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


June 11, 2015

The Golden Brigade Website Has Moved!

Category: All Messages,Announcements,Chapter News – Ron Yorkovich 9:23 pm

This website is no longer maintained.

For Chapter information visit www.goldenbrigade.org.

For finding buddies and participating in conversations and war stories with other Golden Brigade veterans, please join our Facebook group (we have over 400 members).

Pass the word – let’s get everyone involved!

All The Way!

Ron Yorkovich

April 8, 2013

3rd BCT Spring Formal/Regimental Ball

Category: All Messages,Chapter News,General Interest – Jerry Schaefer 2:46 pm

After Action Report 4/6/13

3rd BCT 82nd Airborne Division Regimental Ball held on March 27, 2013

On Wednesday  March 27 the Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina was the site of the 3rd BCT’s first Regimental Ball held in four or five years. Approximately 1200 Officers, NCOs, honored veterans and the wonderful ladies that put up with all of us were in attendance. The Marriott Hotel just across the street from the Convention Center provided rooms at a good rate for all the out of towners and those who did not wish to return to Fayetteville/Ft. Bragg at the end of the evening.

Happy hour in the lobby preceded dinner. Gracing the lobby was a beautiful ice sculpture of the Division crest with a Panther above it.

Before dinner there were toasts and remarks by Col. Fenzel as well as the always touching explanation of the significance of the items on the Fallen Comrade Table. After dinner we were entertained by an all too brief performance by the All American Chorus. Following the Chorus was a Highland Pipe and Drum Corps whose lads and lassies created a “bonny grand racket”

Guest speaker was LTG Jack Nix (ret), a thirty year plus professional soldier, serving in Airborne and non- airborne units as well as many staff and administrative jobs within the Army. After retirement, LTG Nix had a second career was with the large and varied J.E. Dunn Construction Company.

Five  troopers were introduced and inducted into the Order of the Distinguished Panther for their contribution to the regiment. Congratulations to them.

A “grog Ceremony” was held in which a bottle of liquor from each area that the 505th has campaigned in are mixed in a large bowl. Sicilian and Italian wines started the flow, with French hard cider, Dutch beer, rum from Panama and Vietnamese rice wine to complete the potent mix. For service in non- drinking areas a can of Rip-Its energy drink and a pot of thirty six hour old coffee was added. It tasted far better than it sounds and had a serious kick to it. Four or five cups of it would tend to make one a little tipsy.

Rather than amaze “the youngun’s” with our  graceful and almost poetic dance floor moves, most of us retired to our hospitality room to catch up with each other and socialize with the guests that dropped in including LTC James Hayes , Brigade XO.

The people of Raleigh were warm and friendly. The weather was cold and windy—high 20’s to low 30’s at night and mid 50’s by day. There were plenty of touristy things to do within walking distance of the hotel such as shopping, the State Capitol Building numerous museums, etc.  We ate at an English pub called the Oxford and if you really like Barbeque and/or ribs try The Pit, but go early as it is very popular.

Besides the Golden Brigade, the 505th Panther Association and 555th Parachute Association were also in attendance.

Another job well done by the Panther  Brigade !!

For photos of the Ball go to the 3rd BCT  face book page or go to www.flickr/pantherbrigade.

For pictures of our welcome home in September go to page 61 on that website.

February 1, 2013

3Rd BCT Regimental Ball March 27,2013

Category: All Messages,Announcements,Chapter News,General Interest – Jerry Schaefer 2:17 pm

January 25, 2013

RE: Deployment Order

We Are Invited!

As Dickie Keaton says, “Put on your dress blues, polish you tennis shoes and bring your Cinderella to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team Regimental Ball”.

For the first time ever, Golden Brigade Chapter members have been invited to the Regimental Ball which will be held in Raleigh, NC on March 27, 2013 at the Raleigh Convention Center. (more…)

September 5, 2012

Recent Events Honoring The Golden Brigade At Fort Bragg

Here is a link to a news article about several events recently held at Fort Bragg, NC to honor the 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division, including the laying of a wreath at the Golden Brigade Memorial and the dedication of a new dining facility named after MG Alexander R. Bolling, Jr.

http://fayobserver.com/articles/2012/09/04/1201846?sac=fo.local

September 28, 2010

2010 Summer Newsletter

Category: All Messages,Chapter News,Reunion – Ron Yorkovich 2:41 pm

Fellow Troopers of the Golden Brigade:

Some of you know that I was elected as Secretary of the Golden Brigade Chapter at our April reunion in Dallas.  In this capacity, I will be sending newsletters periodically.   I am anxious to get your feedback so let me know what you think and what you would like to see in future updates.  If you have pictures, articles, ideas, commentary, etc, please contact me by reply e-mail.

We would like to make these updates a two-way communication. To do so, we need to hear from you guys. What to send in? Anything significant to you or that you want to share with us. Mar-riage, anniversaries, birth of grand children, great grand children, or children (we really want to hear about them, you old rattlesnakes!), promotions, and retirements. Caught a huge fish? Nailed a record buck? Suc-cessful recovery of illness? Share your good news.

Please let us know if you hear of the death of a fellow Golden Brigade trooper, chapter member or not. Lost track of a buddy from our Viet Nam days? Send in his name, unit, dates served in „Nam. Anything that may jog the memory of one or more of us will help.

Jerry Schaefer
714-847-7298
gbcnewsletter@hotmail.com

42nd REUNION UPDATE

For those of you who missed it—you missed out on a super good time. The usual suspects were there, as well as many new faces. It was held at the Hilton DFW Lakes Con-vention Center again. They treated us extremely well and it is likely to be the site of fu-ture reunions as it is centrally located for all of us as well.

One of the main highlights was the hotel graciously allowing us to set up LZ Bolling right in front of the lobby. It was a one ship LZ, surrounded by trees on 3 sides and a parking lot on the fourth. I believe it was Ken Steelman who located a functional vintage Huey and got the OK from the hotel, Fire Dept, Police Dept and the FAA (the hotel is only about a five minute flight from the DFW runways) to have it flown in and stay over night.

General Bolling, the Color Guard from Ft. Bragg, the Chorus members and many of the troopers met it on arrival. All were greatly impressed by the pilot’s skill in getting in and out safely. The sight, sound and smell of a working Huey brought back many memories for a lot of us. Many of us also signed the canvas seats and firewall.

When the Huey came in, it circled the hotel at the 7th floor level then set down in the LZ. When it took off, it circled again. What a surprise it must have been for the non-GBC guests!

GBC MEMORIAL ARK

Noted artist Wendy Yothers and about a dozen other artists and companies created a memorial for the Chapter commemorating our service in Viet Nam. Since we are a last man chapter it has a bottle of premium bourbon and a hand blown shot glass emulating a parachute shape and engraved with All The Way on the bottom. The ark itself is made of various hardwoods and is about 3 ft square. The front has engraved jump wings, CIB and CMB on it as well as the names of our fallen comrades. Inside are numerous small drawers to hold any small mementos you guys may want to send in. Steel from shot out rifle barrels provide the fittings and accents. The travelling case is equally impressive. It will be with us at all reunions until the last man can toast those who have passed with the bourbon and shot glass. Words cannot adequately describe these cases. YOU MUST GO TO FUTURE REUNIONS TO SEE IT. It is truly an impressive work of art.

SYMPOSIUM AT REUNION

We had two guest speakers at the symposium. Jug Burkett, author of “Stolen Valor”, spoke about his book which exposes the many falsehoods spread about Viet Nam vets as well as the many phonies out there disre-specting our sacrifices and service. There are so many of them out there—I have even heard that nearly double the number of men and women who actually served are claiming service in “Da Nam”. Even politicians of all parties!! Look before you vote. This book is a must read for all Americans not just veterans.

Our second guest was Albert Nahas. He is the author of “Warriors Remembered” a 208 page, 11.5x 11.5 hard cover photo documentary of Viet Nam Veteran Memorials from all over the country. He highlights 50 of the 1000 or so in existence. Many are incredibly touching and heart rending and full of love for us and our fallen brothers. The book should be out this fall. You can either use the attached order form or keep in touch with your local book seller. It is truly a unique and moving publication. For a preview and ordering information go to:  http://www.warriorsremembered.com/. Inquiries and bulk orders, e-mail to: mailto:warriorsremembered@gmail.com.

SYMPOSIUM AT REUNION:

We had two guest speakers at the symposium. Jug Burkett, author of “Stolen Valor”, spoke about his book which exposes the many falsehoods spread about Viet Nam vets as well as the many phonies out there disrespecting our sacrifices and service. There are so many of them out there—I have even heard that nearly double the number of men and women who actually served are claiming service in “Da Nam”. Even politicians of all parties!! Look before you vote. This book is a must read for all Americans not just veterans.

Our second guest was Albert Nahas. He is the author of “Warriors Remembered” a 208 page, 11.5x 11.5 hard cover photo documentary of Viet Nam Veteran Memorials from all over the country. He highlights 50 of the 1000 or so in existence. Many are incredibly touching and heart rending and full of love for us and our fallen brothers. The book should be out this fall. You can either use the attached order form or keep in touch with your local book seller. It is truly a unique and moving publication. For a preview and ordering information go to: http://www.warriorsremembered.com/. Inquiries and bulk orders, e-mail to: warriorsremembered@gmail.com

GBC MEMORIAL PAINTING

It is still in the works. Full details are not available yet. Estimated cost is @ $10k. Copies for individuals $82. Will keep you advised.

THOUGHTS & THANKS

The Memorial Dinner was excellent and well attended. Color Guard from Ft. Bragg, part of the 82nd Choir, a piper, much pomp and ceremony , good food , better friends, memories and lies swapped. It does not get any better than that. Plan to attend in 2012-you won’t be sorry.

Many thanks to all who made this reunion possible ; including but not limited to MG Bolling, Carl Bludau, Rich O?Hare, Bob Murrill, Ken Steelman, Ron Yorkovich, Mike Hood and the troopers and families in attendance. A special thanks to Dick and Judy Keaton for hosting the hospitality room. Also special thanks to Rick and Charlotte Randazzo for putting on the fish fry and shrimp boil lunch. Outstanding! My apologies to those I have omitted. Bad memory and worse note taking on my part.

WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT

Carl Bludau reports that we have enough donations to sponsor about 25 Wounded Warriors so far and he ex-pects more donations to come in. Make checks payable to: 82nd Education Fund Wounded Warrior. Send your tax deductible donations to:

82nd Airborne Division Assoc.
Educational Fund
PO box 65089
Fayetteville, N.C. 28306-5089

PAST NEWS

At the 2009 convention Darrell Ormes (B-2-505) was awarded his Silver Star for actions on the night of Feb 28—Mar 1,1969. 40 years late but still sweet. Congratulations from all of us.

2010 CONVENTION
If you are planning to attend this year, you need to get your hotel room and registration in now! It look like most if not all 82nd units will be Stateside by then and many will be there. I?m hearing 600-1000+ troopers and families ! I haven?t been to that part of the country, but I hear West Virginia is spectacularly scenic and worth spending some time in. Plus lots of local attractions.

SOCIAL SECURITY UPDATE

If you served between 1957 and 2001, those quarters apply to your total S/S benefits. You must apply for them, it is not automatic. Contact your local office or go to: http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm. You must bring a copy of your DD-214 to the S/S office. To get a copy of DD-214, „Google? veterans records. There are several useful websites to help you. This may not help much for draftees and one hitch guys, but it may make a big difference to those who had multiple enlistments but didn?t go the full way. Not sure about career guys. This benefit should be auto-matic—we should not have to ask for it.

August 1, 2007

Golden Brigade Chapter News – August 2007

Category: All Messages,Chapter News,Reunion – Ron Yorkovich 9:35 pm

Harrisburg, PA – Annual Convention – August 16 – 19, 2007.  You should have seen this in Paraglide. The Golden Brigade will host a hospitality suite starting on Wednesday night in the William Penn Room on the 2nd floor.  We will have a nice reception in the Penn Room starting at 6:30 PM on Thursday night with an open bar and hors d’ourves so as to enjoy each other’s company and meet new friends. There is no charge for this – just throw some money into the helmet or ammo can and we’re good to go. There will be no dinner this year as we are trying to squirrel away some MPC for our 40th Anniversary Reunion – see below. Check your Paraglide or our web site for more details.

Veteran’s Day – Washington, DC.  While I don’t have exact details at this time, it is anticipated that the 82nd Association will sponsor a number of events to honor our fallen heroes over a 3 day period.  It is a great event that you won’t want to miss. Check your Paraglide.
 
40th Anniversary of the Golden Brigade’s Service in Vietnam – Dallas, TX. April 4 & 5, 2008. We will only have one 40th Anniversary so mark your calendars and plan to be there.  Some folks are planning to bring their families. I want to spend some time on this.  MG Bolling, Bob Murrill, and Mike Hood are coordinating one of the most fantastic events that you will probably ever experience. For those who have never been to one of our events, it is a time to enjoy friendship, tell some lies and renew or make new friends.

The hotel is bending over backwards to accommodate us and I guarantee that you will not be disappointed!  Plans are still in the works but here’s what it looks like:

  • Hotel – Dallas Forth Worth Hilton Executive Conference Center – a beautiful, high class hotel. www.hiltondfwlakesecc.com Rates – Deluxe Rooms Around $95 per night + taxes
  • Welcome Dinner – Friday Night – The Austin Ranch – next to the hotel – meet, greet, renew friendships and make new ones.
  • Activities Available (Additional Cost) – Spa, Golf, Horseback Riding etc.
  • 82nd Chorus to perform – dependent upon combat situation
  • Hospitality Room
  • Breakfast included
  • Magnificent Gala Reunion Dinner – Saturday Night – Hotel Ballroom
  • Shuttles to and from the Airport – 10 minutes away
  • Expected Registration Cost $50 to $60 per person – but generous donations greatly accepted/needed to defray actual costs which will be much higher due to what will be provided to you.
  • Plans are to finalize plans and get a reservation forms out to you in early Fall.  We need to have an accurate count so don’t be a slacker and wait till the last minute.

Save up your MPC and mark your calendars – do it now!!

Lastly, if you haven’t renewed your dues, do it now. Check the website for an application or give Rich a call on the horn for an application.  We don’t want to have to chase you down the Candy Stripe for a few bucks.

Hope to see you all soon.  Let’s make our 40th a time for you and your families to remember. Check the website frequently for updates. 

Airborne, All the Way, God Bless Our Troopers and God Bless America!!!

Carl H. Bludau, Chapter Chairman
Richard F. O’Hare, Treasurer

September 21, 2006

Last Man’s Club (Updated 29 Sep 06)

Category: All Messages,Announcements,Chapter News – Ron Yorkovich 10:12 pm

When we came home in 1968, 1969 or 1970, we were lost sheep. We knew that we had fought well and served with honor but nobody seemed to want us so eventually we formed the Golden Brigade Chapter – just for us. Whether we knew it or not when we formed, we started out as a “Last Man’s Club”. You have probably heard of these clubs that go back as far as WWI. The youngest of us are now in our middle 50’s while there are a few of us are in the 80’s. Jim Littig has proposed and is starting research on establishing a Last Man’s Club for just for us. Simply, those that want to join would chip in a few bucks and a fine bottle of champagne from 1968 would be bought and stored. The last 2 or 4 guys left alive would get together and crack the bottle and toast all who had gone before them. Any extra funds would go the last guy alive or charity. Jim’s working on the details. It’s a great idea and I hope to be one of those guys sipping the Champagne!!

John Therrien called me last night and suggested that for our 40th Anniversary, we do a “Dining Out”. I’ve heard what they are but never participated as E5’s in very worn out and smelly jungle fatigues who didn’t wear underwear or socks never got invited! My best memory of John was outside of Hue as he rammed my head into the ground (with the normal expletives) as Marine F4’s put napalm came in so close to us that I still can feel the heat and O2 sucked from my lungs. I now blame John for my dim wittedness. Those were the days my friends!

After John’s call I got to thinking – a dangerous thing mind you. During WWII Col Ruben Tucker (504) bought a beautiful and massive Sterling silver champagne cooler – a big silver bucket – at a antique shop in London. He had it engraved with various 504 PIR crests etc and it now sits in the 82nd Museum. With much required MP security, it is today used for various 504 events.

We are as special as the 504 PIR so why don’t we do something like this for us. We could christen it in Harrisburg 2007 or in 2008 in St. Louis. We can afford it and we deserve it!

Please email me or click on “Comments” under this message to give me your feedback.

Airborne, All the Way and God Bless America!!!

Richard F. O’Hare, Treasurer
Golden Brigade Chapter, 82nd Abn Div. Assn. Inc.
gbc82abnvn@aol.com

September 4, 2006

Chapter News- September 4, 2006

Category: All Messages,Chapter News,Reunion – Ron Yorkovich 6:41 pm

2006 Orlando Reunion    The convention in Orlando was great.  We had an excellent showing of our chapter members and their ladies. Importantly, we had a number of first timers show up and they were welcomed with open arms.  Many new friends were made. Thursday night was a fun time as we all went to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede.  This was a very patriotic horse show with an excellent dinner.

Veteran’s Day, Washington, DC    Men, this is our day!  I urge you to make it to DC for Veteran’s Day.  Check your Paraglide for details.  If you’ve lost it or thrown it away, let Rich O’Hare know and he will send you the info.  We lay wreaths at numerous graves and monuments throughout Arlington Cemetery and then at the WWII, Korean and Vietnam memorials.  Don’t miss it!

All American Week – May, 2007    It is unknown if there will be an All American Week this year due to the deployment of the 82nd. The 3rd Brigade (505) is now in Iraq and the 4th Brigade (508th) and the division headquarters will be going to Afghanistan later this year. We’ll just have to wait and see but our prayers should be with these brave young troopers.

Convention- August 15-19, 2007    Next year’s convention will be held in Harrisburg, PA at the Hilton Harrisburg and Towers. Reservations (717) 233-6000 mention code (82ABN).  Rates are $99 plus tax.  Check your Paraglide for more details as the time grows closer.  We had our 30th Anniversary there and it is a great hotel.  The Central PA Chapter did a great job and treated us very well.  I again urge you to mark your calendars and make it to this wonderful event.  We will again put together a fun evening on Thursday night just for Golden Brigade heroes and their ladies.

Our 40th Anniversary – August 13 – 16, 2008    The 2008 Convention will be held in St. Louis, MO.  Believe it or not guys, this will be the 40th Anniversary of the Brigade’s deployment.  We are already in the preliminary stages of planning a gala event similar to the 30th and 35th Anniversary celebrations that we have held.  It will be on the Thursday night of the convention and will be a very nice affair. If you attended either the 30th or 35th you have a very fine memory of them.  More will come as our plans move along but do mark it on your calendar.  We are not getting any younger and you owe it to your self to celebrate your heroic service to this Country and our fine Division.

Tom and Mary Holtzman Bring the Entire Family to Orlando    Tom is a relatively new member of the chapter and attended the convention in Milwaukee last year.  He and Mary were welcomed as all new troopers are and decided to bring the whole family to Orlando this year.  The Holtzman’s had and entourage of 12 including children, spouses of the children and grandchildren. It looked like everyone had a great time.  All the Way, Tom and Mary!

That’s it Troopers,

Airborne, All the Way and God Bless America!!

Richard F. O’Hare, Treasurer
Golden Brigade Chapter, 82nd Abn Div. Assn. Inc.
gbc82abnvn@aol.com