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Date Posted: Fri, June 24 2005, 13:15:35
Author: wayne gregory
Author Host/IP: netcache-3001.bay.webtv.net / 209.240.205.60
Subject: Re: Rank and Duty
In reply to: Pat Manning 's message, "1stLt John Edward Manning USMC" on Wed, June 22 2005, 18:53:36

On the lines, 2nd Lts. commanded platoons and Capts. commanded companys. The gap there is the 1st Lt. When 2nd Lts. got lucky, survived, and were promoted to 1st Lts. they rarely served up front. Usually they were assigned duty in the rear, meaning Battalion or Regimental Hdqtrs if you want to refer to that as the rear. As a grunt up front, it was the rear. There were exceptions of course, I just don't remember any in those days. Battalion Hdqtrs. is most often located rather close to the front lines and Regimental Hdqtrs. further back yet.

With the tet offensive this generality gave way "to all men take up positions." Major cities, villes and hamlets were attacked along with major military installations, which most definately included Battalion Hdqtrs. Officers stand out a lot more than the enlisted, because we all remember our officers and officers ususally have more interaction with more military personel, so you should find someone who knew him.

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