D Troop 1/10th Cavalry, 1966-
“The Original D Troop”
Shamrocks in Vietnam
D Troop organized in 1965 in Ft. Lewis, WA, to provide air reconnaissance and rapid deployment capability to the US Army’s armored 1st Squadron 10th Cavalry. D Troop’s “Shamrocks”, a name given them by CO MAJ Thomas Shaughnessy, deployed to Vietnam with the 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in 1966 where the unit remained continuously engaged until withdrawn in 1971.
Operating from Dragon Mountain Base Camp (later known as Camp Enari) near Pleiku in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, the “Shamrocks”, were quickly engaged. With the 4th Division positioned astride a branch of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which funneled North Vietnamese (NVA) troops into South Vietnam via nearby Cambodia, enemy contact was frequent and widespread.
D Troop’s mission was to deploy “Scout” aircraft to locate the enemy, then “Gunships”
would suppress and destroy so that “Slicks” could insert Aero-
In 1970, D Troop moved from Camp Enari to Camp Radcliff at An-
D Troop was a diverse mix of volunteer and drafted enlisted men, and pilot/officers, both groups made up of both career soldiers and those who counted down the days until they resumed civilian life. Living together, eating together, working together as days in country turned into weeks, and then months, with no real time off, deprived of even basic comforts, they performed remarkably.