WELCOME TO THE 1/12TH RED WARRIORS VIETNAM ASSOCIATON WEBSITE
“ The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
WELCOME. - The purpose of this website is to preserve the history of the 1st Battalion 12th Infantry Regiment (1/12th Red Warriors) 4th Infantry Division - Vietnam Era, and that of "Task Force Warrior’s" Vietnam service. (The Task Force was composed of members of the 1/12
Infantry (Red Warriors); B Battery, 4/42nd Artillery (Straight Arrows); and 1st Platoon, B Company, 4th Engineers. of the 4th Infantry Division)
Our key goals are to
develop comprehensive company manning rosters that are searchable,
accurate casualty reports, and a day-to-day history of Task Force
Warrior’s activities. You can help us achieve these goals by sharing
additional names or missing information. We hope that veterans’
recollections of activities on a given day or during a particular
operation will help fill in gaps in the War Diary.
We also invite veterans and their families to
use our website to reach out to each other. We have some contact
information for former members of the Task Force, but have not made it
public. If you would like to reach a specific man, please contact
Del Willenbecher Association Historian, and she will forward your message, if possible.
We suggest that you begin
your journey through the website by starting in the "Roster" folder,
finding your own name and checking to see if everything we have listed for
you is correct. (Instructions on how to have problems fixed are at the
bottom of your page). After that you might want to look under the years
indicated in the “War Diary” folder for your tour of duty. If you find
that something is missing or is incorrect, please let
Del Willenbecher, Battalion historian, know. For
those who are looking for information about the 253 men who made the ultimate
sacrifice, we have the Task Force losses broken down by company in the
“Casualty Reports” folder.
Use the “Roster” search
engine to see if your buddies are included, and let us know of any updates
or corrections needed. We have added a "Deceased" (Advance Party) page to recognize those who, after the war, are no longer with us.
Please also read our Guest Book as you pass our
way, Then sign it and use it for searching for Red Warrior buddies.
Our News page contains all the latest Red Warrior News including events and stories of interest, past and present. And
don't forget to check out the “PX” folder. New items will be
added periodically as they become available.
MILITARY TOPOGRAPHY MAPS
We have identified fire bases from 1966-70 and some battle locations on our map page. Every area that the Red Warriors were in are represented on the map page. Find out where you were!
If your tour was anytime during late 1968, 1969, or early 1970, visit the two 1969 battalion Yearbooks for that year, you may just see yourself.
Reunions have typically occurred every two years. The 2018 reunion will be held in Milwaukee, WisconsinSeptembere 3-5. Check our NEWS page for updates and registration information, or visit REUNION INFORMATION PAGE
GET IN TOUCH THROUGH OUR RED WARRIOR COMPANY/COORDINATORS RECRUITERS (RWCCR)
As a 1/12th Red Warrior Vietnam veteran or family member, there is help for you if you have just discovered us and wish more information. There is a personal point of contact from your former company. Formed in early 2011, the Red Warrior Company Coordinators/Recruiters (RWCCR) purpose is not only to provide a point of contact, but to find other Red Warriors and to make them aware of our Association. The RWCCR is also here to support our brothers in time of need. Each company has a representative that you can contact. CLICK HERE for full details and Contact info.
RED WARRIORS VIETNAM ASSOCATION
We are a formal
association with a President, Treasurer, Secretary, Webmaster, and Company Coordinators. They are all volunteers.
Association meetings are held at each reunion. Every man who served
in our battalion task force in Vietnam has automatic lifetime Association
membership with no dues. We have only one bylaw, and that is to live as
long as possible and remember our buddy's. We also urge all Task Force members to join the 4th Infantry Division Association (see the “Links” folder).
PHOTO ARCHIVES - Many men have donated their collections. Sorted by Company. See if your friends have you in one of the shots.
INDEBTED - We're indebted to Red Warrior Roger Hill for the initial creation of this website and for his years of service as the Red Warriors historian, and to his wife Mary for her diligent work on behalf of the association. Without their efforts this site would not exist. And to Del Wellenbecher, our historian and webmaster, for maintaining and hosting this website through her own efforts. To Jim Daniels for the day to day updates and upgrades to the website. Thanks also to Wilfred Pla who maintains and updates our known Red Warrior Association rosters. We also wish to thank Red Warrior Joseph Yazzie and his talents in designing our Red Warrior Logo that you see at the top of this page. We are forever grateful to Bob Harik of Chico, California who has spent countless hours searching for photographs of our fallen comrades. Lastly, we wish to thank our Association President Herb Taylor, our Association board, our company coordinators and all other volunteers who keep this website and our organization viable. See "Contact Us" for some of these volunteers.
The website's rosters
are updated periodically. We are currently modifying
the process so that updates are applied weekly. Thank you for your
page updates frequently, so check it often.
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