Explanation: The items in this directory are daily logs of 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry in Vietnam. These logs were compiled by the S-3 section (Plans and Operations). They vary in amount of detail and accuracy depending on the personnel assigned and the conditions under which they were kept. The S-3 Section normally consisted of a Major (S-3), two or three captains or lieutenants, a senior NCO and two or three enlisted men. Often the S-3 section would operate from its organic armored vehicles or a base camp building and would not move for days or weeks at a time while the line troops maneuvered in the squadron's area of operations. Logs kept under such conditions tended to be fairly complete. At other times the S-3 section would be on the move, and logs tend to be spotty. Readers are cautioned that although the logs represent a wonderful resource in studying and understanding the actions of the squadron they cannot always be accepted at face value and must be corroborated with other evidence. Reports were recorded as they came into the S-3 section, and these reports often originated from individuals who, under stressful combat conditions, may or may not have had an accurate view of what was actually happening. The source of all logs currently posted is National Archives, College Park, MD. As of this writing (Nov 2000), many logs for 1968 have been located. However, some dates are missing, and some logs have duplicate dates.
You may not find entries relating to a particular 1/4 Cav troop, platoon, or section on a certain date for any one of several reasons. The three most common are that the unit may have been attached to or under operational control of an infantry battalion, and thus will be included in that battalion's daily operations report. Or on that date it may not have had any activity warranting inclusion in the squadron report. Or for some unexplained reason the person keeping the log may have not entered the activity even though it was significant. Conversely, non-organic units which were attached or opcon to 1/4 Cav will appear in the squadron reports. A more complete view of all 1/4 Cav unit operations 1965-70 will be possible when relevant logs from other battalions, higher headquarters (brigades, cavalry regiment, and infantry division), and supporting units are located and placed in the archives.
The 1/4 Cav research team is attempting to locate all logs for the entire Vietnam period of combat, 1965-70, and they will be posted as they become available. The research team hopes ultimately to be able to supply maps, overlays, glossary, legends and other descriptors to clarify the items in the logs. Until this is possible we will continue our effort simply to get as many of the logs recovered and archived as possible. If you are able to clarify any items you find in the logs or to supply stories or anecdotes relating to actions in them, please send your input to the webmaster. We will archive your material for the benefit of others who come after you, and we will use it in developing our history. In this manner we hope to involve all veterans who were members of the 1/4 Cav combined arms team, and to make an extraordinary body of historical material more comprehensible.
Maps and S-3 logs may be downloaded here.
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The logs are zipped. Each zip file contains approx. one week of logs.
If you don't already have an unzipping program, you can get WinZip here.
The files may be in JPEG, or TIFF formats. If you need a top notch picture viewer for these formats, IrfanView is one of the best and it is free. Be sure to also get the free plug-ins.
AFVN broadcast of interviews with 1/4 Cav troopers in 1969.
This is a large file. (10MB) It might take an hour to download if you are at modem speed.
Atlas Wedge: Mar-Apr 69
The files listed below contain morning reports for 28 March-3 April 1969.
In Addition, the Quarter Cav files contain morning reports for 7-9 June, 1969
Notes: Missing pages will be added as they become available, and the site will be upgraded with additional categories of material in time.
If you need hard copies, we have seen very good results of printing from the logs. At some point in the future, we will make all of the logs available on CD.
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