First Armored, First Cavalry, First Regiment of Dragoons - Hill 29, 1968

This unit received two Valorous Unit Awards and three Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry.

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m-16This is the story of one soldier's experiences during the Vietnam War from January through October of 1968. Here you will find a journal, photographs and information that chronicle the battles and efforts of the 1st. Squadron, 1st. Cavalry, 1st. Regiment of Dragoons garrisoned at Hill 29 (Hawk Hill).

The journal begins at the Bien Hoa Air Base just prior to the start of the Tet offensive. After extensive in-processing at Long Binh this soldier is transported to the Americal Reception Center in Chu Lai where he is assigned to his new unit. After a week of training, he finally makes his way to Hill 29 to begin serving his tour of duty with the Black Hawk Dragoons on Hawk Hill.

Village Elder

LZ Hawk Hill (AKA Hill 29)

Map of Hill 29

Hill 29 was located north of Tam Ky and south of LZ Baldy; West of Highway One. Eight miles south of Thang Binh and seven miles north or Tam Ky just east of the railroad. BT231315? or BT230315 (Div Arty ORLL BT22431)

In the field

On a rescue mission; somewhere west of Tam Ky.

“Search and Destroy” by Keith Nolan

History buffs may enjoy reading a recently published book by Keith Nolan called “Search and Destroy.” His book encapsulates the 1st. Squadron's initial deployment to Vietnam from 1967 to 1968.

*Click here for more information about Keith Nolan's book.


Authorized Patches for the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry

The 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry is often confused with the 1st Cavalry Division which was located in the Central Highlands with headquarters in Plieku.


*The highest loss-rate for any MOS was 11E (Armor Crewman) 27% KIA

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