3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 23, 2020 2:36 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking Operation Attleboro images

    Arrigo Velicogna Newbie

      Dear Sirs, I am researching images on the 25th Infantry Division and 196th Light Infantry Brigade during Operation Attleboro in Vietnam during October-November 1966. I also would like to find 1966 images of Major (then  Major General)  Guy S. Meloy and Brigadier General Edward DeSaussure. This research is aimed at finding images for an upcoming book on the topic, so I would also like to know the terms on which NARA images could be used in publications.

        • Re: Seeking Operation Attleboro images
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          There are many photographs online taken by the government signal corps. If you can find verified sources through the internet I would suggest verifying the sources. Not sure what type of time frame you have on this project.


          Here is some information.


          I would also contact the 25th Division Association for additional workings, please see link below plus they have pics on their website. https://www.25thida.org/TLN/tln1-39.htm


          U.S. II Field Force initiates Operation Attleboro with an attack by the 196th Light Infantry Brigade against Viet Cong forces near the Cambodian Border in War Zone C (near Tay Ninh, 50 miles northwest of Saigon in III Corps Tactical Zone).

          When the communists appeared to want to make a fight of it, the U.S. commander, Lt. Gen. Jonathan Seaman, sent in reinforcements from the U.S. 1st Infantry Division; the 173rd Airborne Brigade; a brigade each from the U.S. 4th and 25th Infantry Divisions; and a contingent from a South Vietnamese division. Before the operation was over, more than 20,000 U.S. and South Vietnamese troops were involved, making it the largest operation at that point in the war. After more than six weeks of hit-and-run fighting, the Viet Cong forces sustained 1,106 casualties and fell back to sanctuary areas in Cambodia.

          Operations like Attleboro, and others to follow such as Cedar Rapids and Junction City, were examples of the search and destroy tactic dictated by Gen. William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV), the senior American headquarters in Saigon. The objective was to find the Viet Cong and engage them in decisive battle; the problem was that the communists often refused to engage in the type of set-piece battles for control of critical terrain that had been the norm in previous wars, like World War II. Westmoreland’s search and destroy tactic led to a war of attrition in which battles were fought often over the same territory again and again and where each side inflicted as many casualties as possible on the other. This approach was criticized because it meant that the war would go on as long as the communists were prepared to accept and replace their losses on the battlefield.



          • Re: Seeking Operation Attleboro images
            Elliot Schneider Ranger

            please also see description of his Distinguished Service Cross issued during Vietnam. Please see link below.






            Elliot Schneider

            • Re: Seeking Operation Attleboro images
              Jason Atkinson Ranger

              Dear Mr. Velicogna,


              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

              We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Photographs of U.S. Army Operations in Vietnam, 1963 - 1973 in the Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer (Record Group 111) that includes photographs of the 25th Infantry Division as well as the 196th Infantry Brigade, some of which have been digitized and are available online. We also located Photographs of American Military Activities, ca. 1918 - ca. 1981 in Record Group 111 that  includes photographs of the 25th Infantry Division.  Additionally, we located Color Photographs of Signal Corps Activity, 1944 - 1981 in Record Group 111 that includes photographs of the 25th Infantry Division. There may be additional photographs in these and other record series which have not yet been listed in the Catalog. For more information about non-digitized photographs, please email the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) at stillpix@nara.gov.


              Plus, we located moving images in various records groups from the 1960s relating to Operation Attleboro, the 196th Infantry Brigade, and the 25th Infantry Division. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM) at mopix@nara.gov.


              Next, we located multiple textual records in the Records of the U.S. Forces in Southeast Asia (Record Group 472) relating to Operation Attleboro, the 196th Infantry Brigade, and the 25th Infantry Division. Some of these textual records may have interspersed photographs. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at Archives2reference@nara.gov.


              And there may be photographs, motion pictures, and textual records relating specifically to the various component units of the 196th Infantry Brigade


              Photographs that were taken by United States government employees, either military or civilian, working in an official capacity, are considered to be in the public domain.  Permission is not required to use these items. If you decide to use the photograph, drawing, or document in your publication, we request that you cite it properly following the guidelines in General Information Leaflet No. 17 on our website at https://www.archives.gov/publications/general-info-leaflets/17-citing-records.pdf.


              Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDSS, RDSM, and RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


              We searched the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project and located a number of collections relating to Operation Attleboro, the 196th Infantry Brigade, and the 25th Infantry Division.


              Further, you may wish to contact various news services that covered the operation to inquire about their holdings.  For example, we searched the Stars and Stripes website and located several items relating to Operation Attleboro.


              Finally, you may wish to contact the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center - Army War College, the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the National Museum of the US Army, the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, the Tropic Lightning Museum, the 25th Infantry Division Association, the George C. Marshall Foundation Library, and the National Vietnam War Museum for additional collections and research assistance.


              We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!