Operating deep within the Viet Cong-controlled Mekong River Delta, the 9th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army endured one of the Vietnam War's most challenging assignments. Charged with protecting the area and its population against Communist insurgents and ensuring the success of the South Vietnamese government's pacification program, the 9th Division faced physical hardships, a tenacious enemy, and rugged terrain. The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam: Unparalleled and Unequaled covers the 9th Division's operations in South Vietnam (1967-1969), telling a story of outstanding performance of duty and extraordinary heroism against enemy forces.
Retired Major General Ira A. Hunt Jr., then a colonel and division chief of staff, witnessed firsthand the actions of the 9th Division. Prior to the arrival of the division, the security of the vital Mekong Delta region was poor and getting worse, as insurgents disrupted its political system and commerce. The division focused its efforts on finding and eliminating the enemy and assisted the Government of South Vietnam in its peacemaking efforts.
The 9th Division was indefatigable in completing its mission. Every night, squads of soldiers set ambushes within Viet Cong territory, and during the day helicopters located enemy troops and engaged them in combat. Using superior intelligence-gathering techniques in combination with innovative night and day tactical operations, the 9th Division achieved a peak in combat effectiveness. The division successfully overcame the hazardous delta environment and continued to inflict losses on the elusive Viet Cong.
The success of the division's tactics was measured by quantifiable goals, and it provided a blueprint for combating guerrillas that still influences army tacticians today. This results-oriented and analytical approach to missions set the standard for the modern infantry soldier.
A wealth of illustrative material, including photos, maps, and tables, offers a deeper understanding of the region's hazardous environment and clarifies the circumstances of the division's failures and successes. A personal and detailed description of combat in the Mekong Delta, The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam brings the war to life and honors the division's soldiers with well-deserved appreciation for their hard work and bravery.
"" The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam is exceptionally significant because it addresses the very controversial topic of the large-scale operations of the 9th Division in the Mekong Delta." -- Maj. Gen. (ret) David T. Zabecki, 9th Infantry Division Vietnam veteran and author of The German 1918 Offensives: A Case Study in the Operational Level of War" --