Gary Hutchison Memorial Chapter 1028
Vietnam Veterans of America
The Way We Were
Reorganized and equipped as an airmobile division, the 1st Cavalry Division, aka the “First Team” was quickly shipped to Vietnam becoming the first fully committed division in country. The division became the first division to earn the Presidential Unit Citation during the thirty-five day Pleiku Campaign. Airmobile tactics permitted fast movement on the battlefield as the “Sky Troopers” of the 1st Cavalry Division rode their helicopters into numerous battles. The enemy launched the famous Tet Offensive in late January 1968. Already on the move, the “First Team” rushed north, liberating cities and boldly repelling the enemy offensive. The division’s “Sky Troopers” flew in to relieve the besieged Marine base at Khe Sahn. In May 1970, the 1st Cavalry Division participated in the Cambodian Incursion, withdrawing from Cambodia on 29 June. The first full Division into Vietnam was the last full Division to leave Vietnam. Thirty Troopers of the 1st Cavalry Division were awarded the Medal of Honor for their valor during the Vietnam War. The 1/8th battalion was awarded two Presidential Unit Citations, the Valorous Unit Citation, and four soldiers were awarded with the nation's highest honor, the Medal of Honor.
1st Infantry Division
1st Cavalry Division
Learning to fire the 60 mm mortar.
Looking for bad guys.
The office water cooler
On operations with Delta Co, 2/16 Infantry, First Infantry Division
Zeroing in M-16 at Fire Base Mo (or Moe)
The things we carried
Ches served with Delta Company, 2nd BN/16th INF, 1st Infantry Div. from Dec 69 to Feb 70 and with Bravo Company, 1st Bn / 8th Regmt, 1st Cavalry Div. from Feb 70 to Nov 70.
Resupply and letters from home. First Cav
Another day of fun in the sun
Playing with gun powder
On guard at Song Be. Note Nui Ba Ra in distance.
Firing the 90 mm recoilless rifle at Fire Base Judy