Joselane, Howard Leo, Capt

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0302-Infantry Officer
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1967-1968, 0302, III MAF/2nd CAG (Combined Action Group)
Service Years
1962 - 1968



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This Military Service Page was created/owned by 1stLt Lawrence G. Ward (Mustanger aka SSJO)-Deceased to remember Marine Capt Howard Leo Joselane.

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Feb 08, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
38E 031 / Sec: 6, Site: 9272-17

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 III MAF/2nd CAG (Combined Action Group) Details

III MAF/2nd CAG (Combined Action Group)

The Combined Action Program was a United States Marine Corps operational initiative implemented in the Vietnam War and proved to be one of the most effective counterinsurgency tools developed during that conflict. Operating from 1965 to 1971, this program was characterized by the placement of a thirteen-member Marine rifle squad, augmented by a U.S. Navy Corpsman and strengthened by a Vietnamese militia platoon of older youth and elderly men, in or adjacent to a rural Vietnamese hamlet. In most cases, the Popular Forces militia members (Nghia Quan) were residents of the hamlet who were either too young or too old to be drafted into the Army of the Republic of Viet Nam (ARVN) or the Regional Forces (Dia Phuong Quan). The entire unit of American Marines and Popular Forces militia members together was designated as a Combined Action Platoon (CAP).

The program was said to have originated as a solution to one Marine infantry battalion's problem of an expanding Tactical Area of Responsibility (TAOR). The concept of combining a squad of Marines with local (PFs) and assigning them a village to protect proved to be a force multiplier.

While the exact implementation varied with the stage of the war and local command variations, the basic model was to combine a Marine squad with local forces to form a village defense platoon. It was effective in denying the enemy a sanctuary at the local village level. The pacification campaign seemed to work under the CAP concept, and the Marines fully embraced it. Objectively, there is no solid proof that the CAP concept was a resounding success; however, subjectively the evidence suggests otherwise.

"Counterinsurgency operations and, in particular, the establishment of a foreign internal defense lends itself for the greatest utility of employing a CAP-style organization. Recent operations in Somalia, Haiti, and Bosnia suggest a CAP-style organization could accomplish the assigned mission." In Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marines reinstituted a variant of the CAP

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There were seventeen Marines and one Corpsman in the unit and of the those only three survived. Three were captured and one escaped and returned to US control.

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III MAF/2nd CAG (Combined Action Group)

Hittinger, Francis R, LtCol, (1944-1968) 3 0302 Lieutenant Colonel
Bailey, Dale, Sgt, (1966-1970) 3 0311 Sergeant
Blanton, Richard Patrick, Sgt, (1967-1969) 3 0351 Sergeant
Bowe, Robert William, Sgt, (1964-1969) 3 0311 Sergeant
De Jesus, Raymond, Sgt, (1966-1971) 3 0311 Sergeant
Flynn, Michael Frank, Sgt, (1964-1967) 3 0311 Sergeant
Gorman, Terry, GySgt, (1963-1983) 3 0369 Sergeant
Grier, Bobby, Sgt, (1967-1971) 3 0311 Sergeant
Iverson, William, Sgt, (1966-1969) 3 0311 Sergeant
Jennings, Joseph, Maj, (1964-1988) 3 0311 Sergeant
Joy, Michael, Sgt, (1967-1970) 3 0369 Sergeant
Kersh, Jesse, Sgt, (1966-1969) 3 0341 Sergeant
Little, Leslie, SSgt, (1965-1974) 3 0369 Sergeant
Paider, Gerald, Sgt, (1968-1970) 3 0331 Sergeant
St. George, Fred David, Sgt, (1965-1967) 3 0311 Sergeant
Abbott, Daniel, GySgt, (1966-1987) 3 0311 Corporal
Abbott, Daniel, GySgt, (1966-1987) 3 0311 Corporal
Allen, James Warren, Cpl, (1964-1967) 3 0311 Corporal
Arnold, John, LCpl, (1966-1969) 3 0311 Corporal
Booth, James, Cpl, (1968-1970) 3 0311 Corporal
Brown, Roger Allen, Cpl, (1967-1968) 3 0311 Corporal
Cuevas, Frank Oscar, Cpl, (1966-1968) 3 0351 Corporal
Dombrowski, Joseph, Cpl, (1967-1969) 3 0311 Corporal
Edney, Donald Wayne, Cpl, (1967-1969) 3 0311 Corporal
Foley, Kevin, Cpl, (1966-2006) 3 0311 Corporal
Foley, Kevin, Cpl, (1966-2006) 3 0311 Corporal
Gamwell, Jr, Edward, Sgt, (1965-1971) 3 0311 Corporal
Gorman, Edward Theodore, Cpl, (1967-1968) 3 0311 Corporal
Graves, William, Capt, (1966-1986) 3 0311 Corporal
Jones, David, Cpl, (1966-1970) 3 0351 Corporal
Jones, David, Cpl, (1966-1970) 3 Corporal
Lowery, Alvin Leroy, Cpl, (1966-1969) 3 0311 Corporal
Marshall, Michael Allan, Cpl, (1967-1969) 3 0311 Corporal
MASTERSON, Barry, Cpl, (1967-1969) 3 0351 Corporal
Nielsen, Chris, Cpl, (1968-1970) 3 0311 Corporal
Prevot, Lonnie, Cpl, (1967-1970) 3 0311 Corporal
Robbins, J. Michael, Cpl, (1968-1969) 3 0311 Corporal
Scott, Michael, Cpl, (1968-1969) 3 0311 Corporal
Scott, Michael, Cpl, (1967-1969) 3 0311 Corporal
Spain, James, Cpl, (1967-1970) 3 0300 Corporal
Springfield, Alfred Carl, Cpl, (1966-1967) 3 0311 Corporal
Stahlbock, Dennis, GySgt, (1965-1989) 3 0351 Corporal
Taylor, Herbert Gordan, Cpl, (1965-1968) 3 0311 Corporal
Tucker, Bryant, Sgt, (1966-1969) 3 0311 Corporal
Webb, Bill Alan, Cpl, (1966-1968) 3 0311 Corporal
Arnold, John, LCpl, (1966-1969) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Bodwell, John, LCpl, (1968-1970) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Elias, Richard, Cpl, (1967-1970) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Fullen, Richard, LCpl, (1968-1969) 3 0331 Lance Corporal
Gauche, David Peter, LCpl, (1968-1969) 3 0341 Lance Corporal
Jackson, Clarence, LCpl, (1968-1970) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Kruger, Frank, Sgt, (1966-1973) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Manning, Dennis Dewain, LCpl, (1967-1968) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Poole, Hartwig Ralph, LCpl, (1966-1967) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Rumble, Jon Mac Gillivray, LCpl, (1967-1968) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Scritchfield, David Allen, LCpl, (1966-1967) 3 0341 Lance Corporal
Tulp, Guyler Neil, LCpl, (1967-1969) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Blevins, Anthony James, PFC, (1967-1968) 3 0351 Private 1st Class
Broderson, Harry, Cpl, (1967-1971) 3 0311 Private 1st Class

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