The History of CAP 1-3-9

This site is a tribute to the United States Marines, Navy Corpsman, and South Vietnamese Popular Forces in Combined Action Platoon 1-3-9 who defeated the 6th Battalion of the 21st North Vietnamese Army Regiment reinforced with Viet Cong on September 13, 1969.

Members of CAP 1-3-9 who fought in the battle from start to finish were Sgt. Michael Murphy, HM2 Dewey Ray Burns, Jr., L/Cpl. Rick Sherrill, L/Cpl. Mel Avant, PFC Reggie Childs, PFC James Samuel Parker, PFC Bill Hines, PFC Gary Holmes, PFC Steve Hicks, PFC Jim McKnight, PFC David Lummis, PFC Jerry Meyers, Nugyen But (Popular Forces interpreter) and other members of the Popular Forces unit.  HM2 Dewey Ray Burns Jr. and L/Cpl. Rick Sherrill died during the battle.  

Members of the reactionary force that showed up in the morning were Lt. Col. Hennigan (1st Combined Action Group Commanding Officer), 1Lt.  James J. Mulhearn, Jr. (Combined Action Company Executive Officer), and Sgt. Robert Wray (Combined Action Company Supply Sergeant).

“For it is Thou who dost bless the righteous man O Lord, Thou dost surround him with favor as with a shield.”  The Bible, Psalms 5:12.

God bless and Semper Fidelis!
Rick LeBlanc

 Thanks to Mrs. Doty, Ms. Jennings, Ms. Walsh, Mr. D. Barrington, Mr. and Mrs. D. Barrington, Go Daddy, and Sgt. Maj. L. G. LeBlanc because without their help and support this website would simply not exist. Use the “please click here for more info” about how they helped.

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Thanks to Mrs. Doty, Ms. Jennings, Ms. Walsh, Mr. D. Barrington, Mr. and Mrs. D. Barrington, Go Daddy personnel, and to Sgt. Maj. L. G. LeBlanc because this website would simply not exist without their help and support.

Mrs. Doty, in about 2001, suggested I build a website instead of writing an article for submission to The Leatherneck to honor CAP 1-3-9 for their actions on September 13, 1969. She planted the website idea, gave me the much needed encouragement to try it, provided critically needed expertise, and took it upon herself to connect the website pages and publish the site.

Ms. Jennings, in about 2007, somehow salvaged the information from the original site when I unsuccessfully tried to move it to another program and provider. It was, for all I could tell, lost, but Ms. Jennings somehow resurrected it. I don't think I would have tried to build the site again without that information.

Ms. Walsh, in 2012, attempted to create the site with a third webhosting program, another program I couldn't figure out. Although she wasn’t able to create the site, she was enthusiastic, and I needed that.

Mr. D. Barrington, that’s David to those of you who know the Barrington families, took it upon himself in 2012 to begin building the site. Funny thing about that is that David’s offer to help and initial discussions to build the site came about over a few beers, kind of like the United States Marine Corps getting its start in Tun Tavern.

Go Daddy personnel were professional and personal. In short, they were spot on when it with everything from transferring the domain from a previous site to completing what David started.

Mr. and Mrs. D. Barrington, that’s Dewayne and Christine, for always being there for me.

Sgt. Maj. L. G. LeBlanc, my father and a United States Marine for over 30 years, for encouraging me to get in contact with the Veterans Administration.

God bless and Semper Fidelis!
Rick LeBlanc
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