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From Operations of US Marine Forces Vietnam 1968.

The enemy Tet offensive hampered many civic action projects as the allies turned most of their effort into repulsing the Communist attacks. For example, in February 1968, the only increase in civic action was in two categories, the number of pounds of food distributed and number of persons fed, nearly double in both cases over the previous month. The obvious reason for that expansion was the pressing need to feed those displaced by the Communist onslaught. During the next two months there was a steady growth in all the civic action classifications. Again there were dips in May and September during the Mini-Tets and a final push in the last quarter of the year.19*

Most civic action largely consisted of programs that had a quick impact on the local populace such as the distribution of clothes, food, and soap to local vil-

-Colonel James R. Black, Jr., who was the III MAF G-') officer and responsible fur the ctx>rdination of civic action amon^; his duties, recalled that when he first arrived in September 1967, "it was difficult to comprehend what the G-") role really was, particularly after the III MAF had a Deputy tor CORDS. It was difficult for me to find out who I was really working tor, except [Brigadier General] E. E. Anderson (the III MAF Chief of Starr) made it quire clear, and that provided me with the impetus to overcome all personal and professional objections... ."James Black Comments.

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