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Pacification: The Endgame

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/9780813126470.003.0005
Pacification: The Endgame

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The 9th Infantry Division was introduced in the Delta for one purpose only, to improve security. Its mission was clear: it had to defeat the Viet Cong main and local force units and to support the pacification efforts of the GVN, thereby eliminating the Viet Cong's intimidation of the people. Pacification then was the endgame, and the most discernable pattern in it was that programs depended entirely upon security. The division had a dual focus—combat operations and pacification. This chapter discusses aspects of the guerrilla war, the tug of war, the Hamlet Evaluation System (HES), the pacification process, combat operations, and infiltration.

Keywords: Viet Cong; Delta; 9th Infantry Division; GVN; security; combat operations; HES

Chapter.  5878 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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