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

June 11, 2015

Trooper Messages 2011 –

Category: All Messages,Looking For – Ron Yorkovich – 6:00 pm

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  1. I stopped by; did my 10 pushups!!!
    Looking forward to All American Week @ Ft. Bragg and also the 82nd Convention in Orlando in August.
    Hope to see you’all there!

    Comment by Dickie Keaton — April 19, 2015 @ 3:08 pm

  2. Thank you Charles for looking them up on your trip to DC. Both of those guys made my early days as a new Sgt. in Nam a bit easier.

    Comment by John Johnas — April 20, 2015 @ 8:41 pm

  3. A Co. 2/505th 3rd Platoon, SSG, March 1969 to November 1969. They had me reporting to Ft. Carson on 12/22/69 but found out that I qualified for an early out and was back home by November 19th 1969.

    Comment by John Johnas — April 20, 2015 @ 10:14 pm

  4. Deployed in February 68 , I was with the bde hq. Legal dept. looking to find Larry Sams

    Comment by Emilio Perez — April 21, 2015 @ 2:32 pm

  5. Looking for any info on sgt. Kenneth Nowak (1968-1970) he never talked about his war experiences with my mom(his daughter) and died in his forties….if anyone has any info…please email me at joshfishdog@gmail.com thank u very much

    Comment by Josh Fisher — May 2, 2015 @ 11:00 am

  6. Served with the 82d Support Battalion, 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division, Aug 1968 – Oct 1969. Phu Bai to Phu Loi.
    Served as the Truck Platoon leader.
    Retired in 1990 with almost 24 years service.
    Life member of the Golden Brigade Chapter.
    Let us always remember the fallen; they will remain ‘Forever Young’.
    Airborne All The way!

    Comment by Robert Gaddi — May 3, 2015 @ 4:21 pm

  7. HQ Company B 1/17 Cavalry July 1968 to August 1969, One of the replacement “leg” track mechanics that came in with the M113 ACAV’s Phu Bai to Tan Son Nhut. Welcome home, God Bless all our troops.

    Comment by John Cooper — May 9, 2015 @ 12:05 am

  8. Hey Mike, I was in 1st platoon c/508 from March 68 to march 69. I remember your name and some of your buddies. tex and cross. Sgt Zapata was real hard core. great guy.
    I hope you are doing well and in good health.
    I was in 1st Platoon 1st sq with Mike Bronson,Jack Crowell,Sgt Braughton.
    Mike died last year from Lung cancel. He was a retired La calif police officer. Jack lives out on Oregon and is retired also. I live about 25 miles east of Atlanta,ga. I retired in 2006 after being diagnoist with stage 4 lyphoma.I made it through Chemo and have been cancer free for about 6 yrs. good to hear you are still out there.
    Take care
    Mike Murphy
    C/1st/508/82nd Airborne

    Comment by Mike Murphy — May 21, 2015 @ 1:53 pm

  9. I served with C Company 1/505 as a Squad leader. 68-69. Everyone called me Sgt. Hillbilly. I was a former Marine. We were mostly at FB All American after coming south from Hue Phu Bai. My good friend Sgt. Roy Baker also served as a squad leader, in the same Platoon. I had a great squad of fine soldiers. Have thought about all the guys so many times over these past 46 years. Anyone who would like to email me, please feel free to do so.

    Comment by William (Hillbilly Bill) Collett — May 21, 2015 @ 5:28 pm

  10. hay mike i was c/1/508 i remember you all do you remember hill billy and bobby cox our m-60 machine gunner i carried an m-79 the last time i saw 1st. sgt zapata was back at ft . bragg before i ets in dec. also thank god you are doing better mike we will keep you in our prayers i live about 10 miles south of ft worth tx. in burleson tx. god bless wayne

    Comment by wayne barlow — May 23, 2015 @ 8:33 pm

  11. I believe that you will find that your 1/SGT name was Zabala and not Zapata.Someone correct my failing memory if I’m wrong.CSM Dunn 1/508th Viet Nam 68-69.

    Comment by CSM (RET) Dunn — May 29, 2015 @ 4:48 pm

  12. danny i just found you,r email i remember you well you smoked cigars all the time man where do you live i think you and hillbilly were from the ozarks of Mo. the best i can remember if you can call me at 817-572-9405 i carried an m-79 if you remember would just like to see aand talk to some of the greatist guys in the world airborne all the way.

    Comment by wayne barlow — May 30, 2015 @ 2:33 am

  13. William (Hillbilly Bill) Collett,
    My father went to NCO Candidate School with Roy Baker at Fort Benning. They went to Vietnam together in May 1968. My father went to A 1/505th while Roy went to C 1/505th. I have been in touch with Roy, He is living in Alabama. I have created a Facebook page for the battalion in Vietnam with lots of pictures and other information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/1st-Battalion-505th-Infantry-In-Vietnam/205370252887525

    I have several pictures Roy sent me in an album under his name on the Facebook page. Please feel free to take a look and add any photos or other memories you may have.

    Sean McPhail

    Comment by Sean McPhail — June 3, 2015 @ 2:04 pm

  14. For John Cooper. John I was in HQ Company as well, Capt. Dehncke’s driver. Do you recall the name of the mechanic that was crushed by a track retriever while pulling an engine out of an M113? He was a nice kid, hurt real bad. He wanted a CIB in the worse way but didn’t have a combat MOS. Capt. Dehncke being the great guy he was presented him with one in the Third Field Hospital.
    I always wondered how he made out.

    Comment by Charles Severino — June 5, 2015 @ 4:10 pm

  15. Looking for anyone with Troop B 1/17th Cav. HQC. Have been in touch with Reid Lyon, Don (Ditt) Dittenhoffer, Capt. Dehncke, Keith Ollinger, Bob Newman, Mike Laneville. Would love to hear from anyone else. nhbatt3@msn.com.

    Comment by Charles Severino — June 9, 2015 @ 2:12 pm

  16. Company C second Battalion 505 for the first six months then headquarters Company second Battalion battalion toc forward

    Comment by Charlie Fraley — June 11, 2015 @ 9:02 pm

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