June 11, 2015
The ‘new’ website is not 100% ready for prime time. It’s structured and organized, but I’m still adding content and porting over some stuff from the this ‘the old’ website. If you want to check out the new website, go to www.yorkovich.net/golden. A couple of hundred Golden Brigade Troopers have already been sent their login details. If you have not received that email (also check your SPAM folder for the message), then you’ll need to register yourself by clicking on the ‘Register’ link. Once you’ve don that, and you are approved, you can log in, create your profile, add an avatar, add photos, make posts, reply to posts, and create new posts. It would be great if you would re-enter the comments that you’ve already placed on this site. When the new site is ready, the address will switch to www.goldenbrigade.org.
Please go ahead and check it out. Your feedback and constructive criticism is appreciated. Let me know what needs to be changed. What works and what doesn’t.
Pass the word – let’s get everyone involved (I have over 400 names to add).
All The Way!
May 11, 2015
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. (more…)
May 9, 2015
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). (more…)
April 9, 2015
We have started a facebook group to hookup the 3rd brigade with old buddies. Please join us.
Submitted by Bruce Allen Stewart
March 16, 2015
Contributed by Paddy Barry.
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December 17, 2014
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
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
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
Looking for anyone who served with Jerry Glen Phillips in Vietnam during 1968 with 82nd.
Brian Phillips email@example.com
June 5, 2012
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.
May 28, 2012
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
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.
February 28, 2012
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
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
WASHINGTON, DC, 14 October 1971
CIVIL ACTIONS MEDAL, FIRST CLASS
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
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
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December 1, 2011
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.
October 5, 2011
More than 40 years after the Vietnam War was in full swing, Fayetteville is welcoming home the veterans. Fort Bragg and Fayetteville will join forces from Nov. 4 to Nov. 13 to honor the men and women who served.
During the Vietnam era, an estimated 200,000 people came through basic training at Fort Bragg to prepare to fight in what turned out to be a controversial war. In those days, the troops and the town did not always have a good opinion of each other. For soldiers, the town was a place to let off steam before shipping off to a possible doom. For the town, the troops were short-timers sowing their wild oats.
There will be something for everyone. The Cape Fear Regional Theatre will present the musical “Miss Saigon.” Native Vietnamese will describe their own experiences, including communist imprisonment. Retired Gen. James J. Lindsay will share his perspective of several decades of observing the relationship.
Here is a partial list of performances, events and exhibits:
Nov. 3-20: “Miss Saigon” musical, Cape Fear Regional Theater, 1209 Hay St.
Nov. 4-13: “Voices of the Vietnam War,” Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex. Exhibit will feature photography, video and artifacts from veterans.
Nov. 4-5: “Truth and Consequences,” poetry, music, play readings and interviews, 8 p.m., Gilbert Theater, 116 Green St.
Nov. 4-13: A Tribute to Local Vietnam War Veterans, Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum. Photographs and biographical panels of local Vietnam Veterans.
Nov. 4-13: Displays and exhibits of Special Forces in Southeast Asia. John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum on Fort Bragg.
Nov. 3-14: Exhibits on the 82nd Airborne Division’s “Golden Brigade,” which deployed to Vietnam, 82nd Airborne Museum, Ardennes Street, Fort Bragg.
Nov. 6-14: Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, parade field of Airborne & Special Operations Museum. Opening ceremony at 3 p.m. Nov. 6. The traveling wall is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington.
Nov. 7: Keynote Address, retired Gen. James J. Lindsay, Vietnam veteran. 7 p.m., Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane.
Nov. 9: Chancellor’s Distinguished Speaker Series presents Dr. Sharon Raynor, author of “Breaking the Silence: The Unspoken Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans,” 7 p.m., Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville State University.
Nov. 10: Adrian Cronauer, the Air Force disc jockey portrayed by Robin Williams in “Good Morning, Vietnam.”
Thanks to Dickie Keaton for this contribution!
September 23, 2011
Please add your comments to the photos – give them titles and ID the troopers, the unit, the location, and the situation as you recall.
Submit new topics and questions here using the ‘Comments’ link.
He is still in hospice but doing well when compared to a short while ago. In fact, he is walking some. This in itself is phenomenal. His exact diagnosis is Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), which is a combination of Parkinson’s and dementia associated with lewy bodies (a faulty protein that kills nerve cells or neurons). By the by, there are over 100 other dementias with Alzheimer’s being most prevalent worldwide.
He does have difficulty now staying focused on long letters. Regardless, the cards and notes he receives keeps his spirit active because he knows that he is still connected to (in his words) “The Golden Brigade – the best soldiers with whom I have ever served”. I can’t thank you enough for this support.
Troopers and Dear Friends,
- You are asked to write short cards or notes to Gen Bolling through Russ. He really enjoys the thoughts from his troopers.
Do not try to call as Russ is very busy.
- We have given Gen Bolling an 82nd flag for his room and he liked that.
- Bob Murrill (1/508), a dear friend of Gen Bolling’s, has been designated by our Chapter as our point man in these matters.
- As much as we love the man, we must be very careful not to intrude on the family’s privacy and sorrow. We are there to support.
All commo to:
MG Alexander R. Bolling, Jr.
c/o Mr. Russ Bolling
317 North Heartz Road
Coppell, TX 75019
August 26, 2011
Ken Steelman, John Kapranopoulos and Carl Bludau comprise the committee that is running with this ball. They are all A/2/505 guys so you can call that as you see it!!! They have done a magnificent job and negotiated a very good deal. Here are the basics:
- Donations received to date – approx $15,000
- Chapter advanced $10,000 from our legacy fund that has been paid to the artist.
- 2nd draft should be ready in September.
- Goal is to have painting done by late October in time for sales for holiday presents.
- Approximately $2,600 has been paid to the helicopter company that flew a Huey in for the shoot.
- The 82nd CG brought in 3 active troopers to serve as models (not what you may think) to represent us when we were 19-20 years old and had hair – a little short but still hair.
- We need another $8,000 to complete the project.
- Sale prices have not been determined by the committee but the goal is to make them very affordable, in a number of different sizes and formats. I personally want to buy 3 – 1 for me and 1 each for my sons.
I have already made my decision on the size I want and stroked my check to the Chapter for a donation for this worthwhile cause to preserve our sweat and blood heritage.
Richard F. O’Hare, Treasurer
Golden Brigade Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc.
4075 Old River Trail
Powhatan, VA 23139-4112
Captain Steelman was the Co of HHC 2/505. You should be able to tell by his professional demeanor, my officers are a little rough around the edges but were and still are very great men. All of the committee members are actively involved in their own businesses, professions or other heavy duty volunteer activities and have stepped out in front to do this. We owe them much thanks and support. We have never let our heritage down and will not do it now!
Carl H. Bludau
Chairman, Golden Brigade Chapter
National Chairman, Wounded Warrior Project
82nd Airborne Division Association
We need serious money, plain and simple. If we raise the required monies, the cost of the copies to our contributors and members will be very reasonable. Your donation is tax deductible and you will not be disappointed with the painting. Click the button below to securely donate using your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit card, or PayPal account. You do not have to have a PayPal account – just follow the directions in the lower left of the screen. You will recieve confirmation of payment via your email.
The painting committee appointed by Chapter Chairman Carl Bludau has taken the lead in commissioning a magnificent oil painting by renowned artist Bruce R. Greene of Clifton, TX. It is expected that the painting will be completed by late October 2011.
The basis of this painting will be a combat assault. To show you how serious this effort is, Carl went to Clifton to meet with the artist to work out detailed plans. Bobby Hawk (the pilot who flew his Huey into the 42nd anniversary) flew his Huey to Clifton and brought a slick pilot who flew in Vietnam as a technical advisor.
A member of a Vietnam reenactor group assembled all absolutely correct uniforms, web gear, demilitarized grenades, PRC-25, M-16, M-79, rucksacks, etc. Responding to Carl’s request, The Division Commander sent 3 current 82nd troopers to portray us as we were 42 or 43 years ago – you know skinny and with hair. Carl even got the troopers down to a stock pond on the ranch to get them wet and filthy so it would be realistic. The Huey hovered, landed, lifted off, etc. The troopers exited while hovering etc. That must have been a show in itself!
The photo shoot and initial sketching by Bruce Greene took several hours and a hundred plus pictures were taken. The artist experienced rotor wash, etc. The artist had previously been supplied with hundreds of pictures and hours of film footage. He is currently studying jungle foliage. The artist is totally committed and passionate about this project.
The final sketch before the painting is started will be reviewed and approved by the committee. News media from Waco, Texas covered the event.
- The original painting will be large (36” x 48” unframed) and of museum quality.
- The final destination for the painting has not been decided but you can be guaranteed that it will be displayed in a place of honor for generations to see long after we are gone.
- The total cost for the painting will be in the neighborhood of $35,000 plus.
- The Chapter has already advanced $10,000 to get the artwork started.
- Copies of the painting will be available in several formats and sizes (starting at 12” x 18” and up to 24” x 32”) – prints or exact copies of the oil painting.
- The exact copies of the oil painting will use the Giclee process on stretched canvas which looks exactly like the original on stretched canvas.
- The reproduction of the painting will be performed by a high quality publisher.
- As stated, the painting is expected to be completed by October, 2011.
- The Chapter will be developing costs for the prints in the coming weeks.
- The prints will be excellent gifts to either yourself or family members just in time for the holidays.
The Golden Brigade has always stepped up to the fight when asked for help. Some members of our Chapter have contributed serious personal financial support. Now it is your turn to stand in the door if we want a copy of a true masterpiece to pass on for generations to come.
July 17, 2011
For the time being, the requirement for logging in to make comments has been suspended. Recent updates to WordPress (the engine that the GBC website uses) have made it easier to monitor spam. The spammers never give up, but it is easier to control.
So for now, I have enabled commenting to NEW posts/articles. Logging in is still preferred, just not necessary. All posts will still be monitored.
Last, thanks to everyone who submits contributions!
July 4, 2011
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.
June 22, 2011
Just to keep everyone in the loop:
- In Reno, we have Thursday night dinner lined up at Louis’ Basque Corner – about 3 1/2 blocks from the Silver Legacy.
- Dickie Keaton and I are working on a postcard to send out to everyone to encourage them to come – $30 a head for a fantastic dinner.
- Panther Association is planning to be there too, but things are not firmed up.
- If you are going to be there, let me know so we can make sure we have enough space- we had a great time there in 2004 and these people are wonderful to work with.
- I have received 288 glasses like we had done for our 42nd reunion toast to the ladies. They are simple but elegant – “MG Alexander R. Bolling Jr. – Night Rider” on 1 side and and an 82nd patch with ‘Golden’ above it and ‘Vietnam’ below it.
- On the painting, we are at about $13,000 in donations. They are slowing down but still coming in. Ken Steelman is working with the artist to get us something to post on the website to hopefully speed things up.
- Gen Bolling is not doing well. Notification of his passing will be posted here and by email.
Thanks to you all – you are great guys.
Richard F. O’Hare, Treasurer
Golden Brigade Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc.
4075 Old River Trail
Powhatan, VA 23139-4112
March 11, 2011
Mike was coming home from my birthday party and on the way into the house he took a very bad fall, injuring his upper spinal cord.
I saw Dad this morning and he has limited mobility in his arms and is able to wiggle his toes with just slight movement in both legs. Dad is a strong man, the only man who I know that has beat Viet Nam, Cancer, divorce, back surgery, and many personal triumphs and has kicked and screamed the whole way though it.
Mike is now a patient at the:
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL 60141
Linda & Heather Glockler
Best wishes from everyone in the Golden Brigade Chapter, Mike – we’re all rooting for you.
Airborne, All the Way!
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