Burns, Hugh, LTC

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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Current/Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Current/Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Current/Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 11A, United Nations Command (UNC)
Previously Held MOS
745-Rifleman
667-Message Center Clerk
3152-Photographer Still
941-Camera Technician
152-Photographer
1745-Rifle Platoon or Squad Leader
3945-Photography Laboratory Specialist
6-Student Officer
11A-Infantry Officer
Service Years
1946 - 1969
Foreign Language(s)
Korean
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Special Forces


Special Forces
Lieutenant Colonel


Two Service Stripes



Six Overseas Service Bars


 Official Badges 

1st Cavalry Division Special Forces Group Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

Honorably Discharged WW II


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Chapter I/XVIII - The Samuel S. Theriault/Aaron Bank ChapterBerlin U.S. Military Veterans Association1st Cavalry Division Association187th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association
Special Operations Association (SOA-MACV)
  1968, Special Forces Association, 1, Chapter I/XVIII - The Samuel S. Theriault/Aaron Bank Chapter (Executive Officer) (Fayetteville, North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1970, Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association [Verified]
  1990, 1st Cavalry Division Association [Verified]
  1990, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association [Verified]
  1991, Special Operations Association (SOA-MACV) [Verified]


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Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
From Month/Year
July / 1966
To Month/Year
May / 1967

Description
This campaign was from 1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967. United States operations after 1 July 1966 were a continuation of the earlier counteroffensive campaign. Recognizing the interdependence of political, economic, sociological, and military factors, the Joint Chiefs of Staff declared that American military objectives should be to cause North Vietnam to cease its control and support of the insurgency in South Vietnam and Laos, to assist South Vietnam in defeating Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces in South Vietnam, and to assist South Vietnam in pacification extending governmental control over its territory.

North Vietnam continued to build its own forces inside South Vietnam. At first this was done by continued infiltration by sea and along the Ho Chi Minh trail and then, in early 1966, through the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). U.S. air elements received permission to conduct reconnaissance bombing raids, and tactical air strikes into North Vietnam just north of the DMZ, but ground forces were denied authority to conduct reconnaissance patrols in the northern portion of the DMZ and inside North Vietnam. Confined to South Vietnamese territory U.S. ground forces fought a war of attrition against the enemy, relying for a time on body counts as one standard indicator for measuring successful progress for winning the war.

During 1966 there were eighteen major operations, the most successful of these being Operation WHITE WING (MASHER). During this operation, the 1st Cavalry Division, Korean units, and ARVN forces cleared the northern half of Binh Dinh Province on the central coast. In the process they decimated a division, later designated the North Vietnamese 3d Division. The U.S. 3d Marine Division was moved into the area of the two northern provinces and in concert with South Vietnamese Army and other Marine Corps units, conducted Operation HASTINGS against enemy infiltrators across the DMZ.

The largest sweep of 1966 took place northwest of Saigon in Operation ATTLEBORO, involving 22,000 American and South Vietnamese troops pitted against the VC 9th Division and a NVA regiment. The Allies defeated the enemy and, in what became a frequent occurrence, forced him back to his havens in Cambodia or Laos.

By 31 December 1966, U.S. military personnel in South Vietnam numbered 385,300. Enemy forces also increased substantially, so that for the same period, total enemy strength was in excess of 282,000 in addition to an estimated 80,000 political cadres. By 30 June 1967, total U.S. forces in SVN had risen to 448,800, but enemy strength had increased as well.

On 8 January U.S. and South Vietnamese troops launched separate drives against two major VC strongholds in South Vietnam-in the so-called "Iron Triangle" about 25 miles northwest of Saigon. For years this area had been under development as a VC logistics base and headquarters to control enemy activity in and around Saigon. The Allies captured huge caches of rice and other foodstuffs, destroyed a mammoth system of tunnels, and seized documents of considerable intelligence value.

In February, the same U.S. forces that had cleared the "Iron Triangle", were committed with other units in the largest allied operation of the war to date, JUNCTION CITY. Over 22 U.S. and four ARVN battalions engaged the enemy, killing 2,728. After clearing this area, the Allies constructed three airfields; erected a bridge and fortified two camps in which CIDG garrisons remained as the other allied forces withdrew.
 
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
July / 1966
To Month/Year
December / 1966
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

1st Cavalry Division

29th Civil Affairs Company, I Corps

1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment

630th Military Police Company

18th Military Police Brigade

16th Military Police Group

545th Military Police Company

300th Military Police Company

212th Military Police Company

66th Military Police Company

272nd Military Police Company

716th Military Police Battalion

504th Military Police Battalion

218th Military Police Company

194th Military Police Company

1st Military Police Company, 1st Infantry Division

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  3664 Also There at This Battle:
  • Allman, Timothy, SGT, (1965-1973)
  • Anderson, Curtis, SGM, (1955-1976)
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