Defend and Befriend: The U.S. Marine Corps and Combined Action Platoons in Vietnam

Defend and Befriend: The U.S. Marine Corps and Combined Action Platoons in Vietnam

by John Southard

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813145280
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 05/28/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
File size: 2 MB

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

Maps viii

Preface xi

Abbreviations and Acronyms xv

Introduction 1

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

Conclusion 145

Acknowledgments 153

Appendix: Historiographical Essay 157

Notes 161

Bibliography 179

Index 197

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