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


May 23, 2015

B Troop 1/17 CAV

Category: All Messages,Units – Ron Yorkovich 2:46 am

Forever Young

Bailey Everette Roland CPL
Barrett Thomas Q SP4
Beatty Donald Edward SGT
Bennett Anthony Lee 2LT
Johnson Curtis SP4
Kayga William Duane PFC
Krom Michael Lee PFC
Scurfield Danny Vinson SGT
Urban Alexander John Jr PFC
Valentine Pervis B Jr CPL

August 29, 2012

Individual Awards To Golden Brigade Troopers

Category: All Messages,General Interest,Uncategorized,Units – Sean McPhail 11:32 am

The following individuals were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam while serving with the 3rd brigade 82nd Airborne Division:

1.  Staff Sergeant Juan Ogo Blaz

Unit:  Company A, 2d Battalion, 505th Infantry

Date Of Action:  18 January 1969

2.  Staff Sergeant Felix M. Conde-Falcon (Posthumously)

Unit:  Company D, 1st Battalion, 505th Infantry

Date Of Action:  4 April 1969

3.  Sergeant First Class James L. Edwards

Unit:  Company B, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry

Date Of Action:  26 August 1968

4.  First Lieutenant Larry D. Fleener

Unit:  Company B, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry

Date Of Action:  26 August 1968

5.  Sergeant Rohnie Harrell

Unit:  Company B, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 505th Infantry

Date Of Action:  6 April 1968

August 16, 2012

Unit Awards To Golden Brigade Units

Category: All Messages,General Interest,Units – Sean McPhail 4:51 pm

A number of awards were earned by the various units of the Golden Brigade during its service in Vietnam. Because of the time it took to process and approve these awards, many of the veterans who were entitled to these awards never knew about them and often their military records do not reflect their entitlement.

Following is a listing, including citations, for all unit awards earned by the 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division in Vietnam. Anyone assigned to and present for duty with any of the particular units during any portion of the cited period is permanently entitled to that unit award.

  1.  3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division – Republic Of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation for the period 6 October 1968 through 11 November 1969. The award, including the citation, was announced in Section III (Page 4) of Department Of The Army General Orders No. 43 dated 12 August 1970. Following is a link to the orders:

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7043.pdf

Documents pertaining to the approval of this award, including both the Vietnamese and English language citations for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|276196717

  2.  3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division – Republic Of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class Unit Citation for the period 12 March 1968 through 4 October 1968.  This award was made to the 101st Airborne Division to which the 3rd Brigade was attached at the time and the award, including the citation, was announced in Section IV (Pages 10-11) of Department Of The Army General Orders No. 48 dated 14 October 1971.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7148.pdf

  3.  1st Battalion 505th Infantry  – Republic Of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class Unit Citation for the period 3 March 1969 through 30 April 1969.  This award was made to the 25th Infantry Division to which the 1/505th Infantry was attached at the time and the award, including the citation, was announced in Section III (Pages 13-14) of Department Of The Army General Orders No. 51 dated 10 November 1971.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7151.pdf

  4.  1st Battalion 508th Infantry  – Valorous Unit Award for the period 1 May 1968 through 8 January 1969 as announced in General Orders No. 880, Headquarters, United States Army, Vietnam, dated 16 April 1970, and confirmed in Section I (Page 3) of Department Of The Army General Orders No. 43 dated 12 August 1970. (This award was submitted as a Presidential Unit Citation but ultimately downgraded to a Valorous Unit Award before being approved.)

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7043.pdf

Documents pertaining to the submission and approval of this award, including the citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268911833

and here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268912346

  5.  Battery A 2nd Battalion 321st Artillery – Valorous Unit Award for the period 12 November 1968 through 10 December 1968 while attached to the 1st Battalion 508th Infantry as announced in General Orders No. 880, Headquarters, United States Army, Vietnam, dated 16 April 1970, and confirmed in Section I (Page 3) of Department Of The Army General Orders No. 43 dated 12 August 1970.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7043.pdf

Documents pertaining to the submission and approval of this award, including the citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268911833

and here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268912346

  6.  Battery B 2nd Battalion 321st Artillery – Valorous Unit Award for the period 23 August 1968 through 1 November 1968 while attached to the 1st Battalion 508th Infantry as announced in Section V (Page 14) of Department Of The Army General Orders No. 48 dated 14 October 1971. (Note: Battery B was referred to as Battery D in the recommendation and subsequent documents, including the initial citation. This was later corrected by an amended citation.)

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7148.pdf

Documents pertaining to the submission and approval of this award, including the citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268911833

and here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268912346

  7.  Battery C 2nd Battalion 321st Artillery – Valorous Unit Award for the period 26 October 1968 through 1 November 1968 while attached to the 1st Battalion 508th Infantry as announced in General Orders No. 880, Headquarters, United States Army, Vietnam, dated 16 April 1970, and confirmed in Section I (Page 3) of Department Of The Army General Orders No. 43 dated 12 August 1970.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7043.pdf

Documents pertaining to the submission and approval of this award, including the citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268911833

and here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268912346

  8.  Company C 307th Engineer Battalion  – Meritorious Unit Commendation for the period 16 September 1968 through 31 July 1969 as announced in General Orders No. 762, Headquarters, United States Army, Vietnam, dated 28 March 1970, and confirmed in Section II(62) of Department Of The Army General Orders. No. 39 dated 20 July 1970.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7039.pdf

Documents pertaining to the submission and approval of this award, including the citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268908884

and here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|269641652

  9.   Company A 82nd Support Battalion – Meritorious Unit Commendation for the period 25 May 1968 through 28 February 1969 as announced in General Orders No. 4454, Headquarters, United States Army, Vietnam, dated 22 December 1969, and confirmed in Section II(41) of Department Of The Army General Orders. No. 39 dated 20 July 1970.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7039.pdf

Documents pertaining to the submission and approval of this award, including the citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268397075

  10.  Company A 82nd Support Battalion– Meritorious Unit Commendation (First Oak Leaf Cluster) for the period 1 March 1969 through 15 November 1969 as announced in General Orders No. 845, Headquarters, United States Army, Vietnam, dated 8 April 1970, and confirmed in Section II(40) of Department Of The Army General Orders. No. 39 dated 20 July 1970.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7039.pdf

Documents pertaining to the submission and approval of this award, including the citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268397048

  11.  82nd Support Battalion (Less Company A) – Meritorious Unit Commendation for the period 16 September 1968 through 15 November 1969 as announced in General Orders No. 845, Headquarters, United States Army, Vietnam, dated 8 April 1970, and confirmed in Section II(40) of Department Of The Army General Orders. No. 39 dated 20 July 1970.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7039.pdf

Documents pertaining to the submission and approval of this award, including the citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268397048

  12.  Also, bear in mind that any 3rd Brigade Vietnam veteran who may not have been assigned and present with one of the cited units during the cited periods is nevertheless entitled to the Republic Of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation which was awarded to the United States Army, Vietnam and all subordinate units for the period 20 July 1965  through 28 March 1973 as announced in Section I(3) of Department Of The Army General Orders No. 8 dated 19 March 1974.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7408.pdf

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Units of the 3rd Brigade were recommended for other awards which, for various reasons, were never approved.

1.  2d Battalion 505th Infantry – Meritorious Unit Commendation for the period 21 October 1968 through 15 November 1969. However, the award was not approved.

Following is a link to the paperwork submitted with the recommendation as well as the documents discussing and ultimately denying the award.

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|269656498

2.  1st Battalion 508th Infantry – Meritorious Unit Commendation for the period 21 December 1968 through 1 November 1969. However, the award was not approved on the basis that it is intended primarily for combat support units and not combat units.

Documents pertaining to the submission and disapproval of this award, including the proposed citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|269657179

and here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|269657188

3.  2d Battalion 321st Artillery – Meritorious Unit Commendation for the period 1 January 1969 through 14 November 1969. However, the award was not approved on the basis that it is intended primarily for combat support units and not combat units.

Documents pertaining to the submission and disapproval of this award, including the proposed citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|269630899

4.  According to the 82nd’s second unit history from Vietnam, as the Brigade was standing down in 1969, a recommendation for the Presidential Unit Citation for the entire brigade was submitted. Apparently, it was not approved, although I don’t have any specific documents to verify this.

There may be other recommendations I am not aware of that were disapproved for varying reasons.

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Anyone wishing to have his Army discharge amended to reflect these awards, or for any other reason, may do so by following the directions on the following link:

https://www.hrc.army.mil/TAGD/Correction%20to%20Veterans%20Military%20Records

Veterans, particularly those who served tours with other units, may also want to consult DA Pamphlet 672-3, the Army’s official Unit Citation And Campaign Participation Register, at the following link:

http://armypubs.army.mil/epubs/pdf/P672_3.pdf

March 9, 2012

A Co 1/505th INF

Category: All Messages,Units – Ron Yorkovich 1:11 am

Forever Young

Name  

Rank

Loss

Panel

Row

Allport James Sherwood

PFC

5/2/1968

53E

44

Anderson Edward

CPL

5/14/1968

60E

7

Barrimond Errol Michael

PFC

5/2/1968

54E

1

Castro Ernesto F Jr

PFC

8/6/1968

49W

19

Cox James Michael

SGT

7/21/1969

20W

30

Fedro James Ray Sr

SP4

5/1/1968

53E

31

Garrahan Ernest Edward

SGT

12/31/1968

35W

12

Gormican David C

SSG

7/12/1969

21W

107

Hatch Kenneth Neal

SGT

9/24/1969

17W

4

Hernandez-Carrion Gilbert

SGT

3/21/1968

45E

47

Hussey Sherman Junior

MSG

5/1/1968

53E

34

Lucas Michael Elsmere

PFC

10/6/1969

17W

45

Nance Paul Marion Jr

SGT

5/1/1968

53E

38

Neary John Runyon II

PFC

5/1/1968

53E

39

Powell William

SSG

4/10/1968

49E

14

Reynolds Gary Edward

PFC

2/11/1969

32W

16

Southard Jerry Lee

CPL

6/25/1969

21W

13

Van Duyn Jon Francis

SSG

4/8/1968

48E

55

Whorton Dwayne Jefferson

PFC

11/28/1968

37W

3