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U.S. Marines in Vietnam the Landing and the Buildup 1965

U.S. Marines in Vietnam the Landing and the Buildup 1965

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A-1E—Douglas Skyraider, a propeller-driven, single-engine,
attack aircraft also known as the AD-5
A-4—Douglas Skyhawk, a single-seat, light-attack jet bomber

in service on board carriers of the U.S. Navy and with

land-based Marine attack squadrons.
AAR—After Action Report
AdminO—Administrative Officer
Adv—Advanced
AGC—Amphibious Command Ship
AKA—Attack Cargo Ship
ANGLICO— Air&Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
AOA—Amphibious Objective Area
APA—Attack Transport Ship
APD—High Speed Transport Ship
ARG—Amphibious Ready Group
ARVN—Army of the Republic of Vietnam
ASP—Ammunition Storage Point
ASRT—Air Support Radar Team
ArtyGru—Artillery Group

BGen—Brigadier General
BDA—Bornb Damage Assessment
BLSG—Brigade Logistic Support Group
BLT—Battalion Landing Team
Bn—Battalion

C-117D—Douglas Skytrain, a twin-engine, transport aircraft
which became operational in the Marine Corps in 1943
C- 130—Lockheed Hercules, a four-engine, turboprop transport
aircraft
Capt—Captain
CAS—Close Air Support
CG—Commanding General
CH-37—Sikorsky twin-engine, assault, heavy transport heli-
copterwhich carriedthreecrew members and36
passengers
Chron—Chronology
ChronHist—Chronological History
CinCPac—Commander in Chief Pacific
CinCPacFlt—Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet
Class (I-V)—Categories of military supplies, e.g., Class I
Rations; Class III -POL;Class V -Ammunitions
CMC—Cornmandant of the Marine Corps
CNO—Chief of Naval Operations
CO—Commanding Officer
Col—Colonel
Corn—Commander

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ComUSMACV —Commander,U.S.MilitaryAssistance
Command, Vietnam
ComdC—Command Chronology
ComdD—Command Diary
Composite Marine Aircraft Group—An aircraft group con-
sistingofbothhelicoptersandfixed-wingaircraft
squadrons
CP—Command Post
CPX—Command Post Exercise
CTZ—Corps Tactical Zone

DASC— Direct Air Support Center—A subordinate operation-
al component of the Marine air control system designed for
control and direction of close air support and other direct
air support operations
DD—Destroyer
DFC—Distinguished Flying Cross
DIA—Defense Intelligence Agency
Dtd—Dated
DRV—Democratic Republic of Vietnam

DMZ—Demilitarized Zone separating North and South

Vietnam

ECM—Electronjc Counter Measures
ELINT—Electronic Intelligence
Engr—Engineer

F-48—McDonnell Phantom11,atwin-engined,two-seat,
long-range, all-weather jet interceptor and attack bomber
F-4C—U.S. Air Force version of the above
FLSG—Force Logistic Support Group
FLSU—Force Logistic Support Unit
FMFPac—Fleet Marine Force Pacific
Free Strike Area—A zone in which air strikes could be directed
without prior RVN clearance
FSR—Force Service Regiment

Fwd—Forward

G—Refers to staff positions on a general staff, e.g., G-1 would
refer to the staff member responsible for personnel; G-2
Intelligence; G-3 Operations; G-4 Logistics; etc.
GCI— Ground-Controlled Intercept
Gen—General
GVN—Government of Vietnam

H-Hour—In connection with planned operations,itis the
specific hour the operation begins

ACRONYMS

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HAWK—A mobile, surface-to-air,guided missile designed to
defend against enemy aircraft flyingatlowaltitudesand
short-rangerocket missiles

HistBr, G-3 Div, HQMC—Historical Branch, G-3 Division,
Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps
HistMusDiv, HQMC—History andMuseumsDivision,
HQMC. Replaced HistBr, G-3 Div, HQMC
HistOff—Historical Office
HMM—Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron

J-—The designations for members of a joint staff which in-
cludes members of several services comprising the com-
mand, e.g., J-1 would refer to the staff member responsible
forpersonnel;J-2Intelligence;J-3Operations;J-4
Logistics; etc.
JCS -Joint Chiefsof Staff
JGSJoint General Staff (Vietnamese)
JTD— Joint Table of Distribution

KC 131)- The in-flight refueling tanker configuration of the C-

131) Lockheed Hercules.

L-l-Iour-- In planned helicopter operations,itis the specific
hour the helicopters land in the landing zone
LCM—Landing Craft, Mechanized
LCVP—Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel
LogSptG ru -LogisticSupport Group
LPD-- Amphibious Transport Dock
LPI IAmphibious Assault Ship

LSD—Dock Landing Ship

LST—Tank Landing Ship

LSI._) —

I.ogi.sL ii Supit1_litit

Lt—Lieutenant
LtCot -LieutenantColonel
LtGenLieutenant General
LtrLetter
LVTPLanding Vehicle Tracked, Personnel

MAAG

Military Assistance Advisory Group
MA B- -MarineAmphibious Brigade
MABS Marine Air Base Squadron
MAC-- Marine Amphibious Corps
MACS-- Marine Air Control Squadron
MACV— Military Assistance Command Vietnam
MAF Marine Amphibious Force
MAG— -Marine Aircraft Group
Main Force—Refers to organized Viet Cong battalions and
regiments as opposed to local VC guerrilla groups

Maj--Major
MajGen— Major General
MarDiv—Marine Division
_Marines—Designates a Marine regiment, e.g., 3d Marines
MASS--- Marine Air Support Squadron
MATCU—Marine Air Traffic Control Unit
MAW—Marine Aircraft Wing
MCAF— Marine Corps Air Facility
MCAS—Marine Corps Air Station
MCCC—Marine Corps Command Center
MEB—Marine Expeditionary Brigade

MEBLEX—MEB Landing Exercise
MedCap— Medical Civilian Assistance Program
MEF—Marine Expeditionary Force
MilHistBr—Military History Branch
Mogas—Motor gas
MS—Manuscript

Msgs— Messages

MUV—Marine Unit, Vietnam
MWHQ—Marine Wing Headquarters

NAG—Naval Advisory Group
NAS—Naval Air Station
NIS—National Intelligence Survey
NLF—National Liberation Front
NMCB—Naval Mobile Construction Battalion
NMCC—National Military Command Center
NWC— National War College

0-lB—Cessna. single-engine, observation plane, also known

as the OE- 1
O\ I).NI II)Operational Archives Branch, Naval History

in

Op()rdcrOperation-Order

OPlan— Operation Plan
OpSum --Operation Summary
OSJS(MACV)—Office of the Secretariat, Joint Staff (Military
Assistance Command, Vietnam)

PAR--Progressive Aircraft Rework

PAI

PoliticalActionTeam,theforerunnerofthe
Revolutionary Development Teams. Vietnamese political

cadre who were assigned missions of pacification and

represented the government of Vietnam in the hamlets of

V jet n am

PF

Popular Force; Vietnamese militia who were usually

employed in the defense of their own communities
P01.Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricants

RegtRegiment

RF

Rcional Force; Vietnamese militia who were employed

in a specific province

RI- )A

ThereconnaissanceversionoftheF-8Chance
\ oughtCrusaderfighter
Rl.lRegimental Landing Team

RRU

Radio Research Unit
ROl l.ING THUNDER—Code name for U.S. air operations

overNorth Vietnam

RVN

Republicof Vietnam
RVNAF—Republic of Vietnam ArmedForces

S

Refers to staffpositionson regimental and battalion levels.

SI

would refer to the staff member responsible for per-
ooncl: 5-2 Intelligence; S-3 Operations; S-4 Logistics, etc.
SAM ---Surface-to-Air Missile

SA R

Search and Rescue

SAR/Maint Team—Search, rescuand maintenance team
SEAsia—Southeast Asia

Seatail— Follow-on shipping

SEATO—Southeast Asia Treaty Organization

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THE LANDING AND THE BUILDUP

SecState—Secretary of State

SHUFLY—The designation for the Marine Aviation Task

Unit in RVN until January 1965 when it was redesignated
Marine Unit, Vietnam (MUV)
Sit RepSituation Report

SL.F

Special Landing Force
SongVietnamese word for river
SortieAn operational flight by one aircraft
SqdronSquadron

TAC(A)tactical Air Coordinator (Airborne)
TAOR

tictical Area of Responsibility

TE— Task Element
TF—Task Force
TG—Task Group

USMAAG—U .S. Military Assistance Advisory Group
USMACV—U .S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam

VC—Viet Cong
VCC- Viet Cong Captured
\'CS-Viet Cong Suspect (captured)
VMFA-- Marine Fighter Attack Squadron
VNAF-— Vietnamese Air Force
VN MB-—Vietnamese Marine Brigade
VNMC— Vietnamese Marine Corps
VM A —MarineAttack Squadron
VMGR Marine Aerial Refueling Squadron
VMO Marine Observation Squadron

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