1st Cavalry Division Order of Battle 1965-1972

Page Title - 1st Air Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
Order of Battle


Cavalry Battalions (Airmobile Infantry)

  • 5th Cavalry
    • 1st Battalion
    • 2nd Battalion
  • 7th Cavalry
    • 1st Battalion
    • 2nd Battalion
    • 5th Battalion
  • 8th Cavalry
    • 1st Battalion
    • 2nd Battalion
  • 12th Cavalry
    • 1st Battalion
    • 2nd Battalion

Division Aviation

  • 11th Aviation Group
  • 227th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter)
  • 228th Aviation Battalion (Assault Support Helicopter)
  • 229th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter)
  • 11th Aviation Company (General Support)
  • 17th Aviation Company (Fixed Wing Transport)
  • 478th Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter)

Division Artillery

  • 2nd Battalion, 17th Artillery (105mm)
  • 2nd Battalion, 19th Artillery (105mm)
  • 2nd Battalion, 20th Artillery (Aerial Rocket)
  • 1st Battalion, 21st Artillery (105mm)
  • 1st Battalion, 30th Artillery (155mm)
  • 1st Battalion, 77th Artillery (105mm)
  • Battery E, 82nd Artillery (Aviation)

Division Reconnaissance

  • 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry (Air)
  • 11th Pathfinder Company (Provisional)
  • Company E, 52nd Infantry (Long Range Recon)
  • Company H, 75th Infantry (Ranger)

Division Support

  • 1st Personnel Service Battalion
  • 8th Engineer Battalion
  • 13th Signal Battalion
  • 15th Medical Battalion
  • 15th Supply & Service Battalion
  • 15th Transportation Battalion (Aircraft Maintenance)
  • 27th Maintenance Battalion
  • 15th Administrative Company
  • 371st Army Security Agency Company
  • 545th Military Police Company

Other Units on Temporary Assignment

  • 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry (Mechanized)
  • 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry (Mechanized)
  • 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry
  • 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry
  • 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry

Other Aviation Assets - assets of these aviation companies were utilised to build the 11 aviation companies of the 227th, 228th and 229th Aviation Battalions of the division, since at the date of deployment only Company A, 227th Aviation Battalion had complete equipment and personnel required. These were never officially part of the division's aviation force.

  • 110th Aviation Company (Aerial Weapons)
  • 131st Aviation Company (Aerial Weapons)
  • 132nd Aviation Company (Assault Support Helicopter)
  • 133rd Aviation Company (Assault Support Helicopter)
  • 194th Aviation Company (Assault Helicopter)
  • 202nd Aviation Company (Assault Helicopter)
  • Company A, 4th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter)
  • Company A, 5th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter)
  • Aviation Company, 6th Special Forces Group (Assault Helicopter)
  • Aviation Company, 7th Special Forces Group (Assault Helicopter)

HQ & HQ COMPANY's TIME IN COUNTRY

DATES

AUTHORISED STRENGTH


ELEMENT
FROM TO 1966 1968 1970 1972

Division HQ & HQ Cpy.
11-9-65 29-4-71 167 195 195
1st Brigade HQ & HQ Cpy. 12-9-65 29-4-71 223 223 223
2nd Brigade HQ & HQ Cpy. 12-9-65 26-3-71 223 223 223
3rd Brigade HQ & HQ Cpy. 12-9-65 26-6-72 223 223 223 346
Division Arty. HQ & HQ Cpy. 12-9-65 29-4-71 162 162 162
Support Command HQ & HQ Cpy. 12-9-65 29-4-71 163 163 163

 


DIVISIONAL HQ LOCATIONS

LOCATION FROM (MM/YY) TO (MM/YY)

An Khe
9-65 6-67
An Khe / Bong Son 7-67 1-68
An Khe / Hue 2-68
An Khe / Phong Diem 3-68 4-68
An Khe / Quang Tri 5-68
An Khe / Phong Diem 6-68 10-68
An Khe / Phuoc Vinh 11-68 4-69
An Khe / Phuoc Vinh (*) 5-69 4-71

* 3rd Brigade only


NOTE: 

For a full commentary on the role and organisation of an Air Cavalry Troop see D Troop 3/5th Air Cavalry (this unit was not actually assigned to the 1st Air cavalry Division)

For a huge collection of US Helicopter Unit links see The Helicopter War

 Famous Horsehead patch of the 1st Air Cavalry Division

SOURCES:

Vietnam Order of Battle, Shelby Stanton, US News Books, ISBN 0-89193-700-5


 

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