1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
OPERATION SAM HOUSTON
OPERATION FRANCIS MARION
February 1 - April 30, 1967
The above illustration
shows some of the massive amounts of supplies readied for
2nd Brigade's operations in early 1967, at Camp Holloway, near Pleiku.
Photo from: "Taking The Offensive October 1966 to October 1967" by George L. MacGarrigle, US Army Center of Military History 1998
At the conclusion of Operation
Paul Revere IV, most of the NVA main force units pulled back into
Cambodia to regroup.
On January 3, 1967, Major General William Peers assumed command of the 4th Infantry Division. He kept his 2nd Brigade,
which included 1/22 Infantry, poised to counter any enemy move into the 4th Division area of operations.
As the NVA began to move
substantial size units into the Plei Trap Valley just inside
South Vietnam near Cambodia,
Peers launched efforts to find and destroy them, resulting in two major operations that began in February and ended
in April of 1967. These operations, the first of which was called Sam Houston, and the second of which was called
Francis Marion, ran back to back, involving 1/22 in its first major engagements with the NVA.
The material covering these
operations, presented on these pages, is taken from the 1st
Battalion 22nd Infantry
Operational Report for the Quarterly Period Ending 30 April 1967, the 4th Infantry Division Combat After Action Report
for Sam Houston, and "Taking The Offensive October 1966 to October 1967" by George L. MacGarrigle,
US Army Center of Military History 1998.
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