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.
Source: The Americal Division, "under the southern cross" - published by the U.S. Army in 1971.
Note: The place of burial is now included on these casualty lists if available. If a photo of the burial marker has already been submitted via our Project of Honor, the person's name and information will be highlighted in yellow and their name in bold red. Click on their name to open the photo of their burial marker.
Accounted-For: This report includes the U.S. personnel who have been accounted for (including POW returnees and POW escapees) and all personnel whose remains have been recovered and identified since the end of the war.
Unaccounted-For: This report includes the U.S. personnel who are still unaccounted for.
Bruce Flaherty started a project in 2006 to provide the families of KIA's of the 4th/3rd special American Flags and certificates for the flags. Click HERE to find out about this Project of the 4th/3rd.
Our project, to honor the men of the 11th Light Infantry Brigade who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us and should never be forgotten. As the men of the 11th LIB, or anyone, visit the cemeteries where our heroes are laid to rest, they are taking photos of their grave marker. These photos are then submitted and we link them to our 11th LIB Casualty lists. Read more...
Bruce Flaherty now has flags flown over the capitol and certificates for each of the families of all 289 KIA’s that served the 4th/3rd Infantry in Vietnam. His plan is to locate the families and provide them the flag and certificate, his reason is simple-to let the families know that their loved one is not forgotten.
While the 11th Light Infantry Brigade does not presently have a formal association, we do have a very active Facebook page. This page is a private Facebook Group page and you must request to join. When you request to join, you are sent a message with questions regarding unit or unit that supported the brigade, and when served or relative's information that served. If you do not respond within 14 days Facebook will delete your request. You will find the page listed as 11th Light Infantry Brigade Veterans Association.
The 11th LIB served under the Americal Division (23rd Infantry Division). Americal has a very active association, the Americal Division Veterans Association. Eligible veterans are cordially invited and welcomed to join the Americal Division Veterans Association. The association was formed in 1945 and currently has over 3,000 members. Associate memberships are also available. Membership cost is minimal. We encourage you to check out the ADVA.