Extracts from the 2dBn 26th Marines Command Chronology
Company H
( UNDER CONSTRUCTION )

 

Explanatory Comments are highlighted in BLUE;  our Casualty events are shown in RED.

24 Dec

Moving from PhuLoc to Operation CHINOOK:
-- 241200H  2/26 Assumed OPCON of Co.E  Dropped Co.G to OPCON of 2/9.
-- 241430H  2/26 Alfa Command Group and Co.E and H Co. enroute Operation CHINOOK.
-- 241630H  Alpha Command Group and Co.E arrived Operation CHINOOK.
-- 242130H  H Co. arrived Operation CHINOOK.
--     All units maintained defensive positions and conducted local security.

25 Dec

All units maintained defensive positions and conducted local security.
-- 251300H  Co. F arrived at Operation CHINOOK area.
-- 251530H  Bravo Command Group arrived Operation CHINOOK.

26 - 27 Dec

No mention of Company H.

28 Dec

All units maintained defensive positions and conducted local security.  Significant incidents are noted below:
-- 281345H  H Co. found one 81mm mortar booby trap with trip wire across trail at YD 547343.  Mine was blown in place.

29 - 30 Dec

No mention of Company H.

31 Dec

2/26 Command Post at YD 505345;
Company "H" CP at YD 502341.
All units maintained defensive positions and conducted local security and night ambushes in Operation CHINOOK.  Significant incidents are noted below:

-- 311445H  H Co. found two new punji pits at YD 503334.  Pits were destroyed by grenades.

01 Jan

All units maintained defensive positions and conducted search and destroy operations and night ambushes in Operation CHINOOK.  Significant incidents are noted below:
-- 010945H  A 6x6 truck hit a mine at Regimental CP. --approx. YD 528313.  (Our welcome to Camp Evans!  The anti-tank mine was just off a dirt road, about 25 meters from the Aid-Station, and within 35-40 meters of the 4thMarines Regimental CP.)  Seven Marines from 2/26 H and E Companies were injured.  None were reported serious.

02 Jan

All units maintained defensive positions and conducted search and destroy operations and night ambushes in Operation CHINOOK.  Significant incidents are noted below:
-- 021938H  H Co. ambush at YD 566306 observed 2 VC approaching from the rear.  Ambush opened fire; one VC KIA.  Other was wounded but ran away.  No weapons were captured.
-- 022030H  H Co. patrol located one woman and one child that had been wounded.  The woman had two wounds, one behind the left knee and one behind right calf.  The child had a foot wound.  All wounds were frag.  Both have been cared for by corpsman.  Area will be checked again at first light.
-- 022345H  Woman that was reported wounded at 022030H died.

03 - 10 Jan

No mention of Company H.

11 Jan

All units maintained defensive positions and conducted search and destroy operations and night ambushes in Operation CHINOOK.  Significant incidents are noted below:
-- 111010H  H Co. detonated land mine on trail at ZD 508327.  Mine left a hole 1 foot deep and 2 feet in diameter.  Estimated content 1 pound of TNT.
-- 111130H  H Co. received sniper fire from approximately 3 men with automatic weapons from YD 498318.  No casualties.
-- 111645H  H Co. received 15 rds S/A automatic fire at YD 505324 from approximately 3-500 meters.
-- 111645H  H Co. discovered a grenade inside glass jar, rigged with trip wire across trail at YD 504324.  Also discovered poorly camouflaged, booby trapped punji pit at same coordinates.
-- 111745H  H Co. FO adjusting friendly fire, had 1 rd. fall in perimeter at YD 504324.  One minor WIA.

12 Jan

All units maintained defensive positions and conducted search and destroy operations and night ambushes in Operation CHINOOK.  Significant incidents are noted below:
-- 121020H  H Co. received 13-20 rds S/A fire from YD 499317.  Fire was returned with 81mm and artillery mission was called.
-- 121155H  H Co. discovered booby trapped 105 rd on trail at YD 504325.  Booby trap destroyed in place.

13 Jan

All units maintained defensive positions and conducted search and destroy operations and night ambushes in Operation CHINOOK.  Significant incidents are noted below:
-- 131440H  H Co. patrol spotted 2 VCS at YD 507329 moving into village.  VCS spotted from YD 515317.  No action taken.
-- 131505H  H Co. patrol observed 1 figure on skyline 150 meters to front at YD 497319.  Opened fire and continued patrol.  When patrol reached position where figure had been spotted thry received 15 rds A/W fire.  Fire was returned and area searched.  Patrol found and destroyed one fighting hole.   1 USMC KIA  (PFC Norman Moore).

14 Jan

All units maintained defensive positions and conducted search and destroy operations and night ambushes in Operation CHINOOK.  Significant incidents are noted below:
-- 140920H  H Co. patrol found 10 punji pits at YD 495324.  Pits were 2'x2'x2' with 8-10 stakes per pit.  Stakes were 1' long.  None of the pits were booby trapped.  Pits were well camuouflaged with natural camouflage and off to side of trail.  Pits were destroyed.
-- 141435H  H Co. patrol found a claymore mine at YD 504323.  Mine was blown in place.

15 Jan

No mention of H Co.

16 Jan

-- 160820H  2/26 Command Group arrived at PhuBai and chopped OPCON to the 3d MarDiv.

Following is a copy of the Command Chronology's 'NARRATIVE SUMMARY' for December 1966.    And subsequently, by Extracts from the January 1967 Command Chronology:

NARRATIVE SUMMARY


    Second Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines participated in two major operations during the month of December.  Operation Pawnee III, continuing since 29 October, remained in effect until 24 December 1966, when the Battalion came under operational control of the Fourth Marine Regiment to participate in Operation Chinook.

    Both operations were of a search and destroy nature. However, operation Pawnee III had the additional mission of providing security for the LOC's (Lines Of Communication --roads, bridges, etc.) within the area of operation. This additional mission became of primary importance during December when it became obvious that local Popular and Regional Forces were inadequate for providing security for the many road and rail bridges throughout the area.  As a result, the Battalion forces were deployed as security to widely separated bridges.  This restricted the offensive capability for the remainder of Operation Pawnee III.

    The Battalion operated throughout the month of December with only three rifle companies.  Nevertheless, extensive patrolling was accomplished throughout the area of operation.

    Since undertaking Operation Chinook, the Battalion has been operating in an offensive capacity in conjunction with the Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines under the control of the Fourth Marines.  Company and platoon sized units have conducted heavy patrolling and set numerous ambushes. Operations of larger than company level have been severly limited by inclement weather.

    Weather proved to be the most decisive factor affecting the Battalion during the month of December. Monsoonal rains flooded lowlands, thereby hindering patrol activity and channelized movement.  Air support was severly restricted; fixed wing close air support was impossible and helicopter support, both resupply and medevac, could many times operate on only an emergency basis.   The health and comfort of the Marines operating in the field was a constant problem.  Immersion foot and similar incapacitators produced many more Marine casualties than did enemy fire.  Finally, the persistant adverse weather conditions made itself felt at the tactical planning level.  Troop movements by air, rapid overland deployment, and logistical reinforcement by helicopter could rarely be counted on.

    Morale and the combat efficiency of the Battalion's Marines remain high.  Equipment has shown considerable wear, largely as a result of weather.  Replenishment of many combat-essential items of equipment has been less than satisfactory.

Following is the "lead-in" section of the Command Chronology's 'NARRATIVE SUMMARY' for January 1967:

NARRATIVE SUMMARY


    During the first half of January, the battalion continued its participation in Operation Chinook under the operational control of the 4th Marines.

    Rain and cold weather continued to have an adverse effect on personnel.  Since the companies did not utilize fixed patrol bases, but remained mobile at all times, there was little opportunity for the troops to obtain shelter.  The result was numerous cases of immersion foot and respiratory conditions.

    Opposition during Chinook was limited to sniper fire.  The sniper fire was accurate and selective, resulting in 3 KIA's, one of whom was an officer.

    On 15 January, the battalion began moving to Phu Bai to prepare for a subsequent move to the Da Nang TAOR. The Chinook to Phu Bai move was accomplished during the period 15-17 January.