1st Bn (ABN) 8th Cav (1965-1966)

1st Bn 8th Cav Reg (1967-1971
Bravo Company Lead by Captain Roy Martin
Performed the First Helicopter Assault on Top of an Enemy Battalion in
December 1965 at Ben Khe, Vietnam
THE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION (ARMY)
FOR EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM TO THE
2D BATTALION, 7TH CAVALRY (1ST CAVALRY DIVISION)
UNITED STATES ARMY,
AND ATTACHED UNITS.
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25 August 1966 through 4 April 1967. The Battalion and its attached organizations, which comprised Task Force 2/7,
supported the Republic of Vietnam in its revolutionary development program in Binh Thuan Province. The area was almost
entirely under Viet Cong control when Task Force 2/7 arrived in the province. The 482d and 840th Viet Cong Battalions,
and their ancillary units,operated almost at will throughout the area, except for the coastal enclave of Phan Thiet which was
still under government control. Operating over an area of almost 5,000 square kilometers, Task Force 2/7 struck at enemy
forces in a succession of brilliantly conceived and gallantly executed maneuvers. During this period, the Task Force mounted
371 combat assaults into enemy held territory. In eight months of fierce combat, the Task Force lost 11 men while causing
the enemy to lose 481 men. It captured 70 enemy soldiers, 151 weapons, 291 tons of rice, 3.6 tons of salt, and 7.4 tons of
other grains. It destroyed over 600
bunkers and numerous installations. The spirit, devotion to duty, and courage displayed by Task  Force 2/7 personnel set a
superb example for the Republic of Vietnam Forces in the area. Control of Binh Thuan Province passed from the Viet Cong
to free world military forces, and the enemy was unable to operate effectively in strength by day or night. The conspicuous
gallantry, intrepidity, heroism, and audacity displayed by the members of the task force in combat are in keeping with the
highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon them, their units, and the Armed Forces of the United
States."
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Award of the Presidential Unit Citation (Army) by the President of the United States of America was confirmed in accordance
with paragraph 194, AR 672-5-1. The above text of the citation was signed by President Richard Nixon on 22 August 1972.
General Orders No. 2 was issued by Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C., 17 January 1973
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The following units were awarded the citation:
2d Battalion, 7th Cavalry (25 August 1966 to 4 April 1967)
Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (12 December 1966 to 13 February 1967)
Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry (9 November 1966 to 12 December 1966)
Troop C, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry (25 August 1966 to 1 October 1966)
Scout Team, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry (1 October 1966 to 28 February 1967)
Scout Team, Troop A, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry (1 October 1966 to 28 February 1967)
Company C, 2d Battalion, 12th Cavalry (15 October 1966 to 9 November 1966)
2d Platoon, Company C, 8th Engineer Battalion (26 August 1966 to 26 February 1967)
3d Platoon, Company C, 8th Engineer Battalion (26 February 1967 to 4 April 1967)
Pathfinder Team, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 11th Aviation Group (25 August 1966 to 4 April 1967)
Company A, 13th Signal Battalion (25 August 1966 to 4 April 1967)
Battery A, 2d Battalion, 20th Artillery (11 December 1966 to 4 April 1967)
Battery C, 2d Battalion, 20th Artillery (25 August 1966 to 11 December 1966)
Battery A, 1st Battalion, 21st Artillery (25 August 1966 to 10 September 1966 and 28 February 1967 to 4 April 1967)
Battery B, 1st Battalion, 21st Artillery (10 September 1966 to 28 February 1967)
25th Infantry Platoon (1 November 1966 to 4 April 1967)
Company A and Company D, 227th Aviation Battalion (26 January 1967 to 4 April 1967)
Company A and Company C, 228th Aviation Battalion (25 August 1966 to 4 April 1967)
Company C and Company D, 229th Aviation Battalion (25 August 1966 to 26 January 1967
371st Radio Research Unit (17 November 1966 to 4 April 1967)
3d Platoon, 545th Military Police Company (25 August 1966 to 14 November 1966)
Detachment, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Cavalry Division (25 August 1966 to 4 April 1967)
2d Platoon, Company A, 14th Engineer Battalion (22 December 1966 to 4 April 1967)
8th Battalion, 26th Artillery (9 February 1967 to 4 April 1967)
Section 1, 3d Platoon, Battery B, 29th Artillery (9 February 1967 to 4 April 1967)
Team 4, 41st Civil Affairs Company (25 August 1966 to 4 April 1967)
Section, Company A, 54th Signal Battalion (25 August 1966 to 4 April 1967)
Counterintelligence/Interrogation of POW Team, 55th Military Intelligence Company (25 August 1966 to 4 April 1967)
2d Platoon, Company B, 87th Engineer Battalion (13 September 1966 to 22 December 1966)
Detachment, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Logistical Command (25 August 1966 to 4 April 1967)
3d Platoon, 272d Military Police Company (14 November 1966 to 4 April 1967)
Battery A, 4th Battalion, 60th Artillery (25 August 1966 to 4 April 1967)
Battery E, 41st Artillery (25 August 1966 to 4 April 1967)
Battery C, 6th Battalion, 32d Artillery (25 August 1966 to 4 April 1967)
Team 8, 245th Psychological Operations Company (25 August 1966 to 4 April 1967)
Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (Provisional) (25 August 1966 to 4 April 1967)
Luong Son Detachment, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces (25 August 1966 to 4 April 1967)