The last unit of the United States Ninth Infantry Division was put ashore 40 miles south east of Saigon Monday (30 January), So now the number of U.
CU Map Mekong Delta
MS Loaded ST lands with troops
Another angle of troops on LST
MS American flag on LST
4 shots Troops disembarking
MS Troops at attention with flags
MCU Commander watching troops
CU Officer watching
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Background: The last unit of the United States Ninth Infantry Division was put ashore 40 miles south east of Saigon Monday (30 January), So now the number of U.S. troops in Viet Nam stands at 404,000.
Meanwhile, the Allied force -- made up of South Vietnamese government troops, Australians, New Zealanders, Thais, South Koreans, Filipinos, as well as U.S. troops -- is reported at over one million.
The Ninth Infantry Division's area of responsibility will be the Mekong Delta--a region the U.S. Military Command believes is one of the Viet Cong's major strongholds.
The purpose of the troops, shown in this film, is to find the Viet Cong military camps and supply depots, -- and destroy them. Previous "search and destroy" missions by the Marines earlier in January were considered less than successful by U.S. Military leader Where ever the Marines probed, they encountered very little Viet Cong resistance.
The U.S. Military Command hopes the Ninth Infantry Division will experience better luck.
Most of the troops in the Ninth Division have had no combat experience.
The Ninth's commander General George Eckhardt, shown in this film, welcomed the last unit--3200 men--to land in the delta.
"Search and destroy" missions in the Mekong Delta, a U.S. military spokesman has said, are very difficult, because of "mucky" terrain and many water-ways.