Abbott, Daniel, GySgt

 
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USMC Retired
Current/Last Rank
Gunnery Sergeant
Current/Last Primary MOS
8412-Career Recruiter
Previously Held MOS
0311-Rifleman
3516-Automotive Mechanic
5711-Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Defense Specialist
Primary Unit
1984-1987, 8412, Recruiters School, MCRD San Diego
Service Years
1966 - 1987
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Cold War Certificate
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Vietnam Combined Action Platoon (CAP)


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US Marines Corps Honorable Discharge Marine Recruiter Cold War Medal Combined Action Company

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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Marine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F)Mt. Olympus; Detachment 897
Military Order of the Purple HeartDisabled American Veterans (DAV)American LegionMilitary Order of the Devil Dog
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  1987, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified]
  1995, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified]
  1998, Marine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F) [Verified]
  2003, Marine Corps League, Mt. Olympus; Detachment 897 (Past Commandant) (Port Angeles, Washington) [Verified]
  2004, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified]
  2005, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified]
  2005, American Legion [Verified]
  2006, Military Order of the Devil Dog [Verified]
  2008, Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) [Verified]
  2010, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified]


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What are you doing now:
Retired living the good life. Commandant, Department of Washington MCL
   
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Life member: MCL,VFW,DAV,AL,MOPH,MCA and TWS Member: MCRA
   
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  1967-1968, 0311, III MAF/2nd CAG (Combined Action Group)



From Month/Year
August / 1967
To Month/Year
December / 1968
Unit
III MAF/2nd CAG (Combined Action Group) Unit Page
Rank
Corporal
MOS
0311-Rifleman
Location
Nov 2 &3 CAPS An Hoa
Country/State
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
 
 
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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

Type
Service Support Units
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Disbanded
Parent Unit
Combined Action Program
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Group
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Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Jul 1, 2009
   
   
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219 Members Also There at Same Time
III MAF/2nd CAG (Combined Action Group)

Bailey, Dale, Sgt, (1966-1970) 3 0311 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
Grier, Bobby, Sgt, (1967-1971) 3 0311 Sergeant
Iverson, William, Sgt, (1966-1969) 3 0311 Sergeant
Jennings, Joseph, Maj, (1964-1988) 3 0311 Sergeant
St. George, Fred David, Sgt, (1965-1967) 3 0311 Sergeant
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
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
Lowery, Alvin Leroy, Cpl, (1966-1969) 3 0311 Corporal
Marshall, Michael Allan, Cpl, (1967-1969) 3 0311 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
Springfield, Alfred Carl, Cpl, (1966-1967) 3 0311 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
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
Tulp, Guyler Neil, LCpl, (1967-1969) 3 0311 Lance Corporal
Broderson, Harry, Cpl, (1967-1971) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Finnerty, Francis Matthew, PFC, (1967-1968) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Gibbs, Isreal, PFC, (1967-1968) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Johnson, Horace, PFC, (1967-1968) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Lovan, Peter John, PFC, (1967-1968) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Orash, Michael William, PFC, (1967-1968) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Salonies, Edward, PFC, (1967-1968) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Schmidt, Richard Leroy, PFC, (1967-1968) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Tate, Charles Edward, PFC, (1967-1968) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Twist, Robert James, PFC, (1967-1968) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Vergara, Geraldo, PFC, (1967-1970) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Voltner, Donald Charles, PFC, (1968-1969) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Walker, Frank Mark, Cpl, (1967-1970) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Williams, Donald Deitrick, PFC, (1967-1968) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Zaleski, Dana Lawrence, PFC, (1967-1969) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Millner, Charles Hewett, Pvt, (1967-1968) 3 0311 Private
Hittinger, Francis R, LtCol, (1944-1968) 3 0302 Lieutenant Colonel
Joselane, Howard Leo, Capt, (1962-1968) 3 0302 Captain
Blanton, Richard Patrick, Sgt, (1967-1969) 3 0351 Sergeant
Gorman, Terry, GySgt, (1963-1983) 3 0369 Sergeant

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