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

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17 June 1970

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From: Commanding Officer
To: Commandant of the Marine Corps (Code HD)
Via: (1) Commanding Officer, Combined Action Force
(2) Commanding General, III Marine Amphibious Force
(3) Commanding General, Fleet Marine Forces, Pacific
Subj: Command Chronology for period 1 May 1970 to 31 May 1970
Ref: (a) MCO 5750.1A
(b) FMFPacO 5750.8B
(c) CAFO 5750.1
Encl: (1) 2d Combined Action Group Command Chronology

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

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

D.R. CHRISTENSEN


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

COMMAND CHRONOLOGY

1 May 1970 to 31 May 1970

INDEX

Part I ORGANIZATIONAL DATA 1-1 to 1-2
Part II NARRATIVE SUMMARY 2-1
Part III SEQUENTIAL LISTING
OF SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
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PART 1

Organizational Data

1. Designation Commander Date
2d Combined Action Group LtCol D.R. CHRISTENSEN (1May - 31May 70)
Subordinate Units
1st Combined Action Company Capt R. D. TOMLIN (1May - 31May 70)
2nd Combined Action Company Capt T. M. BELDON (1May - 31May 70)
3rd Combined Action Company Capt W. J. CAMPBELL (1May - 31May 70)
4th Combined Action Company 1stLt R. W. JOHNSON (1May - 31May 70)
7th Combined Action Company Capt R. M. MALLARD (1May - 31May 70)
8th Combined Action Company Capt J. R. KNIBBS (1May - 31May 70)
9th Combined Action Company GySgt R. E. MCCLELLAND (1May - 31May 70)
  GySgt B. W. BALLARD (1May - 31May 70)

Attached Units

DET Kit Carson Scouts, 1st Marine Division G-2 (C-1)
DET, ARVN Interpreters/Translators, III MAF
DET, Medical Section, HQ, III MAF
DET, Scout Dogs, III MP Battalion, 1st Marine Division

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 Man Province, RVN
CACO 2-4 Hieu Nhon District, Quang Nam Province, RVN
CACO 2-7 Hoa Vang District, Quang Nam Province, RVN
CACO 2-8 Hoa Vang District, Quang Nam Province, RVN
CACO 2-9 Duc Duc District, Quang Nam Province, RVN

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3. Staff Officers

ExecO/S-5 Off Maj J. A. MCCARTY (1 May - 31 May 70)
S-1 Off 1stLt W. J. DECKER (1 May - 31 May 70)
S-2/S-3 Off Maj L. E. NUGENT (1 May - 31 May 70)
Asst S-2/S-3 Off 2dLt M. A. CARDINALE (1 May - 31 May 70)
S-4 Off Capt J. T. FOX (1 May - 31 May 70)


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4. Average Monthly Strength
USMC USN Others
Off    Enl Off    Enl Off    Enl
16    722 0    40 0    16

5. End-of-Month Unit Diary Strength
USMC USN Others
Off    Enl Off    Enl Off    Enl
16    701 0    39 0    2


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Part II

NARRATIVE SUMMARY

    During May 2d CAG continued to give 4th CAG personnel on the job training. On 18 May 1970 2d CAG received eight men from 4th CAG for training. Two men were sent to CACO 2-4, three to CACO 2-3 and three to CACO 2-7. All the 4th CAG personnel did an outstanding job, and all received their Combat Action Ribbon.
    During May, seven new CAPs were formed. The personnel to man these platoons were transferred from 3rd and 4th CAG. The insertion dates were as follows, CAP 2-3-8 - 041130, CAP 2-3-9 - 041130, CAP 2-4-6 - 051300, CAP 2-4-7 - 051530, CAP 2-7-8 - 051320, CAP 2-7-9 - 031320, and CAP 2-7-10 - 041430. The emplacment of these CAPs enabled 2d CAG to close off enemy routes of access and escape.
    Contact during May was higher than that of the previous month. The enemy moved into CAG TAOCs in probe type attacks, then fading back when the CAPs returned fire. Quite often during the month the enemy emplaced mines, ambushes, or barricades across QL#1 in an attempt to cut this highly important transportation route. The enemy made extensive use of fragmentation devices in his attacks, thereby causing a high incident of wounds among the CAP U.S. and Vietnamese personnel.
    During May 2d CAG received three additional officers. Captain L.H. WILLIAMS and Captain R.A. CRANE received familiarization tours of 2d CAG. First Lieutenant M.W. BASSLER was transferred to 2d CAG from 3rd CAG. He was assigned as XO of CACO 2-3.

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PART III

SEQUENTIAL LISTING OF SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

 3 May 70 A CAP 2-3-3 patrol apprehended 1 VN civilian without an identification card during a routine identification check at BT 056612, 2.8 km N of Dien Ban District Headquarters. Unresponsive to questioning by CAP PF, the VN was classified as a VCS and delivered to District Headquarters for further interrogation. RESULTS: 1 VCS.
4 May 70 A CAP 2-2-1 patrol initiated organic weapons fire on 9 VC moving NE at AT 948592, 3.6 km NE of Dai Loc District Headquarters. The enemy returned SAF and fled in an unknown direction. The patrol called an 81mm mortar fire mission on probable enemy escape routes located on both sides of a river at the above coordinates. A sweep of the area on the far side of the river was not conducted because of the intervening river. However, the bodies of 5 VC were observed lying in the open and obviously dead. A sweep of the area on the near side of the river disclosed 1 NVA with minor fragmentation wounds, 1 AK-47, 1 M-26 grenade, 1 SA magazine, 1 first aid pouch, 1 cartridge belt and 1 bunker containing miscellaneous eating utensils. Upon questioning by CAP PF, the POW stated he was a platoon commander in the Q-82 Battalion and his platoon consisted of 9 NVA and 13 VC. The POW was rendered first aid and delivered to District Headquarters for further interrogation. The rifle, SA magazine, first aid pouch cartridge belt and eating utensils were delivered to District Headquarters. The M-26 grenade and bunker were destroyed. RESULTS: 5 VC KIA, 1 NVA POW; 1 IWC, 1 SA magazine, 1 first aid pouch, 1 cartridge belt and miscellaneous eating utensils captured; 1 M-26 grenade, 1 bunker destroyed.
4 May 70 A CAP 2-2-4 patrol apprehended 3 VN civilians during a routine identification check at AT 858566, 5.7 km W of Dai Loc District Headquarters. One VN civilian had no identification card and 2 VN civilians possessed counterfeit identification cards. Unresponsive to questioning by CAP PF, the VN were classified as VCS and delivered to District Headquarters for further interrogation. RESULTS: 3 VCS.
4 May 70 CAP 2-3-9 was inserted with the geographical center of the TAOC at BT 093560, 3.8 km SE of Dien Ban District Headquarters.
5 May 70 CAP 2-4-6 was inserted with a geographical center of the TAOC at BT 116584, 4.3 km W of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters.

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5 May 70 CAP 2-4-7 was inserted with a geographical center of the TAOC at BT 179555, 3 km SE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters.
5 May 70 Responding to a request from the Triem Dong Village Chief, a CAP 2-4-2 patrol conducted a search and apprehended 1 VN civilian in a house at BT 119560, 4.2 km SW of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The search disclosed 300 lbs of rice. Unresponsive to questioning by CAP PF, the VN was classified as a VCS and delivered to District Headquarters for further interrogation along with the 300 lbs of rice for redistribution. RESULTS: 1 VCS; 300 lbs rice delivered to District Headquarters for redistribution.
5 May 70 A CAP 2-4-3 ambush initiated organic weapons fire and called an 81mm mortar fire mission on 6 VC moving NE along the E side of a river at BT 180578, 1.9 km E of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The enemy fled in an unknown direction without returning fire. A sweep of the area was not conducted because of the intervening river. Two VC bodies were observed through field glasses lying in the open and obviously dead. RESULTS: 2 VC KIA.
5 May 70 A CAP 2-8-3 ambush initiated organic weapons fire on an estimated 7 VC observed by use of a Starlight Scope moving N at AT 901803, 10 km NW of the Danang Airfield. The enemy returned fire with ChiCom grenades, SAF and fled N. One USMC was WIA and 1 USN received minor fragmentation wounds in the contact. The USMC WIA was medevaced by helicopter. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(E), 1 USN WIA(M).
5 May 70 A CAP 2-4-6 ambush received SAF and 3 ChiCom grenades from an USEF in a treeline at BT 115589, 5 km E of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The ambush returned organic weapons fire causing the enemy to flee in an unknown direction. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. One USMC received a minor fragmentation wound in the contact. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(M).
6 May 70 A CAP 2-7-2 patrol apprehended 7 VN civilians either without identification cards or altered identification cards in the vicinity of BT 028621, 5.9 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. Unresponsive to questioning by CAP RF, the VN were classified as VCS and delivered to the 3rd CIT for further interrogation. RESULTS: 7 VCS.
7 May 70 Acting on information received from local villagers that 5 VN had assassinated 1 RD Cadreman at BT 076586, 1.1 km NE of Dien Ban District Headquarters, a CAP 2-3-1 patrol base dispatched a patrol to investigate. The patrol received SAF from 5 VC at the above coordinates. The patrol returned organic weapons fire causing the enemy to flee N. The patrol called an 81mm

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  mortar fire mission on probable enemy escape routes. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 RD Cadreman KIA and 1 SA magazine. The magazine was delivered to District Headquarters. RESULTS: 1 RD Cadreman KIA, 1 SA magazine captured.
7 May 70 A CAP 2-7-6 ambush initiated organic weapons fire on 3 VC raising a VC flag at BT 073705, 6.8 km SE of Hoa Vang District Headquarters. The enemy disappeared from sight without returning fire. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 local force VC guerrilla hiding in a house occupied by 1 VN male. The POW was dressed in black pajamas and 1 cartridge belt with 1 M-26 grenade. He stated he was with 3 other armed VC. Unresponsive to questioning by CAP PF, the VN male occupant of the house was classified as a VCS. The POW and VCS were delivered to District Headquarters for interrogation along with the cartridge belt. The VC flag and M-26 grenade were destroyed. RESULTS: 1 VC POW, 1 VCS, 1 cartridge belt captured; 1 VC flag and 1 M-26 grenade destroyed.
8 May 70 CACO 2-9 Headquarters, located adjacent to Duc Duc District Headquarters at AT 862484, received 6 82mm HE rounds and a CAP 2-9-2 patrol base at AT 866477, 1 km NW of Duc Duc District Headquarters, received 6 60mm HE rounds from an USEF in an unknown location. Four VN civilians were WIA from the exploding mortar rounds at the CACO 2-9 Headquarters location. The CACO 2-9 Headquarters rendered first aid and medevaced the WIA civilians. RESULTS: 4 VN civilians WIA(E).
8 May 70 A CAP 2-2-1 ambush received 2 RPGs and SAF from an USEF at AT 927579, 600m NE of Dai Loc District Headquarters. The ambush returned organic weapons fire causing the enemy to withdraw in an unknown direction. Minutes later, the CAP patrol base in a compound at AT 929577, 1.2 km E of Dai Loc District Headquarters, received 30 RPGs, 15 82mm mortar HE rounds and SAF from an USEF followed by a ground attack employing bangalore torpedoes and ChiCom grenades. The CAP returned organic weapons fire and requested a reaction force from L Company 3rd Battalion 5th Marines. The CAP 2-2-1 ambush and L 3/5 joined forces with the patrol base by means of fire and maneuver through the enemy force. The enemy withdrew in an unknown direction. The CAP called an 81mm mortar fire mission on probable enemy escape routes. One CAP USMC, 2 L 3/5 USMC, 6 PF were WIA and 3 CAP USMC received minor fragmentation wounds in the contact. One 60mm mortar, 1 M-79 grenade launcher, 1 M-16, 100 60mm illumination rounds and 100 60mm WP rounds were destroyed and 2 M-60 machine guns were damaged by enemy fire. A sweep of the area disclosed 3 dud M-72 LAAWs, 1 RPG, 1 RPG pouch, 1 bangalore torpedo, 48 feet of detonating cord, 7 ChiCom grenades,

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  10 M-79 HE dud rounds, 5 bamboo slats used to breach the compound wire and 1 VC/NVA SNCO belt. The belt, RPG pouch and bamboo slats were delivered to District Headquarters. A 1st MAR DIV EOD Team destroyed all ordnance discovered in the sweep. RESULTS: 1 CAP USMC WIA(E), 6 PF WIA(E), 3 CAP USMC WIA(M); 1 60mm mortar, 1 M-79 grenade launcher 1 M-16, 100 60mm illumination roundes 100 60mm WP rounds destroye and 2 M-60 machienguns damaged by the enemy; 3 IWC; 1 RPG pouch, 1 VC/NVA SNCO belt and 5 bamboo slats captured; 1 RPG, 1 bangalore torpedo, 48 feet of detonating cord, 7 ChiCom grenades and 10 M-79 HE dud rounds destroyed.
8 May 70 A CAP 2-7-2 ambush initiated organic weapons fire on 11 VC moving W at BT 018618, 5.7 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy returned SAF and fled W. The ambush called an artillery fire mission on probable enemy escape routes. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 local force VC guerrilla, 1 RPG-2 launcher. The 1 RPG and 3 ChiCom grenades were destroyed. RESULTS: 1 VC POW; 1 CSWC; 1 RPG and 3 ChiCom grenades destroyed.
8 May 70 A CAP 2-4-3 patrol received SAF and ChiCom grenades from an estimated 5 VC at BT 169581, 1.2 km NE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The patrol returned organic weapons fire causing the enemy to flee W. One PF was KIA and 3 USMC received minor fragmentation wounds in the contact. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 VC KIA, 1 AK-47 and 4 ChiCom grenades. The grenades were destroyed and the rifle was delivered to District Headquarters. At 090600H, a CAP 2-4-3 patrol conducted a resweep of the area of contact. The patrol apprehended 5 VN civilians were classified as VCS for delivering food to local force VC. The VCS were delivered to District Headquarters for further interrogation. RESULTS: 1 PF KIA, 3 USMC WIA(M), 1 VC KIA: 5VCS; 1 IWC; 4 ChiCom grenades destroyed.
8 May 70 A CAP 2-1-5 ambush initiated organic weapons fire on 2 VC moving E at AT 947658, 3.5 km SW of Dai Loc District Headquarters. The enemy returned fire with ChiCom grenades, SAF and fled E. One USMC and 1 VN civilian were WIA and 3 USMC and 1 VN civilian received minor fragmentation wounds from enemy fire in the contact. The USMC and 1 VN civilian WIA were rendered first aid and medevaced by helicopter. The 1 VN civilian receiving minor wounds from enemy fire was rendered first aid and released. A sweep of the area was non-productive. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(E), 3 USMC WIA(M), 1 VN civilian WIA(E), 1 VN civilian WIA(M).

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9 May 70 Two USMC members of 2nd CAG Headquarters were WIA and a 2nd CAG truck was destroyed by an unknown size command detonated box mine while proceeding N on QL-1 at BT 054595, 1.9 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The 2 USMC WIA were medevaced by helicopter to NSA Hospital by a CAP 2-3-2 patrol that moved to the ambush site upon hearing the explosion. A search of the area for further SFDs was nonproductive. RESULTS: 2 USMC WIA(E), 1 2nd CAG truck destroyed.
9 May 70 A USMC member of a CAP 2-7-1 patrol accidentally detonated 1 M-26 grenade booby trap on a trail rigged with a trip wire firing device at BT 029634, 6.4 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. Three USMC received minor fragmentation wounds from the exploding SFD. A search of the area for further SFDs was nonproductive. RESULTS: 3 USMC WIA(M).
9 May 70 A CAP 2-3-9 patrol in the process of moving into a night ambush site, received 2 ChiCom grenades from 5 VC at BT 095561, 3.6 km SE of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The patrol returned organic weapons fire causing the enemy to flee S. Three USMC and 2 RF were WIA in the contact and medevaced by helicopter to 1st MED Battalion. During a sweep of the area, a PF member of the patrol accidentally detonated 1 M-26 grenade booby trap rigged with a trip wire firing device. The PF was KIA and 1 USMC received minor fragmentation wounds from the exploding SFD. RESULTS: 1 PF KIA, 3 USMC WIA(E), 1 USMC WIA(M).
10 May 70 A CAP 2-7-1 patrol base received 25 RPGs and SAF from an estimated 15 VC at BT 028637, 6.4 km NE of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The patrol base returned organic weapons fire causing the enemy to withdraw in an unknown direction. One RF was KIA, 11 USMC and 7 RF were WIA, 1 USN and 1 USMC received minor fragmentation wounds and 1 VN civilian was WIA from the enemy fire in the contact. Six USMC, 7 RF, and 1 Vietnamese civilian WIA were medevaced by helicopter and 5 USMC were medevaced by vehicle. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 AK-47 and 1 SA magazine which were delivered to District Headquarters. The CAP was reconstituted the morning of 10 May. RESULTS: 1 RF KIA; 11 USMC WIA(E), 7 RF WIA(E), 1 USMC WIA(M), 1 USN WIA(M), and 1 VN civilian WIA(E); 1 IWC; 1 SA magazine captured.
10 May 70 A USMC dog handler of an attached 3rd MP Battalion Scout Dog Team, working as the point element of a CAP 2-4-3 patrol, accidentally detonated a 105mm HE round along a trail rigged with an unknown type firing device at BT 167588, 1.5 km NE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The dog handler was WIA from the exploding SFD. The handler and his uninjured dog were medevaced by helicopter to NSA Hospital. A search of the area for further SFDs was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 3rd MP BN USMC WIA(E) accompanied by his dog.

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10 May 70 A combined operation of CAP 2-9-2, elements of the 5th Marines, PF Plt 124 and RF Company 369 initiated organic weapons fire and called a fixed wing air strike on 15 VC moving E at AT 886498, 2.1 km NE of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The enemy returned fire with M-79 HE rounds, SAF and fled E. One USMC received minor fragmentation wounds in the contact. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 ton of buried rice which was given to the RF unit to distribute among local villagers. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(M), 1 ton of rice captured.
11 May 70 Acting upon information received from a US Air Force AO flying an OV-2 Aircraft that a camouflaged bunker was located at BT 128550, 4.1 km SW of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters, a CAP 2-4-2 patrol base dispatched a patrol to investigate. The patrol initiated organic weapons fire killing 1 VC in the bunker and 1 VC attempting to flee the area. A sweep of the area disclosed 2 VC KIA, 4 M-26 grenades, 1 SA magazine and 1 cartridge belt. The grenades, magazine and cartridge belt were delivered to District Headquarters and the bunkers were destroyed. The AO observed 4 VC attempting to outflank the CAP 2-4-2 patrol and dived to engage them. The 4 VC initiated AWF on the aircraft which took an unknown number of hits, crashed and burned at BT 132550, 3.2 km SE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters, the 4 VC fled in an unknown direction. The CAP 2-4-2 patrol moved to the crash site and initiated organic weapons fire on 2 VC throwing grenades and firing small arms at the burning aircraft. The enemy fled S without returning fire. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. The body of the pilot killed in the crash was recovered at 1245H and delivered to 2nd CAG Headquarters. RESULTS: 1 USAF KIA, 2 VC KIA; 4 M-26 grenades, 1 SA magazine and 1 cartridge belt captured; 1 OV-2 Aircraft and 2 bunkers destroyed.
11 May 70 A CAP 2-7-4 ambush received 15 M-79 HE rounds and SAF from an USEF at BT 044628, 4.8 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The ambush returned organic weapons fire causing the enemy to flee in an unknown direction. One USMC was WIA in the contact and medevaced to NSA Hospital. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(E).
11 May 70 A CAP 2-2-1 ambush initiated organic weapons fire on 5 NVA moving E at AT 931582, 1.8 km NE of Dai Loc District Headquarters. The enemy fled E without returning fire. The ambush called an 81mm mortar fire mission on probable enemy escape routes. During a sweep of the area, 1 NVA who was WIA in the initial contact initiated fire with 1 ChiCom grenade and SAF. The

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  ambush returned organic weapons fire killing the NVA. A search of his body and surrounding area disclosed 1 AK-47, 1 cartridge belt and 1 notebook indicating the NVA was a member of the 75th NVA Battalion. The notebook was delivered to District Headquarters for analysis along with the rifle and cartridge belt. RESULTS: 1 NVA KIA; 1 IWC, 1 notebook and 1 cartridge belt captured.
12 May 70 A CAP 2-7-9 ambush received M-79 HE rounds, RPGs, AWF and SAF from an USEF at BT 020653, 8.4 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The ambush returned organic weapons fire and called a helicopter gunship mission on the enemy causing them to flee in an unknown direction. Seven USMC, 3 PF were WIA and 1 VN civilian was KIA from enemy fire in the contact. The USMC and PF WIA were medevaced by helicopter to NSA Hospital. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 M-79 grenade launcher, 1 bag containing 20 M-79 HE rounds and ChiCom grenades were delivered to District Headquarters. RESULTS: 7 USMC WIA(E), 3 PF WIA(E), 1 VN civilian KIA; 1 IWC, 1 bag containing 20 M-79 HE rounds and 5 ChiCom grenades captured.
14 May 70 A CAP 2-3-1 patrol initiated organic weapons fire on 1 VC moving E at BT 076584, 1.4 km E of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy returned SAF and disappeared from sight. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 VC KIA. RESULTS: 1 VC KIA.
15 May 70 A CACO 2-9 Headquarters and CAP 2-9-2 patrol called a fixed wing air strike on 5 VC eating rice at AT 878498, 1.9 km N of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The enemy fled in an unknown direction without returning fire. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 VC KIA, 3 destroyed bunkers, 150m of destroyed trenchline, 3 homemade C-4 explosive filled "C" ration can booby traps on separate trails each rigged with a trip wire firing device. The SFDs were destroyed. RESULTS: 1 VC KIA; 3 surprise firing devices, 3 bunkers and 150m of trench lines were destroyed.
16 May 70 A CAP 2-3-6 patrol received SAF from an estimated 15 VC at BT 060598, 1.6 km N of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The patrol returned organic weapons fire, requested a reaction force from CAP 2-3-2 and called a fixed wing air strike and 60mm mortar fire mission on the enemy location. The combined action of the CAP 2-3-6 patrol reinforced by CACO 2-3 Headquarters, CAP 2-3-2 reaction force, air strike and 60mm mortar fire mission caused the enemy to flee N. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 dud 250 lb bomb, 1 dud M-79 HE round, 3 bunkers and 1 fighting hole. The SFD, dud bomb, dud M-79 round, bunkers and fighting hole were destroyed. RESULTS: 1 SFD, 1 dud 250 lb bomb, 1 dud M-79 HE round, 3 bunkers and 1 fighting hole destroyed.

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18 May 70 A CAP 2-7-1 patrol apprehended 1 VN male obviously attempting to evade the patrol at BT 023634, 6.5 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. Unresponsive to questioning by CAP RF, the VN was classified as a VCS and delivered to District Headquarters for further interrogation. He was confirmed as a local force VC guerrilla by the DIOCC. RESULTS: 1 VC POW.
19 May 70 Two USMC members of CACO 2-7, while attempting to tow a CACO 2-9 M-151 with a 5 ton truck, accidentally detonated a 105mm HE round booby trap rigged with a pressure type firing device located on the shoulder of the road at BT 033641, 6.6 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. One USMC was WIA, 1 USMC received minor fragmentation wounds from the exploding SFD and the 5 ton truck was damaged. The 5 ton truck and M-151 were towed to 2nd CAG Headquarters. The USMC WIA was medevaced by vehicle to 1st MED BN. A search of the area for further SFDs was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(E), 1 USMC WIA(M); 1 5 ton truck damaged.
19 May 70 A CAP 2-4-7 patrol discovered one VC body washed ashore at BT 176555, 3km S of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The VC was wearing a cartridge belt and was believed to have been KIA by a CAP 2-4-7 ambush on 152025H:    (Ref. item #3 CAF OPSUM 151600H to 161600H May 1970).   The cartridge belt was delivered to District Headquarters. RESULTS: 1 VC KIA; 1 cartridge belt captured.
19 May 70 A CAP 2-9-2 patrol received 2 ChiCom grenades from an USEF at AT 866492, 1.6 km NW of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The patrol returned organic weapons fire causing the enemy to flee NE. Two USMC, 1 PF and 1 VN civilian received minor fragmentation wounds and 1 VN civilian was KIA from the exploding enemy grenades. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 2 USMC WIA(M), 1 PF WIA(M), 1 VN civilian KIA, 1 VN civilian WIA(M).
19 May 70 A CAP 2-9-2 ambush received 6 ChiCom grenades and SAF from 5 VC at AT 866486, 1.4 km NW of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The ambush returned organic weapons fire causing the enemy to flee N. Two USMC and 4 PF were WIA in the contact and medevaced by vehicle to the 5th Marines BAS. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 VC KIA, 1 cartridge belt and 4 ChiCom grenades. The cartridge belt was delivered to District Headquarters. The grenades were destroyed in place. RESULTS: 2 USMC WIA(E), 4 PF WIA(E), 1 VC KIA; 1 cartridge belt captured; 4 ChiCom grenades destroyed.

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21 May 70 A CAP 2-4-3 ambush received 3 M-79 HE rounds from an USEF at BT 169579, 800m NE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. One of the incoming rounds impacted in a bag of M-79 rounds. The M-79s exploded and caused 2 M-72 LAAWs to detonate. Five USMC were WIA, 2 PF received minor fragmentation wounds, 1 PF received minor internal ear damage and 2 M-16 rifles were destroyed by the exploding M-79 rounds and M-72 LAAWs. The ambush returned organic weapons fire causing the enemy to flee in an unknown direction. The five USMC WIA were medevaced by helicopter. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 5 USMC WIA(E), 3 PF WIA(M); 2 M-16 rifles, 2 M-72 LAAWs destroyed.
21 May 70 A USMC member of a CAP 2-3-8 patrol during a sweep of a previous contact area at BT 046617, 4 km N of Dien Ban District Headquarters received third degree burns to his hands when a detected RPG propellant accidentally ignited. The USMC was given first aid and medevaced by vehicle. A further sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(E).
21 May 70 A CAP 2-7-1 patrol received 8 rounds SAF from an USEF at BT 031635, 6 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. Lacking a discernable target, the patrol did not return fire. One USMC and 1 RF were WIA in the contact and medevaced by helicopter to 1st Med Bn. During a sweep of the area, the patrol detained 5 VN civilians. Unresponsive to questioning by CAP RF, the VN were delivered to District Headquarters for further interrogation. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(E), 1 RF WIA(E), 5 VN civilians detained.
22 May 70 A CAP 2-7-6 patrol, while on a combined operation with the 7th CIT Team apprehended 2 VN males at BT 072704, 6.5 km SE of Hoa Vang District Headquarters whose names appeared on the black list. The VN were classified as local force VC guerrillas by CIT and delivered to District Headquarters for further interrogation. RESULTS: 2 VC POW.
22 May 70 A CAP 2-7-9 ambush initiated organic weapons fire on 6 VC at BT 015651, 7.5 kn S of Hoa Vang District Headquarters. The enemy returned SAF and fled SW. One USMC received a minor gunshot wound from the contact. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(M).
22 May 70 A CAP 2-1-4 ambush initiated organic weapons fire on 3 VC at AT 946695, 2 km E of Hieu Duc District Headquarters. The enemy returned fire with M-79 rounds and SAF and fled W. One USMC received minor fragmentation wounds in the contact. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(M).

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25 May 70 A CAP 2-7-3 ambush initiated organic weapons fire on 3 VC moving W at BT 032653, 7.8 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy fled W without returning fire. Moments later, the ambush received 5 M-79 HE rounds from an USEF 100m to their S. The ambush returned organic weapons fire causing the enemy to flee in an unknown direction. Two USMC were KIA, 2 USMC were WIA and 1 VN boy was WIA from enemy fire in the contact. The 2 USMC WIA and VN boy WIA were rendered first aid and medevaced by helicopter. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 VC KIA, 1 AK-47 rifle, 2 AK-47 magazines, 1 cartridge belt and 1 M-26 grenade. The rifle, magazines and cartridge belt were delivered to District Headquarters and the grenade was destroyed. RESULTS: 2 USMC KIA, 2 USMC WIA(E), 1 VN boy WIA(E), 1 VC KIA; 1 IWC, 2 AK-47 magazines and 1 cartridge belt captured; 1 M-26 grenade destroyed.
25 May 70 A CAP 2-3-6 ambush initiated organic weapons fire on an USEF moving E at BT 063588, 600m N of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy returned fire with 1 ChiCom grenade and fled E. One USMC received a minor fragmentation wound in the contact. A sweep of the area disclosed numerous blood trails. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(M).
26 May 70 Three USMC members of CAP 2-4-1, on a resupply mission from CACO 2-4 Headquarters, enroute to their CAP initiated SAF on 5 VC in a treeline at BT 175583, 1.4 km NE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The enemy returned AWF. Moments later, the 3 USMC received fragmentation from a command detonated 81mm HE round, ChiCom grenades and AWF from 4 VC hidden in a large water hole 10m away. The 3 USMC were KIA and 1 AN/PRC-25 radio was lost to the enemy in the contact. Hearing the firing, a CAP 2-4-3 patrol base dispatched a reaction force. The reaction force initiated organic weapons fire on the enemy fleeing W. The enemy did not return fire. A sweep of the area disclosed 2 VC KIA, 1 AK-47 and 1 M-16. The rifles were delivered to District Headquarters. RESULTS: 3 USMC KIA, 2 VC KIA; 2 IWC; AN/PRC-25 radio lost to the enemy.
27 May 70 A CAP 2-3-5 ambush initiated organic weapons fire on 1 VC moving E at BT 071560, 2-1 km SE of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy returned fire with 1 ChiCom grenade and disappeared from sight. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 VC KIA, 1 AK-47 and miscellaneous documents. The documents were delivered to District Headquarters, for analysis along with the rifle. RESULTS: 1 VC KIA; 1 IWC and miscellaneous documents captured.

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28 May 70 A CAP 2-3-1 patrol base received SAF from 3 VC at BT 078588, 1.5 km E of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The patrol base returned organic weapons fire causing the enemy to flee N. The patrol base called an 81mm mortar fire mission on probable enemy escape routes. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 VC KIA and 1 AK-47. The rifle was delivered to District Headquarters. RESULTS: 1 VC KIA; 1 IWC.

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2. Neutralization of Enemy Forces

a. NVA KIA 1
b. VC KIA 21
c. NVA POW 1
d. VC POW 6
e. VCI POW 0
f. HOI CHANH
(1) NVA 0
(2) VC 0
(3) VCI 0

3. Casualties Sustained

  a. USMC KIA 6 (including 1 DOW)
b. USMC WIA(E) 47 (including 3 NBC)
c. USMC WIA(M) 29  
d. USMC MIA 0  
e. USN KIA 0  
f. USN WIA(E) 1 (including 1 NBC)
g. USN WIA(M) 1  
h. USN MIA 0  
i. CAP PF KIA 4  
j. CAP PF WIA(E) 39 (including 1 NBC)
k. CAP PF WIA(M) 9  
l. CAP PF MIA 0  
m. CAP KCS KIA 0  
n. CAP KCS WIA(E) 1  
o. CAP KCS WIA(M) 0  
p. CAP KCS MIA 0  

4. New Techniques Employed Negative

5. Command Relationships

    2d CAG experienced no major problems of coordination with Vietnamese or local FWMAF units during May.

6. Significant Accomplishments of Attachments

    a. ARVN Interpreters - During May 2d CAG utilized 8 ARVN interpreters, 7 in the field and 1 stationed at 2d CAG Headquarters. The interpreters proved a valuable aid in coordinating with the Vietnamese at Province, District and local level commands.

    b. Kit Carson Scouts - During May 2d CAG utilized 11 KCS. At the end of the reporting period one scout was marked as UA, and another scout was dismissed from service with 2d CAG as unsuitable. In May 1 KCS received a wound and was temporarily medevaced for treatment of the wound. The end of reporting period strength was 9 KCSs. The scouts went on 276 patrols

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and conducted 4 classes. Their efforts accounted for 1 enemy POW, 3 VCS, the capture of 1 individual weapon, distruction of 3 mines and 3 cave tunnel complexes.

    c. Scout Dogs/Mine Dogs - Two Scout Dog teams and four Mine Dog teams were utilized during May. The work of these teams has been constantly of an excellent quality and continued to be so in May.

7. Lessons Learned Negative

8. Logistics
     a. General: During this reporting period, this command continues to be in a C-2 category under the Mares Reporting System.

b. Significant Events: During this period this unit received the following combat essential equipment;

       
NOMENCLATURE         QTY
Pressure Steam Cleaner 1
M35A2C Truck 1
M101A1 Trailer 4
M151A1 Jeep 1
M60 Machine Gun 2

     c. Damage to Weapons due to Enemy Action: During this period this command's armory received (4) combat weapons damaged beyond repair due to enemy action. The following is a breakdown:

       
NOMENCLATURE         QTY
60mm Mortar 1
M16A1 Rifle 2
M79 Grenade Launcher 1

     d. Motor Transport:

(1) The Group Motor Transport Section drove a total of 34,457 miles during this period. During this period (4) motor transport vehicles were deadlined for 2nd echelon maintenance. Breakdown is as follows:

       
(1) M35A2C Truck  
(2) M37B1 Truck  
(1) M151A1 Jeep  

(2) During this reporting period no vehicles were deadlined for / to 3rd or 4th echelon mainteance.

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(3) This command received the following combat essential equipment. Breakdown is as follows:

(4) Average deadline time was as follows:

      2nd Echelon Maintenance  10 days

e. Airlifts:

  (1) As in previous reports no airlifts have been scheduled.

f. Messhall:

  (1) Approximately 9,870 meals were served during this period, in the 2nd CAG messhall.

  (2) A total of 2,820 meals were distributed to field units from the 2nd CAG messhall.

g. Armory:

  (1) The armory has repaired a total of 70 weapons during this period. Forty (40) weapons were sent in for repair to lst FSR for 3rd echelon maintenance.

h. Miscellaneous Services:     None

i. Supplies: Supplies are generally satisfactory although due to lag periods in processing of requisitions there is a undue delay in the completion of documents.

j. Problem Areas:

  (1) The command's "Critical Problem Areas" have been the failure to receive the following items:

  Nomenclature Qty on Rqn
Gen PU-482 2

(2) Failure to receive the above mentioned items causes a marked loss of logistic efficiency.

(3) Failure to hold (108) 60MM Mortars is the largest deficiency in combat essential equipment. Unlike generators the failure to have the 60mm mortars on hand causes this command no tactical impairment.

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9. Civic Action/Psychological Operations

    1. During the month of May, Civic Action NCOs from the 2nd Combined Action Group continued their efforts to act as liaison between hamlet, village, and district officials in initiating civic action and community development projects. Despite an increase in combat activity around the first of the month, civic action efforts in MedCaps, education, distribution of commodities, personal response, and construction projects continued at an acceptable level.

        a. An example of the civic action work that has been done is that many of the CAPs have concentrated on the results of tactical operations and helped in many ways to rebuild destroyed homes, schools and pagodas and roads.

    2. Most CAP units have been holding school classes on English and other pertinent subjects. There was an increase in regular attendance of these classes in May. CAPs have been holding more classes on health and sanitation, although most of the people are holding their regular shower calls now, the CAPs still hold shower calls in hamlets in which this has not yet become a habit.

    3. CAP Civic Action NCOs have been holding classes for the Hamlet and Village Chief Officials concerning the procedures necessary to acquire their hamlet and village needs through GVN sources. The Officials have learned how their money allotments work and how to go through the proper channels to spend their hamlet and village funds. The Officials have been very interested in this schooling.

    4. During the month of May 2d CAG has received several gifts from people in the United States. These have been gifts of clothing, candy, and articles of personal hygiene. The gifts have been distributed to needy Vietnamese within the CAPs TAOC's.

    5. Commodities distributed during the month of May were as follows: food, 1458 lb.; meals fed, 522; clothing, 345 lb.; soap, 1588 lb.; school refill kits 50; personal hygiene kits, 22; sewing kits, 207; Phy Ed kits, 58; Masonary kits, 6.

    6. During May, CAP personnel of the Group assisted the Vietnamese civilians in completing the following projects: fences, 15; public heads, 1; public showers, 2; wells 18; dwellings, 3; pagodas, 2; bridges, 3; school class rooms, 2; family bunkers, 1.

    7. Medical assistance in support of civic action saw MedCaps resulting in the treatment of 19,102 Vietnamese civilians and 22 dental cases were treated. Vietnamese medically evacuated during the month of May were 45 adults and 39 children.

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    8, CAP Corpsmen continued to train Vietnamese civilians in the basics of first aid. During the month 52 such civilians were under going training. These aides assist in MedCaps and serve as interpreters for the corpsmen.

    9. Psychological operations activities employed by 2nd CAG during the month of May included the use of air-dropped leaflets and hand dissemination of leaflets and Vietnamese newspapers.

   (1) Approximately 30,000 "CAPs are here to help you" leaflets were air-dropped.
   (2) Approximately 40,000 "safe conduct passes" were air-dropped.
   (3) 50,000 reward leaflets were air-dropped during the month of May.
   (4) Approximately 40,000 Vietnamese newspapers were hand distributed by CAP Marines.

10. Personnel and Administration

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

 
(1) Joined USMC
  Off Enl
  3  168
 
(2) Rotated CONUS USMC
  Off Enl
  0  21
 
(3) Reassignment Within WestPac USMC
  Off Enl
  0  6
 
(4) Transferred by Service Records While Sick (out of country hospital)
USMC
  Off Enl
  1  34
 
(5) Extension of WestPac Tour Effected USMC
  Off Enl
  0  0

  b. Promotions: During the month of May 1970 the following promotions were effected:

      To PFC  5      To SSgt  3 
To LCpl  44      To GySgt  0 
To Cpl  104      To 1st Sgt/MSgt  0 
To Sgt  3      To SgtMaj/MGySgt  0 

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  c. Legal Matters

      1. Courts held:      GCM  - None
          SpCM - None
          SCM  - None
2. Article 32 Investigations      None
3. NJP      12
4. JAG-Type Investigations:      None

  d. Award Recommendations

      SSM - 0
BSM - 2
NCM - 1
NAM - 1
PH  - 76

  e. Congrints/Splints/Welreps

    The command has responded to:

 
  (2) Congrints
(0) Splints
(3) 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)     Japan (3)
Taipei (3)     Bangkok (8)
Hawaii (7)     Sydney (9)
Okinawa (2)     Manila (0)
 
b. In Country (12)      

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2. Mail.   Daily average bags of mail processed:

  Incoming   Outgoing
25   2

  3. Hospital Visitations. All Incountry Hospital patients are visited weekly by their respective CACO Commanders.

g. Career Planning

  Re-enlistments: ( 0 ) 2 yrs; ( 0 ) 3 yrs; ( 0 ) 4 yrs;
  ( 0 ) 6 yrs.  

  Extensions: ( 0 ) ____ months; ( 0 ) ____ months;
  ( 0 ) ____ months; ( 0 ) ____ months;

11. Intelligence

    Enemy activity increased over that of April, with a noticable increase in probes by fire and ground attacks against friendly positions. This increased activity of the enemy was in line with an upsurge of enemy activity in all four Corps areas of Vietnam.
    NVA units continued to operate in Dai Loc District. On the 4th CAP 2-2-1 captured a NVA POW after the CAP ambush had initiated small arms fire on an enemy force 3.6 km NE of Dai Loc District Headquarters. Interrogation of the POW revealed that he was a platoon commander in the Q-82 Battalion and that his platoon was composed of both NVA and VC. This confirms agent reports that NVA units are understrength and have joined with VC units to bring themselves up to fighting strength.
    The enemy again utilized terrorist attacks on minor GVN officials during May, thus following a pattern set during the preceding month. On the 7th, 5 VC assassinated a RD Cadreman at BT 076506 1.1 km NE of Dien Ban District Headquarters. CAP 2-3-1 reacted to the area after receiving reports from local villagers on the assassination. A sweep of the area did not produce the VC.
    On the 8th, the enemy mounted a well coordinated attack on both a CAP ambush and a nearby compound used by the CAP PFs during the day, and during the night for protection of their families. CAP 2-2-1ís ambush received 2 RPGs, SAF, AWF from an USEF at AT 927579, 600m NE of Dai Loc District Headquarters. Minutes later the compound at BT 929577, 1.2 km E of Dai Loc District Headquarters was taken under attack by an USEF using sappers and chicom grenades. Four CAP Marines were wounded, one of whom was med-evaced, 6 PFs were also wounded in the contact. The enemy suffered unknown losses in this contact.
    The enemy concentrated much of his effort during May at slowing down traffic on QL#1. On the 8th CAP 2-7-10 discovered a VC constructed barricade across the highway. The VC had not emplaced SFDs, but had left approximately 100 Vietnamese language propaganda leaflets around the area. On the same date a RF 5 ton truck detonated an unknown type mine at BT 050598, 1.9 km

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NE of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The mine was emplaced in the asphalt of Highway 1. CACO 2-3 personnel called a medevac for the injured RF truck driver. On the following day, at the same location, a 2d CAG truck was destroyed by an unknown size box mine injurying 2 USMC from 2d CAG Headquarters. CAP 2-3-2 called a med-evac mission for the two injured Marines.
    CAP 2-7-1 received a heavy attack on their night position on 10 May 1970. As a result of the attack, 1 RF was KIA, 11 USMC WIA(E), 7 RF WIA(E), 1 USMC WIA(M), 1 USN WIA(M), and 1 VN civilian WIA(E). The CAP captured an AK-47 rifle in the contact. The enemy utilized sapper techniques to cut claymore wires on the three sides that they attacked from, the remaining side was left intact. The enemy used the same tactics on the 12th when they initiated an attack on CAP 2-7-9 resulting in 7 USMC WIA(E), 3 PF WIA(E) and 1 VN civilian KIA. The CAP captured 1 M-79 grenade launcher and 20 M-79 HE rounds.
    On the 19th, two USMC from CACO 2-7 were med-evaced as a result of wounds received when their truck exploded a mine on a road shoulder of QL#1 at BT 033641, 6.6 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The truck was turning around in an attempt to tow a disabled M151 belonging to CACO 2-9. The enemy did not restrict himself to military targets. On the 21st a RD was wounded when he accidentally detonated a homemade booby trap emplaced on a trail used by civilian workes. This type of mine emplacement is used for their demoralizing affect on civilians.
    On the 24th, CACO 2-3 paid Vietnamese villagers for information which led to the location of a 500 lb bomb. The bomb was disarmed by a 1st Coastal Zone Advisory Group EOD team. The bomb was unusual in that the enemy had actually lobbed the bomb into the village using some type of catapult.
    During the final quarter of the month enemy activity dropped sharply. The enemy broke down into smaller units and avoided contact whenever possible.

    a. Interrogator/Translator: During May, 55 detainees, and 7 POWs were turned over by the CACOs to their respective District Headquarters for processing the results of these interrogations was provided 2d CAG and the capturing CACOs.

    b. Counter Intelligence: Timely, accurate counter intelligence support was supplied to 2d CAG by the 3rd, 5th, and 9th Counter Intelligence Teams. Blacklists, agent reports, and interrogation reports were provided to augment the counter intelligence activities of the DIOCCs.

    c. Weapons and Ordnance Captured:

  (1) Weapons (IWC)
 
AK-47   9
M-79   1
M-16   1
(2) Weapons (CSWC)
  RPG Launcher   1

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  (3) Ordnance
  
500 lb bomb   1
250 lb bomb   1
105mm rd   1
57 recoiless rd   1
60mm rd   17
SFD homemade   5
Bangalore mine   1
M-72 LAAW   3
RPG rd   3
M-79 rd   33
ChiCom grenade   33
M-26 grenade   8
det cord   48 ft
(4) Gear
  NVA helmet   1
Cartridge belt   5
SA Magazine   5
VC/NVA SNCO belt   1
RPG pouch   1
VC flag   2
grenade bag   1
blanket USA   1
notebook   1
2300 lbs of rice    
miss. documents    

12. Communications

  a. Problem areas

        Certain T/E items are lacking which impair the efficiency of the communications section.

  b. Communications

    (1) Radio Relay: A period of 4 hours down time was recorded for the MRC-62. Frequency blockage caused by another radio relay shot on the same frequency. Frequencies were then switched by the other unit.

    (2) Battery usage (BA 396): 1458 batteries were used during the month of May, 149 AN/PRC-25 radios were in use.

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    (3) Combat Operation Center: The following communications traffic was passed through the combat center over various nets.

      Incoming Messages    410
Outgoing Messages 204
Spot Reports 204
Intelligence Reports 6
Casualty Reports 81
Serious Incident Reports 5
Commanders Daily Summery  248
Total Traffic 1158

      (4) Communications Supply: Components of end items were in adequate stock throughout the entire month. The following list reflects requisition status of communcation items.

      Requisitions submitted    12
Requisitions completed  9
Requisitions outstanding 25
Total Outstanding 28

      (5) Maintenance: Excellant maintenance support on repair of components of end items was provided by Electronic Maintenance from FLSG-B. Total support provided by FLSG-B Electronic Maintenance was as follows:

      Work Requests submitted    43
Work Requests completed 43
Work Requests outstanding  0
Total outstanding  0

      (6) Significant Events: Under the direction of Headquarters personnel installation of telephone poles was accomplished at each CACO to be utilized as antenna supports thereby increasing the range and efficiency of the tactical net.

13. Fire Support - During May 2d CAG utilized (10) 81mm mortar fire missions, (1) 60mm mortar fire mission and (7) artillery strike missions.

14. Air Support - 2d CAG utilized (2) fixed wing air strikes, and (3) gunship missions in May.

15. Activations, Deactivations, Redesignations, Relocations of CAPs

      In May 2d CAG had 7 new CAPs inserted, classified as relocations as the personnel and equipment came from 3rd and 4th CAGs. The insertion dates are as follows:

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CAP 2-3-8   041130
CAP 2-3-9   041130
CAP 2-4-6   051300
CAP 2-4-7   051530
CAP 2-7-8   051320
CAP 2-7-9   031320
CAP 2-7-10   041430

16. Combined Action Force School. In May 2d CAG sent 75 men to the CAF school in Danang.

17. Combined Action Force Vietnamese Language School. In May 2d CAG sent 6 men to the CAF Vietnamese Language School.

18. SPECIAL SERVICES

          1. The month of May was a good one for Special Services. Three shows were held during the month and the three contained some of the best entertainment held in the Headquarters in quite a while.

      2. One organizational party was held by the S-4 section. The beer and soda and sports equipment were furnished by Special Services.

      3. Also during the month of May the regular, weekly issue of beer and soda to the CACOs and CAPs was continued. During this period 464 cases of beer and soda were issued to the field.

      4. Special Services also received paperback books during the month of May from donors in the United States. The paperback books were distributed to all the CAPs and the the Headquarters sections.

19. MEDICAL DEPARTMENT

      a. General: During the month of May routine inspection of CAPs was continued with emphasis on prevention of Heat casualties, and malaria prophylaxis along with water and food sanitation. Due to a timely training program only one (1) case of heat exhaustion was evacuated during the month. As the hot weather continued, more heat rash problems were evident, severe cases were minimal and resolved quickly with hygiene and drying medication. Diarrhea is a continuing problem, but not so severe as to affect unit integrity, and can be controlled, in most cases, in the field.
      Med Cap capabilities at CAG Headquarters have increased to the point where 951 patients were seen in the new Med Cap building used exclusively for Vietnamese civilians.
      Seven (7) new corpsmen were joined along with their CAPs from 3rd and 4th CAG.

      b. Personnel:

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      (1) Medical Department Representative:    J.H. BRYSON HMC USN
(2) Assistant Medical Dept. Rep: J.F. COMBS HM1 USN
(3) Supply/Sick Call Petty Officer: J.A. EGGINK HM1 USN

         (a) Detacted    4
  Combat Loss    1
  Non Combat    1
  RTD    2
(b) Joined    11

      c. MedCap: During the month of May, Hospital corpsmen and Marine counterpart, in uncovered CAPs, treated a total of 19,102 Vietnamese civilians, 109 of which were casualties resulting from hostile action.

    d. Training: Training in the CAPs is continuous both for Marines and Vietnamese. Two Marine counterparts are trained at CAP level by the CAP Corpsman so that they may carry on his function, should he be absent for any reason. 89 personal Hygiene classes were held with a total attendance of 822.

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