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Triangle in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The CO Vans

Marine Advisory Unit

— Naval Advisory Group, Military Assistance Command, Viet Nam —

 
 
The CO Vans Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 12, 2021
1. The CO Vans Marker
Inscription.  
From 1954 to 1973, the Marines of the Republic of Viet Nam—Thủy Quân Lục Chiến Việt Nam Cộng Ḥa—and the Marine Advisory Unit forged a heritage unlike any other in our military history. For nearly two decades the Advisors lived, fought, and sometimes died, side-by-side with their Vietnamese Marine counterparts. They shared the tremendous burdens of combat, every danger and hardship, while always advising and teaching through example. In recognition of their service, loyalty, and professionalism, the U.S. Marine Advisors and men of the United States Navy Medical Corps who served with them were awarded the title "Cố Vấn Mỹ" or, Trusted American Friend, by the Marines of the Republic of Viet Nam.

Though time and tide may erase from memory the records of legions of other military organizations, the extraordinary achievements represented in the titles Thủy Quân Lục Chiến and "Cố Vấn Mỹ" will forever stand as symbols of a brotherhood of warriors whose remarkable fighting spirit exemplified gallantry. Together they

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met the challenges of a long war. It is to the men of the Marine Advisory Unit this memorial is dedicates—these Cố Vấns—the United States Marine and Navy Advisors to the Marines of South Viet Nam.
 
Erected by The United States Marine Corps Advisors' Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & MedicineWar, Vietnam. A significant historical year for this entry is 1954.
 
Location. 38° 32.57′ N, 77° 20.571′ W. Marker is in Triangle, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.1 miles south of Joplin Road (Virginia Route 619), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Quantico VA 22134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 42nd Officer Candidates School Class / The Basic School Class 4-67 (here, next to this marker); 1942 (here, next to this marker); Bravo Company, The Basic School (here, next to this marker); NYPD Marine Corps Association (here, next to this marker); Fourth Marine Division of World War II (here, next to this marker); VMB-612 (here, next to this marker); Golf Company, The Basic School
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(here, next to this marker); VMFA-333 Squadron History (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Triangle.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 6 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on March 12, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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