Delta Company History Project and Web Page

The Delta Company History Project is the story of the Marines and Naval Corpsmen assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines during the company's forty-two months of Vietnam service. Based on the 1/26 Marines Command Chronology and personal accounts, the history describes the combat actions of the company.

Delta Co. and 1/26 Marines were involved in many of the major battles in I Corps.  The History Project is the story of these battles and events.  More importantly, the narrative is a reminder of the valor and sacrifice of those Delta Co. members who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.  The combat veterans of Vietnam faced a dangerous enemy, terrain and climate that was exhausting, and a divided America.  The facts are that as Marines have done before in fighting America's wars, we persevered and did our jobs well.  

The History Project began with reminiscences via e-mail between Sid Patricio and me (Tom Howard). Other former Delta Co. members, Dan Fisher and Ray Palmer, joined the communications, contributing personal accounts and insights as the idea of a narrative history evolved.  Russ Evans, H&S Co., was part of this effort as well. These Marines were from the 1966 and 1967 era.  Doug Corbett and Al Knight added information about 1968 and1969 Delta Company actions.  These notes soon grew into a narrative which led to the development of the Delta Company History Project and Web Page.

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Tom Howard is the principal author of the history narrative.  Tom was a machine gunner ((0331) and was with Delta Company from its reactivation in the spring of 1966 through the end of his Vietnam tour at Khe Sanh early August 1967. He was wounded during Operation Deckhouse IV/Prairie.

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Marine Corps Information Sources:

1 - Company Rosters

United States Marine Corps

Commandant of the Marine Corps

Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps (MMSB)

2008 Elliot Road, Quantico, VA - 22134-5030

2 - Battalion Command Chronologies

Department of the Navy

Headquarters United States Marine Corps

Marine Corps Historical Center

Washington Navy Yard

1254 Charles Morris Street, SE

Washington, D.C. 20374-5040