2. 26th Marine Regiment Chronology - Vietnam.
|01 Mar 1966||HqCo. Regimental Landing Team 26 (RLT-26), activated at Camp Pendleton.|
|11 Apr - 15 Apr||
1stBn 26th Marines ReActivated at Camp Las Pulgas, Camp Pendleton, CA.
[A,B,C,D & H&S Companies].
|19 Apr 1966||H&S Co., 2dBn 26th Marines Reactivated at Camp Margarita, Camp Pendleton, CA.|
|07 May 1966||Redesignated RLT-26, Force Troops, FMFPac.|
|11 May 1966||Co.'s E & F ReActivated at Camp Margarita, Camp Pendleton, CA.|
|27 May 1966||Co.'s G & H Reactivated at Camp Margarita, Camp Pendleton, CA.|
|28 May - 17 Jun||3dBn 26th Marines ReActivated [I,K,L,M & H&S Companies].|
|08 Jul 1966||Battalion Landing Team 1/26 (1stBn 26thMarines) sailed from California for Vietnam.|
|27 Jul 1966||
Battalion Landing Team 2/26 (2dBn 26thMarines) sailed from San Diego, CA. for Vietnam.
Hq RLT-26 sailed from San Diego, CA. for Okinawa. [Arriving Okinawa on 20 Aug 1966].
|16 Aug - 20 Aug||Battalion Landing Team 1/26 conducted training exercises in the Phillippines and served offshore as a Special Landing Force (SLF). On 16 Aug, BLT 1/26 began amphibious landings in Binh Tuy & Phuoc Tuy Provinces as part of Operation DeckHouse III, Phase I.|
|27 Aug 1966||
Battalion Landing Team 2/26 lands at DaNang, Vietnam. Redesignated as 2dBn 26thMarines,|
the battalion is OpCon to the 3dMarines, 3dMarDiv and moves into Camp Connor, to relieve 3/3 in defense of DaNang's Southern Sector.
|07 Sep 1966||Battalion Landing Team 3/26 (3dBn 26thMarines) sailed from California for Vietnam.|
|26 Oct 1966||Battalion Landing Team 3/26 (3dBn 26thMarines) goes ashore in Vietnam.|
|21 Feb 1970||2dBn 26thMarines, located in the DaNang TAOR, started its 'standdown' from combat operations.|
|28 Feb 1970||
Companies F and G administratively reduced to zero strength. Companies E and H preparing
for reductions in anticipation of deactivation in CONUS. At 1600, two platoons
of Co.H moved to Battalion Rear and started deactivation.
|19 Mar 1970||
26th Marines conducted its last combat operation in RVN.
At 1335H, 1stMarines assumed responsibility for the 26thMarines TAOR, and the
26thMarines 'stood-down' from combat operations.
|19 Mar 1970||
At 1000 Hrs., 330 members of RLT-26 arrived at MCAS El Toro via two MAC Aircraft.
Included were the Commanding Officer RLT-26 and the organizational colors.
Bus transportation was utilized to move RLT-26 to Camp Las Pulgas at Camp Pendleton
where deactivation processing commenced.
|21 Mar 1970||
Major D.T. Dale assumed command of 2dBn, 26th Marines. At 1400 Hrs, 7 officers
and 131 enlisted personnel of RLT-26 arrived at NAS North Island, California [via USS New Orleans]
and were transported to Camp Pendleton for processing.
|07 Apr 1970||
At 1400 Hrs, 6 officers and 131 enlisted personnel of RLT-26 arrived at Long Beach, California
[via USS Durham] and were transported to Camp Pendleton for processing.
|09 Apr 1970||
Major G.J. Bollard assumed command of 2dBn, 26th Marines.
LtCol P.E. Person assumed command of 3dBn, 26th Marines.
The personnel strength of the HqCo of each Battalion was reduced to zero strength
a. Second Battalion - 15 Apr 1970
b. Third Battalion - 21 Apr 1970
c. First Battalion - 23 Apr 1970
|30 Apr 1970||
RLT-26 DEACTIVATED. The deactivation ceremony was conducted at 1000 Hrs
on the 11 Area Parade Field. The Regimental and Battalion Colors were turned over
to the Commanding General 5th MEB for retirement.