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PART II The Tet Offensive CHAPTER 7 THE ENEMY OFFENSIVE IN THE DMZ AND SOUTHERN QUANG TRI, 20 JANUARY-8 FEBRUARY


Unless otherwise noted the material in this chapter is derived from;


FMFPac, MarOpsV, Jan and Feb68; Maj Thomas Donnelly and Capt Moyers S. Shore II, "Ho Chi Minh's Gamble," in LtCol Ralph F. Moody, et al., "Marines in Vietnam, 1954-68," 8 pts (ms, MCHC, Washington, D.C., 1971), pt VI, hereafter Donnelly and Shore, "Ho Chi Minh's Gamble"; III MAF ComdCs, Jan and Feb68; 3d MarDiv ComdCs, Jan and Feb68; HQMC Msg File; III MAF Jnl & Msg File;


Vietnam Comment Files; A&S Files, Indochina Archives; Sea Tiger, Jan-Feb68; Sharp and Westmoreland, Report on the War; Westmoreland, A Soldier Reports; LtGen Willard Pearson, USA, The War in the Northern Provinces, 1966-1968, Vietnam Studies (Washington, D.C. Dept of the Army, 1975), hereafter Pearson, The War in the Northern Provinces; Col Hoang Ngoc Lung, ARVN, The General Offensives of 1968-69, Indochina Monographs (Washington, D.C., CMH, 1981), hereafter Lung, The General Offensives; LtCol Pham Van Son, ARVN, et al., The Viet Cong Tet Offensive, 1968 (Saigon, RVN: Joint General Staff, RVNAF, 1968), hereafter Pham Van Son, Tet Offensive. The Cua Viet is Threatened


Other sources for this section are: 1st AmTrac Bn ComdC, Jan68;


3/1 ComdC, Jan68; BLT 3/1 CAAR, Operation Badger Catch, dtd l4Mar68, End, 3/1 ComdC, Feb68, hereafter 3/1 CAAR, Operation Badger Catch.


1. 1st AmTrac Bn ComdC, Jan68.


2. Ronald R. Asher, Comments on draft, dtd 10Dec94 (Vietnam Comment File).


3. This and the following paragraph are based on the following sources:


1st AmTrac Bn ComdC, Jan68; 3d MarDiv ComdC, Jan68; III MAF ComdC, Jan68.


4. See also MCCC, Items of Significant Interest, dtd 22Jan68 and HQMC, G-3, Point Paper, Status of WestPac Units, dtd 23Jan68, HQMC Point Papers, Jan-Jun68.


5. 1st AmTrac Bn ComdC, Jan68.


6. Ibid.


7. CGIIIMAF msg to CG3dMarDiv, dtd 22Jan68 and also CGIIIMAF msg to ComUSMACV, dtd 22Jan68 (HQMC Msg File, III MAF Outgoing, Dec67-Feb68).


8. CGIIIMAP msg to CG3dMarDiv, dtd 5Jan68 and ComSeventhFIt to CTG 76.5, dtd 15Jan68, Ends 5 and 7, 3d MarDiv ComdC, Jan68.


9. CGIIIMAF msg to CG3dMarDiv, dtd 17Jan68 and CGIIIMAF msgs to CG3dMarDiv and ComUSMACV, dtd 22Jan68 (HQMC Msg Files, III MAF Outgoing, Dec67-Jan68).


10. CG3dMarDiv msg to CGIIIMAF, dtd 23Jan68, End, 3d MarDiv ComdC, Jan68; 1st AmTrac Bn ComdC, Jan68; 3/1 CAAR, Operation Badger Catch; "Operation: Badger Catch/Saline/Napoleon-Saline," BLT J/l, Newsletter Battalion Landing Team 3/1 RVN, Dec 67-Jun68, Apt 1988, p. 6.


11. 3dMarDiv COC msg to IIIMAFCOC, dtd 23Jan68, End 29, 3d MarDiv ComdC, Jan68.


12. CGIIIMAF msg to CTG 76.5, dtd 24Jan68, End 42, and CTG 79.5, SitRep, Opn Badger Tooth, dtd 2Jan68, End 87, 3d MarDiv ComdC, Jan68. Adjustment of Forces in Southern Quang Tri Province


Other sources for this section are: 3d Mar ComdC, Jan68; 3d Mar AAR, Opn Osceola II, dtd 20Mar68, 3d Mar Miscellaneous File, hereafter 3d Mar AAR, Opn Osceola II; 1st AirCavDiv, Operational Report Lessons Learned, for period ending 31Jan68, dtd 17Mar68 (CMH Working Papers), hereafter 1st AirCavDiv, ORLL, 31Jan68.


13. 3d Mar ComdC, Jan68; 1st Mar Operation Osceola SitRep No. 363, dtd 20Jan68, tab H, 1st Mar ComdC, Jan68.


14. 3d Mar ComdC, Jan68; 3d Mar AAR, Opn Osceola II.


15. Ibid.


16. Ibid. and III MAF ComdC, Jan68.


17. CGIIIMAF msg to ComUSMACV, dtd 22Jan68 (HQMC Msg File, III MAF Outgoing, Dec67-Feb68).


18. 1st AirCavDiv, ORLL, 31Jan68; William Ehrhart, Itr to Shulim-son, dtd 2Jul91 (Vietnam Comment File).


19. 3d Mar ComdC, Jan68; 3d Mar AAR, Opn Osceola II. Heavy Fighting Along the DMZ


Other sources for this section are: 3d MarDiv, AAR, Operation Lancaster II, dtd 9Sep69[?), End, 3d MarDiv ComdC, Nov68, hereafter 3d MarDiv AAR, Operation Lancaster II; 4th Mar ComdC, Jan68; 3/4 ComdC, Mar68.


20. 4th Mar ComdC, Jan68; 3d MarDiv AAR, Operation Lancaster II.


21. 4th Mar ComdC, Jan68.


22. This and the following paragraph are based on the following sources: 4th Mar ComdC, Jan68; 3/4 ComdC, Jan68; 3d MarDiv ComdC, Jan68; III MAF ComdC, Jan68; 3d MarDiv AAR, Operation Lancaster II; MCCC, Items of Significant Interest, dtd 26Jan68; G-3, HQMC, Point Paper, Status of Forces in WestPac, dtd 31Jan68 (HQMC Point Papers, Jan-Jun68). For reference to Dien Bien Phu and the 320th NVA Division, see George L. MacGarrigle, Comments on draft, dtd 5Dec94 (Vietnam Comment File).


23. This and the next two paragraphs are based on the following sources:


3d MarDiv AAR, Operation Lancaster II; 3d MarDiv ComdC, Jan68.


24. Col Lee R. Bendell, Comments on draft, n.d. (Vietnam Comment File), hereafter Bendell Comments.


25. Additional sources for this and the following paragraph are: 3/4 ComdC Jan68; 4th Mar ComdC, Jan68.


26. Additional source for this paragraph is: "Marines Blast 'Wall to Wall,' NVA After Ambush," Sea Tiger, lMar1968, p. 4. See also Bendell Comments.


27. 3/4 ComdC, Jan68; 3d MarDiv AAR, Operation Lancaster II.


28. 3/4 ComdC, Jan68.


29. Ibid.


30. Ibid. See also Bendell Comments.


31. Sources for this and the following three paragraphs are: 3/4 ComdC, Jan68; "Marines Blast 'Wall to Wall,' NVA After Ambush," Sea Tiger, lMar1968, p. 4. See also Maj John S. Leffen.Jr., Comments on draft, n.d. (Vietnam Comment File), hereafter Leffen Comments.







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