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American involvement began to escalate under President John F. Kennedy’s administration (January 1961–November 1963). North Vietnam, had by then established a presence in Laos and developed the Ho Chi Minh Trail through that country in order to resupply and reinforce its forces in South Vietnam. The Vietnam War continued until US combat forces left the country in 1973 Two months after the signing of the Vietnam peace agreement. We did not come home to parades and homecoming events like soldiers before or since, we quietly went on with our lives, and America was not interested in hearing from us or about our experiences, so we didn’t share.



“First to Fight”

Marines have been in the forefront of every American war since the founding of the Corps.

“First to Fight” Marines have been in the forefront of every American war since the founding of the Corps.

They are called a lot of different names but they are always called….

“Leathernecks” …

“Devil Dogs” …

“Gyrenes” …

“Jarhead” …

“Semper Fidelis”

Thanks for all you do Marines to keep our Country free.


Marines in the Vietnam War

The 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, were the first Marines to be sent to Vietnam in March 1965 to protect the Da Nang Air Base.[13]On 6 May 1965, the 3rd Marine Division opened the Marine Compound at the Da Nang Air Base, Vietnam. By the end of 1965 the division had all its regiments (3rd Marines, 4th Marines and 9th Marines) on the ground.

In August 1966, the battalions of the 26th Marines (a 5th Marine Division unit) began arriving for combat duty in Vietnam attached to the 3rd Marine Division. In October 1966, then commanding general Lewis W. Walt was ordered to establish strong points just south of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The 3rd division moved its headquarters from Da Nang to Phu Bai in late 1966. At the same time the division was also building outposts along the southern half of the DMZ at Con Thien, Gio Linh, Cam Lộ and Đông Hà. In late 1967 the headquarters moved again from Phu Bai to Đông Hà in the Quang Tri Province and more outposts were opened. Camp Carroll, Rockpile, Ca Lu and Khe Sanh. The two main enemy divisions the Marines fought were the 324B NVA Division and the 320th NVA Division.

Some of the major operations in 1967 and early 1968 in this area were Operation Prairie III, Operation Prairie IV, Operation Hickory I, Operation Cimarron, Operation Buffalo, Operation Kingfisher and Operation Kentucky.

During the 1968 Tet Offensive, the division conducted operations along the DMZ with a portion of the division fighting in Hue. The operational tempo increased with the initiation of the Tet Offensive in late January 1968. At the time, 3rd Marine Division intelligence estimated the combat strength of NVA and VC forces in the DMZ area was 40,943 troops. During the Vietnam War, the 3rd Marine Division suffered 6,869 men killed in action.

The division departed South Vietnam in November 1969 with more than 20 Marines having received the Medal of Honor and moved to Camp Courtney, Okinawa, where it is presently located.

Marine Video




1967 marked the United States 3rd year in the war since the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was passed by Congress, “August 7, 1964”.

Reference the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution



Beginning 1967 the statistics were:

Troops in Country: 389,000

Casualties so far:

KIA: 11,153



Do you have a story from 1967 you would like to share?

Submit your story to Incountry1967@wavva.org your story will be edited for space and content.

Please include your name, your unit, the date of action and location, thanks for your service and welcome home.



The Washington State Vietnam Veterans of America is part of the nationwide link of VVA’s across the country and we want to hear from you,
we want to help. No matter where you served or when, contact us, we’re here to help you.
•Aggressively advocate on issues important to veterans
•Seek full access to quality health care for veterans
•Identify the full range of disabling injuries and illnesses incurred during military service
•Hold government agencies accountable for following laws mandating veterans’ health care
•Create a positive public perception of Vietnam veterans
•Seek the fullest possible accounting of America’s POWs and MIAs
•Support the next generation of America’s war veterans
•Serve our communities


Vietnam Veterans of America Washington State Council Officers

Name                                     Position                                Contact

Francisco F. Ivarra            President                           president@wavva.org

Jim Daugherty                   Vice President                  vicepresident@wavva.org

Ande Mitchelle                  2nd Vice President          vicepresident2@wavva.org

Odis Warren                      Treasurer                           treasurer@wavva.org

Pete Sill                              Secretary                           secretary@wavva.org



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