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McCutcheon Itr to MajGen Frank C. Tharin, dtd 24Apr68, Ltr No 37, File T, 1968 Correspondence, McCutcheon Papers, MCHC.


68. Chairman, JCS memo to DepSecDef, dtd 15May68, Subj: Single Management. . ., Doc No. 17, HQMC DCS (Air) Single Manager Fidr Jan68-15Aug70.


69. MajGen Keith B. McCutcheon memo to Gen Leonard F. Chapman, Jr., dtd lMay68, Subj: Air Control, in Fidr, Memos for the Record, 1966-68 and McCutcheon to MajGen Norman Anderson, dtd 17 May 68, Ltr No. 73, File A, McCutcheon Papers.


70. CGFMFPac msg to CMC, dtd l6May68, HQMC Msgs, Mar-Jun68; CMC Memorandum for the JCS, CMCM 29-68, dtd 18May68, Subj: Op Con of III MAF Aviation Assets, Doc No. 18, HQMC DCS (Air) Single Manager Fidr Jan68-15Aug70.


71. CGFMFPac msg to CMC, dtd 25May68, HQMC Msgs, Mar-Jun68; BGen John R. Chaisson, diary entry, 20May68, Chaisson Papers, Hoover Institute; JCS msg to CinCPac and ComUSMACV, dtd 20May68, Doc No. 19, HQMC DCS (Air) Single Manager Fidr Jan68-15Aug70.


72. CGFMFPac msgs to CMC, dtd 21 and 26 May68, and HQMC, ATA21 Point Paper, dtd 28May68, Subj: Change to the Single Management . . ., HQMC Msgs, Mar-Jun68 and MarOpsV, May68, pp. 68-9.


73. CGIIIMAF msg to CMC, dtd 26May68, HQMC Msgs, Mar-Jun68.


74. Ibid; LtGen Richard E. Carey, Comments on draft, dtd 12Dec94, (Vietnam Comment File); MajGen Norman J. Anderson, Comments on draft, n.d. IJan95} (Vietnam Comment File); CGIIIMAF msg to CMC, dtd 30May68, HQMC Msgs, Mar-Jun68.


75. ATA21, Point Paper, dtd 28May68, Subj: Change to the Single Management . . .; CGFMFPac msgs to CMC, dtd 26May68 and 30May68; CGIIIMAF msgs to CMC, dtd 26May68 and 30May68. All in HQMC Msgs, Mar-Jun68.


76. CGIIIMAF msgs to CMC, dtd 26 and 30 May 68 and CGFMFPac msgs to CMC, dtd 26May68, HQMC Msgs, Mar-Jun68.


77. HQMC AAM-7, Talking Paper, dtd 8Jul68, Subj: Air Control in Vietnam, in HQMC, General Officers Symposium Book, July 68, hereafter HQMC Talking Paper, Air Control in Vietnam; ATA21, Point Paper, dtd 28May68, Subj: Change to the Single Management . . ., HQMC Msgs, Mar-Jun68; McCutcheon to Norman Anderson, dtd 3Jun68, Ltr No. 76, File A, 1968 Cor, McCutcheon Papers.


78. CMC msg to CGFMFPac, dtd 7 Jun 68, HQMC Msgs, Mar-Jun68.


79. HQMC Talking Paper, Air Control in Vietnam; CMC to CGFMFPac, dtd 19Jun68, HQMC Msgs, Mar-Jun68, hereafter CMC to CGFMFPac, 19Jun68.


80. CGFMFPac, 19Jun68. The Continuing Debate


81. BGen John R. Chaisson, debriefing at FMFPac, May68, Chaisson Transcripts, pp. 147-73, p. 164.


82. Ibid. and Col Edward L. Fossum, debrief at FMFPac, l lJul68, Tape No. 2911 (Oral HistColl, MCHC).


83. CGFMFPac to CMC, dtd 16Jun68, HQMC Msgs, Mar-Jun68;


Buse intvw, p. 191.


84. CGFMFPac msg to CMC, dtd 20Jun68, HQMC Msgs, Mar-Jun68.


85. CGFMFPac msg to CMC, dtd 22Jun68, HQMC Msgs, Mar-Jun68.


86. CGIIIMAF msg to CGFMFPac and CMC, dtd 29Jun68, HQMC Msgs, Mar-Jun68.


87. Ibid.


88. CGFMFPac msg to III MAF, dtd 29Jun68 and CMC to CGFMFPac, dtd 29Jun68, HQMC Msgs, Mar-Jun68.


89. CGIIIMAF msg to CGFMFPac, dtd 30Jun68, HQMC Msgs, Mar-Jun68.


90. FMFPac, MarOpsV,Jun68, p. 62; HQMC Talking Paper, Air Control in Vietnam; McCutcheon to MajGen C. J. Quilter, dtd 15Jul68, Ltr No. 35, File Q, 1968 Cor, McCutcheon Papers, hereafter McCutcheon to Quilter, 15Jul68.


91. Chronology of Events, Doc 20, HQMC DCS (Air) Single Manager Fidr, Jan68-15Aug70; McCutcheon to Quilter, 15Jul68.


92. CGFMFPac msg to CMC, dtd 27Jul68, HQMC Msgs, Jul-15Oct68.


93. The sources for this and the following paragraph are: Hutch [BGen Homer G. Hutchinson} to McCutcheon, n.d. [Aug68], Ltr No. 48, File H, 1968 Cor, McCutcheon Papers. See also Chapman inrvw, p. 76.


94. CGIIIMAF msg to CGFMFPac, dtd 10Sep68, HQMC Msgs, Jul-15Oct68.


95. For the wing's initial optimism see A/CS, G-3, 1st MAW memo to CGlstMAW, dtd 10Sep68 (Rpts and Letters, Jun-Dec68, Quilter Papers). For General Wheeler's support see CMC msg to CGFMFPac, dtd 26Sep68 (HQMC Msgs, Jul-15Oct68). General Abrams is quoted in CGIIIMAF msg to CMC and CGFMFPac and CGFMFPac msg to CMC, dtd 8Nov66 (HQMC Msgs, Jul-Dec68).


96. McCutcheon Itr to MajGen Charles Quilter, dtd 19Nov68, Ltr No. 39, File Q, 1968 Cor, McCutcheon Papers.


97. Charles R. Smith, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1969, High Mobility and Standdown (Washington: Hist&MusDiv, HQMC, 1988), pp. 225-6;


Graham A. Cosmas and LtCol Terrence P. Murray, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1970-71 (Washington: Hist&Mus Div, HQMC, 1986), pp. 273-77; Bernard C. Nalty, "Operation Niagara, Air Power, and the Siege of Khe Sanh," in Command and Control of Air Operations in the Vietnam War (Washington: NHC, 1991), p. 46. CHAPTER 25 A QUESTION OF HELICOPTERS


Unless otherwise noted the sources in this chapter are derived from MACV ComdHisc, 1968; HQMC Msg File; HQMC, Status of Forces, 1968; FMFPac, MarOpsV, 1967-1968; III MAF ComdCs, Jan-Dec 1968; 1st MAW ComdCs, Jan-Dec68; Cushman intvw, Nov 82; MajGen Charles J. Quilter Papers, MCHC; Norman Anderson Papers;


Norman Anderson intvw, 3d Session, 17Mar81; McCutcheon Papers, MCHC; Westmoreland Papers, CMH; Gen Raymond G. Davis intvw, 2Feb77 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), hereafter Davis intvw, 2Feb77; Westmoreland intvw, 1983; Chaisson Papers, Hoover Institute; Westmoreland, A Soldier Reports', Sharp and Westmoreland, Report on the War, McCutcheon, "Marine Aviation in Vietnam, 1962-70;" LtCol William R. Fails, Marines and Helicopters, 1962-1973 (Washington: Hist&MusDiv, HQMC, 1978), hereafter Fails, Marines and Helicopters.







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