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PART IV The War Continues: Offensive and Counter-Offensive CHAPTER 18 3D DIVISION TAKES THE OFFENSIVE


Unless otherwise noted material in this chapter is derived from:


MACV ComdHist, 1968; FMFPac, MarOpsV, May-Jul68; III MAF ComdCs, May-Jul68; 3d MarDiv ComdCs, Jun-Jul68; 1st Mar ComdCs, Jun-Jul68; 3d Mar ComdCs, Jun-Jul68; 4th Mar ComdCs, Jun-Jul68; 9th Mar ComdCs, Jun-Jul68; and 2/26 Mar ComdCs, Jun-Jul68. The Enemy Situation


1. FMFPac, MarOpsV, May-Jun68; III MAF G-2, Periodic Intelligence Report 22-68, dtd 4Jun68; III MAF G-2, Periodic Intelligence Report 23-68, dtd 9Jun68; and 3d MarDiv ComdC, Jun68. The Offensive Takes Shape


2. MajGen Raymond G. Davis intvw, 2Feb77, p. 17 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), hereafter Davis intvw, 2Feb77.


3. Ibid.


4. Col Marion C. Dalby intvw, Jan69, Tape 3770 (Oral HistColl, MCHC).


5. Davis intvw, 2peb77, pp. 20-21.


6. Ibid., p. 23.


7. HQMC, Revision 2 to Table of Organization, M-1099, Infantry Regiment, Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, dtd 6Jun67.


8. Col Robert H. Barrow intvw, 12Dec68, Tape 3772 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), hereafter Barrow intvw, 12Dec68.


9. Gen Robert H. Barrow intvw, 30Jan87 (Oral HistColl, MCHC).


10. Barrow intvw, 12Dec68.


11. Gen Raymond G. Davis, Comments on draft ms, "U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1969," Aug86 (Vietnam 1969 Comment File, MCHC).


12. LtCol Joseph J. Scoppa, Jr. intvw, 9-12Dec68, Tape 3372 (Oral HistColl, MCHC).


13. MajGen Raymond G. Davis intvw, lJan69, Tape 3768 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), hereafter Davis intvw, lJan69; LtCol William J. Span-gler. Comments on draft, n.d. [Dec94] (Vietnam Comment File).


14. Ibid.


15. "Khe Sanh Inactivated . . . New 'Mobility' Emphasized," Sea Tiger, 12Jul68. The Eastern DMZ


Additional sources for this section are drawn from: 3d Mar ComdC, Jun68; 1/3 ComdC, Jun68; 2/3 ComdC, Jun68; 3/3 ComdC, Jun68; 9th Mar ComdC, Jun68; 1/9 ComdC, Jun68; and 2/26 ComdC, Jun68.


16. Col R. B. Smith, "Leatherneck Square," Marine Corps Gazette, Aug69, p. 41, hereafter Smith, "Leatherneck Square."


The Pressure Continues


Additional sources for this section are drawn from: FMFPac, MarOpsV, Jul68; 3d MarDiv ComdC, Jul68; IstMar ComdC, Jul68, 3d Mar ComdC, 4th Mar ComdC, Jul68; 9th Mar ComdC, Jul68; and 2/26 ComdC, Jul68.


17. Col Vaughn R. Stuart, Comments on draft, dtd 20Dec94 (Vietnam Comment File) and Col William H. Dabney, Comments on draft, n.d. [Dec94] (Vietnam Comment File).


18. HQ, XXIV Corps CAAR, Operation Thor, l6Aug68, in U.S. Army After Action Reports, 1968.


19. 1/3 ComdC, Jul68.


20. "Marines Smash NVA Near DMZ," Sea Tiger, 2 Aug 68.


21. 3d Mar AAR, Operation Napoleon/Saline, dtd 26Jul68 in 3d Mar ComdC, Jul68.


22. Ibid. and Capt Matthew B. McTiernan, Comments on draft, n.d. {Dec94] (Vietnam Comment File), hereafter McTiernan Comments.


23. 2/1 ComdC, Jul68.


24. Smith, "Leatherneck Square," pp. 41-42.


25. 9th Mar ComdC, July68.


26. 2/26Mar ComdCs, Jul-Aug68. Into the Western Mountains


Additional sources for this section are drawn from: 3d Mar ComdC, Jul68; 1/3 ComdC, Jul68; 2/3 ComdC, Jul68; 3/3 ComdC, Jul68; 4th Mar ComdC, Jul68; 1/4 ComdC, Jul68; 2/4 ComdC, Jul68;


3/4 ComdC, Jul68; 9th Mar ComdC, Jul68; 1/9 ComdC, Jul68; 2/9 ComdC, Jul68; and, 3/9 ComdC, Jul68.


27. Task Force Hotel OpO 10-68, dtd l4Jul68 in 3d MarDiv ComdC, Jul68; 3d Recon Bn ComdC, Jun68.


28. CG, Task Force Hotel, Critique of Lancaster II "July Action," n.d., in 3d MarDiv ComdC, Aug68, p. i, hereafter TF Hotel Critique.


29. Ibid.


30. CG3dMarDiv msg to CGProvCorpsV, dtd 26Jul68, in III MAF Message File.


31. TF Hotel Critique, pp. 6-7; 9th Mar AAR, "Lancaster II July Action," dtd 29Aug68, p. 10, in 9th Mar ComdC, Jul68.


32. Barrow intvw, 12Dec68.


33. Ibid.


34. BGen Carl W. Hoffman intvw, 12Aug68, Tape 3482 (Oral HistColl, MCHC).


35. CG, Task Force Hotel "Final Comments," in TF Hotel Critique.


36. CG, Task Force Hotel, Critique "Canton II Action," n.d., in 4th Mar ComdC, Jul68.


37. Ibid., pp. 6-14. Southern Quang Tri and Thua Thien


38- Additional sources for this section are drawn from: 1st Air CavDiv, Operational Report for Quarterly Period Ending 31 July 1968, dtd 20Aug68; 101st Air CavDiv, Operational Report of 101st Air Cavalry Division for Period Ending 31 July 1968, dtd 15Aug68; 3dBde, 82d AbnDiv, Operational Report of 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division for







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