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

John Southard


During the Vietnam War, combined action platoons (CAPs) were the primary counterinsurgency instruments for the U.S. Marine Corps. The American contingent of each CAP consisted of approximately a dozen U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman, or medic, all of whom lived in South Vietnamese villages to eradicate the military and political presence of the Viet Cong. Americans in CAPs trained the inexperienced local militia, provided twenty-four-hour military security, and rendered civil and medical aid to the civilian population. This book shows how and why both the U.S. Marine Corps as an institut ... More

Keywords: Vietnam War, Counterinsurgency, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, Combined action platoons, CAP, Corpsman, Medic, Viet Cong

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813145266
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813145266.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Southard, author
Georgia State University