The 1/92nd Field
The 1st Battalion, 92d Artillery
This handout is to be given to
all 1/92d incoming arrivals
|LINEAGE AND HONORS
Pre WWII and WWII
1 October 1933
|92d Field Artillery constitutded in the Regular Army. Battery A, 92d Field Artillery constituted at the same time (Inactivated unit at this time)
|1 January 1942
|Redesignated the 92d Armored Field Artillery Battalion and assigned to the 2d Armored Division. (105mm SP at this time.) Trained with 2d Armored Division for a ear and then departed for Africa. (Activated at Ft. Benning, GA.
|24 December 1942
|Landed at Casablanca, Africa. Stayed until Nov 1943 (Conducted training and supported US and British forces with observers to the North and East.)
|Departed Africa for England. Conducted aggressive training.
|12 June 1944
|Landed at Omaha Beach. (Held in reserve.)
|1 July 1944
|First round fired at enemy at Cahagnelles, France.
|25-30 July 1944
|Unit received Presidential Citation (first month in combat) for contribution in the St. Lo breakthrough. (Very heavy fighting and support rendered, tipped the balance scale.)
|Crossed Belgium in nine days and greatly aided the 2d Division defeat of Germans in France.
|1 September 1944
|Entered German soil for the first time. (Support of Siegfried line)
|11 November 1944
Part of the US push toward Roer River.
|21 December 1944
|Moved with 2d Armor south to intersect German Advance. (Advent of the "Battle of the Bulge")
|23 February 1945
|Crossed Roer River and Supported 113th Cavalry Gp on banks of the Rhine.
|28 March 1945
|Crossed Rhine River with 9th Army (Final push of war). Linked up with 3rd Armor Division followed soon.
|12 April 1945
|Reached Elbe River.
|4 July 1945
|Started occupation duty in Berlin.
Distinguished Unit Streamer embroidered "Normandy"
Service Btry: Meritorious Unit Streamer Embroidered "European Theatre"
Distinguished Unit Citation Streamer embroidered "Normandy"
Belgium Fourragers 1940
A. Cited in Order of the day of the Belgium Army.
B. Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgium Army for action at Ardennes.
|Released from occupation duty in Berlin.
|6 February 1946
|Arrived at Ft. Hood, Texas
|Zero Strength for Battalion. (Transferred to 14th Armored Field Artillery Battalion)
|Ordered to full strength and designated "Organic Medium Artillery Battalion" of the 2nd Armor Division
|Nickname of "Red Devils" chosen. RED referring to Artillery color and DEVILS relates directly to 2nd Armor Division nickname "Hell on Wheels."
|10 Nov 1950
|Received from assignment to the 2nd Armor Division and assigned to Korea. (Was one of the Two Medium Field Artillery Battalion in Korea.)
|12 August 1950
|Departed San Francisco for Korea on US Navy ship "Marine Adder." Battalion under strength and was assigned 300 ROK soldiers. Attached to 7th US Infantry Division.
|20 September 1950
|Landed at Inchon (Inchon Invasion)
|25 September 1950
|First round fired in Korea at the Suwon Airfield. Communist China enters war and drove serious wedge into the US Forces. Battalion played an important role in providing Artillery fire for retreating US Forces.
|5 November 1950
|Battalion took part in the second invasion at Iwon on east coast of Korea North of Hunghan Beach head.
|24 April 1951
|Battalion received attack from estimated company sized Chinese force. Attack repulsed resulting in 4 KIA and 11 WIA. Enemy 175-200 KIA/WIA.
|13 July 1953
|Last big Chinese push. Battalion came under heavy ground attack and were forced to retreat. 36 Hours after operation began it was stopped. 1 Officer KIA, 2 EM KIA, 27 WIA and 8 missing in action. Four Howitzers were lost, two half tracks and two jeeps.
|27 July 1953
|Truce signed and guns silenced.
|United Nations Defensive
United Nations Offensive
Communist Chinese Intervention
First US Counteroffensive
C.C.F. Spring Offensive
U.N. Summer-Fall Offensive
Second Korean Winter
Third Korean Winter
|Republic of Korea Presidential Unit
Citation, Streamer embroidered "Inchon to Hunghan"
|POST KOREAN & VIETNAM
|27 July 1955
|Inactivated in Japan
|31 March 1958
|Redesignated as HQ and HQ Battery, 1st Bn, 92d Arty
|20 June 1958
|53 Armored Field Artillery Battalion redesignated 1st Bn, 92d Arty.
|25 June 1959
|Redesignated as HQ and HQ Btry, 1st Howitzer Bn, 92d Arty and activated in Europe. (Concurrently organic elements constituted and activated.)
|13 February 1967
|Departed USA on U.S.N. Gordon from California.
|11 March 1967
|Convoyed to Pleiku.
|12 March 1967
|Fired first round in Vietnam.
|25 October 1967
|Battle of Dak To. (Supported 4th Infantry Division)
|5 February 1968
|Reorganized and redesignated as 1st Battalion, 92d Artillery
|16 May 68
|Battery A occupies FSB #6.
|21 May 68
|FWD CP, HQ 1/92d Arty established at FSB 1, Dak To. This move resulted in there being four firing positions, four rear areas, and one forward area being maintained by the 1/92d Arty.
|25 May 68
|Btry A(-) and Btry C fired 433 rounds, including 50 Shell M-449 in defense of FSB 15 and 29 located in the Dak To area "ICM" credited with breaking up the attack.
|27 May 68
|Btry B lost one howitzer, one water trailer and took two hits on the fire direction center from 75mm recoiless rifle fire. Btry delivered 15 rounds of counter battery fire during the attack.
|13-14 Nov 68
|Btry B received attack both by ground forces and hostile mortar, rocket and artillery fire. Both were suppressed leaving seven VC dead inside the perimeter, Btry B suffered 23 wounded and 1 killed in action.
|2-4 Mar 69
|Battalion participated in battle of Ben Het when the camp was attacked by an estimated NVA battalion reinforced with Soviet built PT76 amphibious tanks.
|4 May 69 - 8 July 69
|Battalion participated in furnishing and coordinating all Artillery support in the siege of Ben Het. The battalion had 9 men killed in action and 35 wounded during this period. All batteries and fwd CP subjected to heavy artillery and ground attacks during entire period. First significant ARVN Infantry victory.
Secretary of Defense
Secretary of the Army
Chief of Staff
AGENCIES FOR PERSONAL ASSISTANCE
Although you are now in a combat zone, several agencies and services are readily available to provide assistance in personal matters.
THE CHAPLAIN: Protestant and Catholic chaplains assigned to the 52d Arty Group conduct services at base camp and in the field on a regularly scheduled basis. You are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity for religious worship whenever possible. Although a Jewish chaplain is not attached to the 52d Group, one is available at Nha Trang. The chaplains are always available for counseling and advice should you desire to confer with them.
LEGAL ASSISTANCE: Legal advice on matters such as wills and contracts is available at the office of Legal Adviser at Camp Schmidt. Office of the Staff Judge Advocate are located in Nha Trang and at Camp Eneri. SJA provides information in cases primarily involving military law.
THE RED CROSS: Communications with the United States are limited. For fast, priority service, the Red Cross handles all messages of an urgent nature. It is suggested that you advise your family immediately of the procedure for sending messages through Red Cross channels. First, they must contact their local chapter of the American Red Cross. Next, they should furnish the ARC representative with your name, rank, social security number, unit and APO. If it is a matter which requires an emergency leave, The Red Cross chapter will verify that an emergency exist and notify the Field Director in Pleiku. He in turn will contact your Battery for necessary arrangements.
GROUP INSPECTOR GENERAL: The Bn Inspector General is available to all personal at Battalion Headquarters. Bring your problems to the attention of your immediate superiors in the chain of command. If you feel further attention is needed confer with the Group Inspector General, acquainting him with your complaints or suggestions. By directing your questions to the proper authority, you can expect fast action and a prompt answer.
The Battalion provides excellent mail service to all personnel on a daily basis. You can guarantee fast delivery by always using APO Codes on all mail addressed to the United States and by using a complete return address:
Letters, postcards, and taped voice recordings may be mailed without stamps to the United States. Address your mail in the usual manner, but in the corner where you normally affix a postage stamp, write the word "FREE".
All letters, postcards, and tapes are sent free by air to the United States. Delivery time is usually 5-8 days. If you wish to send packages or registered mail it is necessary to visit an APO to purchase stamps and complete the required forms. (See Customs)
Letters addressed to foreign countries may also be mailed free of charge. DO NOT, however, write the word free in the upper right-hand corner of the envelope. The APO will stamp the letter at its facility. If the envelope is clearly marked "Airmail", the APO will immediately process the letter for airmail handling.
|1) ID CARD
2) SHOT CARD
3) CODE OF CONDUCT CARD
4) NINE RULES CARD
|5) THE ENEMY IN YOUR HANDS CARD
6) GENEVA CONVENTION CARD
7) STANDING ORDERS OF ROGERS RANGERS
8) CARE OF THE M-16 RIFLE
|Your First Sergeant can obtain whichever documents you need.
|You will find that the area post exchanges have a stock of all types of merchandise, ranging from bagged candy to electronic components. Most items are available in unlimited quantities; however, the sale of critical items such as cigarettes, beer, soft drinks, jewelry, cameras, electronics, etc., are rigidly controlled through the issue of PX ration cards. There are two important things to remember:
1. Safeguard your PX ration card. If it is lost it is difficult and time consuming to obtain a new one. In the meantime, you are denied the privilege of purchasing rationed items.
2. Never purchase any PX merchandise for resale to other persons, even US military serviceman. Never purchase any rationed items on your card for personnel of other allied forces in Vietnam.
Violation of these rules may result in serious disciplinary action and loss of your PX privileges.
It would be wise to defer purchases of phonographs, stereos, and other bulky electronic equipment until you are near rotation. During your tour, you may be assigned to a field location or reassigned within the battalion. You will then find your PX purchases are either unusable or difficult to carry with you on road marches. 45-60 prior to your DEROS, your hold baggage may be shipped after an inspection by your unit customs inspector. When you have received your reassignment orders, make your purchases and ship them promptly. You will find that this approach is the most convenient solution to your storage and shipping problems.
|Are you reluctant to send home souvenirs or gifts because you are not familiar with the US laws governing such matters? Do you know what items you cannot ship "duty free" with you household goods when you rotate? Do you know the terms of the special combat zone exemptions that apply to gifts you send home? Your battery commander and first sergeant will assist you in answering these questions.
There are four exemptions from customs duty that are available to you while serving in Vietnam. They are the official exemption, the tourist exemption, the gift exemption, and the combat zone exemption. Let's examine each of these exemptions in some detail:
OFFICIAL EXEMPTION: Under this exemption, you may, upon close of assignment in Vietnam, be allowed free entry of your personal and household effects, including automobiles. Important points to remember are that you must be returning under permanent PCS or evacuation orders and articles claimed must have been in your physical possession at your overseas station. This rules, out, for example, your receiving the exemption for an automobile purchased in Germany for US delivery while you are stationed in Vietnam. However, the exemption may be used to cover articles and effects shipped prior to or subsequent to your return. To cover items shipped prior to your return. To cover items shipped prior to your return, the articles must be accompanied by a copy of the government order issued prior to the shipment of goods.
|Adequate medical and dental care is always available at Artillery Hill. Trained medical personnel are assigned to each battery. For more serious problems you will be returned to Artillery Hill for treatment.
Careful records are maintained at the Artillery Hill dispensary to insure up to date immunization and medical treatment; however, it is also your responsibility to assure that your immunizations are maintained and current.
Of course the Surgeon can do just so much. The rest is up to you. Take malaria pills regularly-don't skip a day or forget about them. Use mosquito nets and insect repellent. The large pink pill is taken every Monday and the small white pill is taken daily. Both pills must be taken when in this area of Vietnam.
Venereal disease is a serious problem not to be dealt with lightly. Use your common sense, the easiest way not to catch VD is abstinence. If you are infected, return to Artillery Hill and see the Surgeon.
Never drink untreated water and avoid eating local food. Remember, hot, well-cooked meals and brand name beverages served in sealed containers are your best bet in civilian establishments.
|THE PERSONNEL SECTION
|The personnel office exists to serve you during your tour in Vietnam. If you have any questions regarding your personnel sections actions, refer them to your battery clerk or first sergeant. If they are unable to furnish you with the answers, they will forward the matter to the personnel section for immediate action. All administrative matters must be handled properly. It is therefore important that you direct your affairs through the proper channels to the personnel office where they will be processed completely and expeditiously.
|FOREIGN SERVICE TOUR
|The normal Foreign Service Tour (FST) in Vietnam is 12 months. The date your are eligible to Return to COMUS (DEROS) is computed from the date you departed the states. If your active duty commitment expires prior to completion of one year since departure from COMUS, your DEROS is established as 7 days prior to your ETS and you will be returned to CONUS for separation. Enlisted personnel returning to CONUS with 150 days or less to serve after completing the FST in Vietnam are eligible for separation upon arrival in the states. You may extend your FST for any number of months and days in order to qualify for this early separation.
|EXTENSION OF FOREIGN SERVICE TOUR
|You may voluntarily extend your foreign service tour in Vietnam by submitting a request through your commanding officer. The following benefits are provided for voluntary extensions. First, the early separation mentioned in the preceding paragraph. Further, personnel who extend their foreign service tour for at least three months are eligible for a second R&R. FST extensions must be approved by IFFV HQS 60 days prior to DEROS.
Personnel who extend their FST for at least six months beyond either, normal DEROS (one year), or ETS are eligible for 30 days Special Leave. Special leave is not chargeable to accrued leave and may be taken at any leave site in the free world. Transportation to and from selected leave site is provided at government expense. Personnel must serve six months, exclusive of Special Leave and travel time, beyond normal DEROS or ETS. Special leave must be taken with 90 days prior to normal DEROS or ETS or within 30 days subsequent to normal DEROS or ETS. In addition to Special Leave, personnel extending their FST for 6 months are also eligible for a second out-of-country R&R.
Pay close attention to your financial affairs. You have a great opportunity to save while serving in Vietnam. There are several excellent methods available to you.
|You are entitled to one rest and recuperation leave during your Vietnam tour for a seven-day period, not chargeable to your leave record, the Army will fly you to one of the following R&R centers; Hawaii, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Taipei, Manila, and Sydney. Occasionally an in-country R&R is available for a three day period in Vung Tau. After three months service in Vietnam, you may request an R&R through your First Sergeant. It would be to your advantage to wait longer so that you may enjoy a break in your work near the middle of your tour, when you can really appreciate it.
When planning R&R remember you must have at least $250.00 in your possession before you can board the plane. Plan ahead. Some allotments take over a month to stop and, unfortunately, you cannot withdraw from Savings Deposit for R&R. Consult your finance clerk well in advance to insure that you have the money you need before you leave, R&R allocations are based on time in country. You must have been in country at least 90 days before you are eligible for R&R. Make sure your shot records are up to date and in your POSSESSION when you report for R&R.
|Safety is no small matter; it saves lives. In USARV during the fiscal year 1967, accidents were responsible for the deaths of 300 soldiers. Another 2560 received disabling injuries. Safety saves a lot of time money. Last year USARV lost 66,865 man-days because of accidents, and these accidents cost the US Government more than 65 million dollars in property damage. Most accidents in USARV were caused by carelessness, unsafe practices, and failure to use common sense. Disregarding safety is like gossip; once unleashed, it cannot be recalled. Stay alert all of the time. If specific safety regulations concerning your job and activities are published-follow them. Drive with care and drive defensively. Don't attempt a physical task beyond your capability-get help. Don't blunder into unfamiliar and conceivably unsafe situations.
Despite the best of intentions, accidents will happen. Never insert a magazine in your weapon unless on guard duty or in a vehicle outside your battery area. Never chamber a round unless actively engaging the enemy. Your battery will give you additional instructions on weapons safety.
Privately owned weapons are unauthorized. If you arrived in Vietnam with such a weapon, report it immediately to your commanding officer. He will take the necessary steps to secure it for you during your tour of duty. Do not make any attempt to acquire a personal weapon while in Vietnam.
Never accept a ride in a Vietnamese vehicle or motor scooter. Inexperienced drivers and unsafe equipment can and do cause serious accidents and injury.
The most important thing to remember if an accident should happen, is to telephonically notify your battery. If telephonic communications are not available, radio should be used. Be sure to write down complete and comprehensive details of the accident. Upon return to battery area be sure to report to your first sergeant in case he needs additional details to complete the written report.
Think SAFETY and act SAFETY, and your chances of a SAFE return home will be increased greatly.
|At Artillery Hill the possession and consumption of hard liquor is restricted to grades E5 and above. The enlisted and NCO clubs are, however, open each day and beer and liquor may be purchased and consumed there during the regular hours of operation. The possession and consumption of any alcoholic beverages in billets is a privilege granted only to senior non-commissioned officers (E5 and above) and officers. On remote firebases no hard liquor is allowed, and beer is rationed to two cans per man to be opened at the time of purchase.
|Recreational Facilities located here on Artillery Hill are:
1. Volleyball court
2. Baseball field
3. Movies five (5) nights a week.
4. Swimming pool. Presently pool facilities are available on Artillery Hill compound for use by this battalion personnel.
6. Clubs. There are EM clubs located in the 1/92d Area and the 6/14 Area. NCO's (E-5 and above) have a club located above the airstrip.
7. All firing batteries have a movie projector and movies are shown frequently. In addition all batteries have athletic equipment.
Off limits restrictions are established to protect health, welfare, and safety of US personnel in Vietnam. US Military are prohibited from entering or patronizing OFF LIMITS established for any reason.
All local national private home, bars, hotels, theaters, restaurants, pool halls, and houses of ill-repute located in the City of Pleiku to include the entire La-Trang District in Pleiku province are OFF LIMITS to all US personnel. Alley ways, roads narrower than 2 1/2 ton trucks parked side by side, wash racks, road-side stops, all tire shops between Artillery Hill and Pleiku City. In addition, all firing batteries have OFF LIMITS areas near them. Your battery first sergeant will be able to inform you of all OFF LIMITS areas and establishments.
Commanders are authorized to permit attendance at official functions which hosted by Vietnamese who occupies a responsible recognized position in the Vietnamese Military or in the Civil Provost Marshall Pleiku Sub-area Command.
|Tourist Exemption: Under this exemption you may import duty free up to $100.00 worth of merchandise computed at regular retail prices that you have purchased overseas, provided that articles are intended for your personal use. These items must accompany you if they are claimed under the exception. You may use this exemption. You may use this exemption when returning to the US on leave.
|Gift Execution: This exception applies to only items you send home while overseas. Under the gift exception, any person in the US may receive gifts duty free from persons in Vietnam, provided that the total value of gifts in one day does not exceed $100.00.
Combat Zone Exemption: Under this exemption, you may send home bona fide gifts tax and duty free, up to the value of $50.00. The following important facts about this exemption should be noted:
|It is the mandatory obligation of all personnel to maintain assigned equipment in the highest state of readiness possible. Individual users and supervisors are responsible for preventing abuse of equipment. Clean and supervisors are responsible for preventing abuse of equipment. Clean and serviceable equipment is a reflection of the maintenance standards we have initiated. Equipment must be maintained and it requires attention from everyone.
Maintenance includes the careful treating of all the various types of equipment and even includes our own organizational clothing. If each individual does his level best to perform the preventive maintenance on his equipment and operate it in the best way possible, we will then have less equipment down for repair and maintenance. We have the best equipment in the world and it is necessary for us to maintain it like our own personal gear.
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