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MCHC), hereafter Greene Papers; Samuel T. Williams and Edward G. Lansdale Collections (Hoover Institution on War, Peace, and Revolution, Stanford University), hereafter either Williams or Lansdale Collection; Bruce Palmer, Jr., The Twenty-Five Year War, America's Military Role in Vietnam (Lexington, Ky: University of Kentucky Press, 1984), hereafter Palmer, The Twenty-Five Year War.


17. Samuel T. Williams Itr to Richard Stilwell, dtd 31Dec68, Box 19 (Williams Collection).


18. Edward G. Lansdale Itr to Robert W. Komer, dtd 31May71 (Lans-dale Collection).


19. Palmer, The Twenty-Five Year War, p. 40


20. ComUSMACV msg to DCPG, dtd 25Sep66, as quoted in Shulim-son, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1966, p. 316-


21. LtGen Lewis W. Walt Itr to LtGen H. W. Buse, Jr., dtd 29 Dec66, as quoted in Ibid., p. 318.


22. Briefing Paper, Practice Nine Requirements Plan of26Nov66 and Briefing Paper, Practice Nine Requirements Plan of26Jan67, as quoted in Ibid., pp. 318-19.


23. ComUSMACV msg to CinCPac, dtd 19Apr67, as quoted in Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1967, p. 89.


24. CGFMFPac msg to CMC, dtd 30Apr67 (HQMC Msg File). See also Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1967,p. 89.


25. III MAF OPIan 11-67, dtd 18Jun67. See also Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1967, p. 91.


26. Ibid., p. 92. For the Metzger quote, see LtGen Louis Metzger, Comments on draft chapter, dtd 17Oct94 (Vietnam Comment File), hereafter Metzger Comments.


27. CGFMFPac msg to CGIIIMAF, dtd 13Jun67 (HQMC Msg File).


28. Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1967, p. 91.


29. CGFMFPac msg to CGIIIMAF, dtd 30Jul67 (HQMC Msg File).


30. CGFMFPac msg to CMC, dtd 30Jul67 (HQMC Msg File).


31. III MAF, Dyemarker Phase I Brief, dtd 10Aug67, End 6, CMC Trip Report 3-12 Aug 67 (Greene Papers).


32. CGIIIMAF msg to ComUSMACV, dtd l6Aug67 (Dyemarker File).


33. CGIIIMAF handwritten comments on CGlstMarDiv msg to CGIIIMAF, dtd lSep67 (Dyemarker File).


34. CGIIIMAF msg to ComUSMACV, dtd 5Sep67 (Dyemarker File).


35. CGIIIMAF msg to CGFMFPac, dtd 8Sep67; CGIIIMAF msg to CGFMFPac, dtd 14Sep67; CGFMFPac msg to CMC, dtd l4Sep67 (HQMC Msg File). See also Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 196 7, p. 93.


36. III MAF OPIan 12-67, dtd 12 Sep 67 in III MAF OPIans, 1967. See also Telfer, Rogers and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1967, p. 93.


37. Metzger Memoir, pp. 105-7.


38. ComUSMACV msg to CGIIIMAF, dtd 22Oct67 (Dyemarker File).


39. CGIIIMAF msg to CG3dMarDiv, dtd 22Oct67 (Dyemarker File).


40. III MAF OPIan, dtd 24Nov67.


41. Murray Intvw, pp. 5-15, 58. See Metzger Comments relative to the sandbag problem.


42. 3d MarDiv, Quarterly Review ... of III MAF Campaign Plan 1-67, dtd 5Jan68, Logistics Operations, End 8, 3d MarDiv ComdC, Jan68; ComUSMACV msg to CinCPac, dtd 26Jan68 (HQMC Msg File); 3d MarDiv ComdC, Dec67, p. 40; MajGen Louis Metzger, Observations on Dyemarker, dtd 10Jan68, End 2, Metzger Debrief, hereafter Metzger Observations.


43. Historical Summary, Entry 26Dec67, vol. 27 (Westmoreland Papers).


44. ComUSMACV msg to CGIIIMAF, dtd 29Dec67 (HQMC Msg File).


45. Tompkins Intvw, p. 44.


46. Murray Intvw, pp. 58-9. See also Historical Summary, Entry for 14Jan68, vol. 28 (Westmoreland Papers).


47. Metzger Observations and Metzger Comments.


48. 3d MarDiv OpO 61-67, dtd 31Dec67, End 10, 3d MarDiv ComdC, Dec67.


49. 9th Mar OpO 2-68, dtd 22Jan68, Tab E, 9th Mar ComdC, Jan68.


50. See Maj Justice M. Chambers intvw, 25Apr85 (OralHistColl, MCHC). Major Chambers as a first lieutenant was the 9th Marines Dyemarker officer.


51. Metzger Observations.


52. ComUSMACV msg to CGIIIMAF, dtd 15Jan68 (HQMC Msg File); ComUSMACV msg to CinCPac, dtd 20Jan68 in Historical File, vol. 28 (Westmoreland Papers).


53. 3d MarDiv ComdC, Jan68, p. 16.


54. CGIIIMAF msg to ComUSMACV, dtd 20Jan68 (HQMC Msg File).


55. Cushman Intvw, pp. 13-16.


56. Tompkins Intvw, pp. 12-14. CHAPTER 3 THE WAR IN THE DMZ SECTOR


Unless otherwise noted the material in this chapter is derived from MACV ComdHist, 1967; MACV ComdHist, 1968; HQMC Msg Files;


FMFPac, MarOpsV, Dec1967-Feb 68; CGFMFPac, Pacific Opns; III MAF ComdCs, Dec67-Jan68; 3d MarDiv ComdCs, Nov67-Jan68;


Vietnam Comment Files, (MCHC); Tompkins Intvw; Murray Intvw;


Westmoreland Papers; Sharp and Westmoreland, Report on the War;


Westmoreland, A Soldier Reports; Shulimson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 2966; Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1967;


Simmons,"Marine Operations, 1968." The NVA in the DMZ Sector


Additional sources for this section are; FMFPac, "Estimate of the Enemy Situation, DMZ Area, lJan68," n.d. (Jan68] (MCHC), hereafter FMFPac, "Enemy Estimate, DMZ"; Pringle, "NVA Order of Battle"; Metzger Debrief; Metzger Memoir.


1. MACV ComdHist, 1967, pp. 18 and 70; Pringle, "NVA Order of Battle", pp. 10-12; FMFPac, "Enemy Estimate, DMZ," pp. 16-8.


2. FMFPac, "Enemy Estimate, DMZ," pp. 16-8; III MAF ComdC, Dec67, p. 23.


3. Ibid.


4. Ibid. See also III MAF G-2, Periodic Intelligence Report No. 2-68, dtd 15Jan68 (III MAF Perint Rpts) and 9th Mar IntSum No. 61, dtd 2Jan68, tab b, 9th Mar ComdC, Jan68.


5. FMFPac, "Enemy Estimate, DMZ,", pp. 16-8.


6. Ibid., pp. 22^4,55,83.


7. Ibid., pp. 22-A; Murray Intvw, p. 47; Metzger Debrief.


8. FMFPac, "Enemy Estimate, DMZ," pp. 22-24, 81; Metzger Debrief.


9. FMFPac, "Enemy Estimate, DMZ," pp. 22-29; Metzger Debrief.







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