Page 663

Page 663 (1968: The Defining Year)







26. 4th Mar ComdCs, Nov-Dec 67; 4th Mar CAAR, Opn Neosho; CG 3dMarDiv msg to CG III MAF, dtd 29Dec67, End 79, 3d MarDiv ComdC, Dec67; Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, Fighting the North Vietnamese, 1967,pp.176-79.


27. CG 3dMarDiv msg to CGIIIMAF, dtd 29Dec67.


28. Col William L. Dick, Comments on draft, dtd lDec94 (Vietnam Comment File), hereafter Dick Comments.


29. 4th Mar CAAR, Opn Neosho; 1/9 ComdC, Jan68; Col John F. Mitchell, Comments on draft, dtd 5Jan95 (Vietnam Comment File), hereafter Mitchell Comments.


30. 3d Recon Bn, Patrol Report, 550-67, dtd 4Jan68, end 3, 3d Recon Bn ComdC, Jan68, hereafter 3d Recon Bn, Patrol Report, 550-67,dtd 4Jan68.


31. Ibid.


32. Ibid.


33. Sgt Ray Wilkinson, "Ambush Survivors Journey to Safety," Sea Tiger,Ja.n 19, 1968,p. l, hereafter Wilkinson, "Ambush Survivors"; 3d MarDiv COC telecon to III MAF COC, dtd 2Jan68 (III MAFJnl&Msg File).


34. 3d Recon Bn, Patrol Report, 550-67, drd 4Jan68 and Wilkinson, "Ambush Survivors," p. l.


35. Ibid. and III MAF SitRep, No. 254, Opn Neosho, dtd 3Jan68 (III MAF Jnl & Msg File).


36. 1/9 AAR, Opn Neosho, dtd 4Mar68, 1/9 ComdC, Jan68, hereafter 1/9 AAR Opn Neosho; Mitchell Comments; Dick Comments.


37. 1/9 AAR Opn Neosho; 3d Recon Bn, Patrol Report, 550-67, dtd 4Jan68.


38. 1/9 AAR, Opn Neosho.


39. 4th Mar CAAR, Opn Neosho; 1/9 ComdC, Jan68; III MAF ComdC, Jan68.


40. 4th Mar CAAR, Opn Neosho; Col William Dick debriefing at FMFPac, 21Jul68, Tape 3036 (Oral HistColl, MCHC, Washington, D.C.). For enemy casualties in the 4th Marines sector, see also MSgt Dennis R. Johnson memo to Col William Dick, dtd 17Nov94, End, Dick Comments. Sgt Johnson served with the Marine 15th Interrogation Translation Team (ITT) assigned to Camp Evans and gives the number of confirmed enemy dead in Neosho as 78 rather than 77, and lists enemy casualties in Operations Cove and Foster. Operation Checkers


41. 3d MarDiv ComdC, Jan68.


42. 1st Mar, 3d Mar, and 4th Mar ComdCs, Jan68. CHAPTER 6 HEAVY FIGHTING AND REDEPLOYMENT, THE WAR IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN I CORPS


Unless otherwise noted the sources in this chapter are derived from MACV ComdHist, 1968; HQMC Msg File; HQMC, Status of Forces, 1967-68; FMFPac, MarOpsV, 1967-68; III MAF ComdCs, Dec67-Jan68; 1st MarDiv ComdCs, Dec67-Jan68; Westmoreland Papers, CMH; Westmoreland, A Soldier Reports.


A Time of Transition l. CMH Intvw Notes with BGen Samuel W. Koster, USA (Ret), dtd 26Aug88 (Working Folder, Americal Division), hereafter Koster Intvw notes; Gen Robert E. Cushman intvw, l Nov 82 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), pp. 29 and 37, hereafter Cushman Intvw, Nov82.




2. Cushman Intvw, Nov82, pp. 10-11; Koster Intvw notes; III MAF msg to 1st MarDiv, dtd 24Dec67, End 22, 1st MarDiv ComdC, Dec67; LtGen Donn J. Robertson intvw, 1973-76 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), pp. 14-6, hereafter Robertson Intvw; LtGen Robert E. Cushman debriefing at FMFPac, 31Mar69, Tape 4058 (Oral HisrColl, MCHC), pp. 465-66, hereafter Cushman Intvw, Mar69.


3. Cushman Intvw, Nov82, p. 8.


4. CG III MAF msg to ComUSMACV, dtd 21Oct67 (HQMC Msg File, III MAF Outgoing); HQMC, Status of Forces, Dec 67, p. 35-1. Lieutenant Colonel Bradley is quoted in Jeffrey J. Clarke, Advice and Support: TheFinal Years, 1965-1973 (Washington, D.C.: CMH, 1988), pp. 334-35, hereafter Clarke, The Final Years.


5. HQMC, Status of Forces, Dec 67, p. 35-1; Koster Intvw notes;


Cushman Intvw, Nov 82, p. 8


6. LtCol Byron F. Brady intvw, 12Oct86 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), pp. 1-5; III MAF ComdC, Dec67, p. 6; Resume of Telecon, dtd 10Jan68, Subj: opcon CAP ((III MAF Special Rpt to FMFPac Folder); FMFPac, MarOpsV, Jan68, p. 47; Michael E. Peterson, The Combined Action Platoons, The U.S. Marines' Other Warm Vietnam (New York: Praeger, 1989), pp. 47, 50, and 56; Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1967, p. 191; Shulimson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1966, p. 240.


7. FMFPac, MarOpsV, Nov67, pp. 30-1.


8. FMFPac, MarOpsV, May68, p. 32; 1st Mar Div, Commanders AAR, Tet Offensive, 29 Jan-14 Feb68, dtd 25May68 (1st MarDiv Admin Files), p. 14, hereafter 1st MarDiv AAR Tet Offensive.


9. 1st MarDiv AAR, Tet Offensive, p. 14; George MacGarrigle, "The 2d North Vietnamese Division," ms, pp. 32^ (Working Papers, Americal Division), hereafter MacGarrigle, "The 2d North Vietnamese Division."


10. MacGarrigle, "The 2d North Vietnamese Division," ms, pp. 32-4; III MAF ComdC, Dec67, p. 22.


11. LtCol John F. J. Kelly intvw, 23 May 1968, Tape 2760 (Oral HistColl, MCHC); III MAF ComdC, Dec67, p. 22. The Da Nang TAOR


12. LtGen Donn J. Robertson, USMC, Biographical File (RefSec, MCHC).


13. Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1967, pp. 109,222-23.


14. Ibid.; MajGen Raymond L. Murray intvw, 1975 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), pp. 46-7, hereafter, Murray Intvw.


15. Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 3967, p. 109;


Cushman Intvw, Nov82, pp. 50-60; Robertson Intvw, pp. 9-11.


16. 1st MarDiv Periodic IntRpt No. 1-68, dtd 8Jan68, tab A, 1st MarDiv ComdC, Jan68. Operation Auburn: Searching the Go Noi


17. Ibid.; 1st MarDiv Periodic IntRpt No. 3-68, dtd 22Jan68, tab A, 1st MarDiv ComdC, Jan68; III MAF ComdC, Dec67, p. 23; 1st Mar Div ComdC, Jan68, p. 15; Robertson Intvw, p. 29.


18. 1st MarDiv Periodic IntRpt No. 1-68, dtd 8Jan68, tab A, 1st MarDiv ComdC, Jan68. For the 1965 activities of the R-20, see Shulimson and Johnson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1965, p. 129.


19. Col William K. Rockey, Comments on draft, dtd 10Dec94 (Vietnam Comment File).


20. 5th Mar Frag O 74-67, Opn Auburn, dtd 25 Dec 67, in App B, 5th Mar ComdC, Dec67.


21. Ibid. and Isr MarDiv msg ro III MAF, dtd 26Dec67 (III MAF Jnl & Msg File, Opn Auburn).







Page 663 (1968: The Defining Year)