The 6th Battalion, 31st Infantry (The Polar Bears) was activated 1 Nov 1967 at Ft. Lewis and joined the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam as it’s last maneuver element. The 9th Infantry Division was based in Sa Dec 1962 - 1972 and Vinh Long 1972 - 1975 throughout the war. It fought in the Mekong Delta (1967-1969) as a Mobile Riverine Force in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, using gunboats, helicopters, and barracks ships to search for the enemy. It was the spring of 1966 and I … I departed from and returned to Oakland Army Terminal. Dmitri is in Mekong Delta, Vietnam. The 9th Infantry Division is a division of the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN), first formed from Viet Cong units in 1964/5 in the Mekong Delta region. Concerned with the apparent resurgence of the Viet Cong (VC) in the strategically vital Mekong Delta, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) planners in 1965 began exploring the possibility of basing U.S. infantry in the region and eventually proposed wedding naval vessels with army infantry. While stretched thin these forces prevented the PAVN/VC from achieving their objectives in the Delta. Operating deep within the Viet Cong--controlled Delta, the 9th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army was charged with protecting the area and its population against Communist insurgents and ensuring the success of the South Vietnamese government's pacification … [5]:147 The PAVN claim that throughout the course of the operation they eliminated 14,000 U.S. troops, destroyed 775 tanks and armored personnel carriers and 112 artillery pieces and shot down 160 aircraft for the loss of 280 of their own soldiers. [3]:34, By the end of 1965 the US advisers to the Division regarded Division commander Col. Lam Quang Thi as "fair" but lacking in "confidence and aggressiveness." In March 1961 the newly-formed Division began a 22 week training programme. Following the Tet offensive in 1968, General Westmoreland stated that the 9th Infantry Division and the Mobile Riverine Force saved the Delta region from falling to the North Vietnamese Army forces. The division operated primarily in the mekong delta region of vietnam, operating in conjunction with mobile riverine force and brown water navy. The Division’s 3d Brigade headquarters and the 3d Battalion, 60th Infantry occupied Camp Dong Tam, five miles west of My Tho on a branch of the My Tho River. [8], During Operation Quyet Thang from 15 to 17 March 1968, the U.S. 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and ARVN forces engaged the 272nd Regiment between Đức Hòa and Củ Chi, killing 273. [2]:80–4 The PAVN claim that the Division killed over 2,000 U.S. and destroyed 30 tanks and armored personnel carriers during the operation. Operating deep within the Viet Cong–controlled Delta, the 9th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army was charged with protecting the area and its population against Communist insurgents and ensuring the success of the South Vietnamese government's pacification program. In the Battle of Binh Gia from 28 December 1964 to 1 January 1965 the division lost 32 killed for Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) losses of 201 killed. killed. [6]:141, By the end of 1972 the Division was responsible for Sa Đéc, Vĩnh Long, Vĩnh Bình and Kien Hoa Provinces. Jan 22, 2016 - Explore Jacky Parker's board "9TH infantry division" on Pinterest. Memorials - 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry. [6]:575, During the Phase III Offensive on 18 August 1968, a battalion from the 273rd Regiment, 9th Division, unsuccessfully attacked Firebase Buell II losing 104 dead and 8 captured. The 9th Infantry Division is a division of the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN), first formed from Viet Cong units in 1964/5 in the Mekong Delta region. By Bill Reynolds. [6]:353–4 The division also unsuccessfully attacked Tan Son Nhut Air Base on 31 January-1 February 1968 losing more than 669 killed and 26 captured, while killing 22 U.S. and 29 ARVN. During the operation in the Battle of Prek Klok II the Division's 272nd Regiment lost 197 killed and 5 captured. It turned over its two southern provinces of Vĩnh Long and Vĩnh Bình to the 7th Division, recovered its 14th Regiment, which had been under the operational control of the 7th Division, and released its 15th Regiment to the operational control of the 21st Division in Chuong Thien Province. Lt. General William B. Fulton - 2nd Brigade Commander. The 9th Infantry Division of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN)—the army of the nation state of South Vietnam that existed from 1961 to 1975—was part of the IV Corps that oversaw the southernmost region of South Vietnam, the Mekong Delta. This is a 1968, black and white news report featuring footage filmed by combat cameramen in the field. ARVN losses were 94 killed and 36 missing. I was a grunt in the 9th Infantry from April 8, 1968, to May 18, 1969. Their area of operations was the Mekong Delta, located south of Saigon. recounts the U.S. Army 9th Infantry Division's operations in the Mekong River Delta region of Vietnam for several months from 1968 to 1969. [1]:408 On 30 April the Division entered Saigon and captured the headquarters of the ARVN Capital Military District. Soldiers who died in Vietnam serving in the 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. [9] The PAVN history acknowledges that "our units suffered heavy casualties and over half the tanks we used in the battle were destroyed. [4]:407, During 1971 the Division focused on destruction of People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and VC Base Area 400 in the That Son (Seven Mountains) region. 30 9th Infantry Ideas In 2020 Infantry Vietnam War Vietnam from i.pinimg.com. It is a presentation of the Armed Forces Information Service, Department of Defense. One of only two main force regiments in South Vietnam still considered to be predominantly VC the D3 Regiment was probably operating in southeastern Vinh Long. It was feasible only because the enemy main force in the area had been so severely damaged in the Hồng Ngự and Châu Đốc battles. [4]:353–61 In the First Battle of Loc Ninh 29 October - 7 November 1967 the Division attacked Lộc Ninh losing 852 killed while killing 50 U.S./ARVN. Sie war im Mekongdelta der Mobile Riverine Force und US-Navy Einheiten, der sogenannten „Brown Water Navy”, unterstellt. [4]:116, From 15–19 November 1967 the Division participated in Operation Kien Giang 9-1 with the ARVN 7th Division and the 5th Marine Battalion and the US Mobile Riverine Force against the Viet Cong (VC) 263rd Battalion's Base Area 470 in western Định Tường Province. One battalion of the 273rd Regiment escaped An My and suffered almost 400 killed in the fighting at Thủ Đức. [2]:309–24, The Division and the 101st Regiment were the target of Operation Attleboro from 14 September to 25 November 1966 losing 1,016 killed and 200+ missing or captured for the loss of 155 U.S. killed and five missing. On 20 May the PAVN 141st Regiment attacked the base at Tan Khai and continued attacking unsuccessfully for 3 days against a determined defense before withdrawing. In 1969, the division also operated throughout the IV Corps Tactical Zone. In 12 days of fighting in the border area, these two mobile task forces killed 850 PAVN soldiers, captured 31, collected over 100 weapons, and suffered fewer than 300 casualties, including 39 killed. 6 talking about this. [7]:45, In late 1973 Brig. 9th Infantry Division Casualties List - 1967 . [5]:118 In the Second battle of Bàu Bàng from 19 to 20 March 1967, 2 battalions of the division lost 277 killed and three captured for three U.S. Last edited on 13 December 2020, at 16:11, unsuccessfully attacked Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Khmer People's National Liberation Armed Forces, United States Army Center of Military History, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=9th_Division_(Vietnam)&oldid=993991557, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 13 December 2020, at 16:11. 9th Infantry Division, Old Reliables, Vietnam War . [7]:45 In mid-April the 15th Infantry Regiment, the 2nd Armored Cavalry Squadron and a Regional Forces Group counterattacked against the PAVN. Während des Vietnamkrieges war die 9th Infantry Division in Südvietnam eingesetzt. [2]:175–8, In Operation Birmingham from 24 April to 17 May 1966, U.S./ARVN forces engaged elements of the division in Tây Ninh Province killing over 100. This section is under constant development - your contributions are greatly appreciated. [1]:288, The entire division was involved in the Battle of An Lộc from 13 April to 20 July 1972. [1]:281, During Operation Chenla II from 20 August to 3 December 1971, the Division defeated units of the Khmer National Army (ANK) who attacked their base areas in eastern Cambodia. The Division claimed to have killed or dispersed 10,000 ANK troops and captured 4,700 weapons, 100 radios, 50 trucks and 150 tons of ammunition. Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 5, 1968 - Members of the 1st Plt, Co "A", 2nd Bn, 47th Inf (Mech), 9th Inf Div, prepare to move out on a search and destroy mission after disembarking from a … The 9th Infantry Division ("Old Reliables") is an inactive infantry division of the United States Army. "[1]:296, In the Battle of Hồng Ngự from March to 4 May 1973, the Division's 272nd Regiment and 2 Regiments from the 6th Division lost 422 killed in their unsuccessful attempt to capture the town of Hồng Ngự. In the Battle of Ba Gia from 28 to 31 May 1965, the division destroyed an ARVN task force and claimed to have killed or wounded 915 ARVN and captured 270, while the ARVN claim to have killed 566 PAVN. 49% of the population were Viet Cong. Battles & Skirmishes. [4]:57 The PAVN claim that they "killed thousands of enemy troops" and forced the U.S. to withdraw. [6]:146–53, In March 1973 during the Battle of Hồng Ngự the PAVN concentrated the 174th and 207th Regiments, 6th Division, the 272nd Regiment (detached from the 9th Division) and elements of the 75th Artillery Group in Base Area 704 in Prey Veng Province, Cambodia northwest of Hồng Ngự. Enemy forces in the Mekong Delta were decimated. [1]:419, From 18 to 26 November 1984 some 2,000 troops of the division attacked Khmer People's National Liberation Armed Forces forces in the Nong Chan Refugee Camp, capturing the base after a week of fighting.[11]. The 9th Infantry Division, the only U.S. Army division activated and trained in the United States for active duty in South Vietnam, was specifically designated to operate from a base deep within the Communist-controlled Delta with the mission to improve the security of the area so that the Government of South Vietnam’s (GVN) pacification program could be successful. [5]:136–40 The PAVN claim that they inflicted 1,200 casualties on the U.S. forces, destroyed 72 armored vehicles and 19 artillery pieces and shot down 10 aircraft. Relieved 1 December 1957 from assignment to the 9th Infantry Division and reorganized as a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System; Deployed to the Republic of Vietnam January 1967 as part of the 9th Infantry Division where it conducted operation in the Mekong Delta, Long Binh and Cambodia ; Withdrawn 16 June 1986 from the Combat Arms Regimental System and reorganized … Major General Ira Hunt, (Ret.) Today the division is part of the 4th Corps (Vietnam People's Army). It was a joint Army/Navy operation. Soldiers from the 9th Infantry Division (Mobile Riverine Force), wade ashore from the My Tho River during Operation Coronado IX in the Mekong Delta, December 1967. This change required the Division to assume responsibility for Châu Đốc and northern Kiên Giang Provinces as well as Kien Phong Province. March 23, 1968 - Members Co "C", 39th Inf, 9th Inf Div, return VC fire during an operation southwest of Rach Kien. One B-52 strike on 23 April 1973 north of the border between the Mekong and the Hồng Ngự stream caught a large portion of the attacking force with survivors reported seeing impressed civilians carrying the bodies or more than 100 PAVN from the area. June 20, 2017; Butch Eakins, standing, with Ronnie Bryan, seated on left, and the author in Vietnam. When the departure of the 9th Infantry Division was announced, there appeared in the press considerable conjecture on the fate of the Mekong Delta. Although casualties were heavy, Republic of Vietnam Air Force and Navy support helped enable the ARVN troops to clear the east bank of the Mekong from Hồng Ngự to the Cambodian frontier. [1]:198 In the Battle of Suoi Tre on 21 March 1967 the 272nd Regiment lost 647 killed and seven captured for U.S. losses of 36 killed. Parent unitComponents The 9th Infantry Division is a division of the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN), first formed from Viet Cong units in 1964/5 in the Mekong Delta region. It was created as the 9th Division during World War I, but never deployed overseas. [6]:51–62 The PAVN claim to have eliminated 4,700 enemy including 3,000 U.S..[1]:212, In Operation Yellowstone from 8 December 1967 to 24 February 1968, the division was engaged by the U.S. 25th Infantry Division. Februar 1966. In an attack on Firebase Burt on the night of 31 December 1967, the 271st and 272nd Regiments lost 379 killed and 8 captured for U.S. losses of 23 dead.[7]. The same night division sappers attacked the U.S. base on Nui Ba Den killing 8 US for the loss of 15 sappers killed. Casualties List By Company: Battalion Headquarters Alpha Company Bravo Company Charlie Company Delta Company Echo Company 9th Division Medal of Honor Heroes . Brotherhood and Loss in the Mekong Delta. In later years, it would become an important unit of the U.S. Army during World War II and the Vietnam War. killed. The 9th Infantry Division of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN)—the army of the nation state of South Vietnam that existed from 1961 to 1975—was part of the IV Corps that oversaw the southernmost region of South Vietnam, the Mekong Delta. [4]:339–43, In Operation Shenandoah II from 29 September to 10 December 1967, the U.S. 1st Infantry Division and ARVN forces engaged the division along Highway 13. [6]:46–69 Within this operation in the Battle of Ong Thanh on 17 October 1967 the Division's 271st Regiment ambushed the U.S. 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment killing 68 U.S. for the loss of 22 killed. [1]:199, In Operation Billings from 12 to 26 June 1967, the Division's 271st Regiment was engaged by the US 1st Infantry Division north of Phước Vĩnh losing 347 killed for US losses of 57 killed. According to the official history of the PAVN, the division was only formed on 2 September 1965 from the 1st (Binh Gia) Regiment, the 2nd (Đồng Xoài) Regiment and the newly formed 3rd Regiment drawn from local forces in the Mekong Delta. [6]:353 The 273rd Regiment was supposed to attack the town of Thủ Đức but was detected and engaged in the village of An My losing 343 killed. Written by a U.S. Army Major General (Retired) this is just the sort of book that one would write if one were disposed towards putting a spin on things. The Division was opposed by only one main force regiment, the D3 under the command of VC Military Region 3. Operating deep within the Viet Cong--controlled Delta, the 9th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army was charged with protecting the area and its population against Communist insurgents and ensuring the success of the South Vietnamese government's pacification program. forces. [1]:199 In the Battle of Ap Gu from 31 March to 1 April the 271st Regiment lost 609 killed and five captured for U.S. losses of 17 killed. [10]:76, In the Battle of the Iron Triangle from 16 May to 20 November 1974, the Division's 95C Regiment suffering heavy losses in the fighting at An Dien in May/June. killed. This was the one infantry division to be organized in the United States during the fighting in Vietnam -the so-called Z Division that had been scheduled for operations in the Mekong Delta. Die aus Fort Riley, Kansas verlegte Division erreichte Vietnam am 1. This was the birthplace of the People Liberation Front who rose up against the French in 1954 and later in the 60's against the South Vietnamese. forces during Operation Coburg from 24 January to 1 March 1968. While US forces had disengaged from Vietnam on 28 January 1973 in accordance with the terms of the Paris Peace Accords, US military operations in Cambodia and Laos would continue until 15 August 1973 and the USAF was heavily engaged in support of the Khmer National Armed Forces campaign to clear the banks of the Mekong from the Vietnam border to Phnom Penh. Of all the military assignments in Vietnam, perhaps none was more challenging than the defense of the Mekong River Delta region. Operating deep within the Viet Cong--controlled Delta, the 9th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army was charged with protecting the area and its population against Communist insurgents and ensuring the success of the South Vietnamese government's pacification program. The Division had suffered over 1800 desertions in the last six months of the year and morale was low. The 9th Infantry Division was the only US Army Division whose area of operation was the Mekong Delta. [4]:366, In 1970 IV Corps commander Nguyễn Viết Thanh withdrew the Division from its area security missions and began using it as the Corps' reaction force. As a result of his failure to seize the town quickly, the commander of the 9th Division was officially reprimanded and local command was handed over the senior officer of the PAVN 5th Division. Vietnam History Vietnam War Photos Mekong Delta Military Guns Pissed Off Vietnam Veterans Division The Twenties March March 23, 1968 - Members Co "C", 39th Inf, 9th Inf Div, return VC fire during an operation southwest of Rach Kien. [7]:15, During the Battle of An Lộc, on 15 May 1972 a task force of the 15th Regiment which was redeployed from the Mekong Delta to reinforce ARVN forces and the 9th Armored Cavalry Squadron, 21st Division moved north, east of Route 13 bypassing the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) 209th Regiment, 7th Division roadblock at Tau O (.mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}11°30′50″N 106°36′50″E / 11.514°N 106.614°E / 11.514; 106.614) to establish a fire support base at Tan Khai (11°33′00″N 106°36′58″E / 11.55°N 106.616°E / 11.55; 106.616) 10km south of An Lộc. Operating deep within the Viet Cong–controlled Delta, the 9th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army was charged with protecting the area and its population against Communist insurgents and ensuring the success of the South Vietnamese government’s pacification program. [10]:99, On 20 July 1974 the PAVN formed 4th Corps comprising the Division, the 7th Division, the 24th Artillery Regiment, the 71st Anti-aircraft Regiment, the 429th Sapper Regiment and three signal battalions. During the Tet Offensive the division's 271st and 272nd Regiments unsuccessfully attempted to interdict roads around Củ Chi Base Camp to prevent movement by U.S. A reorganization of IV Corps drew all Rangers out of the Corps and eliminated the 44th Special Tactical Zone. [6]:648, By 1971 the Division was operating in Cambodia and PAVN command formed the Corps-sized Group 301 comprising the Division and the 5th and 7th Division, the 28th Artillery Regiment and the 12th Anti-aircraft Machine Gun Battalion. 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