|2ND BATTALION (AIRMOBILE), 501ST INFANTRY UNIT HISTORY FOR 1968
The 2nd Battalion (Abn), 501st Infantry began the new year in the III CTZ operating in the
vicinity of Cu Chi, RVN. In January, the entire Battalion airlifted to Hue in Northern I CTZ.
During the remainder of the year, the Battalion operated within a 50 kilometers radius of Hue.
Operations during the year included, reconnaissance in force, search and destroy, cordon and
search, and security missions. Contact was sporadic and ranged from encounters with individual
trail watchers to engagements with reinforced platoons in well-prepared defensive positions.
During the year, three different individuals commanded the Battalion: LTC Richard Tallman (1
Jan-27 Apr 68), LTC J. A. Heiter (27 Ppr-4 Nov 68), and LTC J. C. Wilson (4 Nov-).
Also during the year, the Battalion reorganized from an airborne to an airmobile configuration
while continuing to perform all missions assigned.