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ment File); LtGen John J. Tolson, Vietnam Studies'. Airmobiiity, 1961-1971 (Washington: Dept of the Army, 1973), p. 169, hereafter, Tolson, AirmohiUty, John R. Galvin, Air Assault: The Development of Airmobile Warfare (New York: Hawthorne Books, Inc., 1969), p. 307, hereafter, Galvin, Air Assault.


110. 3d MarDiv ComdC, Mar68, p. 17; Tolson, Airmobiiity, pp. 170-171; III MAF ComdC, Mar68, p. 25; 1st Mar ComdC, Mar68, p. II-D-2; 1st Mar AAR Opn Pegasus, dtd 3May68, p. 11, in 1st Mar ComdC, Apr68, pt. IV.


111. 3d MarDiv ComdC, Mar68, p. 53; LtGen John J. Tolson, Comments on "The Battle for Khe Sanh," dtd 2Jan69 (Khe Sanh Comment File); Tolson, Airmobiiity, pp. 171-172.


112. 3d MarDiv ComdC, Mar68, pp. 17-18, 20; LtGen Willard Pear-son, Vietnam Studies: The War in the Northern Provinces, 1966-1968 (Washington: Dept of the Army, 1975), p. 81, hereafter, Pearson, The War in the Northern Provinces; CGPCV msg to CGIIIMAF, dtd 30Mar68 (III MAF Khe Sanh Ops File).


113. 3d MarDiv ComdC, Mar68, p. 55; 1/26 AAR Opn Scotland, dtd llMay68, p. 2, in 1/26 ComdC, Mar68, pt. IV; 26th Mar ComdC, Mar68, p. 10.


114. 1/26 AAR Opn Scotland, dtd llMay68, p. 3, in 1/26 ComdC, Mar68, pt. IV.


115. FMFPac, MarOpsV, Apr68, p. 7. Some sources report that Operation Pegasus numbered 18 infantry battalions, apparently overlooking the ARVN 37th Ranger Battalion at Khe Sanh.


116. 1st Mar ComdC, Apr68, p. II-C-2; Pearson, War in the Northern Provinces, p. 81; Tolson, Airmobiiity, p. 173; Galvin, Air Assault, p. 307;


CGPCV msg to III MAF COC, dtd 2Apr68 (III MAF Khe Sanh Ops File); Gen Westmoreland msg to Gen Wheeler and Adm Sharp, dtd lApr68 (File No. MAC 04395, Westmoreland Papers, CMH, Washington, D.C.).


117. CGPCV msg to III MAF COC, dtd 2Apr68 (III MAF Khe Sanh Ops File); Galvin, Air Assault, p. 307; Tolson, AirmohiUty, p. 173;


Pearson, War in the Northern Provinces, p. 81; 26th Mar ComdC, Apr68, pp. 7-9; 1st AirCavDiv AAR Opn Pegasus, dtd HJul68, p. 6, in 3d MarDiv U.S.A. AARs, hereafter 1st ACD AAR Opn Pegasus.


118. Friendly casualty figures for this action vary. Figures in the text are from 1/9 AAR Opn Pegasus, dtd 22May68, p. 4, in 1/9 ComdC, Apr68, pt. IV and 1/9 ComdC, Apr68, pp. 4-5. Other sources include 26th Mar ComdC, Apr68, p. 9; 26th Mar PerOpsSum Opn Pegasus, No. 5 in 26th Mar ComdC, Apr68, pt. IV; 26th Mar AAR Opn Pegasus, dtd 10May68, in 26th Mar ComdC, Apr68, pt. IV; III MAF ComdC, Apr68, pp. 11-12; Tolson, Airmobiiity, p. 175.


119. 1/9 ComdC, Apr68, p. 5; 1/9 AAR Opn Pegasus, dtd 22May68, p. 5, in 1/9 ComdC, Apr68, pt. IV, hereafter 1/9 AAR Opn Pegasus;


FMFPac, MarOpsV, Apr68, p. 9. Again, casualty figures vary. One source even provides conflicting numbers on two different pages of the same document. For other reports, see 1/9 AAR Opn Pegasus, p. 3;


FMFPac, MarOpsV, Mar68, p. 12; III MAF ComdC, Apr68, p. 12;


CGPCV msg to III MAF COC, dtd 6Apr68 (III MAF Khe Sanh Ops File); 26th Mar AAR Opn Pegasus, dtd 10May68, p. 3, in 26th Mar ComdC, Apr68, pt. IV, hereafter 26th Mar AAR Opn Pegasus; 26th Mar ComdC, Apr68, p. 10; 26th Mar PerOpsSum Opn Pegasus, No. 6 in 26th Mar ComdC, Apr68, pt. IV


120. The sources for this and the following paragraph are: 2/26 ComdC, Apr68, p. 3; 2/26 AAR Opn Pegasus, dtd 5May68, p. 4, in 2/26 ComdC, Apr68, pt. IV.


121. An additional source for this paragraph is: 26th Mar Opn Pegasus PerOpsSum, No. 7 in 26th Mar ComdC, Apr68, pt. IV.


122. Ibid.


123. 1st ACD AAR Opn Pegasus, p. 7.


124. CGPCV msg to III MAF COC, dtd 7Apr68 (III MAF Khe Sanh File); Tolson, Airmobiiity, p. 176.


125. 1st ACD AAR Opn Pegasus, p. 7.


126. FMFPac, MarOpsV, Apr68, p. 10; 1/9 ComdC, Apr68, p. 6; 1st ACD AAR Opn Pegasus, p. 3; 2/26 ComdC, Apr68, pp. 3-8; Pearson, War in the Northern Provinces, pp. 85-86; Tolson, Airmobiiity, pp. 85-87.


127. CGPCV msg to CGIII MAF, dtd 8Apr68, and CGPCV msg to III MAF COC, dtd 9Apr68 (III MAF Khe Sanh Ops File).


128. FMFPac, MarOpsV, Mar68, p. 12; Tolson, Airmobiiity, p. 177.


129. 1/9 ComdC, Apr68, p. 6.


130. CGPCV msg to CGIII MAF, dtd 10Apr68 (III MAF Khe Sanh Ops File).


131. FMFPac, MarOpsV, Mar68, p. 7; Pearson, War in the Northern Provinces, p. 88; Tolson, Airmobiiity, p. 178.


132. CGPCV msg to III MAF COC, dtd 12Apr68 (III MAF Khe Sanh Ops File).


133. FMFPac, MarOpsV, Apr68, p. 10.


134. LtCol John C. Studt, Comments on "The Battle for Khe Sanh," dtd 24Dec68, in Khe Sanh Comment File, hereafter Studt Comments, Dec68; Col Bruce F. Meyers, Comments on draft, dtd 20Feb95 (Vietnam Comment File), hereafter Meyers Comments, Feb95.


135. LtCol John C. Studt, "Battalion in the Attack," Marine Corps Gazette, July 1970, pp. 39^i4; Meyers Comments, Feb95.


136. Meyers Comments, Feb95.


137. Studt Comments, Dec68; 26th Mar ComdC, Apr68, pp. 11-12; Col Bruce F. Meyers, Comments on "The Battle for Khe Sanh," dtd l6Dec68, in Khe Sanh Comment File; III MAF ComdC, Apr68, p. 12; FMFPac, MarOpsV, Apr68, p. 10; 26th Mar AAR Opn Pegasus; CGPCV msg to CGIIIMAF, dtd 15Apr68 (III MAF Khe Sanh Ops File); Pearson, War m the Northern Provinces, p. 87. Quote is from Meyers Comments, Feb95.


138. The sources for this and the following paragraph are: Gen Westmoreland msg to Adm Sharp, dtd 15Apr68 (File No. MAC 05008, Westmoreland Papers, CMH, Washington, D.C.); CGPCV msg to III MAF COC, dtd l4Apr68, and CG, PCV msg to CGIIIMAF, dtd 15Apr68 (III MAF Khe Sanh Ops File); Pearson, War in the Northern Provinces, p. 88; Tolson, Airmobiiity, p. 178; Dabney Comments. Quotes in this paragraph are from Col John C. Studt, Comments on draft, dtd 22Nov94 (Vietnam Comment File). CHAPTER 15 THE BATTLE FOR DONG HA


The major sources for this chapter are: FMFPac, MarOpsV, Apr-Jun68; III MAF ComdCs, Apr-Jun68; III MAF Jnl & Msg Files;


3d MarDiv ComdCs, Apr-Jun68; 9th Mar ComdCs, Apr-Jun68; 3d Mar ComdCs, Apr-Jun68; 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 Minhs Gamble"; Waldron and Beavers, "The Critical Year"; Maj William H.







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