ORGANISING A MARINE COMPANY
|COMPOSITION OF COMPANY|
|Marine Rifle Platoon HQ
|Marine Weapons Platoon HQ
Section (Machine Gun)
Each squad was broken down into three fireteams of 4 men. Each fireteam has an NCO as leader, an automatic rifleman (M-14 modified) and 2 riflemen (assistant automatic rifleman and scout) armed with the standard M-14.
Each Rifle Squad has an M-14 Modified, equipped with a bipod, for use as an automatic weapon. Unless otherwise noted all personnel are equipped with the M-14 prior to 1968. From 1968 on the USMC were issued with the M-16 though it was not uncommon for units to retain the Modified M-14's for their firepower.
The M-79 grenadier was usually directed by the squad leader.
M-60 GPMG SECTION
By 1969 most M20's had been replaced by the lighter M-72 LAW.
At the Platoon level there could be from 2-5 M-48 tanks, 2-4 amphibious tractors (AMTRAK LVPT-5), 81mm Forward Observer from Battalion 81mm Mortar Platoon and/or Artillery Forward Observer from supporting Artillery battery.
At Company level there could be an attached tank platoon, an Amtrak section of 10 Tracks,
an ONTOS section (2 vehicles armed with 6 x 103mm Recoilless Rifles), Engineers and
Forward Air Controllers.
BATTALION LANDING TEAM (BLT)
REGIMENTAL LANDING TEAM (RLT)
For a complete listing of rank and insignia, see
See also Rapid Fire for details of organisation for use with Rapid Fire wargaming rules
See also Scenarios for USMC wargaming battles
If you have
any further information, or you know where I can find more information then please
Charlie Company, Reeves & Novak 1988, Ulster Imports
SOTCW Journal Issue 31, Autumn 1998, 'US Infantry Organisation in Vietnam' by John S. Harrel