The first troops of the United States First Infantry Division disembarked from landing craft Monday (12 July) at Camrah Bay in South Vietnam.
The first troops of the United States First Infantry Division disembarked from landing craft Monday (12 July) at Camrah Bay in South Vietnam. The divisions is the first combat infantry division from the Army to be sent the Vietnam conflict.
As the soldiers hit the beach they were welcomed by members of the Engineer Corps with tongue-in-check signs proclaiming that the Engineers always precede the infantry.
The division was based at Fort Riley, Kansas, in the American Midwest. The divisions is known as "Big Red One" and it saw considerable action in the European theatre in World Was II. The nickname comes from its identifying shoulder patch.
The division is sending one reinforced brigade of three infantry battalions, plus supporting artillery and other troops.
The total strength of U.S combat and support troops in South Vietnam will rise to 100,000 to 125,000 when the First Division and another unit, the 101st Airborne Division, are completely deployed to Vietnam as is expected to take place.