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Valorous Unit Award to 1/4 Cav


                                                              G031
General Orders	             HEADQUARTERS
		         DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
No. 31		     WASHINGTON, D.C., 13 May 1969
	                   
			Section
VALOROUS UNIT AWARD....	   I


I...VALOROUS UNIT AWARD. By direction of the Secretary of the Army, under the 
provisions of paragraph 202.1, AR 672-5-1, the Valorous Unit Award is awarded 
the following-named unit of the United States Army for extraordinary heroism 
while engaged in military operations during the period indicated.

THE 1ST SQUADRON, 4TH CAVALRY, 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION

The citation reads as follows:

The 1ST SQUADRON, 4TH CAVALRY, 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION

distinguished itself by extraordinary heroism while engaged in military operations 
during the period 31 January 1968 to 31 May 1968 in Binh Duong Province, Republic 
of Vietnam. On 31 January 1968, elements of the squardon were dispatched from Lai 
Khe to launch a counterattack against a Viet Cong force that was attempting to 
overrun the 8th Army of the Republic of Vietnam regimental headquarters in Ben Cat. 
The squadron attacked and overwhelmed the well-entrenched and heavily fortified 
nemy, killing 45 Viet Cong and eliminating the threat to the compound. Immediately 
thereafter, the battle-weary cavalrymen engaged a determined enemy at An My in a 
vicious 2-day encounter. Although the hostile force attempted to repel the cavalry 
with rocket-propelled grenades and antipersonnel weapons, enemy bunkers were 
destroyed and 392 enemy were killed in close-contact fighting. The badly beaten 
Viet Cong withdrew in a vain effort to escape the devastating power of the 1st 
Squardon, 4th Cavalry, but the seasoned troopers ventured deep within the enemy 
area and inflicted severe casualties on the Viet Cong, thereby blunting the 
Communist's attempt at a second offensive. Subsequently, the squardon made contact 
with a battalion-sized Viet Cong unit which was attempting to infiltrate Saigon. 
After 2 days of bitter ground fighting supported by helicopter gunships, tactical 
air-strikes and artillery, enemy losses were 340 killed. The cavalrymen compiled an 
impressive record of courage and determination during 14 battles as they killed over 
1,000 of the enemy. Through their bravery and dedication, the unit's members 
contributed immeasurably to the free world struggle against Communist aggression in 
the Republic of Vietnam. The men of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, displayed 
extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty which are in keeping with the highest 
traditions of the military service and reflect distinct credit upon themselves and 
the Armed Forces of the United States.


TAGO 1204A-May 34O-475-OO
                                                                                            

				(Extract)


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