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PARTY Supporting the Troops CHAPTER 23 MARINE AIR AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR AND AIR SUPPORT OF KHE SANH


Unless otherwise noted the sources in this chapter are derived from MACV ComdHist, 1968; HQMC Msg File; HQMC, Status of Forces, 1968; FMFPac, MarOpsV, 1967-1968; III MAF ComdCs, Jan-Apr68;


III MAFJnl & Msg Files; 1st MAW ComdCs, Jan-Apr68; Westmoreland Papers, CMH; A&S Files, Indochina Archives; Westmoreland, A Soldier Reports; Sharp and Westmoreland, Report on the War; LtGen Willard Pear-son, 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; Capt Moyers S. Shore II, The Battle for Khe Sanh (Washington, D.C.: HistBr, G-3Div, HQMC, 1969), hereafter Shore, The Battle for Khe Sanh; Bernard C. Nalty, Air Power and the Fight for Khe Sanh (Washington: Office of Air Force History, 1969), hereafter Nalty, Air Power and the Fight for Khe Sanh; Naval Historical Center, Command and Control of Air Operations in the Vietnam War, Colloquium on Contemporary History, January 23, 1991, No. 4 (Washington, D.C.: Naval Hist Center, 1991), hereafter Command and Control of Air Operations in the Vietnam War;


LtGen Keith B. McCutcheon, "Marine Aviation in Vietnam, 1962-70," Nova/Review 1971 (Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1971), pp. 122-55, hereafter McCutcheon, "Marine Aviation in Vietnam, 1962-70." Marine Air at the Beginning of the Year


l. McCutcheon, "Marine Aviation in Vietnam, 1962-70," pp. 134 and 155; 1st MAW ComdC, Jan68, p. 1^; FMFPac, MarOpsV, Jan68, p. 58a. See also "Distribution of Personnel, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, 31Dec67," in Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 7967,AppG,pp. 319-23.


2. 1st MAW ComdC, Jan68; FMFPac, MarOpsV, Jan68, p. 58a;


HQMC, Status of Forces, dtd 10Jan68, "Distribution of Aircraft, Fleet, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific," p. 10-1, hereafter "Distribution of Aircraft," 10Jan68. Because of the fluctuation of the number of aircraft from time to time, the figures are taken from the "Distribution of Aircraft," 10Jan68 as reflecting the figures as of that date.


3. MAG-16 ComdC, Jan68; "Distribution of Aircraft," 10Jan68;


FMFPac, MarOpsV, Dec67, p. 74.


4. MAG-16 ComdC, Jan68.


5. MAG-12 and MAG-13 ComdCs, Jan68; "Distribution of Aircraft," 10Jan68; FMFPac, MarOpsV, Dec67, p. 74.


6. FMFPac, MarOpsV, Jan68, p. 63; McCutcheon, "Marine Aviation in Vietnam, 1962-70," p. 131.


7. 1st MAW ComdC, Jan68, pp. 1^; MAG-36 ComdC, Jan68; "Distribution of Aircraft," 10Jan68; FMFPac, MarOpsV, Dec67, p. 74.


8. VMGR-152 ComdC, Jan68; "Distribution of Aircraft," 10Jan68;


Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1967, p. 205;


McCutcheon, "Marine Aviation in Vietnam, 1962-70," p. 132.


9. FMFPac, MarOpsV, Jan68, pp. 59-60.


10. Ibid., pp. 59-60 and 65-66; MajGen Norman J. Anderson to MajGen Keith B. McCutcheon, dtd 17Jan68, McCutcheon Papers, PC464, 1968 Correspondence, File A.


11. III MAF ComdC, Jan68, p. 27; FMFPac, MarOpsV, Jan68, pp. 5, 59-60.


12. FMFPac, MarOpsV, Jan68, p. 68; 1st MAW ComdC, Jan68. Marine Control of Air


13. MajGen Norman J. Anderson, Comments on draft, n.d. (Jan95] (Vietnam Comment File).


14. McCutcheon, "Marine Aviation in Vietnam, 1962-70," p. 132.


15. CGFMFPac, "Pacific Operations," General Officers Symposium Book, July 1967, Tab F, p. 21, hereafter CGFMFPac, "Pacific Operations;" McCutcheon, "Marine Aviation in Vietnam, 1962-70," pp. 134-36; Gen Keith B. McCutcheon intvw, 22Apr71, pp. 1^, 6 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), hereafter McCutcheon intvw, 22Apr71.


16. McCutcheon, "Marine Aviation in Vietnam, 1962-70," pp. 134-36; McCutcheon intvw, 22Apr71, pp. 1-4, 6; Shulimson and Johnson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 796.5, pp. 151-2; Shulimson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1966, 268-9.


17. Shulimson and Johnson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1965, pp. 151-2;


Shulimson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1966, pp. 268-9. For the Carey quote, see LtGen Richard E. Carey, Comments on draft, dtd 12Dec94 (Vietnam Comment File).


18. CGFMFPac, "Pacific Operations," p. 21


19. This and the following paragraph are derived from: Shulimson and Johnson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1965, pp. 151-2; Shulimson, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1966, pp. 268-70; Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1967, p. 200; McCutcheon, "Marine Aviation in Vietnam, 1962-70," pp. 134-36.


20. Col David S. Twining, Comments on draft, dtd 15Nov94 (Vietnam Comment File).


21. Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1967, p. 200;


MACG-18 ComdC, Oct67 and Jan68.


22. Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1967, p. 200;


McCutcheon, "Marine Aviation in Vietnam, 1962-70," p. 138.


23. Ibid. and BGen Earl E. Anderson Itr to MajGen Keith B. McCutcheon, dtd l4Mar68 (McCutcheon Papers PC464, 1968 Correspondence, File A).


24. McCutcheon, "Marine Aviation in Vietnam, 1962-70," p. 138; 1st MAW ComdC, Jan68, pp. 2-3-2^.


25. McCutcheon, "Marine Aviation in Vietnam, 1962-70," p. 138; 1st MAW ComdC, Jan68, pp. 2-3-2-A; Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1967, p. 200.


26. 1st MAW ComdC, Jan68, pp. 2-3-2^.


27. FMFPac, MarOpsV, Mar68, pp. 66-7.


28. Twining Comments.


29. FMFPac, MarOpsV, Mar68, pp. 70-1.


30. CGlstMAW Itr to CMC, dtd 24Apr68, Subj: Single Management, End 16, HQMC, DCS (Air) Single Manager Fidr, Jan68-15Aug70;


MajGen Norman J. Anderson intvw, 17Mar81, pp. 189-90 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), hereafter Anderson intvw, 3d Session, 17Mar81, and MajGen Norman J. Anderson Itr to BGen Edwin H. Simmons, dtd 8Sepl983 (Norman Anderson Papers, PC1263, MCHC).







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