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Tet Aftermath Along the DMZ


Additional sources for this section are: Regal, "Surprise for the 803d," BLT 3/1 AAR, Badger Catch; 3/3 draft AAR, n.d., Anx B, 3/3 ComdC, Jan68, hereafter 3/3 draft AAR; Jeff Kelly, DMZ Diary, A Combat Marine's Vietnam Memoir (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland and Company, Inc., 1991), hereafter Kelly, DMZ Diary.


80. The sources for this and the following three paragraphs are: BLT 3/1 AAR, Badger Catch; Regal, "Surprise for the 803d," "'Missing' Kilo Co Kills 144 Enemy," Sea Tiger, dtd 23Feb68.


81. The sources for this and the following paragraph are: Regal, "Surprise for the 803d," "'Missing' Kilo Co Kills 144 Enemy," Sea Tiger, dtd 23Feb68.


82. Additional source for this paragraph is BLT 3/1 AAR, Badger Catch. See also LtCol Max McQuown, Comments on draft, dtd 22Nov94 (Vietnam Comment File), hereafter McQuown Comments.


83. BLT 3/1 AAR, Badger Catch; McQuown Comments; Regal, "Surprise for the 803d," p. 5.


84. Sources for this and the following two paragraphs are: 9th Mar IntSum No. 90, Operation Kentucky, dtd 31Jan68, tab B, 9th Mar ComdC, Jan68; 9th Mar ComdC, Feb68; 9th Mar SitReps and IntReps, Operation Kentucky, dtd 2-3 Feb68, tabs A and B, 9th Mar ComdC, Feb68; FMFPac, MarOpV, Jan68, p. 49.


85. Additional sources for this and the following paragraph are:


"Leatherneck Unit Clobbers Enemy in Fierce Battle," Sea Tiger, dtd 23Feb68, p. l and Clipping "Cam Lo-Hub of the DMZ," Sea Tiger, n.d. [Feb68], End, Bendell Comments.


86. Col Franklin L. Smith debriefing at FMFPac [May 1968} Tape 2904 (Oral HistColl, MCHC); Col Richard B. Smith intvw, Jul68, Tape 3041 (Oral HistColl, MCHC).


87. Sources for this and the following four paragraphs are: 9th Mar ComdC, Feb68; 3/3 ComdC, Feb68; 3/3 draft AAR.


88. Additional source for this and the following two paragraphs is:


Kelly, DMZ Diary, pp. 27-36. Quotes are from pp. 27-28.


89. Kelly, DMZ Diary, p. 33.


90. LtCol Otto Lehrack, Comments on draft, dtd 29Oct94 (Vietnam Comment File). See also LtCol Otto J. Lehrack, No Shining Armor, The Marines at War in Vietnam, An Oral History (Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 1992), pp. 228-29, hereafter Lehrack, No Shining Armor.


91. The quote is from Kelly, DMZ Diary, pp. 35-6. See also Lehrack, No Shining Armor, pp. 215-33 and 3/3 draft AAR.


92. 3d MarDiv, Lancaster II, AAR; 3d MarDiv Periodic Intelligence Rpt, dtd 18Feb68, End, 3d MarDiv ComdC, Mar68. CHAPTER 8 THE TET OFFENSIVE AT DA NANG


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


MACV ComdHist, 1968; 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;" 1st Mar Div, Commanders AAR, Tet Offensive, 29 Jan-14 Feb68, dtd 25May68 (1st MarDiv Admin Files), hereafter 1st MarDiv AAR Tet; TF X-Ray ComdC, Jan68; III MAF Jnl & Msg File; Vietnam Comment Files; Sharp and Westmoreland, Report on the War; Westmoreland, A Soldier Reports; Don Oberdorfer, Tet! (Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Co, 1971), hereafter Oberdorfer, Tet!; 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. Allied Dispositions


1. 7th Mar ComdC, Jan68; 1st MarDiv AAR Tet, p. 14.


2. 1st MarDiv AAR Tet, pp. 5 and 17; 1st MarDiv ComdC, Jan68, p. 35; LtGen DonnJ. Robertson intvw, p. 29, 1973-76 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), hereafter Robertson Intvw.


3. Col William K. Rockey, Comments on draft, dtd 10Dec94 (Vietnam Comment File), hereafter Rockey Comments; Igor Bobrowsky intvw, 3Decl982, Tape Three, p. 2 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), hereafter Bobrowsky Intvw, Tape Three; 2d ROK Bde SitRep No. 29, dtd 29Jan68 and I CorpsAdvGp, Da Nang msg to III MAF, dtd 29Jan68 (III MAF Jnl&Msg File); 7th Mar ComdC, Jan68; 3/5 ComdC, Jan68.


4. ComUSMACV msgs to III MAF, dtd 27-29Jan68 (III MAF Ceasefire Policy Folder).


5. Robertson Intvw, p.32. The Enemy Plans His Offensive


6. General Entry, Historical Summary, Jan68, p. 24, v. 28, History File, 27Dec62-31Jan68 (Westmoreland Papers); 1st MarDiv AAR Tet, p. 19; 1st MarDiv PerIntRpt 3-68, dtd 22Jan68, tab A, 1st MarDiv ComdC, Jan68; 1st MarDiv ComdC, Jan68, pp. 12 and 31; Col W. J. Davis, Tet Marine, An Autobiography (San Diego, CA, 1987), pp. 116-18, End to Col William J. Davis, Comments on draft, dtd 2Dec94 (Vietnam Comment File), hereafter Davis, Tet Marine.


7. 1st MarDiv AAR Tet, p. 19; 1st MarDiv ComdC, Jan68, pp. 12 and 31; FMFPac, MarOpsV, Apr68, pp. 25-6; Davis, Tet Marine, pp. 117-18.


8. 1st MarDiv AAR Tet, p. 19; CWO Stuart N. Duncan intvw, n.d. [1968], Tape 2978 (Oral HistColl, MCHC).


9. 1st MarDiv msg to III MAF, dtd 29Jan68 and NSA to III MAF, Resume oftelecon, dtd 29Jan68 (III MAF Jnl&Msg File); 1st MarDiv AAR Tet, p. 19.


10. Rand Corporation, Tet Quang Ngai Interview, dtd 18Apr68, No. 20, Folder No. 2, Tet (A&S Files, Indochina Archives), hereafter, Quang Ngai intvw, 18Apr68, 20 (A&S Files); III MAF msg to MACV, dtd 29Jan68 (III MAF Jnl&Msg File).


11. Quang Ngai Interview, 18Apr68, 20 (A&S Files); 1st MarDiv msg to III MAF, dtd 30Jan68 and III MAF msg to I Corps TOC, dtd 31Jan68 (III MAF Jnl & Msg File); FMFPac, MarOpsV, Apr68, pp. 25-6.


12. 1st MarDiv AAR Tet, pp. 19-20; ICorpsAdvGp, Da Nang msg to III MAF, dtd 30Jan68 (III MAF Jnl&Msg File).


13. Hq, South Vietnam Liberation Army, Order of the Day of the Headquarters, All South Vietnam Liberation Armed Forces, n.d., trans (Tet 68, Folder 2, Indochina Archives). The Attack


14. 1st MarDiv ComdC, Jan68, pp. 31-33; 1st MarDiv to III MAF, resume oftelecon, dtd 29Jan68 (III MAF Jnl&Msg File).







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