1st BN, 12th Cavalry in the Battle of Hoa Hoi, Vietnam

1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry in the Battle of Hoa Hoi

The 9th Cavalry's Blue Team had found the NVA's 18th Regiment. Now it was up to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry, to "fix" them and finish them off.
By James T. Root, Jr.

Lieutenant Robert Lewis, Blue Team platoon leader from the A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry (Aerial Reconnaissance, 1/9) of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), was elated with the order. It said, in essence, to get the hell out of there. Lewis and his men, having suffered three dead and three wounded, were happy to comply. Sent into the village of Hoa Hoi to mop up the remnants of a Viet Cong platoon, they had stumbled into two North Vietnamese Army battalions. As the Blues backed out, 12 UH-1 Huey helicopters carrying the lead elements of the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry (1/12), arrived. Hoa Hoi was now their problem.

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