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1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Division

Subdeacon Joe

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Honor and Glory



On November 14, 1965, the 1st Battalion (Bn), 7th Cavalry Regiment (Regt), 1st Air Cavalry (Cav) Division (Div) was sent on a search and destroy mission deep into the jungles of a plateau in the Central Highlands in the Ia Drang River Valley, thirty-seven miles west of Pleiku in the Gia Lai Province, Republic of (South) Vietnam (RVN). There they met the 32nd, 33rd, and 66th Regts of the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN). The U.S. had fought against local Vietnamese Communist (Viet Cong) forces in small skirmishes since the withdrawal of the French in 1954; however, the Ia Drang Valley marked the first time U.S. forces faced off against trained North Vietnamese regulars in the battle that has become synonymous with the beginning of full scale U.S. involvement in the RVN. While the Battle of Ia Drang constitutes roughly a month-long period, the two major battles occurred at Landing Zones (LZ) X-Ray and Albany.







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22 minutes ago, Cheyenne Ranger, 48747L said:

look up 2/7 Cav that took 1/7's place after that battle


they really suffered, too



The move to LZ Albany was a very big fight. https://www.benning.army.mil/infantry/magazine/issues/2014/Apr-Jun/Henry.html

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i find it interesting that these events in my lifetime are now history - i  know some that were there and still feel it was only yesterday , 

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