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2d Combined Action Group
III Marine Amphibious Force
FPO San Francisco, California 96602
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.
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.
D. R. CHRISTENSEN
2d Combined Action Group
III Marine Amphibious Force
FPO San Francisco, California 96602
Detachment, Scout Dog Platoon, 3rd M. P. Battalion
1 August 1969 to 31 August 1969
3. Staff Officers.
1. Personnel Administration.
a. Joined and Transferred. During the month
of August, the 2d Combined Action Group joined and transferred the
following number of personnel listed in the four categories below:
1. Personnel Administration.
a. Joined and Transferred. During the month of August, the 2d Combined Action Group joined and transferred the following number of personnel listed in the four categories below:
(1) Award recommendations during the reporting month were processed and forwarded to FMFPac for approval as follows:
(2) Fifty one personnel of the Group also received Purple Heart medals as a result of combat wounds received during the month.
c. Casualties. Casualties during the month of August were as follows:
d. Congrints/Splints/Welrep. This group did not process any congressional or special interest correspondence during the month of August. However the Administrative section did process a total of 11 welfare reports during the reporting period.
e. Legal. Legal activities during the reporting month were as follows:
f. Morale and Welfare. The morale of the unit continues to be high and recreational activity is available to all hands.
g. The following Rest and Recuperation (R&R) leave quotas, out of country were received and utilized:
h. Promotions. Promotions effected during the month of August were as follows:
a. General. The proposed T/O changes in the Operations Section for a Lieutenant, Assistant S-3/S-2 and a S/NCO, as an Intelligence Chief are still pending at this time.
b. Enemy Situation. For the first week in August enemy activity remained at a low level, continuing the "lull" which had existed for the past two months. Contact was usually limited to CAP activities initiating fire on enemy troops moving in small groups. However, a significant terrorist attack occurred on 5 August when 2 grenades were thrown into a meeting of village elders 1 km S.W. of Hoi An.
During the second week the enemy began his well-publicized Summer-Fall Campaign. The CAP's made contact with larger groups of enemy than in the week previous, as the VC/NVA were setting up for attacks. Particularly heavy contact was made on the nights of 11 and 12 August.
The enemy continued his offensive into the third week. Contacts by the CAP's remained at the same high level. Also 2 CAG Headquarters and the CACO 2-2 CP became targets on the night of the 16th as 2d CAG received 7 RPG's and CACO 2-2 took 8 rounds of 82mm mortar incoming.
During the final week the high level of ground contact prevailed, and there was an increase in terrorist attacks. On 25 August a booby-trap was detonated, blowing off the legs of a Village Chief 1km E. of Hoi An; two days later the VC/NVA mortared a hamlet 2km S. of Dien Ban causing 2 VN civilians KIA; 7 VN civilians WIA(E) and 10 VN civilians WIA(M).
c. Enemy Plans and Policies. The enemy modus operandi for the first two weeks of August was consistent with the pattern of the two previous months. Emphasis was placed on those activities designed to destroy or otherwise render ineffective the local government administration and pacification assets. Propaganda themes centered on the appeal of the Provisional Revolutionary Government. The Summer-Fall Offensive, beginning in the second week, brought ground attacks and attacks by fire, along with stepped-up terrorism and propaganda. These attacks, and selective assassinations of GVN sympathizers and low level officials continued until the end of the month.
d. Interrogator/Translator. During the month of August 242 detainees, 26 POW's (3 NVA, 23 VC) and 6 Hoi Chanh's were turned over by the CACO's 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 CACO's.
e. Counter Intelligence. 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 activity of the DIOCCs.
f. Interpreters. 8 interpreters were employed by 2d CAG during the month of August. 7 were assigned to CACO's and 1 remained at 2d CAG Headquarters.
g. Enemy Statistics. Enemy statistics for the month of August were as follows:
a. General. During the month of August, with the beginning of the enemy's Summer-Fall Campaign, the CAP's of 2d CAG contended with increasing propaganda, terrorism and ground activity.
20 Although the first week of August saw a continuation of the previous two month "lull", CAP activities made 8 significant contacts, killing 5 NVA and capturing 2 terrorists who had thrown grenades into a meeting of village elders. 3 suspects were also picked up for suspicion of providing food and money to the VC. Also 4 bunkers were found and destroyed during the period.
20 The second week began as CAP's 2-9-1 and 2-9-2 on a sweep with RF elements picked up 200 VCS on 8 August. On the 11th and 12th the enemy began to step up activities; there were 18 significant contacts altogether during the week, as the CAP's killed 12 enemy, took 1 prisoner and captured 4 VCS. 2 NVA were Hoi Chanh's.
The offensive continued into the third week, but the CAP's killed 16 enemy in 16 contacts and had 2 VC Chieu Hoi to them.
Activity tapered off at the end of the month. However the CAP's managed to kill 9 more enemy to up the monthly total to 42, an increase of 18 from the month previous.
b. Mobility. At the end of the reporting period, 2d CAG had thirty-three (33) mobile CAP's and three (3) static CAP's operating in Quang Nam Province, two CAPs (CAP 2-7-5 and CAP 2-8-2) were converted from static to mobile during the reporting period. It is anticipated that one more CAP will be converted from static to mobile next month.
c. Training. Training plans for the month of August were submitted for approval to the Commanding Officer, 2d CAG by all CACO's 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 calling for fire support.
(1) 2d CAG Mobile Training Team. During August the Mobile Training Team (MTT) was utilized as a security element for the 2d CAG Compound. The MTT was also used for security patrols, running 20 daylight patrols, capturing (1) M-1 Carbine, (1) NVA pack, (2) BAR magazines, (2) M-16 magazines and (2) AK-47 bayonets. The MTT was deactivated on 20 August 1969.
d. Inspections. During the month of August a regular schedule of Staff Inspections was conducted throughout the CAP's. These inspections consisted of detailed critiques of undesirable trends and were submitted to CACO's so they could take corrective action. Also inspected were records being kept and co-ordination 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 CAP and CACO level, based on usage data compiled at 2d CAG Headquarters.
(1) Staff Conference. 2d CAG Headquarters continued to hold weekly staff meetings where matters of multiple staff cognizance were discussed.
(2) Combined Action Company C.O.'s Meeting. During the month of August a meeting was held on a weekly basis for all Combined Action Company Commanders and the Headquarters Staff. These meetings were specifically designed for the purpose of working out problems of support and coordination in addition to promulgating command guidance. At each of these meetings the individual CACO CO or his representative gave a projection from the DIOCC (District Intelligence/Operations Control Center) concerning intelligence in their area for the coming week.
(3) CAP Commander Conference. The monthly CAP Commanders Conference was held on the first Sunday in August. All agenda items were submitted by the individual CACO Commanders several days prior to the scheduled conference for review. The suggested agenda items were evaluated, arranged in a logical sequence, and distributed at the conference to the individual CAP Commanders as a guide for discussion. The main purpose for this meeting was to provide an opportunity for discussion of problem areas, such as training techniques for PFs and Marines. Among other problems discussed special attention was given to the PF-Marine relationship in the field and group support of civic action projects.
f. Special Operations.
(1) Kit Carson Scouts. There were 9 Kit Carson Scouts deployed in 2d CAG units during August. They participated in 210 day and night patrols, killed 4 enemy, apprehended 2 suspects and recovered 1 weapon. In addition 3 booby traps and 3 arms caches were found. In one incident KCS Le Van Hein, when his unit was taken under fire, moved to the fighting and helped to direct fire on the enemy positions. As one Marine was being medevaced, KCS Hien stayed at the rear to cover the movement to the movement to the LZ. After the contact KCS Hien led the Marines back to the area of contact and showed them 3 or 8 enemy bodies.
(2) Scout Dogs and Handlers. During the month of August 2d CAG operated with 4 organic Scout Dog Teams, assigned to CACO's, 2-1, 2-3, and 2-7. They were effective in locating caves, tunnels and booby trapped areas; in detecting enemy movement and in warning of enemy ambushes.
g. Voluntary Information Program. The total amount of funds expended as rewards to Vietnamese Nationals during August for information pertaining to enemy activity and/or enemy equipment and ordnance was 226,000$VN. This represents a decrease of 109,300$VN from July and a decrease of 216,705$VN from June.
h. Artillery Support. During the month of August 2d CAG units called in (22) artillery fire missions and (15) 81mm mortar fire missions on either suspected or known enemy targets.
(1) Fixed Wing. During August no missions were flown in direct support of 2d CAG operations against the enemy.
(2) Flareships and Gunships. A total of 6 missions were flown in direct support of 2d CAG operations during the reporting period.
Basketball Missions 0
Spooky Missions 6
(3) Medical Evacuation Missions. A total of (45) medical evacuations were requested/controlled by 2d CAG units during August. These missions included medevacs for Vietnamese civilians and PF's as well as Marines.
a. General. Status has not changed as far as Mares/Forstat; the rating remains C-2. Although the unit has T/E deficiencies, its capabilities have not been reduced, and the preventive maintenance performed on equipment during this time has kept deadlines to a minimum.
b. Significant Events
(1) There were no significant events to report during this period.
c. Damage to weapons due to enemy action
(1) No weapons were damaged during this period.
d. Motor Transport
(1) The Group Motor Transport Section drove a total of 37,804 miles during the reporting period.
(2) A total of five (5) vehicles were deadlined for second echelon repair during the reporting period. A breakdown by vehicle type is as follows:
(a) M37B1 Truck Cargo, (2)
(b) M35AC2 Truck Cargo, (2)
(3) No vehicles were deadlined for 3rd echelon maintenance. Average deadline time: 2nd echelon, three (3) days.
e. Air Lift.
(1) No air lifts were scheduled during this reporting period.
(1) Approximately 19,750 meals were served during this reporting period by the GroupMesshall.
(2) "B" Rations in the amount of forty (40) cases were issued to the field units. "A" Rations were issued on a daily basis to all companies that requested them. A total of 3,600 meals were issued.
(1) During this period, the armory repaired 47 weapons. Thirty-four (34) weapons were sent to Ordnance Maintenance Company, 1st FSR for repair.
h. Miscellaneous Services.
(1) Continuous garbage and trash pick-up was provided by Vietnamese through contract service.
(2) The Laundry Platoon at FLC continued to provide adequate support to this command.
(1) No major items of equipment were received during this reporting period. Spare parts and miscellaneous supplies essential to this unit's operation were received in time, eliminating unnecessary hardships. Lack of T/E items previously ordered, are still responsible for the unit's C-2 MARES/FORSTAT rating.
j. Problem Areas.
(1) Supply. The unit operated without a logistics chief and a warehouse chief during August. The jobs were filled by the supply chief. This hindered the effectiveness of the supply office. Rotation of other personnel without replacements put additional burdens on the supply section. Also lack of trained personnel continues to hamper the S-4 section. In addition, T/E deficiencies continue to keep this unit at a C-2 MARES/FORSTAT RATING. Examples of shortages are shown below:
(2) Motor Transport - Due to the fact that 2d CAG has been unable to obtain wreckers for deadlined vehicles there are unsatisfactory deadline periods for Motor Transport. Additionally the failure of supporting units to provide replacement vehicles put increased requirements on remaining operative equipment.
The main problem in this area is the lack of T/E items. (Illegible words) exchange, though, is working at a satisfactory level.
(4) Heavy Equipment
The unit has a 6,000 lb. rough terrain fork lift now on (illegible word); however, during the reporting period, the vehicle was deadlined for (illegible word) maintenance due to the inexperience of the operator. (Illegible words) a contact team should inspect this vehicle at least once every two weeks.
5. CIVIC ACTION/PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS
a. During the month of August, Civic Action NCO's from the eight companies of the 2d CAG continued their efforts to act as liaison between hamlet, village, and district officials in initiating civic action and community development projects. As a result of the recent offensive, many CAPs have concentrated on the tactical situation and were still able to help in many ways to rebuild destroyed homes, schools and pagodas. Civic Action has continued at an acceptable level despite enemy activity during the period.
b. Continued emphasis has been put on no cost/no material projects, which has resulted in an advantageous form of civic action for mobile CAPs, in particular, wherein the Marines profit from living among the people, realizing their needs, and profiting from gaining their respect and friendship.
(1) An example of the no cost/no material approach is the emphasis which has been put on health and sanitation. It has become routine with the mobile CAPs to have police calls in their hamlets and villages, swim and bath calls, and physical education programs in the form of organized sports.
c. Since being expanded in August, agricultural (illegible word) projects have rapidly become promising. Because of the advantages of such projects to the Vietnamese economy, they have been readily accepted.
(1) The 2d CAG Civic Action NCO has made available to all the CAPs various kinds of seeds. CAP 2-9-1 has started a joint garden and has gotten a lot of cooperation from the villagers.
(2) The raising of rabbits has met with enthusiasm. Although few of the people have had the experience of eating rabbit, they are fully aware of the high price of rabbit on the market. The money which can be made from selling rabbits is a prime motivator. For fast distribution of rabbits among others in a village, a method is planned wherein the first two litters of each doe must be given to the families previously selected by the hamlet chiefs. In this way, eventually, the rabbit population will be generalized throughout the village, and every family which desires rabbits will have them.
(3) Agricultural civic action projects being developed include the raising of hogs, chickens, and new varieties of vegetable crops. The results have been satisfactory, although costs and difficulty in acquiring needed materials prevent the progress desired. The potential of these projects is great and long-lasting.
d. Commodities distributed during the month of August were as follows: food, 2438 pounds; soap, 528 pounds; clothing, 164 pounds; and personal hygiene kits, 200.
e. During August, CAP personnel of the Group assisted Vietnamese civilians in completing the following projects: culverts 8; fences 12; dwellings 10; public heads 1; wells 10; pagodas 14; bridges 1; family bunkers 5; and public showers, 2.
f. MedCaps held resulted in the treatment of 14,284 Vietnamese civilians; in addition 164 dental cases were treated. 163 Vietnamese children and 48 adults were medically evacuated during the month.
g. CAP corpsmen continued to train Vietnamese civilians in the basics of first aid. During the month, 48 such civilians were undergoing training. These aides assist in MedCaps and serve as interpreters for the corpsmen.
h. The CAPs put up more bulletin boards this month, in support of psychological operations. The bulletin boards show recent news, planned events, and any news the villagers want to pass along as well as psychological operations material.
a. Problem areas:
(1) The same problem areas still exist as were reported in several previous reports. Lack of T/E items.
(a) Telephone Set, TA-312 *83
(b) Telephone Set, TA-1 190
(c) Radio Control Group, GRA-39 26
*- MCSA Phila message 231410Z June 1969 stated 66 TA-312's being shipped.
(2) The turn-around time for Direct Exchange items is improving. It is taking an average of (15) to (20) days vice (20) to (25) days.
(1) Security: Call signs were changed on the 15th of August.
(a) 5 security violations were received from 1st Radio Battalion during the month of August. These were disclosure of proposed fires, disclosure of proposed fire mission coordinates, disclosure of friendly units approximate location, disclosure of a units location and the compromise of a call sign. CACO's and company communication NCO's were briefed and operating personnel are continuing to be instructed in transmission security during staff visits and inspections.
(2) Inspections: From 2-29 August all CACO/CAPs were inspected. Preventative Maintenance and operating conditions were checked with the following results:
(a) A build up of dirt in hard to get at spots.
(b) Frayed or torn handsets.
(c) Messages being held for more than 6 months.
(d) Batteries being left in field phones and radios that are not in use.
(e) Recommendations were made for immediate action to effect direct supervision for future maintenance.
(3) Radio Relay: PCC-1 radio relay equipment was installed for the period of 1-17 August and the AN/GRC 10 radio relay equipment from (illegible)-31 August. Down time for the PCC-1 was 36 hours; 30 hours, frequency
block, 5 hours, bad coax cable and 1 hour, bad control unit.
(a) Down time for the AN/GRC-10 was (2) hours and that was for a frequency change and movement of antennas.
(b) The PCC-1 was not operating properly; an AN/GRC-10 was installed and good phone communication was established and has prevailed since.
(4) Combat Operation Center: Overall traffic increased slightly. The following communications traffic was passed through the Combat Operation Center over various nets.
(5) Communication Supply: Components of end items were in adequate stock throughout the month. The following reflected requisition status of communication items.
(6) Maintenance: Support or repair of components of end items and the RT-505 radio set by the Direct Exchange System at FLC is improving. The average turn-around time for the RT-505 is (2) weeks, the H-189 handset is (1) week and the LS-454 loudspeaker is (3) weeks.
7. MEDICAL DEPARTMENT
Emphasis on the training of selected Marines and Popular Forces
Soldiers to act as Corpsmen in the event that a Corpsman is not
available in the CAP was again stressed during the month of August.
These Marines and Popular Forces Soldiers treated battle casualties
and, in many cases, held MedCaps with the Vietnamese civilians. There
was an increase in the use of Iodine tablets and as a result the number
of hospital admissions due to intestinal disorders decreased
considerably. The use of Malaria tablets was also emphasized. Log books
were maintained by each of the platoon Corpsmen to record daily sick
calls, ensure immunizations were up to date and ensure that each Marine
took his Malaria tablet.
(1) Medical Department Representative: HMC T.
W. WILLIAMS, USN
(2) Administrative/Sick Call Petty Officer: HM3
B. MICHAEL, USN
(3) Supply/Sick Call Petty Officer: HM1
M. A. RINELL, USN
(4) Hospital Corpsman Personnel
Statistics for the month of August 1969:
a. General. Emphasis on the training of selected Marines and Popular Forces Soldiers to act as Corpsmen in the event that a Corpsman is not available in the CAP was again stressed during the month of August. These Marines and Popular Forces Soldiers treated battle casualties and, in many cases, held MedCaps with the Vietnamese civilians. There was an increase in the use of Iodine tablets and as a result the number of hospital admissions due to intestinal disorders decreased considerably. The use of Malaria tablets was also emphasized. Log books were maintained by each of the platoon Corpsmen to record daily sick calls, ensure immunizations were up to date and ensure that each Marine took his Malaria tablet.
(1) Medical Department Representative: HMC T. W. WILLIAMS, USN
(2) Administrative/Sick Call Petty Officer: HM3 D. B. MICHAEL, USN
(3) Supply/Sick Call Petty Officer: HM1 M. A. RINELL, USN
(4) Hospital Corpsman Personnel
Statistics for the month of August 1969:
c. Medical Civic Action Program: (MedCaps)
During the month of August 1969, CAP Corpsmen treated 14,702
civilians at daily routine MedCaps. This was an increase of 7,408 from
the month of July. These were also 77 Vietnamese civilians treated as
results of hostile action.
The 2d CAG Headquarters Medical Section treated a limited number of
Vietnamese civilians due to our new location. The 2d CAG Headquarters
Medical Section has supplied organizations with medical supplies for
their own use.
During the month of August 1969, CAP Corpsmen conducted a total of 64
classes resulting in a total attendance of 383 Vietnamese civilians and
Popular Forces Soldiers. This represents a decrease of 1 class and a
decrease of 177 people attending. Corpsmen were instructed to increase
classes and encourage attendance.
Routine sanitation inspections were conducted within the 2d CAG
Headquarters Compound during the month. All problems that were
encountered were of a minor nature and were rectified immediately. For
the month of August the sanitation in the 2d CAG Headquarters Compound
f. Noteworthy Items.
During the month there were six 2d CAG personnel admitted to hospitals
with intestinal disorders. This is a decrease of four from the month of
July and a decrease of twelve from the month of June. There were 6
cases of Fever of Unknown Origin during August, a decrease of 7 from
the month of July.
On 8 August 1969 HN W. J. CO(illegible
letters)HILL was WIA while on ambush with CAP 2-4-3.
On 12 August 1969 HM3 J. (illegible
letter) HALL was WIA while at a day (illegible words) with CAP 2-8-3.
On 20 August 1969 HM3 S. M. POE was KIA while at a day (Illegible words) with CAP 2-8-3.
c. Medical Civic Action Program: (MedCaps)
(1) During the month of August 1969, CAP Corpsmen treated 14,702 Vietnamese civilians at daily routine MedCaps. This was an increase of 7,408 from the month of July. These were also 77 Vietnamese civilians treated as results of hostile action.
(2) The 2d CAG Headquarters Medical Section treated a limited number of Vietnamese civilians due to our new location. The 2d CAG Headquarters Medical Section has supplied organizations with medical supplies for their own use.
(1) During the month of August 1969, CAP Corpsmen conducted a total of 64 classes resulting in a total attendance of 383 Vietnamese civilians and Popular Forces Soldiers. This represents a decrease of 1 class and a decrease of 177 people attending. Corpsmen were instructed to increase classes and encourage attendance.
(1) Routine sanitation inspections were conducted within the 2d CAG Headquarters Compound during the month. All problems that were encountered were of a minor nature and were rectified immediately. For the month of August the sanitation in the 2d CAG Headquarters Compound was excellent.
f. Noteworthy Items.
(1) During the month there were six 2d CAG personnel admitted to hospitals with intestinal disorders. This is a decrease of four from the month of July and a decrease of twelve from the month of June. There were 6 cases of Fever of Unknown Origin during August, a decrease of 7 from the month of July.
(2) On 8 August 1969 HN W. J. CO(illegible letters)HILL was WIA while on ambush with CAP 2-4-3.
(3) On 12 August 1969 HM3 J. (illegible letter) HALL was WIA while at a day (illegible words) with CAP 2-8-3.
(4) On 20 August 1969 HM3 S. M. POE was KIA while at a day (Illegible words) with CAP 2-8-3.
g. Inspections. HMC T. W. WILLIAMS conducted routine (illegible word) inspections of CAP units of 2d CAG during the month of August. Most of the discrepancies noted were of a minor nature and corrected immediately. Emphasis was placed on medical log books, Iodine tablets, Malaria tablets and personal hygiene in all CAPs.
8. SPECIAL SERVICES
a. The month of August started slowly, but picked up (illegible word) towards the end of the month. Special Services was still a little disorganized by the move of Headquarters from DaNang to Hoi An. Also there was a change of Custodians and a change of the Special Services NCO.
b. The most popular single items handled through Special Services is the weekly issue of beer and soda. The nature of the Combined Action Platoon is such that water supply is restrictive, and the beer and soda help to alleviate the problem. Soda is consistently more popular than beer in this regard. During the month, 310 cases of soda and 230 cases of beer were issued to the eight companies of the Group.
c. 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 August, Marines and Navy of 2d CAG purchased 41 tapes.
d. Almost 500 paperback books were received during the month of August, from donors in the United States. The paperback books were distributed to all the CAPs.
e. August was a bad month for Hong Kong trips. Special Services had two trips to Hong Kong during the month, but had some difficulty in (illegible word) the merchandise from the retailers. But this problem should (illegible word) in the near future.
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