THE VIETNAMESE CROSS OF GALLANTRY

WITH PALM

IS AWARDED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE

REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM

FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE DURING THE PERIOD

9 AUGUST 1965 THROUGH 19 MAY 1969

TO THE

1ST CAVALRY DIVISION (AIRMOBILE)

AND ITS ASSIGNED AND ATTACHED UNITS

INCLUDING

2D BATTALION, 12TH CAVALRY

 

 

The 1ST CAVALRY DIVISION (AIRMOBILE) arrived in Vietnam on 7 August 1965 and participated in successive military operations in Pleiku, Phan Thiet, Binh Dinh, Quang Nam, A Shau, Khe Sanh and Thua Thien, frustrating the Communists many times. In particular, during the period it was stationed in the III Corps Tactical Zone from 26 October 1968 to the present time, the 1st United States Cavalry Division has been under the command of Major General GEORGE I. FORSYTHE and has been on constant alert and participated in clashes over the entire battlefield. Disregarding unfavorable terrain, as well as modern and intense antiaircraft fire from well-fortified enemy trenches, the men of this unit have gallantly engaged in bloody battles in Phuoc Long, Binh Long, Tay Ninh, Hau Nghia and Bien Hoa Provinces, blocking infiltration by the North Vietnamese regular forces through the Cambodian-Vietnamese border in a timely and effective manner. Furthermore, this unit also intervened and repulsed enemy attacks against friendly forces, smashed many large-scale troop movements designed to shell and attack the capital city of Saigon during the Viet Cong Winter-Spring Campaign of 1968-1969, and neutralized the enemy military potential in secret zones, inflicting continuous personnel casualties and weapons losses upon the enemy. With the above-mentioned outstanding achievements, the 1st Cavalry Division has effectively assisted the Republic of Vietnam in the fight against the Communists to preserve peace and freedom.

 

 

 

 

General Orders No. 59

Headquarters, Department of the Army

25 September 1969

 

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