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

                                                                                                   3/BCQ/drc
5750
06-71
13 April 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 March 1971 to 31 March 1971
Ref: (a) MCO P5750.1B
(b) FMFPacO 5750.8B
Encl: (1) 2d 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
2d Combined Action Group
III Marine Amphibious Force
FPO San Francisco, California 96602

COMMAND CHRONOLOGY

1 March 1971 - 31 March 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
2d Combined Action Group Lt Col J.J. TOLNAY 1 - 31 March 1971
Subordinate Units
1st Combined Action Company 1stLt J.D. SLATTUM 1 -  6 March 1971
  1stLt R.M. MOUNTAIN 7 - 31 March 1971
2nd Combined Action Company 1stLt J.L. WALTERS 1 - 31 March 1971
3rd Combined Action Company Capt  D.D. DOOLEY 1 - 31 March 1971
4th Combined Action Company Capt  D.L. MCINTURFF 1 - 31 March 1971
7th Combined Action Company Capt  R.M. MALLARD 1 -  7 March 1971
  1stLt J.M. IVY 8 - 31 March 1971

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 March 1971
S-1 Officer 1stLt E.B. GUCKERT 1 - 31 March 1971
S-3 Officer Maj C.L. RUSHING 1 - 31 March 1971
Asst S-3 Officer 1stLt B.C. QUIST 1 - 31 March 1971
S-4 Officer 1stLt J.M. PIETRZAK 1 - 31 March 1971
S-5 Officer 1stLt B.C. QUIST 1 - 31 March 1971
Chaplain Lt F. BIANCHINO 1 - 31 March 1971
ARVN Liaison Officer 1stLt HA SAU HOA 1 - 31 March 1971

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4. Average Monthly Strength

USMC USN Others
Off Enl Off Enl Off Enl
 18 635 1    53 0    18

5. End of Month Unit Diary Strength

USMC USN Others
Off Enl Off Enl Off Enl
 18 601   1  52   0  19

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Part II

NARRATIVE SUMMARY

     The month of March saw enemy activity increase significantly as the K-850 campaign commenced. The increase of activity resulted in a proportionate increase in number of enemy casualties and personnel and weapons captured. The majority of sightings occurred in Dien Ban and Dai Loc Districts. An increase in mining and booby-trap incidents was noted as six occurred during the month. The highpoint of activity occurred on 29 March and extended into April as Combined Action Companies in Dai Loc, Dien Ban and Hoa Vang Districts received small arms and mortar fire. Results of this heightened activity were (44) enemy KIA, and (12) captured with (1) USMC KIA, (7) PFs KIA, (14) USMC wounded and (17) PFs wounded.
     In accordance with continuing redeployment of Marines from the Republic of Viet Nam, much of CAG HQs support functions were involved with the planning and preparation for deactivation of CAG and its units. During March six CAPs were deactivated as directed by the Commanding General, III Marine Amphibious Force.
     2d CAG was honored by the visits of Lt. General Donn J. ROBERTSON, Commanding General, III Marine Amphibious Force and Colonel N.H. NUTTING, DCO 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized).

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PART III

SEQUENTIAL LISTING OF SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

1. Operation Summary

2 March 1971 A USMC member of CAP 2-3-2 while on an operation detonated an unknown size booby trap at grid BT 057607, 2.4 km north of Dien Ban District Headquarters. One USMC and one PF were WIA from the exploding SFD and medevaced by helicopter. A continued sweep of the area revealed two bunkers and 15 lbs. of food. The bunkers were destroyed and the food was delivered to District Headquarters. RESULTS: (l) USMC WIA(E); (l) PF WIA(E); (2) Bunkers destroyed and (15) lbs. of food captured.
2 March 1971 CAP 2-3-6 ambush initiated OWF on (3) VC with weapons at grid BT 067593, 1 km north of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy returned SAF and fled east. One PF was WIA and medevaced by helicopter and one PF was WIA minor. A sweep of the area disclosed (l) VC KIA, (l) AK-47 rifle, (2) AK-47 magazines, (1) M-33 grenade, (l) cartridge belt and assorted documents. RESULTS: (1) PF WIA(E); (l) PF WIA(M); (l) VC KIA; (1) IWC; (2) AK-47 magazines; (l) M-33 grenade, and assorted documents captured.
3 March 1971 CAP 2-7-4 patrol received SAF from (5) VC at grid BT 049654, 5.6 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The CAP returned OWF causing the enemy to flee NE. One USMC was WIA during the contact and medevaced by helicopter. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: (1) USMC WIA(E).
4 March 1971 CAP 2-2-2 patrol base apprehended (4) VN who were carrying food and fled upon the approach of the patrol at grid AT 926569, 1 km SE of Dai Loc District Headquarters. The VCS were delivered to District Headquarters where they were classified as VC. RESULTS. (4) VC POW; (200)lbs. of food captured.
4 March 1971 CAP 2-3-2 ambush initiated OWF on (1) VC at grid BT 056610, 2.7 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The VC returned SAF and fled in an unknown direction. A sweep of the area revealed (1) VC KIA, (1) AK-47 rifle, (2) AK-47 magazines, (5) M-26 grenades, (1) Chi Com grenade and assorted documents. One PF was WIA minor during the contact. RESULTS: (1) PF WIA(M); (1) VC KIA; (1) IWC; (2) AK-47 magazines captured; (4) grenades destroyed and documents turned over to District Headquarters.
5 March 1971 CAP 2-4-3 ambush initiated OWF on (8) VC at grid BT 176585, 1.4 km NW of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The VC returned SAF and fled north. A sweep of the area disclosed (6) VC KIA,

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  (5) AK-47 rifles, (1) 9mm pistol, (1) M-72 LAAW, (20) Chi Com grenades and (1) home-made rocket launcher. The LAAW, grenades and rocket launcher were destroyed. RESULTS: (6) VC KIA; (7) IWC; (20) grenades destroyed, and (1) rocket launcher destroyed.
 6 March 1971 CAP 2-1-6 ambush initiated OWF on (8) VC with weapons at grid AT 946638, 4.1 km SE of Hieu Duc District Headquarters. The VC returned SAF and fled south. A sweep of the area revealed (3) VC KIA, (1) AK-47 rifle, (1) K-54 pistol, (1) 9mm Pistol, and personal gear. The weapons and personal gear were turned into District Headquarters for analysis. RESULTS: (5) VC KIA; (5) IWC; assorted personal gear captured.
 9 March 1971 CAP 2-7-1 ambush initiated OWF on (8) VC with weapons at grid BT 022625, 5.6 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The VC returned SAF and fled NW. A sweep of the area disclosed (1) VC KIA, (1) AK-54 pistol, (1) M-26 grenade and various documents. RESULTS: (1) VC KIA; (1) IWC; (1) M-26 grenade destroyed; various documents captured.
10 March 1971 CAP 2-4-6 ambush initiated OWF on (6) VC with weapons at grid BT 124584, 4.2 km W of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The VC did not return fire and fled W. A sweep of the area disclosed numerous documents and (2) drag trails. The documents were delivered to District Headquarters. RESULTS: Assorted documents captured.
10 March 1971 CAP 2-2-4 patrol initiated OWF on (5) VC at grid AT 921542, 3.2 km S of Dai Loc District Headquarters. The enemy returned SAF and fled east. A sweep of the area disclosed (1) VC KIA, (1) AK-47 rifle, (2) M-26 grenades, (2) Chi Com grenades, and assorted documents. The grenades were destroyed and the documents were delivered to District Headquarters. RESULTS: (1) VC KIA; (1) IWC; (4) grenades destroyed; assorted documents captured.
12 March 1971 CAP 2-3-9 ambush initiated OWF on (5) VC at grid BT 101577, 3.5 km E of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy returned SAF and fled west. One USMC and one PF were WIA during the contact and medevaced by helicopter. A sweep of the area disclosed (2) VC KIA, (1) AK-47 rifle, (1) M-79 grenade launcher, (2) Chi Com grenades, (5) M-79 rounds, (1) M-26 grenade, and (2) cartridge belts. The grenades and M-79 rounds were destroyed. RESULTS: (1) USMC WIA(E); (1) PF WIA(E); (2) VC KIA; (2) IWC; (3) grenades destroyed; (5) M-79 rounds destroyed; (2) cartridge belts captured.

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13 March 1971 CAP 2-2-2 ambush spotted (3) VC moving west at grid AT 919562, 2.3 km S of Dai Loc District Headquarters. The (3) VC walked into the ambush site and were captured. RESULTS: (3) VC POW; (4) M-26 grenades captured.
15 March 1971 A member of CAP 2-2-1, while on a sweep operation, detonated an unknown type SFD rigged with a pressure type firing device at grid AT 936556, 3 km SE of Dai Loc District He,adquarters. Two USMC and one CAP PF were WIA and medevaced from the SFD. A sweep of the area for further SFDs was nonproductive. RESULTS: (2) USMC WIA(E); (1) PF WIA(E).
15 March 1971 A USMC member of CAP 2-2-2 while on patrol detonated a 60mm HE round rigged as a SFD at grid AT 958555, 3.1 km SE of Dai Loc District Headquarters. One USMC was WIA and medevaced. A sweep of the area for further SFDs was nonproductive. RESULTS: (1) USMC WIA(E).
15 March 1971 CAP 2-1-4 ambush initiated OWF on (4) VC at grid AT 952687, 2.3 km E of Hieu Duc District Headquarters. The enemy returned SAF and fled SE. Two USMC were WIA minor during the contact. A sweep of the area disclosed (1) VC KIA, (1) AK-47 rifle, (4) Chi Com grenades, and (1) 2 lb. homemade mine rigged with a blasting cap and comm wire. The grenades and mine were blown in place. RESULTS: (2) USMC WIA(M); (1) VC KIA; (1) IWC; (4) grenades and (1) homemade mine destroyed.
16 March 1971 A PF member of CAP 2-7-2, while on patrol, detonated an M-26 grenade booby trap rigged with a trip wire at grid BT 027620, 4 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. One USMC was WIA from the SFD and medevaced by helicopter. Two CAP PFs were KIA from the SFD. A sweep of the area for further SFDs was nonproductive. RESULTS: (1) USMC WIA(E); (2) PFs KIA.
17 March 1971 CAP 2-1-5 ambush received (5) grenades from (10) VC at grid AT 949677, 2.5 km SE of Hieu Duc District Headquarters. The CAP returned OWF causing the enemy to flee east. One PF was KIA and one PF was WIA minor during the contact. A sweep of the area disclosed (1) 10 lb. bag of rice. RESULTS: (1) PF KIA; (1) PF WIA(M).
17 March 1971 CAP 2-3-4 ambush initiated OWF on (2) VC at grid BT 084576, 3 km E of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy returned SAF and fled NW. A sweep of the area disclosed (1) VC KIA, (1) M-79 grenade launcher, (2) M-79 HE rounds, (2) M-26 grenades, and (1) cartridge belt. The grenades and M-79 rounds were destroyed. RESULTS: (1) VC KIA; (1) IWC; (2) M-79 rounds and (2) grenades destroyed; (1) cartridge belt captured.

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18 March 1971 A PF member of CAP 2-3-6, while on a sweep operation with CAPs 2-3-2 and 2-3-1 of grid square 0660, 2 km N of Dien Ban District Headquarters, detonated (1) anti-personnel mine. Two CAP PFs were WIA(E) and one PF was WIA minor from the SFD. Continuing on the sweep CAP 2-3-2 initiated OWF on (3) VC at grid BT 058605. The enemy returned SAF and fled south. A sweep of the area disclosed (1) VC KIA, (2) bunkers which were destroyed and assorted documents. Continuing with the operation CAP 2-3-2 discovered (1) spider hole, (1) bomb canister and (1) M-79 HE round. RESULTS: (2) PFs WIA(E); (1) PF WIA(M); (1) VC KIA; (2) bunkers, (1) spider hole, (1) bomb canister, and (1) M-79 round destroyed; assorted documents delivered to District Headquarters.
19 March 1971 While CAP 2-3-7 was on patrol, a mine dog tripped a 60mm HE round which was rigged with a trip wire firing device at grid BT 012583, 5.2 km W of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The dog was WIA from the SFD and medevaced to 1st MP Battalion. A sweep of the area for further SFDs was nonproductive. RESULTS: (1) War Dog WIA(E).
21 March 1971 CAPs 2-4-2, with a geographical center of grid BT 128556, 4.2 km SW of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters, and CAP 2-4-7, with a geographical center of grid BT 178553, 3.1 km SE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters, were deactivated. Deactivation was with the approval of CG, III MAF.
22 March 1971 CAP 2-3-9, with a geographical center of TAOC at grid BT 095560, 3.5 km SE of Dien Ban District Headquarters, and CAP 2-3-10 with a geographical center of TAOC at grid BT 062545, 3 km S of Dien Ban District Headquarters, were deactivated. Deactivation was with the approval of CG, III MAF.
22 March 1971 While on a combined operation, CAP 2-2-1 initiated OWF on an USEF at grid AT 900556, 2.3 km SW of Dai Loc District Headquarters. The enemy returned SAF and fled in an unknown direction. One USMC was WIA minor during the contact. A sweep of the area disclosed (2) VC KIA and (2) M-16 rifles. RESULTS: (1) USMC WIA(M); (2) VC KIA (2) IWC.
22 March 1971 CAP 2-7-8, with a geographical center of TAOC at grid BT 057665, 8 km N of Dien Ban District Headquarters, was deactivated. Deactivation was with the approval of CG, III MAF.

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23 March 1971 CAP 2-7-7, with a geographical center of TAOC at grid BT 025705, 3 km SE of Hoa Vang District Headquarters, was deactivated. Deactivation was with the approval of CG, III MAF.
24 March 1971 CAP 2-7-4 patrol, while checking a tree line at grid BT 043633, 5 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters, discovered a hollow tree which contained (24) Chi Com grenades, (1) 60mm round, (1) homemade mortar tube, (2) helmets, (1) haversack, (1) WP bag and (1) 3.5 rocket motor. The gear was delivered to District Headquarters and the ordnance was destroyed. RESULTS: (24) Chi Coms, (1) 60mm round destroyed; (1) homemade mortar tube, (2) helmets, (1) haversack and (1) 3.5 rocket motor captured.
24 March 1971 CAP 2-2-2 ambush initiated OWF on (15) VC at grid AT 917564, 1.5 km S of Dai Loc District Headquarters. The VC returned SAF and fled south. Two PFs were WIA during the contact and medevaced. A sweep of the area disclosed (2) VC KIA and (1) AK-47 rifle. RESULTS: (2) PFs WIA(E); (2) VC KIA; (1) IWC.
25 March 1971 CAP 2-2-4 ambush received OWF from an USEF at grid AT 919547, 3.1 km S of Dai Loc District Headquarters. The CAP returned OWF causing the enemy to flee east. One USMC was KIA during the contact. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. At 252330H the CAP again received SAF from (3) VC at grid AT 919545, 2.9 km S of Dai Loc District Headquarters. The CAP returned SAF forcing the enemy to flee NE. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: (1) USMC KIA.
27 March 1971 Local villagers reported that VC entered the Giao Ai Hamlet at grid AT 925579, 1 km E of Dai Loc District Headquarters and assassinated the assistant Hamlet Chief. CAP 2-2-1 dispatched a patrol to investigate and found (1) VN KIA. RESULTS: (1) VN KIA.
28 March 1971 CAP 2-3-6 patrol discovered (1) bunker at grid BT 060602, 1.8 km N of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The bunker was blown and at the same time the CAP initiated OWF on (2) NVA to the north. The NVA did not return fire. A sweep of the area and bunker revealed (3) NVA KIA, (1) NVA POW, (2) B-40 rocket launchers, (2) AK-47 rifles, (1) claymore mine, (14) Chi Com grenades, (9) B-40 rounds (1) Ak-47 magazine, and (3) cartridge belts. RESULTS: (3) NVA KIA; (1) NVA POW; (2) CSWC; (2) IWC; (1) claymore mine, (9) B-40 rounds, (14) Chi Coms, (1) AK-47 magazine and (3) cartridge belts captured.

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28 March 1971 CAP 2-7-6 ambush initiated OWF on (20) VC with weapons at grid BT 029616, 5.2 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy returned SAF and fled west. A sweep of the area disclosed (2) NVA KIA, (3) AK-47 rifles, (1) M-72 LAAW, (9) Chi Com grenades and miscellaneous documents. RESULTS: (2) NVA KIA; (4) IWC; (9) Chi Coms destroyed and assorted documents captured.
28 March 1971 CAP 2-7-2 ambush received (1) satchel charge and (15) M-26 grenades from an USEF at grid BT 035626, 6.6 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The CAP returned OWF causing the enemy to flee east. Two RFs were KIA and (1) VN civilian was WIA from the exploding grenades. The VN civilian was rendered medical aid and medevaced. RESULTS: (2) RFs KIA; (l) VN WIA(E).
29 March 1971 CACO 2-7, located at grid BT 024658, 8.3 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters, received OWF from an USEF. The CACO returned OWF causing the enemy to flee in an unknown direction. At 290315H, CACO 2-7 observed (9) 122mm rockets being launched from grid BT 022664, 8.8 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The CACO returned 60mm and 81mm HE mortar fire on the rocket launching site surpressing the rocket launching. The rockets impacted at grid square BT 1157, 5.5 km W of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. Five VN civilians were KIA and (4) VN civilians were WIA. The wounded civilians were brought to 2d CAG HQ where they were rendered medical aid and medevaced by helicopter. At CACO 2-7 (1) RF was WIA during the contact and medevaced. A first light sweep of launch site revealed (1) 122mm rocket, (1) Chi Com grenade, (1) Chi Com hellbox, and bamboo aiming stakes. RESULTS: (1) RF WIA(E); (5) VN KIA; (4) VN WIA(E); (1) 122mm rocket destroyed; (1) Chi Com grenade destroyed; (1) Chi Com hellbox captured.
29 March 1971 CAP 2-2-4 ambush received B-40 and SAF from an USEF at grid AT 925545, 3.2 km SE of Dai Loc District Headquarters. The CAP returned OWF causing the enemy to flee in an unknown direction. One PF was KIA, two PFs were WIA and medevaced, and one PF was WIA minor during the contact. A sweep of the area disclosed (3) Chi Com booby traps rigged with trip wire firing devices and (1) NVA flag. RESULTS: (1) PF KIA; (2) PFs WIA(E); (1) PF WIA(M); (8) Chi Com booby traps destroyed and (1) NVA flag captured.
29 March 1971 CAP 2-2-2 patrol sighted (50) VC at grid AT 924551, 2.3 km S of Dai Loc District Headquarters carrying AK-47s, B-40s, and automatic weapons. The CAP called a gunship and swept the area at first light which disclosed (1) VC KIA. RESULTS: (1) VC KIA.

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30 March 1971 CACO 2-1 HQs received (3-5) incoming 60mm HE rounds from grid AT 935679, 1.2 km SE of Hieu Duc District Headquarters. A non-CAP PF Platoon #156 observed the enemy mortar position and engaged the enemy. The VC fled SW. RESULTS: (3) non-CAP PFs WIA(M).
30 March 1971 CACO 2-3 HQs and immediate vicinity received (25) 82mm HE rounds. CAP 2-3-3 spotted the enemy mortar position at grid BT 062581, 2.5 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters and called a fire mission on the enemy location. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: (1) VN civilian KIA and (5) VN civilians WIA by enemy fire.
30 March 1971 CAP 2-3-4 while on sweep of grid square BT 0859, received (2) M-26 grenades from (2) VC in a bunker at grid BT 083595, 2.2 km NE of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The CAP returned OWF, destroying the bunker. A sweep of the area and bunker disclosed (2) VC KIA, (1) B-40 round, (4) blasting caps, (1) Box of BA-30 batteries and assorted medical gear and documents. One CAP RF was WIA minor during the contact. RESULTS: (1) RF WIA(M); (2) VC KIA; (1) B-40 round, (4) blasting caps, (1) box of batteries, assorted medical gear and documents captured.
31 March 1971 CAP 2-2-4 patrol detained (1) VN male, obviously trying to evade the patrol, at grid AT 923545, 3 km S of Dai Loc District Headquarters. Unresponsive to CAP PF questioning was detained and delivered to District Headquarters for interrogation. District classified the VCS as VC. RESULTS: (1) VC POW.
31 March 1971 Acting on intelligence of VC located at grid BT 051574, 1.5 km W of Dien Ban District Headquarters, CAPs 2-3-5 and 2-3-3 moved to investigate and received OWF from (50) VC at the above grid. The CAP returned fire and called fire missions and gunships. The contact was sporadic until 311630H. One CAP PF was KIA during the contact. A sweep of the area disclosed (16) NVA KIA, (2) B-40 rocket launchers, (5) AK-47 rifles and assorted documents. RESULTS: (1) PF KIA; (16) NVA KIA; (2) CSWC; (5) IWC; and assorted documents captured.

2. Neutralization of Enemy Forces

a. NVA KIA 19
b. VC KIA 25
c. NVA POW 3
d. VC POW 9
e. Hoi Chanh 0

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3. Casualties Sustained

a. USMC KIA 1       
b. USMC WIA(E) 14  
c. USMC WIA(M) 9
d. USMC MIA 0
e. USN KIA 0
f. USN WIA(E) 1
g. USN WIA(M) 0
h. USN MIA 0
i. CAP PF KIA 7
j. CAP PF WIA(E) 17
k. CAP PF WIA(M) 7
l. CAP PF MIA 0

4. New Techniques Employed

   During the month of March 2d CAG employed (4) XM-174 Automatic Grenade Launchers.

5. Command Relationships

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

6. Significant Accomplishments of Attachments

   a. Kit Carson Scouts:  While participating in 102 patrols, the KCS attached to 2d CAG accounted for the neutralization of four Viet Cong soldiers. One KCS was terminated during the reporting period as he proved unsuitable for duty with 2d CAG. The end of the month strength was (4) KCS being utilized by this command.

   b. ARVN Interpreters:  During the month of March, 2d CAG had six interpreters and one ARVN Liaison Officer assigned. The interpreters continue to provide valuable services in the translation of documents and daily liaison with Vietnamese Military units and the civilian populace.

   c. Scout Dogs:   2d CAG utilized eleven Scout Dog Teams and two Mine Dog Teams during the month of March. All teams were proficient in their combat assignments and a welcome asset to CAP capabilities.

7. Lessons Learned

   Negative

8. Logistics

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

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   b. Significant Events: The 2d CAG Logistics Section, during the reporting period, began supply inventories prior to the upcoming standdown. Emphasis was placed on the smaller units turning in all excess gear.

   c. Damage to weapons due to enemy action: During the reporting period the Command Armory received no weapons damaged due to enemy action.

   d. Motor Transport: A total of 24,258 miles was logged by the Group Motor Transport. The increase in mileage is due to the turn in of supplies and equipment, which are being taken to Supply outlets in the Danang area daily. There were two vehicles deadlined for 3rd echelon maintenance and four deadlined for 2nd echelon maintenance. Breakdown is as follows:

    
NOMENCLATURE     ECHELON     QTY
M37B1 Truck 2nd 2
M151A1 Jeep 2nd 2
M35A2C Truck 3rd 1
M37B1 Truck 3rd 1

   e. Airlifts:   During March, logistical support by helicopter was provided with the movement of 8,700 lbs. of supplies to field units.

   f. Messhall:   Approximately 22,950 meals were prepared during the reporting period in the 2d CAG Messhall. Of the above total approximately 11,250 meals were distributed to Marines in the field.

   g. Armory:   The Group Armory repaired a total of 135 weapons. In addition 66 weapons requiring 3rd echelon maintenance were sent to 1st FSR for repair.

   h. Miscellaneous Service:   During the reporting period, "A" Company, 7th Engineers completed erection of a chain link fence around the CAG Headquarters compound.

   i. Supplies:: No significant problems with supply support have occurred during the reporting period. This unit has been evaluating all items of supply to determine excesses. All excesses are being turned in through the appropriate supply channels.

   j. Problem Areas:   None

9. Civic Action/Psychological Operations

  a.   With the deactivations of six CAPs and continued Vietnamization in March, CAG's Civic Action Program slowed proportionately. Emphasis continues to be directed toward use of Vietnamese channels by civilians desiring help. CAG Marines attempt to monitor such requests but lack of personnel and material resources continue to hamper the responsiveness of the Vietnamese.

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  b.   2d CAG continues to use its own limited resources for low-cost, high-impact projects. One very beneficial and gratifying program is that stocked by U.S. civilian contributions and distributed by the CAG Chaplain to local orphanages, schools, churches, and refugee hamlets. This program has provided some 730 pounds of soap and 750 pounds of clothing.

  c.   During March CAP Marines distributed some 625 pounds of food, 8 bags of cement, 35 sheets of plywood, 104 sewing kits, 11,000 school kits and taught 62 English classes.

  d.   The MedCap's continued and are reported under the Medical Section of this report.

  e.   Psychological Operations during March continued to use Face-to-Face communications as their basic medium. Leaflet drops were made in support of CAP deactivations and operation Lam Son 719.

  f.   One series of wanted posters were distributed in response to documents captured in Dien Ban District.

10. Personnel and Administration

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

 
(1) Joined USMC
  Off Enl
   1  35

 
(2) Rotated CONUS USMC
  Off Enl
   1  56

 
(3) Reassignment Within WestPac USMC
  Off Enl
   1  6
 
(4) Transferred by Service Records while sick (out of country hospital)
USMC
  Off Enl
   0  8

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

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

      To PFC  4     To SSGT  1
To LCPL 40     To GYSGT  0
To CPL 20     To 1stSGT/MSGT  0
To SGT  8     To SGTMAJ/MGYSGT  0

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  c. Legal Matters

    (1) Courts held: GCM   1
     SpCM  3
     SCM   0
     
(2) Article 32 Investigations:    3 Completed
(3) NJP:      9 Completed
(4) JAG-Type Investigations:  0  

  d. Award Recommendations

      SSM 0     NAM 23
BSM 29     PHM 13
NCM 21     LofM  2

  e. Congrints/Splints/Welreps   The Command has responded to:
 
  (2) CONGRINTS (0) SPLINTS (14) WELREPS

  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 (5)     Okinawa (3)
Taipei (10)     Bangkok (9)
Hawaii (8)     Sydney (8)
(b) In Country (6)      

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

    Incoming Outgoing
(10) (1)

     (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:   Enemy contact was light through most of March with activity increasing in the last days of the month as the first highpoint of the K-850 Summer Campaign was reached. The enemy appeared to be consolidating through the early weeks of the month with the majority of sightings occurring in Dai Loc District and Dien Ban District.

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  Extensive contact by CAPs in Dai Loc District with elements of the 90th NVA Regiment on the night of 25 March resulted in no discernable results. However, reports from villagers on 26 March indicated that 15 NVA had been WIA and 5 Vietnamese females kidnapped from Loc An Village for use as nurses. Information from local villagers indicated that an additional 43 VC/NVA had been WIA on the night of 29 March as a result of CAP 2-2-2 observing approximately 90 enemy troops and calling in helicopter gunships and artillery fire missions. The 29th of March marked the height of enemy activity as CAPs in Hieu Duc, Dai Loc, Dien Ban and Hoa Vang Districts all made contact and Company Headquarters received mortar and small arms fire. 2d CAG Headquarters had nine 122mm rockets impact in its vicinity. The period of increased activity continued into April with large numbers of enemy being observed in Dien Ban and Dai Loc Districts.

  a. Weapons and Ordnance Captured:

      (1) Individual and Crew-Served Weapons captured
 
AK-47 (22)   K-54 pistol (2)  
M-16 (2)   9mm Pistol (2)  
M-72 LAAW (2)   M-79 Grenade Launcher (2)  
B-40 Rocket Launcher (4)

      (2) Ordnance Captured
 
122mm rocket 1   M-79 HE rounds 10  
B-40 rounds 10   Claymore Mines 2  
Chi Com Grenades 90   SFDs (Homemade) 2  
M-26 Grenades 25   81mm HE rounds 1  
Anti-personnel Mines   4  

      (3) Gear Captured
 
60mm mortar tube (Homemade) 1 AK-47 magazines 7
BA-30 batteries 12 Web gear (assorted) 9
Blasting Caps 4 Documents  
Rice                 650 lbs.  

12. Communications

  a. Battery usage: During the month 505 BA-386 batteries and 415 BA-4386 batteries were used.

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

      Incoming Messages    224
Outgoing Messages 216
Spot Reports 191
Casualty Reports   2
  Total Traffic 633

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  c. Communications Supply: For the month of March there was a total of four outstanding requests for batteries, antennea, etc.

  d. Maintenance:

      Work requests submitted    98
Work requests completed 98
Work requests outstanding  0

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

      Incoming messages    510
Outgoing messages 160
Total messages 670

13. Fire Support:   2nd CAG's subordinate units employed (4) artillery illumination missions, (12) 81mm illumination missions, and (9) 81mm fire missions during the reporting period.

14. Air Support:   During March, 2d CAG employed helicopters for (43) medical evacuations, (3) gunship missions, and numerous helicopter missions for resupply and command control purposes.

15. Activations, Deactivations, Redesignations and Relocations of CAPs:
During the reporting period 2d CAG deactivated six Combined Action Platoons. At 211220H March, 1971, CAP 2-4-2, with a geographical center of TAOC at grid BT 128556, 4.2 km SW of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters, and CAP 2-4-7, with a geographical center of TAOC at grid BT 178553, 3.1 km SE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters, were deactivated. CAP 2-3-9, with a geographical center of TAOC at grid BT 095560, 3.5 km SE of Dien Ban District Headquarters, and CAP 2-3-10, with a geographical center of TAOC at grid BT 062545, 3 km S of Dien Ban District Headquarters, were deactivated at 221000H March 1971. At 22103OH March, 1971, CAP 2-7-8, with a geographical center of TAOC at grid BT 057665, 8 km N of Dien Ban District Headquarters, was deactivated and on the following day at 1000H CAP 2-7-7, with a geographical center of TAOC at grid BT 025705, 3 km SE of Hoa Vang District Headquarters, was also deactivated. All deactivations were with the approval of the Commanding General, III Marine Amphibious Force.

16. Special Services

     a.   2d CAG sent four people on two flights to Hong Kong to purchase Special Services equipment including athletic shorts, sweatshirts, polaroid camera batteries, playing cards and other stock items.

     b.   Special Services distributed some 250 magazines to CAP Marines as well as supplying 400 cases of beer and soda.

     c.   The advent of good weather permitted the resumption of Sunday beach trips for CAG Marines.

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Page 3-14 listed in the Index of this chronology was missing from the copy sent to Luis Martinez by the USMC Archives Section. Missing along with that page are standard entries about Medical Department activities and personnel.

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