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Who is Charlie Troop 1/9 Cavalry?
The 1st Cavalry Divsion (Airmobile) was officially activated on July 1, 1965. It was made up of resources of the 11th Air Assault Division (Test) and elements of the 2nd Infantry Division as a part of this reorganization, the 3/17th Cavalry Regiment was redesignated 1/9th.
The Squadron left with the Division for Vietnam in August, 65, wearing the Black Cavalry Stetsons to war for the first time since the Horse Soldier days.
On September 15, 1965, the 1st/9th Cav began combat operations in the Republic of Vietnam as the division’s air cavalry squadron. The 1/9th Cav participated in such pivotal battles as the Ia Drang Valley, Khe Sahn, Binh Dinh, and QuangTri. During that time period, troops from the 1/9th Cavalry earned fourteen campaign streamers, three Presidential Unit Citations, five Valorous Unit Citations, and the reputation as one of the finest combat units in Vietnam. Two Troopers from the 1/9th Cavalry earned Medals of Honor in Vietnam. On June 28, 1971, the 1/9th Cavalry (less B Troop) returned from Vietnam, the most decorated Unit of that war, and assumed the role of the Divisional Reconnaissance Squadron.
It is estimated that the 1/9th was responsible for fifty percent of all enemy soldiers killed by the 1st Cavalry Division during the war. It was for this reason the battalion earned its current nickname “The Headhunters.”
Is Charlie Troop Still Active?
“C Troop” has been nicknamed “Cobra Troop,” and is part of the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment (1-9th Cav), and is stationed at Fort Hood, Texas with the rest of the First Cavalry Division.
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