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

July 26, 2012

A Once in a Lifetime Golden (Golden Brigade) Opportunity

Category: All Messages – Ron Yorkovich 8:58 pm

The welcome home of the Golden Brigade by the 82nd Airborne Division, dedication of the Bolling Dining Facility and presentation of the paintings will be held on September 3, 2012 at Ft Bragg. The Panther Rendezvous will be held on the 4th. There will also be a brief memorial service and wreath laying at the Golden Brigade Memorial that morning.

Once you have made your reservations, regardless of where you plan to stay, contact me at: Jerry Schaefer 714-847-7298 or gbcnewsletter@hotmail.com. This notification is vital as we have to supply the Army with your information for the ID/Admission badges. These badges are required by the Army and we will need to wear them while on post. In addition this information will provide us with an accurate count of who is coming.

Hotel Accommodations

We have two choices for local hotels: The Hampton Inn and Embassy Suites Hotel – details for each follow:

Hampton Inn Fayetteville Cross Creek Mall, 1700 Skibo Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303. This is the main hotel. Call 910-487-4006 for reservations and mention “Panther Rendezvous” in order to receive r special rate of $94.

The price is $94.00 per night plus tax for a single King size bed or and 2 double beds. There will be50 rooms (10 Kings & 40 doubles) blocked for the Golden Brigade Chapter from September 2-6. Handicap-accessible rooms are available. Attendees may extend their arrival and departure dates and still obtain the special rate. There will also be 4 rooms available on August 31. he rooms are blocked from 8/31 to 9/7/12 (because some are extending their reservations). Please make your reservation before 8/13/12 to be guaranteed the $94.00 rate. Contact Barbara Smith, Regional Director of Sales, 910-476-7033, for any questions.

There will be a full, HOT breakfast bar from 6-10 AM each morning and a manager’s reception on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 1730-1830. The Hampton Inn also has a pool, free Wi-Fi, HBO, refrigerators, microwaves, and ironing board in each room. The facility is located in close proximity to Yadkin Road and the All American Freeway, which are the main thoroughfares into Ft Bragg. It is centrally located near a number of restaurants and Cross Creek Mall.

Visit the Hampton Inn website (http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/north-carolina/hampton-inn-fayetteville-cross-creek-mall-FAYCCHX/about/index.html) for additional details and directions.

Embassy Suites Hotel at 4760 Lake Valley Drive, 910-826-3600. It is within walking distance to the Hospitality Room which will be at the Hampton Inn

The rate at this hotel is $129 per night plus tax and includes a 2 room suite, (bedroom and sitting room) with all the usual amenities. The rate includes a daily full breakfast buffet and a Manager’s Reception every evening from 1700 – 1900, with finger food and two free drinks per person. – This is a 4-star hotel with bar and restaurant and is one of the newest hotels in Fayetteville. – To receive this discounted rate, mention _ABN__ while making your reservation.

Visit the Embassy Suites website (http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/north-carolina/embassy-suites-fayetteville-fort-bragg-FAYFBES/index.html) for additional details and directions.

Shuttle to and from the Fayetteville Airport

Neither hotel has shuttle service to and from the airport. There are taxis at the airport.3rd BCT may be able to supply rides. We will keep you informed.

Dress Code

We are ALL AMERICANS and proud of it. The uniform for the first day will be long pants and Golden Brigade polo shirts. They come in red, white and light and dark blue in all major sizes. If you don’t have one yet, contact our quartermaster, James Kiser at 910-893-9424 or birdkiser@earthlink.net . He will have a good supply with him at Bragg also. Don’t forget a Golden Brigade hat. Bring lots of sunscreen, too.

No shorts, cut offs or flip flops at formal functions including the memorial service at the GBC memorial. Please save your cammies, bush hats and “been there, done that vests of many patches” for another occasion. We are expecting media coverage both locally and possibly nationally and want to show the world what real Nam vets look and act like.

There is the possibility that an Association member from the Chicago chapter may be in the area. He is an author and historian planning to do a history of the Golden Brigade based on trooper’s interviews and personal experiences rather than the “official” histories now in existence. His name is Steve Litteral. He is doing this on his own and is not sponsored or promoted by the 82nd Assn. or this Chapter. You are under no obligation to be interviewed by him. It is your call.

Please bring family and friends as this will be the only time that our sacrifices and contribution to the history of the 82nd Airborne Division will be recognized in such a large and public manner.

While we do not have the cost to the chapter for our share of the green ramp festivities and cost of the paintings, etc, your donations are welcome any time. Please make the check payable to the “Golden Brigade” and send to

Rich O’Hare
Treasurer, Golden Brigade Chapter
82nd Airborne Division Association
4075 Old River Trail
Powhatan, VA 23139-4112

We need to raise approximately $10,000, and donations of any amount are welcome and appreciated. We would love to see all of you there, but if you are unable to attend, this might be a nice way of participating in the event.

A Company,1/508,1968-1969

Category: Looking For – Ron Yorkovich 7:37 pm

We are looking to have a reunion of A company,1/508,1968-1969.Get in touch.

My email is thefrancoman@hotmail.com

Frank Walenga