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27th Marine Regiment
1st Marine Division (Rein), FMF
FPO, San Francisco, California 96602
Ser. 0059-68
2 Sep 1968

From: Commanding Officer
To: Commanding General, 1st Marine Division
Subj.: Command Chronology for period 010001H August to 312400H August 1968


During the month of August 1968, the Regiment continued operating in the DaNang TAOR. On 3 August 1968 the 27th Marine Regiment was relieved of operational responsibility of Operation ALLENBROOK on GO NOI Island by the Fifth Marines.
Within the DaNang TAOR, the emphasis continued on saturation patrolling with particular attention directed to the area of the rocket and mortar belts. Enemy contact was light to moderate throughout the month of August, with the principal means of warfare being the employment of mines and booby traps coupled with the utilization of guerrilla tactics against forces of the Regiment.
At 1200 on 2 August 1968, RLT 27 and BLT 1/27 were activated for planning in order to expedite preparations for redeployment of thos units to CONUS and Hawaii respectively.
On 28 August 1968 the 3rd Battalion, 27th Marines was relieved of responsibility of its TAOR by the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines. At 1800 on 30 August 1968, the 2nd Battalion, 27th Marines was relieved of responsibility for its TAOR by 1st Battalion, First Marines. At 1200 on 31 August 1968, RLT 27 was relieved of operational and tactical responsibility of its portion of the DaNang TAOR by the 1st Marines. Operational control of BLT 1/27 and 2nd Battalion, 27th Marines was passed to the First Marines at 1200 on 31 August.
As the reporting period closed, the Regimental Headquarters and 3rd Battalion were relieved of all tactical responsibilities and were preparing for redeployment. BLT 1/27 and 2nd Battalion remained in an operational status OPCON to First Marines. They were scheduled for released from tactical commitments in early September.


Enemy Unit Locations, ref. to OpOrder 301-68, in the 27th Marines TAOR: (c. April, 1968)


2NVA Division Hqs. Que Son (D)
1st VC Regimental Hqs BT 0318
40th Bn BT 0318
60th Bn BT 0318
90th Bn BT 0318
3rd NVA Regimental Hqs Go Noi Island
1st Bn Duy Xuyen
2nd Bn Duy Xuyen
3rd Bn Duy Xuyen
31st NVA Regimental Hqs AT 8664
101st Bn AT 8862
102nd Bn AT 8766
103rd Bn AT 8865
68B Rocket Regiment Go Noi Island
368B Rocket Regiment West of Song Yen River
R-30 Bn Go Noi Island
V-25 Bn Go Noi Island
402nd Sapper Bn West of Song Yen River
Q-15th Company Dien Ban (D)
Q-16th Company Hoa Van (D)


341st NVA Division Hqs West of Song Yen River
U/I NVA Regiment West of Song Yen River
U/I NVA Regiment West of Song Yen River
K-27 152 Gun Bn AT 8174
K-49 Gun Bn AT 8665
K-75 152 Gun Bn AT 9162

1. All NVA Battalions at T/O strength 600-650 men.

2. All Viet Cong Local Force Battalions at T/A strength 300-450 men.

3. District Companies 120 men.

4. NVA Battalions contain at T/E strength 10x81mm Mortars, 19x60mm Mortars, 1x57mm RR, Unknown number B-40 Rockets, and Unknown number AK-47's, HMG and LMG.

5. VC Local Force Battalions contain at T/E strength 3x81mm Mortars, 1x57mm RR, unknown number B-40 Rockets and assortment of small arms.

6. Local Force Companies contain 1x81mm Mortar, 2x60mm Mortars.

7. Rocket Regiments at T/E 54 122mm Launchers.

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
Executive Officer


CONFIDENTIAL (c. April 1968)
S-2 Section
Hq 27th Mar, 1st MarDiv
Duong Son (2) Viet Nam

APPENDIX 1 (INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE) to Annex B (Intelligence) to Operation Order 301-68

Reference: (a) Maps (b) Regimental Order 3800.1A


a. Basic Mission. 27th Marines participate in defense of the DaNang Vital Area and other U.S. or ARVN or GVN critical installations, conduct unilateral and joint operations within the TAOR, when directed conduct operations exterior to the TAOR, and support the Revolutionary Development Program within assigned TAOR.

b. Previous Decisions. None

c. Purpose of this Estimate. To develop the intelligence necessary to support the assigned mission.


a. Recent and Present Activities.

The enemy utilizes our TAOR as part of Military Region V Reconnaissance Zone. The zone consist of area north of Go Noi Island and west of the Song Yen River. The 2d NVA Division, (Ist VC, 3rd NVA and the 21st NVA Regiments), R-20 Bn and V-25 Bn utilize Go Noi Island and the area to the south as a base area for training, administration, replenishment and other miscellaneous purposes. The mountainous area west of the Yong Sen River is utilized as a base area for the 31st NVA Regiment and the probable location of the 341st NVA Division with two regiments. It is believed that the 402nd Sapper Battalion also uses this area for its base camp. The only units which remain within the TAOR indefinitely are the Q-15th Dien Ban District Company and the Q-16th Hoa Van District Company. In addition to these two companies, village and hamlet guerrillas also remain within the TAOR at all times. Regular units only enter the TAOR on their way to DaNang or to conduct offensive actions against the ARVN or USMC units within the TAOR.

Village guerrillas only leave the area for training in the mountains west or Go Noi Island to the south.

The VC/NVA utilize Highway 1 and the waterways running north to south as major LOC's through the TAOR.

Defensive positions in close proximity to hamlets and tunnels within the hamlets are used as way stations during movement through or in the TAOR. b. Characteristics of the Area of Operation. (See current TACTA's).

c. Enemy Military Situation.

(1) Composition-Tab B and C.

(2) Locally Available Strength.

The enemy maintains 2 District companies (Q-15 and Q-16) in the TAOR at all times. In addition village guerrilla companies, lightly armed and poorly trained, are in the area. Their weapons consist of unknown number of 81mm mortars, LMG's and an assortment of small arms.

(3) Availability of reinforcements.

Immediate reinforcements from the R-20 and V-25 Local Force Battalions (400 men each) within 24 hours and 12 NVA Battalions (C) (and 6 (P)) within 36 hours supported by 108-122mm Rocket launchers, and other supporting arms possibly up to and including 152mm guns.

(4) Location and disposition-see Tab A.

(5) Movements and activities--see 27th Marines Intsums.

(6) Logistics.

Weapons and ammunition are brought in country via Laos and sea infiltration. The main storage areas are located to the south of Go Noi Island and west of Song Yen. Food and medical supplies are obtained from the local economy.

(7) Counterintelligence

(8) CBR-The enemy has used C/S in the area before and still retains the capability.

(9) Pecularities and Weaknesses.

The enemy enters the TAOR, conducts offensive actions, withdraws to his base camps for 30-60 days and returns to repeat the cycle again. Prior to offensive operations, civilians within the TAOR stock up on food, build rafts, work on defensive positions, and the enemy commences attacks on the periphery of the TAOR.

The enemy's main weakness is reliance on the local population for assistance in any operations, the inability to sustain long engagements, and recruitment problems from the local population.


a. To attack 27th Marines patrols anytime with squad size units 6-15 men.

b. To defend any hamlet with many squad size units 6-15 men each, anytime supported by unknown number 82mm Mortars, 60mm Mortars and B-40 Rockets, reinforced by unknown number VC main force companies.

c. To reinforce hamlet guerrillas in TAOR anytime with unknown number of VC mainforce companies.

d. To continue mining of LOC's during hours of darkness.

e. To launch rockets from sites, during the hours of darkness, within the Rocket Belt.

f. To continue to infiltrate through the TAOR with unknown number of units in a south to north direction.

g.To continue stockpiling of equipment in TAOR in preparation for second offensive.

h. To attack any ARVN or U.S. compound within the 27th Marines TAOR with up to four infantry Regiments (8000) supported by two 122mm Rocket Regiments and unknown number of 120mm Mortars, 60mm Mortars and B-40 Rockets. Reinforced by unknown number of local force guerrillas, Mainforce Gerrillas, and NVA regulars.


a. Relative Probability of Adoption of Enemy Capabilities.

a, d, g, e, b, c, f, h,

b. Effect of Enemy Capabilities on Commander's Mission.
The adoption of the capabilities or a combination of them will in some cases have a serious effect but not prevent the accomplishment of the assigned missions.

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
Executive Officer