1st Infantry Division, Framed

The item contains a shoulder sleeve insignia encased in a beautiful walnut frame.  The frame can be hung on the wall or set on a desk.  The background contains historic details of the  division's years in Vietnam:  Commanders, Map of III Corps, and Major Operations. The frame is 8" x 10".

Product Summary

· Beautiful Dark Walnut Frame.

· Velvet backed

· Hang on the Wall or Stand on the Desk

· Contains:

                 Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

                 Map of III Corps

                 Division Commanders

Major Operations

 

The ‘Big Red One’ arrived in Vietnam from Fort Riley, KS as the first elements of infantry in Vietnam.  Division Headquarters were established at Di An by January of 1966.  Division Artillery provided support from Phu Loi.  By November, along Highway 13 the division was involved in its first major operation at Bau Bang and later at Ap Nha Mat.  The division operated in the III Corps area of Vietnam.  Areas that became well know for the ferocity of the fighting and the indomitable spirit of the Big Red One included the Michelen Rubber Plantation, War Zone C, the Iron Triangle, and Thunder Road (Hwy 13).

 

In numerous division operations at Ap Tau, Minh Thanh Road, Loc Ninh, Ap Gu and others the division accounted for numerous casualties to both Viet Cong and NVA units.  The division efforts in response to the 1968 Tet attacks at the Tan Son Nhut Airbase insured the defeat of the Viet Cong in that assault and secured the airbase. 

 

In April of 1968 in operations Resolve to Win and Certain Victory, the division participated in multi-division operations across III Corps and in combined operations with ARVN forces to halt NVA infiltration around Saigon.  During these operations, around Loc Ninh, the Commanding General of the division Keith L. Ware was killed as a result of enemy action.

 

In 1969 the division participated in pacification operations in III Corps, combined operations with ARVN forces such as, joint Fire Support Bases and joint operation centers, and in development efforts along the road to Song Be to increase the self-sufficiency of ARVN forces of the 5th Division.  The division colors were returned to Fort Riley in April of 1970.  

SKU/Item Number: VMAF-1

1st Infantry Division Patch and History, Framed

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