3rd Squadron 17th Air Cavalry
© J. DUNGAN 67/68
"Advanced Party Arrived"
The advance party arrived at Di An, Republic of Vietnam, on 14 October and started preparations for the main body which arrived in country on 31 October 67.
The Squadron prepared a base area at Di An and participated in in-country training with the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, Phu Loi: 1st Squadron 5th Cavalry, Bear Cat; 11th Combat Aviation Battalion, Phu Loi; and 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Di An.
December 1, 1967, the Squadron became operational participating in Operation Buena Vista with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. In support of this operation the Squadron killed 113 Viet Cong and NVA.
December 8, 1967, the Squadron commenced Operation Yellowstone with the 25th Infantry Division. The squadron established a forward tactical base at Soui Da, conducting reconnaissance operations in War Zone "C". During the support of the 25th Infantry Division the Squadron gained their fame by killing 209 Viet Cong and NVA, destroying over 400 structures and large amounts of Viet Cong and NVA supplies.
During the First Tet Offensive the squadron was instrumental in the defense of both Saigon and the Bien Hoa, Long Binh area. This operation was extremely successful, inflicting heavy losses on the enemy. Approximately 479 Viet Cong and NVA were killed as well as 127 sanpans and storage areas destroyed.
The Second Tet Offensive launched on the Saigon area, the squadron was instrumental in curbing and intercepting the enemy forces coming from War Zone "C", inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy before the units reached the Saigon area, and killing over 700 Viet Cong and NVA.
The Air Cavalry Squadron had proven itself as an intelligence-gathering unit for higher headquarters as well as a first rate combat unit. The squadron can move, shoot, and communicate under almost all-combat conditions and has never failed to find the enemy.
67/68 with 106 Recoilless Rifle
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