Fifty Years Ago
On July 1, 1966, the 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment was activated at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. From Schofield Barracks, the battalion deployed to Vietnam. The 4th Battalion was initially attached to the 11th Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal). The 4th Battalion later moved to the 198th Infantry Brigade operating in the I Corps area, near the northern border of South Vietnam. In its five-year deployment, the 4th Battalion earned 11 battle streamers, along with a Presidential Unit Citation awarded to Recon Platoon, Company E. The 4th Battalion inactivated November 30, 1971, at Fort Lewis, WA.
The 4th Battalion re-activated as part of the Military District of Washington in December 2008, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, VA.