82nd Airborne Division (Vietnam) Golden Brigade

March 24, 2015

Requesting Military Records

Filed under: All Messages,Announcements — Ron Yorkovich @ 2:31 pm

Begin by going to the US National Archives website:


Requests for military service records can be submitted online, by mail, or by fax (includes DD 214/separation documents, personnel records, and/or medical records).

A military veteran, or the next of kin (surviving Spouse that has not remarried, Father, Mother, Son, Daughter, Sister, Brother) of a deceased, or former member of the military can begin the request.

March 17, 2015

75th Anniversary of the United States Army Airborne and Special Operations

Filed under: All Messages,Announcements — Ron Yorkovich @ 1:11 pm

The 75th Anniversary of the United States Army and Special Operations will be celebrated on the evening of 12 August 2015 at the Rosen Center in Orlando, Florida. The 82nd Airborne Division Association Convention begins the following day. We have a splendid cross-section of Airborne and Special Operations Veterans on our Executive committee and Board of Directors.

Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer , and soft drinks will be complimentary. Mixed drinks will be on a cash basis. If donations are sufficient, there will be live music and the US Flag and the POW Banner will be jumped in.

We are seeking donations to fund this event so that all Airborne and Special Operations personnel, active or veteran, of the elite organizations may attend without concern of being able to afford attendance.

To support this event, there is a raffle for a Ruger SR 762 rifle and a Trijicon ACOG scope. Tickets for the combined set are available from Allen Schoppe. He may be reached at 281-814-2377 or myself at 361-575-8492. The tickets are &10.00 each or a book of 5 for $40.00. If you prefer, Ron Rath may also be contacted at 919-803-4554

To make a tax deductible contribution, please make your check payable to the 82nd Airborne Division Association Wounded Warrior Project. In the “Memo” space put 75th so that we may segregate the funds. This nonprofit project is under the umbrella of the 82nd Airborne Division Association Wounded Warrior Project’s 501 (c)3. We bring in 82nd Wounded Warriors and hope that your organization does also.  The Treasurer, Allen Schoppe, will send you a written receipt reflecting your donation to this nonprofit.

We want all of you elite warriors to attend.


Carl H. Bludau, Executive Chairman

March 16, 2015

Paver Dedication MG (Ret) Jack Singlaub

Filed under: All Messages,Announcements — Ron Yorkovich @ 3:00 pm



Contributed by Paddy Barry.

March 15, 2015

Taps – MSG Kenneth Williams

Filed under: 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.

February 1, 2013

3Rd BCT Regimental Ball March 27,2013

Filed under: 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.

A large block of rooms are being set aside at the Raleigh Marriott City Center hotel at $91 + tax per night. Some type of service ID such as VA card is needed to get this rate.

The Raleigh-Durham airport has great connections and car travel is easy.

You should be receiving a formal invitation from the Brigade very shortly and I would urge you to make reservations as soon as possible after receiving the registration.


We had been tentatively planning a 2013 Reunion in Columbus, GA (Fort Benning) for April but this wonderful opportunity came up. Columbus has been put on hold for the time being so you will have the opportunity to do push ups there in the future should you so chose.

The Ball will be a huge event and you will have a chance to meet the current day Heroes who have served our country so well in various sand and rock piles for so many years.

There will be a Division Review (All American Week) in the week prior to Memorial Day at Fort Bragg this year but it appears that our beloved Brigade will be out of town in a training mode so it is super imperative that we attend in Raleigh.

Dress Code Etc.

All our members are encouraged to wear suits, tuxs etc. Wear your medals so your lady can show you off. You deserve it! Medals of America.com can fix you up if need be.

Gathering Place

As always, we will have a gathering place for our Veterans to enjoy each other’s company – details to be worked out.
Latest info on the Marriott
3 BCT Military Ball
Event dates March 27th-28th, 2013
Code BMB (Online: BMBBMBA)
Cutoff Date for reservations: FEB, 27 2013
Rate $91 + tax
Reservation link: Raleigh Marriott City Center >>
I’d suggest phone reservations at 1-866-260-1270 and mention the above code numbers. If you want to use Marriott points it is a category 5 and takes 25,000 points per night – this is a nice hotel.
Get your reservations in ASAP as the rooms are going fast and lots of people are going—1700+ from 3rd BCT plus 555th, Panther Assn and Golden Brigade

Invitations will be sent from 3Rd BCT shortly.

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.


June 8, 2012

Jerry Glen Phillips

Filed under: All Messages,Announcements,Looking For — Ron Yorkovich @ 9:05 am

Looking for anyone who served with Jerry Glen Phillips in Vietnam during 1968 with 82nd.

Brian Phillips bphillips@rdsmfg.com

June 5, 2012

B Co, 1/508,1968-1969 with Cpt Hukalani

Filed under: All Messages,Announcements,Looking For — Ron Yorkovich @ 7:42 am

Sgt Don Johnson is looking for any one from B company, 1 508th during 1968-1969 with Cpt Hukalani.  I was the commo chief for the captain in the head quaters platoon.  Any one who was a member of this company would be greatly appreciated in contacting me.  I haven’t seen much info concerning “B” company and Cpt Hukalani.  Lets get a group together.

Sgt Johnson

May 28, 2012

82nd Museum Facebook Page

Filed under: All Messages,Announcements — Ron Yorkovich @ 8:54 pm


Just PCS’d back to Bragg from Fort Bliss – where I was Chairman of the Benavidez-Patterson Chapter of the 82d Assoc – and I have built a Facebook Page for the Division Museum at Bragg & have included your webpage on it.  Link is here: 


I went to the convention in Reno last year; met many of you there – it was an honor & hope to see you all at Bragg again soon.


MSG Chris Lewis

B 3/505 PIR  60mm MTRS  87-91
B 2/505 PIR  60mm MTRS  93-96
HHC 2/505 PIR  81mm MTR PLT  02-04
HHC 1/505 PIR  81mm MTR PLT  04 -05

May 20, 2012

TAPS – Tom Fairfull

Filed under: 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

February 28, 2012

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Service Branch Challenge

Filed under: All Messages,Announcements — Ron Yorkovich @ 12:54 pm

I am the daughter of All American LTC William L. Deane, who was declared MIA in Vietnam on January 8, 1973. In April 2000, we interred his remains at Arlington Cemetery.  I am the Education Center Programs Consultant at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) in Washington, DC, and graciously asking for your help.  First, we need high resolution photos (600 dpi or higher) of the fallen soldiers whose names are inscribed on The Wall, and those who died in  Iraq and Afghanistan so we can put faces with names by including them in the new Education Center’s digital exhibit.  Secondly, we need help to raise funds for the Center that will be located on the Mall (located behind The Wall). We currently have a Service Branch Challenge out, asking all active duty and veterans to contribute towards the building of the Center. Please contact me or see http://www.buildthecenter.org/

Sharon M. Deane

February 26, 2012


Filed under: All Messages,Announcements — Ron Yorkovich @ 2:39 pm

WASHINGTON, DC, 14 October 1971


The Civil Actions Medal, First Class has been awarded by the Government of the Republic of Vietnam for outstanding service during the period February 1968 through 2 May 1970 to the 101st AIRBORNE DIVISION and its assigned and attached units: (more…)

February 14, 2012

“In Contact”

Filed under: All Messages,Announcements — Ron Yorkovich @ 5:30 pm

Nearly 44 years to the day since the 3rd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division deployed to Vietnam, the Golden Brigade’s official portrait “In Contact”  has been completed. It  is available for ordering from Somerset Fine Art. Prices and size information are available on the order page.Please direct all questions regarding the portrait to Somerset.


December 16, 2011

In Contact

Filed under: All Messages,Announcements,Photos — Ron Yorkovich @ 3:40 pm

Click photo to enlarge; click on the new photo to enlarge again.

December 1, 2011

Golden Brigade Portrait

Filed under: All Messages,Announcements,Photos — Ron Yorkovich @ 9:01 pm

Per Ken Steelman (GBC portrait coordinator):

All, I spoke with our artist, Bruce Greene. We should soon have pictures of the painting for Chapter Officer review and critique. Following that, the painting will go to Houston for imaging. After the imaging is approved by Bruce, we will be able to provide the link and images and the price structure for the painting/prints. We are pushing it for delivery before Christmas so the orders may end up being processed and shipped after the first of the year.

See more pics and read more about the artist and the re-enactment here.