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[Image 1: Marine Corps Historical Collection. The USS
Hancock (CVA 19),
assigned to Task
Force 76 fust prior
to Eagle Pull.
Most of the fixed-wing
aircraft were
flown to CubiPoint
during the
middle of April.]

[Image 2: Marine Corps Historical Collection.
USS Hancock (CVA
19)
carrying HMH-463, having
shed most of
its air wing.]


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namese military, from the overrun northern provinces to safe haven in
the south. This had to be done using Marines currently available in the
9th MAB. For the Navy, it signalled a call to immediate action. ARG Bravo
quickly embarked the Marines of BLT 1/4 in Ora Wan Bay, Okinawa, and made
a hasty departure for South Vietnam to assist in the evacuation of the
northern region.40


At the same time
(during the last
week of March
1975), General
Hoffman sent
the primary MAB
staff to the
South China Sea
to join Admiral
Whim-lire and
Task Force 76.
These Marines
would serve as
control headquarters
(a defacto 9th
MAB forward headquarters)
for BLT 1/4,
soon to have
its mission changed
to ships' security
guards. The Navy
used the BLT
1/4 Marines to
maintain law
and order on
refugee ships.
Colonel Dan C.
Alexander, while
still retaining
his position
as Chief of Staff,
9th MAB, also
was charged with
the responsibility
of overseeing
these Marines.
They would be
known as the
Amphibious Evacuation
RVN Support Group
(see Chapter
6).41









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