THE PENTAGON — A Department of Defense spokesman announced this week that the Army will be reactivating the 23rd Americal Division, most famous for its role in the Vietnam War. The division will be stationed at Fort Ho Chi Minh, currently under construction near Jackson, Miss.
The 23rd will be the second reactivated division in recent years, after the 7th ID at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
The name of the post has sparked some controversy with Vietnam veterans and those who lost loved ones during that conflict, however Pentagon officials pointed out that the name follows the time-honored Army tradition of naming its military installations after enemies of the nation.
Fort Ho Chi Minh will join such installations as Forts Lee, Stewart, Benning, Hood, Bliss, Polk, Bragg, and A.P. Hill, all of which bear the names of soldiers responsible for the deaths of thousands of American fighting men and women in attacks on the United States.
Sources confirmed that at the ground-breaking of the new installation, many veterans and relatives of those who fought in the storied unit were on hand for the ceremony, including retired 2nd Lt. William Calley, famous for achieving the most confirmed kills of any Army officer in Vietnam, and Trương Tấn Sang, President of Viet Nam. General William Westmoreland could not be reached for comment.
At the conclusion of the press conference Pentagon officials announced the proposed construction of several additional installations, pending release of funds from Congress. Naval Station Karl Doenitz, Hermann Goering Air Force Base, and the new Alger Hiss NSA Cryptology Center.