CAP Sites & Articles
Tim Duffie's CAPVet site - one of the first, and still the most comprehensive.
Steve Harrison - pictures of the Dega tribes.
USMC Historical Reference - Civic Action Effort in Vietnam March 1956 - March 1966.
Peter Brush - Civic Action: The Marine Corps Experience in Vietnam.
MAJ C. L. Williamson III. The U.S. Marine Corps Combined Action Program.
Marine Special Operations Command Heritage section # 13 "Vietnam Conflict, 1961-1975", a writeup about CAP/CAC. (You have to scroll down to the Vietnam section.)
MSgt, USMC Retired)
is the author of six books including "Civic Action, Marines Fighting a Different War in Vietnam"
about his service in Vietnam with the MAG-12 Civic Action Team in Chu Lai during the last 9 months of 1968, which interacted with 1st CAG units around Chu Lai. He is also writing a book about CAP and CUPP units, and is looking for personal recollections. For more details, see the Bulletin Board or his own website, or his
Mike Fishbaugh's site - includes Khe Sanh material.
An interesting account of the battle from the University of Florida's Interactive Media Lab which includes the Vietnamese point of view.
PBS program on KS - includes an interesting account by Bruce M. Geiger, an Army officer attached to the Marines at Khe Sanh and others:
Story of the "Ghost Patrol" of Third Platoon of Bravo 1/26 -- -- includes several first-hand accounts, and a description of the action from the NVA point of view obtained from their records.
The Khe Sanh Peace Garden is being built on the site of the former combat base by both American and Vietnamese veterans, and is dedicated to the men of both sides who fought and fell at Khe Sanh. A film called Soldiers Sanctuary highlights the fine work being done there to help heal the wounds of war.
Getting your military records copied, updated, etc., has always been a long and difficult process. HQMC no longer handles these matters, nor do they handle changing or correction of records. This is all now centered in the NPRC (National Personnel Records Center). As the section dealing with records is now using three clerks to deal with well over a thousand requests, don't plan to get anything done immediately. If you need or want your military records, plan ahead However, veterans and next of kin can now use an online system at the National Personnel Records Center to request documents, including the DD 214.
VA, Agent Orange, PTSD, and other Veteran's Health Issues
PTSD Information from About.com.
VA Watchdog site by Larry King - contains many things of interest, and resource links.
Many buildings, ships and vehicles (
including those owned or operated by theUS government)
once contained asbestos, a naturally-occurring fire-retardant substance that was used in the building process.
If you served at sea in an older vessel, or ashore in one of these older ships or buildings, you may have been exposed to asbestos. T
herefore you should be on the alert for symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses.
The VA offers services for this condition if you have a service connected exposure. If you have exhibited symptoms of any of these conditions, you should contact your primary care physician immediately.
17316 NE Halsey
Portland, Oregon 97230 --
For those of us with amputations (whether civilian or military), Jeff Warila and his team at East Side are a real blessing! As a leg amputee, I have used many prosthetists over the years, but Jeff is among the best I have ever used for both fit and functionality of the limbs he delivers.
Having remained very active for many years following my amputation, I have always demanded excellence in my limbs, and Jeff and his team deliver it in spades. I can therefore unreservedly recommend him and his team for those and those in need of prosthetics and / or orthotics.
Other Vietnam Web Sites
Edwin E. Moïse and Clemson University offer this amazing and well-organized bibliographical compendium, the Vietnam War Bibliography.
Songs of Americans in the Vietnam War - an interesting collection of music fconnected with the war by Dr. Lydia Fish, a professor of Anthropology at Buffalo State University. If you scroll down, you'll see a photo of me playing the bagpipes at the HQ 3/12 artillery camp at Co Bi Than Tan (later to be named Camp Evans).
An excellent "one-stop shopping" site for Command Chronologies and other official records of many USMC units serving in Vietnam. MSGT Raymond Backstrom, USMC (Ret.) has done an outstanding job of gathering records, and is in the process of adding maps and other records. If you have any you would like to share, please contact him at http://www.recordsofwar.com/vietnam/usmc/USMC_Rvn.htm
MACV-SOG is an excellent site for material related to that program with many photos and info. Those in (or interested in) SOG will find it useful.
2nd Bn., 5th Marines has been very helpful in a search for info on one of their Marines, the late Peter Nee.
Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D. C.
A memorial site focused on Arlington Cemetery. (Not part of the official Arlington site, but very well done.)
The Vietnam Veterans' Memorial (aka The Wall)
The Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Fund (The people who funded, built, and help maintain the Wall and raise funds for its preservation and maintenance).
National WW II Memorial, Washington, D. C.
The Women In Military Service For America Memorial in Washington, D.C., gives well-deserved and long overdue recognition to the women who have served America in war and peace.
During our recent Oscar Co. Reunion in Las Vegas, we met at the truly memorable and outstanding Leatherneck Bar, home of the Marine Corps League Detachment of
The owners and staff (“Ghost" and “Google” Kathy, “Asia", et al) kindly provided us with a place to meet, a staff for our guidon, a large flat-screen TV to watch the photo slide-show I put together, and some excellent food, drink and service. They went far "above and beyond" the call of duty to ensure we were comfortable and to ensure our meeting went splendidly.
They also have a fine USMC “mini-museum” running the length of the room on both sides, ranging from WW I through Iraq. It is reputed to be the best Marine Museum West of the Mississippi, and it certainly lives up to that reputation.
Thanks to their kindness and generosity, and the able and unstinting assistance of our honored guest, Dave Hansen, a former dust-off med-evac pilot involved with the Soldiers Sanctuary and Khe Sanh Peace Garden projects (see above), we had a pleasant afternoon where the men (and their families!) could get together for quiet chats, reminiscences, and renewing old friendships while making new ones.
(Note: The shirt pictured is a preliminary mock-up showing items selected, placement, etc., and is not to scale. The finished product will be scaled appropriately.)
This US veteran-owned and operated business offers custom-embroidered shirts, vests, caps, framed cloth emblems, and other memorabilia to order. They can embroider your military medals and / or ribbons on your cap or shirt, your rank, branch of service and other insignia, names, dates of service, etc. They are unique among such businesses in being formally licensed by the DoD and service branches to use these insignia. (In fact, they pay a fee, and you must send a copy of your DD-214 or DD 215 verifying your entitlement to any military rank, medals, ribbons, etc.)
The owner / operator, J. Wayne Stephenson, is a Vietnam era veteran who puts a great deal of personal time and energy into his work -- and it shows! Given the amounts invested in the equipment, the work involved, and the quality, I believe the prices are reasonable. It is a great way to show your service branch and affiliation, display your ribbons, advertise your group or affiliation, etc.
They can also do other custom work if they have a good image to work with, so if you don't see what you are looking for, be sure to enquire.
The base cost for a top-of-the-line cotton polo shirt is about $40, though Wayne has cheaper ones, and if you provide your own shirt, he will customize those as well.
An EGA or other service emblem is $4.00, and the ribbons range from about $1.75 to $2.75 (depending on complexity and thread count).
Wayne also has a digitizing fee for emblems he doesn’t have in stock, such as the CAP badge, and my 3rd Recon patch, but that is a one-off charge. Since he already did it for me, other CAP or Recon vets will not be charged. (You’re welcome!)
If someone wanted the original green CAC patch (which I did not select) that would also be a one-time charge for the first buyer.
some of you may be aware, our original acronym, CAC is a Vietnamese word “Cặc” which is pronounced roughly like the English word meaning both rooster and the male generative organ. The phrase “Sức Mạnh" at the top means “strength.” Taken together, it is no wonder the Viets would titter when they saw our patch or unit signage.)
Aside from the shirt, the charges are based on how much detail is desired. A “Rolls Royce” model (such as the one illustrated), with a top of the line shirt and a LOT of items and embroidery which runs to many thousands of stitches, and several digitizing charges is obviously going to be a lot more than a basic “Chevy” model T-shirt with an EGA, a CAP patch (or other unit patch), and a few ribbons (e.g. the CAR, PUC, NUC and VSM w/ battle stars, which would come in around $40. (Less if you provide the shirt.)
Wayne will be happy to individualize and price out anything you or any others might want.
Wayne is also a bagpipe aficionado, and, having heard of my piping in Vietnam, he is giving all CAP Marines a special promo discount of 12%. (Code: Bagpipers)
"Heaven's Pavement" is a gritty portrayal of an Airborne unit in the Second World War. The author was a friend of mine, the late Juarez Roberts, who was then a paratrooper in the 507th, and fought with them from the first jump into Normandy all the way to Combat Varsity and the end of the war. Available at Amazon.com in both print and Kindle edition.
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Glen Celt is a site for those with Celtic interests.
Glen Quilts is a website dedicated to quilting and fiber arts. Lisa did a great job in helping me make a quilt to commemorate the fight on Hill 471 (mentioned in the "In Memoriam" section). This quilt was later displayed at the SOA Reunion in Las Vegas, NV some years ago, and was then passed around in turn among the survivors of the action, who also received a smaller personalized version for themselves. It was later donated to and displayed in the Special Forces Museum in Ft. Bragg, NC.
(Note: This site represents the result of many years of investigative work and research. I have tried to be as accurate throughout as possible, but there is no such thing as 100% perfect. In cases where I was not present, I have relied on the accounts of those who were present and / or official records, correspondence, statements from comrades, their friends and family, and other sources. Statements, quotes, poems, or any material other than my own reflect the views of those who made them. Neither this author nor this site assumes any responsibility for any errata made in good faith, nor for any of the views expressed other than my own. All the photos, documents, text, and other materials are copyright, and they belong solely to the authors, photographers, etc., who retain all rights to the materials. All material is copyright, and may not be used without express written permission of the owners or their heirs and assigns. All material used with the express permission of the owners, who are named where known. Unattributed material will be attributed when the owner contacts me.I receive no financial or material reward or incentives of any kind for any reviews or links on this site. They are posted because I have personal experience of them and / or their products, and think they are good quality and might be of interest to our readers.)