Vietman War - 1st Ca. Div., on patrol Lao Valley (operation "Pershing", 1967). Photo courtesy NARA. Unit's first major operation-Pleiku Campaign. The division conducted 35 days of continuous airmobile operations. The opening battle, Battle of Ia Drang Valley, was described in book "We Were Soldiers Once...And Young", also the basis of the subsequent Mel Gibson film "We Were Soldiers". The unit earned first Presidential Unit Citation (US) presented to a division during the Vietnam War.
War+History+Vietnam+Chinook+Dau Tieng A soldier guides a Chinook delivering materials to Fire Support Base Pershing near Dau Tieng. (Photo: Charlie Haughey) View the A soldier's story: Rare images of Vietnam War photo gallery on Yahoo News. Find more news related pictures in our photo galleries.