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The 9th Infantry Division in VietnamUnparalleled and Unequaled$
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Ira A. Hunt

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126470

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126470.001.0001

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Securing the Mekong Delta

Securing the Mekong Delta

(p.4) Chapter 1 Securing the Mekong Delta
The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam

Ira A. Hunt

University Press of Kentucky

The Mekong Delta was the most populated and richest agrarian area of South Vietnam, and consequently it was the primary target of Communist aggression. Viet Cong activities in the Delta were appreciably reducing the cultivation of the important rice crop and were isolating the Delta from Saigon. It became obvious that increased military actions were necessary to deny the Communists access to the Delta's resources. It was the opinion of Gen. William Childs Westmoreland that any substantial improvement in security required the introduction of U.S. forces, and the 9th Infantry Division was activated in the States to assist in securing the Delta so that the Government of South Vietnam's (GVN) pacification program could become successful. This chapter describes the Communists' primary target, the requirement for improved security in the Mekong Delta, and the activation of the 9th Infantry Division.

Keywords:   Communists, South Vietnam, Viet Cong, GVN, pacification, 9th Infantry Division

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