25th Infantry Division Vietnam

25th Infantry Division Vietnam

The 25th Infantry Division Vietnam was one of the most decorated divisions to fight in Vietnam. 

Included in the 25th Infantry Division was Air Support units, Artillery Batteries, Mechanized Units, Ground force units, and a specialized unit called the C.R.I.P’s (Combined Reconnaissance Intelligence Patrol)

The C.R.I.P.’s unit included hand picked individuals based on leadership talents.  Among other assets included were map reading, weapons and explosives training along with key intelligence gathering credentials.

25th-Infantry Division Tropic Lightning Patch

25th-Infantry Division Tropic Lightning Patch. 25th Infantry included the C.R.I.P.’s who patrolled areas along the Cambodian Border

Included in the unit was usually a medic.  To come to the aid of a wounded soldier.  The Vietnam war took a toll on medics, who most times, risked their lives to get to wounded solders.

Firepower based on M-16 rifles, the M-60 machine gun and the M-79 grenade launcher were standard arms carried on missions along with various hand grenades including concussion grenades.  Also carried was the compact but deadly LAWS rocket launcher.

Today many of the weapons used during the Vietnam War are obsolete.  The M-79 grenade launcher was a single shot 40mm round with the optional 40mm shot gun shell that worked to flush enemy out of thick jungle situations.

The LAWS rocket launcher shows another munition carried by CRIP units.

Other explosive devices that were a regular part of the units arsenal was the hand ignited Claymore Mine that also could be deployed with a trip wire.  In World War II the “Bouncing Betty” was a anti-personal mine deployed that was not directional, spraying shrapnel 360 degrees.  These “Bouncing Betty” mines were first introduced in Germany.  When tripped they sprung up in the air about 2 1/2 to 3 feet and exploded.  The introduction of the Claymore mine changed warfare methods using a more controllable explosive with directional capabilities.

The Claymore changed the units vulnerability, making it nearly impossible for the enemy to sneak up on a CRIP unit a night.   If the Claymore mines were deployed properly, (placed) strategically around the parameter of the night camp, they created a kill zone.  Using either an electronic hand held squeeze trigger ignition system or a trip-wire activation method to detonate the Claymore mine system.  This was directional mine that released 700 ball bearing 1/4 inch sized steel balls.

The C.R.I.P. unit was initially started in 1967 by the commander of the South Vietnam American Forces General William Westmoreland. to deal with one of the most un-secure areas in South Vietnam according to pentagon reports that have now been declassified.  In the inception the C.R.I.P.’s were the delegated as escorts to supply vehicles that were frequently ambushed on Highway 1 and other key supply routes.

The unit quickly evolved into key intelligence source along with random patrolling by grid areas, mission specific operations.  We also conducted missions in the Tay Ninh and other hot spots in Hau Nghia Provence.

Most of 1967 and 1968 the CRIP Recon unit was stationed in Bao Trai, in Hau Nghia Provence.

We stayed mostly in Hau Nghia Provence and Bao Trai until we were ordered to move our headquarters to Duc Hue.  This happened in December 1969 with our operations located in an old “Sugar Mill”, in the village of Duc Hue.  Located on the Parrot’s Beak just across the Oriental River (Vam Co Dong River) from Cambodia.  A dangerous place, with supporting artillery and air support coming from Cu Chi and the 25th Infantry Division whom we were assigned as C.R.I.P.’s.

The move was because MACV (Military Assistance Command Vietnam) wanted to expand training operations from our Bao Trai encampment.

You will be able to read the a complete outline of the units history on the “C.R.I.P.’s History” page.

13 Responses to 25th Infantry Division Vietnam

  1. Mike Ringo Ringenberg says:

    Claymore mine was a good weapon, but we learned to tie the claymore wire around the legs of the mine and stretch the wire tight. If you failed to does this the NVA or Viet Cong would pull up the mine and face it your way and jump up in front of you. Guess what when you detonated it would blow back into your face. Failure to do this could result death and destruction.

  2. Gary McCain says:

    I was with the aco./1st/5th/25th from march 1970 until January 15th 1971 a mech. unit. I was a gunner on a 81mm mortar.

  3. John (Jack) Smith says:

    Arrived Co. B, 2nd Bn, 14th Inf in January 1965 in Hawaii. Left in August, 1965 on the last Shotgun to Vietnam. Came back in December 65 and the left on the Walker to Cu Chi. Was with B company as a Fire tean Leader. Then went to B company 25th Avn. Reenlisted and went to the 121st AHC in Soc Trang. Left the 121 st and became a recon team leader until getting hit for the 4th time. Been in 13 helicopter crashes. Some nice and easy and a couple of real hard ones. Became an instructor at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD for a little over 2 years. Went to EOD Training and was eventually attached to the secret service occasionally for VIP Protection for the President, Vice-President, Sec. of State, and other dignitaries. Got out in late 1975 after 11 years. Still trying to get in touch with Captain David Williams who was CO of B company. He was transferred to BN S2. I heard that he was training a class on booby traps and one of the training aids was live and went off. Heard he lost both legs and was med-evac’d to Japan. He was one hell of a soldier. He was also on his second tour as his first one was with special forces. If anyone knows about him, let me know.

  4. Mike Ringo Ringenberg says:

    WELCOME HOME BROTHER…

  5. Mike Ringo Ringenberg says:

    Hope this site helps you to find your friends. May i ask what recon unit you were in? Year?

    Thank you for your service.

    Ringo

  6. Sgt Glenn Miller says:

    I was with “A” Btry 3Bn 13th Arty Aug 66 /Aug 67
    Interesting the Mention of the Sugar Mill, I was there, if my memory serves me correctly. At the tome I was with our guns on [“A’ Btry] it was a special forces camp, 4th of July 67, there was an air strip outside the village. We set the guns up on the Us government paid the provincial chief a “US paid a FEE” for us to block that runway by setting our guns on it! Looking for anybody who might have been there! Sgt. Glenn Miller

  7. Mike Ringo Ringenberg says:

    Welcome home brother. yes the Sugar Mill was a Special Force post at one time. We did a lot of operations around there. The CRIP 69 moved to the Sugar Mill. Also at Bao Trai was Mac V team number 43 .

  8. My uncle was in 2nd battalion 27th infantry (wolfhounds) 25th infantry division, he died from random small arms fire in KIEN HOA SOUTH VIETNAM, His name was Efrain Leon de Jesus (1966 to 1967) From Salinas, Puerto Rico. He was a M-60 Machine Gunner. If Someone has picture of Him, please write to my E-mail, Thank You for your help, Vietnam Veteran E-1 Luis A Leon Pena

  9. Mike Ringo Ringenberg says:

    Luis and Glenn try CRIP 67 members and 69 CRIP. Thank you for
    the sacrifice you uncle made for his country and Glenn thanks for your service.

    God bless you all

    Ringo

  10. Mark Van Atta says:

    Looking for a little help. I was with the 11th ACR 3 squadron. I was the radio operator for Army fire support for a recon mission of a VC basecamp with a Mercenary Unit with a Green Beret Cpt. in charge. This was in Dec . 15-18 1968 . On our trip out of the boonies we came across the 25th that was probably doing a search and destroy mission. There were some reporters with the unit. Can anyone tell me where we were at? Did the mission had a name ? Also a Big thanks for the ride back to a base camp. I was an FNG being in country only for a week .

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