During your tour in the Delta Battalion you will be assigned to one of the units listed below.  Each of these units is organized for sustained combat against an armed enemy.  Each employs the finest equipment the United States can provide.  Here, for your information, is a brief history of the units comprising the 13TH Aviation Battalion.
 

13TH COMBAT AVIATION BATTALION
CAN THO
 

Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
13th Security Platoon
53rd Quartermaster Detachment 62nd Quartermaster Detachment 5th Quartermaster Detachment

Under the pressure of war, the Delta Battalion (Provisional) was formed in Can Tho, Viet Nam, on 4 July 1963 to provide airmobility to the IV Vietnamese Corps.  The provisional headquarters assumed command over the 114th Aviation Company and the 121st Aviation Company, both airmobile companies.  More than a year later, the 13th Aviation Battalion was activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  Authority was Third U.S. Army General Order 215, dated 5 August 1964.  Battalion headquarters subsequently departed the United States to replace the Delta Battalion.  It closed 29 September 1964 in Can Tho, where it has since been in daily combat with the Viet Cong.
 

121ST ASSAULT HELICOPTER COMPANY (UH-1)
SOC TRANG

Lift Company:  TIGERS
Armed Platoon: VIKINGS

80th Transportation Detachment (CHFM) 257th Signal Detachment 69th Infantry Detachment 78th Artillery Detachment

The 93rd Transportation Company was formed on I April 1954.  Its last station prior to departing for Vietnam was Fort Devans, MA.  The 93rd departed Quonset Point, Rhode Island on 15 December 1961 and arrived at Da Nang on 25 January 1962.  On 19 September 1962, the unit moved to Soc Trang to become the first Army Aviation unit in the Mekong Delta.  On 25 June 1963, the 93rd Transportation Company was redesignated the 121st Aviation Company.
 

114TH ASSAULT HELICOPTER COMPANY (UH-1)
VINH LONG

Lift Company:  KNIGHTS
Armed Platoon:  COBRAS

544th Transportation Detachment (CHFM)
96th Signal Detachment (Avionics)
83rd Medical Detachment

On 30 January 1963, under the authority of a Headquarters, Department of the Army General Order, Troop C, 17th Cavalry, was inactivated at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  All personnel from Troop C were assigned to the 114th Aviation Company.  The unit departed the US on 15 April 1963 and arrived at Vinh Long 1 May 1963.
 

175TH ASSAULT HELICOPTER COMPANY (UH-1)
VINH LONG

Lift Company:   OUTLAWS
Armed Platoon: MAVERICKS

150th Transportation Detachment
28th Signal Detachment

The 62nd Aviation Company was activated on 6 August at Fort Benning, Georgia.  The unit was formed from personnel and equipment available within the 11th Air Assault Division.  The company arrived at Tan Son Nhut on 30 September 1964 and closed at its final destination at Vinh Long on the same day.  On 14 December 1964 the 62nd Aviation Company was redesignated Company A, 502nd Aviation Battalion.  On I September 1966 Company A, 502nd Aviation Battalion was inactivated, and the 175th Assault Helicopter Company (AL) was activated.
 

336TH ASSAULT HELICOPTER COMPANY (UH-1)
SOC TRANG

Lift Company: WARRIORS
Armed Platoon: T-BIRDS

167th Transportation Detachment (CHFM)
277th Signal Detachment (Avionics)
41st Medical Detachment

Company A of the 101st Aviation Battalion was organized in March of 1962 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a part of the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles).  On 19 March, 1965 the company was reorganized under its present TO&E and alerted for movement to Vietnam.  It departed CONUS on 12 April 1965 on the USS Iwo Jima, arriving Soc Trang on 1 May 1965.  On 1 September 66 Company A, 101st Aviation Battalion, was reassigned to the 101st Airborne Division, and the 336th Assault Helicopter Company (AL) was activated.
 

221ST RECONNAISSANCE AIRPLANE COMPANY (0-1)
SOC TRANG
"SHOTGUNS"

The 221st Aviation Company was activated under the authority of the Department of the Army General Order 53, dated 26 March 1965 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  The company departed the United States on 11 July 1965 and closed at its new home station at Soc Trang on 16 July 1965.


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