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Jack Cunningham served in CAP 2-9-2 (Phu Da/Duc Duc Resettlement Village) from around April 1970 through August 1970 when 9th Company 2nd CAG was disbanded due to President Nixon's Troop Withdraw from Vietnam.  He was then assigned to CAP 2-2-2 until February 1971.

The below documents are from CAP 2-7-2 website of Roch Thornton at http://www.twobittraining.com/CAP/responses.htm  E-mail questions or comments about the CAP 2-7-2 site to: Roch Thornton
 
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The 2nd CAG document project

Why do we limit access to the official documents?

Large portions of the CAP 2-7-2 website have been stolen on two occasions. On one occasion, all our letters and half-a-dozen photos were taken and sold to a for-profit website. The seller fraudulently claimed ownership of the material. Luckily, the buyer recognized our copyright and removed the letters and photos, losing $2,000. We might not be so lucky next time.

The Marine Corps rosters, Unit Diaries, orders and reports in this section are public documents. But we have invested thousands of hours requesting, typing, proofreading and coding these documents for use on the website. That work makes THESE documents our property, but proving ownership would be difficult and expensive. So we have limited access to this directory.

To request a password and user name, send email to rthornton@knightridder.com

 On Aug. 31, 1999, a handful of volunteers set out to put some of the essential records of the 2nd Combined Action Group online. We want to make these documents available to everyone from veterans to students and researchers. We have requested and received the 2nd CAG Command Chronologies for Oct.-Nov., 1968, through the 2nd CAG deactivation in May, 1971. If you have CAP documents to share, we welcome your contributions and will put them on this website for all to see. -- Roch Thornton

Our volunteers:
Doc Doggett - Provided CCs for September and October, 1970
Charlie Grebenstein - Provided November and December, 1970,
plus February, March and April of 1969
Al Ryan - Provided January and February of 1971,
plus 2nd CAG rosters for 21 April 1970 and 25 October 1970
Luis Martinez - Provided March, April and May of 1971
Jerry LaMartina - Provided January and February of 1970
Mac McIntyre - Provided September through December of 1969
Rich Graham - Provided May, 1970, CAF School rosters
Dennis Morony - Provided 'Stateside' orders, 2nd CAG personnel roster, and May-August, 1969, CCs
Dick Clark - Provided June, 1970, 2nd CAG roster

    You too can request copies of declassified USMC documents from the Vietnam War. Replies take three or four weeks.

Where to write for reports, rosters, records and photos

How to request documents using the Freedom of Information Act

    The National Security Archive website provides a detailed, but concise explanation of the FOIA and how to use it.
 
April 1970 -- 26 pages
Hard copy provided by Roch Thornton

(Posted 07/07/99)
 
May 1970 -- 28 pages
Hard copy provided by Greg "Doc" Lutes, CAP 2-4-3
(Posted 07/28/99)
 
June 1970 -- 24 pages
Hard copy provided by Greg "Doc" Lutes, CAP 2-4-3
(Posted 08/06/99)
 
July 1970 -- 26 pages
Hard copy provided by Roch Thornton
(Posted 08/17/99)
 
August 1970 -- 25 pages
Hard copy provided by Roch Thornton
(Posted 09/09/99)
 
September 1970 -- 22 pages
Hard copy provided by Rick "Doc" Doggett
(Posted 11/01/99)
 
October 1970 -- 19 pages
Hard copy provided by Rick "Doc" Doggett
(Posted 11/16/99)
 
November 1970 -- 17 pages
Hard copy provided by Charlie Grebenstein
(Posted 11/29/99)
 
December 1970 -- 18 pages
Hard copy provided by Charlie Grebenstein
(Posted 12/06/99)
 
January 1971 -- 18 pages
Hard copy provided by Al (Hofacker) Ryan
(Posted 01/11/00)
 
February 1971 -- 14 pages (1 missing)
Hard copy provided by Al (Hofacker) Ryan
(Posted 01/18/00)
 

 

2 Apr 70 A CAP 2-9-1 ambush called an artillery fire mission on an estimated 20 VC moving S in groups of 4 to 6 VC in grid square 8847, 1 km E of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The enemy fled S. An USEF then began a VN and English language propaganda broadcast from AT 887477, 1 km E of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The ambush called an artillery fire mission on the suspected broadcast sight and the broadcast appealing to Marines and PF to rally to the VC ceased. PsyOps was notified. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: Negative.

8 Apr 70 A CAP 2-9-1 patrol received SAF from an USEF in a treeline at AT 888491, 2.6 km NE of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The patrol returned organic weapons fire causing the enemy to flee N. The patrol called an artillery fire mission on probable enemy escape routes. During a sweep of the area which disclosed 1 VC KIA, a PF member of the patrol accidentally detonated an unknown type booby trap rigged with an unknown type firing device. 1 PF was KIA and 1 USMC received minor fragmentation wounds from the exploding SFD. A search of the area for further SFDs was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 PF KIA, 1 USMC WIA(M), 1 VC KIA

25 Apr 70 Many events considered "significant" by those of us in the CAPs are not mentioned in the Command Chronologies written at headquarters. For example, Greg "Doc" Lutes writes of, and the 2nd CAG Unit Diary confirms, an April 25 incident in which one CAP 2-4-3 member was killed and four others wounded. That incident is not mentioned in this Command Chronology. According to the Unit Diary, the KIA was P.W. Handerhan, 2505741. The WIAs were D.J. Ensminger, 2557512; A.L. Levy, 2507980; G.G. Lutes, N B855637; and R.J. Millwood, 2462310. Yet two days later the Command Chronology records the killing of a VC and the capture of a "pith helmet" by 2-4-3.

8 May 70 CACO 2-9 Headquarters, located adjacent to Duc Duc District Headquarters at AT 862484, received 6 82mm HE rounds and a CAP 2-9-2 patrol base at AT 866477, 1 km NW of Duc Duc District Headquarters, received 6 60mm HE rounds from an USEF in an unknown location. Four VN civilians were WIA from the exploding mortar rounds at the CACO 2-9 Headquarters location. The CACO 2-9 Headquarters rendered first aid and medevaced the WIA civilians. RESULTS: 4 VN civilians WIA(E).

10 May 70 A combined operation of CAP 2-9-2, elements of the 5th Marines, PF Plt 124 and RF Company 369 initiated organic weapons fire and called a fixed wing air strike on 15 VC moving E at AT 886498, 2.1 km NE of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The enemy returned fire with M-79 HE rounds, SAF and fled E. One USMC received minor fragmentation wounds in the contact. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 ton of buried rice which was given to the RF unit to distribute among local villagers. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(M), 1 ton of rice captured.

15 May 70 A CACO 2-9 Headquarters and CAP 2-9-2 patrol called a fixed wing air strike on 5 VC eating rice at AT 878498, 1.9 km N of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The enemy fled in an unknown direction without returning fire. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 VC KIA, 3 destroyed bunkers, 150m of destroyed trenchline, 3 homemade C-4 explosive filled "C" ration can booby traps on separate trails each rigged with a trip wire firing device. The SFDs were destroyed. RESULTS: 1 VC KIA; 3 surprise firing devices, 3 bunkers and 150m of trench lines were destroyed.

19 May 70 A CAP 2-9-2 patrol received 2 ChiCom grenades from an USEF at AT 866492, 1.6 km NW of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The patrol returned organic weapons fire causing the enemy to flee NE. Two USMC, 1 PF and 1 VN civilian received minor fragmentation wounds and 1 VN civilian was KIA from the exploding enemy grenades. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 2 USMC WIA(M), 1 PF WIA(M), 1 VN civilian KIA, 1 VN civilian WIA(M). 19 May 70 A CAP 2-9-2 ambush received 6 ChiCom grenades and SAF from 5 VC at AT 866486, 1.4 km NW of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The ambush returned organic weapons fire causing the enemy to flee N. Two USMC and 4 PF were WIA in the contact and medevaced by vehicle to the 5th Marines BAS. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 VC KIA, 1 cartridge belt and 4 ChiCom grenades. The cartridge belt was delivered to District Headquarters. The grenades were destroyed in place. RESULTS: 2 USMC WIA(E), 4 PF WIA(E), 1 VC KIA; 1 cartridge belt captured; 4 ChiCom grenades destroyed.

11 June 70 A CAP 2-9-2 patrol base at AT 867491, 1.6 km NW of Duc Duc District Headquarters received 1 M-26 grenade from an USEF in an unknown location. Lacking a discernable target, the CAP did not return fire. One KCS was KIA, 3 USMC, 1 USN, 3 PF and 1 VN civilian were WIA from the exploding grenade. All of the WIA were rendered first aid and medevaced by vehicle to 5th Marines Regimental Aid Station. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 KCS KIA, 3 USMC WIA(E), 1 USN WIA(E), 3 PF WIA(E) and 1 VN civilian WIA(E).

27 June 70 In a combined operation of CAP 2-9-2 and elements of the 5th Marines, a USAF spotter plane observed an estimated 15 VC in green uniforms changing into civilian clothes at AT 875496, 1.6 km N of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The USAF spotter plane called a fixed wing air strike on the enemy location causing the enemy to flee in an unknown direction. A sweep of the area by CAP 2-9-2 disclosed 1 VC KIA and 2 dud 250 lb bombs. The VC KIA was a female. The CAP destroyed the 2 dud bombs. RESULTS: 1 VC KIA, 2 dud 250 lb bombs destroyed.

28 June 70 A CAP 2-9-1 patrol base heard an English language propaganda broadcast emanating from the vicinity of Mau Chanh (2) and Thach Ban Hamlets at AT 896497, 2.6 km NE of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The broadcast appealed to the Marines to go back to the United States and said the VC would pay $100,000 U.S. currency for a USMC rallier. The VC also stated to the local villagers, they would pay $50 U.S. currency for each USMC KIA and for each USMC weapon captured. A platoon from RF Company 215 located nearest the broadcast called an 81mm mortar illumination mission in an attempt to locate the VC making the broadcast. A sweep of the area by the CAP and RF unit was nonproductive.

30 June 70 A CAP 2-9-1 ambush received mixed 60mm HE and 82mm HE mortar rounds and SAF from an estimated 30 VC at AT 893477, 1.9 km SW of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The ambush returned organic weapons fire and called an 81mm mortar fire mission on the enemy location causing the enemy to flee N. One PF was KIA and 2 PF received minor fragmentation wounds in the contact. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 PF KIA and 2 PF WIA(M).

17 July 70 A sentry dog, while on a CAP 2-9-1 patrol accidentally detonated a 60mm mortar round booby trap rigged with a pressure type firing device at AT 888492, 2 km SW of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The sentry dog was KIA and the dog handler was WIA from the exploding SFD. The USMC was medevaced by helicopter. A search of the area for further SFDs was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 USMC(E), 1 sentry dog KIA.

17 July 70

A PF member of a CAP 2-9-2 patrol accidentally detonated an unknown type booby trap rigged with an unknown type firing device alerting an enemy ambush at AT 872500, 2.5 km N of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The patrol received SAF and returned fire with organic weapons fire, 22 M-79 HE rds,

 

2 M-72 LAAW rds, and called a helicopter gunship fire mission on

the enemy. The enemy fled in an unknown direction. One PF was WIA

by the exploding SFD. The PF was rendered first aid and medevaced

by helicopter. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1

PF WIA(E).

22 July 70 On a combined operation with C Co, 1st Tank Bn and E and F Companies of 2nd Bn, 5th Marines, CAPs 2-9-1 and 2-9-2 discovered 2 bunkers containing 300 lbs of rice and 20 lbs of canned goods at AT 895495, 2.5 km NE of Duc Duc District Headquarters. A further search of the area disclosed 1 VC female obviously trying to avoid the sweep. The VN’s name appeared on the District Black List. The bunkers were destroyed and the food was distributed among the CAP PF. Continuing on, the CAPs apprehended 4 male and 6 female VN civilians with improper identifications and discovered 4 M-26 grenade booby traps rigged with trip wire firing devices and 2 105mm HE dud round booby traps each rigged with pressure type firing devices at AT 895485, 2 km NE of Duc Duc District Headquarters. A search of the area for further SFDs was nonproductive. Unresponsive to CAP PF questioning, the 10 VN and VC POW were delivered to District Headquarters for further interrogation. The 6 booby traps were destroyed in place. RESULTS: 1 VC POW; 10 VN detainees; 6 SFDs and 2 bunkers destroyed; 300 lbs of rice and 20 lbs of canned goods captured.

2 August 70 CAP 2-9-1 patrol attempted to apprehend 1 VN female obviously trying to evade the patrol at AT 893483, 2 km NE of Duc Duc District Headquarters. CAP PF positively identified the VN as VC and after repeated VN language warnings to halt, initiated organic weapons fire on the fleeing VC. A sweep of the area disclosed 1 VC KIA, 5 lbs of rice and 3 lbs of fish. The food was distributed among the PFs. RESULTS: 1 VC KIA, 5 lbs of rice, 3 lbs of fish captured.

6 August 70 A CAP 2-9-1 ambush initiated organic weapons fire on an estimated 10 VC with weapons moving SW at AT 893473, 2 km E of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The enemy returned fire with SAF and RPG’s and fled in an unknown direction. One USMC received minor fragmentation wounds during the contact. A sweep of the area was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 USMC WIA(M).

11 August 70 A USMC member of a CAP 2-9-2 patrol accidentally detonated a bounding type anti-personnel mine rigged with a trip wire firing device along a trail at AT 873494, 2 km N of Duc Duc District Headquarters. Another USMC moving to aid the first Marine accidentally detonated a second bounding type anti-personnel mine rigged with a trip wire firing device in a field 50 meters south of the above grid. Both USMC were KIA from the exploding mines. A sweep of the area for further SFDs was nonproductive. RESULTS: 2 USMC KIA.

12 August 70 CAP 2-9-1 PF accidentally detonated a M-26 grenade booby trap rigged with a trip wire firing device, located on a trail at AT 889473, 1 km SE of Duc Duc District Headquarters. The PF was WIA, and was rendered first aid and medevaced by vehicle. A search of the area for further SFDs was nonproductive. RESULTS: 1 PF WIA(E).

14 August 70 CACO 2-9, co-located with Duc Duc District Headquarters at AT 875476, was deactivated. CAP 2-9-1 with geographic center of the TAOC at AT 870480, 1.5 km NE of Duc Duc District Headquarters, was deactivated. CAP 2-9-2 with a geographic center of the TAOC at AT 871492, 1.5 km N of Duc Duc District Headquarters, was deactivated. The deactivations were with the approval of CG, III MAF.

2 October 70 USMC member of CAP 2-2-2 patrol accidentally detonated (1) M-26 grenade booby trap rigged with a trip wire firing device submerged in a rice paddy at grid AT 892592, 3 km NW of Dia Loc District Headquarters. The USMC was WIA from the exploding grenade and medevaced by helicopter. RESULTS: (1) USMC WIA(E).

On 30 November 1970, Quang Nam Province suffered flooding conditions that caused several of the 2nd CAG units to be evacuated from their respective TAOCs. All CACO HQs remained operational. Two of CACO 2-1's CAPs were evacuated to CACO HQs. All of CACO 2-2's CAPs were evacuated to Hill 67 and Hill 35; CACO 2-3's CAPs to LZ Baldy. CACO 2-4's CAPs 2-4-1, 2-4-3 and 2-4-5 remained operational with the remaining CAPs evacuated to CACO HQs. CACO 2-7's CAPs evacuated to LZ Baldy. The Group HQ suffered no damage. The personnel of the Group worked long hours, accomplishing difficult tasks without complaint. During this trying period the meaning of espirit de corps was shown by the men of 2nd CAG...

 

 

 

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