The Marine Corps’ Combined Action Platoons were the Marine’s Counter-Guerilla force in Vietnam.  The Marine Corps approach to winning the war involved not only major combat operations against the main forces of the enemy, but involved fighting the war at the village level.   Being a country of thousands of small rice growing villages where a majority of population lived, The Marine’s knew that to win the war the government would have to gain control of the villages and stop the Viet Cong infrastructure, rice gathering, and recruitment.  Their theory was to clear and hold the land, creating a spreading ink blot that would ultimately cover the majority of the land in the I Corps,  the Marine’s Tactical Area of Responsibility. This will be a website dedicated to CAP history and is under construction. The project could take months to complete.

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