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

June 4, 2015

COL Joseph Ross Franklin – TAPS (comments updated)

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 1:00 am


Col. Joseph Ross Franklin, PhD, USA (Ret), 84, of Pensacola, FL, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at home. Col. Franklin was born July 11, 1928 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended and graduated from U. S. Military Academy at West Point in 1950. Col. Franklin served in Korea, where he was wounded, and three tours of duty in Vietnam. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart, retiring from the U. S. Army after thirty years of service. Col. Franklin received his PhD in Foreign Relations from the American University. He was a member of the Legion of Valor and an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Franklin of Pensacola; son, Daniel Franklin of Pensacola; daughter, Jennifer Kellen and husband Joel of Corpus Christi, TX; granddaughter, Emmalee Noel Gough and sister, Dianne Payne. (more…)

June 2, 2015

Taps – John Shields

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 9:30 am


John R. Shields of Kenilworth, N.J., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 with his loving family at his side, after a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 65 years old. Services for Mr. Shields were held on  Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at the Opacity Funeral Home, 511 Washington Ave., Kenilworth. Interment followed at Forest Green Memorial Cemetery in Morganville, N.J. Please visit www.opacityfuneralhome.com to sign his guest book and to leave a personal condolence to the family. Born in Summit, N.J., John previously resided in Edison, N.J., and Lakewood, N.J. John proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. He served with C 1/508, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division in Vietnam. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart, and other military commendations, leaving with the rank of sergeant. He worked 20-plus years at Lindeman Buick, and was also employed at Pine Belt Chevy and Elizabeth Olds. A diehard Mets fan, John also enjoyed woodworking and gifting his projects to family members. He loved his Corvette and motorcycles, warm weather and Pepsi, crosswords and dahlias. His family, friends, and neighbors will remember that he was always there to help anyone who asked. John is survived by his mother, Lena, and was predeceased by his father, Elton E. Shields. He is survived by his brothers, William (Bill), Elton and wife, Debbie, Frank and wife, Carol, and his sisters, Sue Swigunski, Annette and husband, Guy Haddix, Nancy Rademacher, and Joan and partner, Jackie. John is also survived by 16 nieces and nephews. To the best son and brother anyone could have asked for, Thank You and God Bless You always. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Disabled American Veterans, I.D. Harris Chapter 40, c/o Cmdr Robert House, 845 Inwood Road, Union, N.J. 07083 would be appreciated.

June 1, 2015

Taps – Bruce D. Eilers C 1/505

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 10:51 am


Bruce D. Eilers, 60, of Waterloo, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, June 12, 2005 at his home. He was born June 7, 1945, in Cedar Falls, son of Charles and Barbara Schryver Eilers. He married Brenda Joyce Sindt Dec. 23, 1967, at St. John Lutheran Church in Keystone. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs. He received his B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa majoring in music education and minoring in sociology and economic, and later received his M.A. from UNI majoring in music.

Mr. Eilers was a string music educator, most recently at Waterloo West High School, retiring in 2004. He previously taught orchestra in the Cedar Rapids School District. Bruce was also conductor for the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony Orchestra. He was an active judge and clinician for area contests and festivals. He served in the U.S. Army in C 1/505 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division during Vietnam where he received a Purple Heart.

He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, was on the Iowa High School Music Association (50th All State Festival Planning Committee), Iowa Music Educators Association – All State Orchestra Chair (1998-2003), and was former member of the Cedar Rapids Symphony and the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony. He was a member of the Superior Hawgs RAGBRAI Team. He was very active in life and this is just a small amount of his professional involvement. Bruce was recognized by Grinnell College receiving the Outstanding Iowa Teacher Award in 1998.

He is survived by his wife; a son, Aaron (fiancee Melissa McBride) of Cedar Rapids; a daughter, Rebecca Eilers of Woodbury, Minn.; his mother of Hastings, Minn.; and three brothers, Delos (Karen) of Cottage Grove, Minn., James (Sue) of Villa Park, Ill., and David of Cary, N.C. Preceded in death by: his father.

Services were  held at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, with burial in Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery.

Taps – Carl S. Coulthard

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 10:25 am

Carl Steven Coulthard Sr., 65, of Troy, N.C., passed away at his home on Aug. 2, 2013. He is survived by his wife of nearly 45 years, Marla Mangum Coulthard; one son, Carl Steven Coulthard Jr. of Hamlet, N.C., one daughter, Jacquelyn Colette Coulthard of Portland, Ore.; three grandchildren, Alex, Bailey and Chase Coulthard of Hamlet, N.C.; and three brothers, William Coulthard Jr. of Windham, Herb Coulthard of Homestead, Fla., and Robert Coulthard of Scarborough. Mr. Coulthard was born in New London, Conn., to the late William Coulthard and Mary Coulthard. He retired from the U.S. Army having served in the 101st Airborne Division and HHC 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division with two tours of duty in Vietnam. Mr. Coulthard also served as the director of the American Red Cross in Richmond County and was the current host at Kings Mountain Point in the Uwharrie National Forest. A private memorial service was  held. On-line condolences may be left atwww.phillipsfh.com.

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.

Photo provided by Don McPhail
Photo Provided by Rick Talioaga
Photo provided by Gene Taylor
Life Magazine June 27, 1969

December 17, 2014

Taps – MSG Kenneth Williams

Category: Announcements,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 12:53 pm

Ken Williams passed away peacefully on Dec. 17, 2014 surrounded by the love of his family. He was born on July 21, 1948 in Hamlet, North Carolina, to James Frank Williams and Jessie Grant Williams.

Growing up, he was an all-county football player at Hamlet High School. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served two tours of duty in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star. During his 23 year Army career, he served in the 82nd Airborne Division and the 25th MP Infantry Division. He retired from the military at the rank of first sergeant. He was a lifetime member of the Hope Mills VFW Post 10630. He was a member of the Retired Military Police Association and at one time served as the secretary for the organization. He was also a member of the 173rd Airborne Association and the 82nd Airborne Golden Brigade.

Ken was married to the former Connie Brigman. They spent many happy years together living in Fayetteville, Germany and Hawaii, and then traveling in retirement to various military reunions. Their union ended with Connie’s death in April 2005.

After Connie’s death, Ken was able to rekindle a friendship with Polly Robinson McDuffie. They also enjoyed going to military reunions, the Grand Canyon and spending time with their children and grandchildren. Ken and Polly were married in 2013.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Stancil Williams; and his sister, Hope Williams Bryant. Ken is survived by his wife, Polly; brothers, Richard and Jerry; sons, Bryan (and wife Carol) and Jeff (and wife Heather); stepdaughter, MaryAnn Prevatte; stepson, Lee McDuffie (and fiancée Tara Daughtery); grandchildren, Matthew Williams, Daniel Williams, Rhiannon Williams, Braedon Williams, Amber Faulk, Raven Prevatte, Jasmine Prevatte; great-grandson, Matthew Brigman; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Monday at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery.

Donations may be made in Ken’s honor to the Wounded Warrior Project, the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville or the Retired Military Police Association.

May 20, 2012

TAPS – Tom Fairfull

Category: All Messages,Announcements,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 8:06 pm

Guys, it’s taken me a while to write this . . . I did not know this before the Biloxi reunion . . . maybe that’s good, why cast a pall over a party? or, maybe not, why not join together to mourn, and to toast, and to share fond memories of, a fellow trooper, a great friend . .

Tom Fairfull passed away 10 April 2012 . . . quietly, peaceful at the end. CPT Tommy edited and published the Golden Brigade’s first yearbook, as an Assistant S-3 and Brigade Historian in 1969, and then served as a CoCdr in the 1/508. Tommy was always a fun guy, playing poker, strumming a guitar and singing Veenamee war songs in the O’Club at Red Ball, conducting a Ba Muoi Ba tasting and evaluation program, while rigorously teaching the O’Club gals, Hoa and Flower, to scream on cue “Fat Albert” when our Deputy Brigade Commander, COL Smith, dared to enter; the ladies’ timing was always perfect; the source of this outrageous defamation [a tribute to mediocrity?] was never discovered.

Tommy was a professional; he pulled a tour as an ARVN battalion adviser in Quang Ngai Province, a tour as a BCT Co Cdr, a tour with the 101st–the other Airborne Division–and a tour with XVIII Abn Corps’ Command Section, before joining the Golden Brigade in 1969. He retired from the US Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel, and began a career as a curator of military museums from Fort Bragg to Hawaii.  He returned to CONUS in 2010 for our Reunion in Dallas, a strained goodbye to old friends who read the signs.

Tommy suffered from lung cancer which rapidly metastasized to his brain, and peaceful death came quickly.  He will be buried in the  Punchbowl National Cemetery in Hawaii.

Tommy, you done soldiered good.  We’ll miss you.

Cards would be welcomed by Mrs. Thomas D. Fairfull [Claire], at the family home at 1950 9th Ave #A, Honolulu HI 96816-2906; phone (808) 735-2038.

Dick Goddard

March 20, 2012

SFC Roland D. Dibble – Taps

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 5:42 am


My name is Tim Dibble, the son of SFC Dibble. He was in the 82nd Airborne in Vietnam. He was also in the third infantry division. He was in Vietnam in 25 May 69 to 24 June 70. Please if you knew him or was one of his buddies please feel free to contact me. I am sorry to let you know that on March 13 1998 he had passed away with cancer do to agent orange. I live in Florida  and my number is (352)489-7815. Please, please, please feel free to call me if you knew him. Thanks in advance

Tim Dibble

October 18, 2011

MG Bolling Sevices

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 5:53 pm

Troopers: most of us earned our awards with the Golden Brigade under General Bolling’s watch. As a tribute to the General, please wear your decorations to his service.

Taps – “Doc” Thielemann 1949 – 2011

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 5:53 pm

Doc Thieleman was an A 2/505 Golden Brigade Combat Medic. John passed away October 11, 2011. He is survived by wife: Jenny; 3 Daughters: April Piper, Tammy King, and Alex Belcher; 3 brothers: Joseph D. Thielemann, Walter J. Dye and Robert E. Dye; 5 sisters: Jan Ruth France, Jane Brown, Mary Weaver, Elizabeth Battaglia and Ruth Payne; 6 grandchildren.

Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery on November 9, 2011 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Suncoast Hospice or the Pioneer Bible Translaters.

MG Bolling Passes On to a Better Place

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 3:19 pm

America Has Lost a National Treasure

It is with great sadness that we must report that MG Alexander R. Bolling, Jr. passed away this morning at 7:45 AM on Thursday, October 6, 2011 in Dallas ,  TX at 89 years of age.  He had been in hospice for several months.  The good news is that he passed away peacefully.

While funeral plans are not complete, he will be interred in historic Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg , VA sometime in November on a Saturday. His family has a mausoleum there and he will join his wife and many generations of his family in peace. A memorial service will be held at Christ & Grace Episcopal Church in Petersburg.

Our chapter will be well represented at his service and will assist the family in whatever is needed.  Bob Murrill, 1/508 is our chapter point man and coordinating with the family.  Carl Bludau is working with the Division for appropriate honors.

Condolences to the Bolling family should be sent to:

The Bolling Family
c/o Mr. Russ Bolling
317 North Heartz Road
Coppell ,  TX 75019

God Bless You Sir, Airborne All the Way!!!

Richard F. O’Hare on behalf of your Chapter

The General with “his boys”. LZ Bolling. GBC 42nd Reunion; Dallas, TX, 2010.
Click image to enlarge. Click on the new image to view full size.

The General is still Airborne, he has joined the Stick of Angels watching over our war fighters under the command of Saint Michael, the Patron Saint of Paratroopers. God Bless the General.


Paddy Barry ATW
“Fire-In-The Hole”

General Bolling has been my hero since my assignment to the Golden Brigade in July of 1968 – 2 weeks after my 18th birthday. I was a Leg – a replacement medic – but was never made to feel that I was an outsider. This was the culture that General Bolling instilled in “his boys”.  That assignment shaped what I have become today and, in turn, the type of persons that my children have become. Through the activities of the Chapter I often had the opportunity to meet with him. He always remained concerned about the well-being of his troopers and was genuinely interested in every one that he spoke with – he always found the time to make each of us all feel a little bit better.

I will miss him. And I will miss his leading the Chapter in singing “We’re All American”. This one’s for you, Sir. Troopers, turn up your speakers, please stand, and click: We’re All American. Join with the 82nd Chorus in song and read MG Bolling’s bio.

Peace be with you General – I know that you are now with the “Forever Young” troopers that you loved so much.

Ron Yorkovich
A 1/505

I was in country with the 1/101 as the Sig Company Commander when the BDE came in and need a Sig O. That began a wonderful association with Gen Bolling since I was on one of Carl Lloyd’s helos with him almost everyday on Fire Base visits. Confession time: we had just got the new KY28 crypto devices on the helos and I was trying to get the Gen to use it. He said he’d try it after we left FB Bastogne. We landed and the commo Sgt met us and asked about the device. I told him and we went our ways. On our return he asked how do you key it? I explained with a “gun” that was at REMF base camp. He said, oh, with the holes under the door? Ooops, opening that door zero’d the code and I had to tap dance about the KY28 not being usable. Now: who was that NCO? Confess :-)

And how many other had this happen…I think many: About 5 years later I was in the Pentagon and stopped by Gen Bolling’s office to seek an appointment. I expected to be given a time later in the week. I was in Class A uniform with an 82nd combat patch on the right sleeve. The General’s Executive Officer (a Colonel) saw the patch and shook his head and said wait. He muttered…good naturely: another 3rd Brigade guy (smilingly.) He went into the Gen Bolling’s office, during a meeting with other heavy dudes, and told him that a Captain Steve Johnson was in the outer office. The next thing I knew was a heavy voice yelling “Johnny, the best damned Signal Officer in the whole United States Army, get your ass in here and he bear hugged me and threw everyone else out.

RIP General. You defined leadership. Johnny. “10?

Steve Johnson

October 14, 2011

Update on Petersburg Facilities for MG Bolling’s Funeral

Category: Taps – Ron Yorkovich 2:38 pm


MG (Ret) Alexander R. Bolling, Jr. has passed to that “Great Dropzone in the Sky”.  With the loss of such a great man a part of all of us goes there as well.  His funeral will be Saturday, November 12, 2011 starting at 2 PM in Petersburg, VA.  Please see details below.

I visited the church, cemetery and hotel on Wednesday, October 12, 2011.  When I introduced myself, I indicated that I was only on a fact finding mission and not in a position of authority.  The following information is for those with responsibility for various parts of the send off for Gen Bolling so glean the information you need from the following.  It is believed to be accurate and certainly subject to change. Our duty is to support the family and not intrude on their privacy.

The Bolling Family Association will also participate but we don’t know the details as this is to be worked out.  This is a great opportunity to meet with the people that he has worked with to preserve their heritage.  Many don’t know that Gen Bolling wrote a book tracing their history all the way back toEngland in the 1600’s.  There is still a Bolling Hall there.

Vic Iannelli is the GBC man on the ground and he will coordinate our activities as directed by Russ Bolling, Gen Bolling’s son. Vic will need all the help he can get to arrange the Parish Hall prior to the service so lend your strong arms and volunteer.  We will also need to have guidon bearers for the final service at the Cemetary.

Church – Christ and Grace Episcopal Church,1545 South Sycamore Street. Exit 51 on I 95.  A beautiful old church founded in October, 1841 about 5 minutes off the interstate. Petersburg is about an hour south ofRichmond and the nearest airport and 3 hours south of DC depending upon traffic.  There will be an Episcopal Burial Service in the main sanctuary and a “get together” in the Parish Hall.

The Rector indicated that there would be no military ceremony in the sanctuary but ok in the parish hall which is attached to the church. At the get together there will be a couple of toasts, 2 brief speakers from the GBC as well as from the Bolling Family Association

Cemetery –BlandfordCemetery, Crater Road,Petersburg,VA – Founded 1735 – This is owned by the City ofPetersburg and is a very historic site.  It adjoins the Petersburg National Battlefield and is the final resting place of more than 30,000 Confederate soldiers.

The Bolling family has a beautiful mausoleum that Gen Bolling had restored several years ago.  It is about a 5 minute drive from the church. Parking is limited but the funeral director is familiar with this and will make sure that every vehicle is accommodated. We will have to carpool.

Rev Teschner would do an Episcopal Inurnment Service then the military part of the ceremony would take place.

There is ample room for the color guard, firing party and our guidon bearers.  They have no problem with firing parties and I am told the funeral director is familiar with the arrangements for this but we will need to check this out.  We will need GBC guidon bearers to participate.

Hotel – Holiday Inn – 401 East Roslyn Road, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 –  804-520-5880 – Exit 53 East north on I 95 – A very nice hotel about 5 minutes from Blandford Cemetery.  3 years old and well maintained.  Interestingly enough, it caters to the military at Fort Lee so they are very familiar with our needs.  The owners also control a Hampton Inn in next door and aHilton Garden several blocks away so there will be no problem with overflow. Update 08:17, 8 Nov 2011: no rooms are available at the Holifay Inn for 11/12 Nov.

They will comp the chapter a large room as a hospitality suite for Friday and Saturday.  They will set up tables and chairs. We can bring in our own refreshments, coolers etc. Dickie and I can handle this assignment. This room would be open to GBC and family members.  We’ll provide soft drinks, water, beer, wine and possibly some liquor as well as snacks.

This is not firmed up so stand by for more details. In any case we will have a place to gather.

There is a small restaurant and bar on site as well as numerous restaurants within a short distance. 

Flowers – Although Russ has asked for donations instead of flowers, we must have a wreath.  We can use the same center piece that we do for Veterans Day which is an 82nd patch with Golden above it andVietnam below.  I spoke with the floral designer and it turns out that her husband is a Vietnam Veteran.  She has guaranteed a beautiful wreath at a very reasonable cost to be delivered to the Church Parish hall.  We can then bring it to the Cemetery. Everyone I spoke to said they do a magnificent job.

About Petersburg, VA

Petersburg has many historic sites and buildings.  It has gotten a bad rap because of crime, as in most cities. It was the site of a pivotal battle that ultimately ended the Civil War.  Of particular interest is Centre Hill Mansion, built in 1823 by Robert Bolling IV, one of Gen Bolling’s ancestors. It is a short distance from the church and cemetery.

If you are a history buff, particularly Civil War, you may want to spend some extra time in the area.

Weather this time of Year

The fall weather is unpredictable. It could be absolutely beautiful or snowing. Especially for those coming from the south be prepared.  I would recommend a rain coat or top coat.

Things in Progress

  • Dickie Keaton and Rich O’Hare will take care of the hospitality suite and be down there on Friday afternoon to get it set up – help is needed
  • We will also bring the 15 unit guidons, Chapter flag, toasting glasses and contents
  • A rehearsal at the cemetery will be needed, probably on Sat AM. Those who will man guidons are requested to be there.  
  • We also have about 20 – 82nd car flags for the funeral procession from the church
  • The wreath has been ordered
  • The Division has committed full support. A color guard, firing party and bugler are on board. A number of high ranking officers from Division will be present. Unfortunately, the CG and many of our troopers are inAfghanistanso he will not be able to attend but he has lent his full support.
  • We don’t know how many or who the distinguished guests will be. In my opinion, which I am sure that Gen Bolling would agree with, we are all distinguished guests.

October 11, 2011

MG Alexander Russell Bolling, Jr. Memorial Services

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 4:47 pm

ALEXANDER RUSSELL (“BUD”) BOLLING, JR., passed away on October 6, 2011.

He was born in Ft. McPherson, Georgia, on September 11, 1922, the son of the late Lt. General and Mrs. Alexander R. Bolling. Bud and his late wife, Fran, are survived by their: daughter, Kathryn Bolling Woodward; son and wife, Russ and Elaine Bolling; granddaughter and husband, Karen and Brian Ide; grandson and wife, Russ and Mackenzie Woodward; grandson and fiancée, Ryan Bolling and Glenda Romero; grandson, Tyler Bolling; granddaughter, Brooke Bolling; and great-grandchildren, Ethan and Lauren Ide. True to his sense of humor, he was known affectionately as “Uncle Bud” by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He entered the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1940. Graduating in 1943, he crossed Utah Beach in France in the summer of 1944 in command of an infantry platoon. Wounded and captured in January 1945, he escaped the following March and joined the 84th Infantry Division, finishing the war on the Elbe River as a Rifle Company Commander. Following six months of occupation in Germany, he was returned to West Point to teach German. The subsequent 28 years were characterized by assignments that would prepare him for the highest public positions.

Fluent in German and Portuguese and conversant in French, he served twice in Brazil, once in Taiwan, and twice in Vietnam. His schooling included the United States Military Academy, the Infantry School (where he also served as a Tactics Instructor), the Command & General Staff College, and the Army War College. He served twice on the Army General Staff and led troops at every level of command commensurate with his rank. In 1968, while commanding the 3rd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division, he was ordered to deploy immediately with his entire unit to Vietnam to counter the North Vietnamese Tet offensive. During this combat service, he was promoted to Brigadier General, only to receive another promotion to Major General in less than two years.  In 1973, after more than 30 years of service to his country, Bud retired and settled with his beloved wife in Dallas.

Never inactive, he immediately became an Executive with a K-Mart Corporation subsidiary and subsequently developed a computer service company for physicians, which entered the public arena in the 1980’s. In 1985, he retired again and devoted his time to writing and publishing, to his church, to service in several academic, philanthropic, and patriotic organizations, and to his family. Recognition of his accomplishments was manifold.

Military decorations included two Distinguished Service Medals, three Legions of Merit, two Silver Stars for gallantry in combat, three Bronze Stars for valor, 18 Air Medals, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge with Star, the U.S., Vietnamese, and Brazilian parachute badges, and a number of foreign decorations. Additionally, he received numerous awards for his civic service to the many communities with which he had been involved. Despite all of this, Bud always said that his only desire was described in a line from his West Point Alma Mater: “And when our work is done, our course on earth is run, may it be said “Well done!! Be thou at peace.”

The Memorial Service will commence at 2:00 pm. on Novvember 12, 2011. For Memorial and Inurnment Services information, contact J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home in Petersburg, VA at 804-733-8511 or go to http://www.jtmorriss.com/; search for Bolling, Alexander R. Jr. under Obituaries. (Directions to Memorial and Inurnment Services are included). In lieu of flowers, it is requested that a donation be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (http://www.lbda.org/).

Accomodations have been arranged at the Holiday Inn at Colonial Heights, VA.

Holiday Inn
401 East Roslyn Road
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

The hotel is setting up 3 block names for rooms: 1) for my immediate family, there is the Russ Bolling block.  Reservations have alread been made; 2) The Bolling Family Assoc. will be the block name for all non-military related attendees who call in; 3) The third block will be called The Golden Brigade for all military-related attendees calling in. Recommend that the hotel be contacted soon to block out a specific number of  rooms.  Special Hotel Rate: $99 + tax for room with 2 queen beds or a single room (king bed only).

All for now and thanks so much for all you have done for my dad.

Russ Bolling

July 4, 2011

Carl Davis

Category: All Messages,Announcements,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 1:20 pm

My name is Joe Davis.  My Uncle, Carl Davis, was a Sergeant in B Co 1/505 3rd BDE under LT William Gunter 1969-70.

Uncle Carl passed away last September.  He sometimes spoke, briefly, with me about his time in Vietnam.  When I was younger, he would sit and show me a few pictures now and again.  He would tell me who these people were.  Sometimes he would tell me which of his friends were injured or worse.  However, he was suffering from PTSD and carried the majority of these memories deep within himself.    I would quietly listen when he brought up the matter on til the moment passed.  I was very protective of Uncle Carl and respected the unspoken boundries.

Uncle Carl, in the last couple years of life, had begun to come to terms with his experience in Vietnam.  Eventually, I think he opened up with me a little more than most in the family as I served in the military within the Navy.  He had asked me to find Lt Gunter for him.  I did, with the help of a gentleman in the Lt’s old hometown.  Unfortunately, Lt. Gunter had passed away in 1982.  However Uncle Carl did get to speak with the LT’s family.  He even had contact with a couple other veterans through your website who I had contacted from the e-mails in your forum.  All this helped him greatly.

More details came than ever the past time we got together at his home in Memphis.  He brought out all his photos, told me who everyone was and what had happened to everyone.  He pointed out places in country on a flag that had a map on it.  Uncle Carl was happier than I had ever seen him before.  He even asked me to help him ask the Army replace his medals.  Knowing the time such a request takes, the niece and nephews got together and bought the medals where they would reach him in a matter of days.

My cousin, Carman, called me from Uncle Carl’s house in tears saying “The medals came in the mail, Uncle Carl wants to pay for them!”  I told her to put him on the phone.  He said, “Joey, I am paying for these medals.  I know they are expensive!”  To which I told him, “Uncle Carl, you already paid for them . . . let us buy the replacements.”  I could hear him take a long breath and finally said “Oh, son!”

This background brings me to my request to you and the men with whom you served.  I sincerely wish to honor Uncle Carl and all with whom he served in writing.  While I myself am not a professional writer, the gentleman who befriended Uncle Carl and me through the search for Lt Gunter is and has graciously offered to assist in this endeavor.

Lt Gunter’s family has already sent me a copy of his journal from Vietnam.  I would love to hear from anyone who served with Uncle Carl and would like to share any information what-so-ever.  I have always been interested in where Uncle Carl was in his time in Vietnam.  Provinces, villages, dates, any temporary duty assignments, the works.  This will allow me to tap the National Archives.

Moreover, I would like anyone who will to please explain the duties of a Sergeant in his squad and platoon.  I was a Petty Officer in peacetime and even taught new Navy NCOs in Petty Officer Indoctrination Classes and Rights and Responsibility trianing.  While I may understand military life, obviously, my personal experiences will not correspond in the least with that of the Airborne Infantryman in Vietnam.

Any memories and experiences your members would be willing to share will be most appreciated and held with the same respect and esteem I have always given my Uncle.  Of course, any memories specificly concerning Uncle Carl would be more valuable to me than gold.

While this may be a needle-in-the-haystack exercise, I am hoping some of your members will pass this along amongst themselves.

My cousin, Carman, wrote a song for Uncle Carl not long before his passing just over a year back.  It is a tribute to all of you who served there.  We put photos to the music and wished to share this with you and your fellow Vietnam Veterans.

I thought perhaps I could ask to post the link to the song on your site for everyone who served with Uncle Carl..

Here is the link to Uncle Carl’s song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjhBLr-llEk

It would be very interesting to find out if anyone recognized Uncle Carl in the photos too.

Thanks so much.  God bless!

Thank you all for your service. God bless you and yours.


Joe Davis
Maryville, Tennessee

February 4, 2010

Funeral Information for Executive Director Manuel E DeJesus

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 1:52 pm

As many of you have heard, Manny lost his battle with cancer yesterday afternoon (2 Feb); I have just spoken to the family and they have scheduled a viewing and memorial service for Tuesday, 9 February 2010 at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home (see location below). The family will accept visitors from 4:45 – 6:45 immediately followed by a memorial service at 7 pm. Manny’s wishes were to be cremated, therefore there are to be no graveside services.

Always a staunch supporter of the 82d Educational Fund; the family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his name. Please also note that due to allergies and health concerns the family asks that while cards are welcome; no plants or flowers be sent to the house.

Below are the addresses for both the De Jesus family and the Funeral Home. If you need further information please contact either myself, Jaqi or Santiago here at the office (910)223-1182.



Migdalia De Jesus
528 Carteret Place
Fayetteville, NC 28311

Rogers & Breece Funeral Home
500 Ramsey St
Fayetteville, NC 28301
(910) 483-2191

February 3, 2010

82nd Association Executive Director Manny DeJesus Passes

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 11:35 am

With regret I am passing on the death of our past Executive Director Manny DeJesus. He passed away late this afternoon and at this time there are no funeral arrangements.

Steve Frazer, Past President, 82nd Airborne Division Association

It is with great sadness that we announce that Manuel “Manny” De Jesus, retired executive director of the 82nd Airborne Association, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2010. As many of you know, Manny had fought a valiant fight against lung cancer. As Manny would always sign off in his letters, “Airborne All The Way!”

Texas Lone Star Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association

April 7, 2009

Taps – Rich Jones, B 2/505

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 9:55 pm

Rich Jones from B-2/505 Tiger Platoon squad leader from Aug 68 to Aug 69 lost his last battle early this AM. See www.caringbridge.org/visit/richjones for the full rundown–he has been hospitalized since Oct 31, 2008. I will let you know the funeral arrangements so the Chapter can send flowers or make a charitable donation-maybe to Caring Bridge?? I will also see if the Bay Area Chapter has an honor guard and if the family wants them to participate in Rich’s funeral/memorial.

See you in August,

Jerry Schaefer

February 2, 2009

Dawn Kapranopoulos

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 7:45 pm

Dear Troopers,

It is with sad regret that I report that LTC (Ret) A -2-505 John Kapranopoulos’ wife, Dawn passed away last week. Everyone who knew Dawn was fortunate to have the pleasure of knowing her – she was a wonderful lady.

This is the information I have from Carl Bludau.

“The church part will be at the Post Chapel at Fort Huachuca, AZ at 11:30 am on Thursday February 5, 2009. The burial well be at the Veterans Cemetery at 1:00 PM followed by a reception. Rudie Kay and I will attend.”

Dawn was awaiting a heart valve transplant but complications ensued. Sympathies can be sent to:

LTC(Ret) John Kapranopoulos
5507 Shawnee Drive
Sierra Vista, AZ 85650-9639

We share his loss. Rich

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

Richard F. O’Hare, Treasurer
Golden Brigade Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Assn., Inc.
4075 Old River Trail
Powhatan, VA 23139-4112
Home 804-598-4805/9996 FAX
Office 804-784-0394/0396 FAX
Cell 804-338-8222

December 19, 2008

SSG Joseph Sheldon Kroack

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 8:53 am

It is with heavy heart that I report the passing of SSG Joseph Sheldon Kroack, 18 Dec 2008. I served with then Spec 5 Kroack with 82nd Finance in Vietnam. Bunked accross from him for several months. Knew him after in Tucson from 73-75. I’ll miss you Joe, but I will never forget you. His obit can be read http://www.legacy.com/tucson./obituaries

Steve Burley
Co A Spt Bn
3rd Bde 82nd Abn Div
Vietnam May 1968-May 1969

August 10, 2008

Passing of a Legend – Don Lassen

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 8:35 pm

Fellow Rangers,

Sadly Don Lassen, veteran paratrooper of 2-505 PIR at Normandy and Holland , and Editor Emeritus  of the STATIC LINE has made his last jump and is heading for the assembly area, where Jim Gavin and the paratroopers of yesteryear await his arrival.

There was a viewing on Sunday August 10 at the Ford Stewart Funeral Home  in Jonesboro, GA.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Airborne Historical Association, POB 87518 College Park, GA 30337-0518.

May St Michael, our airborne patron, welcome his arrival and guide him forward,

BDQ Roy Lombardo

Don will be missed in the Airborne Community.


Art Silsby
Director, USARA Southern Region

Before I lay me down to sleep…
And fall into a slumber deep…
Hear this little prayer of mine…
Hope it gets to you in time…
Bless those on land and sea and air…
Who fight for freedom here and there…
Send special blessings from above…
Protect them with your shield of love…
Return them safely, we humbly pray…
To the Land of the Free…
And the Home of the Brave.


June 25, 2008

2LT George Raymond Krobetzky

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2LT Raymond George Krobetzky deployed with the Golden Brigade to Viet Nam and arrived in-country on February 14, 1968. He served as an infantry platoon leader with C 1/508th and was KIA by small arms fire on August 25, 1968 in Thua Thien Province. He was a native of Armonk, New York, born on February 11, 1947.

2LT Krobetzky is honored on The Wall on panel 46W, line 17. He will always remain “Forever Young” in our hearts. Please visit him on The Wall and post your remembrance.

We are making concerted efforts to identify and honor all of our fallen brothers. You can help by reviewing our “Forever Young” page and letting us know of any corrections that need to be made.

No one gets left behind, no one gets forgotten.

May 29, 2008

Taps – Larry Law

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 10:42 am

It is with deep regret that the National Office announces the death of Past President (1989-1990)Lawrence A. Law.

Larry Law was the keeper of the Association Educational Fund and did a magnificent job that benefited many of our children, including mine, and newly discharged troopers.  He was a fine man who will be sorely missed.

More information regarding the funeral, etc will be made available in a few days once his son Christopher has had the opportunity to make the arrangements.

Manny De Jesus, Association Executive Director

January 27, 2008

Taps – Airborne Heroes

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 9:54 pm

I got a call from CSM (Ret) Michael Lynn on Friday that Jake Privette passed away about 6 months ago.  Lynn was the Bn SGM under Jake in the 2/505.  They both lived in Columbia, SC. Jake was a special person and led the BN 2 times in Vietnam. We are very fortunate to have had such wonderful leaders and I sincerely do miss Col John Jameson. He was  a dear friend.

See you in Dallas – things are heating up.


September 16, 2007

Taps – COL (Retired) Peter J. Foss

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 3:24 pm

COL (Retired) Peter J. Foss died on June 12, 2007 in Rockport, MA.  COL Foss was a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Class of 1951. He served as the Executive Officer of the Golden Brigade and as the Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion (Airborne, 508th Infantry in 1969. After retiring from the Army in 1973 he was a college professor. He will be missed by all who served with him.

June 10, 2007

Col. John Guire Jameson Jr, Passes Away

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 3:47 pm

Dear Friends,

I am sorry to say that our good friend and Golden Brigade supporter passed away on Friday, at the age of 77.  His last word was “Airborne”.  Please see below for info.  Our chapter will send flowers. Check www.nebfh.com for more info.

Jameson1.jpgCol. John Guire Jameson Jr, 77, of Radcliff, KY, died Saturday, June 09, 2007 at North Hardin Health and Rehabilitation Center, Radcliff, KY.

Col. Jameson was a veteran of Vietnam, serving multiple tours with the 82nd and 101st Airborne. He is widely known in the Radcliff community for all of his work and dedication to the North Hardin High School Band Boosters and the Radcliff Optimist Club. He was also a member of the Golden Brigade, American Legion, V. F. W. and the Moose.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Emily Jameson; parents, John and Zenith Jameson; and his brother-in-law, Gene Cunningham.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jill J. and Dennis Rayburn of Radcliff; two grandchildren, Aaron Rayburn of Nashville, TN and Alice Crawford of Ashville, NC; and his sister-in-law, Beverly Cunningham of Louisville, KY.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 A. M. Thursday June, 14 at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home, Radcliff with Rev. Donald E. Overton officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the North Hardin Memorial Gardens in Radcliff, KY.
The visitation will be on Wednesday from 5:00 – 8:00 P. M. and after 9:00 A. M. Thursday at the funeral home.