Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

U.S. Marine Corps Civic Action Effort in Vietnam, March 1965-March 1966

U.S. Marine Corps Civic Action Effort in Vietnam, March 1965-March 1966. Capt Russel H. Stolfi, USMCR. 1968. 96 pp.

(Paper:  http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2616463)

(PDF: http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p4013coll11/id/1456)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What was in a US issued midwifery kit? A blacksmith kit?
  • Where can I find maps of civil action activities?
  • What was the character of the South Vietnamese government in 1965?
  • What was the role of the US Marines in providing medical services?


From the foreward: “This pamphlet tells the story of the first formative year of civilian-aid policies, programs, and actions of the III Marine Amphibious Force.” This 133 page document was based on records, interviews and correspondence. The book is mostly arranged chronologically. Chapter two is a helpful summary of the government and institutions of both parts of Vietnam up to 1965.

The narrative section is followed by an appendix of “Contents of CARE kits provided through Reserve Civic Actions Fund for Vietnam.” The pamphlet is well illustrated but has no index, a special burden because the Table of Contents provides no real clues about what constituted “civic action” in Vietnam.


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