CAP Mot: The Story of a Marine Special Forces Unit in Vietnam, 1968-1969

vol. 5: War & the Southwest Series

About Goodson"sCAP Mot

The Marines’ Combined action Platoon program—CAP—was one of the mostinnovative approaches khổng lồ pacification used in Vietnam. From experiencein other civil wars in Haiti, Nicaragua, & the Dominican Republic, theMarine Corps believed that firepower alone would not subdue the enemy,that the people had to lớn be won over. Consisting of a volsathachlaixe.vneer riflesquad, a Navy medical corpsman and a locally recruited platoon ofPopular Forces (PF), the CAP lived among the villagers 24 hours a dayfor the express purpose of protecting và helping them khổng lồ survive thedangers of their enemies. They also were khổng lồ help them improve theirhealth và their daily lives.

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Unlike other forces in Vietnam, the CAP forces did not arrive byhelicopter in the morning & leave at night. The only time a CAP marineleft the jungle was when he was rotating home, wounded or killed. Theybecame part of village life và aided the local residents in many ways.The marines became familiar with the local terrain, could bring in heavyfire nguồn when necessary, instilled discipline & confidence in the PFforces, & won the loyalty of many Vietnamese villagers.

This book tells the story of Goodson’s personal experiences as a CAPMarine in the jungles of Vietnam.

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“I entered the CAP Marines with the misconception that I would betraining a bunch of jungle natives who knew nothing about the methodsand strategy of true combat. It took only a few short days… to realizethat the person who really needed khổng lồ listen & learn was yours truly…The Vietnamese… could spot booby traps on the darkest of nights. Ilearned from them lớn rely heavily on my own senses, to ferret out theenemy—to discover… that I could actually smell the presence of theenemy… Rumors had portrayed the South Vietnamese soldier as a weak,unreliable coward that no one could trust. I soon discovered that wasfar from the truth.” —from the Preface

“We were first… to become deeply involved… with the Vietnamesepeople; helping them in their daily lives… We were khổng lồ help the sick toheal, the starving khổng lồ survive, those in fear lớn be comforted và theorphaned khổng lồ find a home. We were lớn teach the farmers how to lớn improvetheir farming methods… Having gained acceptance, our secondresponsibility was to lớn train new warriors… willing và eager lớn learn.”—from the Preface

BARRY GOODSON served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam from 1968-1969near ChuLai, Vietnam. His primary service was as an Assistant SquadLeader in his CAP unit. Other duties included machine gunner & squadleader of Alpha guns/Alpha Company. He received a Naval AchievementMedal with Valor và a Purple Heart.

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Goodson currently serves as a sheriff’s deputy in Parker Cosathachlaixe.vny, Texas,where he has patroled 1000 square miles investigating criminal cases,apprehending criminals, serving as community relations and mediarelations officer, & crime watch coordinator, among other services. At6’3”, 210 lbs., Goodson looks lượt thích a Texas Sheriff ought to look. He wasnamed Patrol Officer of the year in 1994. Born, raised & schooled inFort Worth, Texas, he is a graduate of Texas Christian University.