Need info Operation Song Tanh 1972

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Need info Operation Song Tanh 1972

Postby gcoronado » Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:25 pm

Does anyone have information on 2/9 being involved in Operation Song Thanh in 1972. If so please reply with what info you have. I have been requested to add this operation to our website.

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Re: Need info Operation Song Tanh 1972

Postby Fasst1 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:55 pm

Gabe,
I did a little research on this and found 2/9, for a period in 1972, was part of 9th MAB on board ship. They were in the Gulf of Tonkin but never went ashore. Here's an excerpt I found on a Marine site call USMC Hangout where 9th MAB is specifically mentioned:

"30 March - 27 June 1972 - On 30 March, the North Vietnamese launch their Nguyen-Hue (known in the U.S. as the Easter Offensive) and after extensive losses in I Corps, South Vietnamese forces stabilize their lines at the My Chanh River north of Hue. In the retreat of the Vietnamese Marine Division, U.S. Marine advisors played a major role in helping to rally the Vietnamese Marines after the initial setbacks. On 6 April, the Marine Corps deployed MAG-15 to Da Nang and on 16 May, MAG-12 deployed to Bien Hoa in III Corps. Both Marine aircraft groups operated under the Seventh Air Force in support of South Vietnamese Forces. On 16 June, MAG-15 redeployed from Da Nang to Nam Phong, Thailand, where the group continued to support operations of the Seventh Air Force against the Communist forces both in Vietnam and Cambodia. MAG-12 would remain in Bien Hoa until February 1973. The 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade (MAB) was embarked on board Seventh Fleet amphibious shipping and arrived in the Gulf of Tonkin on April. The MAB remained embarked and Marine infantry units were not committed."

I think the presence in the Gulf of Tonkin might well technically qualify as being in Vietnam but am certainly not sure. I guess it's your call whether the operation should be included on the website.

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Re: Need info Operation Song Tanh 1972

Postby andyjam » Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:19 pm

Gabe go to website www.recordsofwar.com/vietnam/usmc they have the info I believe plans were made to go ashore for an evac but were cancelled
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Re: Need info Operation Song Tanh 1972

Postby frankball3 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:38 am

I'm very late coming to this thread, but I was XO of Golf company during that and would be glad to provide any first person info to supplement the official records if wanted.
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Re: Need info Operation Song Tanh 1972

Postby Fasst1 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:45 pm

frankball3 wrote:I'm very late coming to this thread, but I was XO of Golf company during that and would be glad to provide any first person info to supplement the official records if wanted.


Hi Frank, and welcome aboard! This information, after some time and effort by Doug Griffin, our unofficial Network historian, resulted in 2/9 being awarded an 11th Campaign ribbon for a good portion of 1972. Doug communicated directly with HQMC and we received official recognition for participation in the Vietnam Cease Fire Campaign during that time frame. The award became official back in 2015.

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Re: Need info Operation Song Tanh 1972

Postby Doug Goodin » Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:43 am

Danny, if you look at the Honors page you will see that 2/9 was awarded its 11th Campaign Period bronze star for the time the Battalion was operating off the coast of Vietnam 23 May to 29 June and again 12-26 October 1972. The Battalion never landed according to the material I found. The Battalion did deploy to landing craft and headed toward the shore and yes, they were recalled. The entire beach landing was a "faint" operation apparently to draw NVA troops away from another area inland where the South Vietnamese did conducted a major operation. I believe two companies from 3/9 were the units assigned to MAG-12 at Bien Hoa - A 3/9 Marine was the last KIA when the war ended in 1973.

When I get home I'll see if I still have the information I received from the USMC History Division.

Hope all is well - Semper Fi.
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Re: Need info Operation Song Tanh 1972

Postby Doug Goodin » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:09 am

Hey Danny,
Just browsing through some old posts and just realized a "typo" by you...who the hell is Doug Griffin? Too many "dubs" that day?
Have a great reunion.
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Re: Need info Operation Song Tanh 1972

Postby Fasst1 » Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:00 pm

Obviously I meant Dean Goodin!
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Re: Need info Operation Song Tanh 1972

Postby Doug Goodin » Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:22 pm

Well played Danny...
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