The Way We Were
Vietnam Veterans of America
Gary Hutchison Memorial Chapter 1028
The brigade was formed at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1966. Nicknamed "The Redcatchers,"the 199th LIB was hastily moved to Song Be, Vietnam in December 1966 to provide an increased U.S.presence in the III Corps Tactical Zone and remained there until its return to Fort Benning in October 1970, where it was deactivated. While in Vietnam, the brigade was conducting Operation "Uniontown" in Dong Nai Province when the 1968 Tet Offensive began. It immediately began a defense of U.S. II Field Force headquarters at Long Binh and the district of Cholon. During 1969 the 199th was responsible for the security of the region north and east of the capital. In 1970 elements of Alpha Company, 3rd battalion, 7th Infantry provided support to Firebase Sun which came under attack by the NVA resulting in 125 enemy KIA. Later In 1970 the 199th moved into the "Iron Triangle" with the other units and participated in the Cambodian incursion.