THE VALOROUS UNIT AWARD

FOR EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM

IS AWARDED TO THE

COMPANY C, 1ST BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 12TH CAVALRY,

1ST CAVALRY DIVISION (AIRMOBILE)

 

 

COMPANY C, 1ST BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 12TH CAVALRY, 1ST CAVALRY DIVISION (AIRMOBILE) distinguished itself by extraordinary heroism while engaged in military operations during the period 31 May 1967 to 1 June 1967 at An Qui in the Republic of Vietnam. The members of the unit entered the village from the southwest with the mission of searching out and destroying entrenched Communist insurgents. Immediately receiving furious, raking fire from a heavily armed force, later identified as the 9th Battalion, 22d North Vietnamese Army Regiment, the men withdrew after killing twenty-five of the enemy and deployed along the southern boundaries of the village. Later, after employing artillery, they attacked and subsequently compressed the Communists into a small area deep within the village. In the close fighting, infantrymen attacked individual bunkers and trench systems with hand grenades and small arms fire. On the morning of 1 June 1967, the men of COMPANY C, 1ST BATTALION (AIRBORNE) silenced all remaining enemy fire. An intensive search revealed 96 Communists dead. The 9th Battalion, 22d North Vietnamese Army Regiment ceased to exist as an effective fighting force. Through their exemplary courage, peerless determination and superb performance of duty, the sky troopers contributed immeasurably to the free world struggle in the Republic of Vietnam. The men of COMPANY C, 1ST BATTALION (AIRBORNE), 12TH CAVALRY displayed extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty which are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect distinct credit upon them and upon the Armed Forces of the United States.

 

 

 

 

General Orders No. 42

Headquarters, Department of the Army

16 June 1969

 

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