By Shawn P. Callahan, Marine Corps History Division
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Walt shared the belief of most eral William Westmoreland, sought to use the area senior Marine leaders, including Commandant of both to monitor NVA movements southward and the Marine Corps General Wallace M. , as an advance warning post for attacks eastward that III MAF should concentrate its forces in the into the I Corps area. The dirt airstrip was devel- coastal plain, winning the loyalty of the local popuoped into a combat base which included a short lation in the Combined Action Platoons (CAP) proaluminum matting runway adjacent to a security gram, 133 a relatively insightful strategy that was compound, and came to be known as the Khe enjoying some success.
137 First Battalion, 3d Ma- had certainly increased, but at the expense of serines (1/3) was delivered to the base to provide riously complicating the mission of the Marines protection for the Special Forces and intelligence sent there to protect these same forces. 42 It is somewhat surprising therefore, that when 1/3 was rotated out of Khe Sanh after five months in February 1967, that it was replaced by a single company. The arrival of Company B, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines was essentially simultaneous with that of CAP Oscar, further reflecting Walt’s desire not to waste combat forces on the defense of Khe Sanh when a pacification effort could capture the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese, and along with it the territory they lived in.
Lanagan, observed the bombardment. 163 Psychologically, the bombardment became too much for the NVA to endure. 164 When the Marines finally advanced up 881S on the morning of 2 May, the only resistance they encountered was sporadic sniper fire. 165 The volume of ordnance employed over the four days of heavy air strikes and artillery bombardment had been staggering. 166 The body count reported by the pilots who flew the missions on May 1st totaled at only 140 NVA dead, 167 but this dubious measure of combat effectiveness certainly overlooked a number of additional casualties.