Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Order of Battle - Civilian Irregular Defense Groups (CIDG).


ORDER of BATTLE
Submitted by Richard A. Rinaldi 1999


Civilian Irregular Defense Groups (CIDG)

The CIDG was raised, led and paid by the U.S. Special Forces, with only a nominal pretense of subordination to the Vietnamese Special Forces or Government. At least in the central highlands, CIDG personnel were often montagnards or other non-Vietnamese ethnic groups. CIDG were formed into companies, grouped into a sort of nominal battalion at camps under the control of a Special Forces A-Detachment (12-15 men depending on role).

In 1970, all of the remaining camps were either converted to border ranger battalions under South Vietnamese control or shut down. This list of camps and their existence may be incomplete. It does not include camps with command detachments (C or B) or those which held MIKE [Mobile Strike Force] elements. In a few cases, the camp may have had an A-Detachment but existed for some special purpose other than CIDG units. Those marked "converted" were converted to border ranger battalions, a list of which follows.

CIDG Camps

Details given show Camp Name, (Date Established) and eventual fate.

I Corps Tactical Zone

  • Khe Sanh (1962) closed ca Apr 1968
  • Gia Vuc (Feb 1962) turned over to VNSF 31 Jan 1969
  • A Shau (1963) overrun 10 Mar 1966
  • Kham Duc (Sep 1963) closed 12 May 1968 (under attack)
  • Ba To (Mar 1965) converted 30 Sep 1970
  • Tra Bong (Mar 1965) converted 31 Aug 1970
  • Ha Thanh (Apr 1965) converted 31 Aug 1970
  • Tien Phuoc (Nov 1965) converted 31 Oct 1970
  • Minh Long (Mar 1966) converted 30 Sep 1970
  • Thuong Duc (Mar 1966) converted 14 Nov 1970
  • Lang Vei (Dec 1966) overrun 7 Feb 1968
  • Mai Loc (Jun 1968) closed 27 Aug 1970
  • Nong Son (Jun 1968) converted 31 Oct 1970

II Corps Tactical Zone

  • Plei Mrong (Feb 1962) turned over to VNSF 1 May 1967; converted 31 Oct 1970
  • Plei Do Lim (Apr 1962) turned over to RF/PF 2 Aug 1968
  • Duc Co (Jun 1962) converted 30 Sep 1970
  • Dak Pek (Oct 1962) converted 30 Nov 1970
  • Dong Tre (Jun 1963) turned over to RF/PF 30 Jun 1969
  • Plei Mei (Oct 1963) converted 31 Oct 1970
  • Mang Buk (Jul 1964) turned over to RF/PF 31 Mar 1970
  • Plateau Gi (Jan 1965) turned over to VNSF 15 Jan 1969; to RF/PF 31 May 1970
  • Polei Kleng (Mar 1966) converted 31 Aug 1970
  • Phu Tuc (Apr 1965) turned over to RF/PF 2 Aug 1968
  • An Lac (May 1965) turned over to RF/PF 31 Mar 1970
  • Lac Thien (May 1965) turned over to RF/PF 30 Sep 1967
  • Van Canh (Aug 1965) turned over to RF/PF 10 Jan 1968
  • Dak To (Aug 1965) turned over to RF/PF 15 May 1968
  • Mai Linh (Sep 1965) unverified; still around in Oct 1967
  • Vinh Thanh (Nov 1965) turned over to VNSF 25 Dec 1967; to RF/PF 30 Jun 1969
  • Cung Son (Jan 1966) turned over to RF/PF 31 Mar 1969
  • Luong Son (Jan 1966) turned over to RF/PF 3 Aug 1968
  • Tan Rai (Jan 1966) turned over to RF/PF 31 Mar 1969
  • Nhon Co (Mar 1966) turned over to RF/PF 31 Mar 1970
  • Buon Blech (Jul 1966) turned over to RF/PF 30 Jun 1969
  • Dak Seang (Aug 1966) converted 30 Nov 1970
  • Duc Lap (Nov 1966) converted 31 Dec 1970
  • Plei Djereng (Dec 1966) converted 31 Oct 1970
  • Ha Tay (Jun 1967) turned over to RF/PF 31 Mar 1969
  • Trang Phuc (Sep 1967) converted 30 Sep 1970
  • Bu Prang (Oct 1967) converted 30 Nov 1970
  • Tieu Atar (Dec 1967) converted 30 Sep 1970
  • Ben Hat (May 1968) converted 31 Dec 1970

III Corps Tactical Zone

  • Trang Sup (Feb 1963) converted 30 Nov 1970
  • Bu Dop (Nov 1963) converted 31 Dec 1970
  • Minh Thanh (Dec 1963) turned over to RF/PF 30 Apr 1970
  • Nui Ba Den (Aug 1964) closed 31 Oct 1970
  • Ben Soi (Mar 1965) turned over to VNSF; converted 31 Aug 1970
  • Tanh Linh (Apr 1965) turned over to RF/PF 31 Oct 1967
  • Dong Xoai (May 1965) turned over to RF/PF 31 Jan 1970
  • Ho Ngoc Tao (Oct 1965) closed before Oct 1966?
  • Cao Bian (Oct 1965) closed before Oct 1966?
  • Suoi Da (Oct 1965) closed before Oct 1966?
  • Hiep Hoa (Apr 1966) relocated to Duc Hue Nov 1967
  • Trai Bi (Jun 1966) closed 18 Dec 1967
  • Xom Cat (Oct 1966) closed before 1967?
  • Bao Don (Oct 1966) closed before 1967?
  • Go Dau Ha (Oct 1966) closed before 1967?
  • Loc Ninh (Dec 1966) converted 30 Sep 1970
  • Tra Cu (Jan 1967) converted 31 Aug 1970
  • Chi Linh (Jan 1967) closed 15 Dec 1969
  • Duc Phong (Apr 1967) turned over to RF/PF 31 May 1970
  • Bu Nard (Apr 1967) converted 30 Apr 1970
  • Prek Klok (Mar 1967) closed 11 Dec 1967
  • Tong Le Chon (May 1967) converted 30 Nov 1970
  • Luong Hoa (May 1967) closed Oct 1967
  • Duc Hue (Nov 1967) converted 31 Oct 1970
  • Katum (Feb 1968) converted 31 Oct 1970
  • Thien Ngon (Feb 1968) converted 30 Sep 1970

IV Corps Tactical Zone

  • Binh Hung (Jan 1965) closed 31 May 1970
  • Dan Chu by (Oct 1965) closed before Oct 1966?
  • Binh Thanh Thon (May 1965) converted 2 Nov 1970
  • Moc Hoa (Mar 1963) closed Mar 1968
  • Tuyen Nhon (Apr 1965) converted 2 Oct 1970
  • Ha Tien (Apr 1965) turned over to RF/PF 24 Oct 1967
  • Vinh Gia (Aug 1964) turned over to VNSF 30 Jun 1967
  • Tinh Bien (Apr 1964) turned over to RF/PF 30 Oct 1970
  • An Phu by (Oct 1965) turned over to RF/PF 6 Aug 1966 [pilot conversion]
  • An Long by (Oct 1965) closed before Oct 1966?
  • Xom Duong Dong (Oct 1965) closed before Oct 1966?
  • Tri Ton by (Oct 1965) closed before Oct 1966?
  • Tan Chau by (Oct 1965) closed before Oct 1966?
  • Ap Bac by (Oct 1965) closed before Oct 1966?
  • Cai Cai (Apr 1965) converted 2 Oct 1970
  • Kinh Quan II ( Oct 1965) turned over to VNSF 15 Nov 1968; to RF/PF 31 Jan 1970
  • Thuong Thoi ( May 1966) moved to Chi Lang Sep 1970 when flooded
  • Phu Quoc Island ( Feb 1965) turned over to RF/PF Mar 1968
  • Ba Xoi ( May 1966) converted 30 Nov 1970
  • My Phoc Tay ( Feb 1967) turned over to RF/PF 30 Mar 1970
  • Thanh Tri ( Mar 1968) converted 5 Sep 1970
  • My Dien II ( Jan 968) turned over to RF/PF 30 Mar 1970
  • Chi Lang ( Sep 1970) converted 30 Nov 1970
  • My An/My Da ( Mar 1967) turned over to RF/PF 31 Jan 1970
  • To Chau ( Feb 1968) converted 5 Sep 1970

 

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