OK, I'm resurrecting this old ass thread because I found the topic interesting and have been doing some research on it recently. The original question is easy to answer now (DAGO wasn't published as of the last post). As SB stated a "combat jump" is tied directly to a unit's Assault Landing Credit. So "combat jumps" since 9/11 (as per DAGO 0610):
3-75 (elements of Aco, Cco, HHC) - 19-20 Oct 01 - Afghanistan
3-75 (elements of Bco) - 13 Nov 01 - Afghanistan
2-75 (elements of Aco, Cco), 3-504 (elements of Bco) - 25 Feb 03 - Afghanistan
3-75 (elements of Cco) - 24 Mar 03 - Iraq
1-10 SFG, 173rd, lots of others... - 26 Mar 03 - Iraq
3-75 (elements of Aco) - 28-29 Mar 03 - Iraq
RRD TM3 (MFF
) - 3 Jul 04 - Afghanistan
Total: 6 SL, 1 MFF
There was a thread sometime back discussing combat MFF jumps since 9/11. I can't find it anymore and it may not have made the upgrade, but there was discussion of other jumps that aren't listed above. I don't question whether or not they happened, I can only conclude that they are either still classified or ultimately the operation was not awarded assault landing credit.
Now, going back further has been more difficult. I'm still sorting through information so what I have now is quite likely wrong/incomplete, but FWIW here are the combat jumps the U.S. has participated in since the dawn of time...
WWII - 16 (16 Operations, however some of these spanned multiple days on multiple DZs)
Korea - 3
South Vietnam - 10 (5 MFF - the first combat MFF jumps)
North Vietnam - 13
Laos - 1
Grenada - 1
Panama - 1
Desert Storm - 1 MFF
Grenada was only one Operation but included SL and MFF
Only one Marine unit has a combat jump (that I found so far) - 1st Force Recon in Vietnam
Only one SEAL Team has a combat jump (that I found so far) - SL in Grenada
I'm working on compiling this into an Excel spreadsheet to make it easier to reference. Some of these operations are fascinating, though I've only just begun to scratch the surface here. Did you know that on 23 Feb 45 the 511th PIR jumped at 400 or 500 FT AGL!!
(accounts vary) to rescue prisoners at Los Banos Prison Camp in the Philippines? 400 or 500 feet with 1st generation parachutes from C-47s! Damn!
The 5 MFF jumps in SVN were to attempt closing the Ho Chi Minh Trail by calling airstrikes in directly. They "HALO'd in and STABO'd out" just like in the cadence.
So, that's what I have so far. I'll keep digging though...