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Although both General Cushman at Da Nang and General Krulak in Hawaii
had their suspicions about Westmoreland's motivations, they accepted
the changes with good grace. The two Marine generals acknowledged the
validity of the MACV commander's desire to have his forward headquarters
in place, under his deputy, in the northern sector, where, he believed
the decisive battle of the war was about to begin. On the 27th, General
Westmoreland ordered an advance echelon of the new headquarters under
Army Major General Willard Pearson to Phu Bai. With the forward deployment
of the 1st Air Cavalry Division, III MAF prepared to counter the expected
enemy offensive in the north.92*


*The outbreak of the Tet offensive delayed the formal establishment of the MACV Forward headquarters until 12 February. See Chapter 11




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