SAIGONóThe 3rd brigades of the 4th Infantry Division and the 25th
Infantry Division have officially switched shoulder patches and unit
designations in accordance to a recent order issued by U.S. Army Pacific as
announced by U.S. Army Vietnam.
The formal transfer of colors took place last Friday at Duc Pho as the
3rd Brigade, 25th Division ceremoniously became a brigade of the Ivy
Division. At almost the same time the 4th Divisionís 3rd Brigade put on
the "Tropic Lightning" patch of the 25th.
The dislocation of the two brigades from their parent divisions came
about as a result of the phased deployment of Army forces to Vietnam and was
influenced by the tactical situation at the time.
When the 25th Division was sent to Vietnam, its 3rd Brigade was
assigned an area of responsibility around Pleiku ó some 200 miles north of
the division headquarters and the other two brigades.
Separated During Deployment
The Ivy Division deployed to Vietnam a few months later. Its tactical
area of responsibility was also in the Pleiku area.
With the 25thís 3rd Brigade already there, the Ivy Divisionís 3rd
Brigade was detached at sea and put under the operational control of the
25th Division, to bring the division back to three brigade strength.
Both brigades have fought in areas mainly separated from their
original parent divisions most of the time. According to USARV the move is
expected to establish geographical as well as unit integrity.
Transferred In Place
Maneuver battalions and brigade artillery battalions were transferred
In place from one division to the other while retaining their battalion and
The Ivy Divisionís new 3rd Brigade, the "Bronco" brigade,
will continue operations with Task Force Oregon in the vicinity of Duc Pho.
The change brings the following units to the 4th Division: 1st
Battalion, 14th Infantry; 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry; 2nd Battalion, 35th
Infantry; 2nd Battalion, 9th Artillery; 1st Battalion, 69th Armor.
The Ivy Division lost the following units in the switch: 2nd
Battalion, 22nd Infantry; 3rd Battalion, 12th infantry; 2nd Battalion, 22nd
Infantry; 2nd Battalion, 77th Artillery.
Colonel George E Wear is the commander of the Ivy Divisionís new
The change, which has been anticipated since late last fall,
alleviates certain administrative problems which existed when the units were
geographically dislocated from their parent divisions.
ED - C Troop 3/4 Cav just ceased to exist in
Quang Ngai. They were absorbed into the 4th Div's 1/10th Cav. While we in
the 35th retained or Battalion designations, C Troop lost theirs.