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1st Cavalry Division - Airmobile

The era of the horse ridden arrival at the battlefield had elapsed over twenty years ago.  Now, the evolution of military tactics and technology had bred a new steed made of steel instead of flesh.   Appending the 1st Cavalry Division name with a new designation 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) sealed the unit's focus and added to the way the Army arrived at the battlefield and supported troops in the field.

In 1965, these new mounted troops began deploying to Camp Radcliff located at An Khe, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.  The troopers would ride the UH-1 and UH-1-C gunship helicopters and be supplied with the CH-47 Chinook and CH-54 Skycrane helicopters.  It would not be long before they entered the crucible of battle near Pleiku at the Seige of Plei Me.   This operation concluded with the Battle of Ia Drang, memorialized in the book by Joe Galloway "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young" that described the command of Lt. Colonel Hal Moore and the men of the 7th Cavalry in what became the largest and most complex engagement to date.  It was converted to the big screen in the film  "We Were Soldiers".   The 1st Cavalry Division earned a Presidential Unit Citation for their actions.

The division was near Hue when the Viet Cong launched their Tet Offensive and they participated in breaking the siege at Khe San in support of the US Marines.  They followed that with Operation Delaware and the battle of A Shau Valley.   In all the 1st Cav was involved in some of the most significant as well as large scale engagements with the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Regular Army.  The majority of the Division had returned stateside by early spring of 1971 with the last elements making it home by the summer of 1972.

Notable Battles

Ia Drang ( also known as Ia Drang Valley)
A Shau Valley
Signal Hill

Operations

Masher (1966)
Masher (1966)
Thayer (1966)
Pershing (1967)
Jeb Stuart (1968)
Pegasus (1968)
Delaware (1968)

Campaigns

Tet Offensive (1968)
Cambodian Incursion (1970)

Composition

1st Brigade, "HHC" (All the Way)
2nd Brigade, "HHC" (Black Horse)
3rd Brigade, "HHC" (Garry Owen)

5th Regiment
7th Regiment
8th Regiment
12th Regiment

Artillery:
19th Artillery
20th Artillery
21st Artillery
26th Artillery
30th Artillery
77th Artillery
82nd Artillery

Support:
14th Mil History Detachment
26th Chemical Detachment
215th Support Battalion
501st Engineer Company
525th Signal

Temporary and Attached:
2nd Sqdn, 11th Armored Cavalry
34th Inf Platoon, (Scout Dog Patrol
62nd Inf Platoon, (Combat Trackers)
75th Infantry Rangers, "H" Company
Brigade Radio Research Detachment (Prov)
191st Mil Intelligence Company
2nd Bn, 327th Inf Regiment, 101st AB Div
405th Radio Receiver Detachment
483rd Mil Police Platoon
11th AVIATION GROUP (CAG)

Commanders

Major General Harry William Osborne Kinnard July 1965 – May 1966
MG John "Jack" Norton May 1966 – March 1967)
MG John J. Tolson, III (March 1967 – August 1968)
Brigadier General Richard Logan Irby (August 1968 – August 1968)
MG George T. Forsythe (August 1968 – April 1969)
MG E. B. Roberts (May 1969 – May 1970)
MG George William Casey, Sr. (May 1970 – July 1970)
MG George W. Putnam (August 1970 – May 1971)
MG James Cliffton Smith May 1971 – (January 1973)

1st Cavalry Division Vietnam Missing in Action

There are 55 soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division Vietnam still listed as missing in action.

Staff Sergeant Charles L. Adkins 9th Cavalry Regiment 02/02/1968
Corporal Albert H. Altizer 8th Cavalry Regiment 10/08/1969
First Lieutenant Ronald L. Babcock 7th Squadron 02/27/1971
Warrant Officer Third Class Quentin R. Beecher 227th Aviation Battalion 06/11/1967
Warrant Officer First Class John A. Berry 1st Brigade 12/05/1968
Staff Sergeant Douglas R. Blodgett 228th Aviation Battalion 04/19/1968
Sergeant First Class Louis Buckley 12th Cavalry Regiment 05/21/1966
Private First Class Larry A. Bullock 5th Cavalry Regiment 01/01/1967
Major Donald D. Burnham 9th Cavalry Regiment 02/02/1968
Corporal Dewey R. Butler 9th Cavalry Regiment 07/14/1969
Chief Warrant Officer Second Class Dean E. Clinton 227th Aviation Battalion 06/11/1967
Staff Sergeant William R. Dennis 228th Aviation Battalion 04/19/1968
Staff Sergeant Billy J. Ellis 12th Cavalry Regiment 01/03/1968
Staff Sergeant Randall S. Ellis 8th Cavalry Regiment 04/18/1969
Sergeant Billy K. Evans 1st Brigade 12/05/1968
Sergeant First Class Donald P. Gervais 9th Cavalry Regiment 05/01/1968
Staff Sergeant Jesus A. Gonzalez 228th Aviation Battalion 04/19/1968
Private First Class James A. Green 7th Cavalry Regiment 06/18/1970
Staff Sergeant Christopher A. Grosse 7th Cavalry Regiment 03/28/1968
Private First Class Hubia J. Guillory 7th Cavalry Regiment 04/25/1968
Private First Class Harold L. Harris 5th Cavalry Regiment 10/22/1966
Chief Warrant Officer Second Class John R. Henn 79th Artillery Battalion 05/24/1972
Specialist 4 Jerry A. Hiemer 7th Cavalry Regiment 11/17/1965
Sergeant First Class Anthony F. Housh 228th Aviation Battalion 04/19/1968
Chief Warrant Officer Second Class John F. Hummel 7th Squadron 03/06/1971
Private First Class James R. Johnson 9th Cavalry Regiment 08/21/1966
Specialist 4 Daniel M. Kelley 7th Cavalry Regiment 04/25/1968
Private Freddie Kemp 7th Cavalry Regiment 08/17/1966
First Lieutenant Lawrence E. Lilly 9th Cavalry Regiment 03/17/1971
Staff Sergeant Richard D. Martin 9th Cavalry Regiment 05/01/1968
Staff Sergeant R. D. McDonell 1st Squadron 03/25/1971
Captain Fred H. McMurray 9th Cavalry Regiment 04/07/1968
Chief Warrant Officer Second Class William P. Milliner 7th Squadron 03/06/1971
Sergeant First Class Fred Mooney 7th Squadron 02/27/1971
Staff Sergeant Jerry L. Moore 12th Cavalry Regiment 02/16/1969
Staff Sergeant James R. Nelson 227th Aviation Battalion 06/11/1967
Staff Sergeant Kenneth J. Patton 9th Cavalry Regiment 02/02/1968
Sergeant Major Joe H. Pringle 9th Cavalry Regiment 02/02/1968
Staff Sergeant Manuel R. Puentes 1st Squadron 03/25/1971
Staff Sergeant Joseph D. Puggi 9th Cavalry Regiment 02/02/1968
Chief Warrant Officer Third Class Thomas F. Riggs 227th Aviation Battalion 06/11/1967
Specialist 4 David L. Scott 7th Cavalry Regiment 04/25/1968
Specialist 4 Samuel D. Shimerk 7th Cavalry Regiment 12/09/1968
Staff Sergeant Curtis R. Smoot 9th Cavalry Regiment 03/10/1971
Specialist 4 Dean C. Spencer 12th Cavalry Regiment 06/07/1968
First Lieutenant James M. Stone 12th Cavalry Regiment 01/07/1968
Specialist 6 Douglas F. Strait 9th Cavalry Regiment 10/18/1970
Captain Rodney L. Strobridge 79th Artillery Battalion 05/11/1972
Staff Sergeant Robert S. Trujillo 12th Cavalry Regiment 01/07/1968
Staff Sergeant Ralph E. Uhlmansiek 227th Aviation Battalion 06/11/1967
Sergeant First Class Michael J. Wallace 228th Aviation Battalion 04/19/1968
Chief Warrant Officer Third Class Jimmy L. Watson 9th Cavalry Regiment 03/13/1968
Chief Warrant Officer Third Class Warren T. Whitmire 9th Cavalry Regiment 05/01/1968
Specialist 4 John E. Wilburn 7th Cavalry Regiment 04/19/1968
Captain Robert J. Williams 299th Aviation Battalion 05/11/1972

1st Cavalry Division Vietnam Recovered Missing in Action

There are 14 soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division Vietnam that have been identified and recovered.

Warrant Officer First Class Paul V. Black 11th Aviation Company, 1st Cavalry Division Missing: 03/01/1971, Recovered: 12/6/1995
Specialist 5 John L. Burgess 227th Aviation Battalion Missing: 06/30/1970, Recovered: 4/10/2012
Colonel Sheldon J. Burnett 1st Squadron Missing: 03/07/1971, Recovered: 10/4/2004
Chief Warrant Officer Third Class Arthur F. Chaney 9th Cavalry Regiment Missing: 05/03/1968, Recovered: 6/11/1985
Specialist 4 John E. Crowley 1st Squadron Missing: 08/10/1970, Recovered: 6/26/1998
Staff Sergeant Larry G. Harrison 9th Cavalry Regiment Missing: 02/26/1971, Recovered: 9/21/1995
Chief Warrant Officer Second Class Bobby L. McKain 9th Cavalry Regiment Missing: 05/03/1968, Recovered: 6/11/1985
First Lieutenant James R. McQuade Troop F, 8th Cavalry Regiment Missing: 06/11/1972, Recovered: 10/7/1994
Sergeant William D. Port 7th Cavalry Regiment Missing: 01/12/1968, Recovered: 8/14/1985
Captain Henry M. Spengler 79th Artillery Battalion Missing: 04/05/1972, Recovered: 4/27/1989
Captain Jon E. Swanson 9th Cavalry Regiment Missing: 02/26/1971, Recovered: 9/21/1995
Chief Warrant Officer Second Class Michael B. Varnado 229th Aviation Battalion Missing: 05/02/1970, Recovered: 4/27/1989
Staff Sergeant Robert N. Vennik 1st Squadron Missing: 08/26/1971, Recovered: 6/27/2000
Chief Warrant Officer Second Class Charles C. Windeler 79th Artillery Battalion Missing: 04/05/1972, Recovered: 4/27/1989

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