BATTLEFIELD STUDY: 2/26 at LZ MARGO in Vietnam, September 13-14 1968 — MajGen Jarvis Lynch, USMC (ret)


This is the third segment of ALL MARINE RADIO’S “Battlefield Studies” series.  The series is designed to give leaders who have led in combat a forum to voice the lessons that they learned while in contact with the enemy.  

SITUATION:  In September of 1968 the 2nd Battalion of the 26th Marine Regiment was operating as part of the 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division in the northwest corner of South Vietnam.  The battalion was was inserted into LZ MARGO in order to locate North Vietnamese Army units that were suspected of operating in the area and destroy them.  2/26 would themselves suffer approximately 200 casualties in an indirect fire attack after they were ordered to reoccupy LZ MARGO so that a B-52 Arclight strike could be executed adjacent to their positions.  The operations officer of battalion was Major Jarvis Lynch who would retire as a Major General in 1991, he joined us to look at the operation and the lessons that can be learned from it.  MajGen Lynch’s Marine Corps Gazette article about the operation is here:  LZ MARGO… The Dead Went Last

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(Left) Marine Corps Recruit Raheel Siddiqui:  died after he jumped from the 3rd floor of a recruit barracks at Parris Island (USMC photo)
(Left Center) Col Paul Cucinotta:  relieved as the CO of 3rd Recruit Training Regiment and given immunity in the case (USMC photo)
(Center) LtCol Joshua Kisson:  relieved as CO of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Recruit Training Regiment, pled guilty to charges of dereliction of duty, making false official statements and conduct unbecoming of an officer; fined $5,000, given a letter of reprimand and allowed to retire (USMC photo)
(Center Right) SgtMaj Nicholas Deabreau:  relieved as 3rd Recruit Training Regiment SgtMaj, given immunity in the case (USMC photo) 
(Right) GySgt Joseph Felix:  relieved as the Senior Drill Instructor of Recruit Saddiqui’s Company, sentenced to 10 years in prison, reduced to the rank of Private, forfeits all pay and allowances, Dishonorable Discharge for maltreatment, violation of a lawful general order and dereliction of duty, making a false official statement, and drunk and disorderly conduct (Jeff Schogol photo)