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

December 29, 2010

Pictures From the 42nd GBC Reunion in Dallas

Category: All Messages – Ron Yorkovich 8:10 pm

Pictures that were taken by our guest photographer are available for online viewing and purchase. Click here to go to the photos.

A CD of all of the pictures is also available for $10.00 check or money order (payable to Sylvia Work). Shipping is included in the price.

Mail request to:

Sylvia Work
4541 N. Horseshoe Trail
The Colony, Texas   75056

December 27, 2010

3-82 Operational Report for the Period Ending 30 April 1968

Category: All Messages – Ron Yorkovich 1:01 pm

The 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division was alerted for deployment to a combat area on 12 Feb 68 and deployed from CONUS to CHU LAI, RVN. In-country orientation and training began as soon as brigade elements arrived in CHU LAI. One battalion was airlifted from CHU LAI to  HUE/PHU BAI on 23-24 Feb 68 and the brigade (-) conducted a road movement to the same area eight days later. From 9 March 68, the entire brigade was involved in combat operations.

This reporting period has been divided into five phases which are referred to in the various subparagraphs when applicable. The five phases are as follows:

PHASE I – Deployment 13 Feb – 27 Feb 68
PHASE II – In-Country Orientation/Training 18 Feb – 2 Mar 68
FHASE III – Movement and Base Development 3 Mar – 8 Mar 68
PHASE IV CARENTAN I 9 Mar – 31 Mar 68

Click here to download the full report (Adobe Reader PDF – 2.5 MB file size). Note that the text is searchable in Acrobat.

Additional reports will be uploaded as soon as I locate them.

December 24, 2010

Bob Hope’s Vietnam Christmas Tours

Category: Flashback – Ron Yorkovich 1:24 pm

One of the few constants of the Vietnam War—one eagerly anticipated by American troops, that is—was the annual Bob Hope Christmas Show. From 1964 to 1972, Hope included South Vietnam on his annual trips to visit troops during the holiday season, a tradition that started for him during World War II. “Back in 1941, at March Field, California…I still remember fondly that first soldier audience,” Hope once said. “I looked at them, they laughed at me, and it was love at first sight.” 

Click here to read the full article.

Click here to watch the 1967 tour.

December 23, 2010

Then Came the Mail . . .

Category: All Messages,Flashback – Ron Yorkovich 10:07 pm

Thanks to Jim Littig for this.

This is one of the better Vietnam videos. It was made by and for Michigan Vietnam Veterans, but I believe all of you will appreciate this.


December 12, 2010

May 5, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young,Looking For – Ron Yorkovich 9:08 pm
 I was on FSB Birmingham and we hit an ambush that day doing road security between Birmingham and Bastogne. NVA were set up in the wood line to hit an ammo convoy but they hit us instead. We lost a lot of men that day from both C & A company. I would just like to remember them by their names.
Take Care,
Mike Murphy
C/1st/508 Infantry/82nd Airborne
E-mail mikeamurphy1@comcast.net
2987 Overwood Lane
Snellville, GA  30078
Mike – Welcome Home!
Here are the casualties from May 5, 1968:
Baumann Rene G 2LT C Btry 2nd Bn 321st Walnut Creek CA
Brocker Thomas G CPL C Co 1st Bn 508th San Jose CA
Carroll James N III CPL C Co 1st Bn 508th Cincinnati OH
Guasp Gary A 2LT C Co 1st Bn 508th Brentwood NY
Nimphie Max E Jr CPL A Co 1st Bn 508th Fenton MI
Payne Ernest SP5 HHC 1st Bn 508th Baton Rouge LA
Watts Afton M CPT C Co 1st Bn 508th Austin TX

You can click on the “Forever Young” page to link to their info on “The Wall”.

Please remember to join the Chapter – we look forward to seeing you at the next reunion – and don’t forget to have your friends join too!