Vietnam War Bibliography:

U.S. Marine Corps Publications and Documents

U.S. Marines in Vietnam. Of the four major branches of the U.S. armed forces, the Marine Corps moved by far the fastest on publication of a comprehensive multi-volume history of its involvement in the Vietnam War. The Marines finished this project in 1997; of the other services, only the Air Force seems finished or close to finished.

The Marines in Vietnam, 1954-1973: An Anthology and Annotated Bibliography.  Washington: History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1974.  viii, 277 pp.

The Marines in Vietnam, 1954-1973: An Anthology and Annotated Bibliography, 2d ed.  Washington: History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1985.  xii, 373 pp. Essays by various officers, summarizing the history of USMC operations in Vietnam, followed by a 23 pp. bibliography, in which the typical entry is an article from either the Marine Corps Gazette or the Naval Institute Proceedings, with a one-sentence summary. Front matter and pp. 1-193, pp. 194-373.
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Cdr. Herbert L. Bergsma, Chaplains with Marines in Vietnam, 1962-1971.  Washington, D.C.: History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1985.  xiii, 240 pp.
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Shawn P. Callahan, Close Air Support and the Battle for Khe Sanh. History Division, United States Marine Corps, 2009. 179 pp. The text is available online at Hathi Trust.

A Chronology of the United States Marine Corps.

Lt. Col. Kenneth J. Clifford, Progress and Purpose: A Developmental History of the United States Marine Corps, 1900-1970. Washington, D.C.: History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1973. viii, 156 pp.

Operations Against Guerrilla Units. FMFM 8-2. Washington: Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps and GPO, 1964. v, 135 pp. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in three parts: front matter and pp. 1-36,   pp. 37-84,   pp. 85-135. This publication was derived from Operations Against Guerrilla Forces, FMFM 21, issued in 1962. It was superseded by:

Colonel Alphonse G. Davis, Pride, Progress, and Prospects: The Marine Corps' Efforts to Increase the Presence of African-American Officers (1970-1995). Washington, DC: History and Museums Division, United States Marine Corps, 2000. ix, 54 pp. Contains only a little about Vietnam.

Captain David A. Dawson, USMC, The Impact of Project 100,000 on the Marine Corps. Washington, DC: History and Museums Division, United States Marine Corps, 1995. iv, 239 pp.

Robert Emmet, A Brief History of the 11th Marines. Washington, D.C.: Historical Branch, G-3 Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1969. 58 pp. The operations in Vietnam of the 11th Marines (an artillery regiment) are covered in pp. 46-48. Notable for the comment (p. 48) that the Marines made much more use of artillery fire from the Tet Offensive onward than before Tet.

Stephen S. Evans, ed., U.S. Marines and Irregular Warfare, 1898-2007: Anthology and Selected Bibliography. Quantico, VA: Marine Corps University Press, 2008. ix, 343 pp. The text is available online at Hathi Trust.
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Lt. Col. William R. Fails, Marines and Helicopters, 1962-1973. Washington, D.C.: History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1978. ix, 262 pp.
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Colonel Andrew R. Finlayson, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), Marine Advisors with the Vietnamese Provincial Reconnaissance Units, 1966-1970. Quantico, VA: History Division, United States Marine Corp, 2009. vii, 71 pp. Finlayson as a Captain was an advisor to the Tay Ninh PRU in 1969.

Colonel George R. Hofmann Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), Operation Millpond: U.S. Marines in Thailand, 1961. Quantico, VA: History Division, United States Marine Corp, 2009. vii, 36 pp. Marine Air Base Squadron-16 (MABS-16) was at Udorn, Thailand, March to October 1961, supporting CIA operations in Laos. [I had previously seen the project name "Millpond" used for a single operation into Laos planned for April 1961, but apparently the name had a broader application.] Hofmann was an enlisted Marine in the unit.

First Lieutenant Brett A. Jones, A History of Marine Attack Squadron 223. Washington, D.C.: History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1978. vii, 39 pp. The Vietnam tours of VMA-223 ("Bulldogs"), between December 1965 and January 1970, are covered on pp. 21-36. Flying A-4 Skyhawks; based at Chu Lai.

Charles D. Melson and Wanda J. Renfrow, eds., Marine Advisors with the Vietnamese Marine Corps: Selected Documents prepared by the U.S. Marine Advisory Unit, Naval Advisory Group. Quantico, VA: History Division, United States Marine Corps, 2009. 187 pp. "Standing Procedures for Marine Advisory Unit" (no date visible, but must be between late 1968 and 1972) makes up most of this volume.

Lt. Col. Gary W. Parker, A History of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161. Washington, D.C.: History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1978. vii, 47 pp. The Vietnam tours of HMM-161, between May 1965 and August 1970, are covered on pp. 21-36.

Captain William D. Parker, U.S. Marine Corps Civil Affairs in I Corps, Republic of South Vietnam, April 1966 - April 1967. Washington: Historical Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1970. v, 131 pp. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in three parts: front matter and pp. 1-44, pp. 45-94, and pp. 95-147.

Colonel Charles J. Quilter and Captain John C. Chapin, A History of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 531. Washington, D.C.: History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 2001. viii, 100 pp. The Vietnam tour of VMFA-531 ("Grey Ghosts"), between April and June 1965 (VMFA-531 was the first Marine fighter squadron sent to Vietnam), is covered on pp. 43-51. Flying F-4 Phantoms.

James S. Santelli, A Brief History of the 7th Marines. Washington, D.C.: History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1980. vii, 83 pp. The Second Indochina War is covered in pp. 52-70, 79.

Captain Moyers S. Shore, II, The Battle for Khe Sanh. Washington, D.C.: Historical Branch, G-3 Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1969. xi, 203 pp. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in five parts: front matter and pp. 1-38,   pp. 39-88,   pp. 89-138,   pp. 139-188, and pp. 189-203.
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Ltc. Gary D. Solis, Marines and Military Law in Vietnam: Trial by Fire. Washington, D.C.: History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1989. xi, 295 pp.
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Russel H. Stolfi, U.S. Marine Corps Civic Action Effort in Vietnam: March 1965-March 1966. Washington: Historical Branch, G-3 Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1968. 96 pp. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University, in eight parts: front matter and pp. 1-6,   pp. 7-21,   pp. 22-35,   pp. 36-49,   pp. 50-63,   pp. 64-76a,   pp. 77-90 (endnotes begin on p. 91), and pp. 91-96, maps.
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Col. Mary V. Stremlow, A History of the Women Marines, 1946-1977. Washington, D.C.: History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1986. x, 250 pp. "Women Marines in Vietnam" is pp. 83-87, and there are a few references to the Vietnam War elsewhere. A few women Marines (probably 28 enlisted and 8 officers) served at various dates from March 1967 onward. Front matter and pp. 1-108,   pp. 109-250.
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Ray W. Stubbe, Aarugha! Report to Director, Historical Division, Headquarters, Marine Corps, on the history of specialized and force-level reconnaissance activities and units of the United States Marine Corps, 1900-1974. Washington: US Marine Corps and GPO, 1989. v, 323 pp. May be a reprint of a 1981 original. Slightly more than half of this deals with the Vietnam era.
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Capt. Francis J. West, Jr., Small Unit Action in Vietnam: Summer 1966.
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Professional Knowledge Gained from Operational Experience in Vietnam, 1965-1966, NAVMC 2614. Washington: Headquarters USMC and GPO, 1967. vii, 509 pp.
 

Many Marine Corps unit documents, some of which used to be listed on this page, can now be found under Marine Corps Unit Reports and Documents,   Marines in Recon and Special Operations,   Marine Corps and Navy Helicopter Unit Reports,   Marine Corps Fixed-Wing Air Squadron Reports,   Documents: Army Armored Cavalry, Marine 1st Tank Battalion,   and Microfilmed collections of Marine Corps records.

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