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

June 11, 2015

The Golden Brigade Website Has Moved!

Category: All Messages,Announcements,Chapter News – Ron Yorkovich 9:23 pm

This website is no longer maintained.

For Chapter information visit www.goldenbrigade.org.

For finding buddies and participating in conversations and war stories with other Golden Brigade veterans, please join our Facebook group (we have over 400 members).

Pass the word – let’s get everyone involved!

All The Way!

Ron Yorkovich

Trooper Messages 2011 –

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Only comments by, or about, Golden Brigade Troopers are to be posted here.

Opinions expressed here may be personal and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Golden Brigade Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association.


June 4, 2015

COL Joseph Ross Franklin – TAPS (comments updated)

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 1:00 am


Col. Joseph Ross Franklin, PhD, USA (Ret), 84, of Pensacola, FL, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at home. Col. Franklin was born July 11, 1928 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended and graduated from U. S. Military Academy at West Point in 1950. Col. Franklin served in Korea, where he was wounded, and three tours of duty in Vietnam. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart, retiring from the U. S. Army after thirty years of service. Col. Franklin received his PhD in Foreign Relations from the American University. He was a member of the Legion of Valor and an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Franklin of Pensacola; son, Daniel Franklin of Pensacola; daughter, Jennifer Kellen and husband Joel of Corpus Christi, TX; granddaughter, Emmalee Noel Gough and sister, Dianne Payne. (more…)

June 2, 2015

Taps – John Shields

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 9:30 am


John R. Shields of Kenilworth, N.J., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 with his loving family at his side, after a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 65 years old. Services for Mr. Shields were held on  Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at the Opacity Funeral Home, 511 Washington Ave., Kenilworth. Interment followed at Forest Green Memorial Cemetery in Morganville, N.J. Please visit www.opacityfuneralhome.com to sign his guest book and to leave a personal condolence to the family. Born in Summit, N.J., John previously resided in Edison, N.J., and Lakewood, N.J. John proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. He served with C 1/508, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division in Vietnam. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart, and other military commendations, leaving with the rank of sergeant. He worked 20-plus years at Lindeman Buick, and was also employed at Pine Belt Chevy and Elizabeth Olds. A diehard Mets fan, John also enjoyed woodworking and gifting his projects to family members. He loved his Corvette and motorcycles, warm weather and Pepsi, crosswords and dahlias. His family, friends, and neighbors will remember that he was always there to help anyone who asked. John is survived by his mother, Lena, and was predeceased by his father, Elton E. Shields. He is survived by his brothers, William (Bill), Elton and wife, Debbie, Frank and wife, Carol, and his sisters, Sue Swigunski, Annette and husband, Guy Haddix, Nancy Rademacher, and Joan and partner, Jackie. John is also survived by 16 nieces and nephews. To the best son and brother anyone could have asked for, Thank You and God Bless You always. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Disabled American Veterans, I.D. Harris Chapter 40, c/o Cmdr Robert House, 845 Inwood Road, Union, N.J. 07083 would be appreciated.

Picture of the Day

Category: All Messages – Ron Yorkovich 12:00 am


June 1, 2015

Taps – Bruce D. Eilers C 1/505

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 10:51 am


Bruce D. Eilers, 60, of Waterloo, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, June 12, 2005 at his home. He was born June 7, 1945, in Cedar Falls, son of Charles and Barbara Schryver Eilers. He married Brenda Joyce Sindt Dec. 23, 1967, at St. John Lutheran Church in Keystone. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs. He received his B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa majoring in music education and minoring in sociology and economic, and later received his M.A. from UNI majoring in music.

Mr. Eilers was a string music educator, most recently at Waterloo West High School, retiring in 2004. He previously taught orchestra in the Cedar Rapids School District. Bruce was also conductor for the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony Orchestra. He was an active judge and clinician for area contests and festivals. He served in the U.S. Army in C 1/505 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division during Vietnam where he received a Purple Heart.

He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, was on the Iowa High School Music Association (50th All State Festival Planning Committee), Iowa Music Educators Association – All State Orchestra Chair (1998-2003), and was former member of the Cedar Rapids Symphony and the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony. He was a member of the Superior Hawgs RAGBRAI Team. He was very active in life and this is just a small amount of his professional involvement. Bruce was recognized by Grinnell College receiving the Outstanding Iowa Teacher Award in 1998.

He is survived by his wife; a son, Aaron (fiancee Melissa McBride) of Cedar Rapids; a daughter, Rebecca Eilers of Woodbury, Minn.; his mother of Hastings, Minn.; and three brothers, Delos (Karen) of Cottage Grove, Minn., James (Sue) of Villa Park, Ill., and David of Cary, N.C. Preceded in death by: his father.

Services were  held at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, with burial in Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery.

Taps – Carl S. Coulthard

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 10:25 am

Carl Steven Coulthard Sr., 65, of Troy, N.C., passed away at his home on Aug. 2, 2013. He is survived by his wife of nearly 45 years, Marla Mangum Coulthard; one son, Carl Steven Coulthard Jr. of Hamlet, N.C., one daughter, Jacquelyn Colette Coulthard of Portland, Ore.; three grandchildren, Alex, Bailey and Chase Coulthard of Hamlet, N.C.; and three brothers, William Coulthard Jr. of Windham, Herb Coulthard of Homestead, Fla., and Robert Coulthard of Scarborough. Mr. Coulthard was born in New London, Conn., to the late William Coulthard and Mary Coulthard. He retired from the U.S. Army having served in the 101st Airborne Division and HHC 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division with two tours of duty in Vietnam. Mr. Coulthard also served as the director of the American Red Cross in Richmond County and was the current host at Kings Mountain Point in the Uwharrie National Forest. A private memorial service was  held. On-line condolences may be left atwww.phillipsfh.com.

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