This paper examines the structure, concept of operations, and efficacy of the little-known USMC
Combined Action Platoon program as a means for the pacification of South Vietnam and an effort to suppress the NLF insurgency. This paper primarily examines primary source material documenting the conduct of the Combined Action Platoons in order to determine if the program was as effective as its Marine Corps proponents claim and if the US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam under Gen. William Westmoreland and Gen. Creighton Abrams made a military blunder in not implementing the program across the whole of South Vietnam.
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"Martial Brilliance or Marine Corps Propaganda? The Combined Action Platoon in the Vietnam War,"
Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History: Vol. 9
, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/aujh/vol9/iss2/8