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

February 28, 2012

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Service Branch Challenge

Category: 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


Category: 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 24, 2012

Air Medals

Category: All Messages – Ron Yorkovich 11:52 pm

Dozens and dozens of Popper and Eagle Flights. We were told that logs were being kept for us.  I have to say that this has been a sore point for many years. I left at the end of July 1969. Who received orders for their Air Medals? How can we get them now? Any volunteers to take on getting this resolved?

February 20, 2012

Paratroopers Make Sweep in Swamp

Category: All Messages,Photos – Ron Yorkovich 4:08 pm

Looking as if they were scudding over grass except for a telltale ridge of spray, American paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division rode a flat-bottomed boat through a swampy area about 10 miles northwest of Saigon. They were searching for Viet-Cong soldiers. (A.P. wirephoto, October 5, 1969)

February 17, 2012

1969 Village Sweep KIAs

Category: All Messages – Ron Yorkovich 10:50 am

I was with the 17th. Cav.  Does anyone remember the two infantrymen that were KIA in their foxhole during a village sweep?  The memory isn’t very good so I don’t recall exactly where we were or when, I think it was early 69′.  I do recall we dropped them off around 0400hrs. then we set up in a hedgerow on one side of the village and the infantry would sweep the village at first light so anyone fleeing would run into us.  Unfortunately some VC made a run for it away from us and shot the two troopers.  We removed them from the hole and transported them back to base camp. I would really like to know their names as it has been haunting me for the last 43 years.  Thanks and welcome home brothers.

Charles Severino

February 14, 2012

“In Contact”

Category: 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.


February 13, 2012

February 13, 1969 – FIRE!

Category: All Messages,Photos – Ron Yorkovich 12:00 am

Thanks to CPL Richard Armocido (artilleryman in photo above & below) for this!

Richard Armocido  at Fire Support Base All-American with the 2/321st Artilleriy’s 200,000th round to be fired from base piece #3. “Took 3 days to polish that.”

February 11, 2012

Deployment to Nam

Category: All Messages – Ron Yorkovich 12:18 pm

HEY, I just remembered that this is February. That’s the month the Brigade got the alert orders to deploy to Nam. Does anyone know the exact date? I remember that they wouldn’t tell us where we were going untill we were coming into Chu Lia.

Landing in Japan to refuel kind of gave the secret away. Just a few months before that we were on alert for Korea.

Ed Martin

February 8, 2012

Looking For Donald W. Kelley, B Med

Category: All Messages,Looking For – Ron Yorkovich 5:51 pm

My name is Tom Berryman and I served with B med as a 91Bravo in both Phu Bai and Tan Son Nhut.

I have been trying to track down Donald W Kelley,originaly from Montana, who served with B med at Tan Son Nhut as an FLA driver.

Any help would be appreciated.

My e mail is:  bman@ucom.net