11th Aviation Battalion

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11th Aviation Battalion
11th Avn Regt CoA.jpg
11th Aviation Battalion Coat of Arms
Active August 21, 1965 (1965-08-21) – September 16, 1987 (1987-09-16)
Country  United States of America
Branch  United States Army
Type Army Aviation
Size Battalion
Part of 1st Cavalry Division
Nickname(s) Red Dogs
Motto(s) EXEMPLA PROPONERE (To Set Forth Examples)[1]
Engagements

Vietnam War

Decorations Valorous Unit Award,
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army),
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (6),
Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Unit Citation (2)
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Joseph B. Starker, Leo E. Soucek
Insignia
Distinctive Unit Insignia 11th Avn Regt DUI.jpg
Aircraft flown
Utility helicopter Bell UH-1 Iroquois

The 11th Aviation Battalion was a United States Army aviation unit that fought in the Vietnam War. The unit served as a test for helicopter support of ground infantry units.[3]

History[edit]

The unit was constituted on 21 August 1965 and activated on 23 August 1965 at Fort Benning, Ga. The Battalion was inactivated on September 16, 1987. The 11th Aviation Battalion stationed at Fliegerhorst Kaserne in Erlensee, Germany, was the air wing of V Corps.[4] The 1st Battalion, 11th Aviation Regiment, at Fort Rucker, now carries the 11th Aviation Battalion's lineage.[5]

Organizational structure in the Vietnam War[edit]

The organizational structure of the 11th Aviation Battalion reflected the following units in 1967.[6]

  • HQ and HQ Detachment, 11th Combat Aviation Battalion at Phu Loi Base Camp
  • 128th Assault Helicopter Company at Phu Loi
  • 162nd Assault Helicopter Company at Phước Vĩnh Base Camp
  • 173rd Assault Helicopter Company at Lai Khê Base
  • 178th Assault Support Helicopter Company at Chu Lai Base Area
  • 184th Reconnaissance Airplane Company at Phu Loi
  • 205th Assault Support Helicopter Company at Phu Loi
  • 213th Assault Support Helicopter Company at Phu Loi

Commanders[edit]

In Vietnam[edit]

  • LTC John W. Lauterbach, in command on 1 January 1966.[7]
  • LTC Joseph B. Starker; assumed command on 20 May 1966.[8]
  • LTC Leo E. Soucek; assumed command on 7 May 1967,[6] later retiring as a Brigadier General.[9]
  • LTC William A. Hobbs; assumed command on 10 November 67.[10]
  • LTC William F. Bauman; assumed command on 22 April 1968.[11]
  • LTC Robert W. Flint, in command on 31 January 1970.[12]

In Germany[edit]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Campaign credit[edit]

Conflict Streamer Year(s)
Vietnam War
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Defense 1965
Counteroffensive 1965–1966
Counteroffensive, Phase II 1966–1967
Counteroffensive, Phase III 1967–1968
Tet Counteroffensive 1968
Counteroffensive, Phase IV 1968
Counteroffensive, Phase V 1968
Counteroffensive, Phase VI 1968–1969
Tet 69/Counteroffensive 1969
Summer-Fall 1969 1969
Winter-Spring 1970 1969–1970
Sanctuary Counteroffensive
Counteroffensive, Phase VII
Consolidation I
Consolidation II

Unit decorations[edit]

Ribbon Award Year Notes
Valorous Unit Award ribbon.svg Valorous Unit Award (Army)[2] 4 – 20 Nov 66 DAU TIENG-SUOI DA
Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army)[14] 1 Jan – 31 Dec 67 VIETNAM 1967
Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.png Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, with Palm[15] Dec 65 – Jun 66 For service in Vietnam
Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.png Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, with Palm[16] 1 Mar 66 – 26 Mar 67 For service in Vietnam
Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.png Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, with Palm[17] 22 Feb 67 – 17 May 68 For service in Vietnam
Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.png Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, with Palm[18] 1 Jan 69 – 30 Sep 70 For service in Vietnam
Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.png Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, with Palm[19] 1 Oct 70 – 31 Aug 72 For service in Vietnam
Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.png Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, with Palm[20] 26 Sep – 10 Oct 71 For service in Vietnam
Civil Action Unit Citation.png Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Unit Citation[21] 1 May 69 – 15 May 70 For service in Vietnam
Civil Action Unit Citation.png Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Unit Citation[22] 1 Jan – 31 Dec 71 For service in Vietnam

References[edit]

  1. ^ US Army, The Institute of Heraldry (17 November 1987). Heraldry of the 11th Aviation Regiment. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b US Army (23 April 1968). General Orders No. 17, page 3. Amended by General Orders No. 9, Section IX, dated 3 April 1979. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  3. ^ Lieutenant General Tolson, John J. Vietnam Studies - AIRMOBILITY - 1961-1971. Pickle Partners Publishing.  Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  4. ^ US Army in Germany. 11th Aviation Battalion. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  5. ^ US Army. 1st Battalion, 11th Aviation Regiment, Fort Rucker, Alabama. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  6. ^ a b US Army, 11th Combat Aviation Battalion (1 August 1967). Operational Report - Lessons Learned (RCS-CSFOR-67) for Quarterly Period Ending 31 July 1967. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  7. ^ US Army, 11th Combat Aviation Battalion (Operational Report on Lessons Learned for the period ending 30 April 1966, page 5. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  8. ^ US Army, 11th Combat Aviation Battalion (1 February 1968). Operational Report on Lessons Learned for the period ending 31 July 1966, page 8. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  9. ^ Barnes, Bart (3 May 2013), "Leo E. Soucek, Army brigadier general", Washington Post . Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  10. ^ US Army, 11th Combat Aviation Battalion (1 February 1968). Operational Report for Quarterly Period Ending 31 January 1968, page 3. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  11. ^ US Army, 11th Combat Aviation Battalion (12 May 1968). Operational Report for Quarterly Period Ending 30 April 1968, page 7. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  12. ^ US Army, 11th Combat Aviation Battalion (13 February 1970). Operational Report on Lessons Learned for the period ending 31 January 1970, page 21. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  13. ^ ETSU Army ROTC. Tommy Stiner. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  14. ^ US Army (13 September 1968). General Orders No. 48, page 12. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  15. ^ US Army (3 September 1968). General Orders No. 46, page 3. Amended by General Orders No. 9, Section XI, dated 3 April 1979. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  16. ^ US Army (24 May 1968). General Orders No. 22. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  17. ^ US Army (8 April 1969). General Orders No. 21, page 7. Amended by General Orders No. 18, Section X, dated 17 September 1979. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  18. ^ US Army (25 February 1974). General Orders No. 6, page 2. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  19. ^ US Army (25 February 1974). General Orders No. 6, page 5. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  20. ^ US Army (26 December 1974). General Orders No. 54, page 2. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  21. ^ US Army (20 December 1971). General Orders No. 55, page 5. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  22. ^ US Army (24 September 1973). General Orders No. 32, page 13. Retrieved 8 May 2017.

Sources[edit]

  • Department of the Army (29 January 1988). Pamphlet 672–3, page 17. Accessed 8 May 2017.