Constituted 3 May 1861 in the Regular Army as Company A, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry.
20 October 1861 at Fort Hamilton, New York.
Reorganized and re designated 7 December 1866 as Company A, 12th Infantry.
12th Infantry assigned 17 December 1917 to the 8th Division.
15 August 1927 from assignment to the 8th Division and assigned
to the 4th Division.
October 1933 from assignment to the 4th Division and assigned
to the 8th Division.
10 October 1942 from assignment to the 8th Division and
assigned to the 4th Division (later re designated as the 4th Infantry Division).
Inactivated 15 July 1947 at Fort Ord, California.
and re designated 1 April 1957 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st BattleGroup, 12th Infantry and remained assigned to the 4th Infantry Division. (Organic elements concurrently
constituted and activated).
and re designated 1 October 1963 as the 1st Battalion.
Task Force Warrior Unit Awards October
'66 - October '70
Depending upon the years you served, every Red Warrior should qualify for at least two of the following: Valorous Unit Award Ribbon ,Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry
Ribbon with Palm
, Vietnamese Civil Action Honor
Ribbon with Palm. Every Red Warrior deserves at least two of these unit awards. If you don't, you can order them through your county VA Rep. To see which awards you deserve, and to print out a copy of the orders to show your VA Reresentative. Scroll down to the awards section, print off the orders that pertain to you...and that's all it takes. Awards are given based upon your dates of service in Vietnam. Check the description, and get the award you deserve! They pin over your left breast pocket.
Red Warriors departed from t he Port of Tacoma, WA on the USS Nelson M. Walker to Vietnam
August 6, 1966
Red Warriors went ashore in Qui Nhon, Vietnam
August 13, 1966
SP4 Gerald Menzer is the first Red Warrior to be killed in Vietnam. Hand Grenade accident.
October 6, 1966
A Company first Red Warrior fire fight in Vietnam. Coordinates YA-726-530
December 6, 1966
LT Mark Enari, A Company, was killed and the 4th Infantry Division Base Camp was named in his honor.
February 15, 1967
Louis E. Willett, C Company, was KIA and received the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously.
July 12, 1967
Nathan Henry, Richard Perricone, Cordine McMurray, Stanley Newell, Martin Frank, James VanBendegom*, and James Schiele* were captured. *Died in captivity. Highest casulties in a s ingle day occur this date
May 16, 1968
Anund C. Roark, C Company, was KIA and received the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously.
May 27, 1969
LTC Robert H. Carter, Jr. Commander of 1st Battalion 12, Infantry "Red Warriors" was killed. He is the highest ranking "Red Warrior" killed in Vietnam.
Battalion begins move to Camp Radcliff as Camp Enari prepares to be abandoned.
May 5, 1970
Red Warriors move into Cambodia
November 11, 1970
SP4 Francis Bunk, HHC, is the last Red Warrior KIA in Vietnam. He was a cook. Artillery attack.
Red Warriors Leave Vietnam
March 5, 1973
Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered LUXEMBOURG (12
Infantry cited; WD GO 54,1945)