August 16th is “National AIRBORNE Day”.
Pray for all our troops but take a moment to remember our comrades.
Ed Martin, Feb68/Jan69
August 16th is “National AIRBORNE Day”.
Pray for all our troops but take a moment to remember our comrades.
Ed Martin, Feb68/Jan69
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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…)
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…)
We have started a facebook group to hookup the 3rd brigade with old buddies. Please join us.
Submitted by Bruce Allen Stewart
Contributed by Paddy Barry.
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.
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…)
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.
Looking for anyone who served with Jerry Glen Phillips in Vietnam during 1968 with 82nd.
Brian Phillips email@example.com
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.
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
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.
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
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…)
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.
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.
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!
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.
Troopers and Dear Friends,
All commo to:
MG Alexander R. Bolling, Jr.
c/o Mr. Russ Bolling
317 North Heartz Road
Coppell, TX 75019
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!
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.
Just to keep everyone in the loop:
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