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35. III MAF ComdC, Jul68.

36. XXIV Corps AAR.

37. 12th Mar ComdC, Jun68.

38. 3d MarDiv ComdC, Jul68, p. 38.

39. XXIV Corps AAR.

40. MACV Comd Hist, 1968, p. 409.

41. Ibid., p. 374. Fire Base Tactics

42.12th Mar ComdC, Dec68, 1-11-3.

43. LtCol Joseph Scoppa, III MAF intvw at Fire Base Dice, Dec 1968, Tape 3372 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), hereafter Scoppa intvw; 12th Mar ComdC, Dec68.

44. Scoppa intvw.

45. Ibid. 46.Ibid.

47. Ibid.

48. Ibid. and 12th Mar ComdC, Dec68.

49. Scoppa intvw.

50. 11th Mar ComdCs, Jul-Dec68. Marine Reconnaissance Operations

51. 1st MarDiv ComdC, Jan68, pp. 31-33; 1st MarDiv to III MAF, resume oftelecon, dtd 29Jan68 (III MAFJnl&Msg File).

52. Patrol Report, Cayenne B-2-2, dtd 4Jun68, in 1st Recon Bn ComdC, Jun68, pt IV, Tab B-24.

53. 1st Recon Bn SitRep No. 156-68, p. 3, in 1st Recon Bn ComdC, Jun68, {SitReps] [pt 2 of 2 pts).

54. 1st Recon Bn PatRep, dtd 12Jun68, in 1st Recon Bn ComdC, Jun68, pt IV, Tab B-52.

55. 1st Recon Bn PatRep, dtd l6Jun68, in 1st Recon Bn ComdC, Jun68, pt IV, Tab B-80.

56. 1st Recon Bn SitRep No. 176-68, in 1st Recon Bn ComdC, Jun68, [SitReps] [2 of 2 pts] and 1st Recon Bn PatRep, dtd lJul68 in 1st Recon Bn ComdC, Jul68, pt IV, Tab B-6.

57. FMFPac, MarOpsV, Dec68, pp. 49-50.

58. Col William D. Kent, intvw by Hist&Mus Div, dtd 27Aug91 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), hereafter Kent Tape.

59. Ibid.; F. Clinton Berry, Jr., The Illustrated History of theVietnamWar- Air Cav, (New York and Toronto: Bantam Books, 1988), pp. 86-9.

60. Kent intvw.

61. Ibid.; Col Alexander L. Michaux, debriefing at FMFPac, 18Jul68, Tape No. 2915 (Oral HistColl, MCHC); LtCol Donald R. Berg, Comments on draft, dtd 9Dec94 (Vietnam Comment File); MajGen Raymond G. Davis, intvw by III MAF, Dec68-Jan69, pp. 284-6 (Oral HistColl, MCHC). CHAPTER 27 MANPOWER POLICIES AND REALITIES

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

HQMC Msg File; Department of Defense, United States-Vietnam Relations, 1956-1967, 12 bks (Washington: GPO, 1971), hereafter Pentagon Papers with appropriate section title and book, and section, volume or tab, and page number; Commandant's Reference Notebook, hereafter CMC Reference Notebook with appropriate year and tab; Col James W. Marsh, USMC (Ret) inrvw with Capt David A. Dawson, 26Feb92, hereafter Marsh intvw; Headquarters, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Subj: Strength Report-Vietnam, hereafter MACV Strength Report; III MAF ComdCs; Department of Defense, OASD (Comptroller), Directorate for Information Operation and Control, Selected Manpower Statistics, (Washington, D.C.) 1968-1975, hereafter Selected Manpower Statistics with appropriate years; Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy and Marine Corps Military Personnel Statistics, hereafter M.C. Personnel Statistics; Marine Corps Personnel Data Bases held by the Center for Naval Analyses, hereafter CNA Database; Headquarters Marine Corps Central Files, hereafter CF with appropriate year.

The average strength of line battalions was derived by taking the "average monthly strength" as reported in the command chronology of every infantry battalion not configured as a BLT in Vietnam for which this information was available. Average rifle company strength was derived from the unit diary report closest to the date in question for the first letter company of every battalion in Vietnam, with the exception of battalions for which this information was not available. The average strength of infantry battalion headquarters and service companies was derived in the same manner, using all H&S companies for which information was available save those in BLTs. The average strength of regimental headquarters companies was derived from the unit diary reports of the headquarters company for every regiment in Vietnam for the date in question.

1. Marsh intvw. See also DAC/S G-l, Presentation, 14 July 1967, General Officers Symposium Book, 1967, sec G, p. 2.

2. Gen Leonard F. Chapman intvw, 17Jan79, 28Mar79, p. 66 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), hereafter Chapman intvw.

3. MajGen Jonas M. Platt, Comments on draft, dtd 6Oct94 (Vietnam Comment File). Personnel Turnover

4. Vietnam Manpower Statistics File, RetSec, MCHC.

5. Selected Manpower Statistics, 1975, p. 52.

6. CMC Reference Notebook 1966-67, Subj: Terms of enlistment.

7. CMC Reference Notebook 1968, tab I-F, Senate Armed Services Committee insert for the record.

8. AC/S G-1, Presentation, 14 July 1967, General Officers Symposium Book, 1967, sec G, pp. 6-8.

9. AC/S G-1 Memo to DirPers, Subj: CONUS Divisions Personnel and Readiness Status FY68-FY69, dtd 2Jan68, CF 68; AC/S G-l, Presentation, General Officers Symposium Book, 8-12 July 1968, sec I, pp. 9-10.

10. Dep Dir Personnel Memo to CMC, Subj: Status of Military Personnel Procurement Results for FY68 (as of 30 June 1968), dtd 17Jul68, End l, CMC Reference Notebook 1968.

11. Insert for the Record, Senate Armed Services Committee, 20Feb68, tab I-F, CMC Reference Notebook 1968,

12. AC/S G-1 memo to DirPers, Subj: CONUS Divisions Personnel and Readiness Status FY68-FY69, 2Jan68, CF 68.

13. CMC Reference Notebook 1970, Personnel, Subj: Enlistment Standards and Periods of Enlistment, 17Nov70; Selected Manpower Statistics, 1975.

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