This is a photo of a gift presented to me by the members of the Counterintelligence Section, 1st Military Intelligence Detachment, 1st Infantry Division, upon my departure in March 1967, after a year as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2. It is a wooden sign, measuring more than one-by-two feet, gold letters on black lacquer. I must explain what it means and why they gave it to me. When I became G-2 of the Big Red One in Mach 1966, one of the first things I did was to meet with the commander, 1st MI Detachment. He explained the organization and mission of the detachment. I was particularly interested in the counterintelligence detachment, and what kept its members busy. I was not satisfied that the routine duties it performed - inspecting how well units of the division controlled classified documents, for example - was the best use of the capabilities of the well - trained intelligence officers and non-commissioned officers in the section. Therefore, I assigned to it the primary responsibility for developing positive, human intelligence collection operations, with emphasis on the division base area operations. The men of the section were most pleased and challenged by this assignment, and they did remarkably well with it. Their commander was less than pleased. In any event, that is why they rewarded me in this manner. They mention "Holabird" because Fort Holabird, Maryland, was the site of the Army's Intelligence School at the time. Reference to "the little feller in the foxhole," derives from frequent comments by BG Jim Hollingsworth. That is how Jim Hollingsworth spoke of the infantryman of the 1st Division. William E. LeGro Col. Infantry, USA
Photograph VA043998, 01 March 1967, William E. LeGro Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 30 May. 2015. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=VA043998>.
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VA043998, William E. LeGro Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University