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CAP Mot: The Story of a Marine Special Forces Unit in Vietnam, 1968-1969

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The Marines’ Combined Action Platoon program—CAP—was one of the most innovative approaches to pacification used in Vietnam. From experience in other civil wars in Haiti, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic, the Marine Corps believed that firepower alone would not subdue the enemy, that the people had to be won over. Consisting of a volunteer rifle squad, a Navy medical corpsman and a locally recruited platoon of Popular Forces (PF), the CAP lived among the villagers 24 hours a day for the express purpose of ...
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1997 Hard cover Fair. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 306 p. Was & the Southwest, 5.

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Overview

The Marines’ Combined Action Platoon program—CAP—was one of the most innovative approaches to pacification used in Vietnam. From experience in other civil wars in Haiti, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic, the Marine Corps believed that firepower alone would not subdue the enemy, that the people had to be won over. Consisting of a volunteer rifle squad, a Navy medical corpsman and a locally recruited platoon of Popular Forces (PF), the CAP lived among the villagers 24 hours a day for the express purpose of protecting and helping them to survive the dangers of their enemies. They also were to help them improve their health and their daily lives.

Unlike other forces in Vietnam, the CAP forces did not arrive by helicopter in the morning and leave at night. The only time a CAP marine left the jungle was when he was rotating home, wounded or killed. They became part of village life and aided the local residents in many ways. The marines became familiar with the local terrain, could bring in heavy fire power when necessary, instilled discipline and confidence in the PF forces, and won the loyalty of many Vietnamese villagers.

This book tells the story of Goodson's personal experiences as a CAP Marine in the jungles of Vietnam.

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A dramatic narrative based on the author's experiences during his tour of duty in Vietnam. The Combined Action Program was a unit of six to eight men who lived among the Vietnamese villagers, protecting, training, and helping them to survive. It was one of the most innovative approaches to pacification used in Vietnam, so the story is somewhat unusual; but the writing is unfortunately loaded with clumsy invented dialogue and novelistic flourishes. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574410044
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: War and the Southwest Series
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Goodson served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam from 1968–1969 near ChuLai, Vietnam. His primary service was as an Assistant Squad Leader in his CAP unit. Other duties included machine gunner and squad leader of Alpha guns/Alpha Company. He received a Naval Achievement Medal with Valor and a Purple Heart.

Goodson currently serves as a sheriff's deputy in Parker County, Texas, where he has patroled 1,000 square miles investigating criminal cases, apprehending criminals, serving as community relations and media relations officer, and crime watch coordinator, among other services. Goodson was named Patrol Officer of the year in 1994. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2007

    Someone Finally Tells It Right

    Barry has written a very insightful book on the Mobile CAP Units. True to the life that was lead in the CAPs in Vietnam. This comes from a Marine who served in November 2 & 3 CAPs in 1967-1969

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2006

    A good 'inside' view from someone living with the Vietnamese

    A good read and helps to understand a unique effort by the U.S. Military. This type of strategy would be more helpful in diverse conflicts in learning from and coordinating with the local population. The story of the spider will give you the creeps and you wonder how anyone could have lived through all this...without going crazy.

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