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5750.1
Ser: 018270
19 Feb 70

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FIRST ENDORSEMENT on CO, 2d CAG ltr 3/LEN/dec over 3000 of 31Jan70

From: Commanding General, III Marine Amphibious Force
To: Commandant of the Marine Corps (Code HD)
Via: Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
Subj: Command Chronology for period 1 December 1969 to 31 December 1969

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

(signed)       
H. L. WILKERSON
By direction  

Copy to:
 CO, 2d CAG





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Mar 3 1970

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SECOND ENDORSEMENT on CO, 2d CAG ltr 3/LEN/dec over 3000 dtd 31Jan70

From: Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
To: Commandant of the Marine Corps (Code HD)
Subj: Command Chronology for period 1 December 1969 to 31 December 1969

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

(signed)      
R. D. WHITE    
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/LEN/dec
3000
31 January 1970

CONFIDENTIAL (Unclassified when enclosure (1) is removed)

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 December 1969 to 31 December 1969
Ref: (a) MCO 5750.1A
(b) FMFPacO 5750.8A
Encl: (1) 2d Combined Action Group Command Chronology

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

2. Enclosure (1) is downgraded at 3 year intervals. Declassified after 12 years. DOD Directive 5200.10.

(signed)     
D.R. CHRISTENSEN


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

COMMAND CHRONOLOGY

1 December 1969 to 31 December 1969

  INDEX  PAGE 
Part I ORGANIZATIONAL DATA 1-1 - 1-2
Part II NARRATIVE SUMMARY 2-1 - 2-16
Part III SEQUENTIAL LISTING OF
SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
3-1 - 3-5
Part IV SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS 4-1 - 4-2













DOWNGRADED AT 3-YEAR INTERVALS:
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PART I

ORGANIZATIONAL DATA

1. Designation COMMANDER Date
2d Combined Action Group LtCol D. R. CHRISTENSEN 1 Dec 69
31 Dec 69
 
SUBORDINATE UNITS  
1st Combined Action Company Capt H. A. BAKER 1 Dec 69
31 Dec 69
2nd Combined Action Company Capt T. M. BELDON 1 Dec 69
31 Dec 69
3rd Combined Action Company 1st Lt R. W. JOHNSON 1 Dec 69
31 Dec 69
4th Combined Action Company Capt H. M. McCLOY Jr. 1 Dec 69
31 Dec 69
5th Combined Action Company Capt J. R. KNIBBS 1 Dec 69
31 Dec 69
7th Combined Action Company Capt G. E. BROWN 1 Dec 69
31 Dec 69
8th Combined Action Company Capt R. D. TOMLIN 1 Dec 69
31 Dec 69
9th Combined Action Company Capt J. B. SCURAS 1 Dec 69
31 Dec 69


ATTACHED UNITS

Detachment, Kit Carson Scouts, 1st MarDiv G-2 (C-1)
Detachment, ARVN Interpreters/Translators, III MAF
Detachment, Medical Section, HQ, III MAF


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2. Locations.

1 December 1969 to 31 December 1969

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 2-5 Hoa Vang 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

3. Staff Officers.

Executive Officer/Civic
Action S-5 Officer
Maj J. A. McCARTY 1 Dec 69 - 31 Dec 69
 
S-1 Officer 1stLt W. J. DECKER 1 Dec 69 - 31 Dec 69
 
S-2/S-3 Officer Major L. E. NUGENT 1 Dec 69 - 31 Dec 69
 
S-4 Officer/Supply
Officer
Capt J. T. FOX 1 Dec 69 - 31 Dec 69



4. Average Monthly Strength.

USMC USN        
OFF    ENL OFF    ENL        
14    625 0    38        

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Part II

NARRATIVE SUMMARY

1. Personnel Administration

   a. Joined and Transferred. During the month of December, the 2d Combined Action Group joined and transferred the following number of personnel listed in the four categories below:

 
(1) Joined
  Officers Enlisted
     0   43

 
(2) Rotated CONUS
  Officers Enlisted
     0   28

 
(3) Transferred within WestPac Command
  Officers Enlisted
     0   3

 
(4) Transferred by SR w/sick (out of country hospitals)
  Officers Enlisted
     0   20

   b. Awards.

      (1) Award recommendations during the reporting month were processed and forwarded to FMFPac for approval as follows:

Heroic End of Tour
 
USMC     USN USMC  
SS
 1
BS
 2
NCM
 0
N/MC Mil
 1
BS
 0
LM
0
 BS
 0
NCM
 0
NAM
 2

      (2) Twenty six personnel of the Group also received Purple Heart medals as a result of combat wounds received during the month.

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   c. Casualties. Casualties during the month of December were as follows:

  KIA DOW DAI WIA WIANE NBC
USMC 2 1 0 12 12 4
USN 0 0 0 1 0 0

   d. Legal. Legal activities during the reporting month were as follows:

    Article 32 Investigations Informal Investigations NJP
0 1 15
 
  SCM
2
  SPCM
2
   

   e. The following Rest and Recuperation (R&R) leave quotas, out of country and in country were received and utilized:

    (1) Out of Country R&R - Quotas   Utilized
  28   27

   f. Promotions. Promotions effected during the month of December were as follows:

  Meritorious Regular
MSgt 0 1
Sgt 0 5
Cpl 3 0
LCpl 0 33
PFC 0 8
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2. INTELLIGENCE

    a. General. The proposed T/O changes in the Operations Section for a Staff NCO, as an Intelligence Chief was not carried out during December.

    b. Enemy Situation. Captured documents, rallier, and POW reports of the first week in December continued to reveal evidence that the enemy was forced to cut down on his actions due to experiencing acute difficulties in procuring material and political support. Quang Nam Province was the most active area in the I Corps during the first week of December. The high point of the first week's activity was on the 7th. CAP 2-7-2 received M-79 fire and grenades from an USEF resulting in 3 USMC WIA Three hours later, on the same date, in an unrelated incident, CAP 2-7-4 received M-79 fire from 5-10 VC resulting in 2 USMC being slightly wounded. In both contacts no confirmed enemy killed were counted.

     During the second week of December the CAPs of 2d CAG experienced light scattered action as the enemy concentrated his efforts on logistic activities. On the 11th an USEF initiated a terrorist attack on Ah Dong hamlet which resulted in 6 houses destroyed, and 9 houses damaged. PsyOps was notified.

     The enemy's continued heavy rice loss to U.S. and GVN forces caused him to scale down his efforts during the third week of December. Increased enemy movement was forecast for the latter part of the week and was witnessed. On the 19th CAP 2-1-2 ambushed 5 NVA. The action resulted in 4 NVA KIA, and 1 NVA WIA The wounded POW revealed that his detail consisted of members of the 31st NVA regiment and was enroute to guide a 150 man NVA force to the hamlets of An Ton and Tuy Loan. 1/26 Marines were notified of the information given by the POW.

     There was a steady pattern of enemy movement in the final week of December, associated with rice gathering and other resupply activities, which resulted in frequent contact. Although contact was limited in the first few days of December the enemy was aggressive and moving in squad size units. On the 28th CAP 2-7-5 received information that VC rice collectors were operating in their area. Although they did not make contact with the VC rice collectors, the CAP patrol captured a VN female who appeared to be posted as a sentinel for the purpose of warning the VC of the approach of Allied Forces.

    c. Enemy Plans and Policies. During December the enemy had planned the Winter-Spring Offensive. The first, and the final week of December were the two weeks in which the CAPs of 2d CAG experienced the most contact. Overall contact was lower than expected due to the enemy's problems with resupply. The enemy in relation to the CAPs of 2d CAG did not initiate contact on Christmas Day.

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     VC/VCI activities in the last month of the year were concentrated on weakening the VN civilians' confidence in the ability of the GVN to protect them. Acts of terrorism were directed at hamlets and individuals who supported the GVN. Of interest, CAP 2-3-5 apprehended an oriental male dressed in a VN uniform. The suspect had no identification and could neither speak nor understand Vietnamese. He claimed he was of Chinese descent and that he came from Saigon. It had been reported that Communist Chinese cadre have been sent to South Vietnam to act as advisors to NVA units, this incident seems to substantiate those reports from various Hoi Chanhs.

    d. Interrogator/Translator. During the month of December, 88 detainees, 10 POW's and 2 Hoi Chanhs were turned over by the CACOs to their respective District Headquarters for processing through the DIOCC. Feedback of information produced as a result of these interrogations was provided 2d CAG and the capturing CACOs.

    e. Counter Intelligence. In December timely and 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 DIOCC's.

    f. Interpreters. 8 interpreters were employed by 2d CAG in December. 7 were assigned to CACOs, and 1 remained at 2d CAG Headquarters.

    g. Enemy Statistics. Enemy statistics for the month of December were as follows:

KIA   POW   DETAINEES   HOI CHANH
VC
 20
  NVA
 11
  VC
 8
  NVA
 2
  88
 
  2
 

  (1) Weapons and Ordnance Captured.
 
    Weapons
AK-47   6  
AK-50   1  
M-16   1  
M-1 Carbine   1  
Pistol 9mm   2  
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Ordnance
250 lb. bomb   1  
155mm round   1  
81mm round   4  
RPG booster   1  
M-26 grenades   7  
Chicom grenades   6  
Claymore mine   2  
SFD home made   4  
M-16 rounds   50  
 
(2) Equipment Captured
Carbine magazine   1  
NVA helmet   2  
Cartridge belt   4  
grenade pouch   1  
back pack   1  
Rice   126 lbs.
Miscellaneous propaganda leaflets,
items of clothing and medical gear.

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3. OPERATIONS

    a. General. During December the enemy's plans for continuation of his Winter-Spring Campaign were curtailed due to heavy food and supply loses to Allied Forces.

     The first week in December CAPs killed two enemy, took 3 VCS and destroyed one enemy bunker position. On the 5th an ARVN Unit just to the east of CAP 2-4-3 patrol base had 1 ARVN KIA and 8 ARVN WIA as a result of a command detonated claymore.

     During the second week of December the CAPs of 2d CAG contended with light scattered contacts. In these contacts the CAPs were highly successful killing 9 enemy and taking 1 POW and 3 VCS.

     The third week found the enemy's activities picking up around the 16th, on which date CAP 2-1-2 ambushed 5 NVA, killing 4 and taking one POW. The POW informed the CAP that his detail was a guide patrol for a 150 man NVA Force.

     A steady pattern of enemy movement was noted in the final week of December. This movement was in conjunction with the enemy's rice gathering activity.

    b. Mobility. At the end of the reporting period 2d CAG had thirty-five (35) mobile CAPs and one (1) static CAP operating in Quang Nam Province.

    c. Training. Training plans for December were submitted to the Commanding Officer, 2d CAG by all CACOs in accordance with Group Bulletin 1500. Emphasis remained on training all Marines and PF's primarily in general military subjects such as patrolling, setting ambushes and listening posts and call for fire support. Training plans for December also emphasixed coordination between CAP Marines and PF's.

    d. Inspections. In December, a regular schedule of staff inspections was conducted throughout the CAPs. These inspections consisted of detailed critiques of undesirable trends and were submitted to CACOs for them to take corrective action. Also inspected were records being kept and coordination accomplished on both the CACO and CAP levels. Supply and communications inspections were also conducted in order to evaluate the state of readiness at the CACO and CAP level, based on usage data compiled at 2d CAG Headquarters.

    e. Conferences/Meetings

      (1) Staff Conference. 2d CAG Headquarters continued to hold weekly staff meetings where matters of multiple staff cognizance were discussed.

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The copies of the December, 1969, Command Chronology sent by the USMC Archive Section were missing page 2-7.

      (3) Medical Evacuation Missions. A total of (18) medical evacuations were requested/controlled by 2d CAG units in December. These missions included medevacs for Vietnamese civilians and PF's as well as Marines.

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4. LOGISTICS

   a. General. During December this unit was in a C-2 category under the Mares/Forstat Rating System and in an excellent operational readiness status for combat essential equipment.

   b. Significant Events. There were no significant events in the month of December.

   c. Damage to weapons due to enemy action.

      (1) There was negative weapon damage done by enemy action in December.

   d. Motor Transport.

      (1) The Group Motor Transport Section drove a total of 33,491 miles and hauled 4,218 tops of cargo in December. Seven (7) vehicles were deadlined for 2nd echelon repair. The deadline breakdown is as follows:

M37B1 Truck, Cargo (6)
M151A1 Truck, Utility (1)

      (2) Ten (10) vehicles were deadlined for 3rd echelon maintenance as follows:

M35A2C Truck, Cargo (2)
M37B1 Truck, Cargo (4)
M151A1 Truck, Utility (4)

         (3) There were no vehicles deadlined for 4th echelon maintenance in December.

         (4) Average time was as follows:

2nd echelon (13) days
3rd echelon (16)-(30) days

   e. Airlift

      (1) No airlifts were made during this reporting period.

   f. Messhall

      (1) Approximately 15,000 meals were served in Headquarters 2d CAG's Messhall during this period.

      (2) A total of 6,200 meals were distributed to field units from the 2d CAG Messhall.

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   g. Armory

      (1) The armory repaired a total of (60) sixty weapons during December. (10) ten weapons were sent to FLSG-B for third echelon maintenance.

   h. Supplies

      (1) Receipt of major end items has been satisfactory with the exception of the following:

      (a) M37B1 3/4 ton Truck, Cargo (3)

      (b) AN/PUS Starlight Scopes (3)

      (c) D.V. 182-30 KW generators (2)

   h. Problem Areas

      (1) As mentioned before difficulties have been encountered in the receipt of major critical items of supply. Since the utilization of FLSG-B 3rd Echelon M.T., longer delay periods were observed in getting needed repairs done, partially this delay is due to lack of second echelon repair parts required to be on a vehicle prior to turn in. Repair parts for M37B1 trucks were in short supply at all supply activities causing prolonged deadline periods.

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5. CIVIC ACTION/PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS

   a. During the month of December Civic Action NCO's from the 2d Combined Action Group continued their efforts to act as liaison between Hamlet, Village and District Officials, in initiating Civic Action and Community Development. Civic Action efforts in medcaps, education and distribution of commodities, personal response and construction projects continued at an acceptable level.

   b. Continued emphasis was placed on the use of GVN Supply Channels, and Co-operative programs of farm and rabbit breeding projects, by instructing farmers of different hamlets on growing new types of market crops such as corn, squash, beets and carrots. Special attention was also given to Village schools lacking proper classroom construction, by Americans and the Vietnamese Popular Force Soldiers. Over 200 trash barrels were distributed to various hamlets to insure a proper state of police and to help eliminate rats.

   c. During the month of December the CAPs continued their work on several construction projects within TAOCs'. The CAPS assisted the people in repairing their roads which were heavily damaged due to the monsoon rains. The CAP Marines and the Vietnamese repaired several bridges which had been washed out or collapsed due to the heavy rains during the month. CAP Marines improved relations with the Vietnamese people in their areas by giving them assistance in helping them repair their Hamlet and Village damages.

   d. Several CAPs requested cultural drama teams in their Villages which were both educationally and psychologically successful in each area, and a noticable increase of friendliness has been observed in those areas.

   e. During the month the CAP Civic Action NCO's received numerous gifts from people in the United States. These gifts were clothing, candy, toys and personal hygiene kits. The gifts were given to the most needy Vietnamese in the CAP areas.

   f. Commodities distributed during the month of December were as follows: Food: 183 lbs; Soap: 1400 lbs; Clothing: 1000 lbs; School Kits: 2000; Personal Hygiene Kits: 200; Sewing Kits: 100; Blacksmith Kits: 6; Carpenter Kits: 2; and Masonary Kits: 12.

   g. During December CAP personnel of the group assisted Vietnamese civilians in completing the following: Fences: 12; Public Heads: 6; Dwellings: 13; Wells: 7; Bridges: 17; School Classrooms: 12; Family Bunkers: 8; Public Showers: 3; Play Grounds: 1; Roads: 13 miles; Leveling and grading projects: 4; Market Place: 2.

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   h. Medical assistance in support of civic action saw MedCaps resulting in the treatment of 11,436 Vietnamese civilians. 60 Dental cases were treated and 48 children and 12 adults were medically evacuated during the month. 64 or 54 civilians under went training, and acted as interpreters for the Corpsmen.

   i. Psychological Operations Activities employed by the group during the month of December included the use of hand disseminated and air dropped leaflets:

      (1) Approximately 87,000 Chieu Hoi leaflets were air dropped.

      (2) Approximately 21,000 Safe Conduct passes were air dropped.

      (3) Approximately 25,000 Vietnamese news papers were hand distributed by CAP Marines.

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6. COMMUNICATIONS

   a. Problem Areas.

      (1) The same problem areas still existed as were reported in several previous reports. Lack of T/E items.

 
 
Telephone Set, TA-1 190
Telephone Set, TA-312 56
Radio Control Group, GRA-39 26

   b. Communications:

      (1) Radio Relay. A period of four hours down time was recorded for the MRC-62. One half hour power failure and the remaining three and a half interference.

      (2) Security. CACO 2-2 compromised their "MIKE" designator and Frequency

      (3) Staff Visits. During the month CACO's 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 2-7, and 2-8 were visited. Preventative Maintenance and operating conditions/procedures were inspected with the following results reported:

         (a) Build up of dirt in hard to get at spots.

         (b) Frayed or torn cords on H-189 handsets.

         (c) Preventative Maintenance records not kept up.

         (d) Recommendations were made for immediate action to effect direct supervision for future maintenance.

      (4) Battery usage (BA-386). 1340 batteries were used during the month. 149 AN/PRC-25 radios were in use.

      (5) Combat Operation Center. Overall communication traffic decreased approximately 10%. The following communications traffic was passed through the Combat Operation Center over various nets.

 
 
Incoming Messages 421
Outgoing Messages 210
Spot Reports 182
Intell Reports 4

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    (5) Combat Operation Center. Overall communications traffic increased approximately 12%. The following communications traffic was passed through the combat operations center over various nets.
 
 
 
Casualty Reports 27
SIR Reports 1
Commanders Daily Summary 248
Total Traffic 1093

    (6)  Communications Supply. Components of end items were in adequate stock throughout the entire month with the exception of whip antennas for the AN/PRC-25. The following list reflects requisition status of communication items:

      Requisitions Submitted 23
Requisitions Completed 10
Requisitions Outstanding 13
Total Outstanding 30

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

      Work Requests Submitted 23
Work Requests Completed 57
Work Requests Outstanding 13
Total Outstanding 20

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7. MEDICAL DEPARTMENT

    a. General. During the month of December emphasis was placed on sanitation both at Headquarters and CACO levels. Sanitation inspections were held at CAG Headquarters and discrepancies brought to the attention of the Commanding Officer. The majority of items listed were corrected with enthusiasm and cooperation. During December a comprehensive overview of the medical section of 2d Combined Action Group was made and reported on by the Medical Coordinator, Combined Action Program, L. P. METCALF, LCDR MSC USN. Dysentery was a problem in some CAP units but insistence upon proper water and food sanitation was apparently effective since there has been a definite decline in cases.

    b. Personnel:

    (1) Medical Department Representative: J. H. BRYSON Jr. HMC USN

    (2) Administrative/Sick Call Petty Officer: L. A. JOHNSON HM2 USN

    (3) Supply/Sick Call Petty Officer: T. W. SHAW HN USN

 
 
 
 
 
(a) Detached 5
(b) Detached (Combat Loss) 1
(c) Joined 7
(d) Casualties 2

    c. Med Cap: During the month of December Combined Action Platoons treated 11,436 Vietnamese civilians through routine Med Caps and also treated 60 dental patients. Headquarters Group Aid Station treated emergencies only in the case of Vietnamese civilians and routine care to employees.

    d. Training:

      (1) CAP Corpsmen conducted a toatl of 46 classes with an attendance of 427 health workers or PF Corpsmen.

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8. SPECIAL SERVICES

    a. Special Services activities for the month of December were related primarily to the Christmas season, and took the form of organizing and distribution of gift donations.

    b. Special Services continued its function of handling monthly orders for pre-recorded tapes under the program provided by III Marine Amphibious Force Special Services. During the month of December Marine and Naval personnel of 2d CAG purchased 115 tapes.

    c. One USO show was held during the month of December at 2d CAG Headquarters. Some members of all CAPs were brought in from the field to enjoy the show.

    d. Beer and soda continues to be issued to CAPs in the field in regular weekly allotments. During December, a total of 174 cases of beer and 432 cases of soda were distributed from the Recreation fund.

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SEQUENTIAL LISTING OF SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

1 Dec 69 CAP 2-1-5 ambush initiated SAF on 4 VC at AT947683, 8.9km SW of the Danang Airstrip. The enemy threw 2 grenades at the CAP position and fled in a NW direction. A sweep of the area was nonproductive.
2 Dec 69 CAP 2-3-7 ambush received SAF from an USEF in the vicinity of BT044619, 4 km NW of Dien Ban, wounding 2 PF's. The CAP returned SAF causing the enemy to break contact and flee to the N. A sweep of the area was conducted with negative results.
3 Dec 69 CAP 2-7-6 patrol initiated SAF on an USEF at BT076705, 7 km SE of the Danang Airstrip. The enemy returned 1 unknown type grenade and fled in an unknown direction. One USMC was wounded in the contact. A sweep of the area was nonproductive.
4 Dec 69 CAP 2-3-3 patrol initiated long range SAF on 4 VC at BT030582, 3.5 km E of Dien Ban. Use of artillery was not possible due to population in the area. As the enemy fled N without returning fire, the CAP maneuvered forward to maintain contact. About 600 meters N of the initial contact site, the CAP received SAF from an USEF at BT0305584. The CAP returned fire with organic weapons as the enemy again fled N. The CAP continued to maneuver forward as darkness fell but could not reestablish contact. A sweep of the area disclosed 6 recently occupied bunkers as well as blood-soaked clothing and drag marks on the ground. The bunkers were destroyed.
6 Dec 69 CAP 2-3-6 patrol initiated SAF on an USEF moving S on a trail at BT062586, .5 km N of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy with-drew to the W without returning fire. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 NVA KIA, 1 VC KIA, 1 AK-50, 1 AK-47, 2 Chicom grenades, miscellaneous rifle cleaning gear, 1 loaded AK-50 magazine and several personal letters. In one of the letters, the VC KIA was identified as a member of the Q-82 Unit. The letters were delivered to District Headquarters for examination.

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6 Dec 69 CAP 2-3-4 ambush received SAF from an estimated squad of VC at BT083564, 3 km SE of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The CAP returned fire with organic weapons causing the enemy to break contact and flee to the E. 1 USMC was KIA in the contact. A sweep of the area produced 1 wounded VC, 1 carbine with magazine, 1 M-26 grenade, 2 Chicom grenades, 1 NVA helmet, 1 RPG booster, and miscellaneous clothing. In the initial interrogation the POW stated he was a member of 1st BRAVO Co, C-2 Bn. He also stated that 3 other VC were wounded in the contact.
9 Dec 69 CAP 2-1-3 ambush spotted 4 VC 300m to the NW and moving away from the ambush location at AT936703, 7 km SW of the Danang Airstrip. A patrol dispatched from the ambush site maneuvered toward the enemy and took them under fire with SAF. The enemy returned (illegible) and a grenade before fleeing to the NW. The CAP swept the area of contact with negative results.
11 Dec 69 Acting on information provided by a VN civilian, CAP 2-1-3 discovered 3 VC bodies at AT931700, 9.5 km SW of Danang Airstrip. ID papers found on the bodies were turned over to District Headquarters.
11 Dec 69 An USEF initiated a terrorist attack on the hamlet of An Dong at AT899470, 11 km S of Dai Loc District Headquarters. Investigation disclosed 6 houses destroyed and 9 houses damaged. 1 RF was WIA(E) in the incident. Villagers reported the incident to 2-9-1. PsyOps was notified.
12 Dec 69 CAP 2-1-4 ambush initiated SAF on 8 VC at AT942695, 8 km SW of the Danang Airfield. The enemy fled E without returning fire. A sweep of the area disclosed 3 NVA KIA, 2 VC KIA and 1 wounded NVA POW. Unresponsive to questioning by CAP PF's the POW was turned over to District Headquarters for interrogation and medical treatment. Based on the partial information initially available, District Headquarters identified the 2 VC KIA as VCI.
12 Dec 69 CAP 2-1-7 patrol discovered 1 VC KIA at AT931712, 6 km W of Danang Airfield. One Chicom grenade, 1 cartridge belt and 1 grenade pouch were found with the body.
12 Dec 69 Interrogation by District Headquarters of the NVA POW captured by CAP 2-1-4 on 12 Dec 69 in the vicinity of AT942695, 8 km SW of the Danang Airstrip, revealed the POW to be a member of the 31st NVA Regiment. It was reported the POW was a member of a 20 man unit with a mission to collect rice and gather information on RVNAF and FWMAF activities for use in forthcoming enemy offensive operations.

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14 Dec 69 A Hoi Chanh turned himself in to CAP 2-1-4 at AT950690, 7 km SW of the Danang Airfield. Interrogation at District Headquarters revealed that the Hoi Chanh had been a member of the 141st NVA regiment. His unit's mission was to collect rice from the local populace.
18 Dec 69 Acting on information gathered from villagers by a KCS. CAP 2-4-5 was setting in an ambush around a house owned by a VC sympathizer when 4 VC approached from the E at BT166571 2 km S of Hoi An. The VC threw several grenades and fled N. Return fire by the CAP was restricted due to the proximity of villagers' houses in the line of fire. One USMC was slightly wounded in the encounter. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. The occupant of the house, a young female, was apprehended and turned over to District Headquarters for interrogation.
19 Dec 69 CAP 2-1-2 ambush initiated SAF on 5 NVA at AT922709, 9.5km SW of the Danang Airfield. The NVA had no chance to return fire. A sweep of the area disclosed 4 NVA KIA, 1 NVA WIA, and 2 AK-47s. Preliminary questioning of the wounded NVA revealed that his detail consisted of members of the 31st NVA regiment and was enroute to guide an 150 man NVA force located at AT 9271, to the hamlets of An Ton and Tuy Loan at AT928708 and AT944701, respectively. 1/26 Mar was notified of the information given by the POW.
20 Dec 69 While conducting an identification check at BT053695, 6.4 km SE of the Danang Airfield, a CAP 2-7-5 patrol apprehended a VN female whose name appeared on the CIT Blacklist. Reportedly a member of the Binh Ky VC infrastructure, the POW was turned over to CIT for interrogation.
20 Dec 69 CAP 2-3-2 patrol received SAF from 4 VC at BT052594, 2 km N of Dien Ban District Headquarters. One USMC was KIA. The CAP returned SAF causing the enemy to break contact and flee N. During a sweep of the area, 2 VN females were found in a nearby house. Investigation and interrogation revealed that these women were related to the 4VC and had been preparing a meal for them. The women were turned over to District Headquarters for interrogation.
21 Dec 69 CAP 2-1-3 ambush initiated SAF on 5 NVA at AT933695, 9 km SE of the Danang Airfield. The enemy fled E. A sweep of the area produced 1 NVA KIA, 1 AK-47, 1 helmet, 1 back pack, 1 cartridge belt, 2 chicom grenades and various documents. Initial inspection of the documents disclosed no NVA unit identifications. The documents were forwarded to District Headquarters for analysis. The grenades were destroyed.

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22 Dec 69 CAP 2-4-3 patrol had been assembled for patrol briefing in a hamlet and was starting to move out on patrol when a grenade was received from an unknown source 30-40 meters to the NW at BT169579, 1 km E of Hoi An City. One USMC was KIA, 8 USMC and 1 PF were wounded by the grenade. Aided by a reaction force from CACO 2-4 Headquarters, the CAP established a perimeter sealing off a portion of the hamlet, conducted a search, and medevaced the casualties. Later the same night, an element of the CAP perimeter spotted an USEF moving NW near the hamlet. The CAP element initiated organic weapons fire on the enemy, who in turn fled NW without returning fire. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. The following morning a thorough search of the hamlet was conducted and villagers were interrogated with no significant results.
22 Dec 69 CAP 2-7-3 ambush initiated organic weapons fire on 6 VC moving N on a trail at BT027666, 7 km S of the Danang Airfield. The enemy returned fire with SA and Grenades. After a short while enemy fire ceased and a sweep of the area was conducted disclosing 5 VC KIA, 2 AK-47's, and 1 9mm pistol.
26 Dec 69 CAP 2-1-2 ambush initiated organic weapons fire on a squad sized force of NVA carrying packs at AT925715, 9 km SW of the Danang Airfield. The enemy returned SAF and fled W. One USN was WIA in the contact. A sweep of the area was nonproductive.
26 Dec 69 CAP 2-7-6 patrol initiated SAF on an estimated platoon size force observed moving S on a trail at BT065709, 7 km SE of the Danang Airfield. The enemy returned fire with 1 grenade while fleeing S. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 VC KIA equipped with 4 M-26 grenades. The patrol detained 6 VN civilians who were found in the area of the contact and whose response to questioning was evasive. The grenades were destroyed and the VCS were transported to District Headquarters for questioning.
27 Dec 69 CAP 2-8-4 ambush initiated SAF on 5 to 7 VC at AT931831, 10.5 km NW of the Danang Airfield. The enemy returned SAF, broke contact, and fled SW. A sweep of the area under illumination produced 1 lbs. of rice, M-26 grenade, a bloody bandage and blood trails leading SW.

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28 Dec 69 CAP 2-2-4 patrol detained 3 VN females who were carrying a wounded VN male at AT866574, 5.5 km W of Dai Loc District Headquarters. The VN male stated he was a member of the Loc Tan village guerrilla force and had been wounded on the night of 24 Dec in a contact with CAP 2-2-4 at 242150H. He also stated that the guerrilla force consisted of 21 men 2 of whom were KIA in that contact. The wounded VC was medevaced and was turned over to District Headquarters for interrogation after treatment. The 3 VN females were turned over to District Headquarters for questioning.
28 Dec 69 While participating in a combined operation with CAP 2-9-2, RF, non-CAP PF, and elements of 2/5 Mar, CAP 2-9-1 observed 1 VN male attempting to evade friendly troops at AT901498, 8 km S of Dai Loc District Headquarters. When the suspect ran away in response to PF orders to halt, the CAP shot and killed him. A search of the body produced no ID papers, possessions, or equipment. Reportedly a VC guerrilla, the dead VN was a stranger to the local area.
29 Dec 69 CAP 2-7-4 patrol shot and killed an armed NVA (1st Lt) exiting a house at BT052627, 5 km N of Dien Ban District Headquarters. A search of the body revealed 1 9mm pistol 1 document stating the NVA had killed 3 USMC, 1 USMC ID card, 1 NVA ID card, and several receipts for money collected from local villagers. Unit identification of the NVA could not be determined.
30 Dec 69 Acting on information from villagers, CAP 2-3-7 dispatched a patrol to make contact with a VC platoon reportedly assembled at BT054625, 4.5 km N of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The enemy platoon was reportedly planning an attack on the Thanh Quit Bridge at BT041620. While approaching the objective area, the CAP received SAF from an USEF. The CAP returned SAF and maneuvered forward, causing the enemy to break contact and flee E. With the aid of an airborne flareship, the CAP conducted a sweep of the area disclosing 1 VC KIA and 1 M-16 rifle.
31 Dec 69 An unarmed VC Hoi Chanh turned himself in to CAP 2-3-5 at BT077559, 3 km S of Dien Ban District Headquarters. The rallier stated he had been forced to serve as a VC laborer and guerrilla. He claimed to have operated throughout Hieu Nhon District and Go Noi island. The rallier was turned over to District Officials for processing.

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(End of 2d CAG Command Chronology for December, 1969)

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