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

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.

It is one of the most moving chronicles I’ve seen. Several clips are included of the Golden Brigade arriving in Chu Lai, meeting with Westmoreland, in the field, at Bob Hope’s Xmas show at Bien Hoa, and at Hoc Mon bridge. The voices, the scenes, the music, the tears . . . you need to watch these – your family needs to watch.

Here’s a taste. Be surprised – and be patient – it might take a while to load.

Be sure to watch all 8 parts. Here’s the first. Try to watch them in order. There is sound missing from clip 5 at about marker 5:30 to 7:00 minutes.

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  1. I remember the clip from Hoc Mon Bridge because I was there when it was filmed. The news media arrived just prior to the radio announcement that said the 9th Inf Division and the 82nd were going home in the first round of withdrawls. I remember the soldier named Summer, I think the spelling may be wrong, get on top of the passing bus, it was a wild time that day. It was Co A 2/505 at the bridge. I remember the CO telling me to get those fools out of the road before they get killed by a taxi or bus before they get home.

    Comment by John Johnas — October 5, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

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