Proceedings Magazine - May 1971 Vol. 97/5/819

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The Beginning

Marine Corps aviation involvement in Vietnam began on Palm Sunday 1962, when a squadron of UH-34 helicopters landed at Soc Trang in the Delta. The squadron...



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  • Marine Aviation in Vietnam, 1962-1970
    By Lieutenant General Keith B. McCutcheon, U.S. Marine Corps
    The Beginning

    Marine Corps aviation involvement in Vietnam began on Palm Sunday 1962, when a squadron of UH-34 helicopters landed at Soc Trang in the Delta. The squadron was Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 362 (HMM-...

  • Preface
    By Frank Uhlig, Jr., Editor

    “We may take it then that an army without its baggage train is lost; without provisions it is lost; without bases it is lost,” said Sun Tzu in about 500 B.C.

    Writing 24 centuries later, Captain Mahan observed that “...

  • Biographies of Authors

    The Defense of Europe and the North Sea

    J. L. Moulton

    Major-General Royal Marines (Retired)

  • Naval and Maritime Events, 1 January-30 June 1970
    Compiled by W. E. Dutcher, Lieutenant, U. S. Naval Reserve

    1 January U. S. and Vietnamese naval units fought a nightlong, New Year’s Eve battle with the enemy over a sunken Vietnamese Navy river patrol boat (PBR) on the upper Saigon River, 25 miles northwest of Saigon. Enemy...

  • The Defense of Northwest Europe and the North Sea
    By J. L. Moulton, Major General, Royal Marines (Retired)

    Twenty years ago, the Mediterranean was a NATO preserve; today, as we are painfully aware, it is not. The political circumstances are very different from those of 1950, but it is perhaps not unreasonable to draw one broad lesson from such...

  • Japan and Her Maritime Defense
    By Hideo Sekino, Commander, Imperial Japanese Navy (Retired)

    Japan and Her Maritime Defense

    By Commander Hideo Sekino, Imperial Japanese Navy (Retired)

  • Maritime Support of the Campaign in I Corps
    By Frank C. Collins, Jr., Commander, U. S. Navy

    The opinion, “From a logistics standpoint, this is by far the best and most managed war in which we have ever been involved,” voiced by one of our leading flag officers involved in logistics, may not be shared by everyone. But...

  • The Naval War in Vietnam, 1950-1970
    By Commander R. L. Schreadley, U. S. Navy

    Truck convoys valiantly crossed streams, mountains and forests; drivers spent scores of sleepless nights, in defiance of difficulties and dangers, to bring food and ammunition to the front, to permit the army to annihilate...

  • "Capable of Serving as a Naval and Military Auxiliary . . ."
    By Lane C. Kendall

    The statement of policy of the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, “It is necessary for the national defense and development of its foreign and domestic commerce that the United States shall have a merchant marine . . .” is somewhat...

  • The Pollution of the Coastal Ocean and the Great Lakes
    By M. Grant Gross

    One of the striking developments of 1970 was the dramatically increased awareness of environmental problems. In an election year, concern about the environment was a fail-safe issue for politicians. The problems caused by coastal water...

  • Destroyers, 1971
    By Richard F. Cross, III
    Destroyers today have come a long way in the seventy years since the 420-ton USS Bainbridge (DD-1) joined the Atlantic Fleet as its first torpedo boat destroyer. The missions and tasks of her successors have grown both in diversity and...
  • Sea Power: A Commentary, The Influence of Modern Sea Power, 1945-1970
    By John D. Hayes, Rear Admiral, U. S. Navy (Retired)

    The Soviet Navy in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, 1969-1970

  • Soviet Naval Activities, 1970
    By Robert W. Daly

    The following notes have been compiled from 1970 Soviet publications, principally the Defense Ministry’s newspaper Krasnaia Zvezda (Red Star) and the Navy’s monthly, Morskoi Sbornik (Naval Collection), which remotely approximates the...

  • Z-Grams, 1-70, Summarized

    The continuing interest expressed over the series of policy directives issued by the Chief of Naval Operations—messages widely known both within and without the Navy as “Z-grams,” after their originator, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt...

  • Flag and General Officers of the Naval Services

    Officers of Flag Rank of the U. S. Navy and U. S. Coast Guard and General Officers of the U. S. Marine Corps on active duty as of 1 January 1971

    Numbers following titles indicate: Navy: Lineal number Marine Corps: Number in...

  • Naval and Maritime Events, 1 July-31 December 1970
    Compiled and prepared by Lieutenant (junior grade) Toby Marquez, U. S. Navy and Lieutenant Commander J. B. Finkelstein, U. S. Navy

    1 July During a ceremony in the U. S. Naval Academy’s Tecumseh Court at Annapolis, Maryland, Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, U. S. Navy, relinquished his command as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) to Admiral Elmo R....

  • Summary of Major Naval, Maritime, and Military Forces


    Compiled from U. S. Maritime Administration data

    U. S. Merchant Marine Summary as of 1 December 1970

    U. S.-flag oceangoing merchant fleet (ships of over 1,000 gross tons)


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