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Army Aviation in Vietnam

 
 
Army Aviation in Vietnam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. Army Aviation in Vietnam Marker
Inscription. The helicopter evolved during World War II and while its military application was clear, the technology took time to advance to meet its expectations. By the end of WWII designs were being fielded and during the Korean War helicopters were evacuating wounded from the battle fronts as well as performing reconnaissance and support roles.

Helicopters were a major component of US Army operations by the 1960s. During that period the Army developed a new mobility concept using the helicopter to deliver troops in force to a battle, supply them in the field, evacuate the wounded and dead, and extract the troops at the conclusion of the fight. Troops could be flown over ambushes and enemy positions to land at the most strategic point for attack.

This theory was developed further at Fort Benning, GA by establishing a new organization of infantry and aviation units. Designated the 1st Cavalry Division (Air Mobile) they deployed to Vietnam in September 1965. In the past the Cavalry had ridden to battle on horses and in ground vehicles. Now they would arrive in helicopters. The concept was tested during the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley in November 1965. The new American tactic caught the enemy by surprise. The hard fought engagement cost many lives on both sides but it did appear to validate the concept of air mobility, setting the

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By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
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course for the helicopter to become a symbol of the war in Vietnam.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.283′ N, 77° 9.456′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Final Act – LZ Albany (within shouting distance of this marker); Guard Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); COL. Joseph D. Newsome (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ia Drang Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of the Ia Drang Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); Bill Beck and Russell Adams (within shouting distance of this marker); Duty (within shouting distance of this marker); Stations Upon the Road (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, Vietnam
 
Insert - CH-47 carrying cargo image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - CH-47 carrying cargo
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By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
4. Insert - landing at a firebase
Insert - an LZ image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
5. Insert - an LZ
Bell UH-1 Iroquis ("Huey") on display near marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
6. Bell UH-1 Iroquis ("Huey") on display near marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 17, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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