The 4th Infantry Division will host a memorial ceremony Wednesday in honor of Vietnam veterans who fought in the Battle of Suoi Tre, the unit announced.
The Battle of Suoi Tre occurred on March 21, 1967 during Operation Junction City – a U.S. and South Vietnamese attempt to flush Viet Cong out of South Vietnam.
“The Battle of Suoi Tre is a proud part of our legacy from the Vietnam War,” said Lt. Col. Donald Cherry, a 4th Infantry Division artillery commander. “The anniversary of the Suoi Tre Battle gives us a unique opportunity for Soldiers, past and present, who served under the same unit colors to connect, appreciate a piece of common history, and most importantly honor the fallen from this battle.”
On the morning of March 21, 1967 one of the “best organized and equipped” units of the Viet Cong attacked 4th Infantry Division soldiers. After several hours of intense fighting the Viet Cong were repulsed leaving behind 647 dead, according to an Army account of the battle.
The annual ceremony – to be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. on Fort Carson – marks the end of Heritage Week, which remembers veterans who fought and died in the battle.
“It is an honor to give back to them and support this memorial ceremony that is uniquely connected to our unit’s history,” said Cherry.