''A far more formidable task'': the 101st Airborne Division's pacification of Thua Thien Province, Republic of Vietnam, 1968-1972

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dc.contributor.advisor Dawson , Joseph en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Burk , James en_US
dc.creator Werkheiser , Edwin Brooks , II en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2006 -10 -30T23 :32 :56Z
dc.date.accessioned 2014 -02 -19T19 :26 :53Z
dc.date.available 2006 -10 -30T23 :32 :56Z
dc.date.available 2014 -02 -19T19 :26 :53Z
dc.date.created 2006 -08 en_US
dc.date.issued 2006 -10 -30T23 :32 :56Z
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /4411
dc.description.abstract This thesis seeks to identify , describe , and analyze the tactics used by the 101st Airborne Division in the pacification of the Republic of Vietnam's Thua Thien province from 1968 to 1972 . Despite the larger calamity of the Vietnam War , the 101st developed an effective set of measures against the Vietnamese communist insurgency . These measures depended largely on the ability of the division's lower -level units to attack the Viet Cong political infrastructure , provide security for Thua Thien's population , and build effective South Vietnamese territorial forces in their areas of operation following the communist 1968 Tet offensive . These findings are based on the official reports , orders , and records generated by the division during its service in Vietnam and currently stored in the National Archives in College Park , Maryland and U .S . Army's Military History Institute in Carlisle Barracks , Pennsylvania . Additionally , the Military History Institute's "Company Command in Vietnam" series of interviews conducted from 1982 to 1984 with officers who served in Vietnam provided valuable insight . This thesis looks at counterinsurgency practices at the lowest levels where theory and policy are translated into action . Operations Narrative : 3 September 1970 . "At 0525 hours D Company , 3d Platoon had two frag grenades tossed into its night defensive position . A member of the platoon threw one of the grenades out of the position before it exploded . He jumped on the other grenade and covered it with his body . The grenade did not explode due to the fact that the safety had not been removed ."1 I was inspired to undertake and complete this study by the courageous and fortunate soldier in 3rd Platoon , D Company , 3 -187th Infantry and the thousands of others like him whose exploits I found in the footnotes of the Vietnam War . Their stories were resting uneasily as antiseptic fragments in a hundred reports , giving single -sentence snapshots of their part in a war many more clever people declared lost just as they began their fight in 1968 . Their names are forgotten to time and their efforts largely relegated to obscurity by others who occupied a larger , grenade -free stage at much less personal risk . Still , they are the men we all want alongside us in our night defensive position . Their deeds are much easier to comment on than they were to perform . 1 . Hq . , 3 -187 Infantry , "Combat After Action Report : Operation Texas Star , dated 20 September 1970 ," p . 5 , Box 19 , Command Reports , Assistant Chief of Staff Intelligence /Operations (S -2 /3 ) , 3d Battalion , 187th Infantry , Infantry Units , Record Group 472 , National Archives and Records Administration II , College Park , MD . en_US
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dc.publisher Texas A &M University en_US
dc.subject Vietnam en_US
dc.title ''A far more formidable task'' : the 101st Airborne Division's pacification of Thua Thien Province , Republic of Vietnam , 1968 -1972 en_US
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dc.type.genre Electronic Thesis en_US
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''A far more formidable task'': the 101st Airborne Division's pacification of Thua Thien Province, Republic of Vietnam, 1968-1972. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /4411 .

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