BY SP5 Jeffrey Tarter and SP4 Craig McGowan
CAMP ENARI—Two 4th Division units received the coveted Presidential Unit
Citation from the President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson.
General Creighton W. Abrams, commander of U.S. Forces Vietnam, presented
the award to Alpha Company of the 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry, and Bravo
Company of the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry, during a ceremony at the Ivy
Division’s headquarters here.
Also present at the ceremony was the 4th Division’s commander, Major
General Charles P. Stone.
The two companies were cited for a joint heliborne assault against several
battalions of North Vietnamese Army forces near the Ia Drang Valley on May
For 26 hours, the enemy made repeated efforts to dislodge the American
infantrymen from their hilltop position. The NVA finally withdrew after losing
In the text of the citations, the two companies were praised for
"outstanding performance and exceptional valor in action against a
numerically superior and heavily-armed North Vietnamese Army force.
"Outnumbered and surrounded, Company A fought valiantly, shoulder to
shoulder with Company B, as successive waves of the foe sought to overrun their
"With great professional skill, the officers and men repelled each
enemy onslaught. Gallant acts by all men and inspired leadership were the order
of the day.
"When the rear of battle subsided, the enemy had withdrawn to
reorganize his battered units, leaving 241 of his troops dead and numerous
weapons as mute evidence of. the Intensity of the engagement and the valiant
efforts of the defenders.
"Through their heroic stand, another illustrious page was written in
United States military history," the citations concluded.
Both units are now part of the Ivy Division’s 3rd Brigade, commanded by
Colonel Stan L. McClellan of Ventura, Calif., and are currently operating
against enemy forces along the Cambodian border in the Central highlands.