To: Marines and Navymen of this Battalion
Subj: Letter of Appreciation
It has been my great
privilege to have been in command of this battalion for the past seven
months. Now I must turn over command to my successor, and move on to
another assignment. I cannot leave without telling you how I feel about
you Marines and Navymen, my shipmates.
I joined on 7 September 1967, the battalion, or elements of it, have
fought in Operations SWIFT, SHELBYVILLE, ESSEX, DENVER, BAXTER, JUNCTION,
AUBURN, many No-Names, the TET Offensive, HUE CITY, HOUSTON, and many
this time you have killed 739 enemy soldiers, probably killed another
518, and captured 105 enemy, and many weapons. You have fought day and
night in the rice paddies, in the mountains, in the villages and city.
You have fought in the unbelievable summer heat, the bone chilling winter,
the driving monsoon rains. You have been mortared, gassed, grenaded,
rocketed, mined, booby-trapped, machine gunned, sniped at, even attacked
times you have been ordered to attack a numerically superior dug-in
force. You have been required to patrol in exceedingly hazardous situations
with under strength squads and fire teams. You have made helicopter
assaults into hot landing zones. You have fought -- or will fight --
for almost thirteen straight months with only a short R&R, or hospitalization
from wounds as a break.
have fought without flight pay, jump pay, submarine pay, air crew pay,
diver's pay, extra incentive pay, per diem, or any other fancy pay.
You have fought and, like Marines and their attached Navy shipmates
for the last 193 years, you have never failed to take the objective,
repulse every attack, or to go where you were ordered. No rockets were
ever fired from the area you patrolled. You spoiled the enemy's TET
attack against Danang. You cornered the Viet Cong's R-20 Battalion and
destroyed it. You attacked and defeated the 31st Regiment of the 2nd
NVA Division inflicting very heavy casualties on the enemy.
are members of a combat-proven battalion of an illustrious regiment
which received its initiation to war at Belleau Wood, and has fought
in almost all our Corps' battles since. You have carried your responsibility
to our Corps superbly, and added new honors to our colors.
want to tell each of you how proud I am to have served with you. You
responded magnificently to every demand placed on you. You have never
faltered. You always won. You make me very, very proud to be a United