FIRE SUPPORT BASE HILL 4-11 WELCOMES YOU
Home of the 3rd Batallion, 1st Infantry Regiment and
the Hill 4-11 Association
3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment
The 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry was constituted March 3, 1791 in the Regular Army as a company of the 2nd Infantry. The unit has participated in the Indian Wars, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the War with Spain, the Philippine Insurrection, World War II, and was activated July, 1966 in Hawaii to be assigned to the 11th Infantry Brigade in the Vietnam Campaign.
The battalion arrived in-country on December 22, 1967 landing at the Port of Qui Nhon after a 16 day trip by troop ship from Hawaii. The battalion's base camp was located at Fire Support Base Bronco, next to village of Duc Pho, in the southern portion of South Vietnam's I Corps.
The unit was organized as a lightly equipped quick reaction unit which could move by any means of transportation to meet and defeat the enemy in any environment.
The battalion motto "Semper Primus, Always First" describes the spirit and determination that have always been associated with the unit.
Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry were awarded over 2,000 medals during 1969. Nearly 500 awards were given for valorous actions.
The 3rd battalion, 1st Infantry has received the Distinguished Unit Citation, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, and the Combat Infantry Streamer.
This Web site is dedicated to the memory of all soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Area of Operations for the 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment during the Vietnam War.
FIRE SUPPORT BASE HILL 4-11 AND AREA OF OPERATIONS FOR THE 3RD BATTALION, 1ST INFANTRY REGIMENT
This photograph was provided by Louis H. Bohn who served with Delta Battery, 6th Battalion, 11th Artillery on FSB Hill 4-11 during 1969-1970.
FSB Hill 4-11 was located on a small hill about 7 miles west of Quang Ngai City, Vietnam. This fire support base was fighting home of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 11th LIB, Americal Division from July 1969 to October 1971. If you served on FSB Hill 4-11 in any capacity or were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment anytime during the Vietnam War and would like to contribute maps, pictures, poems, or stories for the future content of this Web site, please email the webmaster at email@example.com.
NUI TRON MOUNTAIN (OP1) IN 2004
This picture was provided by Kelly McFarlane, daughter of Glen McFarlane, during her tour of Vietnam in December 2004. See her slideshow of the Nui Tron Mountain area and Quang Ngai City below.
Note: This picture is of Nui Tron Mountain where OP1 was established. Previously, this geographical location was thought to be where FSB Hill 4-11 was located. However, Che Trung Hieu, a VC, has written to explain that this is Nui Tron Mountain. At the base of the mountain the VC built a memorial to commemorate their victory at the Battle of Ba Gia where they defeated elements of the 51st ARVN Regiment during the spring of 1965. The results of this battle was a turning point for the U.S. to send thousands of our troops to Vietnam. In other words, the war was escalated by the U.S. because of the poor performance by the ARVN.