Initially intended for the Dominican Republic,
the 196th was sent to Vietnam in Aug 1966. Originally
serving in III CTZ, it went north in Apr 1967 to become
part of Task Force Oregon, and then was assigned 23rd
Infantry (Americal) Division at the end of that year.
When that division left Vietnam in Nov 1971, the 196th
again became a separate brigade until its own departure
in Jun 1972.
Hq and Hq Co, 196th Inf Bde
2nd Bn/1st Inf
3rd Bn/21st Inf
4th Bn/31st Inf
1st Bn/46th Inf
Trp F/17th Cav
3rd Bn/82nd Arty (105mm How)
8th Support Bn
175th Engr Co (absorbed into 26th Engr Bn)
4 November 1965 - February 1969.
Blue is associated with infantry. Yellow and red allude
to cavalry and artillery. The double-headed match, used
during the days of the matchlock musket, was lit at both
ends to ensure readiness.
World War II
(Counteroffensive Phases II/III/IV/V/VI/VII,
Tet and Tet/69 Counteroffensives, Summer-Fall 1969,
Winter-Spring 1970, Sanctuary Counteroffensive,
Consolidation I and II, Cease-Fire).
Valorous Unit Award
(streamer embroidered Quang Tin Province),
Republic of Vietnam Crosses of Gallantry with Palm
(streamers embroidered Vietnam 1969;
Vietnam 1969 - 1970;
Vietnam April - June 1971; and
Vietnam June - October 1971).