A Brief History......

Although the enemy endured setbacks, he continued, much to the chagrin and vexation of the Marines, to retain a capacity for mounting hit-and-run attacks. These brief encounters between the elements of the regiment and the enemy resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1,166 Communist soldiers and the capture of 44.

During the summer, elements of the 7th Marine Regiment entered two major large-scale operations. Pickens Forest, a search and clear mission which centered in the Thu Bon River valley, generated little reaction from the enemy and ended on 24 August. Imperial Lake was undertaken a week later. The 2nd Battalion and elements of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, combed the central Que Son Mountains, looking for the evasive enemy. Units of the 7th Marines captured a NVA battalion command post and found the bodies of four senior commanders in a destroyed bunker. Imperial Lake, as it turned out, was the last operation of the war for the regiment.

Withdrawal from Imperial Lake was caused by the redeployment of the regiment. Standdown procedures began on 6 September 1970 with the 1st Battalion transferring to the port of Da Nang two days later. The regimental Commander and his staff left LZ Baldy and moved there on the 20th, leaving the 2nd and 3rd Battalions under the control of the 5th Marines, subsequently the rest of the regiment followed. The 1st battalion departed first from Vietnam, sailing on 23 September for Camp Pendleton, the 3rd Batttalion began deprature on the 26th and the 2nd Battalion on 2 October.

On 1 October a ceremony was performed at the 1st Marine Division Headquarters. The colors of the regiment, the 2nd and 3rd Battalions were paraded for the last time while the 1st MAW band played "Auld Lang Syne". At 20:00 Headquarters left by air on the same day, and the last elements of the 2nd and 3rd Battalions sailed for home on 13 October, thus ended the war in Vietnam for the 7th Marine regiment.

Marine Command and Staff List
January ~ December 1965

3d Marine Division *

*The 3d Division had Operational control of the 7th Marines
until the arrival of the 1st Marine Division on 29 March 1966

7th Marine Regiment
Commanding Officer

Col. Oscar F. Peatross
15 Aug ~ 31 Dec 65

1st Battalion
Commanding Officer

LtCol. James P. Kelly
15 Aug ~ 31 Dec 65

2d Battalion *
Commanding Officer

LtCol. Leon N. Utter
15 Aug ~ 31 Dec 65

* Located at Qui Nhon 7 Jul ~ 4 Nov. During the period 7 July - 4 Aug, III MAF had operational control of 2/7. After that period, the U.S. Army's Task Force Alpha, which became I Field Force, Vietnam in November, had the operational control of the Marine unit.

3d Battalion *
Commanding Officer

Charles H. Bodley
15 Aug ~ 31 Dec 65

*Part of the SLF [Special Landing Force] Jun - Sep. The Battalion was the first one from the 7th Marine Regiment to arrive in VietNam. Three Company's and a 107mm Mortar Battery landed in Qui Nhon on 1 July 1965. Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine regiment replaced the 3rd Battalion on 7 July 1965.

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