THE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION (ARMY)

FOR EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM

IS AWARDED TO THE

2D BATTALION, 7TH CAVALRY

(1ST CAVALRY DIVISION)

UNITED STATES ARMY

AND ATTACHED UNITS

INCLUDING

COMPANY C, 2D BATTALION, 12TH CAVALRY

(15 OCTOBER 1966 to 9 NOVEMBER 1966)

 

 

 

 

The 2d Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, and attached units, distinguished themselves by extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force in Binh Thuan Province, Republic of Vietnam during the period 25 August 1966 to 4 April 1967. The Battalion and its attached organizations, which comprised Task Force 2/7, supported the Republic of Vietnam in its revolutionary development program in Binh Thuan Province. The area was almost entirely under Viet Cong control when Task Force 2/7 arrived in the province. The 482d and 840th Viet Cong Battalions, and their ancillary units, operated almost at will throughout the area, except in the coastal enclave of Pham Thiet which was still under government control. Operating over an area of almost 5,000 square kilometers, Task Force 2/7 struck at enemy forces in a succession of brilliantly conceived and gallantly executed maneuvers. During this period, the Task Force mounted 371 combat assaults into enemy held territory. In eight months of fierce combat, the Task Force lost 11 men while causing the enemy to lose 481 men. It captured 70 enemy soldiers, 151 weapons, 291 tons of rice, 3.6 tons of salt, and 7.4 tons of other grains. It destroyed over 600 bunkers and numerous installations. The spirit, devotion to duty, and courage displayed by Task Force 2/7 personnel set a superb example for the Republic of Vietnam Forces in the area. Control on Binh Thuan Province passed from the Viet Cong to free world military forces, and the enemy was unable to operate effectively in strength by day or night. The conspicuous gallantry, intrepidity, heroism, and audacity displayed by the members of the task force in combat are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon them, their units, and the Armed Forces of the United States.

 

 

 

 

General Orders No. 2

Headquarters, Department of the Army

17 January 1973

 

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