2 Replies Latest reply on May 5, 2021 12:57 PM by William Stevenson

    Thuy Bo Incident, USMC 2ndBn/1st Marines, Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam, 31 Jan- 1 Feb 1967

    William Stevenson Adventurer

      I am researching the so-called Thuy Bo incident (31 January/1st February 1967) involving the 2nd Platoon of Hotel Co, 2/1:




      A major source for this Wikipedia entry is this book by Nick Turse:




      Terse in turn discovered as a primary source for his account of the Thuy Bo incident, the NARA-held files of a Pentagon task force named "The Vietnam War Crimes Working Group" (VWCWG):



      I have closely analyzed the relevant 2/1 and 1st Marines (Regiment) Command Chronologies (CommChrons), but they are opaque on what may have happened in Thuy Bo hamlet on the afternoon of 31 January1967.


      From the 2/1 and 1stMarines CommChrons for January and February 1967, the only oblique reference to civilian deaths of relevance is in the February 1967 2/1 CommChron S-3 Journal for 1 February:




      The relevant reference is in the S3 Log for 1 February (copy of entry is attached):


      Copy of USMC 2/1 S3 log entry for 1510 (3:10 pm) 1st February 1967


      The same opacity may be said of the account contained in the official USMC history of 1967 in the Marines in VN (cover page and extract attached), which is not consistent with the S3 Log entries that recorded events as they occurred and were reported by radio from the units in the field:


      Cover page USMC VN War History 1967

      USMC 1967 History Thuy Bo


      Four questions:


      (1)  Do your USMC and Navy Intelligence archives contain any documentation on this Thuy Bo incident and USMC (or any other, e.g. Navy Intelligence or Congressional Committee) internal investigation of it?


      (2)  Does your archive include the Thuy Bo resident interrogation reports referenced in the attached S-3 Log entry of 1 February 1967?


      (3)  May I obtain copies from the VWCWG archive of any references to the Thuy Bo incident among the documents released to Nick Turse?


      (4) Must I submit an FOIA request for copies of whatever you have on it?  Through what portal?