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1st Air Cavalry Division, 9th Infantry Division, 101st Airborne Division, and 173rd Airborne Brigade
Share the Pain; Share the Glory
Elite and Conventional Spearhead Assault Units; Second Indochina War
© 2001
260 pages; 12 chapters and 5 appendixes
Share the Pain; Share the Glory deals with the fact that every modern western nation
commonly fields two armies; a mass of regular conscripts and a small number of
conventional spearhead units. Such conventional units are frequently separate from a
nation’s
elite special forces. However, military historians frequently overlook the
importance of conventional spearhead units. Share the Pain; Share the Glory will
teach the reader
how conventional spearhead units were used by the US Army in
Vietnam
. Share the Pain; Share the Glory uniquely describes the US Army’s
conventional spearhead units
during the Vietnam era (the 1st Air Cavalry Division, 9th
Infantry Division, 101st Airborne Division, and 173rd Airborne Brigade). This book also
provides a complete description of
every elite force committed by the US Army in
Vietnam
, as well as elite forces of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA). The importance and
use of light machine guns and snipers as combat multipliers in close combat by the
US
Army’s conventional spearhead units
is also emphasized in Share the Pain; Share
the Glory
. Elite US Army conventional spearhead units described in Share the Pain;
Share the Glory
include the US Army’s: 1st Air Cavalry Division, 9th Infantry Division,
101st Airborne Division, and 173rd Airborne Brigade, and
US Army Special Forces
Intervention Units.
Review Table of Contents
“In January 1966, the 173rd Airborne Brigade launched Operation Crimp against the tunnel complexes of the North
Vietnamese Army's (NVA) Ho Bo Woods Secret Zone
located near Saigon in III Corps. The Ho Bo Woods was a heavily
defended communist sanctuary four kilometers west of the Iron Triangle.  Two brigades of the US
1st Infantry Division
and the entire 173rd Airborne Brigade
participated in OPERATION CRIMP. However, the communists were again
forewarned: "...the (US) Radio Research Unit detected and monitored a radio transmission to the (North Vietnamese
Army NVA) Saigon-Cholon-Gia Dinh Special Sector Headquarters as the first helicopters were leaving on the morning of 8
January warning the Viet Cong that the Paratroopers and Diggers were inbound." The message was transmitted by a
South Vietnamese Army headquarters.
In the
Ho Bo Woods, the sky soldiers proved themselves amazingly adept at uncovering secret communist personnel,
documents and installations. Huge amounts of
secret North Vietnamese Army documents and crated weapons were
removed from the warren of enemy tunnels that ran throughout the
Ho Bo Woods. Among the many important enemy
documents seized were the
files of NVA Military Region Four Headquarters. Those files documented the identity and
background of every communist cadre and party member in the region. Also seized were target folders for every allied
military installation and high command headquarters in the Saigon area.  Records of every armed
North Vietnamese
Army unit
in the area were additionally seized, as well as data applicable to understanding enemy methods and
organization throughout Vietnam. According to one US intelligence operative assigned to the 173rd: "In our short stay in
the Ho Bo Woods we'd processed over a million and a half documents. The records contained the personnel records of
every Vietcong in the region...There were bundles of maps...The records captured...documented the identity and
background of every cadre member in the region...included (were) detailed target folders...of certain senior Americans
whose homes had been located and surveyed for action by sappers...From an operational-intelligence and intelligence-
analysis standpoint, the captured documents were a real treasure..."
The US Army’s spearhead units, the
1st Air Cavalry Division, 9th Infantry Division, 101st Airborne Division, and
173rd Airborne Brigade
, could have won the Vietnam War.”
Excerpt from Share the Pain; Share the Glory
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