DIVISION CHRONICLE. Unit awards, medals and ribbons, and information on applying for and obtaining your medals and ribbons. Action in the 3d Brigades area of operation came with fewer, but more sizeable contacts as the Go Devils killed 641 of the enemy. Improving the educational level of the people is another important project of the civil affairs section. -Actively participating in the above glorious victories, the. Two battalions of the Mobile Riverine Force, working with the Vietnamese Marines eliminated 250 VC in day-long fighting along the Rach Ruong Canal; 6~ miles 8Outhwest of Saigon. The 9th Infantry Division Pasubio was an auto-transportable binary-type (2-regiments) Infantry Division of the Italian Army during World War II.The division was formed as an infantry division in 1934, reorganized into an infantry division in 1939 and mobilized in August 1940. In January over 1,000 of the enemy were killed by the 9th Division as Old Reliable infantrymen and supporting units pounded the already badly battered indigenous VC and newly arrived NVA infiltrators. On Sept. 21, after months of preparation by the 9th Division, the 2,200 man Royal Thai Army Volunteer Regiment landed in Vietnam as the fifth free world force to join the South Vietnamese in their struggle. seeking refuge. The 9th Division was one of six infantry divisions newly raised by the Imperial Japanese Army after the First Sino-Japanese War (1894–1895). designed to open VC-dominated jungle. also known as Black Panthers Division (Thai: กองพลเสือดำ) is an infantry division of the Royal Thai Army, it is currently a part of the First Army Area The unit is composed of the 9th Infantry Regiment, 19th Infantry Regiment and 29th Infantry … In addition some 158 Vietnamese were trained as public health cadre in the war against disease. The official entry of the Division to Vietnam was recorded Dec. 19 when Major General George S. Eckhardt led an increment of 5,000 Old Reliables onto the beaches of Vung Tau, where they were welcomed by General Wiiliam C. Westmoreland, the Commander of Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. -Unit Citation Streamer in Civil Actions Honor Medal Color with Oak Leaf for the 9th US Inf Div Guidon and its Units mentioned in the list enclosed herewith, THE CHIEF OF JOINT GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF VN ARMED FORCES DECIDES Division. The largest enemy contact of the month occurred one Feb.20 when three companies of the 2d Brigade Mobile Riverine Force with supporting air cav, jets, and artillery killed 90 VC 10 miles east of Ben Tre. In the pre-dawn hours of March 20. Get the recipe! A well known biblical passage does much to sum up the Division’s esprit-de-corps. The 9th Armored Division landed in Normandy late in September 1944, and first went into line, 23 October 1944, on patrol duty in a quiet sector along the Luxembourg -German frontier. It states, “Here am I, Send me. Explore a glossary of terms, manuals, statistics, historical accounts and reports, maps and articles by MRFA members. 32nd Infantry Division. As many as four or five civilians a month have been sponsored at Cho Ray Hospital and the National Rehabilitation Institute by battalions with ready access to the capital. Republic of Vn, Department Department of Defense, Joint CHIEF OF STAFF/RVNAF Adjutant General. -Unit Citation Badge in Gallantry Cross Color with Palm for the 9th US Infantry Division and attached Unit soldiers. History. The engagements resulted in: -12,458 North Regular Army soldiers and VC killed, I will never forget what you have done for us. Supporting the Division are two additional engineer battalions and an aviation battalion. Operating from a fleet of 100 Naval vessels. Food, clothing, educational, medical and recreational items are distributed to the needy and the men of the 9th Division support 89 orphanages plus a variety of churches, hospitals, leper colonies and schools. The haul included four 75mm howitzers, the first artillery pieces taken from the VC by U.S. forces. In March, the lst, Brigade and the 3d/5th Cav joined Operation JUNCTION CITY, then the largest operation of the war. Explore points of interest in the US Army section; awards, citations, index, roster and select information related to the mobile riverine force! The largest kills came late in the month when two companies of the 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry killed 94 VC while suffering only four wounded in an action two miles south of the Division base camp. The Division’s only mechanized battalion, the 2d Battalion, 47th Infantry, had a busy month as they fought NVA units killing 20 or more four times. More than 12,000 enemy were killed while 55.0 were taken prisoner and 248 rallied under the Chieu Hoi program. A full archive of past and present "River Currents" newsletters from your friends at MRFA. The 3d Brigade Go Devils accounted for 502 enemy dead in Long An Province and the infamous Plain of Reeds. Before the Viet Cong tidal wave subsided, Division infantrymen found themselves engaged on many unaccustomed fronts and unrehearsed missions. It is a chance to get to know the people and make friends. APO.4002; Civil Affairs is many things to many people. The North Korean II Corps cut it off in late 1950 and the Division suffered heavy casualties.During October 1952, all three 9th Division regiments, the 28th, 29th and 30th (12,000 men) held Hill 395, northwest of Chorwon, North Korea, known as White Horse Mountain. For weeks after squelching the Tet terrorist outbreak, Allied forces ringed Saigon. -In the area of public health, the 9th US Inf Div has trained 158 public health cadres, given medical examinations and treated 708,588 persons. For the second time in less than a year, OLD RELIABLES were honored with the Vietnamese Valorous Unit Citation, Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Armed Forces Level, in a ceremony held Jan. 14 in front of Division Headquarters. The division uses every available medium for getting the PSYOPS messages to the people. Using the highly successful tactic of preplanned blocking positions to support airmobile insertions, the battalion surprised and surrounded an estimated main force VC battalion. 30th Infantry Division. The information on this website is never complete, I will always keep adding information, and aiming to have a huge online source of information about this Division. 95th INFANTRY DIVISION; Return to Table of Contents "Victory Division" The division insignia consists of a monogrammatic red "9" and a white Roman "V" on a blue background. By Feb. 22 more than l,625 VC and NVA bodies were credited to Division troops. The enemy was dug in along a heavily wooded and bunkered area along a canal and air and artillery were called in. Welcome to the U.S. 9th Infantry Division in WWII website. It was raised in Secunderabad in India in October 1941 and became part of Southern Army which was mainly concerned with defence against possible seaborne invasion by the Japanese. Become a member of MRFA! The 9th Armored Division landed in Normandy late in September 1944, and first went into line, 23 October, on patrol duty in a quiet sector along the Luxembourg-German frontier. 58 VC gas masks, 97 B-40 rockets, 46 B-41 rockets, 82,000 rounds of AK-47 ammunition and various other equipment. The Division went through eight battles and was already a “veteran Division” by the time that D-Day started. 25th Infantry Division. In June the solution came with the formation of the Mobile Riverine Force. The 28th Infantry Division after training in England, landed in Normandy, France, 22 July 1944, and entered the hedgerow struggle north and west of St. After months of being pounded by the OLD RELIABLES, the enemy began to change his tactics breaking into smaller groups making larger contacts fewer in the final months of 1968. Please sign the MRFA guestbook! Totals for the 27-day Operation CORONOADO V in September were 330 enemy killed and one crew served and 11 individual weapons with 11,200 rounds of small arms ammo seized from enemy supply caches. On Oct 19 the 15th Engineers became the first echelon to arrive in Vietnam and immediately began developing a Division-size base camp, called Bearcat, located near Long Thanh, about 20 miles northeast of Saigon. DIVISION CHRONICLE. -In the educational domain, the 9th US Inf Div has reconstructed and equipped 356 schools in Tien-Giang DTA, 1 school in the vicinity of Dong-Tam Base, opened many English courses in 4 high schools in My-Tho City for almost 30,000 students. west of Rach Kien. against one American dead and 15 wounded. APO. 9th Infantry Division Index U.S. Navy Explore our Navy section: awards, stories, points of interest, origin of navy terminology and much, much more! Through the above glorious achievements, the 9th US Inf Div has greatly contributed to the common struggle against Communism, as well as helped the Republic of Viet-Nam in its reconstruction. The lst Recondo Brigade had four contacts each totaling near 50 during the month, but most of the other contacts were with squad size units as the enemy remained in small groups avoiding contact. Other advance parties of the Division were deployed to Vietnam by air, with the first group landing Dec. 8. The 60th Infantry was reactivated and assigned to the 9th Infantry Division. -Cross of Gallantry with Palm for Major General Harris w. Hollis, Division Commander, Especially in the area of Civil Actions, the 9th US Inf. The 9th Infantry Divistion (Thai language: กองพลทหารราบที่ 9) (พล.ร.๙.) "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, For he today that sheds his blood with me, shall be my brother." Rest, recreation and re-training followed, and by November 1943 the Ninth was at sea again, heading for England where it would start more extensive training to prepare for the fighting in Normandy. 31st Infantry and lst Battalion, l6th Infantry (later re-designated 5th Battalion, 60th Infantry) killed 138 Viet Cong during fierce fighting 12 miles west of My Phuoc Tay Oct. 4-5. The 99th Infantry Division arrived in England, 10 October 1944, moved to Le Havre, France, 3 November, and proceeded to Aubel, Belgium, to prepare for combat. The 9th Infantry Division was also known as "The Old Reliables" or "Notorious Ninth". where Huey gun ships sprayed their lethal rockets and mini-guns on the frenzied invaders. Many new schools, churches, orphanages, bridges and roads have been constructed through the joint effort of the Americans and Vietnamese. The most significant achievements include numerous victories over Main Force Viet Cong and North Vietnamese units from the Demilitarized Zone to the Mekong Delta, formation of a Mobile Riverine Force, suppression of the VC terror campaign during Tet, 1968 , and of a follow up attempt to invade Saigon 1n May and a record number of enemy killed during intense fighting in the first months of 1969. More than 500 VC were repelled by members of the Sth/60th reinforced by artillery batteries. Item 1 : Post was not sent - check your email addresses! NIGHTCAPS are another relatively new concept in civil affairs. On 15 September 1940 the three original brigades of the division were the 15th, 20th, and 21st Indian Infantry Brigades. Nevertheless, on Feb. 25, the daring enemy attempted an early-morning assault on Fire Support Base Jaeger, 10 miles west of Dong Tam. In the largest of contacts, two companies worked with artil1ery and air strike support to kill 61 of the enemy in a bunker complex northeast of Binh Phuoc April 26. achieved decisive victories at Long Binh, Bien Hoa, Saigon-Cholon, Ben Tre, Xuan Lac, My Tho, Vinh Long, Ap Bac, Can Tho and Tan An. The 9th Infantry Divistion (Thai: กองพลทหารราบที่ 9) (พล.ร.๙.) Combat activity slackened the first month of 1968. The most significant contact came during a three day battle March 22-24 in which “Hard Core” Recondo’s of the 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry and supporting elements killed 143 VC 15 miles west of Cai Be. Hunt killed 814 of the enemy while sustaining only 12 U.S. killed. mounted 105mm howitzers on floating barges and began to navigate the Delta waterways. PLEASE NOTE: The top menu links are pages, so make sure you don’t just click the drop-down menu’s! DI's may also be called a … -550 others caught alive, -248 returnees, Again the 6th/31st and lst/16th were involved, The fight began when helicopter gun ships of Troop D, 3d/5th Cav made contact with the enemy. This website is also my personal tribute to all the men who served in the 9th Infantry Division. Deeper in the Mekong Delta on May 2, elements of the 2d Brigade collided with a force from the 5l4th VC Battalion. The 9th Infantry Division was also known as “The Old Reliables” or “Notorious Ninth”. 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. The 3d Brigade was involved in the heaviest fighting in October. Operating out of Bearcat, the Queen’s Cobras began combat and civic action operations in the Nhon Trach jungles, 20 miles southeast of Saigon. The six-day mission. Loudspeakers, both aerial and ground, leaflet dissemination and face to face contact are used extensively. The MRFA is launching our “Historical Data Project” (HDP), featuring as much MRF TF-117 data as possible. During this multi-division operation, the OLD RELIABLES encountered their first important battle. A single reconnaissance platoon of the 2d Battalion, 47th Infantry killed 32 of the enemy in two days of fighting around the village of Thu Thua, west of Tan An. The Division went through eight battles and was already a “veteran Division” by the time… The enemy never managed a major attack on Delta cities or Allied bases. The Joint Chief of Staff has the mission of executing this Decision. The rest traveled aboard Naval”, transport ships and arrived between Dec. 19, 1966- Feb 2, 1967. (9th Infantry assigned 22 September 1917 to the 2d Division [later redesignated as the 2d Infantry Division]) Inactivated 20 June 1957 at Ladd Air Force Base, Alaska, and relieved from assignment to the 2d Infantry Division; concurrently redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battle Group, 9th Infantry -Unit Citation Badge in Civil Actions Honor Medal Color with Oak Leaf for the 9th US Inf Div and attached units’ soldiers. A sweep of the battlefield turned up 89 AK-47 rifles, 12 RPD Machine guns, two 82mm mortars and sights, 110 mortar rounds. After a month of scattered contact, action exploded again during Operation CORONADO IX, Dec. 4. The Division first saw action on the 9th, taking over the defense of the sector north of the Roer River between Schmidt and Monschau. Infantrymen were air inserted and pressed from two sides while artillery pounded at each end of the enemy position and gun ships sought out individuals and small groups of enemy soldiers. Div. 62 RPG launchers, two heavy machine guns. Lo. The Indian 19th Infantry Division was an infantry division of the Indian Army during World War II, and played a prominent part in the final part of the Burma Campaign. The only major engagement during the first 30 days came Jan. 10, when the 2d Brigade counted 47 enemy bodies after bitter fighting in Dinh Tuong Province. composed of two 2d Brigade battalions and Naval Task Force 117. General CAO-VAN-VIEN Chief of JGS/RVNAF (s/s)). In two periods, May 11-12 and May 22-24, fighting reached its heights as all three infantry Brigades were in heavy contact with enemy units grouped for a possible spring offensive in the Delta. In the meantime the 4th and 25th Infantry Divisions were alerted for deployment to South Vietnam. - William Shakespeare, Henry V, Navy Cross recipients, Distinguished Service Cross recipients, and Medal of Honor recipients from the Navy Mobile Riverine Force and Army 9th Infantry Division. A few weeks later, another lopsided engagement near Rach Kien in Long An Province produced 207 VC killed. The 9th Infantry Division saw its first combat in the North African invasion, 8 November 1942, when its elements landed at Algiers, Safi, and Port Lyautey. While keeping constant pressure on the enemy, OLD RELIABLES have been very active in civil affairs making friends and helping the people. Making maximum use of their Night Hunter operations, the Recondos accounted for almost half of their kills after dark as they denied the enemy his old sanctuary, the night. To overcome the biggest push of the war, the OLD RELIABLES gained momentum early and never failed to carry the battle to the VC. On 7 August 1940, the 9th (Highland) Infantry Division was re-designated 51st (Highland) Infantry Division. In October, e1ements of the 1st Brigade, 3d/5th Cav and supporting units turned up a massive system of tunnels and bunkers 13 miles south- east of Bearcat which was at the time the largest arms cache ever found in Vietnam. The 2d Brigade Mobile Riverine Force found increasing night operations were successful in netting 1,084 dead VC. The 9th Indian Infantry Division was formed on 15 September 1940 at Quetta, India before being transferred to Malaya. 4002, 27 June 1969 The 60th Infantry spearheaded the November 1942, invasion of French Morocco at Port Lyautey in Operation Torch, winning the arrowhead assault landing device in an action which … The 9th Infantry Division (Russian: 9-я пехотная дивизия, 9-ya Pekhotnaya Diviziya) was an infantry formation of the Russian Imperial Army that existed in various formations from the early 19th century until the end of World War I and the Russian Revolution.The division was based in Radom and later Voronezh in the years leading up to 1914. The first five months of 1969 saw the OLD RELIABLES involved in some of the heaviest fighting of the war as they slammed the offensive-minded enemy time and again killing more then 10,000 NVA and Viet Cong. Much valuable information is given voluntarily by the people who are reached through these operations and many enemy soldiers rally to the side of the government under the Chieu Hoi program because of PSYOPS. To make a voluntarily donation for my research, please use the below button. OLD RELIABLES of the 9th Infantry Division were presented the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm, the highest unit valor award, and the Civic Action Honor Medal with Oak Leaf on 5 July 1969. The division has done much to assist the innocent victims of the war. Like the rest of the Division, the brigade contacts were for the most part small and scattered. THE CHIEF OF JOINT GENERAL STAFF OF THE REPUBLIC OF VN ALLIED FORCES CITES AT ARMED FORCES LEVEL : Republic of Viet-Nam Department or Defense Joint General Staff/RVNAF Adjutant General. 9th Infantry Division. The Division prepared for a Chinese assault. The action marked the first contact with the 26lst VC Battalion. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), 39th Infantry Regiment at Sprimont Belgium, 9th Infantry Division in Winchester England, 47th Infantry Regiment in Alresford England. 47th Infantry. In Long An Province, the enemy was not caught as often, but in larger groups. Many battalions within the division have instituted what is known as the civilian hospital sponsorship program to supplement their MEDCAP work. Fighting continued heavy in April as the Old Reliables again tapped 3,000 kills registering 3,117 Viet Cong and NVA killed. General CAO-V AN-VIEN Chief of JGSIRVNAF (sis), Courtesy of John Sperry, MRFA Vice President. Suddenly besieged by an estimated battalion of the 275th VC Regiment. The largest contact came when elements of the 6th Battalion. Throughout the 22 major engagements with North Vietnamese Army and Viet-Cong main force, as well as other thousand of small contacts, the 9th us Infantry Division and its attached units caused heavy casualties to the enemy with intense fire supports of artillery , armed helicopters and tactical air support. Often a movie projector is taken on the NIGHTCAP and movies are shown to the people after dark. In this program an American dental team with an interpreter visits the remote areas where people have never seen a dentist and know little about oral hygiene. The roman "V" signifies the division nickname, "Victory Division", and the Arabic "9" and Roman "V" represent the division's number. “. The 9th Division was hastily created in late 1950 during the Korean Warand operated in the mountainous terrain of Seorakand Odaein the northeast, not far from the 38th parallel. The OLD RELIABLES were involved in 22 major combat engagements with North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong main force units as well as thousands of small contacts during this period. People from the areas surrounding Dong Tam flock there at the rate of 1,000 a day to receive medical attention at the daily MEDCAP staged at the main gate by the Division Support Command. The 9th Division swiftly grabbed the initiative and turned the tables on the brazen insurgents. 2,273 recoilless rifle shell. More than 100 enemy bodies were counted and over 45 weapons were captured. Over 200 enemy bodies were counted the first day, when ground forces choked off the intruders in a factory complex. When the Germans launched their winter offensive on 16 December 1944, the 9th, with no real combat experience, suddenly found itself engaged in heavy fighting. The program has aided amputees and persons with cleft palates with the medical and hospital expenses covered by the Government of Vietnam. Memorials and museums dedicated to the Mobile Riverine Force. In addition, OLD RELIABLE soldiers became teachers in four My Tho schools, teaching English two hours a week to 1,000 students. Item 3: Anything and everything that couldn't fit in any of the other categories. This website will provide information about the eight battles, Division and Unit histories, After-Action Reports, articles of visits to the former battlefields, pictures and special tribute pages, dedicated to the men who served with the 9th Infantry Division during World War Two. Once the VC and North Vietnamese Army units exposed themselves, they immediately were shoved on the defensive by the Divisions inexorable counterthrust. Messina fell on August 17th, 1943. Then and Now - Retracing the steps of the 9th Infantry Division men - Retracing the steps of the 9th Infantry Division. In their first major contact June 19-22, MRF units netted 256 VC kills at Rach Nui Canal. The 8th Infantry Division, ("Pathfinder") was an infantry division of the United States Army during the 20th century.The division served in World War I, World War II, and Operation Desert Storm.Initially activated in January 1918, the unit did not see combat during World War I and returned to the United States.