During the early part of December 1965, the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, was in Alaska preparing for its annual winter maneuver to be conducted in January 1966 in temperatures of 50 below zero. In the midst of these low temperatures, some "hot news" kindled the interior of Alaska: The "Manchus" were being assigned to the famed jungle trained "Tropic Lightning" Division in Hawaii.

        Eight weeks of arduous jungle training in a tropical enviroment readied the battalion for its deployment to Vietnam.

        April 29 saw the battalion disembark the ship General Walker at Vung Tau, Vietnam. Within a few days, the "Manchus" were at Cu Chi to take their place along other elements of the "Tropic Lightning" Division....in combat.

        Notable battalion-size operations conducted by the "Manchu" include Asheville, Wahiawa, Joliet I and II, Helemano, and Kahana I and II.

        While assigned to the 25th Division, the 4th Battalion received two Presidential Citations and added 12 campaign streamers to the Regimental Colors for Combat Operations in the Republic of South Vietnam. On August 2, 1972 the 4th Battalion was relieved from assignment to the 25th Infantry Division and was reassigned to Alaska with the 172nd Infantry.

        In the four years and six months service in Vietnam fellow Manchus carried on the regimental tradition arising from deeds of Valor, Acts of Courage and Moments of Self Sacrifice. The 4th Battalion Manchus suffered many casualties of wounded and those that paid the supreme sacrifice.

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Bo Tuc December 1967             The Hour Glass January 1968
Mole City 68-69             Frontier City 1969
The Horseshoe 1967             Operation Yellowstone 1967

In the Shadow of the Black Virgin Mountain

Attack on Nui Ba Den                          Alpha Co. ~ Feb. 26, 1967

Larry James Vietnam Report
Research on the March 2 1968 Ambush
Unfortunate Sons Discussion
Manchus at Monmouth College

4/9 Manchu Diary by Willie Gin
These file contain all combat operations and casualties by date. It has links to pages at the Manchu site and some pictures and information not on the site. These are some large files in Word Document format. You can open them in your browser or download the zip file to your PC.

1966 Diary - Word Document          1966 Diary Zip
1967 Diary - Word Document          1967 Diary Zip
1968 Diary - Word Document          1968 Diary Zip
1969 Diary - Word Document          1969 Diary Zip
1970 Diary - Word Document          1970 Diary Zip

Task Force Daems-Operation Toan Thang I
Perilous Days, Vietnam May 1968

Task Force - Word Document             Task Force Zip

III Corp AO Map

4/9 Vietnam Timeline

The Code of Conduct                     Linage and Honors

4/9 Download Page
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