Combined Action Program (CAP)
1965 - 1971
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"Dear Vietnam Veteran"
The American boys, who served in the Combined Action Program, had to be able to relate extremely well with others, regardless of culture, color, race or religion.
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"The biggest difference with the Marines of Capů
was our ability to look behind the betel
nut stained, aged Vietnamese face
and see someone's grandmother."
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Stated by LtColonel William Corson - The commander of the Combined Action Program 1967-68
Honoring Veterans
"Despite its unpopularity at the highest levels, the
CAP Program
was the major and most successful Marine Corps
to the Vietnam War."
Alexander, Col. Joseph H., Don Horan, and Norman c. Stahl. A Fellowship of Valor: The Battle History of the
United States Marines. THE HISTORY CHANNEL. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1997 page 326.
The image of the Vietnam Veteran was slow in changing in Hollywood. During the 70s the Vietnam Veteran was typically portrayed as a cold blooded killer in the movies. It seemed as though he was always portrayed as the "bad guy". This could be contributed to the unpopularity of the Vietnam War. After Ronald Reagan was elected president there was a renewed sense of patriotism and the 1980s portrayal of the Vietnam Veteran was much more positive. An example is the popular television series of the time, Magnum PI. The main character was a former Navy S.E.A.L., as well as a former Naval Intelligence Officer and a Vietnam Veteran. He was always portrayed in a positive light. The show was very popular and the lead actor Tom Selleck was considered to be a sex symbol. This was a far cry from the portrayal of a decade earlier. The Vietnam Veterans image has slowly continued to improve over time.

Even though his image has changed for the better, more positive light needs to shine on the Vietnam Veteran. The Combined Action Program (CAP) is a shining example of the good that took place during Vietnam. This website is dedicated to telling the story that was overlooked in the popular media. As one browses through this site, one is struck by the bond that these men have and their dedication to their beliefs and country. Vietnam has changed their lives forever. Some have been affected more then others, but the amazing thing that one notices is their continued dedication to helping others.
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The Cap Program was just one of the many humanitarian examples set in motion during the war. Each of the American military branches had large-scale humanitarian projects of their own and most individuals possessed his or her pet projects. As kids, Americans are taught to give and this feeling of giving doesn't end by serving in the military. In many cases, based on exposure to other countries, the feelings of giving and helping are greatly enhanced.
For over thirty years, many Americans have only heard and sadly, believed the negative stories from the Vietnam War. The positive stories are just as real and truthful. Like those who served before them, Vietnam Veterans did their job well.
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"Saving Private Ryan," "Band of Brothers," "Black Hawk Down," and "We Were Soldiers" are Hollywood's first real attempts in many years to vilify war and at the same time, honor American Veterans. These productions are to be commended for their realism as well as for their entertainment value.
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