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The Battle of Dak To: 4ID hosts a PT event


Last updated 11/30/2022 at 11:02am | View PDF

Sgt. Willis Hobbs

Soldiers assigned to the 4th Infantry Division run a gauntlet of obstacles during a Battle of Dak To remembrance event at Fort Carson on Nov. 23. During the battle for Hill 875, the 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment from the north slope coordinated a final assault on the hilltop with the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, charging up the southern slope.

The Ivy Division kicked off the Thanksgiving holiday weekend Nov. 23 with a division PT event dedicated to the efforts of Ivy Soldiers at the Battle of Dak To in the central highlands of Vietnam.

55 years ago, the Battle of Dak To lasted 20 days. With the battle for Hill 875 lasting 110 hours alone.

Simulated artillery and machine gun fire pierced the ears of over 8,000 Ivy Soldiers as they navigated through the dense shrubbery, anti-tank trenches, and barbed wire of the 2.43 miles obstacle course.

Carrying equipment, weights and their own battalion command sergeants major, Ivy Soldiers relentlessly advanced to their destination, understanding this task was not to be completed alone.

They believed in themselves, their teammates and their leaders in order to accomplish the mission.

Sgt. Willis Hobbs

Soldiers assigned to the 4th Infantry Division push a tire down a hill during the "Battle of Dak To" remembrance event at Fort Carson, Colo., Nov. 23, 2022. The Dak To remembrance event empowers Ivy Soldiers to exemplify the esprit de corps, teamwork, and comradery.


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