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Stars & Stripes Article 1969

Stars & Stripes Article 1969

By: MSgt Edd Prothro, USMC Ret. 1964-1984

(Article from Stars & Stripes 1969)

By Sgt. Bill Dahl

DA NANG, Vietnam (Special) – Headquartered at Red Beach, eight miles north of Da Nang, the Force Logistic Command (FLC) provides supply and maintenance support for Marine air and ground units throughout Vietnam’s northern I Corps area. Providing the main security for the sprawling headquarters complex at Camp Jay K. Books is the job of the Provisional Rifle Co. The company is composed of volunteers from units within FLC. The Marines who volunteer for the four-to-six month stint may be an office clerk or a forklift operator, but regardless of their jobs, these Leathernecks live up to the old adage that all Marines are basically riflemen. Men of the Provisional Rifle Co. conduct patrols and set up ambush sites. Often accompanying the Marines are Vietnamese scouts and Rangers. The “Kit Carson” scouts are former Viet Cong who have rallied to the government. Both the scouts and the Rangers have extensive knowledge of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army tactics and have proven invaluable in aiding FLC Marines on patrol. The many villages surrounding the FLC compound pose special prolems for base security. Communists try to infiltrate these villages, posing as civilians. Marines and their South Vietnamese counterparts check identification cards of villagers who do not have the proper identification.

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Henry Kuhlmann - July 5, 2020

I served in the Marine Corps from Feb 12,1964 through Jan 15, 1968. Vietnam 1965-1966. I enjoy reading these articles about Real American patriots instead of all this so called news about these far left wing fools of 2020 that want to tear down our Nation. Thank you fellow Marines.

Ron Jacob USMC - July 5, 2020

Read a lot of military fiction, sci-fi and alternative hist, love it when a wannabe author talks about firefights, etc being in the next “ville”, town, AO 100 klicks to the left!? Great hearing or what…..?

G. Willard 0311, 8651/0321, 8511,…. - July 5, 2020

Couldn’t get any closer Murray; a km is 1,093.++ yards, and it is “klick” (informal noun/slang) in Merriam Webster and the Free Dictionary, and when we learned mapping in Recon, and calling in strikes.
Good stuff from all of you, memories, memories.
Semper Fi

marlon - July 5, 2020

That 2nd lt sounds like sgt lamson I had at MCRD S.D. In 59. He was in Nam and retired in 74 as Capt.

Bill0331 - July 5, 2020

I’ve gotten into same argument over the years, usually with Army guys. some still insist klick equal miles. Bill 0331

Nick 0311 - July 5, 2020

Klic is in fact 1000 meters, just a little over half mile, .6 to be exact. Not to be confused with a click on elevation adjustments Nick 0311

Murray M. Hermanson - July 5, 2020

Paul, just throwing my 2 cents in and my opinion. Kilometer, I think, is 1000 meters, and as far as we did all the fighting in other countries( WW1 and WW2) that use the metric system, and it is in the base ten so adjusting the big guns is easier then using feet or yards. Just my guess. Murray 1371

the deuce - July 5, 2020

Yeah, we figured a click to be 1000 yds, or 3000 ft. With a mile being 5280 ft a click would be a little over half a mile. Semper Fi

Harry 1371 - July 5, 2020

Hey M/Sgt Edd, Who knows, we may have crossed paths at some point. I think of that a lot especially during my time at the ferry crossing at “Liberty Bridge”. All of the Motor-T , Tank Crews, Arty, and of coarse the Grunts that we ferried across the river on a daily basis. I have run across Vets that remember crossing the river on the ferry around the same time I was there. We would really pack the “Grunts” on there ( Asshole to belly button) Still can remember the looks on some of the faces. Could always spot the new guys. Wonder how many did not make it. Semper Fi Harry

Paul S. - July 5, 2020

Interesting reply Harry, I have heard similar stories in areas such as that where AOs are not real clear.Good to hear the term “Klik” used properly. Over the years have gotten into disagreements over it . Some Vets ,even Marines, thinks a klik is a mile! tried to convince them over and over that a Klik is a “Kliometer!”a little over half mile. Not sure when or why that we started using it. We used it a lot to measure short distance. Paul S

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