As previously noted, the Pentagon on 22 July approved the Marine Corps’ plan Able which provided for the expansion of the Brigade to war strength.
General Cates immediately set machinery in motion to bolster the ranks of that unit.
With the approval of Admiral Sherman, he cut into the rosters of Marine security detachments throughout the United States and arranged for the personnel thus released to be channeled to Craig’s command.
It was also possible now to
implement an earlier plan relating to casualty replacements for the Brigade.