs.
     Following the TET holidays activity increased and continued at an increased level into February as the enemy initiated their Spring Campaign.
     The CAPs' best sources of intelligence continue to be local civilians and PFs. Some difficulty has been encountered in dissemination from Vietnamese intelligence channels thru CAG to the CAPs.

  a. Weapons and Ordnance Captured:

      (1) Individual and Crew-Served Weapons captured
 
AK-47 (1)   K-54 pistol (4)  
M-16 (1)   .45 Caliber pistol (1)  

      (2) Ordnance captured
  
M-26 grenades   21
ChiCom grenades   8
B-40 rounds   3
AK-47 ammo   450 rds.

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(3) Gear Captured
   AK-47 magazines   1
.45 Cal. magazines   8
M-16 Magazines   1
$VN   15,600

12. Communications

  a. Battery usage (BA-386): 1176 batteries were used during the month.

  b. Combat Operations Center: The following communications traffic was passed through the combat operations center over various nets:

      Incoming Messages    215
Outgoing Messages 212
Spot Reports 142
Casualty Reports   3
  Total Traffic 572

  c. Communications Supply: For the month there was a total of 40 outstanding requests.

  d. Maintenance:

      Work requests submitted    149
Work requests completed 109
Work requests outstanding  40
  total outstanding  67

  e. Teletype:   During January the following communication traffic passed over the teletype circuit:

      Incoming messages    570
Outgoing messages 105
Total messages 675

13. Fire Support:   2nd CAG employed (3) artillery fire missions, (7) artillery illumination missions, (9) 81mm illumination missions, and (4) 81mm fire missions.

14. Air Support:   During the reporting period, 2nd CAG employed helicopters for (21) medical evacuations, (2) gunship missions, and numerous helicopter missions for resupply and command control purposes.

15. Activations, Deactivations, Redesignations and Relocations of CAPs:
There were no activations, deactivations, redesignations or relocations of CAG units during January.

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CONFIDENTIAL

16. Special Services

     a.   2nd CAG sent two representatives to Hong Kong on separate flights for the purpose of buying supplies. The supplies obtained were tennis shoes, guitars, playing cards and other small items. Problems have been encountered trying to procure sweatshirts and tiger-shorts; always in demand by the troops.

     b.   Special Services distributed some 200 magazines to Marines during January as well as 366 cases of beer and soda.

     c.   During the month of January a project was initiated to produce a cruisebook for 2nd CAG. This project under the auspices of Special Services hopes to provide a cruise book for each CAG member by 1 April.

17. Medical Department

     a. General:   During the month of January, continued emphasis was placed on the prevention of animal bites and FUO's (Fevers of Undetermined Origin). Personnel were instructed to take precautions during the "TET" Holidays concerning the consumption of Vietnamese food and beverages.
      There were no reported cases of animal bites during this period.
      Routine inspections of CACOS and CAPs were carried out during this period.
      MedCaps at 2nd CAG level totaled 623 during January.

    b. Personnel:
(1) Medical Department Representative: A.L. GRANT, HMC, USN
(2) Supply/Sick Call Petty Officer: G.J. DAGLEY HM1, USN
(3) Admin/Sick Call Petty Officer: D.G. YOUNG HM2, USN
(4) Instructor/Driver/Sick Call P.O: G.A. ALEXANDER, HM2, USN
(5) MedCap/Sick Call Petty Officer: D.G. OSBORNE HM3, USN
         (a) Detached   8
(b) Hospitalized (NBC)    2
(c) Hospitalized (WIA)    2
(d) Joined    13

      c. Med Caps:   During the month of January, Combined Action Platoons treated 6198 civilians in routine MedCaps, and a total of 32 civilians who were casualties resulting from hostile action. A decrease in number of Vietnamese treated was noted. This was attributed to the "TET" Holidays.

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(End of 2d CAG Command Chronology for January, 1971)

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