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Operation Starlight: The Little Things Count in the Big Picture

Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.) | Posted 08.18.2016 | World
Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.)

One of my absolutely favorite military stories, involves a simple, low-level admin screw-up, half a century ago, that had major historical consequences. It was August 1965, and American Navy and Marine forces were planning an amphibious assault on Viet Cong forces threatening the airbase under construction at Chu Lai.

In Memoriam: Colonel William H. Dabney

Beth Crumley | Posted 04.25.2012 | Impact
Beth Crumley

Colonel Bill Dabney demanded excellence of himself and expected it in others.

The Siege of Khe Sanh Begins

Beth Crumley | Posted 03.31.2012 | Impact
Beth Crumley

I have spoken several times on the siege of Khe Sanh Combat Base and the hill outposts. One of the questions I am most frequently asked is, "How did it all begin?"

1st Battalion, 4th Marines Does "Whatever it Takes"

Beth Crumley | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Beth Crumley

The 1st Battalion, 4th Marines are currently on float with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. I have no doubt that this unit will uphold the finest traditions of their history, "Whatever it Takes."