The Cage

The Cage is a temporary working title for my work-in-progess book about the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines in the Vietnam War (Special Landing Force Alpha). “The Cage” refers to Operation Beaver Cage, a key event in the story. This page provides access to declassified documents, photographs shared by Marine veterans, and other resources discovered during the research. These resources will remain online as companions to the forthcoming book.

Companion Resources

Following are resources that I have created for research and as companions to the book.

Records

Operation beaver Cage - Command Chronology

Operation Beaver Cage – Command Chronology
Declassified record of the Vietnam War chronicling Apr 1 to May 13, 1967.

Photos

1/3 Marines – Delta Company Weapons Platoon
Photograph of Delta Company Weapons Platoon with most individuals identified.

Vietnam Tour of Duty Photographs by Curt Bruce
Photographs from Curt Bruce (Delta Co) taken during his 1965 – 1966 tour of duty.

Vietnam Tour of Duty Photographs from Gary Culp
Photographs from Gary Culp (Delta Co) taken during his tour of duty.

Vietnam Tour of Duty Photographs by Jack DePope
Photographs from Jack “Doc” DePope (a Corpsman in Delta Co) taken during his 1966 – 1967 tour of duty.

Vietnam Tour of Duty Photographs by James Haight
Photographs from James Haight (Delta Co) taken during his tour of duty.

Vietnam Tour of Duty Photographs from Jim Shipp
Photograph from Jim Shipp (Delta Co) taken during his tour of duty.

Vietnam Tour of Duty Photographs from Kevin Brooks
Photographs from Kevin Brooks (Charlie Co) taken during his tour of duty.

Vietnam Tour of Duty Photographs from Raymond Kelley
Photographs from Ray “Machine Gun” Kelley (a Machine Gunner in Delta Co) taken during his tour of duty..

Vietnam Tour of Duty Photographs by Stanley Hall
Photographs from Stanley “Doc” Hall (a Corpsman in Delta Co) taken during his tour of duty (around April 1967).

Videos

Silver Star Ceremony Honoring L/Cpl. Raymond Kelley – Vietnam War
Silver Star Medal presentation ceremony for Ray (“Machine Gun”) Kelley.

Vietnam, 1967 – Amphibious Combat
A documentary about Amphibious Warfare in Vietnam, I-Corps, 1967 by Donald F. Teal, M.D.

Vietnam War Reference Resources

Following are external resources that I’ve also found helpful in my research.

Vietnam War Maps