By Joseph B Ruth; United States. Marine Corps. History and Museums Division
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The 25th Marines suffered 59 killed and 269 wounded in action. A little over a year later a bomber would take off movie. lt was miraculous how a couple of beers and a class "D" movie could ease the soreness of muscles and the gnawing uncertainties of the war. It seemed more often than not that the movies were endured in the rain, the winddriven wetness finding its way into the camouflaged ponchos. Things could be worse; they had been worse before and the Marines knew instinctively that they would he worse again.
S. Army Fife and Drum Corps from Fort Myer, Virginia. On 19 March, the rune was "McNamara's Band," as Company C Marines joined the banshees, leprechauns, and other Irishmen in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in eventual linkup of the two forces being successful, it was only a matter of time until the battle was won. The capture of Combat Town and the winning of the confidence of the native chief were highlights of the operation. The same year, 1966, the 2d Battalion also attended ATD at Camp Lejeune during the last 2 weeks of August.
The enemy had been driven from the high ground and, having lost their observation posts, the accuracy of their artillery and mortars suffered accordingly. Enemy snipers remained active and continued to take their grim toll. After 14 days of fighting the men of the 25th were exhausted, and their casualties continued to mount. The following day. 5 March, was a day of rest, rehabilitation, and reorganization. The 2d and 3d Battalions reverted to their parent regiment. The ist At 0500 the 23d Marines relieved the 25th Marines in the line.
A brief history of the 25th Marines by Joseph B Ruth; United States. Marine Corps. History and Museums Division