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MAY 27 1971
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SECOND ENDORSEMENT on CO, 2d CAG ltr 3/BCQ/drc 5750 Ser.No. 09-71 of 22 April 1971

From: Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
To: Commandant of the Marine Corps (Code HD)
Subj: Command Chronology for the period 010001H April to 141200H April 1971
1. Forwarded.

(signed)       
G. R. SCHARNBERG
By direction  

Copy to:
CG, III MAF
 CO, 2d CAG





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5750
SerNo: 0169-71
18 May 1971

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FIRST ENDORSEMENT on CO, 2d CAG ltr 3/BCQ/drc 5750 SerNo: 09-71 of 22Apr71

From: Commanding General, III Marine Amphibious Force, FMF
To: Commandant of the Marine Corps (Code HD)
Via: Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
Subj: Command Chronology for the period 15-30 April will be forwarded under separate cover.

1. The subject chronology has been reviewed for completeness and is forwarded herewith.

(signed)      
J. L. GIBNEY    
By direction  

Copy to:
 CO, 2d CAG





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

                                                                                                   3/BCQ/drc
5750
09-71
22 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 010001H April 1971 to 141200H 1971
Ref: (a) MCO 5750.1B
(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

010001H April 1971 - 141200H April 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 3-8
Part IV - SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS 4-1 (enclosure 1)

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PART 1

Organizational Data

1. Designation Commander Date
2d Combined Action Group LtCol J.J. TOLNAY 1 - 14 Apr 71
Subordinate Units
1st Combined Action Company 1stLt R.M. MOUNTAIN 1 - 13 Apr 71
2nd Combined Action Company 1stLt J.L. WALTERS 1 - 13 Apr 71
3rd Combined Action Company Capt  D.D. DOOLEY 1 - 14 Apr 71
4th Combined Action Company Capt  D.L. MCINTURFF 1 - 14 Apr 71
7th Combined Action Company 1stLt J.M. IVY 1 - 14 Apr 71

Attached Units

DET, Kit Carson Scouts, 1st MarDiv 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 - 14 Apr 71
S-1 Officer 1stLt E.B. GUCKERT 1 - 14 Apr 71
S-3 Officer Maj   C.L. RUSHING 1 - 14 Apr 71
Asst S-3 Officer 1stLt B.C. QUIST 1 - 14 Apr 71
S-4 Officer 1stLt J.M. PIETRZAK 1 - 14 Apr 71
S-5 Officer 1stLt B.C. QUIST 1 - 14 Apr 71
Chaplain Lt    F.S. BIANCHINO 1 - 14 Apr 71
ARVN Liaison Officer 1stLt HA SAU HOA 1 - 14 Apr 71

4. Average Strength

USMC USN Others
Off Enl Off Enl Off Enl
 18 570 1    52 0    13

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5. End of Reporting Period Strength

USMC USN Others
Off Enl Off Enl Off Enl
 18 547   1  52   0  14

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Part II

NARRATIVE SUMMARY

    This reporting period saw 2d CAG continuing its combat mission, providing supply and administrative support for such operations, and continuing to deactivate subordinate units.
     Enemy contact was generally light, occurring predominantly in Dien Ban District as a result of the first phase of the enemy K-850 Campaign which opened in the last days of March. Final actions for this highpoint of enemy activity included two indirect fire attacks on Dien Ban District Headquarters and probing attacks designed to find and fix locations of friendly units. In the final days of the reporting period the enemy appeared to be regrouping and resupplying for the next phase of the campaign.
     On 13 April, Combined Action Company 2-1 in Hieu Duc District and Combined Action Company 2-2 in Dai Loc District were deactivated with appropriate ceremonies. Their equipment was redistributed and excesses turned in through CAG S-4 channels. Final reports were prepared and consolidated. Troops were billeted at 2d CAG Headquarters while being processed to leave Vietnam.
     In accordance with the redeloyment of Marines from the Republic of Vietnam, 2d CAG came under the command of 3d Marine Amphibious Brigade with the redeployment of III Marine Amphibious Force.

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PART III

SEQUENTIAL LISTING OF SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

1. Operation Summary

2 April 1971 CAP 2-7-6 patrol base initiated OWF on (6) VC at grid BT 035618, 4.2 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The VC returned SAF and fled west. A sweep of the area disclosed (3) VC KIA, (2) IWC and (4) Chi Com grenades which were destroyed. RESULTS: (3) VC KIA; (2) IWC; (4) grenades destroyed.
2 April 1971 CACO 2-3 received (5) incoming 60mm HE rounds from grid BT 043588, 2 km W of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The CACO returned a suppressing fire mission by using an azimuth from CAP 2-3-2 and CAP 2-3-3. A sweep of the area at first light was nonproductive. RESULTS: Negative.
3 April 1971 CAP 2-3-3, while on a joint operation with CAP 2-3-7 received OWF from an USEF at grid BT 043586, 2 km W of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The CAP returned OWF causing the enemy to flee south. One USMC was KIA, (1) USMC and (3) PFs were WIA(E) and (2) USMC were WIA(M) during the contact. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: (1) USMC KIA; (1) USMC and (3) PFs WIA(E); (2) USMC WIA(M).
3 April 1971 CACO 2-3 received (5) incoming 60mm and 82mm HE rounds at grid BT 065584, Dien Ban District Headquarters. The CACO returned a suppressing fire mission and CAP 2-3-6 swept area and found (1) Chi Com grenade. Five Vietnamese civilians were KIA and eight were WIA and medevaced by helicopter.
5 April 1971 CACO 2-7 received (15) 60mm and 82mm HE mortar rounds at grid BT 024658, 8.9 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The CACO returned a suppressing fire mission. The enemy fled in an unknown direction. Two RFs were WIA minor during the incoming mortar fire. RESULTS: (2) RFs WIA(M).
8 April 1971 CAP 2-2-3 patrol, while on routine identification card check, apprehended (3) Vietnamese males with improper identification. The VCS were carrying carbines and due to their unresponsiveness to CAP PF questioning were delivered to Dai Loc District Headquarters for interrogation. RESULTS: (3) VCS detained.
9 April 1971 CAP 2-3-6 patrol discovered (2) M-26 grenades with trip wire attached to a stick on a trail at grid BT 067599, 1.4 km N of Dien Ban District Headquarters. A sweep of the area for further SFDs revealed (5) additional M-26 grenades rigged as SFDs. The SFDs were blown in place. RESULTS: (7) M-26 grenade booby traps destroyed.

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10 April 1971 While on a sweep operation with CAP 2-3-2, a PF member of CAP 2-3-6 detonated (1) M-26 grenade booby trap rigged with a trip wire at grid BT 060601, 1.8 km N of Dien Ban District Headquarters. Two CAP PFs were WIA minor from the SFD. A sweep of the area for further SFDs revealed (3) bunkers, (2) spider holes, food, assorted cooking utensils, and (1) command detonation type mine. RESULTS: (2) PFs WIA(M); (3) bunkers, (2) spider holes, cooking gear destroyed; (1) mine delivered to District Headquarters.
13 April 1971 CACO 2-2, at grid AT 916579, .3 km N of Dai Loc District Headquarters, CAP 2-2-1 with a geographic center of TAOC at grid AT 926575, 1.1 km E of Dai Loc District Headquarters, CAP 2-2-2 with a geographic center of TAOC at grid AT 915565, 1.3 km S of Dai Loc District Headquarters, CAP 2-2-3 with a geographic center of TAOC at grid AT 917603, 2.9 km N of Dai Loc District Headquarters, and CAP 2-2-4 with a geographic center of TAOC at grid AT 915545, 3.1 km S of Dai Loc District Headquarters, were deactivated with an appropriate ceremony. Deactivations were with the approval of CG, III MAF.
13 April 1971 CACO 2-1, co-located with Hieu Duc District Headquarters at grid AT 929689, CAP 2-1-1 with a geographical center of TAOC at grid AT 911721, 3.4 km NW of Hieu Duc District Headquarters, CAP 2-1-2 with a geographic center of TAOC at grid AT 921704, 1.6 km NW of Hieu Duc District Headquarters, CAP 2-1-3 with a geographic center of TAOC at grid AT 936696, 1.1 km N of Hieu Duc District Headquarters, CAP 2-1-4 with a geographic center of TAOC at grid AT 955693, 2.4 km E of Hieu Duc District Headquarters, and CAP 2-1-6 with a geographic center of TAOC at grid AT 948644, 5.1 km SE of Hieu Duc District Headquarters, were deactivated with an appropriate ceremony. Deactivations were with the approval of CG, III MAF.

2. Neutralization of Enemy Forces

a. NVA KIA 0
b. VC KIA 3
c. NVA POW 0
d. VC POW 0
f. Hoi Chanh 0

3. Casualties Sustained

    USMC KIA 1     USN KIA 0     CAP PF KIA 0  
  USMC WIA(E) 2     USN WIA(E) 0     CAP PF WIA(E) 3  
  USMC WIA(M) 2     USN WIA(M) 0     CAP PF WIA(M) 2  
  USMC MIA 0     USN MIA 0     CAP PF MIA 0  

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4. New Techniques Employed    Negative

5. Command Relationships

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

6. Significant Accomplishments of Attachments

   a. Kit Carson Scouts:  During the reporting period 2d CAG employed four KCS. The KCS accounted for (2) VCS detained and (1) booby trap discovered while participating in 60 patrols. The KCS also assisted the Marines in conducting 6 classes.

   b. ARVN Interpreters:  2d CAG had six interpreters and one ARVN Liaison Officer assigned to its units during the reporting period. 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:   During the reporting period, 2d CAG employed six Scout Dog Teams and three Mine Dog Teams. 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.

   b. Significant Events:   Equipment from CACOs 2-1 and 2-2 was received upon their deactivation. Redistribution among CACOs and/or turn in through supply channels was effected.

   c. Damage to Weapons due to enemy action:   None

   d. Motor Transport:   The Group Motor Transport drove a total of 11,200 miles during the reporting period. There were four vehicles deadlined for 2nd echelon maintenance and one generator turned in for 3rd echelon maintenance. Breakdown is as follows:

    
NOMENCLATURE     ECHELON     QTY
Truck M35A2C 2nd 3
Truck M36A2C 2nd 1
Generator, PU/239 3rd 1

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   e. Airlifts:   During the reporting period, logistical support by helicopter was provided with the movement of 3,200 lbs. of supplies to field units.

   f. Messhall:   Approximately 10,850 meals were prepared during this reporting period in the 2d CAG Messhall. Of the above total approximately 5,600 meals were distributed to the troops in the field.

   g. Armory:   The Group Armory repaired a total of 65 weapons. In addition 11 weapons were sent to 1st FSR for 3rd echelon maintenance.

   h. Supplies::   No problems with supply support have occurred during the reporting period. All excesses are being turned in through the appropriate supply channels.

   i. Problem Areas:   None

9. Civic Action/Psychological Operations

  a.   Civic Action decreased in April as CAG units deactivated. The remaining CAPs concentrated on completing low-cost, high-impact projects such as donation of empty ammunition boxes to refugee villages.

  b.   A large measure of CAG Civic Action consists of private donations from U.S. citizens given and distributed through Chaplain F.S. BIANCHINO USN, the CAG Chaplain. This aid to orphanages, churches, schools and refugee villages consists of donations of clothing, soap, soccer and volley balls, funds, etc.

  c.   The MedCap program continued and is reported in the Medical Section of this report.

  d.   Psychological Operations increased as CAG supported deactivation of its units. Three leaflet drops were flown by 9th Special Operations Squadron USAF. These were designed to strengthen the image of the GVN and its armed forces.

  e.   Face-to-Face communications continue to be the media best employed by CAP Marines.

10. Personnel and Administration

  a. Personnel Transactions. During the reporting period the following personnel transactions were completed.

 
(1) Joined USMC
  Off Enl
   0   0

 
(2) Rotated CONUS USMC
  Off Enl
   0  54

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(3) Reassignment Within WestPac USMC
  Off Enl
   0  1
 
(4) Transferred by Service Records while sick (out of country hospital)
USMC
  Off Enl
   0  11

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

  b. Promotions: During the reporting period the following promotions were effected.

      To PFC  0     To SSGT  0
To LCPL 44     To GYSGT  0
To CPL  2     To 1stSGT/MSGT  0
To SGT  0     To SGTMAJ/MGYSGT  0

  c. Legal Matters

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

  d. Award Recommendations

      SSM 0    NAM  5
BSM 3    PHM 12
NCM 4       

  e. Congrints/Splints/Welreps   The Command has responded to:
 
  (0) CONGRINTS (0) SPLINTS (0) 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 (1)     OKINAWA (3)
TAIPEI (6)     BANGKOK (4)
HAWAII (4)     SYDNEY (4)
(b) In Country (10)      

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

  Incoming (7) Outgoing (1)

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

  g. Career Planning

   Re-enlistments:  NONE

   Extensions:      NONE

11. Intelligence:   The highpoint of the enemy K-850 Campaign which occurred the last three days of March tapered off the first two weeks of April with the increase of lunar illumination. Contact was light with intelligence reports indicating the enemy was regrouping and resupplying.

  a. Weapons and Ordnance Captured:

      (1) Individual and Crew-Served Weapons captured
 
Ak-47 (1)   RPD 56 Light Machine Gun (1)  

      (2) Ordnance captured
  
60mm HE rounds   1
M-26 grenades   10
Chi Com grenades   6
B-40 Round   1

12. Communications

  a. Battery usage: During the reporting period 576 BA-30 batteries and 372 BA4386 batteries were used.

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

      Incoming Messages     98
Outgoing Messages 100
Spot Reports  53
Strength Reports   3
  Total Traffic 254

  c. Communications supply: For the reporting period there was a total of two outstanding requests for batteries.

  d. Maintenance:

      Work requests submitted    88
Work requests completed 88
Work requests outstanding  0

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Page 3-7 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 for teletype traffic, fire and air support and CAP deactivations.

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

      Incoming messages   
Outgoing messages
Total messages

13. Fire Support:  

14. Air Support:  

15. Activations, Deactivations, Redesignations and Relocations of CAPs:

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     d.   Special Services distributed some 250 magazines to CAP Marines as well as supplying 90 cases of beer and soda.

17. Medical Department

   a. General

      (1) During this reporting period several routine medical inspections were made on the CACO level. Inspections included sanitation, verification of medical records and the instruction of all senior corpsmen to ensure that all immunizations are kept current and are properly recorded.

      (2) A message was received from BUMED discontinuing the use of Abbott Laboratories Intravenous fluids due to septicemia reports from several Georgia hospitals. Messages were sent to the CACO senior corpsmen and action was taken.

     (3) There were no reports of animal bites during the reporting period.

     (4) MedCaps at 2d CAG totaled 394.

    b. Personnel Transactions:

         (1) Detached:   18
(2) Joined:    1
(3) Hospitalized (NBC)    1
(4) Hospitalized (WIA)    0

    c. MedCaps:   During the reporting period, Combined Action Platoons treated a total of 30 civilian casualties caused by hostile action and 2,975 civilians classified as non-hostile casualties.

    d. Training:   CAP Corpsmen held a total of 35 classes with an attendance of 220 health workers, PF Corpsmen and civilians.

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