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


August 29, 2012

Individual Awards To Golden Brigade Troopers

Category: All Messages,General Interest,Uncategorized,Units – Sean McPhail 11:32 am

The following individuals were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam while serving with the 3rd brigade 82nd Airborne Division:

1.  Staff Sergeant Juan Ogo Blaz

Unit:  Company A, 2d Battalion, 505th Infantry

Date Of Action:  18 January 1969

2.  Staff Sergeant Felix M. Conde-Falcon (Posthumously)

Unit:  Company D, 1st Battalion, 505th Infantry

Date Of Action:  4 April 1969

3.  Sergeant First Class James L. Edwards

Unit:  Company B, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry

Date Of Action:  26 August 1968

4.  First Lieutenant Larry D. Fleener

Unit:  Company B, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry

Date Of Action:  26 August 1968

5.  Sergeant Rohnie Harrell

Unit:  Company B, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 505th Infantry

Date Of Action:  6 April 1968

Ft Bragg—Tentative Schedule for Sept 2-5

Category: All Messages – Ron Yorkovich 3:30 am

All times are subject to the arrival time of Division HQ aircraft

2SEP     Airport Pickups -Shuttle rotation doing continuous turns until all picked  up.

3SEP     1300     DFAC Ceremony Rehearsal. Memorial Grove setup, Plaque placement,  copies of ‘IN CONTACT” presentations, etc.

3SEP      1430    Museum Memorial Rehearsal. Color guard, chorus and bugler will be there.

                       For these rehearsals the GBC emcees, presenters, guidon carriers or anyone directly involved should attend.

3SEP     1700     Buses depart GBC hotel to Green Ramp.

1700     Senior Airborne buddies board buses at BDE HQ parking lot for transport Green Ramp.

1700     Buses spot at DFAC parking to bring individual GBC drivers to Green Ramp.

3SEP     1800     Green Ramp Ceremony Rehearsal; followed by GBC members meeting with 3BDE and other DIV Troopers.

                        All GBC to attend.

3SEP     1915     Green Ramp-Golden BDE Final Rehearsal or 30 minutes before plane arrives.

3SEP    1945    Green Ramp-Golden BDE assembles w/ DIV HQ & march in followed by National Anthem, prayer, remarks and release.

3SEP     2030     Bus Transport GB back to hotels and DFAC if your vehicle is there.

4SEP     1115     Buses depart GB hotel to 3BCT DFAC

1145     Buses arrive in DFAC parking lot

1145     Golden Brigade and Airborne Buddies mingle prior to start of the ceremony.  Members of the GBC will most likely serve at least part of first meal served in newly dedicated Bolling Hall, complete with aprons with the 82nd patch on them.

4SEP     1200     DFAC Memorialization Ceremony Begins-dedication, presentation of the paintings, awards and speeches and Distinguished Member of the Regiment induction.

4SEP     1500     Transportation from DFAC to DIV Museum

4SEP     1600     Museum Ceremony –Golden Brigade Memorial Service and wreath laying at our memorial site.  Colors, bugler and chorus will be in attendance with us.

4SEP     1730     Bus Transport GB back to hotels

5SEP    0800-1630            The Rendezvous will be held at Woodland Park on Pope AFB. Buses will depart every hour for GBC if you can’t stay all day. We will be involved in the award ceremony at the end of the day. It is unknown at this time if there will be Shuffleboard, Bocce Ball and Walker races for us.

5SEP     0800     Opening ceremony with GBC and Panther association in attendance.

5SEP     1000-1300           Lunch by unit. GBC and Panther Association members may eat with any unit.

5SEP     1630     Closing ceremony,  GBC and Panthers to assist.

August 16, 2012

Unit Awards To Golden Brigade Units

Category: All Messages,General Interest,Units – Sean McPhail 4:51 pm

A number of awards were earned by the various units of the Golden Brigade during its service in Vietnam. Because of the time it took to process and approve these awards, many of the veterans who were entitled to these awards never knew about them and often their military records do not reflect their entitlement.

Following is a listing, including citations, for all unit awards earned by the 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division in Vietnam. Anyone assigned to and present for duty with any of the particular units during any portion of the cited period is permanently entitled to that unit award.

  1.  3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division – Republic Of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation for the period 6 October 1968 through 11 November 1969. The award, including the citation, was announced in Section III (Page 4) of Department Of The Army General Orders No. 43 dated 12 August 1970. Following is a link to the orders:

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7043.pdf

Documents pertaining to the approval of this award, including both the Vietnamese and English language citations for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|276196717

  2.  3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division – Republic Of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class Unit Citation for the period 12 March 1968 through 4 October 1968.  This award was made to the 101st Airborne Division to which the 3rd Brigade was attached at the time and the award, including the citation, was announced in Section IV (Pages 10-11) of Department Of The Army General Orders No. 48 dated 14 October 1971.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7148.pdf

  3.  1st Battalion 505th Infantry  – Republic Of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class Unit Citation for the period 3 March 1969 through 30 April 1969.  This award was made to the 25th Infantry Division to which the 1/505th Infantry was attached at the time and the award, including the citation, was announced in Section III (Pages 13-14) of Department Of The Army General Orders No. 51 dated 10 November 1971.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7151.pdf

  4.  1st Battalion 508th Infantry  – Valorous Unit Award for the period 1 May 1968 through 8 January 1969 as announced in General Orders No. 880, Headquarters, United States Army, Vietnam, dated 16 April 1970, and confirmed in Section I (Page 3) of Department Of The Army General Orders No. 43 dated 12 August 1970. (This award was submitted as a Presidential Unit Citation but ultimately downgraded to a Valorous Unit Award before being approved.)

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7043.pdf

Documents pertaining to the submission and approval of this award, including the citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268911833

and here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268912346

  5.  Battery A 2nd Battalion 321st Artillery – Valorous Unit Award for the period 12 November 1968 through 10 December 1968 while attached to the 1st Battalion 508th Infantry as announced in General Orders No. 880, Headquarters, United States Army, Vietnam, dated 16 April 1970, and confirmed in Section I (Page 3) of Department Of The Army General Orders No. 43 dated 12 August 1970.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7043.pdf

Documents pertaining to the submission and approval of this award, including the citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268911833

and here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268912346

  6.  Battery B 2nd Battalion 321st Artillery – Valorous Unit Award for the period 23 August 1968 through 1 November 1968 while attached to the 1st Battalion 508th Infantry as announced in Section V (Page 14) of Department Of The Army General Orders No. 48 dated 14 October 1971. (Note: Battery B was referred to as Battery D in the recommendation and subsequent documents, including the initial citation. This was later corrected by an amended citation.)

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7148.pdf

Documents pertaining to the submission and approval of this award, including the citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268911833

and here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268912346

  7.  Battery C 2nd Battalion 321st Artillery – Valorous Unit Award for the period 26 October 1968 through 1 November 1968 while attached to the 1st Battalion 508th Infantry as announced in General Orders No. 880, Headquarters, United States Army, Vietnam, dated 16 April 1970, and confirmed in Section I (Page 3) of Department Of The Army General Orders No. 43 dated 12 August 1970.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7043.pdf

Documents pertaining to the submission and approval of this award, including the citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268911833

and here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268912346

  8.  Company C 307th Engineer Battalion  – Meritorious Unit Commendation for the period 16 September 1968 through 31 July 1969 as announced in General Orders No. 762, Headquarters, United States Army, Vietnam, dated 28 March 1970, and confirmed in Section II(62) of Department Of The Army General Orders. No. 39 dated 20 July 1970.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7039.pdf

Documents pertaining to the submission and approval of this award, including the citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268908884

and here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|269641652

  9.   Company A 82nd Support Battalion – Meritorious Unit Commendation for the period 25 May 1968 through 28 February 1969 as announced in General Orders No. 4454, Headquarters, United States Army, Vietnam, dated 22 December 1969, and confirmed in Section II(41) of Department Of The Army General Orders. No. 39 dated 20 July 1970.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7039.pdf

Documents pertaining to the submission and approval of this award, including the citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268397075

  10.  Company A 82nd Support Battalion– Meritorious Unit Commendation (First Oak Leaf Cluster) for the period 1 March 1969 through 15 November 1969 as announced in General Orders No. 845, Headquarters, United States Army, Vietnam, dated 8 April 1970, and confirmed in Section II(40) of Department Of The Army General Orders. No. 39 dated 20 July 1970.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7039.pdf

Documents pertaining to the submission and approval of this award, including the citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268397048

  11.  82nd Support Battalion (Less Company A) – Meritorious Unit Commendation for the period 16 September 1968 through 15 November 1969 as announced in General Orders No. 845, Headquarters, United States Army, Vietnam, dated 8 April 1970, and confirmed in Section II(40) of Department Of The Army General Orders. No. 39 dated 20 July 1970.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7039.pdf

Documents pertaining to the submission and approval of this award, including the citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|268397048

  12.  Also, bear in mind that any 3rd Brigade Vietnam veteran who may not have been assigned and present with one of the cited units during the cited periods is nevertheless entitled to the Republic Of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation which was awarded to the United States Army, Vietnam and all subordinate units for the period 20 July 1965  through 28 March 1973 as announced in Section I(3) of Department Of The Army General Orders No. 8 dated 19 March 1974.

http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go7408.pdf

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Units of the 3rd Brigade were recommended for other awards which, for various reasons, were never approved.

1.  2d Battalion 505th Infantry – Meritorious Unit Commendation for the period 21 October 1968 through 15 November 1969. However, the award was not approved.

Following is a link to the paperwork submitted with the recommendation as well as the documents discussing and ultimately denying the award.

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|269656498

2.  1st Battalion 508th Infantry – Meritorious Unit Commendation for the period 21 December 1968 through 1 November 1969. However, the award was not approved on the basis that it is intended primarily for combat support units and not combat units.

Documents pertaining to the submission and disapproval of this award, including the proposed citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|269657179

and here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|269657188

3.  2d Battalion 321st Artillery – Meritorious Unit Commendation for the period 1 January 1969 through 14 November 1969. However, the award was not approved on the basis that it is intended primarily for combat support units and not combat units.

Documents pertaining to the submission and disapproval of this award, including the proposed citation for the award, are found here:

http://www.fold3.com/image/#1|269630899

4.  According to the 82nd’s second unit history from Vietnam, as the Brigade was standing down in 1969, a recommendation for the Presidential Unit Citation for the entire brigade was submitted. Apparently, it was not approved, although I don’t have any specific documents to verify this.

There may be other recommendations I am not aware of that were disapproved for varying reasons.

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Anyone wishing to have his Army discharge amended to reflect these awards, or for any other reason, may do so by following the directions on the following link:

https://www.hrc.army.mil/TAGD/Correction%20to%20Veterans%20Military%20Records

Veterans, particularly those who served tours with other units, may also want to consult DA Pamphlet 672-3, the Army’s official Unit Citation And Campaign Participation Register, at the following link:

http://armypubs.army.mil/epubs/pdf/P672_3.pdf