A PICTORIAL HISTORY
This is a historical preservation site about the Marine Corps Combined Action Platoons from the Vietnam War. Teams of Marines were placed with South Vietnamese Popular Force Village Militias to destroy or reduce the Viet Cong infrastructure and activity. This was part of the Marine Corps strategy to fight the war at the village level and secure these villages so the farmers could tend their crops in peace and not be intimidated or taxed by the communist forces.
In the beginning the teams consisted of 14 Marines, a Combat Corpsman, and 30 – 35 village militia. They evolved from stationary compounds, out of which they ran patrols, to being totally mobile, and at large in the village 24/7.
Our research methodology involved combining our personal experiences in CAP with an extensive review of command records and the use of a history dedicated Facebook group of CAP veterans. Through those CAP veterans we collected thousands of photographs and their personal knowledge to put this information together.
Most of the links on this site will take you to the actual Facebook historical posts and comments of CAP Marines about each topic. This is a “pictorial” history and many of these posts have several photographs from the era. Hope you will enjoy learning about this great Marine Corps unit. Click on the text links below to see the information that has been compiled.
I recommend that you read the summary of the program below and the link to what a typical CAP compound looked like. This will give you an idea of what to expect when you explore the information.
The units were organized in 4 CAGs (Combined Action Groups) by their geographical location. Below is a link to the information on the site arranged by the 4 CAGs.