Protection of the rice harvest was extremely important to the CAP Marines. By keeping the Communists from the rice and from taxing the peasants, the Americans were winning the hearts and minds of the peasants. The extremely poor, peasants were better able to feed their families.

The knoll on the left center of this picture was known as Booby Trap Hill.
The American teenage Marines and Navy Corpsmen were semi-adopted by Vietnamese families, invited into their homes and dinner tables. This was at great risk to the Vietnamese families. It could have meant death. This Phu Da peasant family on the above picture had their simple peasant home always open to the Americans.
No matter what part of Phu Da Chalio was in, he would always be found holding a child.
These two boys (about twelve) were very close with their Americans friends. Their smiles tell everything. They seldom slept at home with their families because the Communists had threats against their lives. Usually each boy had a nickname given to him by his Americans friends. The boy on the left was called Samson and the boy on the right was called Sugar Crisp.
Looking out the Phu Da side gate. There were no bunkers or heavy barbed wire surrounding the village. However, there was a simple, farmer's fence to keep the animals in. In 1970, there were no military defenses at all around the village. The only defenses were the men of CAP 2-9-2.
This scene is what the Marines saw leaving Phu Da's back gate. The group of trees on the two sides of the picture were a favorite ambush site of the Communists. The tree lines were loaded with booby traps and mines. The Communists hid in underground holes and bunkers. Since the Marines were responsible for security in and around the village, the Americans were forced to move between the two tree lines and get caught in the crossfire. Many times, the peasants working in their fields would warn the Americans of a pending ambush.
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If the Americans were in Phu Da doing their work details or just resting in a peasant hut, kids were sure to be nearby. The seven boys above ran errands, shopped in the market place, interpreted, cooked C Rations, massaged tired muscles for the Americans. Each Marine used his own village boy and usually rewarded him and his family with money, food, clothes, candy and shared friendships.
A Duc Duc elder and his daughter. Out of respect, the Americans always called him "The General." By his voluntary pose, it is easy to realize that the respect was mutual.
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