The First Missile Unit of the VPA

Saturday, 20/12/2008, 08:47 (GMT + 7) PANO – Missile units of Vietnam People’s Army have played an important role in protecting the independence of the country, especially during the Vietnam War.

On the occasion of the 64th anniversary of the foundation of the Vietnam People’s Army (December 22nd, 1944 – December 22nd, 2008), PANO would like to introduce the history of Missile Regiment 236, the first missile unit of the Vietnam People’s Army.

The regiment was founded on January 7, 1965 and became the first missile unit of the Vietnamese People’s Army. And to this day Regiment 236 is still the best missile unit in the army.

On July 24th, 1965, the unit entered battle for the first time, and shot down the 400th American plane in the skies over the North of Vietnam. July 24th therefore has become the traditional day of missile soldiers.

During the Vietnam War, the regiment shot down 196 enemy planes, including nine B-52s and one F-111. The unit journeyed through 17 provinces and cities, from Yen Bai to Quang Tri, and took part in nearly 600 battles. 107 soldiers and officers in the unit sacrificed their lives in combat during the war.The unit was granted the unit citation “Hero of the Revolutionary Armed Forces”. Two battalions and four individuals in the regiment were also granted the title.

One of the greatest achievements of the unit came in 1972, when it used only one missile to shoot down two U.S planes over Nghe An Central province.

Knowledge of how to shoot down US B-52 bombers was drawn
the experiences of the unit, paving the way for the “Dien Bien Phu in the Air” victory in 1972. Ngoc Hung – Duy Minh

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