Original U.S. Vietnam War Named 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division Photo Album of Captain John Reichley - Over 120 Photos and Magazine / Newspaper Clippings

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Original Item: One-Of-A-Kind. The 9th Infantry Division ("Old Reliables") is an inactive infantry division of the United States Army. It was created as the 9th Division during World War I, but never deployed overseas. In later years, it would become an important unit of the U.S. Army during World War II and the Vietnam War.

The 9th Division was reactivated on 1 February 1966, and arrived in South Vietnam on 16 December 1966 from Fort Riley, Kansas. On deployment the division was assigned to the III Corps Tactical Zone of Vietnam where it commenced operations in Dinh Tuong and Long An Provinces (6 January-31 May 1967) in Operation Palm Beach. Its area of operations was in the rivers and canals of the Mekong Delta from 1967 to 1972. Operating deep within the Viet Cong (VC)–controlled Delta, the Division was charged with protecting the area and its population against VC insurgents and ensuring the success of the South Vietnamese government's pacification program. Faced with unrelenting physical hardships, a tenacious enemy and the region's rugged terrain, the Division established strategies and quantifiable goals for completing their mission.

The album is not only a photo album, but also a scrapbook of sorts. It contains over 100 personal photos taken during his time in Vietnam, as well as photos of his family that were sent to him. There are many articles cut out from Armed Forces Magazines and Newspapers. Each page has labels by all the photographs, giving a brief explanation on what they are. There are also pictures of captured VC materiel that he labels as his “prizes” and more items for his collection, meaning he was also a collector!

We have not been able to locate any service information on Captain John A. Reichley, but we did find a video interview of him!

The interview can be found at this link from the Veterans History Project.

All pages are in lovely condition as are all images and items found on those pages. Each image is easily discernible and all handwriting and printed tags are legible and easily read.

This is a fantastic album that comes more than ready for further research!

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