My Lai pp 44-55 | Cite as

Experience in War

December 1967 to March 14, 1968
  • James S. Olson
  • Randy Roberts
Part of the The Bedford Series in History and Culture book series (BSHC)


The 23rd Infantry Division, also known as the Americal Division, had been deactivated in April 1956 after several years of service in the Panama Canal Zone. General William Westmoreland reassembled and reactivated the unit on September 25, 1967. He assigned Americal troops to I Corps in Vietnam, where the unit was to work cooperatively with the 1st Marine Division. Charlie Company, part of Americal’s 11th Infantry Brigade, was deployed to Quang Ngai province in I Corps in December 1967. For the next three months, the troops participated in search and destroy missions, trying to locate the notorious Vietcong 48th Local Force Battalion, which operated regularly in the region.


Total Domination American Soldier Combat Experience Americal Troop Peasant Revolt 
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© Bedford Books 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • James S. Olson
    • 1
  • Randy Roberts
    • 2
  1. 1.Sam Houston State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Purdue UniversityUSA

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