Americal Legacy Foundation


The Americal Division (23rd Infantry Division) was formed from elements of Task Force Oregon in Chu Lai, Southern First Corps, Republic of South Vietnam on 26 September 1967. The division, although designated as the 23rd Infantry Division, was most often referred to as the Americal Division in keeping with its jungle fighting lineage from World War II.

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Vietnam War Operational Reports-Lessons Learned-  Operational Reports-Lessons Learned (ORLL) were created approximately each calendar quarter during the Vietnam War. They often consist of several hundred pages and give a variety of details about the activities of Task Force Oregon and the Americal Division (23d Inf. Div.). The following is a listing of ORLLs for the given peroids.  Now under construction.

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Vietnam War Document Extract Compilations

Mr. Les Hines, ADVA Vietnam Historian, has created a compilation of extractions of printed material found in several resources.  This material includes news reports of various named units in the Americal Division.  The index below names each unit for which a compilation of extracts is available.  Some of these compilations are hundreds of pages long and cover the unit for its entire time in Vietnam.  Additions and modifecations to this section may be posted at any time.


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AMERICAL magazine-  The Americal Division published a magazine with the title AMERICAL once each quarter beginning May 1968.  The division was activated from Task Force Oregon in September 1967 and was deactivated in November 1971.  An index of AMERICAL issues by month of publication is available below.

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DTOC Logs-  The Americal Division recorded the minute-by-minute activities of the units in the division in a log (journal) at the Division Tactical Operations Center (DTOC) in Chu Lai.  Photocopies of DTOC logs were obtained by ADVA Vietnam Historian Les Hines and other historical researchers. Credit is due for the tremendous effort by Bruce Flaherty and Larry Swank in obtaining the Division TOC reports from the National Archives as well as the equally daunting efforts of the team headed by Conrad Geibel and John Boyer.  They spent years of effort before we could get to this point (100% done as of August 1, 2018).

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Americal resupply helicopter climbs fast to avoid ground fire after resupplying soldiers on the ground (Photo: Robert Richardson)


Americal armored personnel carriers on a sweep operation west of Landing Zone Gator in the Chippewa Valley (Photo: Robert Richardson)


155mm Howitzer at Americal Fire Base Fat City – Vietnam (Photo: Robert Richardson) 


Soldiers reorganize after combat assault to commence a search and clear operation west of Chu Lai (Photo: Robert Richardson)

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