I Field Force, Vietnam
I Field Force, Vietnam, was organized on Aug.1,1965, at Nha Trang as Task Force Alpha; its mission: to control all U.S. Army Forces in the Republic. No-names, Commanding, Commenced operations on Aug. 5, 1965, with the 173rd Airborne Brigade; 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division; 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry; and 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment (reinforced). November 1965, Task Force Alpha officially became Field Force, Vietnam, and in March 1966, when another field force was organized in Military Region 3, the command becam I Field Force, Vietnam.
In the following years, I Field Force directed operations utilizing all or parts of the 4th Infantry Division, 101st Airborne Division, 1st Cavalry Division (Airborne), and numerous seperate combat and combat support battalions and units. In addition to renowned victories at Dak To, Ben Het, Bu Prang-Duc Lap, Cambodia, Dak Seang-Dak Poke, and Plei Djeran, combat elements of the force defeated the North Viet Namese (NVA), and Viet Cong (VC) in thousands of engagement in all 12 provinces of Military Region 2, and initiated one of the first comprehensive, U.S. Army-conducted pacification programs in The Republic of Vietnam (RVN).
Today (summer of 1971), I Field Force, Vietnam, still headquartered in Nha Trang, is the senior American headquarters in Military Region 2, and continues its mission of supervising the advisory effort with the Army Republic of VietNam (ARVN), the many faceted aspects of the CORDS effort, the U.S. military operations, and coordinates the American effort with the South Vietnamese and Republic of Korea Forces in the Region.