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

May 31, 2015

Picture of the Day

Category: All Messages,Flashback – Ron Yorkovich 12:07 pm

November 15, 1969. Paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division are briefed at Phu Loi on the details of their impending departure from Vietnam under President Nixon’s withdrawal plan. These men had just finished a combat patrol. Other members of the Division are standing by in Washington D.C. during the Vietnam Moratorium demonstration.


3d Brigade Redeploying


May 30, 2015

Golden Brigade Experiences With Agent Orange

Category: All Messages – Ron Yorkovich 6:00 pm

Operation Ranch Hand was a U.S. military operation during the Vietnam War, lasting from 1962 until 1971. Ranch Hand involved spraying an estimated 20 million U.S. gallons of defoliants and herbicides over rural areas of South Vietnam in an attempt to deprive the Viet Cong of food and vegetation cover. Areas of Laos and Cambodia were also sprayed to a lesser extent. Nearly 20,000 sorties were flown between 1961 and 1971. The Vietnamese government estimates that 400,000 people were killed or maimed and 500,000 children born with birth defects as a result of this spraying of what were called by the Americans ‘rainbow herbicides’.

The “Ranch Handers” motto was “Only you can prevent a forest” – a take on the popular U.S. Forest Service poster slogan of Smokey Bear. During the ten years of spraying, over 5 million acres of forest and 500,000 acres of crops were heavily damaged or destroyed. Around 20% of the forests of South Vietnam were sprayed at least once.

The herbicides were sprayed by the U.S. Air Force flying C-123s using the call sign “Hades”. The planes were fitted with specially developed spray tanks with a capacity of 1,000 U.S. gallons of herbicides. A plane sprayed a swath of land that was 80 meters wide and 10 miles long in about 4½ minutes, at a rate of about 3 U.S. gallons per acre. Sorties usually consisted of three to five airplanes flying side by side. 95% of the herbicides and defoliants used in the war were sprayed by the U.S. Air Force as part of Operation Ranch Hand. The remaining 5% were sprayed by the U.S. Chemical Corps, other military branches, and the Republic of Vietnam using hand sprayers, spray trucks, helicopters and boats, primarily around U.S. military installations.

Please click “Comments” (below Smokey’s picture) to read or post your experiences with Agent Orange.

Click on the links below to read/download the official documents.

The Air Force and Herbicides in Southeast Asia 1961-1971 Office of Air Force History, United States Air Force (AFD-100928-054)

 Agent Orange Spray Map

VA – Agent Orange Exposure Conditions

Va – Agent Orange Compensation Guide

Chapter 13 – Agent Orange Claims Development


Ralph Judson Mears Jr. KIA May 30, 1969

Category: All Messages,Forever Young,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 12:00 am

SP5 Ralph Mears is honored on Panel 23W, Row 22 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A native of Norfolk, VA, he was born on April 29, 1949, the son of Norfolk homicide detective Ralph J. Mears, Sr.  Juddy was a member of the Tidewater Council Boy Scout Troop 44 and received his rank of Eagle on May 13, 1964. “Baby-San” was 21 years old when he was killed in action during a mortar attack on May 30, 1969 in the province of Hua Nghia while serving as Senior Medic with C 1/505th PIR.

Photo provided by Don McPhail
Photo Provided by Rick Talioaga
Photo provided by Gene Taylor
Life Magazine June 27, 1969

May 28, 2015

Book Reveals Hendrix Used Gay Ruse to Avoid ‘Nam

Category: All Messages,Flashback,General Interest – Ron Yorkovich 5:05 pm

Hendrix’s Army records indicate he was discharged for “homosexual tendencies,” not a broken ankle as he had claimed publicly.

Jimi Hendrix might have stayed in the Army. He might have been sent to Vietnam. Instead, he pretended he was gay. And with that, he was discharged from the 101st Airborne in 1962, launching a musical career that would redefine the guitar, leave other rock heroes of the day speechless and culminate with his headlining performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock in 1969.

Hendrix’s subterfuge, contained in his military medical records, is revealed for the first time in Charles R. Cross’ new biography, “Room Full of Mirrors.” Publicly, Hendrix always claimed he was discharged after breaking his ankle on a parachute jump, but his medical records do not mention such an injury.

In regular visits to the base psychiatrist at Fort Campbell, Ky., in spring 1962, (more…)

May 24, 2015

Fort Bragg Pays Tribute to Golden Brigade Troopers

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 2:35 pm

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Golden Brigade members Paddy Barry, Rich O’Hare, and Don Thieme, and Museum staff James Hallis and John Aarsen, and others, 36 long-missing names were added to the memorial.

 GBC Memorial 2015

Carlton Walls is helped to the 82nd Airborne Division’s Vietnam War memorial by James Kiser. Veterans Walls, Kiser and Richard Davidson, who served with the Golden Brigade, laid a wreath at the memorial Wednesday at Fort Bragg. US Army photo by Maj. Fred Hair.

Click here to read the full Fayetteville Observer article.

Memorial Day

Category: All Messages – Ron Yorkovich 2:04 pm

My thoughts are with our Forever Young Troopers, veterans who have since joined them, and with all of my Golden Brigade friends and their loved ones.


Peace and God Bless You All – Airborne!

May 23, 2015

B Troop 1/17 CAV

Category: All Messages,Units – Ron Yorkovich 2:46 am

Forever Young

Bailey Everette Roland CPL
Barrett Thomas Q SP4
Beatty Donald Edward SGT
Bennett Anthony Lee 2LT
Johnson Curtis SP4
Kayga William Duane PFC
Krom Michael Lee PFC
Scurfield Danny Vinson SGT
Urban Alexander John Jr PFC
Valentine Pervis B Jr CPL

May 16, 2015

Vietnam War Statistics

Category: All Messages – Ron Yorkovich 12:00 am

In Uniform and In Country

  • Vietnam Vets: 9.7% of their generation.
  • 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era
    (Aug. 5, 1964-May 7, 1975).
  • 8,744,000 GIs were on active duty during the war
    (Aug 5, 1964 – March 28, 1973).
  • 3,403,100 (Including 514,300 offshore) personnel served in the Southeast Asia Theater (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, flight crews based in Thailand, and sailors in adjacent South China Sea waters).
  • 2,594,000 personnel served within the borders of South Vietnam
    (Jan. 1, 1965 – March 28, 1973)
  • Another 50,000 men served in Vietnam between 1960 and 1964.
  • Of the 2.6 million, between 1 – 1.6 million (40 – 60%) either fought in combat, provided close support or were at least fairly regularly exposed to enemy attack.
  • 7,484 women (6,250 or 83.5% were nurses) served in Vietnam.
  • Peak troop strength in Vietnam: 543,482 (April 30, 1968)

Casualties (more…)

May 15, 2015

AFVN Radio Recordings

Category: All Messages – Ron Yorkovich 12:00 pm

Armed Forces Vietnam Radio Recordings

May 13, 2015

Vietnam War Propaganda Leaflets

Category: All Messages,Flashback,General Interest – Ron Yorkovich 6:00 pm

Fully illustrated and extremely interesting!


Thanks to Jim Littig for tihs!

May 12, 2015

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

Category: All Messages,Flashback,General Interest – Ron Yorkovich 3:41 pm

Emmy-award winning 1987 documentary film featuring real-life letters written by American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Vietnam War to their families and friends back home. Film footage and news coverage augment the first-person “narrative” by men and women who were there. Based on the book of the same name. (more…)

Mike Gamble is Looking for Buddies

Category: All Messages,Looking For – Ron Yorkovich 12:00 am

I served with the 82nd 2/505 in Vietnam beginning in April of 1968 through April 1969. Looking for buddies.

Originally submitted on 2014/11/14 at 5:54 pm

Juan Sanchez is Looking for Buddies

Category: All Messages,Looking For – Ron Yorkovich 12:00 am

Looking for buddies from nam. I served in Recon 2/505 from Feb 68 to Feb 69. I’d like to contact as many as possible. Rosas, Rivera, Rosario, Vega, Montes, Cruz from Puerto Rico. Fayetteville, Scott, Lt.Alvarado, SSG Fountain, Price, Davis, Pena, SSG McConnell and anyone from Recon or the line companies we worked with, hey lets get in touch. I’ll be glad to hear from you.

raiderlrrpjuan@hotmail.com or, at ph# (956) 724-3976 in Laredo,Tx.

May 11, 2015


Category: All Messages,General Interest – Ron Yorkovich 3:18 pm

Another clip showing the Golden Brigade in ‘Nam. Speakers on . . . and click the pic . . .

Army Airborne and Special Operations 75th Anniversary

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

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…)

May 10, 2015

Did You Need This To Tell You How To Clean Yours?

Category: All Messages,General Interest,Photos – Ron Yorkovich 6:00 pm

May 9, 2015

The Uncles by Carman Caradine

Category: All Messages,Flashback – Ron Yorkovich 1:52 pm

Dedicated to SGT Carl B. Davis, B Co, 1/505th, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (Vietnam) & about us …


Requesting Military Records

Category: All Messages,Announcements – Ron Yorkovich 12:01 am

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…)