MARINE CORPS HISTORICAL REFERENCE PAMPHLE T

A Chronology Of Th e UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
1965-1969

VOLUME I V HISTORICAL DIVISIO N HEADQUARTERS, U . S . MARINE CORP S WASHINGTON, D . C . 1971

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A CHRONOLOGY OF THE UNITED STATE S MARINE -CORPS, 1965-196 9

VOLUME I V

BY

GABRIELLE M . NEUFEL D

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HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS WASHINGTON . D . C. 20380

Prefac e This is the fourth volume of a chronology of Marin e Corps activities which cover the history of the U . S . Marines . It is derived from unclassified official record s

and suitable published contemporary works . This chronology is published for the information o f all interested in Marine Corps activities during the perio d 1965-1969 and is dedicated to those Marines who participate d in the. events listed .

J . R . CH Lieute O" General, U . S . Marine Corp s Chief of Staf f Reviewed and approved : 2 September 1971

and her M . in history from Mallory College.. D .ABOUT THE AUTHO R Gabrielle M . in Easter n history from Georgetown University. N .A .A . She received her B . Rockville Centre. C . Neufeld has been a member of the staff o f the Historical Division since January 1969 . iv .Y . Washington. At the presen t time she is a historian in the Reference Branch of th e Division .

TABLE 'OF CONTENT S Preface About the Author Introduction The Yea r 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 Bibliography 1 8 15 22 30 38 iv vi i v .

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geographic locations are used to introduce each entry to enable the reader to locate the even t with greater ease . The heading "USMC" is used when an even t affected the Marine Corps in its entirety . Through out this chronology.INTRODUCTIO N This chronology was produced as a ready reference t o Marine Corps activities during 1965-1969 when the Unite d States was deeply involved in the war in Vietnam . vii .

The battalion replaced BLT 3/2 which had been deployed there since September 1964 .) VIETNAM---Marine helicopters carrying South Vietnamese forces to the northern coastal section were fired upon by insurgent small arms fire . News.) 1 9-12 Jan 19 Jan 25 Jan 1 Feb1 Mar 8 Feb 12 Feb9 Mar 14 Feb 15-16 Feb . no . arrived at Da Nang . v .Y . (Gazette. About 25. The present strength was 188. forces and installations. (Early Bird. (Globe. N . Operation SILVER LANCE. 8th Marines. . XLIX. 15 Feb 1965. (Scout. 4 . -1b . v . May 1965. p . 49. 23.000 Marines from Hawaii and the West Coast and 20. There was no damage to the aircraft . under the command of Brigadier General Frederick L .) CONUS---Operation SNOWFEX-65 was held at Camp Drum. Quang Tin.) VIETNAM---American involvement in Vietnam deepened as 88 Viet Cong guerrillas were killed in scattered incidents by Marine and Army helicopter gunners . p .' 1965-1969 1965 7 Jan OKINAWA---The personnel of the 2d Battalion. p . v . v . no . (Gazette. Karch. Times. Marine Fighter Squadron (VMF) 232 was redesignated Marine Fighter (All Weather) Squadron 232 .The battalion was equipped with Hawk surface-to-air missiles . 29C .CONUS---The largest war game to be conducted since World War II. (Naval Review. (Early Bird. p . The exercise included an amphibious landing by a force of 20. (Leatherneck. 1 .500 men.) CONUS---Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 3/8 departed Camp Lejeune. no .) VIETNAM---It was announced that two battalions of Marines.000 . This was the largest Marine Corps East Coast cold weather training exercise since the 1940s . 8 Jan 1965.000 sailors participated in the operation . The Viet Cong were killed in Binh Dinh. 21 Jan 1965. 1965-1969 VOLUME By GABRIELLE 14 . Marine gunners in the helicopters returned the fire . and Quang Nam provinces . 4. Marine Transport/ Refueler Squadron (VMGR) 252. S .) USMC---The planned strength of the Marine Corps for 30 June 1966 was to be 193. N . Early Bird.49. 21. 3. California as a transplacement battalion for the 3d Battalion. The 3d Battalion.) VIETNAM---A force of two battalions was stationed on board ships off the coast of South Vietnam ready to intervene if the Viet Cong began new attacks on American installations . 1 . N . 1968. NEUFELD IV The United States Marine Corps. North Carolina for a three month deployment to the Caribbean area . p .5 . Vinh Binh. (Gazette. 16 Feb 1965. 3d Marines of the 3d Marine Division on Okinawa . 21 Jan 1965. S .Y . p . Taking part in this month-long exercise were the 1st Battalion. Apr 1965. 4. 1.) CONUS---Secretary of State Dean Rusk said that the American Marines that were deployed to Vietnam would shoot back if they were shot at. Wash . Apr 1965.) USMC---In another step toward all weather capability for Marine Corps (VMF(AW) squadrons. Times. 9 Feb 1965. 1968. (Early Bird.) VIETNAM---Following several Viet Cong attacks on U . and Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 265 . 9th Marines. 1 . no . (Globe. p . no . (1965). 4 . A CHRONOLOGY OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. no .000 Marines . (FOF. but their primary mission was the security of the Da Nang air base . about 3. p . 21. 61 . 9 Feb 1965. 3d Marine Division became the first U . Apr 1965. Journal American. VIETNAM--Units of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (9th MEB). p . p . 49. Unit File .Y .495 . p . 17 . ground combat unit to land in Vietnam . took place at Camp Pendleton. 5. v . 3. v .Mar 8 Mar . 1 Mar 6 Mar 7 . 2 . p .) . no . (Naval Review. p . 4 . The squadron just completed the transition from F8B to F8D Crusaders . 4 . 3 . were to be deployed to the Republic of Vietnam at the request of the Saigon government . California .3d Mar Div . New York . 1 . v . p . 1st Marines sailed from San Diego. President Johnson ordered the deployment of the 1st Light Anti-Aircraft Missile (LAAM) Battalion to the Da Nang area .

91. 3d Marines arrived at Phu Bai where a communications facility and an airport were located . 9. p . (Globe. 10 . 21.500 Marines onboard comprising the 6th Marine Expeditionary Unit . (Leatherneck. S . was conducted with nearly 3. (Gazette.500 Marines from the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade from Camp Lejeune and Cherry . 8 . no . was instructed to provide security around the U . 49. • v .) DOM REP--The situation in the Dominican Republic deteriorated to such an extent that the leader of the military junta requested the landing of U . p . the JCS directed the landing of the remaining elements of the 6th MEU including tanks and Ontos . Bragg. 10 . This operation was 'named BARREL BOTTOM . The purpose of the exercise was to test tactical concepts in joint operations by an actual amphibious landing and airborne assault . 18 . no . 49. v . v . (USNIP. 22 Apr 1965. 3/4 from Hawaii. a combined counterinsurgency exercise in Thailand . (USNIP. Army rebels attempted an armed coup to reinstall ex-President Juan Bosch . Jr . p . North Carolina to relieve BLT 1/2 as landing force for the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean area . Post. The battalion had been participating in Exercise JUNGLE DRUM III. 12. 10. Aug 1965.) 2 . v . v . 91. 14. (US'NIP. Sergeant Major Sweet was the fourth Marine to be named to this senior enlisted billet since its establishment in 1957 . McC . 1965 20 Mar CONUS--Battalion Landing Team 2/8 from Camp Lejeune. Fierce fighting broke out between Air Force and Navy elements and'pro-Bos'ch supporters . p .) VIEQUES---Exercise QUICK KICK VII. (Globe. landed in the polo field just west of the lo~te Embajador in Santo Domingo .) VIETNAM---Marine Composite Reconnaissance Squadron (VMCJ) 1 arrived at Da Nang . Review. At the same time. McHugh as Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps . Tompkins. no . p .) 27 Apr DOM REP---Helicopters from HMM-264 evacuated 556 American citizens from Haina. to the ships Boxer and Raleigh . North Carolina . Embassy and to prolives .) VIETNAM. 18 Mar 1965. Sep 1'965. the first unit ashore. then 'requested that Marines be landed to protect a large group of Americans in downtown Santo Domingo and to guard the embassy . 12. 6th Marines from the Boxer. 40 . 10 ) VIETNAM---Another Marine battalion. (Wash . 3 .) 22 Mar10 Apr 29 Mar 2 Apr 11 Apr 12 Apr 14 Apr 17 Apr 22 Apr 25 Apr 26 Apr DOM REP---Ships from the Caribbean Amphibious Ready Group led by the' USS Boxer arrived off the coast of the Dominican Republic . These ships had 1. v . I . no . The bombing caused heavy damage and many casualties .) DOM REP---The by helicopter The battalion tect American 3d. Sep 1965. 22 Apr 1965. Aug 1965. p . P 1 ) VIETNAM---Marine Embassy guards did an excellent job in restoring order and maintaining security after a bomb exploded outside the U . (Evening Star. Dec 1965.) USMC---Sergeant Major Herbert J . (Gazette. (Naval Review. "Ubique" by MajGen R . 36 . p . 8. v . p .000 . 29 . Dec 1965. no . 1968. (Gazette. Shortly after this. 91. S . 10 . (Bkgd Pnfo SE Asia a'nd VN. p . Sweet was named to succeed Sergeant Major Thomas J . "Ubique" by MajGen~R . no . Tompkins. Mc'C . no .Marines fought with Communist guerrillas twice during an eight hour patrol in a valley near Da Nang air base in their first extended clash with the enemy . Mar 1965.. Tapley Bennett. Marines . 1 . (Dom Diary. Gazette.'p . a joint field amphibious and airborne exercise. 1968. Dec 1 65. 8 Apr 1965. USNIP. p . -(Dom Diary. Battalion. nationals following the resignation of President Reid Cabral . p .'44 . 3.p . a small Navy port seven miles west of Santo Domingo. XLIX. Embassy in Saigon . 42 . Naval . United States Ambassador W' . no .) DOM REP---Dominican Navy and Air Force Officers formed a military junta against the pro-Bosch rebels with the promise of free elections in the fall .) DOM REP---Six United States ships were ordered to remain off the coast of the Dominican Republic in the event it became necessary to evacuate U . p . Dec 1965.)VIETNAM---Battalion Landing Team 2/3 landed at Red Beach Two at Da Nang .p . S . 36 . v . n•o . p .) 27 Apr 28 Apr 28 Apr 29 Apr DOM REP---The Joint Chiefs of Staff authorized the landing of 500 additional troops in Santo Domingo . 49. and Army paratroopers from Ft . p . no . 9. 34 . Point. (Naval Review. 12. 1968. This brought the number of Marines in Vietnam to more than 8.S . 91. 1 . 12. 21. no . The squadron operated in support of the Seventh Fleet and the USAF 2d Air Division . . 620 more evacuees boarded landing'sh'ips docked at the port . v . v . 1 . landed at Hue/Phu Bai relieving a reinforced company of 2/3 .) VIETNAM---A reinforced company from the 2d Battalion. This operation saw the first helicopter assault landing of Marines in the Republic of Vietnam . 20 . 49. v . p .

) VIETNAM---Elements of the 3d . arrived in Da Nang to assume command of Marine forces . dated 15 Jun 1965 . (Naval Review. p .) DOM REP---There were 15. Sep 1965. 12 . p . p . 1 . (Naval Review. Collins as Commanding General of III MAF and the 3d Marine Division . 1 . p ..8. General Walt had been the director of the Landing Force Development Center. the major phase of the Dominican crisis ended when a military truce was put into effect . 30 Apr 30 Apr 1 May 1 May 3 May 3 May6 May 6 May 7 May 7 May 11 May VIETNAM---The Le My co . set up roadblocks near the embassy where snipers had opened fire the previous night .000 Army personnel.500 soldiers in the Dominican Republic . 286 .000 Marines could be withdrawn . 196. seven miles away. Two other Marines were captured. 1968. North Carolina . MAB landed on the beach at Chu Lai .2 . 6th Marines . 13 . p .) DOM REP---After a meeting between rebel leaders and McGeorge Bundy. 1 . Embassy . (Gazette. A pilot model civic action program was begun after the 400 civilians were liberated from Viet Cong control . 7 May 1965. Post. Post 1 May 1965.) VIETNAM---Major General William R . 1 . 61065 . advance through heavy opposition . Collins.500 Marines from Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point. v . v . (Naval Review.eight miles northwest of Da Nang was searched and cleared by three companies of the 2d Battalion. Post. 12 May 17 May 24 May 25 May 26 May 30 May 31 May 3 . 5. 4 Jul 1965. conditions had improved to the extent that an (Wash .) DOM REP---After the arrival of 200 Brazilian soldiers. died at New Castle. Three days later. but were later released by the rebels . Quantico.) (Naval Review. (Wash . . 3d Marines . while approaching the'coast of the Republic of Vietnam. p . This ended the amphibious operation and the 3d Marine Amphibious Brigade was dissolved and its units joined III MAF . 1 . 10 . p . 36 . The 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade. 1968.. (Herald Examiner.) DOM REP---Four Marines were killed and one other was wounded by rebel machine gun fire in the ambush of a medical convoy in downtown Santo Domingo . Commanding General. p . 286 . 1965 30 Apr DOM REP---Marines entered the center of Santo Domingo to seal off the U . Virginia . for the Inter-American Peace Force. 2 Jun 1965. (Wa's . p . 23. (Dom Diary. p .) VIETNAM--Major General Lewis W . 1.700 American Marines and 2.000 Air Force personHundreds more were in reserve on _ships offshore . nel in the Dominican Republic . Collins . 30 Apr 1965. the Marines .) CONUS---General Thomas Holcomb. The MEB had a combat force of more than 5. 3d Marine Division. One Marine was killed and three were wounded when rebels opened fire on Marines as they prepared to move out from Checkpoint Charlie at Avenida Presendente Rios and Calle San Juan Bosco .500 Marines. Was also redesignated to the 3d Marine Amphibious Brigade (3d MAB) . 2d MarDiv News Release No . the first Marine officer to attain three and four star ranks and the 17th Commandant of the Marine Corps. This was the first Marine ship's detachment deployed under arms since the summer of 1945 . Presidential Assistant for National Security Affairs. the 9th MEB was disestablished and the III Marine Expeditionary Force . 13 . Special Report. 9. (USS Newport News Ship's Detachment Command Chronology. was deployed by sea and air to the Dominican Republic . McC .mplex. 21. p .) DOM REP---There were 1. Marines of BLT 3/6 began reloading on board the USS Boxer . p .) VIETNAM---The III Marine Expeditionary Force was redestignated to III Marine Amphibious Force (III MAF) under the command of Major General William R . Tompkins . was established as senior Marine echelon . 1 . p . (Herald Examiner. Leaving the staging area at the Hotel Embajador. 1968. no . p .x) DOM REP---The Marine Detachment of the USS Newport News landed to occupy the University of Santo Domingo and was attached to the 1st Battalion. (Dom Diary. 28 May 1965. and 1. (Naval Review. (Geog File--Dominican Republic. 30 Apr 1965. "Ubique" by MajGen R . Walt arrived at Da Nang to relieve Major General William R . Delaware . S . The United States forces were attempting to set up an international safety zone in the city .) additional 2.) DOM REP---Two Marines -were killed in a block by block .) VIETNAM---Battalion Landing Team 3/3 came ashore at Chu Lai .) DOM REP---The 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade . 49. 1 . 1968. 1968.h . p . (Naval Review. no .) DOM REP---Marines continued to move through the streets of.. p .) CONUS---President Johnson announced that although the situation in the Dominican Republic continued to be serious. 10 . (Scout. (Sunday Star. Santo Domingo .

p .500 Marines in Vietnam with the total number of American military personnel over the 50.) VIETNAM---The Chu Lai airfield was officially opened with the arrival of eight A-4 "Skyhawks" from Cubi Point. 49. no . Krulak assumed overall command as Commanding General. 1968. Jr . v . Two Marines were killed and 19 wounded . North Carolina from the Dominican Republic .)) VIETNAM--Battalion Landing Team 3/7. Lieutenant General Victor H .) USMC---Seventy graduates of a class of 806 at the U . El Toro.) CONUS---A Vietnam-bound military transport crashed in the Santa Ana Mountains after taking off from MCAS. and 3 missing in action .) VIETNAM---The 1st Battalion. . 9th Marines landed at Da Nang to relieve the 3d Battalion. 13 . five companies of Marines killed 79 Viet Cong in the heaviest action for the Marines since they landed in Vietnam in March . Naval Academy accepted commissions in the Marine Corps . Post. S . During the series of fire fights. This completed the return of the major . 2 Jul 1965. no . 43 . p . 1968. California . p . (MS--Acad Grads in USMC . (Naval Review. (Naval Review.) 9 Jun 17 Jun 25 Jun Jul 1 Jul 1 Jul 1 Jul 4 Jul 7 Jul 4 . ) VIETNAM---Three aircraft were destroyed and three damaged when a Viet Cong demolitions squad got onto the flight line on the east side' of the runway at Da Nang and opened fire on the south end of the field with mortar fire . (Wash . p . Air Force Academy also accepted commissions in the Marine Corps . 4 . p . p . no . p . Commandant of the Marine Corps. (Scout. 508C . 23. v . 1968. 4 . 1 . Fleet Marine Force. .) USMC---Marine Corps casualties resulting from actions by hostile forces from 1 January 1961 through 5 June 1965 were 29 killed. S . 23.000 mark . arrived in Da Nang from Okinawa .) VIETNAM---The 9th Marines regimental headquarters and the 2d Battalion.) USMC---Lieutenant General Richard C .) 7 Jun 8 Jun VIETNAM---There were more than 16. p . v . 4 Jul 1969. p . Philippine Islands . no . V.) CONUS---Battalion Landing Team 1/6 arrived at Camp Lejeune. 26. (1965). v . Aug 1965. p . 8 . 61065. (US Into VN. North Carolina from the Dominican Republic . v . (Gazette. 1968. Naval Review. numbering approximately 2. Daily News. 2 . p . (Gazette. . went ashore at Qui Nhon . The battalion was supported by HMM-163 . (Naval Review. 9th Marines. Six graduates of the U . FMFPac . 15 .) USMC---General Wallace M . 1965 1 Jun VIETNAM---For the first time a Short Airfield for Tactical Support (SATS) was used in a war zone after Marines laid down a new. Seventy-two Marines were killed in the crash . The 1st Battalion assumed the responsibility for the close-in security of Da Nang air base . 156 wounded. 11 . 4 Jun 1965. Nine Marines died and 30 were wounded in the fighting there . 15 . 16 . This consolidation would integrate more closely Marine ground and aviation components' and simplify command structure and relations . military command in South Vietnam was authorized to send American troops into combat alongside Vietnamese forces upon the request of the South Vietnamese government .) VIETNAM--The 2d Battalion. Marines battered the enemy on the ground and from the air . announced the combining of the Corps' two major Pacific Commands. p . The skyhawks were from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223 and VMA-311 . Military Academy and two from the U . 27.. Fleet Marine Force.100 . (Naval Review. It relieved BLT 3/7 which returned to the Seventh Fleet ships as the SLF . S . 24. Pacific (AirFMFPac) . (Gazette. (FOF. (Sea Tiger. (Wash . 1 . 16 .) VIETNAM---The U .) 1 Jun 2 Jun 3 Jun 4 Jun 5 Jun 6 Jun CONUS---Marines began returning to Camp Lejeune. (Bkgd Info SE Asia and VN. 7. p . 9th Marines which sailed for Okinawa .units deployed from the 2d Marine Division . 49.) CONUS---President Johnson ordered the withdrawal of all remaining Marines in the Dominican Republic. 1968. 1 . 6. p . There were 20 dead from causes other than hostile fire . 7th Marines arrived in Vietnam to provide security and defend the Army's logistical build-up at Qui Nhon . During the attack on the field one airman was killed and three Marines were wounded . S . no . Pacific (FMFPac) and Aircraft. Jun l965. the Seventh Fleet's Special Landing Force. p . 232 . (Geog File--Dominican Republic. v . p . 6 Jun 1965.) VIETNAM---In the Da Nang and Phu Bai areas. 1 . (Scout. Mangrum became Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps durin ceremonies at Headquarters Marine Corps . (US Into VN. Jul 1965. p . 24 Jun 1966. Greene. 42 . no . 49. p. 3 . 2d MarDiv News Release No . air strip at Chu Lai .

XLIX. (San Diego Union. 1968. 1st Marine Division landed in Vietnam . (N . 1 . 1968. 4. S . p . who was commanding officer of the Marine Barracks at Oahu. 3 Sep 1965. 46 . 1968.000 additional men authorized • for the Marine . which was designed to prevent the rice harvest from falling into Viet Cong hands . Corps without an increase in instructors and existing facilities. 8. p . battled with (Gazette. the lst Marine Divsion left Camp Pendleton to . 3 Sep 1965.400 Marines from Marine Aircraft Group 36 began landing at Chu Lai . 17 . three medium helicopter units. 16 .000 men. 38 . p .) : VIETNAM---The 9th Marines began Operation'GOLDEN FLEECE. 3 Sep 1965. v . over 700 of the enemy had been killed after Marines (Naval 'Review. III MAF . 15 Aug 1965.lef-t Camp Pendleton for the Far East .) 5 4 Se'p 7 Sep . battle since the Korean War .000 and additional troops would be sent as they were needed .) next four months . Although Marine recruiting had been encouraging. 1965. 16 . p . (Naval Review. 11. p'.) VIETNAM---Secretary of Defense Robert S . and observation aircraft . 24 . 8 Jul 1965. (Wash . Post. on a sweep operation three miles southwest of Da Nang. Jul 1965. p .000-man buildfollowing week. 8 Sep 1965.) CONUS---About 15. 125. 1968.) compulsory extensions of service for regular Marine' Corps personnel were USMC---Briefy put into effect by the Navy'Department to meet the growing demands of the war in Vietnam . Marine landings involved an 8. USMC ( . III MAF launched Operation STARLITE. killing 48 . 18-19 .i n `Vietnam to Naval Review.000 more American troops would be sent to Vietnam almost immediately . 1 . forming' the main body of the 1st Marine Division. p . p . 1965 8 Jul Within the VIETNAM---More Marines were landed from Navy ships at Da Nang and Qui Nhon . p . Nov 1965.) 11 Jul 13 Jul 18 Jul 28 Jul 10 Aug 14 Aug 14 Aug 15 Aug 18 Aug23 Aug 1 Sep 1 Sep 2 Sep 2 Sep 'CONUS---Another 1. p . p . on his sixth fact-finding trip to Vietnam. (Naval Review.) USMC---The Marine Corps announced that it would probably have to start drafting men in January .) USMC---In an effort to process the 30. Labor Day crowds at the New York World's Fair . Volunteers increased 20 percent in August over July . These troops were needed to meet the growing commitments in the Vietnamese conflict . This order affected 12. VIETNAM---Regimental Landing Team 7.'S . the Marines"set up cordons and used small-unit patrols and night ambushes . p ..'49.100 . Sun. McAlister . 24 . General McAlister took part in seven campaigns in World War II and was wounded in action' in Korea .) USMC---The Marine Corps was authorized 30. 3 Sep period would not diminish the combat effectiveness of recruits . Thousands of Marines made airborne and amphibious landings in an effort to trap the Viet Cong . died . visited the Vietnamese I Corps and. Sun. Five Marines were killed and 17 wounded . (Naval Review. 12 Cong sniper fire . At the end of the four-day operation. p .000 more men to bring its total strength to 223. This increase provided three new battalions and two helicopter training squadrons .Y . 1 . McNamara. the first regimental-sized U'. (Evening Star. 12 .) VIETNAM=-'-About 1. 200 Viet Cong. Balt . the recruit train-' time was reduced from 12 to 8 weeks . 2 Sep USMC---Major General Francis M . p .. This reinforcement included a heavy helicopter unit. 1968. p . Bird. more men would be needed for .) CONUS---President Johnson announced 50. Leatherneck. 54 .) Regiment of some 2.000 men had moved VIETNAM---After learning that the 1st Viet Cn into prepared positions on the Van Tuong Peninsula. 5 Sep 1965.100 men from. 3 . Times. v . closed off all possible escape routes inland from the peninsula .) VIETNAM---A Marine patrol 10 miles southwest of the Da Nang air base came under Viet Two Marines were killed and four were wounded': (Bait . 19 . no .600 Marines were landed . Hawaii during 'the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.Mari'ne Corps Drum and Bugle Corps and Drill Team entertained.) CONUS---The .Y . N .Y . no . g rowing commitments in Vietnam (N . (Early up which brought American military strength in Vietnam to almost 60. World's Fair officials designated the day as Salute to Marines Day . All . This would bring U . p . p . Aug 1965.000 troops . 7 . To this end.Daily News. 10 . had . (US Into VN. p . The number of 1st Marine Division Marines (San Diego Union.Y . subsequent operations by III MAF to'protect the rice harvest were named GOLDEN FLEECE . military stren t h .) ' VIETNAM---Marines.000 Marines whose tours' of duty expired within the (Early Bird. World Telegram. .) at Camp Pendleton was now reduced to 4. It was felt that'the shorter training (N .Retired). join the main part of 'the division in the Far East .000 men . Times. 19 . 5 Sep 1965.

p . Balt . 1 . 2 . 183 Viet Cong were killed by U .) VIETNAM---Marines from the Seventh Fleet suffered no casualties in heavy fighting with Communist guerrillas . About 28 Viet Cong were killed and 28 captured during the amphibious offensive . Greene. (Gazette. Post.) VIETNAM---Operation DAGGER THRUST I began on a peninsula south of Qui Nhon . 21. said that Marines were receiving intensive training in . p . (Early Bird. 1 . (Early Bird. 49.) USMC---The draft call for December was put at 45.000 additional men authorized for the Corps by March 1966 . said that due to an increase in enlistments the Corps may be able to eliminate part of its draft call . (Globe. Marines and Greek Army forces took part in an amphibious assault on the coast of Thrace . Nov 1965. p . v . 'One survivor reported that the guerrillas placed live ducks over their heads for camouflage . 28 Sep 1965. v .) VIETNAM---Operation PIRANHA began on the Batangan Peninsula where a build-up of Viet Cong was supposed to be taking place . Fleet Marine Force. 1968.) VIETNAM---Marine patrol was ambushed near Da Nang by an estimated 150 to 200 Viet Cong . The Marines destroyed Communist bunkers and tunnels and then returned to their ships . v . p . no . p . 40. Gazette.) USMC---General Wallace M . Lieutenant Colonel Leon Utter. p . (Early Bird. 37.A . Oct 1965. 10. . Marines would be assigned on an individual basis to Western Pacific duty for 13 months to 2 years . The battle casualty rate was well below expectations and there was much less disease . 4 Oct 1965. p . 27 Oct 1965.Y .) VIETNAM---The hospital rate for Marines in South Vietnam was much lower than in other wars according to Navy medical officers . 16 Sep 1965.024 men . Chicago Daily News. 19 . Ten of the 13 members of the patrol were killed or wounded . Turkish. p . Times. San Diego Union. 2 .3 . . p . . the Marine Corps decided to drop its rotation system of infantry battalions to the Far East . 375G . J'%. 2 . p .2/7.) CONUS---Battalion Landing Team 3/2 from Camp Lejeune. 8 Sep 1965. and one month on leave .) VIETNAM---The 1st Battalion. This was the first of a series of amphibious raids along the coast of II CTZ conducted by Seventh Fleet Marines . Landing three days before.y helicopters and amphibious vehicles . It relieved BLT 2/6 which had been conducting training operations there since June .224 men by the Department of Defense . Wash . 1 .that the Marines would commit atrocities . and Greek forces participated in Exercise DEEP FURROW which was designed to throw back any aggression on NATO countries . Sun. Times. 13 months overseas.. 1 . Chicago Tribune.Early Bird. 1'9'65 7 Sep VIETNAM---Marines used tear gas near Qui Nhon to remove South Vietnamese women and children from caves where Viet Cong suspects were believed to be hiding . Sun. 1st Marines began using portable generators to smoke the Viet Cong out of their underground hiding places . felt that this was the best method of getting them out without injury . Marines and another 66 Viet Cong were killed by South Vietnamese Marines . (FOF. p . Marines were carried from Seventh Fleet shipping to the shore b . 24 Sep 1965. Commandant of the Marine Corps.) 6 7 Sep 13 Sep 15 Sep 21 Sep25 Sep 22 Sep 23 Sep 25 Sep26 Sep 30 Sep Oct 4 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 14 Oct 26 Oct . the commanding officer of the battalion. no .) VIETNAM---Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge visited the village of Le My . Marines swept the Viet Cong from a peninsula 60 miles northwest of Qui Nhon . 5 Oct 1965. 1 .) FAR EAST---Due to heavy commitments in Vietnam. p . v . Commanding General. At the end of the three day operation. Krulak. Sun. 2 . (L . (Early Bird. (1965). These generators force nontoxic smoke into tunnels and caves.) VIETNAM---Lieutenant General Victor B . ( . Under the new system. The Marines defeated a large Viet Cong band in a joint amphibious operation with South Vietnamese Marines who were helilifted into the area . 7 Oct 1965. Balt . (Early Bird.. p . These battalions were rotating on a 30-month basis--15 months stateside duty. 3 . 11. the Marine Corps was to receive 5. S . 21.) CONUS---Battalion Landing Team 1/2 left Camp Lejeune for athree month deployment to the Caribbean . North Carolina boarded ships at Morehead City for a five month deployment in the Mediterranean area . (Early Bird. (Naval Review. (Early Bird. during DAGGER THRUST III. Balt . Marines learned about counterinsurgency situations during the banana wars of the 1920s in Latin America and were putting these lessons-to good use in Vietnam . civic action for Vietnam . 21 Sep 1965. 1 . p . 1 . 3d Marines played a vital role in winning this village back for the South Vietnamese government through its civic action program . p . 23 Sep 1965. (Early Bird. N . (Globe. no .) MEDITERRANEAN---United States.'29 . They were hiding there because the Viet Cong told them . General Greene said he hoped to have all of the 30. Pacific. 14 Sep 1965. 49. no . Sun. p . 3 Oct 1965. forcing out the Viet Cong and pinpointing possible escape routes . one month in transit. Balt . The 2d Battalion.

p . Balt . During th . no . 23 . During the Korean War. 1968. p . 38 . (Leatherneck. p . (Early Bird. p . v . 1 . no . under control of . p . This unit. 22. 1.) MEDITERRANEAN---Marines from Battalion Landing Team 3/2 began five days of counterguerrilla training exercises when they landed at Aranci Bay on the northern end of Sardinia . p . the Marine Corps restricted overseas duty to those 18 or over . pall . Defense Secretary Robert S . 2 .280 men of which 8.Early Bird. 6 Jan 1966. 1.) 5 Nov 7 Nov 9 Nov 10 Nov 10 Nov 28 Nov 3 Dec 5 Dec 8 Dec 9 Dec 27 Dec 30 Dec 7 . p . Sun. which began in the area between Da Nang-and Chu Lai . 7 . 28 Dec 1965. 16 . 1 . no . .'famed war correspondent and photographer. at Qui Nhon in preparation for Operation BLUE MARLIN .) USMC---Because of an increase in enlistments the Marine Corps cancelled its December .The.) VIETNAM---Marines landing from the Seventh Fleet attacked a Viet Cong coastal stronghold 30 miles north of Qui Nhon during DAGGER THRUST V .) USMC---At the request of the Marine Corps. the 7. p .th Marines . Balt . (Globe.) VIETNAM---Battalion Landing Team 2/7 boarded ships of Task Group. v .) VIETNAM---Secretary of Defense McNamara met with Major' General Lewis W . V.024 men . 10 Nov 1965. 1968.3. draft call for 5. 1. 1 . (FOF. (. Members of the French Foreign Legion acted as the enemy as Marines stormed ashore in amphibian tractors . base after a short-lived-Christmas truce . Sun. During the week-long operation. (Naval Review. Marines accounted for over 300 Viet Cong dead and captured 50 tons of rice . The Marines took only light. 22. 1965 4 Nov VIETNAM---Dickey Chapelle. e landing.the Army in II CTZ. McNamara barred youths of 17 from duty in South Vietnam . (Early Bird. Inquirer.76 . began north of Chu Lai . Phil . the first combined American and Vietnamese''Marine amphibious landing against Communist forces. 6 Dec 1965. Walt and was advised by General Walt that the number of Marine infantry battalions should be increased from 12 to 18 and the fighter/attack squadrons increased to eight .'no . Apr 1966. was killed near Chu Lai while covering 'the Marines during Operation BLACK FERRET . 4. returned to its parent organization.) VIETNAM---Operation BLUE MARLIN. p .) VIETNAM---Thousands of Marines took part in Operation HARVEST MOON. casualties . L. .' V . (Globe. Bait . (1965).980 would go to the Marine Corps . p .0'Nov 1965. 20 . (FOF. 449C .) VIETNAM--. 31 Dec 1965. They had been overrun on the evening of 16 December . This was an attempt to destroy the source of major Communist attacks in the past months . 415E .) MEDITERRANEAN---Battalion Landing Team 3/2 took part in an assault exercise with French Commandos at Santa Monza. p . (Naval Review. v . (Da Nang Press Trends. 1 . Sun. (1965). which had been operating. 3 Jan 1969. 14 enemy troops were killed and enemy installations were destroyed . Corsica . (Sea Tiger. p and eight Vietnamese troops were found in shallow cold blood by North Vietnamese troops . 20 Jan 1966. 3.) USMC---The January draft call was placed at 38.bodies of three Marines graves after they had been executed in had been captured after their position (Early Bird.) VIETNAM---Marines killed 63 Viet Cong in skirmishes around the Da Nang air .

8 Feb 1966." (Early Bird. no . all-out effort may be necessary to end the war . 17T CONUS---The former director of Women Marines. San Diego Union. California . 3. (Sea Tiger. 3. 1 . Greene. 8 Jan 1966. visited Marines and other U . United States forces recently encountered similar situations in the Caribbean . (Early Bird. v .000 operations a month from squad size on up . 1 . 14 . 20 Jan 1966. (Scout. said that a massive. 12 . no . a search and clear mission. announced that the Marine Corps had no plans for calling up the reserves at the present time. 28 Jan 1966. p . Greene. 2. 27 . (Early Bird. 18 Jan 1966. 1966 Jan CONUS---The deployment of the 1st Marine Division to Vietnam was approved following Secretary of Defense McNamara's visit to CinCPac in November . which had been on duty in the Far East since August. the Marine Corps hired 117 civilians at Camp Pendleton. Greene. General Greene added that this would presuppose a united front at home and awareness of America's own security requirements in Southeast Asia . 18 Jan 1966. Wash .) CONUS---The Defense Department sent out a draft call for 22. SARDINIA---Marines of Battalion Landing Team 3/2 began a week of field training . p . Balt . The squadron was formerly based at El Toro. Post. N . Balt . and Lieutenant General Victor H . (Early Bird. no .) CONUS---Upon his return from an inspection of the forces in Vietnam. but that the Marines were taking every possible step to .) CUBA---The 2d Battalion. Armed Forces in Vietnam .500 . Da Nang Press Trends. was conducted in the area south of Da Nang by elements of the 4th Marines . 16 . p . 5.) VIETNAM---Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314. 1968. The Marine Corps replaced 2. v .) 1 Jan 3 Jan15 Jan 6 Jan 7 Jan 7 Jan 9 Jan 14 Jan 15 Jan 17 Jan 20 Jan 27 Jan 28 Jan 28 Jan 28 Jan17 Feb 31 Jan 7 Feb 8 . Jr . (Early Bird. III. Colonel Margaret M . Henderson. 5 . Commanding General Fleet Marine Force. a major Atlantic Fleet exercise . 1.) CONUS---General Wallace M . v . Total Marine Corps strength was approximately 214.000 servicemen with 60. p .500 civilians in jobs previously filled by military personnel. v . retired at the Recruit Depot.500 civilians . Sun. S . San Diego Union. announced that Marine Corps draftees were "making first rate Marines .000 U .800 (Early Bird. 1 . Sun . (Globe. 4 Jan 1967. (Naval Review. (Early Bird. p . The Marine Corps was to receive 5. no . Jr .000 men . 21 Jan 1966. v . Jr . p . 4 Jan 1967. (Globe. General Wallace M . bring the reserves to the highest state of readiness . 8th Marines was reduced in strength and deployed to the Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay to become the nucleus of the ground defense force there . no . Jr . 2. was deployed to Da Nang .) military with 2. p . Sardinia . 10 Jan 1966. 4 . Balt . 14 Jan 1966.) USMC---About two-thirds of the Marine Corps' combat forces were deployed in the Far East.) CONUS---Under Secretary of Defense McNamara's plan to replace 75. Greene. Forces in the Western Pacific and Vietnam . 1. p . 1 .Y . Sun. when they launched an amphibious landing exercise at Porto Scudo.) USMC---Marines numbered approximately 38.000-man Marine Corps division to add to the three divisions currently in the Corps . Balt .. Puerto Rico for FIREX-66. 1 . This was the biggest amphibious landing since the Korean War and the largest sustained operation conducted in Vietnam by the Marine Corps to date . 2 . stated that more Marines would be sent to Vietnam . Mediterranean. 3. Well over a division was in Vietnam and ba talions were rotated between Vietnam and Okinawa . p . 4 Feb 1966. Sun. p . 3 .) CONUS---President Johnson requested additional funds to activate another 18. General Krulak said Marines in Vietnam had been conducting more than 3.500 of the 181. (1966 MC Cal of Events .) CARIBBEAN---The 10th Marines arrived at Vieques. 22. Jr .900 men in March . and Caribbean . (Early Bird. Further battalions were needed to maintain this rotation and provide a reserve in the United States . (Sea Tier. Commandant of the Marine Corps.) USMC---General Wallace M . Pacific. 13 . (Sea Ti er. 18 Feb 1966. no . 22. p . p .. Times.) CONUS---During a closed session hearing of the House Armed Services Committee. California . p . p . v . p . Krulak.) USMC---General Wallace M . 24. California . General Wallace M . San Diego.) VIETNAM---Operation DOUBLE EAGLE. p . 1 . S . (Early Bird. This exercise familiarized the Marines with procedures of evacuating civilians from hostile areas . Wall Street Journal . Greene. p . 28 Jan 1966. 3 . 20 Jan 1966.

p . 1 .000 troops took part in the largest winter maneuver held to date by NATO . 30 .) CONUS---Battalion Landing Team 1/8 left Camp Lejeune.' Sea Tiger. General Walt consulted with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was nominated to the rank of lieutenant general by the President . 2. v . 1968. p . 1. 1968. 29 . 5 Jan 1967. p . (Unit File . the joint force defeated a North Vietnamese infantry regiment during a fierce four-day battle . (Early Bird. no . Marines killed 149 Viet Cong as they swept through the area north of Quang Ngai .) VIETNAM---Operation UTAH began southwest of Chau Nhai in Quang Ngai Province when Marine helicopters landed the ARVN 1st Airborne Battalion . 1st Marines. (Windsock. no .) VIETNAM---Force Logistic Command was activated at Da Nang to provide for the expanding needs of III MAF . The exercise was designed to increase proficiency in joint amphibious and airborne operations and to perfect coordination and communications between participating forces . General Walt indicated that Operation DOUBLE EAGLE could have been much more successful if he . 1 . 8. Joined by Marines from the 2d Battalion.Y . was conducted at Camp Lejeune. 6. The VC there were threatening to block the channel to Saigon by mining a ship . v . 15 . p . 22. p . Over 10. v . no . 11. 22. 9. Times 23 Feb 1966. 1 . The Viet Cong suffered 23 killed and 9 captured . (Concise History of USMC. the pacification effort in I Corps suffered greatly . (Naval Review. (Leatherneck. (Sea Tiger.) VIETNAM---The Seventh Fleet SLF conducted a surface and helicopter assault against Viet Cong forces operating in the Rung Sat Special Zone in Operation JACKSTAY . p . 17 Mar 1966. 103 . CLOVE HITCH I. 15 .) 21 Feb 27 Feb 28 Feb 1 Mar 1 Mar 1 Mar 4 Mar7 Mar 6 Mar 8 Mar17 Mar 10 Mar 10 Mar 10 Mar30 Jun 15 Mar1 Apr 20 Mar23 Mar 20 Mar23 Mar 26 Mar7 Apr 9 . (Naval Review. p . S . p . 6th Marines took part in a NATO exercise WINTER EXPRESS inside the Arctic Circle .) NORWAY---Marines from the 3d Battalion. (Seventh Fleet Amphibious Operations. p . p .Y . no . 10. 4th Marines. p . The division. 29 Mar 1966. v . Political normalcy did not return until the end of June . 1st Marines went to the aid of a Vietnamese Army (ARVN) Battalion that was hard pressed by a Viet Cong force . Thirteen Viet Cong were reported killed . 25. 1966 10 Feb VIETNAM---Major General Lewis W .26th Marines . v . North Carolina . v . California . 3 . Walt left Da Nang for a month's temporary duty in Washington . 7th Marines. (Globe. Sixth Fleet .) CONUS---The ceiling on the number of lieutenant generals in the Marine Corps was raised by President Johnson to seven . (Sea Tiger. 2. 1968. A large cache of Viet Cong weapons were seized by Marines 17 miles north of Chu Lai . Regimental Landin Team 26 was activated at Camp Pendleton. Times. 2. and the 2d Battalion.) CONUS---A Unified Atlantic Command Exercise. North Carolina on a routine training deployment to the Mediterranean . beginning with the reactivation of the 26th Marines. This was the first USMC operation in III CTZ . The battalion replaced BLT 3/2 as the landing force for the U . Many dissident elements joined in the rioting . 1 . While there. Viet Cong infiltration into the area also increased during this period . v . 1 Mar 1966. 11. (Globe. p . S .) VIETNAM---A serious political crisis developed with the dismissal of Lieutenant General Nguyen Chanh Thi as the Vietnamese commander in I Corps by the National Leadership Committee . the limit had been six . S . N . v . N . had had enough Marines to leave behind to protect the base-areas . Prior to this. Lieutenant General Lewis W . no . These troops would be used to protect areas secured by U .) CONUS---Commander of the U . 10 Mar 1966.) VIETNAM---Operation DOUBLE EAGLE II ended . p . 1. no .) VIETNAM---Marine helicopters evacuated Special Forces and ARVN troops at the Viet Congencircled camp at A Shau . p . 15 Mar 1966. 29 . 50. (Windsock. California . The Viet Cong lost 122 men during the operation . Although the Marines were able to avoid any major clash with the Vietnamese. 3d Battalion. p . 20 . XLIX.) CONUS---Secretary of Defense McNamara ordered the reactivation of the 5th Marine Division at Camp Pendleton. no . 1 . 2. 5 Jan 1967. p . (Gazette. Marines in Vietnam. (Naval Review. v . 1 . v .) VIETNAM---Operation NEW YORK began when the 2d Battalion. 1 . military forces . requested more forces for his area from President Johnson . no . (Early Bird. 4.) CONUS---Headquarters. no . 11.) VIETNAM---During Operation TEXAS. Jun 1966.) VIETNAM---Operation OREGON began when a multi-company force of Marines moved into Viet Cong territory 15 miles north of Hue . 1 . 4 . Intermittent contact continued until 3 March . Walt. no . (Sea Tiger. 29 Mar 1966. p . 25. Apr 1966. 1 Mar 1966. was expected to be fully manned within one year .

000-foot runway . 2. Sun. jet aircraft have been launched from a land-based catapult during combat . 1 . no .) VIETNAM---The Department of Defense officially announced that the 1st Marine Division had joined other U . 10 . (Unit File . 1 . Marine billet at Da Nang was surrounded by 2. 13. an artillery regiment. v . 29 Apr 1966. forces in Vietnam . 1 . Department of State that Marine Corps officers serve with the AID program in South Vietnam as provincial representatives . Marine casualties for the operation were light .) CONUS---Battalion Landing Team 3/2 returned to Camp Lejeune. California . p . no . 11 .) USMC---For the first time in history. 21 Apr 1966.000 purple hearts and Marine flyers have been awarded almost 10. (The Observer. (Early Bird. v . This award is given annually to the Marine Corps or Navy officer or enlisted man who made an outstanding personal contribution in advancing the course of actual Naval Operations . p . Marines have received almost 5. no . 1 Apr 1966. v . 26th Marines was reactivated and began training at Camp Pendleton. Men who completed training were assigned to land.) CONUS---Units of FMFLant demonstrated the readiness of the East Coast air/ground team in Special Purpose Exercises (SPEX) for the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) at Camp Lejeune and New River. (Sea Tiger.000 personnel assigned . S . (Scout. no .) VIETNAM---Operation HOT SPRINGS. California to train pilots and mechanics . 24. (Globe. (Da Nang Press Trends. p .) CONUS---Headquarters. 16. 2.382 Viet Cong . which began on 12 April. This six-day operation. Chicago Tribune. 22.) VIETNAM---Operation GEORGIA.Y . 3 . truck and a civilian bus . close air support shows. ended 25 miles south west of Da Nang with 57 Viet Cong killed and 6 captured . Marine Corps had two divisions. 13th Marines.) VIETNAM---An 11-day search and destroy mission. 1966 30 Mar VIETNAM---The U . 17. Friendly casualties were light . 24 May 1966. said that no one had been beaten by the Marines . 8 . committed to combat in a war zone . ended in the area six miles northwest of Quang Ngai . p . ?Sea Tiger. ended south of Da Nang with 103 Viet Cong killed . 15 Apr 1966. 13. 16. Over 50 Viet Cong were killed and 6 captured .400 feet of the 8.or carrierbased squadrons . 1 . North Carolina after serving as the Mediterranean landing force for six months . 29 Apr 1966.) USMC---The Marine Corps agreed to a request from the Agency for International Development (AID). 10 May 1966. North Carolina . no . was reactivated at Camp Pendleton. p . v . 16 May 1966. More than 140 Viet Cong were killed since the operation began on 21 April . Marine casualties were described as light . a 20-day search and destroy mission. no . (MCBu1 1301. v . the 1st and 3d. 5 . p . S . and Short Airfield for Tactical Support (SATS) demonstrations . 15 Apr 1966. Balt . p . The exercise included amphibious landings. (Globe. 23. U . S . S . (Unit File .) VIETNAM---Operation NEVADA ended 23 miles south of Chu Lai .) CONUS---The 1st Battalion. (Da Nang Press Trends. 22 Apr 1966.) CONUS---The Navy League announced that "The Stephen Decatur Award for Operational Competence" would be awarded to Lieutenant General Lewis W . including an Army officer. conducted by the 7th Marines.) VIETNAM---In six sweep and destroy missions conducted in the areas around Chu Lai and Phu Bai durin the month of March. For the first time since World War II.) 31 Mar 31 Mar 31 Mar 1 Apr 1 Apr 5 Apr 11 Apr 17 Apr 19 Apr 22 Apr26 Apr 23 Apr 26 Apr 27 Apr 10 May 11 May 12 May 10 . Operation ORANGE. who were mainly students.000 air medals . p . 3 Apr 1966.5th Mar Div . thus becoming the first Marine ground unit in Vietnam to receive this award . V. v . 16. The protesters. 3 . A number of witnesses. 16. (Scout. Pilots from Marine Fighter Squadron 311 launched four Skyhawks from Chu Lai . the U . 2 Apr 1966. 31 Mar 1966. v . California . p . The group had 50 helicopters and 6. no . Herald Tribune.) VIETNAM---Regimental Landing Team 7 was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation Streamer for its action in Operation STARLITE in August 1965. Marines in Vietnam numbered more than 45. (Early Bird. Walt . claimed that Marines beat several students after a collision between a U . Planes were airborne within 1. S . p . 2. It was replaced by BLT 1/8 from Camp Lejeune . Division headquarters was established at Chu Lai .5th Mar Div . 22.000 taunting South Vietnamese . v . Santa Ana. was conducted by the 7th Marines on the Cape Batangan Peninsula . N .) VIETNAM---After a little over a year in Vietnam. p .000 . 1 . 3 . 16. (Flight Jacket. no . (Early Bird. no . p . p . 2. 24. v . (Sea Tiger. p . 121446Z/16 (May 1966) . 1 . 8 .) CONUS---Marine Helicopter Training Group 30 was established at Marine Corps Air Facility. 31 Mar 1966. Marines killed 1.

Wash . in conjunction with Army units. 380-66 . p .233 Viet Cong killed during the month of June . 22.) Pendleton. (MS--Acad Grads in USMC . 9 . Marines from the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade on Vieques. p . p . 5 . (1966).) VIETNAM---It was announced that during the month of May.1966. Lieutenant General Leonard F .) Guantanamo. methods in Vietnam were "winning the trust. the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing flew 26.) VIETNAM---Two Marine battalions. Louisiana . (FOF. 24. Mangrum. stated that U . Guantanamo . 27th Marines were reactivated-as part of the 5th Marine Division . California . 12 May . 27th Marines was reactivated at Marine Corps Air Station. was designed to enhance the readiness and training of the forces . no . Post.) CONUS---Marine Corps Chief of Staff. 24 Jun 1966. no . (Early Bird. p . BEAVER. FLORIDA. 8 . and Lieutenant General Richard C . p . The State Department said that the sentry had fired a shot to warn the Cuban soldier who was inside the base . Balt . JAY. respect and friendship of the longsuffering South Vietnamese people and bolstering their confidence . 15 Jul 1966. News. a major Atlantic Fleet exercise. p . Puerto Rico .' (Early Bird.. were delayed for four hours by Buddhists during antigovernment demonstrations in the city of Hue . were driven away by Marine fire . 50. Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun CONUS---The 2d Battalion and 3d Battalion. (Early Bird.) PUERTO RICO---BEACH TIME. Jr . (Unit File.829 sorties. VIETNAM---Operations ATHENS. 18 . 27 May 1966. 24. 263 . Naval Base.5th Mar Div . Wash . (Early Bird.) VIETNAM---An enemy force of more than 250 men was driven back by 18 Marines in a fierce six-hour battle . (Scout. stated that the Federal Government should be rebuilding the fleet which was proved to be worn out and inadequate by the Vietnam war . Naval Base. p . (Unit File . Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. Naval Base. but May May May May CONUS---General Wallace M . Jr . Chu Lai . v . Cuba . Another shot was fired as the Cuban was climbing over the fence . (Scout. DODGE. S . the Marines fought with bayonets." (Early Bird. 11 Jun 1966. 23. APACHE. S .) HAWAII---The 1st Battalion. The 2d Battalion. New Orleans. The fighting started when the Viet Cong attacked an outpost near With most of their ammunition gone. Marine Corps . (FOF. v . Jul 1966. no . 263 . 4 . 7. 8th Marines returned to Camp Lejeune. p . 1 . v . Five Marines were killed and 11 wounded . (DOD News Release No . 2d Marines left Camp Lejeune the week before for deployment to Guantanamo . killing 75 Viet Cong. 1 . and destroying 707 enemy structures . Wash . 24. S . landed at Camp Pendleton during Operation SILVER POINT I . Chapman. Sun. 16 Jun 1966. (Scout. 10 . S . 20 Jun 1966. Guantanamo Bay. and OAKLAND accounted for a combined total of 1. p . This exercise (Globe. v . p . RENO. Post. part of the recently activated 5th Marine Division. Sun. Naval Academy accepted commissions in the U . v .) Jun Jun Jun JunJun Jun Jun Jun .) . The Marines. A wall of Buddhist youths surrounded the battalions and Vietnamese authorities had to be called in to clear the way . U .) • CONUS---Battalion Landing Team 1/26. 1 Jul 1966. was conducted in the Atlantic The highlight of the exercise came with the amphibious landing of 3.5th Mar Div .) CUBA--Five armed Cuban soldiers intruded into the U . 1966 May CONUS---The 2d Battalion. no . 11 Jun 1966.) CONUS---Eighty graduates of a class of 870 at the. More than 40 of the enemy were killed including some who had been bayoneted . (Globe.500 and Caribbean . North Carolina after completing a four-month deployment at the U . 18 Jun 1966. activated the first Marine Corps-oriented Junior Naval Reserve Officer Trainin Corps unit at Jesuit High School.. 1 .) CONUS---The 5th Marine Division Headquarters was activated at Camp (Gazette. They urged that the Merchant Marine be kept strong in times of peace to meet the needs in times of war . S . 19. CMC. 25. no . Greene. v . Greene.) CUBA---A Cuban soldier was shot to death by a Marine guard at U . Balt . Kaneohe Bay as part of the 1st Marine Brigade . This was the first amphibious operation of the 5th Marine Division since the landing on Iwo Jima in 1945 . 22. Jr . (1966). 24.) VIETNAM---Six hundred Marines from the Seventh Fleet Special Landing Force swarmed ashore in an amphibious assault in Operation DECKHOUSE I 25 miles south of Qui Nhon .) CONUS---General Wallace M . 24. 2 . no . p . and rocks . S . knives. p . 1 . p . on their way to the jump-off point for a major military operation against the Viet Cong. met with only slight resistence and captured two Viet Cong .

Post. v . no . The Marines set up a blocking force designed to draw out and destroy a North Vietnamese Army division that was supposed to have crossed the DMZ . Wash . and Thanh Hoa near Hanoi . 7 . (FOF. p . p .) VIETNAM---Marine pilots took art in a raid near Haiphong on four petroleum and oil dumps . The two companies managed to link up in spite of fierce fighting and break out of the enemy's trap . Navy and Marine Corps research received $1. no . 12 Jul 1966. 24. no . The enemy was defeated in the two-day battle .) VIETNAM---Marine pilots took part in several raids on North Vietnamese communications centers and oil installations . The two men were able to overpower their guards and escape . 34. 22. 1 . (Early Bird. a search and clear mission. 15 .000 Marines and South Vietnamese troops launched the massive drive against an estimated 10.-v . 25 Aug 1966. 26. 15 . The Marines suffered moderate casualties . 30 Jun 1966. p . began southwest of Da Nang .) VIETNAM---Operation ALLEGHANY began 15 miles southwest of Da Nang in Quang Nam province . 5 Jan 1967. 1. The purpose of the landing was to trap North Vietnamese troops massing in Binh Tuy province . 5th Marines was ambushed only 1.780 missions . (Unit File . Vinh. 26. Post.---About 250 Marines from Company D.000 yards from India Company's position . v . 24. v . Marines at An Hoa . 12 .) OKINAWA---Headquarters Regimental Landing Team 26 arrived on Okinawa and later became part of the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade. Wash . (Windsock. 1 . 24. 3d Battalion. was conducted in Quang Tri province . (1966).5th Mar Div . Marine jets logged 5. Wash . 2. 1 . (FOF. 330 . p . (1966). North Carolina to participate in Exercise BAR FROST above the Arctic Circle in Norway . (FOF. California . 22 Jul 1966. (Early Bird. no .000 troops .) CONUS---For the fiscal year 1967. 6th Marines left Camp Lejeune.) VIETNAM---During the month of July. p . no . an amphibious assault exercise. 19 Aug 1966. p . 1.) VIETNAM---Over 2. Post. File . FMF .) CONUS---The Department of Defense announced that the armed forces reached a combined strength of 3. 27 Jun 1966. FOF.093. 1966 25 Jun 25 Jun 2 Jul CONUS---Battalion Landing Team 1/26 (Rein) embarked for the Western Pacific . a thousand Marines hit the beach near the demilitarized zone . v . Enemy forces were boxed in when the 1st Marines was air lifted into a blocking position four miles to the south . The exercise was designed to give a multi-nation force an opportunity to work together in tactical operations . p . Sergeant James S . 22. (Sea Tiger.000 Marines from the 5th Marine Division landed 100 miles east of Saigon to participate in Operation DECKHOUSE III.000 . 1 . The battalion relieved Battalion Landing Team 1/8 . 1 . (Da Nang Press Trends. Marines accounted for a total of 1. the Marine Corps` largest multi-battalion operation to date. (1966). p .) CONUS---Training continued to bring the newly d'c't. 3d Battalion. 329 . (Globe. President Johnson signed a bill authorizing $17 billion in military procurement and defense research . Early Bird. Nearby. 5 Jan 1967. After a four-day journey throw h mountain jungles and rice fields.) VIETNAM---During Operation HASTINGS. (Windsock. (Globe.659 men in the Marine Corps . 200 targets were hit around the cities of Dong Hoi. (Early Bird. Sun. S .) CONUS . 5 .) VIETNAM---India Company.) -1 2 26 Jun 30 Jun 4 Jul20 Oct 7 Jul4 Aug 13 Jul 17 Jul 19 Jul 25 Jul 27 Jul 31 Jul 12 Aug 16 Aug29 Aug 20 Aug 20 Aug 24 Aug 26 Aug .160.ivated 5th Marine Division to combat readiness as SILVER POINT II. p . p . (Scout. was conducted at Camp Pendleton. 25.611 Viet Cong killed . p . v . v . 27 Jul 1966. The significant operations were HASTINGS and MACON . p . they made contact with U . Balt .) VIETNAM---Operation HASTINGS. 30. 297 . no . 18 Jul 1966. Dodson and Lance Corporal Walter Eckes had been captured separately by the Viet Cong in early May near Da Nang . 4 Aug 1966. 1 . p . no .) VIETNAM---Two Marines who made a daring escape from their Viet Cong captors arrived in Saigon .) VIETNAM---Operation MACON.801. 1 . p . 285 .) (Unit VIETNAM---Operation JAY began 13 miles northwest of Hue with the landing of men from the 4th Marines .) CONUS---Battalion Landing Team 2/6 began a routine training deployment with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean . p . (FOF. 26 Jul 1966. 1st Battalion. Over 11. p .356 men on 1 July with 261. the second USMC operation in III CTZ .5th Mar Div . Kilo Company. (Scout. (1966). 5th Marines was ambushed by North Vietnamese troops just south of the demilitarized zone . The enemy suffered 882 killed and 15 captured . 25. 285 . (1966). p .

) • the Piedro de Lumbre Canyon area . teams. 37. BLT 2/6 conducted (Globe. As squad leader in Co I. v . 119 . while push across the demilitarized zone . (Unit File . p .) VIETNAM---Units of III MAF were shifted northward to prevent a possible North Vietnamese The 1st and 3d Divisions were moved north. 44. no . 25. p .) By February USMC---Women Marine volunteers were requested for service in the Far East . 1 . The Intruder worked effectively in the monsoon weather and could drop its ordnance on a moving target hidden by darkness or weather .Y . airlifted food and supplies to Tampico to victims of Hurricane INEZ . 24. v . artillery. v . 50. no . 1969.) VIETNAM---During the annual rice harvest protection operation. p . he led repeated assaults against the enemy who were inflicting heavy casualties on a nearby Marine unit in (Sea Tiger. (Da Nang Press Trends.) 2 Sep 6 Sep 13 Sep 15 Sep 17 Sep27 Sep 10 Oct 14 Oct16 Oct 17 Oct 1 Nov 1 Nov 4 Nov 12 Nov VIETNAM---The Marine Corps had established 40 Combined Action Platoons in the I Corps area of South Vietnam . 14 Nov 28 Nov16 Dec 28 Nov 6 Dec 13 .500 active duty officers in the Corps . 1 .-v .) USMC---To meet its expanding needs in Vietnam the Marine Corps decided to defer resignaThis applied tions and retirement requests of some pilots and key maintenance officers . p . 6. North Carolina for deployment in the Mediterranean to relieve BLT 2/6 . For an Army airborne battalion moved into Da Nang to reinforce the Marine base there . no . 48. and helicopters from HMM-162 . p . v . v . 22. 18 August 1965 . 22. Marines protected the harvesting of 7. North Carolina for duty as the Caribbean Landing Force . (Observation Post.5th Mar Div . LANTFLEX 66. no . Army. GOLDEN FLEECE. and Air Force personnel (BOLD FACE) (Strike. p .) CONUS---Four Marines from Camp Pendleton. These teams were usually comprised of a Marine squad and a Because of the great success of these platoon of South Vietnamese Popular Force troops . (Windsock. Sun. 18 Oct 1966. 3 . Globe. 1966. no . (Naval Review. p . 1 Dec 1966. no . p . Five thousand Marines of the Atlantic Fleet Marine Force tested amphibious assault techniques . Navy. the A-6A "Intruder. there were about 100 Women Marines stationed on Okinawa. 21 Dec 1966. 1966 1 Sep VIETNAM---The newly organized 5th Marine Division was in combat for the first time since World War II when the 2d Battalion. p . p . 11 Oct 1966. p .620 tons of rice and captured 727 tons of Viet Cong rice in Quang Ngai province . N . 1969. 41. v . no . II. 6 . 5 . Sun. 15 Nov air base . CONUS---Battalion Landing Team 3/8 left Camp Lejeune. While in the Mediterranean. (Windsock. N . no . VIETNAM---Two U . 1 . v . Japan. 25. Oct 1966. 1. Balt . (Gazette. p . p . no . Lieutenant General Lewis W . no .) CARIBBEAN--. 22. 4 Nov 1966. The battalion conducted extensive training operations with supporting tanks. 15 Sep 1966. (Globe. Marine helicopters were shot down by Viet Cong snipers' near Da Nang Five crewmen were killed and two wounded . and South Vietnam . 15 . 5 Jan 1967. XIII. Team 3/6 which had been conducting training operations in the lieved Battalion Landin Caribbean since June . Atlantic Fleet exercise.A U ." was introduced in Vietnam . 45. 11 . p .) CONUS---Sergeant Robert Emmett O'Malley became the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since the Korean War .) Operation STARLITE. S . v . Times. (Early Bird. 1 .) VIETNAM---Operation DECKHOUSE IV began in Quang Tri province with BLT 1/26 and HMM-363 . It ended three days later with 83 enemy killed and 11 individual weapons captured .) CONUS---Battalion Landing Team 3/26 departed from San Diego for the Western Pacific . California died while fighting a brush fire in (Scout. 3/3. 5 Jan 1967. 1 . the first time an Army infantry unit had been committed in the Marine sector in the Vietnam war . 7.) the end of the year .) • MEXICO---A joint task force of Marine. 26th Marines participated in Operation ALLEGHENY southwest of Da Nang . to approximately 500 of the 21. was conducted in the Caribbean . training exercises with other American units and allied forces in the area . 1 . 7 Feb 1969. S . 12 Nov 1966. 1 . (Early Bird. a new fixed-wing type of aircraft.) VIETNAM---With the arrival of VMA(AW)-242 at Da Nang. 1. Times. Oct 1966. p . V.) CARIBBEAN---Battalion Landing Team 2/8 relieved BLT 3/2 which had been conducting training operations in the Caribbean since June . 22 Sep 1966. v . 1 . p .Y .) CONUS---Battalion Landing Team 3/2 and Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 365 left Camp The battalion reLejeune. 3 Nov 1966. (Early Bird. 5 . Walt planned to have 75 Combined Action Platoons by (Early Bird. 1 . 10. Balt .

. p . February 1967 .) in Vietnam and was placed under oper(Sea Tiger. said that the Vietnam war had put a strain on the Corps' manpower and materiel resources. 26th Marines . III. no .'1---The 3d Battalion. Inquirer.709 with 22. p . During the 50-minute clash eight enemy troops were reported killed . 1. Sun. (Early Bird. p .) had met every commitment . p . III. Phil . p . 53. v .874 officers and 258. 23 Dec 1966. no . The purpose of this operation was to prevent Viet Cong access to the rice-rich coastal area The operation ended 16 by blocking infiltration routes from the mountains to Hue . 1 . after completing a two-day tour of marine operations in Vietnam. no . 4 . 117 . 1 .) USMC---The Marine Corps took 14. v .980 draftees during the year to supplement the ranks of the Corps .835 enlisted . p . 1969. 1966 10 Dec COHUS---Marine Corps' Chief of Staff. U .) VIETNAM---Prior to the scheduled start of the two-day Christmas truce. Marines engaged Communist troops in heavy fighting in the northern part of Vietnam . Jan 1969. 25th Marines landed ational control of the 4th Marines at Dong Ha . 4 Jan 1967. v . Chapman. 1. 11 Dec 19 Dec VIET'1A :1---Operation CHINOOK began with the 2d and 3d Battalions. 1. but added that the Corps (Early Bird. U-l . (Gazette. 11 Dec 19GG. Jr . Lieutenant General Leonard F . (Sea Ti er. 1 . VIETfA.) USi•i C---The strength of the Marine Corps to date was 281. (Naval Review. S . Balt . 4 Jan 1967. Marine casualties were described as light .) 23 Dec 31 31 Dec Dec 14 .

Baldwin for action in Vietnam during Operation STARLITE in August 1965 . v . p . Puerto Rico . 25. These men. 3. North Carolina for Vieques. .. amphibious warfare. 1 . 118 . Jr . 19 Jan 1967. (Leatherneck.") Paul'H . (. began when the 10th Marines left Camp Lejeune. (Naval Review. 1 . Nitze at ceremonies at the Pentagon . (Globe. p . 1969. p . p . all veterans of Vietnam. Marines and became part of the ground defense forces at the U . 117 . General Smith was one of America's top commanders in the Pacific during World War II and he led the V Amphibious Corps in the assaults on the Gilberts. S . 3. no . Hawaii to take part in its (Windward Marine. Headquarters Marine Corps. and the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing also participated (Globe. Feb 1967. v . 1969.5th Mar Div ) California as part of the 12 Jan 16 Jan 16 Jan17 Jan 17 Jan 18 Jan VIETNAM---Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 363 became the helicopter element of the Seventh Fleet Special Landing Force replacing Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 362 which went to the Ky Ha Air Facility at Chu Lai . p . 2. 117 . v . Republic of Vietnam . 1969. (i"Howlin' Mad") Smith.) CONUS---1st Lieutenant Frank S .159 wounded . 119 . 22 . S . p .) VIETNAM---Operation DECKHOUSE V. This operation. p . stated that nearly one-fourth of the Marine Corps (22 percent) was in combat in Vietnam . died at Balboa Naval Hospital . 93 Marines and 693 of the enemy were killed . Marshalls. v . which began on 3 August 1966. VIETNAM---Operation PRAIRIE II began in Quang Tri province by elements of the 3d Marine Division . 5th Marine Division .) 15 23 Jan 25 Jan 31 Jan 31 Jan 1 Feb 7 Feb 8 Feb12 Feb 10 Feb . was redesignated Marine Security Guard Battalion (State Department) . Headquarters Battalion. S . no . 3 . 1969. 5 Jan 1968.397 killed and 27 captured .) in the Mekong 62 miles south Helicopter battalions . p . 2 . (Naval Review. Pavilion at the exposition . v .) VIETNAM---Battalion Landing Team 1/4 replaced BLT 1/9 as the Seventh Fleet Special Battalion Landing Force while 1/9 relieved BLT 1/3 at Phu Bai. Canadian World Exposition 1967 .) CONUS---Lance Corporal Joe C . (1967 Chronology. '(67 Comm Chronology. Reasoner was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for action in Vietnam in 1965 . North Carolina for a fourThe battalion relieved the 1st Battalion. 4 . 1 . no . 1 . ) USMC---Qualified enlisted Marines who demonstrated exceptional leadership in combat could again be awarded battlefield commissions .) USMC---General Wallace M . 27th Marines left Kaneohe Bay. CARIBBEAN---The 1st Battalion. USMC (Retired). was the longest and bloodiest Marine engagement of the Vietnam (Naval Review. Units from the 6th and 8th Marines. 1969. 1967 1967 USMC---Thirty-eight Marines were assigned as members of the U . after returning from his fifth trip to the Far East. p .) in the exercise . (Unit File . Paul was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by Navy Under Secretary Robert B . Marines counted 141 enemy truce viola(Naval 'Review. FIREX-67. the first use of U . Landing Team 1/3 was rotated to Okinawa on 8 February . Guantanamo . p .) PACIFIC---The 1st Battalion. 118 . v . S .) tions. and Marianas . no . 9 Sep 1967. 1. the father of modern U . 3 Jan11 Jan 5 Jan15 Jan 5 Jan 6 Jan VIETNAM--Battalion Landing Team 2/4 arrived at Da Nang from Okinawa relieving BLT 3/9 which left Vietnam for Okinawa . p . The presentation was made by the Secretary of the Navy ("Reasoner . CARIBBEAN---A one-month live firing exercise. The enemy lost 1.) CONUS---General Holland M .).) VIETNAM---After 182 days. 17. 23. (1967 Chronology. 2d month deployment to Guantanamo Bay. which provides Marines for foreign service duty at 100 posts in 89 countries. 5 Jan 1967. S . Greene.") VIETNAM---All offensive operations stopped during Tet. ("Paul . p . began when the Seventh Fleet Special Landing Force went ashore of Saigon . p . Cuba . During the 46-day search-and-destroy operation which terminated 18 March. were to provide the security at the U . 2d Field Artillery Group. 1969. USMC---Company F. Marine Detachment. 19 Jan 1967. (Windsock.. 23. first battalion exercise since its reactivation .Naval Review. Operation PRAIRIE I was terminated in Quang Tri province by the 4th Marines with 215 Marines killed and 1. no . 118 . During the cease fire agreed to by both sides. 1 . ranging from'sniper rounds to mortar barrages . 9. 1. 8th Marines left Camp Lejeune. the Lunar New Year holiday . no . Naval Base. L. p . (Gazette. war up to that time . 51. Comprised of Battalion Landing Team 1/9 and Marine Medium Squadron 362. p . CONUS---The 28th Marines was reactivated at Camp Pendleton. combat troops Delta. the SLF worked in conjunction with two Vietnamese Marine (Naval Review'.

) CONUS---Captain Harvey C . 6 . 2 . (Naval Review. 117 . p . . (Gazette. 1969. (Windward Marine. Post. 23. During the operation. no . The Marines killed 291 VC at a cost of 9 Marines KIA . was killed by an enemy mine while accompanying a Marine patrol during Operation CHINOOK II. 7th Marines and eight tanks were landed at Phuoc Dien. (Naval Review. 19 Mar 1967. Feb 1969. 25 . Barnum received the Medal of Honor from Secretary of the Navy Paul H . which began on 16 February.) CONUS---A Senate subcommittee on military preparedness said that the Marine Corps and Navy were suffering from shortages of pilots and experienced noncommissioned officers and in supplies and maintenance facilities to meet the demands of the Vietnam war . 7 Apr 1967. accounted for 383 of the enemy killed and the capture of over 100 tons of rice . California to reinforce the 1st Battalion. p . 51. v . p . which began on 26 January. This weapon was to replace the M-14 and the M-76 Grenade Launcher . 2 . the 3d Battalion. VIETNAM---Operation STONE was conducted by the 1st Marines in Quang Nam province . 24 . no .) 16 17 Mar 18 Mar 18 Mar 22 Mar 24 Mar 27 Mar 6 Apr 7 Apr .) CONUS---Operation SHAMROCK. and bunkers and surrounded the Viet Cong in La Haun village . (Da Nang Press Trends. Marine Corps Base. 17. v . Newsweek. Apr 1967.p . p . (Observation.) VIETNAM---Operation PRAIRIE II ended and Operation PRAIRIE III began . 1 . 27 Mar 1967. 5 Jan 1968.) VIETNAM---Operation CHINOOK I ended northwest of Hue . Camp Lejeune. Fall. The SLF. p . 23. 14 miles northwest of Hue . (Gazette. 23 Feb 1967. v . no . involving 2. XIII. 27th Marines .) VIETNAM---Operation NEW CASTLE.) VIETNAM---Author and authority on Vietnam. ended at Camp Pickett. perhaps 15 years . tunnels. no . DECKHOUSE VI. (Early Bird. (1967 Chronology. 25. ("Barnum . 119 . 1969.) VIETNAM---In what was possibly the first tank landing from a LST onto a hostile beach since Korea. v . Marine casualties were 4 killed and . 8 Apr 1967.) VIETNAM---Operation DESOTO was ended by units of the 7th Marines southeast of Quang Ngai city . 4 . It would be used by selected personnel in conjunction with contingency training . The operation. 1967 12 Feb22 Feb . commander of . 12. Sergeant Dulinsky was joined by six other Women Marines . was conducted by the 4th Marines with elements of the 9th and 26th Marines . 119 .641 accident free flying hours . 1. California received the rifle for testing . 1969. 53. 11. Dulinsky reported to the Military Assistance Command in Saigon . Quantico. During the operation. 6 . (Globe. no . Virginia. v . 4.) VIETNAM---Lieutenant General Lewis W . p . p . Times.) CONUS---Since Marines of III MAF would soon be using the M16-1 rifle against the enemy in Vietnam. The report went on to praise Marine Corps and Navy officers and men in Vietnam saying they "are magnificent examples of the American fighting man at his best . 23 Mar 1967. p . Marines suffered 69 killed and 556 wounded . Jets and helicopters neutralized the beach before the landing . Virginia . south of Chu Lai . killed and suffered Naval Review. p . 4 Mar 1967.) 13 Feb 16 Feb 21 Feb 25 Feb 27 Feb 3 Mar 6 Mar 17 Mar CONUS---Marine Air Refueler/Transport Squadron 252 completed eight years and 94. 1 . accounted for 280 of the enemy only 8 KIA and 80 WIA . a three-day search and destroy operation. Nitze for action in Vietnam in December 1965 . and Staging Battalion. p . 8 . 7 Feb 1969. 2. 1 . The operation. p . v . said that rooting out the Viet Cong guerrilla would take a long time.) VIETNAM---The authority was given to III MAF to fire artillery into the Demilitarized Zone and the southern part of North Vietnam . She was the first Woman Marine to be ordered to a combat zone . 16 Mar 1967. p . p 3 ) VIETNAM---Master Sergeant Barbara J . The enemy lost 159 dead and 5 prisoners . 8. (Da Nang Press Trends. Dr . 118 enemy were killed ." (Early Bird. Bernard B . p . Marine Corps Schools. Shortly after her arrival. no . 6. 5 . Marines destroyed Viet Cong caves.000 Marines from the 2d Marine Division. Walt.) HAWAII---Elements of the 5th Shore Party Battalion and 5th Motor Transport Battalion arrived at Kaneohe Bay from Camp Pendleton. p . Y . The purpose of the operation was to test division procedures for field operations . (67 Comm Chronology. no . v . p . Camp Pendleton. ended southeast of Quang composed of BLT 1/4 and HMM-363. III MAF. (Windsock. N . 2 . was launched in Quang Nam province . 73 wounded . (Globe. This was one of the largest continental operations of the division since 1952 .") VIETNAM---Operation Ngai city . which began on 19 December 1966. Both operations were under the control of the 3d Marine Division . (Da Nang Press Trends.

p . VIETNAM---The 2d Battalion. Marines began clearing an area near the DMZ . Walt visited the scene of the battle and escaped unhurt when a mortar round (Early Bird. p .) VIETNAM---Marines from the 3d Regiment in attempting to dislodge Communist troops from (Early Bird. Wash . The exercise was designed to provide training (Windsock. Hill 881 lost 49 killed and 156 wounded in the fighting . World War I and served in the Canal Zone.Y . 25. 3 May 1967.) Vietnamese had a regiment in the area . 40. 1 . more Marines were needed . the first Marine Corps He participated in five major campaigns in Reserve general. Operation ALLIGATOR HIDE. 17. reported to a Congressional committee that to do the job right in Vietnam. (Naval Review. Lieutenant General Lewis W . 124 . U . p . p .) CONUS---Major General Littleton Waller Tazewell Waller. 9 May 1967. Jr . Johnson posthumously awarded Staff Sergeant Peter S .) Marines with the aid of air strikes and artillery fire . 124 . N . p . Times. 13. 51. p .) bases at Chu Lai and Da Nang .5th Mar Div . (Windward Marine. p . 181 . California for an amphibious training exercise.) VIETNAM---Marines launched an attack in an effort to dislodge Communist troops from Intelligence sources indicated that the North Hills 861 and 881 near Khe Sanh . a s Director of Personnel . a joint training exercise.) VIETNAM---Operation SHAWNEE was launched in Thua Thien Province by three Marine battalions . p .) CONUS---President Lyndon B . 130 . 16 Apr 1967. 1969. mines laid. Later that day. VIETNAM---Hill 861 in Quang Tri Province was taken by the 2d and 3d Battalions. S . It was hoped that this plan would make a direct invasion (Early Bird. Times.Y . 1. Post. and Vera Cruz . VIETNAM---Marine Corps reconnaissance planes from Da Nang spotted a North Vietnamese surface-to-air missile located 10 miles north of the DMZ . freeing (Early' Bird. Marine Division . p . With only one battalion remaining the operation was renamed CHOCTAW on 22 May . Post. VIETNAM---Marines succeeded in taking Hill 881 from North Vietnamese forces . Commandant of the Marine Corps. 5 Jan 1968. 1967 12 Apr CONUS---General Wallace M . q VIETNAM---Savage fighting broke out along the DMZ when North Vietnamese troops attempted to capture the' base camp at Con Thien . Peking. (Naval Review. Phil . v .) exploded 15 feet away . 1 . died in Pennsylvania . Greene. while the 3d Battalion.000 . 5 . and Air Force units .) OKINAWA---Regimental Landing Team 26 moved from Okinawa to the Republic of Vietnam . p . naval gunfire. VIETNAM---The fights for Hill 881 North and Hill 881 South ended as the 3d Marines moved to Dong Ha and the 26th Marines to Khe Sanh . 1 . and radar units set to detect the movement of human beings . (Unit File . 1969. began in the Caribbean area when more than 3. The North Vietnamese lost 179 killed . 1 . This prevented the Communists from using the hi h ground for an attack on Khe Sanh . no . (Early Bird. N .") the Medal of Honor for action in Vietnam in February 1966 . Marines to be sent north to reinforce defenses along the DMZ . 17 Apr 20 Apr 22 Apr 22 Apr 24 Apr 28 Apr 29 Apr 30 Apr 1 May 2 May 2 May 8 May 11 May13 May 17 . ) (Early Bird. During World War II. no . he returned to active d uty . p . Inquirer. 3d Marines attacked Hill 881 South . p . Post. Navy. 1 May 1967. 1969. p. (Gazette.. Wash . 1 ) VIETNAM---Four thousand Army troops took over pacification duties at Chu Lai. 3 May 1967. North Carolina joined Army. Jr . 10 . 3d (Naval Review. from the north too costly to be attempted . p. 1 .) CARRIBBEAN---Exercise CLOVE HITCH III. (Naval Review. The North Vietnamese lost 940 (Khe Sanh. Wash . Barbed wire was strung. v .) killed with Marine losses 155 killed in action . 1969. By the middle of May two of these battalions were shifted to the north to reinforce troops along the DMZ . 27th Marines left Kaneohe Bay for Camp Pendleton. p . 30 Mar 1967. v . 4 . 123 . Wash . May 1967.) 15 Apr VIETNAM---At the request of the South Vietnamese government. and F-4B Phantoms from the Marine (Early Bird.000 Marines from Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune. 3d Marines attacked Hill 881 North. 1 ) 14 Apr 14 Apr HAWAII---The 1st Battalion. with the newly formed 5th . The site was shelled and destroyed by Marine and Army artillery. 2 May 1967. 18 Apr 1967. 1 . Connor ("Connor . no . Post. Hill 881 South was taken three days later . in joint operations for all headquarters and commands involved .. During the battle 35 Marines were killed and 99 wounded .

25 May 1967. ("Chapman") VIETNAM---Operation BUFFALO began when an enemy force estimated at 5 battalions attacked the 1st Battalion. 24. 1 . The operation began on 22 April . S . p . (MS--Acad Grads in USMC . ended in Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces . no . killed 25 enemy troops during the all-day battle . 66 detainees. no .) VIETNAM---One Marine was killed and 30 were wounded when they were attacked by enemy troops on the second day of Operation HICKORY II . 4 . 3 . 1 .) VIETNAM---Operation SHAWNEE. 1 . and Korea . III. (Early Bird. The following day heavy contact was made with 28 North Vietnamese and 28 Marines killed . (Da Nang Press accounted for 181 enemy killed. p . 1967. One graduate of the U . Cushman took command of the U . 26 May 1967.) CONUS---Twenty Marines. 1 . The (Sea operation was conducted by the 4th Marines and had 117 confirmed Viet Cong kills . p . (1967 Chronology. Naval Review. (Naval Review. (Naval Review. relieving Lieutenant General Lewis W . p . Military Academy also accepted a commission in the Marine Corps . Naval Review. p . N . The amphibious operation conducted by SLF Alpha. 4 Aug 1967. p .) VIETNAM---Operation CHOCTAW ended north of Phu Bai with 160 enemy soldiers killed . p . 136 . 1969. (Sea Tiger.) CONUS---President Johnson signed an executive order authorizing the promotion of qualified Marine first lieutenants to captain after completing only one year in grade instead of two . 6 . (1967 Chronology. (Da Nang Press Trends. Walt . 5 . The Marines accounted for 865 of the enemy killed . Press Trends. III. The Marines. S . The 5th Marines suffered 110 dead and 241 wounded . It was hoped that this would increase the number of captains needed for commands in Vietnam and other duty stations .) CONUS---General Greene stated that the Marine Corps had found the M-16 was extremely well suited for the jungle conditions encountered in Vietnam . which began 22 April near Phu Bai. 5 . III. 14 May 1967. (Sea Tiger. 16 Jun 1967. Jr .) USMC---Lieutenant General Leonard F . 1967. no . became Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps . 1 . 17 Jul 1967. The operation was conducted by the 4th Marines . p . 130 . 1967. and 11 weapons captured . Times. p . p . 31. 1967 12 May VIETNAM---Elements of the 3d Marines ended Operation BEACON STAR . 14 May 1967. Intense fighting broke out during the first few days of the operation in which 84 Marines were killed . Congressman Howard read a letter to the House of Representatives in which an unidentified Marine claimed that the jammed M-16s were responsible for the deaths of many Americans in the fight for Hill 881 North at Khe Sanh . 16 Jun 1967. p .Y . (1967 Chronology. p . Marine force in Vietnam. was terminated . p . 336C . p . Chapman. p . v . v . 1969.) died at Bethesda Naval Hospital . p .) USMC---Lieutenant General Robert E . (FOF. S .) CONUS---Congressman James J .301 dead while Marine losses were placed at 113 killed and 290 wounded . including BLT 1/3 and HMM-263. the enemy had lost 1. p . v . Tiger. 24.) VIETNAM---Operation UNION II ended with 701 enemy killed . killed . 24. The 5th Marines suffered 110 dead and 241 wounded .) 23 Jun 1 Jul 2 Jul 7 Jul 9 Jul 14 Jul16 Jul 18 . Naval Academy accepted commissions in the Marine Corps . were killed when a HU-1B helicopter crashed into a Sea Stallion (CH-53A) helicopter over Camp Lejeune. 1969. World War II. v . p . Trends. 1 . on a sweep south of the DMZ when the attack came.) 22 Jun CONUS---General Franklin A . Hart. When the operation ended on 14 July. 16 Jun 1967. 123 . USf •1 C (Ret . no . 9th Marines a few miles northeast of Con Thien . 4 . conducted by the 1st and 5th Marines. Sea Tiger. III. The operation -began (Da Nang on 22 April with an amphibious and heliborne assault northwest of Hue . The operation ended on 6 June with 701 enemy (Da Nang Press Trends. North Carolina . (Naval Review. He was a veteran of three major wars--World War I.) VIETNAM---Operation UNION II was launched in Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces with the 5th Marines and ARVN's 1st Ranger Group . 136 . Howard of New Jersey told the House of Representatives that the M-16s in Vietnam jammed .) VIETNAM---Operation BEAVER CAGE which began on 28 April was terminated northwest of Tam Ky .) 14 May 17 May 21 May 22 May 26 May6 Jun 27 May 31 May 6 Jun 7 Jun USMC---Eighty-six graduates of a class of 888 at the U .) VIETNAM---Operation UNION. training for duty in Vietnam. 123 .

(Early Bird. Greene. (Naval Review. Commandant of the Marine Corps. 133 . 3 .invasion from the north . (Early Bird.000 rounds of rocket and artillery fire . forces in amphibious operations .) • VIETNAM---Six Marines were killed and 109 . 32. was designed to test the ability of reservists to join quickly with regular . p . Friendly casualties were placed at 127 killed and 352 wounded . :ended northwest of Tam Ky . Inquirer. (Khe Sanh.) CUBA---The 3d Battalion. The operation terminated 31 October 1967 in the DMZ area with over 1. 1969. p .. received the Armed Forces Management Association 1967 Merit Award for promoting improved management techniques within the Marine Corps . 133 . N . 1 .) VIETNAM---The North Vietnamese struck Con Thien with more than 1. (. 3 helicopters were destroyed and 20 damaged . Bird. Jr . (Early Bird. 32. p . 25 Jul 1967. 1 Aug 1967. no . p . Chicago Tribune. Khe Sanh for eastern Quang Tri Province . 23.Y . Marble Mountain Air Facility was also attacked . 1967 24 Jul 31 Jul VIETNAM---Marine jets hit the Thai Nguyen . 8 Sep 1967.) VIETNAM---Two companies from the 3d Battalion. Chapman. 14 Sep 1967. Times. Phil . 18 Aug 1967.) USMC---General Wallace M . 18 Aug 1967. p . 1 Nov 1967. ("Howard") VIETNAM---About 150 enemy rocket and artillery rounds hit Dong Ha destroying 2 aircraft and damaging 24 . North Carolina for a training deployment in the Caribbean relieving BLT 2/2 which had been conducting training operations there . Chicago Tribune. The greatest problem faced by the Marines was supplying the outposts . p . Sep 15 Sep 18 Sep 25 Sep 19 . ower plant 30 miles north of Hanoi . The exercise.) VIETNAM---The situation became grave at the outposts of Con Thien and Cam Lo when monsoon rains arrived earlier than usual and caused unprecedented floods along the DMZ . Post. p . 1 Aug 1967. (Da Nang Press Trends. 4 . 23. Since 1 September the casualties at Con Thien reached 63 dead and 987 wounded . 26th Marines left.100 NVA and VC killed . an 11-day search.) 1 Aug 11 Aug 13 Aug 16 Aug 17 Aug 18 Aug 21 Aug 28 Aug 28 Aug 30 . wounded when North Vietnamese forces attacked Con Thien . 1 . 1 .Globe. no . The battalion relieved 3/6 and served as part of the group defense force at Guantanamo Naval Base . 23. (Early Bird. 5 . At least 10 Marines were killed by the floodwaters while others were in foxholes up to their waists in water . 2 .) CONUS---General Wallace M .) VIETNAM---Three Marines were killed and 54 wounded and 18 helicopters were damaged when enemy mortar rounds hit Phu Bai . 33. Greene. Jr . ( . 8 .Aug 3 Sep 6 Sep 12 Sep 13 . p . v . 16. 16 Sep 1967. 27 Sep 1967. no .p . Khe Sanh. (Globe. stated before a closed session of a Senate subcommittee that attacks on more targets in North Vietnam should be permitted .)VIETNAM---American troop strength in the Republic of Vietnam included 78. 1 . (Early Bird. Times. 17 . stated that although the Marines were making considerable progress in Vietnam. v .) CONUS---Battalion Landing Team 1/2 left Camp Lejeune for a six month deployment in the Mediterranean area with the Sixth Fleet . said that the 4th Marine Division and Aircraft Wing would not be mobilized in spite of the fact that the Marines needed more combat troops in Vietnam . (Globe. p . the civic action program had slowed down due to increased fighting along the DMZ . since April . Howard received the Medal of Honor from President Johnson at ceremonies at the White House for action in Vietnam in June 1966 .) CONUS---Gunnery Sergeant Jimmie E . (Naval Review. p . 181 . 1969. This was one of the heaviest bombardments made on Con Thien . 7 . 18 . 31 Aug 1967. 1 . called GOLDEN SLIPPER. 19 Sep 1967. t o knock out Marine positions which would block an . They t ried . Wash . 36.) USMC---General Wallace M . 2 . Jr . p . Greene.) (Early CONUS---The largest amphibious assault exercise ever held at Camp Pendleton began with air and ground and regular and reserve Marines . Jr .Y . A total of 571 enemy were killed . p .) VIETNAM---The remaining elements of the 3d Battalion. p . . N . 2d Marines was deployed to Guantanamo Bay. (Windward Marine.12 . . (Da Nang Press Trends.67 Comm Chron. Cuba from Camp Lejeune .000 Marines . p . no . Chicago Tribune. v . Two Marines were killed and 202 wounded .) CONUS---Battalion Landing Team 2/6 left Camp Lejeune. 16 Aug 1967. They were transferred because of a decrease of enemy action around Khe Sanh .) USMC---Lieutenant General Leonard F . 26th Marines were attached to the 9th Marines for Operation KINGFISHER which began 16 July . (1967 Chronology. (Early Bird. p . v . p .and destroy operation.) VIETNAM---Operation SWIFT. p . 181 . p .

1969. v .) VIETNAM---Lieutenant Colonel Gorton C . was killed when his T-38 jet trainer crashed at Tallahassee. 136 . e received the Medal of Honor from President Johnson for ("Lee") action in Vietnam in August . and Air Force jets hit Phuc Yen Airfield which was the control center for North Vietnamese air defense . (1967 Chronology. Florida . California . 3 . Major Williams was en route to Cape Kennedy . Major General Rathvon McC . The ship was named for Sergeant Ross F . p . N . no . Le. 3d Marine Division .) 25 Oct 27 Oct 1 Nov 1 Nov 3 Nov 8 Nov 10 Nov 14 Nov 27 Nov9 Dec 20 . 1967. (Gazette. Williams. p . p . 19 Oct 1967. the Department of Defense planned to double the number of Negro officers in the Marine Corps . p . Cook. Gray who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for action on Iwo Jima .) VIETNAM---Vice President Hubert H .000 Marines of the 7th Marine Expeditionary Brigade took part in Operation BLUE LOTUS which introduced situations and problems faced in Vietnam . 17 Nov 1967. there were 155 Negro officers in the Corps .) VIETNAM---Major General Bruno A . (Naval Review. 2 . Bishop. Times. p . He was the first President to visit the base since Franklin D . (Da Nang Press Trends.) CONUS---Lieutenant General Lewis W . XIII. 1.) VIETNAM---Since enemy barrages began on Con Thien on 1 September. (Early Bird.. Tompkins was named as his replacement as Commanding General. 10 .5th Mar Div . (Naval Review.) VIETNAM---During Operation SCOTLAND. USS ~r_a was launched . p .) CONUS---Major Howard V . More than 8.) CONUS---The largest Pacific amphibious exercise conducted in three years was held at Camp Pendleton.) CONUS---Marine astronaut. (FOF. 5 . p . commanding Marines at Con Thien. 1 . no . 9 . 138 . 3 . (67 Comm Chron. Hochmuth died in a helicopter crash . 5 Oct 1967. During the operation 54 enemy and 34 Marines were killed . 44. v . p . Jan 1968.000 casualties. (Early Bird.Y . CONUS---President Johnson celebrated the 192d Anniversary of the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton. Roosevelt in 1942 . 23 . 25. Walt said in Chicago that the only way to silence enemy guns that have been hitting Marines along the DMZ is to go in and destroy them since they were underground . v . 1. 28 Sep 1967. 52. p . 1 .) VIETNAM---The 1st Marines moved north to Quang Tri from Da Nang and a few days later began Operation MEDINA . p .Y . 1967 27 Sep VIETNAM---Again the outpost at Con Thien became the target of Communist rocket and artillery fire in what has become the worst sustained bombardment against Americans in the Vietnam war . p . attended ceremonies at the White House where President Johnson si ned a bill giving servicewomen equal promotion opportunities with servicemen . which began on 11 October. Jr . 10 Oct 1967.) VIETNAM---Marines were shifted north to reinforce troops along the DMZ when the Army's 1st Cavalry Division (Air Mobile) arrived at Quang Tin and Quang Ngai to take over Marine positions . Post. 2 . p . 6. A committee was organized to study how to increase Negro officer procurement . it was estimated that the North Vietnamese suffered 3. v . Phil .) USMC---A destroyer escort. Wash .) CONUS---Colonel Barbara J . 4 . 52. Navy. (Early Bird. During the raid 10 MIGs were destroyed . 1969. CONUS---Within two years. p . said that until a few days ago North Vietnamese forces had surrounded the outpost on three sides and were within 300 yards of Con Thien . (Unit File . (Early Bird. (Naval Review. Battalion Landing Team 1/26 reinforced the hardpressed defenders at Khe Sanh . 443E . no .1966 . Inquirer. 28 Oct 1967. (Early Bird.) 30 Sep 4 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 5 Oct 9 Oct 20 Oct VIETNAM---Operation MEDINA. 2 Oct 1967. General Hochmuth was on his way to Dong Ha when his UH-lE exploded and crashed five miles northwest of Hue . At that time. Balt . 1969. (Scout. Times. N . p . 137 . Observation Post. p . He was the eighth American astronaut to be killed since the space program began . 7 Feb 1969. Sun. no . was terminated in southern Quang Tri Province . Humphrey visited III MAF at Da Nang where he presented the Presidential Unit Citation Streamer to the 3d Marine Division . Major Clifton C .) 24 Oct VIETNAM---Marine. 13 . California . Director of Women Marines. almost three times the number suffered by Marines . Jan 1968. p . (Gazette.

3 . President Johnson nominated General Chapman for the position on 4 December . v . Walt was named to be the next Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps on 1 January 1968 . 1 . Jr . Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 365 from New River provided helicopter support . 8 Dec 1967. 1967. 49. no . was the second such award presented to General Greene . 47.) VIETNAM-. 30 Dec 1967. (Naval Affairs.Y . Jr . Jr . 181 .) CONUS---The Senate confirmed the nomination of Lieutenant General Leonard F .) 21 . (FOF. p . North Carolina for deployment with the Caribbean Ready Force . Other Marine aircraft hit targets north of Gio Linh . 538E . p . (Early Bird. 1967. N .) VIETNAM---American forces in Vietnam numbered 478. p . Chapman. General Chapman will succeed General Wallace M . Nang Press Trends. (Khe Sanh. 538D . 7 Dec 13 Dec 13 Dec 20 Dec 23 Dec 26 Dec (Da VIETNAM---Marine aircraft from Da Nang and Chu Lai struck targets in North Vietnam near Dong Hoi and Hanoi . 23.) USMC---Lieutenant General Lewis W . on 1 January 1968 . 1 . as the 24th Commandant of the Marine Corps .000 Marines . was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal President Johnson for his meritorious service to the government while Commandant .) by This 2. 1967 5 Dec CONUS---Battalion Landing Team 1/8 left Camp Lejeune. 28 Dec 1967. p . Greene.--Battalion Landing Team 3/26 was ordered to Khe Sanh to help counter increased enemy activity against the outpost . Feb 1968. 3 .000 including 78. p . no .) CONUS---General Wallace M . (FOF. Greene. v . It relieved BLT 2/6 which had been in the Caribbean since August . Times. p . p . (Globe.

Jr . and 8th Communications Battalion sailed for Vieques.) the holiday truce . Co. no . including two Marines . Two platoons from Company M. (Windward Marine. (Early Bird.) 17 Jan VIETNAM---The 1st Battalion. p . Twelve members of the Amphibious Warfare Presentation Team were . 24. they walked barefoot along mountainous jungle trails until they arrived at the perimeter of the 1st Battalion. 297 . among those killed . p . (1968 Chronology. (Globe. held his first press conference since becoming Commandant .) USMC---Colonel Barbara J . 1970. made an official inspection trip to Marine bases in Vietnam and the Western Pacific . 1 . Nelson and Lance Corporal Michael R . was terminated . North Carolina for an extended tour of duty at the U .Vietnamese .000 North . Sun. 1. 24. Chapman. 3. no . p . no . Bait . North Carolina for deployment in the Mediterranean as part of the Mediterranean Landing Force . 1 . Naval Base.) VIETNAM---Two Marines. 1 . p . 3d Battalion. 26th Marines were flown to Hill 881 South as reinforcements . Quantico. 24. Over 2. Before this. (Globe. p .rporal . S . v . 19 Jan 20 Jan 22 Jan23 Jan 23 Jan 22 . 293 . 4 Jan 1968. (1968 Chronology. 5 Jan 1968. Cuba . 1 . 8th Marines left Camp Lejeune. This was the first of the promised Army reinforcements to arrive in northern I Corps which relieved Marine units. p . which was conducted by the 5th Marines.long training exercise. ("Chapman") VIETNAM---There were 298. centered around the area southwest of Hoi An and resulted in 37 enemy killed . Puerto Rico . 1970. 26th Marines attacked a North Vietnamese battalion between Hill 881 South and Hill 881 North . (Khe Sanh. (1968 Chronology. enabling them to move farther north . 1 . p . . (Naval Review. 4 . The 1st Battalion. 17. battalions were rotated every 90 days . FAR EAST---General Leonard F .249 of these in Vietnam . 5th Marines .600 officers and men were scheduled to take part in the exercise . 297 .) VIETNAM---Company I. escaped from a North Vietnamese camp north of Da Nang . p . (Naval Review . p .) VIETNAM---The 5th Marines was moved from the area south of Da Nang to bolster defenses along the border zone . 19 Jan 1968. . 3. During the conference. began arriving in Phu Bai . a combined search and destroy operation which began on 28 December 1967.) 1 Jan 2 Jan 3 Jan 3 Jan 3 Jan17 Jan 4 Jan 8 Jan 11 Jan 11 Jan 16 Jan 16 Jan CONUS---The 2d Battalion. 19 Jan 1968. 1968 1 Jan USMC---General Leonard F . an element of the 1st Air Cavalry Division. 5 Jan 1968. 12 Jan 1968. v . v .(Naval Review. 2d Field Artillery Group.) CONUS---A transport from the Marine Corps Air Station. More than 100 of the enemy were killed . 1 .Steven D . 3. began when Marines from the 10th Marines. (Globe. Guantanamo Bay. 26th Marines was attacked by 25 North Vietnamese soldiers near Khe Sanh .) VIETNAM---The 26th Marines completed its move to Khe Sanh . General Chapman suggested that the rockets which had shelled Da Nang air base earlier that day could have been placed in the area during (Bait .) 17 Jan CONUS---A month .) VIETNAM---Operation AUBURN. Chapman. 1 . 5th Cavalry.) VIETNAM---A Marine CH-53 helicopter crashed in Vietnam killing the crew of 5 and 36 passengers . p . (1968 Chronology. Jr .) VIETNAM---The second battle for Khe Sanh began when Marines from the 3d Battalion.) Pueblo and its crew. Virginia crashed into a mountain in Nevada killing all 19 on board . 1970. no . 2 . Sun. 1 . 1 . (Da Nang Press Trends. 3d Battalion. p . Chapman. Landing Team 2/2 left Camp Lejeune. Jr ..) CONUS---General Leonard F . p .498 Marines in the Corps with 81. It relieved BLT 1/2 which had been on station in the Mediterranean since August .) KOREA---North Koreans captured the USS (1968 Chronology. (Naval Review. The battalion relieved 3/8 . v . p . 182 . FIREX 1-68. p . 1 . 296 . The Marines were captured on 7 January . After escaping. It was sent to the northernmost area where allied troops face a threat from 25. became the 24th Commandant of the Marine Corps with four star rank . The battalion colors were permanently installed there . 19 Jan 1968. p . 1970. Bishop completed her fourth year as Director of Women Marines and had her tour extended one additional year by the Commandant . Individual Marines would serve a three month tour of duty before being rotated on a manto-man basis . p . The operation. Rohn. 8th Marines was to participate in the amphibious assaults .) CONUS---Battalion . p .

304th Division captured the Special Forces camp at Lang Vei. USMC (Retired) died at San Diego.) CONUS---General Harry Schmidt. 5th Marines joined South Vietnamese forces. but was driven back when Company E. North Caroli .) control of the city of Hue . 8 Mar 1968 . 183 . He led the 4th Marine Division • in the Marshall Islands and Saipan campaigns and . (Sea Tiger. p . (Globe. no . 1 . Balt . v . N . (Khe Sanh. Post. moving into Hue from the north by helicopter and landing craft .na after serving more than five months as the ready landing force in the Mediterranean . Johnson was present when the Marines left . 'p . p . Wash . 24. (Unit File . General Schmidt received the Navy Cross and three Distinguished Service Medals .Y . p . 2 Feb 1968. California for Vietnam to bolster forces during the Communist Tet Offensive . 1970. 10.) VIETNAM---Enemy reinforcements began massing near Khe Sanh . no . During the entire month of February the enemy fired 4. ) VIETNAM---Marines. 30-68. 30 Jan 1968 .5th liar Div . (Early Bird. p . The enemy lost 109 killed and the Marines had 7 killed action .) 6 Feb 10 Feb 12 Feb 13 Feb 13 Feb 13 Feb 17 Feb 23 Feb 23 Feb 23 . p .) CONUS---The Department of Defense announced that one brigade of an Army division and one regiment from the 5th Marine Division would be sent to Vietnam .) VIETNAM---A North Vietnamese battalion attempted an assault on the western slope of Hill 861A. 300 . 14 Feb 1968. 21 Jan 1970. 1970 . 27th Marines arrived at Da Nang to help halt the Tet offensive . 26th Marines counterattacked . 6 Feb 1968 . p .) VIETNAM---Elements of the 2d Battalion. (Naval Review.404 rounds at Khe Sanh . (DOD News Release. 300 . 19 .078 North Vietnamese and 52 Viet Cong during the past two weeks in Hue . President Thieu cancelled the Tet truce . Marine helicopters rescued 14 of the 20 U . and hospital . 300 .) VIETNAM---The 1st Battalion. fighting in the city of Hue. Special Force Green Berets and over 70 Vietnamese at the camp . 26 Jan 1968. 2 . (Naval Review.053 of the enemy killed . (1968 Chronology. Times.000 men within 10 to 20 miles of Khe Sanh . (Navy Times. 19. (Early Bird. p . p . p . Sun.southwest of Khe Sanh . jail. 1970.) CONUS---The 27th Marines and the 2d Battalion. (1968 Chronology. 15E. ABC-TV. No . p . . Da Nang received 40 rounds of rocket and mortar fire . no . 6. 5.) CONUS---Battalion Landing Team 1/2 returned to Camp Lejeune. no . 5th Marines and 1st Battalion. p . (Early Bird. p . 1 . 1 . 6 miles. 1 Feb 2 Feb 4 Feb9 Feb 5 Feb in 6 Feb VIETNAM---The 66th NVA Regiment. 13th Marines left El Toro.) VIETNAM---The 1st Battalion.) VIETNAM---Marines began a house to house search in Hue and were able to retake the province headquarters. 25 Jan 30 Jan 31 Jan 1 Feb CONUS---Sergeant Major Herbert J . 2d Battalion.300 rounds of rocket and artillery fire . 301 . (Globe.) VIETNAM---Khe Sanh Combat Base received more than 1. 1968 23 Jan VIETNAM---North Vietnamese soldiers moved closer to the base perimeter at Khe Sanh .commanded the V Amphibious Corps at Tinian and Iwo Jima .) USMC---Women Marines marked their 25th Anniversary of continuous active service in the Marine Corps . tore down the Communist flag flying over the provincial headquarters building and replaced it with the Stars and Stripes .) VIETNAM---The Marine Command in Vietnam reported that Marines killed'1. Sweet was extended in his post as Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps for an indefinite period of time . ABC Evening News. v . 300 . 970. p . 1 . 1 . 1st Marines began clearing the part of Hue that was' south of the Perfume River .Vietnam .) VIETNAM---Enemy troops gained virtual 1970. 13 Feb 1968. Sun. Balt . 24. (Naval Review. p . Geog'File . President Lyndon B . v . 24 Jan 1968. This unit was relieved by BLT 2/2 . p . 1 .) VIETNAM---Due to frequent violations by Viet Cong and Worth Vietnamese units. IV. 9 Feb 1968. Marine patrols in the hills around Khe Sanh killed 61'Communists without suffering any casualties themselves . California . By 9 February. (Naval Review. (Early Bird. Sergeant Major Sweet had already served two and a half years in the post . S . (Early Bird. v . A Marine spokesman estimated that the North Vietnamese had concentrated 35. 1 .. the last organized resistance south of the Perfume River had ended with 1. (Naval Review. 2 .

1970. p . 11. the 101st Airborne Division. Post. 21E. (Early Bird. 15 Mar 1968. but Marines have had three men killed for every five soldiers killed and three men wounded for every four soldiers wounded . Sun.1 Mar CONUS---The "Bronco" School at Camp Pendleton. 11. "McGinty") VIETNAM---A comparative lull in ground fighting became apparent this week throughout most of South Vietnam . Times. Fighting broke out (Sea Tiger. p . Times. Bird. ended . Enemy forces were supposedly regrouping after suffering severe losses during the Tet offensive . Chapman. N . 1 . no . p . 1 . 184 .. 18. 1 . IV.) VIETNAM---Statistics show that the Marines have borne the brunt of the heavy fighting in Vietnam . 4 .000 and the Army about 330. Balt . It was given operational control of the 1st Air Cavalry. (1968 Chronology. p . 5 Mar 1969. California was activated . It replaced MACV Forward .) CONUS---Major Robert J . said that Communist forces had failed in their objectives during the Tet offensive . p .) 6 Mar VIETNAM---General William C . 302 . 1 . Jr .000 wounded at Hue and Khe Sanh . IV. v . Jr . (Early Bird. (Sea Tiger. p . Since its beginning in 1959. 25 Mar 1968. (Khe Sanh. mortar. McGinty. The present Aviation Program demands a college degree . 29 Mar 1968.Y . said that critical shortages of pilots and specialists continued in the Marine Corps . pp . 9 Mar 1968. teaches repair and maintenance of the OV-10A . which provided men without college degrees an opportunity to earn commissions as Marine Aviators. 10 . (Sea Tiger. no . The school. 12 Jul 1968. Although the Corps' stren th was at Observation 300. (Early Bird. 1 ." one of the Marines' newest fixed-wing aircraft used in (Navy counterinsurgency operations. Post. no .) VIETNAM---The Provisional Corps. Seventh Air Force .). Marines number about 80. (Sea Tiger. ("Modrzejewski" . no . It was hoped that this "single manager" concept for tactical air would combine into a single system the best features of Marine and Air Force tactical air support systems . 8 Mar 1968. 1968 24 Feb VIETNAM---The city of Hue was declared secure after a 25-day battle . p . with air and artillery support. and South Vietnamese forces killed over 4. v . Westmoreland publicly expressed his "great admiration" for the Marines in Vietnam. and artillery shells . At Khe Sanh. it was not enough to meet the demands on the Marine Corps ." (Early Bird. and 4 Air Force crew members . named for the OV-1OA "Bronco.) VIETNAM---The 1st Marine Aircraft Wing's fixed-wing strike aircraft were placed under operational control of the Commanding General. Lieutenant General Robert E . III were presented the Medal of Honor by President Johnson for separate actions in Vietnam in July 1966 . He felt that this offensive could be attributed to the fact that enemy planners were convinced that they were losing in the guerrilla effort . 7 Mar 1968. Cushman. p . Times. Modrzejewski and 2d Lieutenant John J . 1 sailor. Chapman. v .) 10 Mar 10 Mar 12 Mar 15 Mar22 Mar 22 Mar 23 Mar 24 . v . 15 Mar 1968.) (Early 6 Mar 6 Mar 8 Mar VIETNAM---An Air Force C-123 Provider was shot down east of the runway at Khe Sanh killing 43 Marines. p .) 26 Feb USMC---General Leonard F . no .) VIETNAM---The Marine outpost at Khe Sanh received 625 rocket. 10. Vietnam (PCV) was activated in northern I Corps as a single tactical headquarters to control the 3 American Divisions operating there . 1970. VIETNAM---Sharp fighting broke out in several areas along the DMZ . no . Post. p . p . "down to the lowest private . 6 Mar 1968. 1 . Wash . p . 29 .000. N . 13.) CONUS---The Marine Aviation Cadet Program. and the 3d Marine Division in addition to corps troops . Marine casualties were described as light . killed 136 North Vietnamese troops four miles northeast of Con Thien . northeast of Con Thien and near Cua Viet on the South China Sea .) CONUS---Nine students drowned at the Quantico Physical Fitness Academy . 302-303 . (Naval Review. . IV.) VIETNAM---Elements of the 3d Marines. (Naval Review. v . 10. XII.000.500 Communists and captured large amounts of supplies . 11 .) 1 Mar7 Mar 3 Mar 5 Mar CONUS---General Leonard F . the enemy began digging trenches near the 26th Marines perimeter . p .293 Marines became aviators . 1. p . 8 Mar 1968. from their commanding general. Jr . A combined force of Marines. During February. 9 .Y . Wash . CIO . Army. IV. the Marines had 449 killed and about 4. V .

(Sea Tiger. Marine (FOF.000 troops in I Corps. 307 .landing force in the Mediterranean. following the assassination of Martin Luther King.) VIETNAM---The seige at Khe Sanh ended when 1st Cavalry Division troops linked up with the 26th Marines and conducted official relief at the combat base . 26 Apr 1968.. 24.) VIETNAM---Operation ALLEN BROOK was launched by the . 13 .) VIETNAM---It was disclosed that the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese killed more than 1. (1968 Chronology. (Khe Sanh. Marine combat deaths have totaled 6. 24.) 16 Apr 16 Apr VIETNAM---The Marine squadrons in Quang Tri were formed into Provisional MAG-39 . Dickey was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by the Secretary of the Navy Paul R . Elements of the 26th Marines declared this hill secure in the afternoon . p . sailor. Times. p . Chicago Tribune. ..) 18 Apr 18 Apr 30 Apr 1 May 3 May 4 May 14 May 25 . Sergeant Richard A . (Flight Jacket. two companies of Schools Demonstration Troops from Quantico.) VIETNAM---Since 1 January 1961 to date.) killing 30 North Vietnamese . The battalion moved to Hue where it participated in mop-up operations . N .000 went into the Marine Corps . 1 . 1st Battalion.2d Battalion. C . Wash . CONUS---The Medal of Honor was awarded to a soldier. no . 6 . (Khe Sanh. 4. 186 .) CONUS---When riots broke out in Washington. (Unit File . 5 . p . p .) VIETNAM---Operation PEGASUS was launched by the Army's 1st Cavalry Division to relieve the Marines at Khe Sanh . no . Commanding General. .) VIETNAM---The l . representatives at Paris to begin peace talks .) 30 Mar 31 Mar 31 Mar VIETNAM---Lieutenant General Robert E . 26 Mar 1969. Sun.) USMC---Of the 48. p . V. p . (1968 Chronology. p . 24 Jul 1968.) VIETNAM---Operation 204 Marines killed .967. North Carolina to become the . This was the first time that members of all the military services received the award at the same time . Virginia and a composite company from the Marine Barracks.000 South Vietnamese in Hue during the Tet Offensive . 122 . Three days later the Marines made . 1968 24 Mar VIETNAM---The first Marine patrol to leave the Khe Sanh base perimeter in almost a month engaged an enemy force around the base . Ignatius for action in Vietnam during Operation BEACON HILL I . 8 Mar 1968. Geog File--Vietnam . Y . Marine.. 4 May 1968 . (DOD News 2 Apr 1968 .) VIETNAM---Captain Peter A .5th Mar Div . Balt . was under the Marines and reinforced by elements of the 9th Marines . Early Bird. Kruger flew his 500th combat sortie setting a new Marine Corps jet combat record in Vietnam . (Early Bird. 1 . 1970. 1. IV. 14 Jun 1968. S . N .) Apr 1 Apr 2 Apr 5 Apr 8 Apr 14 Apr VIETNAM---Marines attacked Hill 881 North near Khe Sanh where enemy troops had retreated after the combat base was relieved .p . SCOTLAND ended in Quang Tri Province with 1. 26th Marines were killed in an ambush on 25 February . No . 3/8 left Camp Lejeune. which began on 31 October 1 . (Naval Review. p . 7th Marines when it moved onto Go Noi Island . Post.Y . (1968 Chronology. p . and women . 1 . 10. 1968. relieving BLT 2/2 . contact with the enemy (Sea Tiger. (Early Bird. 1 . no . Times.000 men who were drafted in April . no .) CONUS---Private First Class Douglas E . (Early Bird."Dickey") VIETNAM---The 26th Marines was relieved at Khe Sanh and was withdrawn to Dong Ha and Camp Carroll . 4 . 220 . D.561 enemy killed and The operation. Among those killed were government workers. Cushman. (Globe. and Air Force officer by President Johnson at ceremonies at the Pentagon . III MAF. 1 May 1 .. priests. p . (Early Bird. control of the 26th Release. 17.25. These troops remained there until 12 April . v . p . p . This was more than any other Marine general in history . . 186 . 4 . Jr .st Battalion. 15 Apr 1968.) CONUS---Battalion Landing Team. v .Y . 3 Jun 1969.893 . 10 . (Khe Sanh. 93-68. p . Captain Kruger flew an A-4 Skyhawk . Marine patrols were forbidden to leave after 23 Marines from Company B. 27th Marines was attached to the 1st Marine Division . commanded 163. Pittman received the Medal of Honor for action in Vietnam .968 . Jr ._ (. v . p . Washington assisted in quelling the riots .) CQNUS---President Johnson announced that he had received word that the government of North Vietnam was prepared to meet with U .

(Early Bird. About 3. Times. Post. (Naval control of ALLEN BROOK passed from the 7th Marines to the Review. 4th Anti-Tank Battalion were deactivated . Krulak retired after a 34-year career in the Marine Corps .300 North Vietnamese troops within four miles of Khe Sanh . and Mike . Inquirer. Buse. (Naval Review. 5 . p . During this operation. VIETNAM---The 3d Battalion. Pacific by Lieutenant General Henry W . p . (MS--Acad Grads in USMC . The USMCR training center at Hulare. 47. 21 May 1968. 7 .- 4 Jun 6 Jun 7 Jun 15 Jun 26 Jun 26 Jun IWO JIMA---Twenty-three years after the Marines captured the island. 9 Jul 1968. and warships. the battalions of the 27th Marines rotated in its conduct . began to search and clear enemy strongpoints and avenues of infiltration south of Da Nang . 30 Jun 1968. p .) . Medal of Honor . and was presented the Distinguished Service Medal .) VIETNAM---For the past four days Marines fought a series of battles with enemy troops along the eastern end of the DMZ . p . The Marines inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy with the support of artillery and air strikes . Post. Over 6.accepted commissions in the Marine Corps . . 6. 7 . The Marines lost 8 dead and 42 wounded but the enemy (Early Bird. 1st Marines was attacked by North Vietnamese troops southeast of Khe Sanh . was also deactivated . Aug 1968.1968 Chronology.) USMC---Eighty-five graduates of a class of 839 at the U . no . N . N . (1968 Chronology. v . V.) 29 Jun 1 Jul 5 Jul 6 Jul 8 Jul 26 . Military Academy and one from the Air Force Academy also accepted commissions in the Marine Corps . 306 .) CON.) suffered 109 killed . This island was the scene of some of the bloodiest fighting during World War II . 1 .) VIETNAM---A large enemy force northeast of An Hoa attacked elements of the 1st Battalion. p . v . General Krulak was relieved in command of the Fleet Marine Force. a Hall of Heroes was dedicated. The plaques on the wall list more than 3. Post.) 30 May 1 Jun USMC---Lieutenant General Victor H . California where these units were located. 5 .200 Medal of Honor recipients . (Early Bird. no . Jr . N . The Marines. Hoffman stated that the North Vietnamese still wanted Khe Sanh and the Marine forces in the area had killed about 1. One graduate from the U .p . p . S . USA .500 Marines moved out in trucks after the last bunkers were destroyed . 1970. Naval Academy. 27th Marines. (Early Bird. Cates. was announced that Khe Sanh Combat Base would be abandoned and that bases to the east would be built up . 311 .) VIETNAM---The 1st Marines and the 11th Engineer Battalion completed the dismantling of Khe Sanh . 1 . 6 Jul 1968.) VIETNAM---Marine Observation Squadron (VMO) 2 at Dong Ha received OV-10 "Broncos" as the first planes arrived in Vietnam . 3 . 7 . Early Bird.) VIETNAM---The 4th Marines engaged enemy troops near Khe Sanh and inflicted heavy casualties . 10 . US---Headquarters and Service Company and Company B. Post. 26th Marines . 1969.) VIETNAM---It other combat Stud and the 27 Jun 1968.) VIETNAM---The 2d Battalion. 3 Jan 1969. Wash . supported by artillery. 26 Jun 1968. (Naval Affairs. (Early Bird. Jun 19. p . Wash .800 Americans and 19. p .Y . 8 . Phil . (Gazette. President Johnson chose Lieutenant Colonel Smith to succeed Brigadier-General James Cross. p . 52. 307 . 5 . honoring recipients of the . (Early Bird. Most of the fighting took place near the combat base at Gio Linh . killed 201 North Vietnamese while suffering only 10 killed and 81 wounded .) VIETNAM---Brigadier General Carl W . 1 . These bases were Landing Zone hilltop camps of Hawk. S . 1.)- 16 May 18 May 19 May VIETNAM---The 7th Marines launched Operation MAMELUKE THRUST southwest of Da Nang . p . planes. Times. (Naval Review. v . (Sea Tiger. (Early Bird. 1 . 1968 14 May CONUS---At the Pentagon. (Unit File . 7 .) VIETNAM---Operational 27th Marines . Wash . Times.5th Mar Div . no . 6 Jun 1968. ( . 1970.Y . p . The North Vietnamese were driven back with the aid of artillery and helicopter gunships . Marines had been awarded 242 Medals of Honor prior to the war in Vietnam . 2 Jun 1968.Y . p . during Operation ALLEN BROOK.000 Japanese died in the fighting . p .68.) CONUS---Marine Lieutenant Colonel Haywood Smith was appointed to the post of Armed Forces Aide to the President . Wash . p . p . Iwo Jima was returned to Japan .

6 Sep 1968. During the shelling 25 Marines were killed and 126 wounded . (Gazette. platoons of Company A. 18 . Sergeant Horton received the Medal of Honor in 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion in China . 421 North Vietnamese were killed and 2 boats and 1 truck destroyed . v . 2.8 . Secretary of the Navy Paul R . 315 . Horton. v . Oct 1969. Reinforcements were rushed to the area . USS John F .) the DMZ . p .5th Mar Div . (Scout. p .' (Da Nang Press Trends. 20 Sep other than rotation of units to Okinawa and Japan . in Washington where he received the Good Conduct Medal awarded 65 years late due to a clerical oversight . no . Vietnam was redesignated the XXIV Corps . 3 . 17 Sep 1968 . p .) (Naval Review.) VIETNAM---An element of the 1st Marine Division was ambushed by an enemy force dug-in near Da Nang ..) CONUS---General Leonard F . v . 34. R . which began on 4 May under the control of the 7th Marines. ("Bobo") USMC---To date. 1 . 26. which began on 29 August. and then secured Hill 461 . p . 21 Aug 24 Aug 27 Aug 31 Aug Sep VIETNAM---A new group ordnance . Oct 1969. began a 15-day tour of Marine installations . Nineteen Marines were killed and 32 wounded in the fierce fighting . no . Jr . 5 . p . Jr . 52. The enemy lost 65 killed while Marine losses were 12 killed and 24 wounded in the scattered (DOD News Release No . v . 26. 826-68. Kenned~ .) (DOD News Release No . (Gazette. G . 3d Tank Battalion supported a South Vietnamese attack on an enemy battalion . record was set this month when Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 334 delivered more than 800 tons of ordnance on enemy targets north and south of the DMZ . 36.) CONUS---Sergeant Walter K . Bobo for action in Vietnam in March 1967 . (Early Bird.) 2 Sep11 Sep 5 Sep 9 Sep VIETNAM---Operation SUSSEX BAY.) 27 . 7 . 31 Jul 1968.) action . 10.) VIETNAM---The 3d Marines took Mutter's Ridge. Chapman. 1970. G . VIETNAM---The first unit of the 27th Marines left Vietnam for Camp Pendleton. . (Naval Review. Davis.) CONUS---Private First Class James Anderson. . 5 . 1968. California . 10 Sep 1968. p . no . p . p . and spent five days in Vietnam . 1970. 12 . Chapman. VIETNAM---The 9th Marines captured Dong Tien Mountain from enemy forces northwest of the Rockpile. 24. During the attack. p . Ignatius for action in Vietnam in 'February 1967 .sion units prevented the 320 NVA Division from crossing (Naval Review. Bangkok.) . 5 Sep 1968. was the' guest of General Leonard F . This was the first American unit to leave Vietnam since the build-up of troops in 1965 (Sea Tiger. p . no . v .VIETNAM---The Provisional Corps. Davis. no . Anderson was the first Black . Times. "Combined Operations with ARVN.Marine to win the Medal of Honor . N . 1 .) CONUS---Secretary of the Navy Paul R ." by MajGen . 10 Jan 1969. 26 Aug 1968. no .) 9 Sep 10 Sep 13 Sep . 10. no . 27.017 killed while Marine casualties :were 172 killed and 1. IV. (Sea Tiger.) 16 Sep 16 Sep CONUS---Regimental'Landing Team 27 arrived at San Diego and was greeted by the Commandant (Unit File . (Scout. During his trip the Commandant visited Alaska. 53. v ." by MajGen R . Ignatius awarded posthumously the Medal of Honor to 2d Lieutenant John P . was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by the Secretary of the Navy Paul R . 36. (Early Bird. The operation was under the control of the 5th Marines . as 3d Marine Divi . Okinawa. 1968 11 Jul13 Jul CONUS---The oldest living Marine Medal of Honor winner. 3 . v . Aug 1968. 3d Tank Battalion again went into the DMZ with South Vietnamese troops from the 2d ARVN Regiment . v . VIETNAM---Company A. 8. Ignatius for action in Vietnam in March 1967 . The operation was a search and clear mission to neutralize enemy forces and installations . p . p . 6 Sep 1968. 9.124 wounded . Jr . Geog File--Vietnam .196 Marines have died in the war in Vietnam . 32 . 254-68. The enemy lost 1. Geog File--Vietnam . (Gazette. 1 . Sergeant William C . of Hoi An . 26 Jul 28 Jul 5 Aug 15 Aug 15 Aug VIETNAM---Marines again crossed into the DMZ when two . 315 . Morning News CBS-TV. no .Y . north of the Rockpile near the DMZ. ended in an area nine miles west . VIETNAM---A unit from the 26th Marines suffered heavy casualties when North Vietnamese troops fired 200 mortar rounds into Marine positions near the Rockpile artillery base . (Scout. IV. 1970. 53. 23 Aug 1968. "Combined Operations with ARVN. was terminated .) VIETNAM---Operation ALLEN BROOK. Singleton was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by (Globe. 38. 9 Aug 1968. The tanks helped to break the enemy defenses and enabled the South Vietnamese to gain their objective . v . p . no .) USMC---A Marine detachment was activated on board the newly commissioned aircraft carrier.) of the Ma-nine Corps and the Secretary of the Navy . 313 .

100 feet high . v . S . (1968 Chronology. p . Ignatius for action in Vietnam in August 1967 . 1 . and made numerous rescues of reconnaissance Marines . v . 2. 1 November 1968. 1968. S . Graham was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by Secretary of the Navy Paul R . Hospital Ship Sanctuary . The operation began on 19 May and accounted for 2. American casualties totaled more than a thousand . and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam would cease . 44.) USMC---One of the three astronauts on board the Apollo VII during its 11-day journe through space was Marine Reserve Major Walter Cunningham .500 men would be drafted in December and that 2. General Chip suffered a fractured spine and was evacuated to the U . It was relieved by BLT 2/6 . (Leatherneck. Jan 1969. 52. Secretary of the Navy Paul R . 265-68. 18 Oct 1968. 452 . v . NBC-TV. (1968 Chronology. Althoff was named Marine Aviator of the Year and received the Alfred A .) VIETNAM---Operation MAUI PEAK. p . p .) 18 Sep19 Sep 23 Sep 29 Sep Oct 3 Oct 5 Oct 9 Oct 11 Oct 14 Oct 14 Oct 19 Oct 22 Oct CONUS---Private First Class Gary W . 26 Oct 29 Oct 29 Oct 31 Oct 5 Nov . v . It was the highest military position in (Early Bird. a combined operation which began on 6 October. 1 . more than 8.000 enlisted Marines (Gazette.000 . 294-68. v . (Gazette.) the Republic of Vietnam . Martini was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by Secretary of the Navy Paul R . (1968 Chronology.) CONUS---Battalion Landing Team 1/6 returned to Camp Lejeune. Friendly casualties were 296 killed . (Globe. 58 . 26. 1 Nov 1968. Nov 1968. While serving in Vietnam. 27 Sep 1968. Ignatius for action in Vietnam during Operation UNION II . ended in the area 11 miles northwest of An Hoa . 1970. 1 Nov 1968. p . (Scout. 44. 24. 38. p .730 enemy killed . and 50 Air Medals . During the seige there. Army unit . Geog File--Vietnam . North Carolina after being deployed in the Caribbean . no . v . ended 25 miles southwest of Da Nang . 53.) CONUS---President Lyndon B . LIII. This was necessary to meet the need for experienced officers and noncommissioned officers . 13 . 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses. California after being deployed in Vietnam for three years . Huntley-Brinkley Report. 10 Oct 1968. 1 . Marines established Fire Base Sandy on a peak 2. (N . replaced by a similar U . 12 . 317 . naval. 26. 1 . p . The battalion was (Flight Jacket.500 would go into the Marine Corps . This was the first time since May that the Marines were required to use draftees . USMC---The Department of Defense announced that 17. 1. p . p . v . p . p . This figure included 84.000 combat and combat-support missions in Vietnam.) VIETNAM---In an attempt to slow enemy infiltration across the DMZ. no . p . all air. 1970. no . 1 . 13 .) 23 Oct VIETNAM---Operation MAMELUKE THRUST. 11. Feb 1969. 40. (Scout. (Naval Review. He completed 1. v .) 28 (FOF. 20 Oct 1968 . no . no .Y . Marines lost 28 killed and 148 wounded .) have earned meritorious combat promotions . 15 Oct 1968.) USMC---The Marine Corps stated that during 1968 about 6. Wheat was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by (Globe. 43. Times. no . Cunningham Trophy .) VIETNAM---More than 33 tons of enemy munitions and weapons and 4 tons of rice were seized by elements from the 3d Marine Division in Quang Tri Province near the DMZ .000 officers and men would return for second tours of duty in Vietnam . The operation involved elements of the 1st Marine Division and claimed 203 enemy killed . 1968 17 Sep VIETNAM---Brigadier General William C . 4 .) CONUS---Captain James A . Chip was seriously injured in a helicopter crash as he was directing a sweep by Task Force Hotel near the DMZ . 4 . Major Althoff won 3 Silver Stars. p . (Naval Review. (Da Nang Press Trends. no . USMC---Since the beginning of the program in June 1965. p . 30 Sep 1968 . p . 21 Sep 1968 . 1 Nov 1968.) VIETNAM---A memorial service was held for Marines who died in the fighting at Khe Sanh where Operation SCOTLAND II took place .) VIETNAM---American troops in Vietnam reached 540. conducted by elements of the 1st Marine Division and the 26th Marines. (DOD News Release No . 317 . Geog File--Vietnam .) USMC---Major David L . p .000 Marines .) CONUS---Lance Corporal Roy M . Ignatius for action in Vietnam during Operation UNION . CONUS---The 2d Light Anti-Aircraft Missile (LAAM) Battalion was relocated to Twentynine Palms. 24. 11 . no . 25. (DOD News Release No . Johnson announced that 8 AM EST.) CONUS---Richard M . Nixon was elected the 37th President of the United States .

This was the first time Americans went into the DMZ after President Johnson's 31 October order that ended air attacks on North Vietnam . (Early Bird. VIETNAM---Camp Carroll. the crew of the USS Pueblo was released by North Korea . 9 Dec 1968. and 631 individual and 200 crew-served weapons captured . The Marines lost 95 killed and 306 wounded . p . a major Marine combat base in north Quang Tri Province. 1 ) VIETNAM---Operation DAWSON RIVER was launched in Quang Tri Province by elements of the 9th Marines . The operation resulted in 19 enemy soldiers killed and 1. p. Three enemy soldiers were killed in the raid . Chapman. (Sea Tiger. p . Jr . Hammond and (1968 Chronology. The operation began on 5 November 1967 and was combined with Operation SALINE which began on 26 January 1968 . p . The operation involved six Marine infantry battalions under the control of the 1st Marine Division . no . 317 . 106 prisoners of war. 1970. 14 . She was to take office 1 February 1969 . began 10 miles west of An Hoa .) 25 Nov 28 Nov 7 Dec 8 Dec 9 Dec 9 Dec 23 Dec 28 Dec 29 . 15 Dec 1968.761 suspects detained . p . Friendly casualties were 395 killed and 2.) VIETNAM---Operation MEADE RIVER was terminated 15 miles south of Da Nang . On 25 October.) VIETNAM---Marines entered the DMZ after spotting North Vietnamese troop concentrations inside the zone . USMCR.) Sergeant Robert J . 4 .495 enemy killed. Sustad was named as the next Director of Women Marines . (1968 Chronology.1968 Chronology. 15 . p . It was a multi-battalion search and clear operation . 17 Dec 1968. (Early Bird. 1970. 2 . Wash . an Apollo VII Astronaut .) VIETNAM---Operation TAYLOR COMMON.) VIETNAM---Operation NAPOLEON/SALINE. p . 1970. 27 Nov 1968. p . (1968 Chronology. Inquirer. 319 . 15 . no Marines were lost .) VIETNAM---A squad of Marine sharpshooters ended a three-day tiger hunt after one Marine was killed by a tiger while on patrol in November . Da Nang Press Trends. (Naval Review. 3 . 1st Marines and launched GARRARD BAY .134 wounded .) KOREA---After 11 months of captivity. p . 20 Dec 1968. The operation accounted for 3.) USMC---Colonel Jeanette I . ended southeast of Da Nang . IV. (Naval Review. a search and clear operation under the control of the 3d Marine Division. EAGLE HUNTER . ( . pinned Naval Astronaut wings on Major Walter Cunningham. No tigers were sighted on the hunt near the Laotian border . 3 . p . Phil . The two Marines among those released were Staff Sergeant Robert J . Chicca . p . 17 Nov 1968. The operation began on 20 November under the control of the 1st Marine Division and accounted for 841 enemy killed and 71 members of the Viet Cong infrastructure captured . a multi-battalion search and clear operation. Post. 1968 9 Nov 13 Nov 16 Nov CONUS---General Leonard F . terminated southeast of Gio Linh . 14 . a battalion-size search and clear operation conducted by elements of the 26th Marines. (Naval Review. Later that day it joined the 2d Battalion. Da Nang Press Trends. 10 . was deactivated after being in existence for more than two years .) VIETNAM---Operation GARRARD BAY. p . 318 . 49. p . BLT 2/26 landed south of Marble Mountain in a one day operation. (Da Nang Press Trends. v .

no . Horton. Colonel Bishop became the Congressional Liaison Officer to the Senate .) USMC---The House Armed Services Committee approved -a bill authorizing two active fourstar generals for the Marine Corps if its strength was over 200. no . California . p . Bishop . p . 1 . During the China Relief Expedition in 1900. Mar 1969. Times. 7 Jan 1969 . Washington . Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 10 and Marine Fighter/Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 102 were activated at MCAS.) CONUS---The 5th LAAM Battalion was deactivated at the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station . v .) VIETNAM---The U . (Da Nang Press Trends. v . 7 Feb 1969. p. (Gazette. no . Wash . 53. p . 1 . p . 3. (Gazette. 3 .100 men of which 1. V . (Gazette. The 9th Marines killed more than 1. (Scout.) USMC---Since the summer of 1965. 3 . Mar 1969. v . Geog File--Vietnam .000 Marines have voluntarily extended their tours of duty in Vietnam for at least six more months. 8 . military strength in Vietnam numbered 539. 1 . In November 1968.200 Marines took part in the Presidential Inaugural ceremonies of Richard M . Mar 1969. these units moved into Quang Tri province to replace the Army's 1st Cavalry Division .) USMC---Colonel Jeanette I . 5. Jr . no . Post. Nixon .) CONUS---President-elect Richard M .) USMC---The Defense Department announced a March draft call for 33. ) VIETNAM---Marines uncovered 12 tons of rice.500 would go to the Marine Corps . 7 Feb 1969. p .) CONUS---President Johnson presented Major Stephen W .500 including 81. 33 . no . Jr . 3.) VIETNAM---Operation DEWEY CANYON began in the A Shau Valley when the 9th Marines and supporting artillery were lifted from Quang Tri . The purpose of these activations was to bring the Corps up to its authorized permanent force structure in MCCRTGs . p .) VIETNAM---Operation DAWSON RIVER. Marines killed 33 of the enemy . over 30. General Chapman visited Marine Barracks at Roosevelt Roads. During December 1968. was awarded a second Distinguished Service Medal for "exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States of America while serving as Commandant of the Marine Corps . 8 Jan 1969.) 5 Jan 6 Jan 6 Jan 16 Jan 16 Jan 20 Jan 22 Jan18 Mar 27 Jan 31 Jan Feb Feb Feb 1 Feb 8 Feb 14 Feb 25 Feb 30 . 27.000 Marines scheduled to return home extended their tours . died in Seattle. no . p . (Gazette. Sergeant Horton received the Medal of Honor for his action in fighting the Chinese Boxers . p . no . Guantanamo. 1969 4 Jan USMC---Marine Corps Combat Readiness Training Group (MCCRTG) 10 with its subordinate squadrons. Chafee as the new Secretary of the Navy . 21 Feb 1969. 3. Yuma . 6.000 .200 North Vietnamese troops and unearthed more than 500 tons of weapons and ammunition . p . 53. 4 . 7 Jan 1969. 27. p . made his first trip to the Caribbean since becoming Commandant . and 250 pounds of TNT in Quang Tri province. 2 . 1 .500 rounds of heavy machine gun ammunition. 3. N . and Bermuda . Mar 1969. (1969 Chronology. (Observation Post. XIII. Marine Fighter/Attack Training Squadron 101 was also activated at El Toro. 5 . conducted by the 9th Marines with artillery support by the 12th Marines. (Gazette. v . Chapman.). 1 . CARIBBEAN---General Leonard F . p . no . several miles southeast of the demilitarized zone . p . California . p . Pless with the Medal of Honor for action in Vietnam on 19 August 1967 .) VIETNAM---Operation VALIANT HUNT ended 'in Quang Nam province after 21 days . 6." (Scout. Sustad became the 6th Director of Women Marines succeeding Colonel Barbara J . (Gazette. (Early Bird. the Marines' oldest holder of the Medal of Honor. (Early Bird.) CONUS---Sergeant William C .Y .) CONUS---Over 1. May 1969. or about one battalion a month . Only 2 Marines were killed and 14 wounded . 53. Its personnel and equipment became a detachment of the 2d LAAM Battalion headquartered at Twentynine Palms. 7 Feb 1969. p . 4 . Jan 1969. 53. The Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps would be a full general . 6 . During his three day visit. 1 . v . (DOD News Release. Governor Chafee is a former Marine who served in World War II and Korea . v . v . 6. no . Chapman. 53. Nixon announced the selection of Rhode Island Governor John H . v . (1969 Chronology. 3. During the multi-company operation.000 Marines . 5. (Statementss on Vietnam. ("Pless") USMC---General Leonard F . S . The new detachment of the 2d LAAM continued to operate from Yuma . 53. 1. San Juan. ended after two months .200 Marines of the 8.

IV. 12. Cushman. stated that the Marine Corps was able to apply amphibious tactics in Vietnam . Jr . 155 . 2 .300 enemy troops Operation KENTUCKY resulted in (DOD News Release. 1. v . 7 . (Sea Tiger. Laird praised the record of extensions in the Marine Corps during a fact-finding mission in Vietnam ." said General Chapman . 2 . 1969 25 Feb USMC---General Leonard F . p . 21 Mar 1969. It can transport 4 tons of cargo or 38 combat troops . The crossing was made near the tri-border where Laos. Chapman. This operation. no . 18. Cambodia. May 1969. (USNIP. Laird . accounted for 1. In 1968. no . no . p . v . 15 Mar 1969. 21. (Sea Tiger. 5 Jul 1969. while among inductees it was 71 . Newlin was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Nixon at the White House .) USMC---Plans for a Law Enforcement Branch at Headquarters Marine Corps were adopted . no . v . no . Jr . Balt . 11. V. 2 Mar 1969. and South Vietnam meet . ("Davis") Mar 3 Mar 7 Mar 9 Mar 9 Mar 10 Mar 15 Mar 18 Mar 21 Mar 26 Mar 26 Mar 31 . (Sea Tiger. July 1969. Early Bird. During Operation SCOTLAND friendly casualties were 463 killed .) CONUS---Private First Class Melvin E . p . 5. 11 Mar 1969. p .500 Marines voluntarily extended their tours in Vietnam for six months or more . (Navy Times. p . V. 14 Mar 1969. he is free to maneuver against enemy forces without keying his tactics to protecting that route. 95. 12. (1969 Chronology. (Sea Tiger. 21 Mar 1969.) USMC---The Marine Corps received its first CH53D assault helicopter . v . p . Agnew for action in Vietnam during September 1967 . resupply is begun by helicopters carrying supplies from support areas if. with U . over 100 miles and return without refueling . Mar CONUS---Brigadier General James Donald Hittle (Retired) succeeded Randolph S . which began on 7 December 1968. 43 .071 . no . General Hittle was released from active duty in November 1960 after completing more than 23 years in the Marine Corps . v . p . 12 . 5 Mar 1969.) VIETNAM---Operation TAYLOR COMMON ended 10 miles southwest of An Hoa . uncovered the largest Valley . p . 1 . General Cushman was named as deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency by President Nixon . Marine units crossed the jun le border to give needed security on a flank that happened to extend into Laos . ("Newlin") USMC---The Robert M . 11. The squadron was cited for its support of almost ever major Marine operation during 1968 in Vietnam . (Gazette.~ USMC---Lieutenant General Herman Nickerson. The to help find and .398 of the enemy killed and 610 captured . men from the 9th Marines single haul of arms and munitions to date in the war in the A Shau munitions dump was so vast that additional Marines were called in destroy the stockpile .) the 3d Marine were killed while 3. III MAF replacing Lieutenant General Robert E . 4 . 1 . 4 . v . p . 1 VIETNAM---Operations SCOTLAND II and Division .000 hardcore VC in I Corps. p . 13.) VIETNAM---Secretary of Defense Melvin R . 53. 4 Mar 1969. p .4 percent. Sun. (Statements on Vietnam. College graduates among enlisted men numbered 1.327 wounded . p . Newlin received the Medal of Honor for action in Vietnam on 4 July 1967 . Jr . This is an improved model of CH53A which was introduced into Vietnam in late 1966 .) CONUS---Sergeant Rodney M . "As Marines move out of the landing zone in combat operations. Marine casualties were 156 killed and 1.5 percent . v . (Da Nang Press Trends. became Commanding General. most of them in the northern provinces . (AF Journal. no . Hanson Award was presented to VMFA-314 as the most outstanding Marine fighter squadron of 1968 .) USMC---The percentage of high school graduates among Marine Corps volunteers reached 55 . This branch would manage and coordinate the training of personnel to serve in law enforcement billets and was expected to go into operation during Fiscal Year 1970 .) VIETNAM---The latest estimate of enemy strength places 40. S .) VIETNAM---During Operation DEWEY CANYON. casualties at 520 killed . Davis was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by Vice President Spiro T .) VIETNAM---The fact that to protect American troops several Marine Corps companies crossed the Laotian border during Operation DEWEY CANYON was confirmed by Secretary of Defense Melvin R . the rear to the 'beachhead' units . Because the ground commander is not tied to an overland supply route. V. Driver as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs .000 NVA and 70-80.921 enemy killed Geog File--Vietnam 27 Feb 28 Feb KENTUCKY were ended by units of II more than 3. 2 .

no . Jun 5 Apr 20 Apr 21 Apr 22 Apr 25 Apr May 2 May VIETNAM---Operation MAINE CRAG.Newfoundland to Mildenhall A . no . (Da Nang Press Trends.) USMC---The Commandant of the Marine Corps. L . p . p . Dailey would replace retiring Sergeant Major Herbert J . 74 . visual reconnaissance plane . General Ostermann was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in action during the capture of Fort Dipitio.1 VIETNAM---Operation MUSKOGEE MEADOW. 22. under control of the 3d Marines. The AH-16. S . 25. This (Gazette. 6. 6. CARIBBEAN---United States and Brazilian Marines took part in an amphibious landing at Vieques. v . North Carolina was selected as the winner of the Secretary of Defense Conservation Award of 1968 . conducted by elements of the 1st Marine Division. no . 1 . p . was a twin-engine. USMC (Retired).) 6 May 8 May 9 May19 May 18 May 22 May 23 May 23 May 32 .S .B . Secretary of Defense Melvin R . 53. ended 5 miles north of An Hoa . Senate approved a four star rank for the Assistant Commandant as long as the active duty strength of the Corps-exceeds 200. 8 .) eligible Marines voted . The operation. no . announced that Sergeant Major Joseph W . Ostermann. p . 1 . 19. (Flight This was the largest combined U . v .-Brazilian maneuver since World War II . Jacket.) VIETNAM---Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 returned to Chu Lai from El Toro. Jr . Virginia . 101st Airborne Division. the Army's Americal Division. v .) USMC---Lieutenant Colonel Robert L . 1 May 1969. Jr . England in 11 hours and 49 minutes and covered a distance of 2. ("Camp Lejeune"--Subject File . 18 Apr 1969. 60 . 26. S .) USMC---Major General Edward A . v . 1 . (Sea Tiger. no .May 1969. North Carolina . LII.) CONUS---Marine Corps Base. v . Haiti in 1915 . no . Phillips claimed the aircraft distance record in an OV-1OA (Bronco) . which began on 7 April. Friendly casualties were 16 killed and 121 wounded . During the operation which began on 15 March. (Gazette. which began on 23 February. Aug 1969. General Leonard F . v . Laird approved this selection of Camp Lejeune because it demonstrated the greatest progress in conservation of natural resources among all of the Armed Forces installations . Jul 1969. Chapman. p . ended northwest of Khe Sanh . 1969 Apr VIETNAM---Four Marine AH-16 Huey Cobra gunships began operating in Vietnam with VMO-2 . The operation.522 miles .) CONUS---A Special Purpose Exercise (SPEX) began at Cherry Point. and the 1st Brigade of the 5th Infantry Division . 8. Force Logistic Command. 9 May 1969. 157 of the enemy were (Da Nang Press Trends.) CONUS---The U . no . S . the Army's XXIV Corps.F . no . v . 26. It was felt that these contacts may have stopped two large ground actions against U . p . California . 9 May 1969. p . 1 . The two Marine pilots flew nonstop from Stephensville. died in Fairfax. observed part of the exercise which included an amphibious landing demonstration at Onslow Beach and a SATS demonstration at Bogue Field . Press Trends.) appointment . turbo-prop. 24 Apr 1969. which was designed to test factors involved in large-scale amphibious operations by forces of culturally different nations . 26. killed and U . . 2 .. 24.Operation VERITAS II. This squadron first arrived in Vietnam in November 1966 as Marine All(Flight Weather Fighter Squadron 232 and remained there until 1 September 1967 . no . Sweet as the next Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps . PURPLE MARTIN. 30 May 1970. '(Globe. was under the control of the 3d Marine Division and accounted for 252 North Vietnamese soldiers . no .5 percent of all was the highest percentage in'all the military services . Lewis and Major Charles L .) USMC---In the 1968 general election. p . p . 17. (Windsock.000 at the time of the (Leatherneck. 3 . Camp Lejeune. (Flight Jacket. p . (Sea Tiger. 4 .) VIETNAM---A multi-battalion search and clear operation. losses were 21 killed and 134 wounded . 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. 1 . was the first attack helicopter for the Marine Corps . Jacket. 13 Jun 1969. and South Vietnamese military installations .) VIETNAM---Small unit contact in the 1st Marine Division TAOR accounted for more than 600 enemy deaths . V. v . V. v . 1 . The Bronco. 5 . 53. p . General Leonard F . 7. p . 2 May 1969. ended six miles south of Khe Sanh . p . 27. ( .. Chapman. 22. 3 . p . 1969. It now was comprised of the 1st and 3d Marine Divisions. which was being used by Marines in Vietnam. 29 May 1969. 18. 53.) VIETNAM---The III Marine Amphibious Force began its fifth year in Vietnam . v . operated with only a pilot and copilot.Gazette. v . no . Jun 1969. Puerto Rico during . 19. 9 . resulted in (Da Nang 162 of the enemy killed .

42. 27. General Lewis'W . U .) USMC---Of the 862 graduates of the Naval Academy's Class of . 3d Marine Division. (Early Bird. p . . 20 Jun CONUS---The largest amphibious training exercise since 1967. Foster. 4 Jul individual and 8 c . Washington. Corporal Larry E . the first Marine to receive the Army's . Marines .) USMC---Master Gunnery Sergeant Mabel A •. V. .-Operation. 27.tractor.1969. VIETNAM---In three separate engagements.) U.Service Cross during the Vietnam War . V. •T he'first . . 25. no . which began on 10 May. and Corporal ("Foster") William T . was . 20 .Paul .500 . 25. 2 Jun 4 Jun 4 J n 6 Jun . history there was more than one four-star billet authorized . OKLAHOMA HILLS.Hue . 7969 24 May.a multi-battalion search and . 5 Jul 1969.) 33 23 Jun 30 Jun . Smedley. 7 . S . (1969 Chronology. p . Marines (1969 Chronology. (1969 Chronology. Those drafted into . 'ended in the area 30 miles southwest of .) VIETNAM-. 7 . 18 Jun 1969. Jr . 27.ts ..ornia . while the rate among volunteers is . Perkins. Wash . which began 29 May.) were responsible for 270 enemy casualties . The operation involved the 9th Marines and ended-with 735 of the enemy killed and over 300 individual and crew-served weapons captured . During the fight.rew-served weapons were captured . no . p . Craddock •w ho was to retire on 2 August after 22 years in the Marine Corps . 9 Jun 1969 . 5th Marines fought and ddfeate. 5 Jul 1969. no . Walt received his fourth star . no . . (Windsock. 2 . Captain Crowley was with Advisory Team 1 . 92 acceptea commissions in the United States Marine Corps .) CONUS---At the Marine Barracks. 3 .Operation UTAH MESA under the control of Task Force Hotel. p . (AF Journal. v . Chafee was a former Marine and a veteran of World War II and Korea . 1 . 7 . The operation which began on 31 March was under the control of the Enemy losses were 5966 killed and U . at a ceremony at the White House .) 12 Jun VIETNAM---. 7 Jun 7 Jun12 Jun 8 Jun VIETNAM---Under. 3 . 18.' . 27. It was to be redeployed to Okinawa . . p . (Da Nang Press Trends. during 'the initial assault .if. Division .' 5th Marine at Camp Pendleton. 13 Jun 1969.) USMC---Captain Fred R . p . ended in the area 20 miles southwest of Quang Tri . v . p . p . During the operation 120 of the enemy were killed 'and 77 (Sea •] er. Army Advisory Group-when it was attacked by the Viet Cong . 1 . S . 29 May 1969. Marines in the western Pacific. S . p . began four miles northwest of Khe Sanh . Distinguished .) . an amphibious assault ship. 36.000 troops_ would be withdrawn by the end of August . During the first week over 160 enemy troops were killed . the 1st Battalion. (Scout. President Nixon's plan for redeployment of American troops from Vietnam. 30 May 1968. 20 Jun 1. For the first time in Marine Corps. 106. wounded . :Of the 93. v . 1t. (Scout. The nation's highest award was given to the families of Sergeant. (Da :Nang Press Trends._1 1969. (Da Nang Press Trends.0 . no . Jun . (Navy Times.d North Vietnamese :uni . With the aidd of artillery . over 82. p . p USMC---About one-third of Marine Corps strength was in the Far East . 7 . no . the Medal of Honor to three Marines who were killed in separate actions in Vietnam . 9 . Exercise BELL CALL. during the Korean War .) 20 Jun CONUS---President Nixon posthumously awarded . ended south of Da Nang .the Marine Corps reenlist at a rate of only 1 percent for first term reenlistment.000 (AF Journal. C . v . v . 12 percent . the LVTPX-12. S. D .Marine combat unit to be withdrawn was the 9th Regimental Landing Team .20 Jun 1969. p . 24.tested a new amphibious.'3 . 12 Jun 1969. 24 May27 May 29 May USMC---The USS r In chop.000 with 'the total 538. p . Chafee visited III MAF Marines during a tour of American military installations in Vietnam . its name commemorates the Marine landing in 195 .1969. a multi-battalion search and clear operation. 25. Crowley became .) 1 VIETNAM---Operation APACHE SNOW. p . Expeditionary Brigade. Captain Crowley was severely wounded. Otten was named as the next Sergeant Major of the Women Marines replacing Sergeant Major Ouida W . 24. no .000 were in Vietnam .'p . 29 May 1969. clear operation under the control of the 9th. strength at 31 May Jun USMC---The reenlistment rate in' the Marine Corps fell below rates experienced before Vietnam . Post. but he continued to send important infortion over the radio and directed the care of the wounded . v . 1 . v . 5 . (Da Nang Press Trends. casualties were 53 killed and 487 7th Marines . (Sea Tiger.) VIETNAM---Operation CAMERON FALLS. 5 .) VIETNAM---U . .) .969. Cal .) VIETNAM---Secretary of the Navy John H . began Marines from the 13th . Marines in Vietnam numbered 81. and air strikes. was launched .H .

(Navy Times. which provides helicopter transportation for the President. Security for the President and the guarding of the Mobile Quarantine Facility which isolated the astronauts after recovery was provided by Marines on board the USS Hornet . S . a Force Troops team from the 2d Amphibian Tractor Battalion stood by as a secondary recovery force in the event of a miscalculation during the launch . casualties at 106 killed and 490 wounded . 9 . 1st Marines . North Carolina were responsible for the death of one Marine and serious injury of another . 1 . no . who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam . (Da Nang Press Trends. 30. v . Virginia . p . 34. 2 . 1 . casualties were 35 killed This was the last operation that the 9th Marines would participate in for Okinawa . units of Regimental Landing Team 9 were honored at ceremonies held at . Dailey succeeded Sergeant Major Herbert J . Sweet as Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps . p . along with Korean and South Vietnamese troops. p . 19 Jul 1969. and is a veteran of two Vietnam tours . no .000 troop withdrawal plan . 1 . The operation began 14 June . During the first week 21 of the enemy were killed . was designed to uncover enemy installations.) VIETNAM---Operation VIRGINIA RIDGE ended in the territory north of the Rockpile . S . v .-p . Aug 1969. no .Quang Tri Combat Base. (Naval Affairs. 8.) VIETNAM---Operation HERKIMER MOUNTAIN. (Leatherneck. while U . v . (Observation Post. 8 . v . (Sea Tiger. The operation involved elements of the 4th Marines and accounted for 560 of the enemy killed with U .) PACIFIC---Marines from Helicopter Squadron HMX-1. 5th Infantry Division . p . ended . p . 3 . 28. Four Marines at Cape Kennedy were responsible for the ground link for the circuit with Apollo 11 during the launch and recovery of the capsule . p . 'Marines. 26.) VIETNAM---Phase IV of Operation PIPESTONE CANYON began south of Da Nang with the 1st Battalion. V. (Flight Jacket . .Globe. Faw and Colonel Ralph K . (Da Nang Press Trends. p . 31 Jul 1969. 25. 9th Marines left Da Nang for Okinawa . 29. Sergeant Major Dailey holds the Navy Cross. 2 . p . LII. accompanied President Nixon to the recovery area for the Apollo 11 . 11 Jul 1969. (. and'118 wounded . (Sea Tiger. which involved . Friendly casualties were 56 killed and 268 wounded .) 11 Jul 14 Jul 16 Jul 16 Jul 16 Jul 16 Jul24 Jul 20 Jul 21 Jul 21 Jul 24 Jul 25 Jul 1 Aug 1 Aug 1 Aug 34 . no . Marines from the 26th Regiment were landed and joined Republic of Korea Marines . (Observation Post. ended with 158 enemy killed and 116 suspects detained . (1969 Chronology.) VIETNAM---The 1st Battalion. This was the beginning of Phase I of President Nixon's 25.. Oct 1969. 1969 9 Jul VIETNAM---Operation UTAH MESA was terminated by an element of the 9th 1st Brigade.) USMC---Brigadier General Duane L . Silver and Bronze Stars.) VIETNAM---Operation RUSSEL BEACH. Located in the area northwest of forces killed 309 of the enemy. (Da Nang Press Trends. p . which began on 1 May. 1 . S . 48.) CONUS---Sergeant Major Joseph W . Paul. v . This was the first major step in streamlining the military court system under the Military Justice Act of 1968 . . 31 Jul 1969. 3 . 1 Aug 1 . p . 9th Marines sailed from the Republic of Vietnam for Okinawa on board Seventh Fleet ships . 31.969 . USMC.31. 1 Aug 1969. . 3 .) VIETNAM---The remaining . v . which began on 1 May and was centered in an area northwest of Cam Lo. (Da Nang Press Trends. I>Aug 1969. p . 1 . no . p . bringing to an end more than four years of fighting in Vietnam .. p . XIII. the 26th Marines. V. Both units had been in Vietnam since 4 July 1965 . v . The operation. 24 Jul 1969. before leaving 10 Jul VIETNAM---Operation MIGHTY-PLAY began seven miles south of Da Nang . no . materiel. no . (Sea Tiger. and troops . p . .) 1 USMC---It was announced that a Navy destroyer escort to be launched in 1970 would be named in honor of Lance Corporal Joe C . Florida. 22 Aug 1969. 10. no . v . 14 Jul 1969. Quantico. 40 . The 3d Marines accounted for 560 enemy dead and the capture of 141 individual and 34 crew-served weapons . were attempting to remove the enemy from strongholds in Quang Nam province . 8 . (Da Nang Press Trends. Culver joined seven Navy officers and three civilians as members of the new Navy Court of Military Review which met at the Washington Navy Yard .) CONUS---Racial riots at Camp Lejeune. 7 .) Marines and the Khe Sanh.) i CONUS---Vital communications support-between the three Apollo 11 astronauts and the ground was provided by Marines from the Marine Corps Development and Education Command. XIII. 18 Jul 1969. 25 Jul 1969. v . 3 Dec 1969. 31. no . p . 3 . U . V.) VIETNAM---Regimental Headquarters and the 2d Battalion.) CONUS---During the launch of Apollo 11 at Cape Kennedy.

(Sea Tiger. v . 53. 5 . California .500 men .000 by 15 December 1969 . p .600 would be assigned to the Army and 1. (Gazette. p . (Sea Tiger . The Army was'to be reduced by 14.) for a few key personnel . 26 Sep 1969. V . 9th Marines arrived at Okinawa . Finney was . and searched the island for Viet Cong' and North Vietnam forces . left Vietnam to be reformed . 36. no . S . v . California was redesignated Marine Corps Air Station. no . no . This conSmith at Alabama and 1969. S . 4 . Japan .) USMC---The Marine Corps announced its first cutback of 20.) VIETNAM---The last UH-34D Sea Horse Squadron. Marine units that were to be withdrawn from Vietnam would be manned by Marines who have spent at least 12 months in Vietnam except (Da Nang Press Trends.600 were Marines .000 men .200 men of which 76. 1 . 3 Sep 1969.878 . (Navy Times. 39. 4 . 1969 13 Aug VIETNAM---Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 left Vietnam for Okinawa under the announced 25. the Navy by 5. v .)' VIETNAM---U . Vietnam announced that the remainder of the 3d Marine Division and supporting elements of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing would be redeployed to implement President Nixon's decision to reduce the U .300 in total strength . Iwakuni. the Marine Corps by 18.) JAPAN---Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 334 was relocated from Chu Lai to the Marine Corps Air Station. 3 . Phil . The total reduction was 40. 11 . (Da Nang Press Trends. 13 Aug 1969. 1 . V. CONUS---Secretary of Defense Melvin R . (Da Nang Press Trends.. 5 Sep officials established Smith . CONUS---Major Robert E . 18 Sep 1969. -It was felt that a reduction in recruiting would reduce the size of the Corps without any rollback of temporary officer promotions or any reversion of temporary officers to en(Navy Times.) CONUS---The Department of Defense issued an October draft call for 29. Santa Ana . (Da Nang Press Trends. 34. still in Vietnam. p . Its mission was to maintain and operate facilities and provide services to support operations of a Marine aircraft wing . 17 Sep 1969. p .) CONUS---A group of Alabama Marine reservists and prominent state a "living memorial" to Marine General Holland M . 27.) CONUS---Marine Corps Air Facility. 6 . no . (1969 Chronology. XIII. (Leatherneck. This was the first major increment of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing to leave Vietnam . v . p .800 of which 72 . would be deactivated at Camp Pendleton. California . no .) USMC---U .457 spaces. p .541 spaces . S . 14 Aug 1969. 1 . p . The squadron was redesignated Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 362 after receiving the jet-powered CH-53 aircraft . Of these. 11.) listed status before 1 July 1970 .000-man troop reduction . and the Air Force by 2. S . LII. Twentynine Palms. Inquirer. The total n umber of inductees brought into the Marine Corps for the y ear through October amounted to 11. v .263 spaces. 30 . 49. p . Oct 1969. 28 Aug 1969. appointed new brig commander at Camp Pendleton and was given a free hand in improving conditions following three disturbances in'the past few weeks over alleged mistreatment of prisoners . said three guards had been disciplined for using excessive force in quelling disruptive prisoners . p . 1 Oct 1969. The squadron boarded the'"USS Valley Fora from the Marble Mountain Air Facility . Major General Donn J . no .) OKINAWA---The 3d Battalion. strength in Vietnam to 484. p . 51. 5 Sep 1969. (Early Bird. V. V. 5 . v . military strength in Vietnam numbered 511.) VIETNAM---Another troop withdrawal was ordered from Vietnam . 2 . arriving in April 1962 . Laird announced that the 5th Marine Division The 26th Marines. 18. p . The base commander. 10. Forces in Vietnam numbered 534. 18.) VIETNAM---The U . p . 1 .000 were Marines . 20 miles south of Da Nang. p . Military Assistance Command.) VIETNAM---Regimental Landing Team 9 completed its redeployment from Vietnam when the 3d Battalion boarded the USS Paul Revere at Da Nang .400 to the Marine Corps . This squadron was the first aircraft unit of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing to serve in Vietnam.. . 5 . p . Tiger.' (Observation Post . Nov 1969. v .' Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 362. 22 Aug 1969.) 13 Aug14 Aug 14 Aug 14 Aug 17 Aug 18 Aug 26 Aug28 Aug 28 Aug 1 Sep 1 Sep 15 Sep VIETNAM---Marines from Battalion Landing Team 1/26 landed on Barrier Island.239 spaces. p . 1 . (Da Nang Press' Trends. p .) VIETNAM---The 1st LAAM Battalion left Da Nang to be relocated at Marine Corps Base. would not be deactivated with the rest of the division . 36. ("Howlin' Mad") sisted of $25.000 to augment the scholarships started by General Auburn universities . no . 1 Oct 1969. (Da Nang Press Trends. The 9th Marines returned to their peacetime home at Camp Schwab .) 17 Sep 17 Sep 18 Sep 21 Sep 29 Sep 30 Sep 35 . Santa Ana. 11 . (1969 Chronology. 13 Aug 1969. p . Robertson. (Sea . no . 3 .

) CONUS---Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 561 was deactivated at El Toro. Agnew posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to two Marines who were killed in separate operations in Vietnam . 17 Oct 1969. Oct 1969. The (Sea Tiger. 1 . 5 . p . 17 Oct amphibious landing on Onslow Beach. USMC---By this time approximately 26.) returned to the United States . v . p . Pacific would form the brigade . would be reduced from 13 months to 12 months effective in November . no . no . California . arranging transportation and coordinating the movement of Marines from ConUS to the (Gazette. no . military in Vietnam. v . California . 41. p . an exercise which was a massive demonstration of land. 856-69. USMC---More stringent reenlistment regulations for the Marine Corps went into effect . Cunningham Trophy for outstanding contributions to Marine Aviation while commanding Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 at Quang Tri. (Da Nang Press Trends. (1969 Chronology. 7 Oct 1969. 20 Oct 1969. 44. USMC---General Leonard F . Japan. California .) VIETNAM---There were 501. 24 Oct 1969. S . Buse. 1 . v . the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade would be activated at Camp Pendleton. 2. Disciplinary records would have a greater bearing on whether a Marine could reenlist (Observation Post. The helicopters were transferred to units of the 4th Marine (Flight Jacket. Fleet Marine Force.. located throughout the country .) Pacific area . no . 10 Oct 1969. p . p . He was awarded the 1969 Alfred A . 20 Oct 1969. The nation's highest award was given to Sergeant Alfredo Gonzalez for action during Operation HUE CITY and Lance ("Gonzalez") Corporal Jedh C .) VIETNAM---Marine Observation'Squadron 6 departed Vietnam for Okinawa . Hawaii. XIII. 53. The other elements (Da Nang Press Trends. lease. The ground combat units of the 3d Marines plus combat support elements drawn from Force Troops. including 67. 1 . 26. on board ships of the Seventh Fleet at Da Nang and home base on Okinawa . (Scout. Commanding General. VIETNAM---The last units from the initial group of 5. 39. p . 26 Sep 1969.000 Marines . 23 Oct 1969. no . 22 Oct 25 Oct 28 Oct 31 Oct 36 . November 1969 . Republic of Vietnam . p . Coordination Center (WCMCC) was activated at Camp Its mission would be -to provide facilities essential to Pendleton. 31 Oct 1 Oct 7 Oct 10 Oct 10 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct 16 Oct 16 Oct 17 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct VIETNAM---Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164 and Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 left Vietnam for Okinawa on board the USS New Orleans . 1969 1 Oct CONUS---The West Coast Movement .) USMC---Lieutenant General Henry W . announced that unaccompanied tours for Marines with Fleet Marine Force units in the Western Pacific (DOD New Release. 1 .) USMC---The UH-34D "Sea Horse" helicopter went out of active service after 12 years in Marine Corps aviation . p .900 U . (Da Nang Press Trends.) CONUS---The majority of the 5th Marine Division's units were deactivated at ceremonies at Camp Pendleton. and the United States . 1 . no . 1 . no .. and air power. v . 27. Niesen was named Marine Aviator of the Year . Chapman. (Flight Jacket. v . 26. All elements of BLT 1/4 had 4th Marines had been in Vietnam over four years . Commandant of the Marine Corps. 5 .) CONUS---Marines from the 2d Division and 2d Marine Aircraft Wing ended SPEX-69. Jr .500 Marines had been redeployed from the Republic (DOD News Reof Vietnam to bases in Okinawa. stated that immediately after the deactivation of the 5th Marine Division Headquarters in late November.) CONUS---Vice President Spiro T . 1 . p . V. v . 10. p . sea. Aircraft Wing. Marine Corps Reserve. 11 . no . The units that were not deactivated were either reconstituted under new unit designations within Fleet Marine Force. no . California and was replaced by HMM-265 which had just returned from Vietnam . North Carolina . 1969. ) USMC---Lieutenant Colonel Paul W . 42. 25. 44.) or not . p . Pacific. v . 31 Oct 1969. p . 27.900 Marines to depart Vietnam were airlifted to Okinawa to join the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade .) 3d Marine Division. The squadron (Da Nang Press Trends. (Scout. 1969. 42. 42. Jr . v . 3 . began embarking Cua Viet to return to the division's left Vietnam by 25 October . began operations in Vietnam on 1 September 1965 .. including an (Globe. Fleet Marine Force. 17 Oct 1969. Geog file--Vietnam . 856-69. Pacific or deactiThe deadline for the division's complete deactivation was 30 vated at a later date .) VIETNAM---Marines from Battalion Landing Team 1/4. Geog File--Vietnam . no . p . 10 Oct 1969. Barker for action near Con Thien in September 1967 . 2 .

Chronology. was deactivated. 13 .) USMC---Marines on board the USS Hornet again provided support for the recovery of the Apollo 12 Moon Shot . v .) CONUS---The USS New Jerse . Las Vegas. 22 Nov 1969. Marines . Forces in Vietnam was reduced from 524. p . the major ground combat units departed from Vietnam were the 3d Marine Division and the Army's 3d Brigade. p . Geog File--Vietnam . 3 .700 including 61. 5 Dec 1969. 1 . p . Tinian. 28 Nov 1969. and Sub-Unit 1 of Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron 38 was formed to take its-place . 1 . p . .) VIETNAM---There were 55. p .) 1 Nov 6 Nov . Sun.) (1969 Chronology.000 . Marine Aircraft Wing to'be reFutema. 17 Dec 25 Dec 37 . 13 . 3 Dec 1969.) 23 Nov 24 Nov 24 Nov 24 Nov 26 Nov ogy. Nov 1969. no . (Navy Times. Nov VIETNAM---Most of the remaining 3d Marine Division units left Vietnam for Okinawa . 43 . v . MAG-36.) VIETNAM---Operation PIPESTONE CANYON. p . 4 .Okinawa . p . 3 .) OKINAWA---The first Marine aircraft group of the 1st deployed from Vietnam. 49. Walt.500 to 484. no . (Da Nang Press Trends.) 7 . (1969 Chronology. p . which had been activated 1 August 1966 as part Fof the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing. (Sea Tiger. It began on 26 May and was under the control of the 1st. and the Palau group . moved from Phu Bai to to Okinawa. to move the 3d Marine Division from Okinawa . p . 15 .) 7 Nov 9 Nov 15 Nov20 Nov 21 Nov VIETNAM---General Lewis W . v . 25 Nov 1969. 5 . . p .) OKINAWA---Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing completed its departure from Vietnam to Okinawa as part of Phase II Redeployment . (Early Bird. (Early Bird. Oct 1969. v .200 . no . 82d Airborne Division . 14 . p . 15 . After its move and observation squadrons which p . p .VIETNAM---American forces in Vietnam numbered about 490. 1 . Nevada were deactivated . 1969 31 Oct CONUS---The Marine Barracks at Clarksville Base. 11 . Graves for action in Vietnam on 16 February 1968 . V. (1969 Chronology. Walt stated that he had visited parts of Micronesia to find possible new amphibious training sites. p . 47. CONUS---The 5th Marine Division was deactivated and the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade came into existence . MAG-36 assumed control of the helicopter had been redeployed from Vietnam . PTA-225-69.) USMC---Marine Corps strength dropped to 300. 1970. VIETNAM---During the Phase II Redeployment. no . v . (1969 The strength of U .300 Marines in the Republic of Vietnam . (1969 Chron p . The squadron has played a-vital role in close air support in Vietnam since April 1965 . (1969 Chronology. said in Da Nang that if the American people had given their full support to the Administration that the Vietnam war would have ended a year ago . no . p . Bremerton . p . S . a multi-battalion Allied operation. 49.) (Navy Times. Belt . 13 . was decommissioned at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. (Scout. About 2. (1969 Chronology.) USMC---General Lewis W . 13 . Sun. which provided the Marines with 152 days of heavy close-in support in Vietnam. terminated in Quang Nam Province .) OKINAWA---The Marine Corps strength on Okinawa was 19.300 Marines were involved in this relocation . Tennessee and Lake Mead-Base. . Assistant Commandant of • the Marine Corps.) JAPAN---Marine Air Support Squadron (MASS) 2 moved from Phu Bai to Japan .26.) PACIFIC---The 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade was deactivated after more than three and a half • years of active service in the Western Pacific . 10. Balt . 14 Jan 28 Nov 30 Nov 2 Dec 15 Dec CONUS---Vice President Agnew posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to 2d Lieutenant ("Graves") Terrence C . (DOD News Release No . (Flight Jacket. The enemy lost more than 480 dead . The 3d Marine Division assumed the brigade's responsibilities as an amphibious ready force in the Western Pacific . 13 . (Gazette. 5 Dec 1969. 7 Nov 1969. but that the Marine Corps had no present plans Some suggested sites were Saipan. 15 . Washington .860 .400 Marines . General Walt said the North Vietnamese prolonged the war because they felt that all American troops would soon be withdrawn . 27.) CONUS---Marine Air Support Squadron 5. (Da Nang Press Trends. 14E. 53. This was the second time the division's colors were cased during its brief history . 19.

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