Defend and Befriend is the first comprehensive study of Americans assigned to Combined Action Platoons in Vietnam. Tracing the development as well as the implementation of the program, author John Southard intertwines the experiences of enlisted Marines and corpsmen with an examination of the colonels and generals in charge.
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About the Author
John Southard is a visiting lecturer in the Department of History at Georgia State University. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Table of Contents
Abbreviations and Acronyms xv
1 The Evolution of Combined Action Platoons 13
2 Combined Action Platoons, Green Berets, and Mobile Advisory Teams 33
3 Becoming a Combined Action Platoon Marine 49
4 Life in a Combined Action Platoon 71
5 Popular Forces in Combined Action Platoons 105
6 The Combined Action Program and U.S. Military Strategy in Vietnam 123
Appendix: Historiographical Essay 157