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199th Light Infantry Brigade



The Beginning
The Brigade is Born

Formally activated June 1st, 1966 the Brigade began small unit training June 27th at Fort Benning, Georgia to be followed by eight weeks of field training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Fulfilling the concept of a modern Light Infantry Brigade ("Light Swift & Accurate" is the 199th's motto) and its role in counterinsurgency warfare the Brigade was designed as a hitchhiker unit with heavy equipment kept to a minimum.

Following intensive preparations, a 280-man advance party left in early November 1966. After final review the majority of Redcatchers were flown to Oakland, California where they boarded the USS Sultan and the USS Pope for the more than two weeks trip across the Pacific Ocean. The USS Sultan docked at Vung Tau and two days later the USS Pope docked and everyone moved to meet the advanced party at a tent encampment north of Long Binh that was to become the Brigade Main Base, Camp Frenzell -Jones.


Taken from the Redcatcher Banquet Program Sunday May 27th 2001


History by Larry McDougal and Robert Stanard:


199TH Patch                                                Presidential Unit Citation

199TH Memorial                                          Recommendation for Presidential Unit Citation

Epilog Camp Frenzell-Jones                        Presidential Unit Citation  Authorization               

Redcatcher KIA Roster                                 Tet 1968 After Action Report

Medal of Honor Recipients                          Valorous Unit Award

Distinguished Service Cross Recipients     Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Credit Register 

Summary of Casualties by Month and Year            

Major battles,Order of Battle, Other Units Assigned, Commanders and Headquarters

Order of Battle                                  Commanding Officers                        Operations

Complete List of Officers that Served in the 199th LIB in Viet Nam from 1966 to 1970

Brigade Summaries (106 pages) From May 68 thru July 1970


199th Light Infantry Areas of Operations / Base Locations


Long Bien/Bien Hoa                                  Southwest of Saigon                                        North of Bien Hoa

Tay Ninh                                                                 Xuan Loc                                             Dinh Quan

Tanh Linh                                                                Ham Tan                                             Cambodia

                                                              Area of Operations Maps (1:250,000)

Tay Ninh                            War Zone D                                       Dinh Quan                       Tanh Linh

Saigon                               Bien Hoa                                            Ham Tam                        Cambodia

The Beginning of the Redcatcher Organization                      

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