US Army 1st Cavalry Air Assault - Vietnam War Patch -
The history of the 1st Cavalry Division began in 1921 after the Army established a permanent cavalry division Table of Organization & Equipment on 4 April 1921. It authorized a Square Division
organization of 7,463 Officers and Men.
The division next saw combat during the Vietnam War. No longer a conventional infantry unit, the
division had become an air assault division as the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), commonly
referred to as the 1st Air Cavalry Division, using helicopters as troop carriers. The division's
colors and unit designations were transferred to the 11th Air Assault Division (Test), then at Ft. Benning, Georgia, in July 1965, and began deploying to Camp Radcliffe, An Khe, Vietnam that
The division, along with the 101st Airborne Division perfected new tactics and doctrine for
helicopter-borne assaults over the next five years in Vietnam.
This is a 1st Cavalry patch. As used by the US Army during the Vietnam war. Several
versions of this patch were produced.
A black stripe crosses the patch in a diagonal direction. A winged shield is placed
over the stripe. The words "Air Assault" is embroidered in the lower section of the
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points that should be noted.
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