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

 
                                                                        3/MAD/drc
5750
26 December 1970

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 November 1970 to 30 November 1970
Ref: (a) MCO 5750.1A
(b) FMFPacO 5750.8B
Encl: (1) 2nd Combined Action Group Command Chronology

1. In accordance with the provision 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 November 1970 to 30 November 1970

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 3-12
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 - 30 Nov 70
Subordinate Units
1st Combined Action Company 1stLt S.E. RICHMOND 1 - 29 Nov 70
  1stLt W.W. CHAPMAN 30 - 30 Nov 70
2nd Combined Action Company Capt  V.E. O'NEILL 1 - 30 Nov 70
3rd Combined Action Company Capt  L.H. WILLIAMS 1 - 30 Nov 70
4th Combined Action Company 1stLt T.R. SADDLER 1 - 29 Nov 70
  Capt  D.L. MCINTURFF 30 - 30 Nov 70
7th Combined Action Company Capt  R.M. MALLARD 1 - 30 Nov 70

Attached Units

DET, Kit Carson Scouts, 1st Mar Div G-2 (C-I)
DET, ARVN Interpreters/Translators, III MAF
DET, Medical Section, III MAF
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   C.L. RUSHING 1 - 30 Nov 70
S-1 Officer Capt  E. COCKRELL 1 - 30 Nov 70
S-3 Officer Capt  R.A. CRANE 1 - 22 Nov 70
  1stLt R.D. FLOWERS 23 - 29 Nov 70
  1stLt S.E. RICHMOND 30 - 30 Nov 70
Asst S-3 Officer 1stLt R.D. FLOWERS 1 - 22 Nov 70
S-4 Officer Capt  E.P. WAHL 1 - 30 Nov 70
Chaplain/S-5 Officer Lt    F. BIANCHINO 1 - 30 Nov 70
ARVN Liaison Officer 1stLt HA SAU HOA 1 - 30 Nov 70

4. Average Monthly Strength
USMC USN Others
Off Enl Off Enl Off Enl
14 580 1 46 0 5

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5. End of Month Unit Diary Strength
USMC USN Others
Off Enl Off Enl Off Enl
13 574 1 47 0 1

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Part II

NARRATIVE SUMMARY

     2nd CAG, during the month of November, continued to make adjustments in both personnel and physical property. Personnel were reassigned into billets according to MOS. Due to the number of personnel rotating to CONUS, and a cut-back in replacements, all members of the Group, Headquarters personnel in particular, were required to take on an extra measure of routine work in addition to nightly guard duty necessary for compound security. The S-4 section at 2nd CAG HQ continued to pare down excess property and distribute the physical property of the Group in such a manner that no Company would suffer a shortage while another would be in excess. The S-4 also comletely rebuilt the entire 2nd CAG defensive perimeter, constructed buildings for CAP School and added necessary troop billeting space.
     CAP School for all incoming Marines was reorganized and conducted with great enthusiasm on the part of the participating Marines. During the period 1 through 30 November, 25 Combined Unit Pacification Program (CUPP) Marines from 1st Marine Division participated in the CAP School.
     On 30 November 1970, Quang Nam Province suffered flooding conditions that caused several of the 2nd CAG units to be evacuated from their respective TAOCs. All CACO HQs remained operational. Two of CACO 2-1's CAPs were evacuated to CACO HQs. All of CACO 2-2's CAPs were evacuated to Hill 67 and Hill 35; CACO 2-3's CAPs to LZ Baldy. CACO 2-4's CAPs 2-4-1, 2-4-3 and 2-4-5 remained operational with the remaining CAPs evacuated to CACO HQs. CACO 2-7's CAPs evacuated to LZ Baldy. The Group HQ suffered no damage. The personnel of the Group worked long hours, accomplishing difficult tasks without complaint. During this trying period the meaning of espirit de corps was shown by the men of 2nd CAG.
    On 16 November 1970, a teletype system was installed at 2nd CAG HQ, which added a long needed link of communication to 2nd CAG's capabilities.
     Distinguished visitors received during November by 2nd CAG included, Lieutenant General Keith B. McCutcheon, Commanding General, III Marine Amphibious Force, for the Marine Corps Birthday celebration, General Walt, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps and Major General Adams, Deputy Commander FMFPAC.

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PART III

SEQUENTIAL LISTING OF SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

1. Operation Summary

3 November 70 CAP 2-7-7 patrol discovered (3) LAU-59/A rocket pods with (6) live rockets remaining in each pod at grid BT 022713, 2 km SE of Hoa Vang District Headquarters. The rockets were not rigged as SFDs. An EOD team was requested and the rockets were destroyed. RESULTS: (3) LAU-59/A rocket pods and (18) rockets destroyed.
4 November 70 A USMC member of CAP 2-7-8 detonated an unknown size booby trap rigged with an unknown type firing device while conducting a routine identification check at grid BT 056663, 8 km N 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).
7 November 70 In a combined operation involving a local non-CAP PF platoon and CAP 2-2-4, a CAP PF detonated a M-26 booby trap rigged with a trip wire firing device across the entrance to a tunnel at grid AT 812580, 11 km W of Dai Loc District Headquarters. One PF was WIA and medevaced by helicopter and a second PF received minor fragmentation wounds from the exploding SFD. A search of the area for further SFDs was nonproductive. RESULTS: (1) PF WIA(E), (1) PF WIA(M).
8 November 70 A CAP 2-3-3 ambush initiated organic weapons fire on an unknown size enemy force at grid BT 050583, 1.5 km W of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy returned small arms fire and fled SE. While sweeping the area the CAP again received SAF from the enemy force. The CAP returned OWF and called an 81mm HE fire mission on the enemy withdrawal routes. Two USMC were WIA in the contact and medevaced by helicopter. A continued sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: (2) USMC WIA(E).
10 November 70 CAP 2-7-2 ambush initiated OWF on (3) VC with weapons at grid BT 025620, 5.5 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy returned (1) Chi Com grenade. One USMC received minor fragmentation wounds during the contact. A sweep of the area disclosed (3) VC KIA, (2) AK-47 rifles, (1) B-40 rocket launcher with (4) rocket rounds and (16) Chi Com grenades. The two IWC and one CSW were delivered to District Headquarters and the ordnance was destroyed. RESULTS: (1) USMC WIA(M); (3) VC KIA; (2) IWC, (1) CSWC; (4) B-40 rounds and (16) Chi Com grenades destroyed.

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11 November 70 CAP 2-1-5 patrol base initiated OWF on (5) VC at grid AT 955655, 4 km SE of Hieu Duc District Headquarters. The enemy returned SAF and fled north. A sweep of the area disclosed (2) VC KIA, (2) AK-47s, (1) 9mm pistol and (1) boat which was hidden in brush along river bank. The (3) IWC were turned over to District Headquarters and the boat was destroyed. RESULTS: (2) VC KIA; (3) IWC; and (1) boat destroyed.
12 November 70 CAP 2-4-3 ambush received SAF from (5) VC at grid BT 165587, 1 km N of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The CAP returned OWF causing the enemy to flee in an unknown direction. A sweep of the area disclosed (1) VN civilian obviously trying to evade the patrol. The VN unresponsive to CAP PF questioning was detained and delivered to District Headquarters. RESULTS: (1) VN male detained.
13 November 70 CAP 2-3-6 patrol discovered (1) freshly dug grave at grid BT 165587, 1.5 km N of Dien Ban District Headquarters. A search of the grave and area by CAP PFs disclosed (1) VC body, identified by CAP PFs and (1) bunker containing (1) M-16 Rifle, (3) M-16 magazines, (1) 500 lb. dud bomb, (1) 105mm HE round, (2) M-79 HE rounds, assorted medical and cooking gear and one 60mm WP round booby trap rigged with a trip wire firing device across the entrance to the bunker. The ordnance, SFD and bunker were destroyed. The IWC, magazines and assorted cooking and medical gear were delivered to District Headquarters. RESULTS: (1) VC body discovered; (1) IWC; (3) M-16 magazines; (1) 500 lb. bomb, (1) 105mm HE round, (2) M-79 HE rounds, (1) 60mm WP booby trap destroyed, assorted cooking and medical gear captured.
14 November 70 CAP 2-7-5 patrol was informed by local villagers of an off-duty CAP PF soldier who was assassinated by 3 VC at grid BT 050697, 5.3 km SE of Hoa Vang District Headquarters. Investigation by CAP revealed the body of the PF soldier. RESULTS: 1 CAP PF assassinated.
14 November 70 In a combined operation with two local non-CAP PF platoons, a CAP 2-2-3 patrol initiated organic weapons fire on (8) VC with weapons at grid AT 938604, 3 km NE of Dai Loc District Headquarters. The enemy returned SAF and M-79 fire and fled south. During a sweep of the area a USMC accidentally detonated a ChiCom grenade booby trap rigged with a trip wire firing device across a trail at grid AT 938603. Two USMC received minor fragmentation wounds from the exploding SFD. A continued sweep of the area disclosed (1) AK-47 magazine and two bunkers containing 20 lbs. of rice. The magazine was delivered to District Headquarters. The bunkers and rice were destroyed. RESULTS: (2) USMC WIA(M); (1) AK-47 magazine captured; (2) bunkers and 20 lbs. of rice destroyed.

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19 November 70 CAP 2-1-5 while on day patrol discovered 1 M-16A1 anti-personnel mine rigged as pressure type firing device along a trail at grid AT 955651, 3.6 km SW of Hieu Duc District Headquarters. Mine was blown in place. Further search of the area for SFDs was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 SFD destroyed.
20 November 70 CAP 2-4-5 patrol received SAF from 5 VC in a treeline at grid BT 169566, 1 km SE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The patrol returned OWF causing the enemy to flee NE. Sweep of the area disclosed 4 bunker complexes, two 105mm HE round booby traps rigged with a trip wire firing device across trails and one 81mm HE round booby trap rigged as trip wire firing device across the entrance to a bunker at grid BT 169568, 1.2 km SE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. Continuing on, the patrol received a heavy volume of SAF and AWF from 20 VC in a bunker complex at grid BT 173568, 1.2 km SE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The patrol returned OWF and called helicopter gunship mission on the enemy location. While sweeping the area the CAP 2-4-5 CAP leader detonated a 105mm HE booby trap rigged with a trip wire firing device across a trail at grid BT 174569, 1.1 km SE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The CAP leader was KIA and one USN was WIA from the exploding device. The USN was medevaced by helicopter to the USS SANCTUARY. Running low on ammo the CAP received emergency resupply by helicopter. Continuing the sweep the patrol discovered 9 additional bunkers, two 105mm booby traps rigged with trip wire firing devices across a trail, three 81mm HE round booby traps rigged with a trip wire firing device across the entrance to a bunker and three M-79 HE booby traps rigged with pressure type firing devices on a trail all at grids BT 174569 and BT 175569, 1.1 km SE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The patrol returned OWF but was forced to withdraw when it was unable to receive artillery or fixed wing air strikes on the enemy location. All ordnance and bunkers were destroyed. RESULTS: 1 USMC KIA; 1 USN WIA(E); 5 reinforced bunker complex, 4 bunker complexes, 4 105mm HE booby traps, 4 81mm HE booby traps, 3 M-79 HE booby traps, 1 M-26 grenade booby trap destroyed.

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20 November 70 CAPs 2-4-1 and 2-4-3 on a multi-CAP sweep of grid square 1659, 2 km N of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters, found (2) 105mm booby traps rigged with trip wires across trails, (3) 81mm booby traps rigged with trip wires across trails, (1) M-79 booby trap rigged with a pressure type firing device, (6) M-26 grenades, (20) lbs. of rice, assorted anti-GVN documents and (4) bunkers all found in the above grid. SFDs, ordnance, and bunkers were destroyed. The documents were turned over the district headquarters. RESULTS: (6) SFDs, (6) M-26 grenades, and (4) bunkers destroyed; 20 lbs. of rice and documents captured.
23 November 70 A CAP 2-7-1 patrol apprehended (1) VN male and (1) VN female obviously trying to evade the patrol at grid BT 023636, 6 km NW of Dien Ban District Headquarters. A check of the (2) detainee’s identification revealed that both individuals were listed on Dien Ban District’s Blacklist as VC. The (2) VC were delivered to Dien Ban District Headquarters. RESULTS: (2) VC POW.
23 November 70 CAP 2-3-5 ambush initiated OWF on an USEF with weapons at grid BT 069562, 2.5 km S of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy returned SAF and fled in an unknown direction. A sweep of the area disclosed (1) VC KIA, (1) AK-47, (2) rain jackets and (1) wallet with personal documents. The weapon, rain jackets and wallet were delivered to district headquarters. RESULTS: (1) VC KIA; (1) IWC; (2) rain jackets and (1) wallet captured.
25 November 70 One USMC dog handler, while on patrol with CAP 2-7-4, detonated (1) M-26 grenade booby trap rigged with a pressure type firing device at grid BT 053634, 5 km N of Dien Ban District Headquarters. Three USMC were WIA from the exploding SFD and medevaced by helicopter. A sweep of the area for further SFDs was nonproductive. RESULTS: (3) USMC WIA(E).
25 November 70 CAP 2-1-4 ambush initiated OWF on an USEF at grid AT 950689, 2.1 km E of Hieu Duc District Headquarters. The enemy returned SAF and fled in an unknown direction. One CAP PF received a minor gunshot wound during the contact. A swee of the area disclosed (1) VC KIA; (1) AK-47, (1) M-26 grenade boody trap rigged with a trip wire firing device along a trail at the above grid. Ten VN civilians were apprehended when they were unresponsive to CAP PF questioning. The ten VN were delivered to District Headquarters for interrogation along with the IWC. The SFD was destroyed in place. RESULTS: (1) VC KIA; (1) PF WIA(M); (1) IWC; (1) SFD Destroyed; (10) VN detained.

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27 November 70 CAP 2-4-1 ambush initiated OWF on (6) VC with weapons at grid BT 170595, 2.1 km NE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The VC returned SAF and Chi Com grenades and fled NW. A sweep of the area disclosed (2) VC KIA, (1) AK-47, (9) ChiCom grenades and numerous articles of 782 gear. (1) VN male was evaced by helicopter with fragmentation wounds from enemy grenades. The Chi Coms were destroyed in place. RESULTS: (1) VN civilian WIA(E); (2) VC KIA; (1) IWC; (9) Chi Com grenades and numerous articles of 782 gear captured.
27 November 70 CAP 2-3-5 ambush initiated OWF on an USEF with weapons at grid BT 075555, 2.8 km SE of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy returned (5) Chi Com grenades and SAF and fled west. A sweep of the area disclosed (2) VC KIA, (2) AK-47, (1) Chi Com grenade, (2) cartridge belts and assorted documents. The grenade was destroyed in place. Rifles, cartridge belts and assorted documents were delivered to District Headquarters for analysis. RESULTS: (2) VC KIA; (2) IWC; (1) Chi Com grenade destroyed; (2) cartridge belts, and assorted documents captured.
28 November 70 Acting on information received from a local VN child a CAP 2-2-1 patrol discovered (1) Home-made booby trap rigged with a pressure type firing device at grid AT 933584, 2.2 km E of Dai Loc District Headquarters. The SFD was blown in place. A sweep of the area for further SFDs was non-productive. VIP payment was made. RESULTS: (1) SFD destroyed.
29 November 70 A USMC member of CAP 2-4-3 patrol detonated (1) M-26 grenade booby trap rigged with a trip wire firing device across a trail at grid BT 176576, 1.3 km E of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. No personnel sustained injuries from the exploding device. A sweep of the area for further SFDs produced (1) M-26 grenade booby trap rigged with a trip wire firing device along a trail at grid BT 175581, 1.4 km NE of Hieu Nhon District Headquarters. The SFD was destroyed in place. RESULTS: (2) SFDs destroyed.

2. Neutralization of Enemy Forces

 
a. NVA KIA 0
b. VC KIA 12
c. NVA POW 0
d. VC POW 8
f. Hoi Chanh  
 
 
(1) NVA 0
(2) VC 0
(3) VCI 0

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3. Casualties Sustained

  a. USMC KIA 2  
b. USMC WIA(E) 6  
c. USMC WIA(M) 12  
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 2  
j. CAP PF WIA(E) 1  
k. CAP PF WIA(M) 2  
l. CAP PF MIA 0  

4. New Techniques Employed

    Negative

5. Command Relationships

    2nd CAG experienced no problem areas with Vietnamese or local FWMAF units during November.

6. Significant Accomplishments of Attachments

    a. Kit Carson Scouts: At the beginning of the reporting period 2nd CAG employed 8 KCS. Due to one KCS being in a prolonged UA status and another KCS performing his duties in an unsuitable manner, two KCS were dropped from 2nd CAG’s roster bringing an end of the reporting period strength to 6 KCS. The KCS accounted for (1) VC KIA, (8) VCS detained, (1) weapon captured, (2) mines/booby traps discovered, (1) large rice cache discovered, (5) cave/tunnel comlexes discovered; participated in 204 patrols and aided in 21 classes.

    b. ARVN Interpreters: 2nd CAG had seven interpreters and one ARVN OIC assigned to its units during November. The interpreters provided valuable services in the translation of documents for coordinated operations with the Vietnamese counterparts.

    c. Scout Dogs: During November, 2nd CAG employed 9 Scout Dog Teams and 8 Mine and Booby Trap Teams. These Teams have continued to perform their duties in an excellent manner providing a most welcome and valuable asset to the units they work with.

7. Lessons Learned

    Negative

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8. Logistics

     a. General: During this reporting period this Command has established itself in a C-1 category for supply and maintenance under the MARES/FORSTAT Reporting System.
 
b. Significant Events:

    (1) Flood damage was extremely heavy. CAP’s in most cases were pulled out but had to leave the majority of their gear behind. Water damage to supplies was medium.

    (2) This Command received three Mercury Outboard Motors, but due to the conditions of the motors they were immediately turned in for 3rd echelon repairs.

    (3) Six 60mm mortars were received which leaves this Command only three short.

     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: The Group Motor Transport drove a total of 16,083 miles during the reporting period. There were 14 vehicles deadlined for 2d echelon maintenance and two vehicles for/to 3rd echelon maintenance.
Breakdown is as follows:

    
NOMENCLATURE     ECHELON     QTY
M35A2C Truck 2nd 3
M37B1 Truck 2nd 7
M151A1 Jeep 2nd 3
MRC-109 2nd 1
M37B1 Truck 3rd 1
M274 Mule 3rd 1

   e. Airlifts:   During the month of November, logistical support was provided by the movement of 6,200 lbs. of supplies to field units. In addition to this, 12,000 lbs. of relief supplies were flown to units of this command at the termination of the flooding period.

   f. Messhall:   Approximately 17,670 meals were prepared during this reporting period in the 2d CAG Messhall. Of the above total approximately 9,570 meals were distributed to troops in the field.

   g. Armory:   The Group armory repaired a total of 50 weapons. In addition, 33 weapons were sent to repair at 1st FSR for 3rd echelon maintenance.

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   h. Miscellaneous Service:   None

   i. Supplies::   Supplies are generally satisfactory. Lag periods in document status continue to delay completion time frame.

   j. Problem Areas:   None

9. Civic Action/Psychological Operations

  a. Civic Action NCOs from the 2d Combined Action Group continued their efforts as liaison between hamlet, village, and district officials in initiating civic action and community development projects.

  b. As in previous months, 2d CAG’s Civic Action Officer continues to receive a multitude of gifts from people in the United States. All the gifts are distributed to the CAPs for further distribution to the populace.

  c. Due to the destruction resulting from the flood the CAPs were busy helping the people not only in rebuilding their homes but also in improving the sanitation condition brought by the flood waters.

  d. CAP Corpsmen continue to train Vietnamese civilians in the basics of first aid. During the month, 11 such civilians were undergoing training. These aides assist in MedCaps and serve as interpreters.

  e. Commodities distributed during the month of November were as follows: food 8,250 lbs; soap 700lbs; clothing 1100 lbs; sewing kits 93.

  f. Medical assistance in support of Civic Action saw MedCaps resulting in the treatment of 20,232 Vietnamese civilians and 31 dental cases.

  g. During November, CAP Marines assisted Vietnamese civilians in completing the following projects: 2 Bridges; 12 Wells; 2 Playgrounds; and 9 Fences.

  h. Two psychological broadcasts were held during the month of November. The "Cheiu Hoi" theme was employed in the broadcasts.

10. Personnel and Administration

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

 
(1) Joined USMC
  Off Enl
  1  80
 
(2) Rotated CONUS USMC
  Off Enl
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(3) Reassignment Within WestPac USMC
  Off Enl
  0  15
 
(4) Transferred by Service Records while sick (out of country hospital)
USMC
  Off Enl
  0  9

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

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

      To PFC  3      To SSgt  1 
To LCPL  2      To GySgt  0 
To CPL  81      To 1st Sgt/MSgt  0 
To Sgt  4      To SgtMaj/MGySgt  0 

  c. Legal Matters

    (1) Courts held: GCM   0 
     SpCM  1 
     SCM   0 
     
(2) Article 32 Investigations:    0   
(3) NJP:      5  Completed
  Yes
(4) JAG-Type Investigations:  0   
 

  d. Award Recommendations

      BSM 3
NAM 3
PHM  6

  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 (3)     Okinawa (1)
Taipei (5)     Bangkok (4)
Hawaii (7)     Sydney (4)
(b) In Country (0)      

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

  Incoming (15) Outgoing (2)

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

  g. Career Planning

  Re-enlistments: (0) 2 yrs; (1) 3 yrs; (1) 4 yrs;   (1) 6 yrs;

  Extensions: Negative.     

11. Intelligence:  
     As in previous monsoon seasons, contact with the enemy has been light. The decrease in contacts and sightings of enemy troop movement coincides with the heavy monsoon rains and flooding experienced in Quang Nam Province this year.
     Most of the enemy sighted during November were moving in small groups, trying to avoid contact with numerically superior 2d CAG units. These units were probable contacts between the larger units which have moved to higher ground, and local Viet Cong Infrastructure. Units that did initiate contact with 2d CAG units were usually eight men or larger. There was a noticable lack of contact with, or sightings of, NVA units, or NVA troops working in conjunction with local communist forces.
     The CAPs have continued being successful in finding and destroying both food and ordnance caches. The success of the destruction of these various caches has deprived the VC of vital supplies, thereby forcing the enemy to seek assistance from the local villagers. In this respect the enemy has been largely unsuccessful, due to the willingness of the villagers to inform the CAP of the VC's whereabouts. Most of this information is voluntary or obtained by careful questioning thus exposing the breakdown of the Viet Cong Infrastructure within 2d CAG's TAOC.
     CAP patrols during the month of November experienced an increase in the use of surprise firing devises, mines and booby traps, to a greater extent than anticipated.
     One terrorist incident occured during this reporting period. On the morning of 14 November 1970, an off duty CAP Popular Force soldier was assassinated by three VC. Assassination attempts by the enemy have been directed more and more against military personnel, rather than civilians. This is believed to be the trend followed by the VC, as they are losing control over the civilian populace.
     The anticipated increase in activity during the first of the month did not materialize due to destruction of the enemy's supplies by flooding and discovery by CAP units. The enemy spent most of the month attempting to reestablish themselves and securing supplies and intelligence for an upcoming offensive, planned for the month of December.

  a. Weapons and Ordnance Captured:

      (1) Individual and Crew-Served Weapons Captured
 
AK-47 (10)   M-16 (1)  
9mm Pistol   (1) B-40 Rocket Launcher   (1)

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      (2) Ordnance Captured
  
105mm round   11
81mm round   7
LAU-59A Rocket pods   3
60mm round   1
500lb. bomb   1
B-40 rounds   5
M-79 rounds   6
M-26 grenades   13
Chi Com grenades   21
SFD   2

     
(3) Gear Captured
   AK-47 magazines   2
M-16 magazines   3
rain jackets   2
medical Kit   1
Boat   1
Cartridge belt   2
Rice   320 lbs.

12. Communications

  a. Battery usage (BA-386): 1344 batteries were used during the month.

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

      Incoming Messages    180
Outgoing Messages 145
Spot Reports 83
Casualty Reports   2
  Total Traffic 410

  c. Communications Supply: For the month there was a total of 35 outstanding requests.

  d. Maintenance:

      Work requests submitted    160
Work requests completed 145
Work requests outstanding  15
  Total outstanding  10

  e. Teletype:   During the month, Communications Support Co, 7th Comm Bn, established a teletype circuit between 2d CAG and 1st Marine Division. First Marine Division was appointed as communication guard for Headquarters 2d CAG. During the month the following communications traffic passed over the teletype circuit:

      Incoming messages    211
Outgoing messages  45
Total messages 256

13. Fire Support:   During November, 2d CAG utilized (9) artillery fire missions, (14) 81mm Illumination missions, (7) 81mm fire missions and (8) 60mm fire missions.

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CONFIDENTIAL

14. Air Support:   In addition to gunship missions, 2d CAG utilized numerous helicopter missions for resupply and command control purposes. Helicopters were also employed during the first of the month for reinsertion of 16 of 2d CAG's smaller units that had been withdrawn from their TAOCs due to flooding conditions.

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

16. Special Services

     a. During the month of November, two Special Services trips to Hong Kong were made for the purpose of purchasing projector bulbs, chess sets, tennis shoes, and various other small items.

     b. Weekly rations of beer and soda to Combined Action Companies continued with 433 cases of beer and soda distributed.

     c. Two USO shows were provided during the month of November.

17. Medical Department

     a. General:   During the month of November emphasis was placed on prevention of fevers of undetermined origin, among the troops in the field. As a result of steps taken, there was a marked decrease in admissions for FUO and no admissions for Hepatitis.
      Prompt resupply was made to those CACOs with medical gear destroyed by floods.
      Routine inspection for CAPs was carried out during this period.
      MedCaps at 2d CAG level totaled 789 during November.

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

      c. Med Caps:   During the month of November, Combined Action Platoons treated 20,156 civilians in routine Med Caps and a total of 76 civilians who were casualties resulting from hostile action.

      d. Training:   CAP Corpsmen held a total of 107 classes with a total attendance of 543 Health Workers, PF Corpsmen and civilians.

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(End of 2d CAG Command Chronology for November, 1970)

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