Reorganization of 14th Bn to 7th Group in 1965


Headquarters and Headquarters Company
14th Battalion

Reorganized and redesignated 25 March 1961 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 14th Psychological Warfare Battalion

Reorganized and redesignated 20 October 1965 as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 14th Psychological Operations Battalion


Headquarters and Headquarters Company
7th Psychological Operations Group

Constituted 19 August 1965 in the Regular Army as the 7th Psychological Operations Group Activated 20 October 1965 on Okinawa



Reorganization as Discussed by The PsyWarrior

The PsyWarrior web site also discusses the reorganization but further states that the 7th Group consisted of the 14th PSYOP Battalion, the 15th PSYOP Detachment (Printing), the Japan Detachment, the Korea detachment, the Taiwan Detachment, and the Vietnam Detachment. (This would indicate a subordinate role for the 14th Battalion as a part of the 7th Group Ed)

The PsyWarrior further states: The 7th PSYOP Group was constituted 19 August 1965 in the regular Army and activated 20 October 1965 and assigned to the Ryukyu Islands, located in the Machinato Service Area. It was attached to IX Corps for operation and Training. The 7th PSYOP Group was the successor to the U. S. Army Broadcasting and Visual Activity, Pacific, (USABVAPAC) which was disbanded 20 October 1965. The 7th assumed all missions and functions previously administered by USABVAPAC and transferred members and equipment.

In Vietnam the Group worked in support of the Commander, United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (COMUSMACV). A two–man team consisting of a liaison officer and an NCO arrived in Vietnam on 20 October 1965 and remained after the 4th PSYOP Group was formed. At one time more than 80 people from the 7th PSYOP Group were on TDY in Vietnam. Throughout the war, the duties of the 7th PSYOP Group included the provision of PSYOP liaison and offshore printing support for South Vietnam.

During 1965 The Okinawa printing plant produced 125 million leaflets for MACV and the Vietnam Detachment produced another 62 million on its web-fed press in Saigon. The Detachment maintained liasison with the Joint United States Public Affairs Office and the Military Assistance Command Political Warfare Directrorate. In September two members journeyed to Vietnam to plan and conduct the first high altitude leaflet and toy bundle dissemination over North Vietnam. They returned again in December to assist in a Christmas toy drop over North Vietnam.

In 1967 the unit was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for their support of military operations. Besides the units mentioned earlier, the 7th PSYOP Group added a Radio Detachment (Provisional) Vietnam. The unit now had 41 linguists who were proficient in 11 different languages. During 1967 they printed 7 billion propaganda leaflets for Vietnam and Korea. Their printing capability was enhanced by using the U. S. Army Printing and Production Center in Tokyo, and the Regional Service Center of the United States Information agency in Manila.

Source: The PsyWarrior