1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
From its activation at Fort Bliss, Texas, on Sept.13, 1921, through World War II and Korea, until today, the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) has recorded a series of unparalleled firsts.
During World War II, the 1st Cav was the first unit into Manila and the first in Tokyo. Then in Korea, the Cav was the first unit to move into Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. On July 1, 1965, at Fort Benning, Ga., this unit became the U.S. Army's first airmobile division.
Arriving in the Republic of Vietnam on Sept.14, 1965, the Cav became the first American division to serve in all four tactical zones. The division won a Presidential Unit Citation by routing heavy North Vietnamese concentrations around the Ia Drang Valley west of Pleiku during its first year of operation. The 1st Cav is the only division to receive a second Replublic of Vietnam Cross with Palm.
During May and June of 1970, Skytroopers again proved the airmobile concept really works as the ment of the 1st Cav dealt an unprecedented loss to the enemy. The 1st Cav and units under the Cav's operational control moved into the Cambodian enemy storage sanctuaries and captured large quantities of Communist supplies and accounted for more than 2,500 enemy dead.