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Dear Mr. Stevenson,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Vietnam After-Action Reports, 1965 - 1968 in the Records of the U.S. Marine Corps (Record Group 127) that may contain some information related to your research. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) email@example.com for access to and information about these records.
We also located the series Command Chronologies and Related Documentation, 4/1962 - 6/1987 in Record Group 127 that contains 239 references to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines. Many of these records have been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog, and you may contact RDT2 with any questions you might have about these records.
You may also wish to review this overview of the unofficial Vietnam War Crimes Working Group in the Catalog, which is related to the series War Crimes Allegations Case Files, 1969-1975 in the Records of the Army Staff (Record Group 319), which consists of individual case files of war crimes allegations and incidents involving U.S. forces in Vietnam from 1965 to 1972. The series Central Files, 1970-1974 in Record Group 319 is one of 8 additional series related to the VWCWG that may be of interest to you. These records have not been digitized. You may contact RDT2 for additional information about these and similar records.
Plus, we located the series Vietnam War Era Command Chronologies Files in Record Group 127 that contains 96 files related to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Electronic Records (RDE) at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with these records.
Information about potential access restrictions (e.g. related to classification status or to controlled unclassified information (CUI)) can be found in each individual Catalog entry. The NARA reference unit listed in each entry can provide more information about accessing non-digitized records, as well.
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We hope this information is helpful, and best of luck with your research!
Rachel, thank you very much, this is very helpful and comprehensive advice for pursuit of the VWCWG files.
For the benefit of others' awareness, all USMC Vietnam War Command Chronologies (and after Action Reports where they were enclosed with them), but NOT the "Related Documentation" referenced in your 3rd para above, have been digitalized and may be accessed through this Texas Tech University-affiliated website:
And here are the CommChrons for the 2nd Battalion 1st Marines:
Last, in relation to the Thuy Bo incident, the footnotes 8 &9 in the Wikipedia link...
... are as follows....and present the dilemma of whose account to believe, the Thuy Bo witnesses' or the Marine commander's of 2/1 Hotel Company:
- "WGBH Openvault Search Results". openvault.wgbh.org. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
- "Vietnam: A Television History; America Takes Charge (1965 - 1967); Interview with Edward J. Banks, 1982". openvault.wgbh.org. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
It was this dilemma that has driven my request for you help, for which I am very grateful. Thank you.