January 21, 1977
In his first act as president, Jimmy Carter pardons all Vietnam-era draft dodgers – pleasing amnesty groups, but angering veterans. The blanket pardon included hundreds of thousands who left the United States or failed to register with Selective Service. Military AWOL were not included in the pardon.
On 28 August 1968, B Co, C Co, and D Co saturated the North side of Hill 549. Of significance was the discovery of another hospital complex, numerous graves, and large quantities of weapons and munitions. Of primary interest, however, was the large quantity of documents, including maps and operations orders of past and present attacks on friendly forces and installations in the Hue-Phu Bai area.
Source: Combat After Action Report – Operation NEVADA Eagle [Unclassified 24 May 1995]
On 8 April, the 1st Battalion (Abn), 505th Infantry made heavy contact with a suspected company size NVA force In the village of Phuoc Yen, vie YD68020. Bravo and Charlie of the 1-505 reinforced by Alpha of the 1st Battalion (Abn) 501st Infantry cordoned the village while TAC Air and artillery were called In. The cordon was maintained through the night and, on 9 April, Bravo and Charlie prepared to sweep from the south and went reepectivaly while Alpha moved from its positions to the north.
Source: Operational Report of the 101st Airborne Division for the period ending 30 April 1968.
The first kill credited to the Golden Brigade was accomplished by C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 321st Artillery on 28 February 1968.
Source: Operational Report – Lessons Learned, Headquarters, 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division, Period Ending 30 April 1968 [Declassified]