unit history information
for MAG-36

For date 660128

MAG-36 was a US Marine Corps unit
HMM-364 was a US Marine Corps unit
VMO-6 was a US Marine Corps unit
HMM-362 was a US Marine Corps unit
Primary service involved, US Marine Corps
Quang Ngai Province, I Corps, South Vietnam
Description: On D Day of DOUBLE EAGLE I, MAG-36 reported that every effort made to create the impression that forces were ashore to conduct DAGGER THRUST type search and clear operations within a zone extending 6,000 meters to the west and north of the landing beaches at BS8342. The build up of forces was accomplished in such manner as to conceal the task force's ultimate objective. The deep ranging flexibility inherent in heliborne operations was sacrificed during the period with the exception of emergency resupply and Med Evac. In keeping with the planned operations minimum use of helicopters was made on D-Day. VMO-6 provided two UH-1E's on station during the day for TAC(A) purpose, and two UH-1E's were provided to the CG, Task Force Delta for Command and Control purposes, as they were for the remainder of the operation. HHM-362, the SLF squadron, shuttled personnel and cargo from the USS Valley Forge to the Beach Support Area (BSA) and surrounding areas. Med Evacs were lifted from the BSA to the USS Valley Forge, USS Paul Revere and Bravo Med. A recon patrol which was being pursued by a larger VC force was retracted from BS598375 to the BSA. Late in the day 12 HMM-364 aircraft lifted 245 troops of BLT 2/3 from the USS valley Forge to an unsecure LZ at BS754412. Automatic weapons fire was received from the vicinity of BS765420 and one aircraft was hit. One HMM-362 experienced engine failure in the BSA and subsequently was repaired and returned to operation. For the period 28 Jan through 28 Feb, MAG-36 would report: Flight hours, 6,504.1; missions, 1,169; sorties, 18,897; troops & paxs, 26,195; cargo tons, 1,023.2; aircraft hits, 93; aircraft down/recovered, 7/6; casualties, 27 WIA's; company size lifts, 13; 4.2 mortar battery lifts, 5; and battalion size lifts, 20.

The source for this information was HQ MAG-36 Combat After Action Rpt 20 Mar 66

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