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Securing the Mekong Delta

Ira A. Hunt

in The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126470
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135656 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126470.003.0002
Securing the Mekong Delta

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The Mekong Delta was the most populated and richest agrarian area of South Vietnam, and consequently it was the primary target of Communist aggression. Viet Cong activities in the Delta were appreciably reducing the cultivation of the important rice crop and were isolating the Delta from Saigon. It became obvious that increased military actions were necessary to deny the Communists access to the Delta's resources. It was the opinion of Gen. William Childs Westmoreland that any substantial improvement in security required the introduction of U.S. forces, and the 9th Infantry Division was activated in the States to assist in securing the Delta so that the Government of South Vietnam's (GVN) pacification program could become successful. This chapter describes the Communists' primary target, the requirement for improved security in the Mekong Delta, and the activation of the 9th Infantry Division.

Keywords: Communists; South Vietnam; Viet Cong; GVN; pacification; 9th Infantry Division

Chapter.  2535 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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