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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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Pacification: The Endgame

Pacification: The Endgame

(p.79) Chapter 4 Pacification: The Endgame
The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam

Ira A. Hunt

University Press of Kentucky

The 9th Infantry Division was introduced in the Delta for one purpose only, to improve security. Its mission was clear: it had to defeat the Viet Cong main and local force units and to support the pacification efforts of the GVN, thereby eliminating the Viet Cong's intimidation of the people. Pacification then was the endgame, and the most discernable pattern in it was that programs depended entirely upon security. The division had a dual focus—combat operations and pacification. This chapter discusses aspects of the guerrilla war, the tug of war, the Hamlet Evaluation System (HES), the pacification process, combat operations, and infiltration.

Keywords:   Viet Cong, Delta, 9th Infantry Division, GVN, security, combat operations, HES

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