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Chapter 7

The 1st VC Again: Operation HARVEST MOON

Unless otherwise noted the material in this chapter is derived from MACV Comd Hist, 1965; FMFPac, Marine Forces In Vietnam, Mar65-Sep67; FMFPac, III MAF Ops, Nov-Dec65; III MAF ComdCs, Nov-Dec65; 1st MAW ComdCs, Nov-Dec65; 3d MarDiv ComdCs, Nov-Dec65; TG 79.5 ComdC, Dec65; TF DELTA, AAR, Operation HARVEST MOON, dtd 28Dec65, hereafter TF DELTA AAR Opn HARVEST MOON; MAG-12 ComdCs, Nov-Dec65; 12th Marines ComdC, Dec65; 3/3 ComdC, Dec65; 2/7 ComdC, Dec65; HQMC Msg File; Vietnam Comment File; Shulimson, "Marines in Vietnam, pt 2"; Shulimson, "USMC Ops RVN, Jul-Dec65"; Walt, Strange War, Strange Strategy; Simmons, "Marine Corps Ops, 1965-66."

The Abandonment of Hiep Duc

l. O'Connor Comments.

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid. See also MAG-16 ComdC, Nov 65, p. 5.

4. Simmons, "Marine Corps Ops, 1965-66," p. 22.

5. Ibid.

6. ComUSMACV Itr to CGIIIMAF, dtd 22Nov65, Subj: Letter of Instruction, end 2, III MAF ComdC, Nov 65.

7. CGFMFPac msg to CGIIIMAF, dtd 22Nov65 (HQMC Msg File).

Activation of Task Force DELTA and Planning the Operation

8. Simmons, "Marine Corps Ops, 1965-66," p. 26.

The VC Strike and the Marines are Committed

9. Washington Post and Times Herald, 9Dec65, p. 3.

10. Capt Edward J. Lloyd, intvw by MCRD, San Diego, dtd 260ct67 (No. 1640, Oral Hist Coll, Hist&MusDiv, HQMC).

11. Col Michael R. Yunctc, Comments on draft MS, dtd 220ct76 (Vietnam Comment File). See also TF DELTA AAR, Opn HARVEST MOON.

The Search of the Phouc Ha Valley

12. Hist Div, HQMC, Memo for the Record, dtd 8Jun71, Subj: Phone Con with MajGen Jonas M. Platt (Ret) (Vietnam Comment File), hereafter Platt Phone Con, Jun 71.

13. Hist Div, HQMC, Memo for the Record, dtd 28Jan70, Subj: Interview with MajGen Jonas M. Platt (Vietnam Comment File), hereafter Platt Interview, Jan 70.

The Fight at Ky Phu

Additional source for this section is LtCol Leon N. Utter, "Solid Contact for 2/7," Marine Corps Gazette, v. 50, no. 4 (Apr66), pp. 25-30.

14. Maj Nicholas H. Grosz, Comments on draft MS, n.d. [Dec 76] (Vietnam Comment File).

15. Capt Nicholas H. Grosz, intvw by MCRD, Parris Island, S.C., dtd Aug66 (No. 195, Oral Hist Coll, Hist&MusDiv, HQMC).

The Wrap-Up

16. Col Nicholas J. Dennis, Comments on draft MS, dtd 3Nov76, (Vietnam Comment File), hereafter Dennis Comments, 76.

17. MAG-12 AAR, Operation HARVEST MOON, dtd 25Dec65, App l, MAG-12 ComdC, Dec65.

18. CGFMFPac, Trip Summary, Visit to WestPac, 3-11 Dec65, dtd 14Dec65.pp.4-5.

 

PART III

THE CONTINUING WAR

Chapter 8

Defending and Expanding the Base Areas

Unless otherwise noted the material in this chapter is derived from: MACV Comd Hist, 1965; FMFPac, Marine Forces in Vietnam, Mar65-Sep67; FMFPac, III MAF Ops, Mar-Sep65; FMFPac, III MAF Ops, Oct-Dec 65; III MAF ComdCs, Aug-Dec65; 3d MarDiv ComdCs, Aug-Dec65; 1st MAW ComdCs, Aug-Dec65; MAG-11 ComdCs Aug-Dec65; MAG-12 ComdCs Aug-Dec65; MAG-16 ComdCs Aug-Dec65; MAG-36 ComdCs, Sep-Dec65; 3d Marines ComdCs, Aug-Dec65; 4th Marines ComdCs, Aug-Dec65; 7th Marines ComdCs, Aug-Dec65; 9th Marines ComdCs, Aug-Dec65; 3/4 ComdCs, Aug-Dec65; HQMC Msg File; Vietnam Comment File; Shulimson, "Marines in Vietnam, pt 2"; Shulimson, "USMC Ops RVN, Jul-Dec65"; Westmoreland, A Soldier Reports; Walt, Strange War, Strange Strategy; Simmons, "Marine Corps Ops 1965-66."

The Evolution of a Strategy

1. Quoted in Westmoreland, A Soldier Reports, pp. 142-45. See also Sharp and Westmoreland, Report on the War, p. 100.

2. ComUSMACV Itr to CG III MAF, dtd 21Nov65, Subj: Letter of Instruction, encl 2, III MAF ComdC, Nov65.

3. BGen Fredederick J. Karch, Comments on draft MS, dtd HJan77 (Vietnam Comment File); HistDiv, Memo for the Record, dtd 9Mar72, Subj: Conference with BGen Simmons, (Ret), Director of Marine Corps History and Museums (Vietnam Comment File).

4. ComUSMACV Itr to CGField Force, Vietnam, dtd 10Dec65, Subj: Tactical Employment of U.S. Forces and Defensive Action (Folder No. VA (l) Guidance from MACV), MACV Historical Records, 1966, NFRC, Washington, (Accession No. 69A702) and Westmoreland, A Soldier Reports, pp. 165-66.

 

 

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