Delta Troop
3rd Squadron 17th Air Cavalry
Unit History

© J. DUNGAN 67/68

A Letter Written to the Members of Delta Troop
3rd Armored Squadron 17th Air Cavalry

You are now in Troop D, 3d Armored Squadron 17th Air Cavalry. Since arriving in the Republic of Vietnam, we have compiled an outstanding record that cannot be compared with any other unit of any Air Squadron. Just to give you small insight of where we have been and what our assigned missions have been: Troop D arrived in Vietnam, 2 November 1967, and went into an intensive in country training program conducted by the 2nd Bde. 1st Infantry Div. The program of instructions included, Viet Cong mines booby traps, weapons and techniques of Viet Cong Tactics. The troop was also given the opportunity to test fire and zero all weapons expect the 81mm Mortar. Also during the week of training, each platoon conducted dismounted sweeps and night ambushes. The in country training was completed on 17 November 1967.

On 19 November 1967, Troop D became OPCON to Task Force Madden, working mounted and dismounted in the Di An and Phu Loi area. This operation ended on 28 Nov 1967. The squadrons first operation commenced on 1 Dec 67, Operation Buena Vista with elements of the 199th Light Infantry Bde., supported by the 3/17th Air Cav. The 3rd of the 17th moved into War Zone D, north and east of Long Binh. The mission of the squadron was to conduct area reconnaissance within the assigned area of operation, attack enemy elements within capabilities, secure FSPB Hanover, and be prepared to provide convoy cover and security on route Alamo from Long Binh to FSPB Hanover. Our mission was to escort all wheel vehicles of the squadron to assigned forward command post and upon completion move to and secure FSPB Hanover. D Troop conducted mounted and dismounted patrol, convoy escort, and night ambushes in the area of operation during their stay at FSPB Hanover. On 5 Dec 67, the Squadron was released from Operation Buena Vista and returned to Di An for preparation of Operation Yellowstone in support of the 25th Infantry Division located at Cu Chi.

On 7 Dec 67, the 3rd Squadron became OPCON to the 25th Infantry Division and conducted a move by land and air to Soui Da located appox. 18 miles north of Tay Ninh. Troop D again had the mission of escorting all 3rd Squadron wheel vehicle's into War Zone "C", and securing and defending a FSPB at Soui Da . During this period of time, Troop D conducted mounted and dismounted patrols, air mobile operations, convoy escorts, road clearing operations, and night ambushes. On 5 Jan 68, Troop D moved to Tay Ninh with the mission to conduct reconnaissance in force missions to the north and west of Tay Ninh. On 19 January 68, Troop D was detached from the 3rd Squadron and placed OPCON to the 1st Bn., 5th Infantry (Mech) and conducted a tactical road march to FSPB appox. 15KM north of Tay Ninh. While at this FSPB there were mounted and dismounted operations and platoon size night ambushes. After 3 days, Troop D moved to FSPB Burke located approx. 9 KM north of Soui Da. Troop D's mission was to provide security for an artillery unit of the 25th Infantry Division. While at Burke, Troop D again conducted dismounted patrols and night ambushes. On 25 January, 68, Troop D moved to a new FSPB located on the East Side of Nui Ba Den Mountain. From that location, we conducted mounted sweeps to the northeast of Highway 26 and conducted ambushes at night. On 9 Feb 68, Troop D became OPCON to the 2nd Bn., 34th Armor and conducted a tactical road march to a new forward fighting location located at Prek Klok. Troop D's mission was to clear the 25th Infantry Division's MSR from French Fort to Katum and escort supply convoys. 17 February 1968 Troop D was released from the 2nd Bn. 34th Armor back to the operational control of the 3rd Squadron, 17th Air Cav. Troop D moved to Tay Ninh on 17 February 1968, to build a new base camp. On 18 February 1968 Operation Yellowstone was terminated.

On 18 February 1968 Troop D became OPCON to the 25th Inf. Div. The 19th thru 22nd of February, was used to move the entire troop's TO & E equipment from Di An to Tay Ninh. On 25 February 1968 the 1st Bde.,25th Inf. Div , gave Troop D the mission to sweep and secure the 25th Inf. Div MSR from Tay Ninh to Go Dau Ha. This mission was the most suited mission Troop D had received since arrival in country.

On 7 March 1968 Troop D became OPCON to the 4th Bn., 23rd Infantry and moved to a FSPB located at Trang Bang, With the mission to sweep the 25th Inf. Div., MSR from Trang Bang to Tay Ninh and secure the Trang Bang Bridge. On 19 March 1968, Troop D went back to the operational control of the 3rd Squadron 17th Air Cav. On 20 March 1968 Troop D again sweep and secure mission for the 25th Inf Div.MSR from Tay Ninh to Go Dau Ha. This time the mission lasted until 11 June 1968.

On 20 June 1968 Troop D became OPCON to F Company 51st Infantry (LRRP) and moved by air to Phuc Vinh as reaction force for the LRRP's when in contact. On 26 June 1968 Troop D moved to Bien Hoa with the mission remaining the same. On 19 July, 1968 Troop D moved to FSPB Fort Tiger while the mission continued with the LRRP's On 21 July 1968 Troop D conducted a move to an artillery basecamp located east of Long Binh. During this time Troop D moved to Di An basecamp for one day. On 12 August 1968 Troop D moved to Cu Chi for reaction force with the 51 Inf (LRRP).

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A Synopsis of Delta Troop Locations in 1968

DI AN -- Delta Troop arrived in Vietnam, November 2, 1967 and began an intensive in country training program located at Di An, Vietnam.

SOUI DA -- On December 7, 1967, Delta Troop had the mission of escorting all 3rd Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry and wheel vehicles into War Zone C, and securing defending a Fire Support Base at Soui Da. During this period of time Troop D conducted mounted and dismounted patrols, air mobile operations, convoy escorts, road clearing operation, and night ambushes.

TAY NINH -- On January 1968, Delta Troop moved to Tay Ninh with the mission to conduct reconnaissance in force missions to the north and west of Tay Ninh.

FSPB -- On January 19 1968, Delta Troop was detached from the 3rd Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry and placed on OPCON to the 1stBattalion, 5th Infantry and conducted a tactical road march to FSPB 15km North of Tay Ninh. The mission while at this FSPB, was to conduct mounted and dismounted operations and platoon size ambushes.

FSPB BURKE -- On January 23 1968 Delta Troop moved to FSPB Burke located 9km North of Soui Da. The mission was to provide security for an artillery unit of the 25th infantry Division. While at FSPB Delta Troop again conducted dismounted patrols and night ambushes.

FSPB -- On January 25, 1968 Delta Troop moved to a new FSPB located on the East side of Nui Ba Den Mountain. From that location they conducted mounted sweeps to the Northeast of Highway 26 and conducted ambushes at night.

PREK KLOK -- On February 9, 1968 Delta Troop became OPCON to the 2nd Battalion 34 Armor and conducted a tactical road march to a new forward fighting location at Prek Klok. Delta Troop 's mission was to clear the 25th Infantry Division MSR from French Fort to Katum and escort supply convoys.

TAY NINH -- On February 17,1968, Delta Troop was released from the 2nd Battalion 34th Armor and was placed back to operational control of the 3rd Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry. There they moved to Tay Ninh to build a new base camp.

GO DAU HA -- February 25, 1968 Delta Troop had the mission to sweep and secure the 25th Infantry Division MSR from Tay Ninh to Go Dau Ha.

TRANG BANG -- On March 7, 1968 Delta Troop became OPCON to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry and moved to a FSPB located at Trang Bang, with the mission to sweep the 25th Infantry Division MSR from Trang Bang to Tay Ninh and secure the Trang Bang Bridge.

PHOUC VINH -- June 20, 1968 Delta Troop became OPCON to Company F, 51st Infantry (LRRP) and moved by air to Phuoc Vinh as a reaction force for the LRRP's when in contact.

BIEN HOA -- JUNE 26, 1968 Delta Troop moved to Bien Hoa with the mission of reaction force for the 51st Infantry (LRRP).

FORT TIGER -- July 19,1968 Delta Troop moved to FSPB Fort Tiger while the mission continued as reaction force for the 51st Infantry (LRRP).

LONG BIEN -- July 21 1968, Delta Troop conducted a move to an artillery base camp located East of Long Bien.

CU CHI -- August 12, 1968, Delta Troop moved to Cu Chi for reaction force with the 51st Infantry (LRRP)

BIEN HOA -- September 1968, Delta Troop support Company F, 51st Infantry, (LRRP), as an airmobile reaction force in War Zone D. The troop also conducts special missions for BHTAC in the form of mounted and dismounted reconnaissance and ambush patrols.

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