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The Boys Next Door: The Combined Action Program


72. Personal Response Project, FMFPac (Fwd), Interim Report on Combined Action Units, III Marine Amphibious Force, with Special Attention to Personal Relationships, dtd 8Feb67, hereafter Interim Report on Combined Action Units; LCdr Richard A. McGonigal incvw 12 Oct 1984 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), hereafter McGonigal intvw.


73. Michael E. Peterson, The Combined Action Platoons, The U.S. Marines' Other War in Vietnam (New York: Praeger, 1989), pp. 38-40, hereafter Pererson, The Combined Action Platoons', Telfer, Rogers, and Fleming, U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1967, p. 270; III MAF ComdCs, Feb-Jun 67; LtCol William R. Corson, Biog File in Biog Files, Ref Sec, MCHC. See also LtGen Victor H. Krulak, Comments on draft, dtd 31Oct94 (Vietnam Comment File).


74. III MAF ComdCs, Jun-July67; LtGen Herman Nickerson intvw, 10Jan73, p. 76 (Oral HistColl, MCHC); Robert A. Klyman, "The Combined Action Program: An Alternative Nor Taken," ms, Honors Thesis, Department of History, The University of Michigan, 1986, pp. 21-2, hereafter Klyman, "The Combined Action Program"; Peterson, The Combined Action Platoons, p. 39.


75. Peterson, The Combined Action Platoons, p. 50; III MAF ComdCs, Jul-Dec67; FMFPac, MarOpsV, Dec67, p. 64.


76. LtCol Bryon F. Brady, intvw, Oct, 1984 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), hereafter Brady intvw.


77. CGFMFPac msg to CMC, dtd 19Aug67; CGFMFPac msg to CGIIIMAF, dtd lNov67; CGIIIMAF msg to CGFMFPac, dtd 2 Dec67 (Reel 4, HQMC Msg File);


78. Westmoreland, A Soldier Reports, p. 166; CGIIIMAF msg to CGFMFPac, dtd 2Dec67 and CGFMFPac msg to CMC, dtd 5Dec67 (Reel 4, HQMC Msg File).


79. Robert J. Komer, intvw with Martin Russ, 29 July 1976 (Oral HistColl, MCHC).


80. "Discussions with Ambassador Komer, 7Jan68" in CMC, Trip Visit to Vietnam, Jan68.


81. Westmoreland, A Soldier Reports, p. 216; FMFPac, MarOpsV, Dec68, p. 656; Peterson, The Combined Action Platoons, pp. 62-3; MajGen E. E. Anderson intvw, Dec68, Tape 3578 (Oral HistColl, MCHC) as quoted in Klyman, "The Combined Action Program," p. 34; Telephone conversation with Ambassador Robert Komer, dtd 29Jul85 as quoted in Klyman, "The Combined Action Program" footnote 19, p. 82.


82. CGIIIMAF Itr to CMC, Subj: Change to T/O for Combined Action Group etc., dtd 30Jan68, attached to III MAF Fact Sheet, dtd 12 Oct68, Subj; Combined Action Program, in III MAF Fact Sheets, Asst CMC Visit, 28 Oct-4Nov68, dtd 31Oct68; Resume of telecon. III MAF to FMFPac, dtd 10Jan68 in III MAF Special Report to FMFPac Fidr.


83. Igor Bobrowsky intvw, 3Ded982, Tape Three, pp. 2-3 (Oral HistColl, MCHC). See also Igor Bobrowsky, Comments on draft, dtd 26Nov94 (Vietnam Comment File).


84. Thayer, "Pacification and Civil Affairs," v. 10, pp. 37-8.


85. Col Harold L. Oppenheimer, FMFPac debrief, n.d. [1968] (Oral HistColl, MCHC) and Col H. L. Oppenheimer, Deputy Special Projects, III MAF, memo, n.d. [May68?], Subj: Analysis Combined Action Program, End Brady Comments.


86. Brady intvw; LtCol Bryon F. Brady Presentation and Round Table Discussion, CAP Reunion, Oct84 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), hereafter Brady Round Table; Brady Comments; Dir, CAP memo to DepCG, III MAF, Subj; Mobile CAPs, dtd 2Jun68, End, Brady Comments, hereafter Mobile CAP Memo, 2Jun68; Col Robert J. Keller, Comments on draft, dtd 2Dec94 (Vietnam Comment File).


87. Mobile CAP Memo, 2Jun68 and Brady Round Table.


88. FMFPac, MarOpsV, Feb-May68.


89. McGonigal intvw; Brady intvw; III MAF Force Bulletin 1306, Subj: Combined Action Program Personnel Assignment, dtd 18Apr68, in III MAF Combined Action Program Personnel Assignment Folder, Apr-Jul68.


90. III MAF Force O 3121.4B, Subj: Standing Operating Procedure for the Combined Action Program, dtd 22Jun68, in III MAF Combined Action Program Personnel Assignment Folder, Apr--Jul68.


91. Ibid.


92. FMFPac, MarOpsV, May68, p. 36; FMFPac, MarOpsV, Jul68, p. 33; III MAF ComdC, Jul68. There is some discrepancy in the number of Marines assigned to the program between FMFPac and III MAF. The FMFPac report for July reported only 1,773 Marines in the program.


93. Col Richard B. Smith, debrief at FMFPac, Jul68, Tape 3041 (Oral HistColl, MCHC); Col Alexander L. Michaux, debrief at FMFPac, 18Jul68 (Oral HistColl, MCHC); MajGen Raymond G. Davis, debrief at FMFPac, 15Apr69, p. 338 (Oral HistColl, MCHC).


94. III MAF ComdC, Jul68; 4th CAG ComdC, Oct68; CO 4th CAG Itr to Director, Combined Action Program, Sub}: 4th CAG proposed expansion plan . . ., dtd 9Aug68, tab 3, 4th CAG ComdC, Oct68.


95. FMFPac, MarOpsV, Dec68, p. 67; 2d CAG ComdCs, Oct-Dec68. There is again a discrepancy in numbers relative to the strength of the CAPs between the FMFPac report and the III MAF command chronology. The chronology showed a Combined Action strength for December as 38 officers and 1,871 Marine enlisted men as compared to 32 officers and 1,275 Marine enlisted men for January 1968, an increase of about 600 men. III MAF ComdCs Jan and Dec68. One explanation for the difference between the FMFPac figures and that of III MAF is that the III MAF figures represent an average over the month. It is also possible that the FMFPac report is not including the administrative personnel assigned to the Combined Action Groups and companies.


96. III MAF Fact Sheer, Subj: Status of Pacification in I Corps, dtd 18 Oct68, in III MAF Fact Sheets, Asst CMC Visit, 28 Oct^Nov68;


BGen E.E. Anderson Itrs to LtGen W. J. Van Ryzin, dtd 11 Sep68, and 16Oct68, Ends, Gen Earl E. Anderson, Comments on draft, dtd 18Dec94 (Vietnam Comment File); Cushman intvw, 1982, pp. 52-3.


97. Brady intvw and Brady Round Table; III MAF, Force/Senior Advisor I Corps Order 5080.10, Subj: Pacification Coordination, n.d. Oul68], and III MAF, Force/Senior Advisor I Corps Order 508010A, Subj: Pacification Coordination, n.d. {Jul68], in III MAF Combined Action Program Personnel Assignment Fidr, Apr-Jul68; Background File on Proposed III MAF Order on Pacification Coordination, Jun-Aug?68, End, Brady Comments.


98. Questionnaire for Personnel Nominated for the Combined Action Program, n.d.; Brady intvw; Brady Comments; Igor Bobrowsky intvw, 3Ded982, Tape One, p. 21 (Oral HistColl, MCHC), hereafter Bobrowsky Tape One; Igor Bobrowsky, Corrections and Clarifications (Tape One), dtd 7 Dec 1983.


99. Bobrowsky Tape One, pp. 17-8.


100. Eugene H. Ferguson intvw, 13Octl984 (Oral HistColl MCHC), hereafter Ferguson intvw.







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