1st Searchlight Battery (United States)
1st Searchlight Battery was a United States Marine Corps unit formed during the Vietnam War to monitor the "Electronic Wall of Defense" that was set up along the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. They fell under the 12th Marine Regiment and the 3rd Marine Division.
|1st Searchlight Battery|
|Part of||12th Marine Regiment|
3rd Marine Division
|Garrison/HQ||MCAGCC 29 Palms|
Attached to 12th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division (Rein) FMF.
There were 18 M274 Mechanical Mules converted with generators and the searchlight. Each searchlight had a 23" Dual Blade. They had infrared (viewed with M-18 binoculars) and white light capability. The white light had a Xenon Arc, with 75 million candlepower.
On July 3 the Battery began deployment of the 3 platoons to seven areas of the Quảng Trị Province/I Corps: Con Thien, Cửa Việt, Khe Sanh, Gio Linh, Đông Hà, Cam Lộ, Camp Carroll and Thừa Thiên Provinces: (Phu Bai and Camp Evans).
The primary use of the searchlight was for perimeter defense. The lights were also used in six major combat operations with excellent results.
Significant operations participated in: