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PARTI Pre-Tet 1968

CHAPTER l A PUZZLING WAR

Unless otherwise noted the material in

this chapter is derived from MilHistBr, Office of the Secretary, Joint Staff

MACV, Command History, 1967, hereafter MACV ComdHist, 1967; MilHistBr, Office of

the Secretary, Joint Staff MACV, Command History, 1968, hereafter MACV ComdHist,

1968; HQMC, Status of Forces, Dec67-Jan68;

FMFPac, Marine Operations in the

Republic of Vietnam, hereafter FMFPac, MarOpsV with specific month; CGFMFPac,

Pacific Operations, tab F, General Officers Symposium Book, 1967, hereafter

CGFMFPac, Pacific Opns; III MAF ComdCs, Dec67-Jan68; LtGen John R. Chaisson

Papers (Hoover Institution on War, Peace and Revolution, Stanford University),

hereafter Chaisson Papers; Assessment and Strategy Files (Indochina Archives,

Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley), hereafter

A&S Files, Indochina Archives; LtGen Victor H. Krulak, First to Fight, An

Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps (Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute

Press, 1984), hereafter Krulak, First to Fight; Adm Ulysses S. Grant Sharp, USN,

CinCPac, and Gen William C. Westmoreland, USA, ComUSMACV, Report on the War in

Vietnam (As of 30 Jun 1968) (Washington: GPO, 1968), hereafter Sharp and

Westmoreland, Report on the War; Gen William C. Westmoreland, A Soldier Reports

(Garden City, New York:

Doubleday & Co, Inc., 1976),

hereafter Westmoreland, A Soldier Reports; Edward J. Marolda, By Sea, Air, and

Land, An Illustrated History of the U.S. Navy and the War in Southeast Asia

(Washington: Naval Historical Center, 1994), hereafter Marolda, By Sea, Air, and

Land; Jack Shulimson and Maj Charles M. Johnson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, The

Landing and the Buildup, (Washington: Hist&MusDiv, HQMC, 1978), hereafter

Shulimson and Johnson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1965; Jack Shulimson, U.S.

Marines in Vietnam, An Expanding War, 1966 (Washington: Hist&MusDiv, HQMC

1982), hereafter, Shulimson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1966; Maj Gary F. Telfer,

LtCol Lane Rogers, and Victor K. Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, Fighting the

North Vietnamese Army, 1967 (Washington: Hist&MusDiv, HQMC, 1984), hereafter

Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in 1967; BGen Edwin H. Simmons,

'Marine Corps Operations in Vietnam, 1968,' Naval Review, 1970 (Annapolis,

Maryland: U.S. Naval Institute, 1970), pp. 290-320, hereafter Simmons, 'Marine

Operations, 1968.'

III MAF in January 1968 l. HQMC, Status

of Forces, Dec67-Jan68. See also III MAF ComdC, Jan68; FMFPac, MarOpsV,

Dec67-Jan68; and MACV ComdHist, 1967,pp.127-8.

2. III MAF ComdC, Jan68; MACV ComdHist,

1967, pp. 127-8.

3. Gen Robert E. Cushman, Jr.

Biographical File (RefSec, MCHC). MACV and Command Relations

4. MACV ComdHist, 1967, p. 124; Sharp

and Westmoreland, Report on the War, pp. ii-iii, 79, 156, 291-4; Westmoreland, A

Soldier Reports, passim.

5. MACV ComdHist, 1968, p. 248.

6. Ibid., pp. 238, 345; MACV ComdHist,

1967, pp. 156-7; HQMC, Status of Forces, Dec67-Jan68.

7. Gen William C. Westmoreland USA

(Ret.) intvw, dtd 4Apr83, p.

II (Oral HistColl, MCHC); MACV

ComdHist, 1968, pp. 248, 443,

475-77; MACV ComdHist, 1967, p. 9.

8. MACV ComdHist, 1967, p. 124. For

relations between FMFPac and

III MAF, and between III MAF and

Seventh Air Force, see the previous volumes in this series, Shulimson and

Johnson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam; 1965; Shulimson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam,

1966; and Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1967, passim.

See also BGen John R. Chaisson Itrs to his wife, dtd 6Sep67, 30Sep67, and

14Nov67 (Chaisson Papers).

9. MACV ComdHist, 1967, p. 167; For

command relations between Army and Navy Flotilla Group see MajGen William B.

Fulton, Riverine Operations 1966-69, Vietnam Studies (Washington: Dept of the

Army, 1973), pp 85-8.

10. MACV ComdHist 1967, p. 6; MACV

ComdHist 1968, pp. 217, 222-23.

11. Westmoreland, A Soldier Reports, p.

127. See also MACV ComdHist 1968, pp. 7 and 22-3.

12. Westmoreland, A Soldier Reports, p.

240.

13. Gen William C. Westmoreland, USA,

Comments on Shulimson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1966, dtd 28Jul78 (Vietnam

Comment File).

14. Willard Webb, JCS Historical

Office, in Vietnam Historians Workshop, Plenary Session, 9 May 1983 (Washington:

Hist&MusDiv, n.d.[1984]), p. 12.

South Vietnam and I Corps

15. The preceding paragraphs of this

section were largely drawn from Stanley Karnow, Vietnam, A History (New York:

The Viking Press, 1983), pp. 213-311, 386, 444-^152, hereafter Karnow, Vietnam;

Col Dave R. Palmer, Summons of the Trumpet, (San Rafael, California: Presidio

Press, 1978), pp. 1^8, hereafter Palmer, Summons of the Trumpet; and the

previous volumes in this series: Capt Robert H. Whitlow, U.S. Marines in

Vietnam, 1954-64, The Advisory and Combat Assistance Era (Washington, D.C.:

Hist&Mus Div, HQMC, 1977); Shulimson and Johnson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam,

1965; Shulimson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1966;

Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S.

Marines in Vietnam, 1967, passim.

16. MACV ComdHist, 1968, pp. 142-3,

270, 300-01, 335, 341;

HQMC, Status of Forces, Dec67-Jan68.

There is a slight discrepancy between the figures in the command history and the

Status of Forces. The text uses the figures in the Status of Forces as more

representative of the period at the beginning of 1968. For the strength of the

Navy, see Marolda, By Sea, Air, and Land, p. 216. For the powers of the Military

Council, See Westmoreland, A Soldier Reports, p. 219.

17. MACV ComdHist, 1968, pp. 275,

300-01.

18. CGFMFPac, Pacific Opns, pp. 10-11.

19. MACV ComdHist 1968, p. 376; HQMC,

Status of Forces, Dec67-Jan68.

20. Shulimson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam,

7966, pp. 73-91.




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