82nd Airborne Division (Vietnam) Golden Brigade – Vietnam 1968 – 1969


May 30, 2015

Ralph Judson Mears Jr. KIA May 30, 1969

Category: All Messages,Forever Young,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 12:00 am

SP5 Ralph Mears is honored on Panel 23W, Row 22 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A native of Norfolk, VA, he was born on April 29, 1949, the son of Norfolk homicide detective Ralph J. Mears, Sr.  Juddy was a member of the Tidewater Council Boy Scout Troop 44 and received his rank of Eagle on May 13, 1964. “Baby-San” was 21 years old when he was killed in action during a mortar attack on May 30, 1969 in the province of Hua Nghia while serving as Senior Medic with C 1/505th PIR.

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Photo provided by Don McPhail
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Life Magazine June 27, 1969

May 24, 2015

Fort Bragg Pays Tribute to Golden Brigade Troopers

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 2:35 pm

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Golden Brigade members Paddy Barry, Rich O’Hare, and Don Thieme, and Museum staff James Hallis and John Aarsen, and others, 36 long-missing names were added to the memorial.

 GBC Memorial 2015

Carlton Walls is helped to the 82nd Airborne Division’s Vietnam War memorial by James Kiser. Veterans Walls, Kiser and Richard Davidson, who served with the Golden Brigade, laid a wreath at the memorial Wednesday at Fort Bragg. US Army photo by Maj. Fred Hair.

Click here to read the full Fayetteville Observer article.

April 20, 2015

Charles Severino Thanks John Johnas

Category: All Messages,Forever Young,Reflections – Ron Yorkovich 10:41 pm

Thanks to John Johnas, I found out the two infantrymen KIA were Sgt. James Autrey and Sp/4 James Spencer, They were with CO A 2/505. I was in DC on the 10th. of Nov. and visited them at The Wall. Took a rubbing of their names, thanks John.

Originally submitted on 2014/11/23 at 11:33 pm

April 18, 2015

SSG Jerry Don Beck KIA April 6, 1969

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 7:51 pm

SSG Jerry Don Beck, from Dallas, Texas, arrived in Vietnam on November 4, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 6, 1968 in Binh Duong Province at the age of 21. SSG Beck was an Infantry Operations and Intelligence Specialist  (11F4P) with O Co, 75th Infantry (Ranger), 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Jerry is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 27W, Line 23.

April 8, 2015

April 8, 1968 – A Hero Falls at the Battle of the “Lazy W”

Category: All Messages,Flashback,Forever Young – Step Tyner 12:00 pm

I had the brief privilege of being SGT John Plunkard’s company commander in Vietnam. Although I commanded B-1-505(Abn) from July 1967 until July 1968, I say brief because your brother joined the company only a little before we deployed to Vietnam in February ’68 and, of course, was with us only in spirit after 8 April.

A bit of background may be helpful here. As you no doubt recall, the 82d has traditionally maintained one of its three maneuver brigades on immediate readiness status, with one battalion loaded and ready to deploy at once if necessary. A second brigade concentrates on training, while the third performs “post support,” grants liberal leaves and passes, sends troopers to school, etc.

By late 1967, the demands of the Vietnam war had bled the 82d’s personnel strength to the point where each rifle company had only two full-strength rifle platoons. In January of 1968, Third Brigade (1-505, 2-505, 1-508) was on DRF-1 (first to deploy) when the North Koreans seized the US spy ship “Pueblo.” (more…)

April 6, 2015

PFC Walter Edward Joyce Jr KIA April 6, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 12:00 am

PFC Walter Edward Joyce Jr, from Somerville,  Massachusetts, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 6, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at the age of 19. PFC Joyce was an Infantry Indirect Fire Crewman  (11H10) with B 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Walter is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 28.

SFC Clifton Walker KIA April 6, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 12:00 am

SFC Clifton Walker, from Butler Georgia, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 6, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at the age of 40. SFC Walker was an Infantry Indirect Fire Crewman  (11H10) with B 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Walter is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 36.

SGT Daren Lee Koenig KIA April 6, 1969

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 12:00 am

SGT Daren Lee Koenig, from Hannibal, Missouri, arrived in Vietnam on October 20, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 6, 1969 in Binh Duong Province at the age of 21. SGT Koenig was an Infantry Operations and Intelligence Specialist  (11F4P) with O Co, 75th Infantry (Ranger), 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Daren is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 27W, Line 25.

 

April 4, 2015

SFC Felix M. Conde-Falcón KIA April 4, 1969

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 1:00 pm

SFC (posthumus) Felix Modesto Conde-Falcón, from Chicago, Illinois, arrived in Vietnam on July 10, 1968. He died of multiple fragmentation wounds on April 4, 1969 in Hua Nghia Province at the age of 31. SFC Conde-Falcón was a Light Weapons Infantryman (11B40) with 3rd Platoon, D1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Felix is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 27W, Line 9.

 Felix M Conde-Falcon  

Citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting
The Congressional Medal of Honor (posthumously) to:
STAFF SERGEANT
FELIX M. CONDE-FALCON
UNITED STATES ARMY

Staff Sergeant Felix M. Conde-Falcón distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an acting Platoon Leader in Company D, 1st Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Ap Tan Hoa, Republic of Vietnam on April 4, 1969. While entering a heavily wooded section on the route of advance, Staff Sergeant Conde-Falcón and his company encountered an extensive enemy bunker complex, later identified as a battalion command post. Following tactical artillery and air strikes on the heavily-secured enemy position, Staff Sergeant Conde-Falcón’s platoon was selected to assault and clear the bunker fortifications. Moving out ahead of his platoon, Staff Sergeant Conde-Falcón charged the first bunker, heaving grenades as he went. As the hostile fire increased, he crawled to the blind side of an entrenchment position, jumped to the roof, and tossed a grenade into the bunker aperture. Without hesitating, he proceeded to two additional bunkers, both of which he destroyed in the same manner as the first. Rejoining his platoon, Staff Sergeant Conde-Falcón advanced about one hundred meters through the trees before coming under intense hostile fire. Selecting three men to accompany him, he maneuvered toward the enemy’s flank position. Carrying a machinegun, he single-handedly assaulted the nearest fortification, killing the enemy inside before running out of ammunition. After returning to the three men with his empty weapon and taking up an M-16 rifle, he concentrated on the next bunker. Within ten meters of his goal, Staff Sergeant Conde-Falcón was shot by an unseen assailant and soon died of his wounds. Staff Sergeant Conde-Falcón’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

SFC Conde-Falcón’s son, Richard, was presented with his father’s Congressional Medal of Honor by President Obama at a White House ceremony on March 18, 2014. Graveside services were conducted on April 12th, 2014 in Rogers, Texas. General Mark A. Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, rededicated SFC Conde-Falcón’s grave with full military honors, including Chaplain, Honor Guard, and Taps services. SFC Conde-Falcón’s name on the Golden Brigade Memorial at the at 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial at Ft Bragg was inlaid with gold and the training room at the current 1/505, 3rd Brigade was dedicated to his honor. All events were well represented by Golden Brigade veterans in attendance.

SGT David Harold McDonald KIA April 4, 1969

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 12:00 pm

SGT David Harold McDonald, from Hialeah, Florida, arrived in Vietnam on August 18, 1968. He died of multiple fragmentation wounds on April 4, 1969 in Hua Nghia Province at the age of 23. SGT McDonald was a Light Weapons Infantryman (11B40) with 3rd Platoon, D 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. David is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 27W, Line 12.

 

CPL Douglas Wayne Richards KIA April 4, 1969

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 11:00 am

CPL Douglas Wayne Richards, from Granite City Illinois, arrived in Vietnam on January 1, 1969. He died of multiple fragmentation wounds  on April 4, 1969 in Hua Nghia Province at the age of 21. CPL Richards was a Light Weapons Infantryman (11B10) with 3rd Platoon, D 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Douglas is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 27W, Line 12.

 

SGT Jerry Wayne Shain KIA April 4, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 10:00 am

SGT Jerry Wayne Shain, from Cromwell, Kentucky, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 4, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at the age of 21. SGT Shain was an Light Weapons Infantryman (11B4P) with C 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Jerry is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 11.

 

SP4 Raymond Junior Johnson KIA April 4, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 9:00 am

SP4 Raymond Junior Johnson, from Hamilton, Ohio, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 4, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at the age of 22. SP4 Johnson was a Combat Medic (91B2P) with C 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Raymond is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 5.

SSG Robert Gerald Elgin KIA April 4, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 8:00 am

SSG Robert Gerald Elgin, from San Francisco, California, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 4, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at age 29. SSG Elgin was a Light Weapons Infantryman (11B4P) with C 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Robert is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 2.

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Forty-six years after he was killed in action, Robert Elgin’s medals are in the hands of his daughter through the perseverance of a police officer and a veterans’ official in North Dakota and a cemetery manager in Spanaway.

Army Sgt. Robert Gerald Elgin was 29 at the time of his death in 1968. His body was returned to the U.S. for burial at Bethel Cemetery in Spanaway, next to his parents. His grave marker, worn by weather and time but still legible, is inscribed with his name, rank and PH, for Purple Heart. Not noted is another medal, the Silver Star, one of America’s highest honors for bravery in combat. It was awarded to Elgin posthumously along with the South Vietnamese Military Merit Medal, given by the Republic of Vietnam to soldiers for extreme bravery. (more…)

SP4 Daniel Guardado KIA April 4, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 7:00 am

SP4 Daniel Guardado, from Santa Ana, California, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 4, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at the age of 22. SP4 Daniel was a Light Weapons Infantryman (11B2P) with C 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Daniel is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 4.

 

SP4 Leo Brent Gunning KIA April 4, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 6:00 am

SP4 Leo Brent Gunning, from Potsdam, New York, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 4, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at the age of 21. PFC Gunning was a Light Weapons Infantryman (11B2P) with C 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Leo is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 4.

 

2LT Lawrence Henry Kocher KIA April 4, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 5:00 am

2LT Lawrence Henry Kocher, from West Milford, New Jersey, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 4, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at the age of 23. 2LT Kocher was an Infantry Platoon Leader (71542) with C 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Lawrence is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 6.

 

SP4 James Guerdon Signett KIA April 4, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 4:00 am

SP4 James Guerdon Signett, from Chesapeake, Virginia, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 4, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at the age of 21. Sp4 Signett was a Food Service Specialist (94B2P) with C 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. James is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 11.

PFC Robert Joseph Moore KIA April 4, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 3:00 am

PFC Robert Joseph Moore, from Morristown, New Jersey, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 4, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at the age of 20. PFC Moore was an Infantry Direct Fire Crewman  (11H1P) with C 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Robert is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 7.

 

PFC Michael Lee Farmer KIA April 4, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 2:00 am

PFC Michael Lee Farmer, from Atlantic City, New Jersey, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 4, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at the age of 20. PFC Farmer was a Light Weapons Infantryman (11B1P) with C 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Michael is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 2.

 

SP4 Taher Fathi Ghais KIA April 4, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 1:00 am

SP4 Taher Fathi Ghais, from Belmont, Massachusetts, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 4, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at the age of 24. SP4 Ghais was an Infantry Operations And Intelligence Specialist LRRP (11F2P) with HHC, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Taher is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 3.

April 1, 2012

Forever Young – The Sergeant Danny Scurfield Project

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 8:42 pm

My name is Jono Krawczyk and I am a student at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. My English class is reading “The Things They Carried”, and is now beginning a project memorializing soldiers whose names are on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. We are commemorating lost soldiers and I received Sergeant Danny Scurfield’s name.

I am hopingyou would be willing to share any memories, experiences or photos you have with Sergeant Scurfield that I can include in my memorial to make my tribute more personal.

If you would like to see similar projects to the one I’m working on and where my memorial will eventually be posted, please visit http://www4.eanesisd.net/~vietnam/.

Thank you very much for your time,

Jono Krawczyk

Please feel free to email me at jonokrawczyk@gmail.com

December 12, 2010

May 5, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young,Looking For – Ron Yorkovich 9:08 pm
 I was on FSB Birmingham and we hit an ambush that day doing road security between Birmingham and Bastogne. NVA were set up in the wood line to hit an ammo convoy but they hit us instead. We lost a lot of men that day from both C & A company. I would just like to remember them by their names.
 
Take Care,
 
Mike Murphy
C/1st/508 Infantry/82nd Airborne
E-mail mikeamurphy1@comcast.net
2987 Overwood Lane
Snellville, GA  30078
678-451-5845
 
Mike – Welcome Home!
 
Here are the casualties from May 5, 1968:
Baumann Rene G 2LT C Btry 2nd Bn 321st Walnut Creek CA
Brocker Thomas G CPL C Co 1st Bn 508th San Jose CA
Carroll James N III CPL C Co 1st Bn 508th Cincinnati OH
Guasp Gary A 2LT C Co 1st Bn 508th Brentwood NY
Nimphie Max E Jr CPL A Co 1st Bn 508th Fenton MI
Payne Ernest SP5 HHC 1st Bn 508th Baton Rouge LA
Watts Afton M CPT C Co 1st Bn 508th Austin TX

You can click on the “Forever Young” page to link to their info on “The Wall”.

Please remember to join the Chapter – we look forward to seeing you at the next reunion – and don’t forget to have your friends join too!

Ron

September 13, 2006

1LT Johnny F. Davis B 1/505th KIA 14 Jun 69

Category: All Messages,Forever Young,Looking For – Ron Yorkovich 9:34 pm
johnnydavis.JPGMy brother was 1LT. Johnny F. Davis. He was in Co. B, 1st BN, 505th INF, 3D BDE, 82nd ABN DIV. He was in VietNam from May 13th, 1969 until his death on June 14th, 1969. He was a Platoon leader and was killed in an ambush in the Providence of Hua Nghia at about 12:40 am on the 14th. Cpt. Hines was his CO until he was relieved about the 8th of June, the CO at the time of Johnny’s death was Ct. Kerrith H. King but he doesn’t remember Johnny’s death. Cpt. King was injured later in June or July.

I am trying to locate anyone who knew my brother while he was in Vietnam. If I could find a list of the soldiers in his platoon surely I could reach someone who remembers him and remembers what actually happened to him.

Thank you so much and God Bless,

Karen Davis Johnson
Columbia MO
573-442-2669
johnsonkd@health.missouri.edu

I was a fellow platoon leader in Lt. Davis’ unit. I responded to Karen’s E-mail and spoke with her on the phone. I was sent out that night to recover Lt. Davis. I was the third platoon leader. I would like to get in touch with other members of the unit. If you’re out there, drop me a line.

Duane King
doking@cfl.rr.com

Duane emailed me and I spoke with him last night, he told me all about the night Johnny was killed, what happened, why it happened. He is a brave man to be able to tell me all those details. Thanks to your website I now know what I have wanted to know for over 37 years.

Karen

September 2, 2006

Jerald Glenn Dewveall

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 12:03 am

I think my older brother, Dewveall, Jerald Glenn, 1LT, was the Platoon Leader the day Ortega (Ortega, Ramon Felix Jr., SSG) was KIA. He was also KIA on 1/25/69. From what I have researched my brother was killed while patroling a river around or near Saigon. I was 12yrs old at the time. I would appreciate any information from someone who knows or remembers that day.

Roger Dewveall
rdewveall@charter.net