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101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles) Large Jacket Patch (8.5" x 11.5") - The 101st Airborne Division is a modular light infantry division trained in Air Assault Operations. In mid-1965, the 1st Brigade and support troops were deployed to the Republic of South Viet Nam and became an element of "Task Force Oregon", later was re-designated as an element of Airborne. The 2nd and 3rd Brigade followed in late 1967. The 101st was deployed in the northern I Corps region operating against the NVA infiltration routes through Laos and the A Shau Valley for most of the war. In almost seven years of combat in Vietnam, elements of the 101st participated in 15 campaigns. Notable among these were the Battle of Hamburger Hill in 1969 and Fire Base Ripcord n 1970. On 12 March 1970, the 3rd Brigade of 101st began rebuilding abandoned Fire Support Base Ripcord which relied, as with most remote bases at the time, on a helicopter lifeline to get supplies in and the personnel out. The fire base was to be used for a planned offensive by the 101st to destroy NVA supply bases in the mountains overlooking the A Shau Valley. Located on the eastern edge of the valley, and taking place at the same time as the Cambodian Incursion considered a covert operation. As the 101st Airborne planned the attack on the NVA supply bases, the North Vietnamese Army was secretly observing their activities. From 12 March until 30 June, the NVA was sporadically attacking the fire base. After weeks of reconnaissance by the NVA, on the morning of 1 July 1970 the North Vietnamese Army launched a surprise mortar attack on the fire base. The resulting 23 Savday battle between the 101st Airborne and the North Vietnamese Army was the last major confrontation between United States ground forces and the NVA. In 1971 elements of the division aviation units supported the ARVN Operation Lam Son 719, the invasion of southern Laos.

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