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Windward Marine, v . 17, no . 3, 19 Jan 1968, p . ) 11 Jan VIETNAM---The 5th Marines was moved from the area south of Da Nang to bolster defenses along the border zone . Vietnamese . (Early Bird, Bait . Sun, 12 Jan 1968, p . ) 16 Jan VIETNAM---The 26th Marines completed its move to Khe Sanh . (Naval Review, 1970, p . ) 16 Jan CONUS---The 2d Battalion, 8th Marines left Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for an extended tour of duty at the U . S . Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba . The battalion colors were permanently installed there .

16 Nov VIETNAM---Operation GARRARD BAY, a battalion-size search and clear operation conducted by elements of the 26th Marines, ended southeast of Da Nang . On 25 October, BLT 2/26 landed south of Marble Mountain in a one day operation, EAGLE HUNTER . Later that day it joined the 2d Battalion, 1st Marines and launched GARRARD BAY . The operation resulted in 19 enemy soldiers killed and 1,761 suspects detained . (Naval Review, 1970, p . 317 ; Da Nang Press Trends, 17 Nov 1968, p . ) 25 Nov VIETNAM---Marines entered the DMZ after spotting North Vietnamese troop concentrations inside the zone .

Chapman, Jr . stated that the Marine Corps was able to apply amphibious tactics in Vietnam . "As Marines move out of the landing zone in combat operations, resupply is begun by helicopters carrying supplies from support areas if, the rear to the 'beachhead' units . Because the ground commander is not tied to an overland supply route, he is free to maneuver against enemy forces without keying his tactics to protecting that route," said General Chapman . (Statements on Vietnam, p . ) 27 VIETNAM---During Operation DEWEY CANYON, men from the 9th Marines single haul of arms and munitions to date in the war in the A Shau munitions dump was so vast that additional Marines were called in destroy the stockpile .

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