McNelis, Patrick Robert, HM2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
HM-0000-Hospital Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1969-1969, HM-0000, 2nd CAG
Service Years
1966 - 1969
HM-Hospital Corpsman

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mc Keesport
Last Address
Mc Keesport

Casualty Date
May 16, 1969
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24W 025

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(HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Fort Sam Houston, TexasNaval Hospital Great Lakes, ILField Medical Training Battalion (Cadre) Camp Pendleton, CA3rd Marine Amphibious Force (III MAF)
2nd CAG
  1966-1966, HN-0000, (HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  1967-1967, HM-0000, Naval Hospital Great Lakes, IL
  1968-1968, HM-0000, Field Medical Training Battalion (Cadre) Camp Pendleton, CA
  1969-1969, HM-0000, 3rd Marine Amphibious Force (III MAF)
  1969-1969, HM-0000, 2nd CAG
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign/Operation Oklahoma Hills
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Last Known Activity
Not Specified


In Vietnam, the Marine Corps instituted the CAP as a tactic for defense in-depth. Platoons and squads were assigned to villages and hamlets where Marines and local militia forces were involved in counterinsurgency and pacification efforts. The CAP was established in 1965 and ended in 1971. At its height, it had 114 units, each consisting of approximately 14 Marines, one Navy corpsman and 20 Popular Force (PF) militia members. Its two-fold purpose was to establish an armed, aggressive military presence to provide physical security in villages, many of which were in densely populated areas around the U.S. bases, and win the trust and cooperation of the people through civic action projects.

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