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


May 11, 2015

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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:

http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

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…)

April 30, 2015

3-82 Operational Report Period Ending 30 April 1968

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

Significant Activities: The 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division was alerted for deployment to a combat area on 12 Feb 68 and deployed from CONUS to CHU LAI, RVN.  In-country orientation and training began as soon as brigade elements arrived in CHU LAI. One battalion was airlifted from CHU LAI to HUE/PHU BAI on 23-24 Feb 68 and the brigade conducted a road movement to the same area eight days later. From 9 March 68, the entire brigade was involved in combat operations. This reporting period has been divided into five phases . . .  The five phases are as follows:

PHASE I – Deployment: 13 Feb – 27 Feb 68
PHASE II – In-Country Orientation/Training: 18 Feb – 2 Mar 68
PHASE III – Movement and Base Development: 3 Mar – 8 Mar 68
PHASE IV – CARENTAN  I: 9 Mar – 31 Mar 68
PHASE V – CARENTAN II (CONTINUING): 1 Apr – 30 Apr 68

General: The 3d Bde, 82d Abn Div was alerted for deployment to a combat area at 121730 Feb 68. Identifying attachments presented no serious problem as they were, for the most part, the same ones that the brigade worked with during field exercises. Also, the fact that the brigade had, two weeks earlier, begun preparations for deployment during the “Pueblo Crisis” made this task easier, since the procedures were established even though actual circumstances and results differed. One example was the aircraft load tables which before had been prepared for C-130 but had to be reconfigured for C-141 aircraft. A team of specialists was dispatched from XVIII Abn Corps to assist in preparing the load tables and other related details. The 82d Airborne Division Readiness SOP was followed in the outloading as checkpoints and movement schedules were established for personnel and vehicles. The brigade was instructed to deploy at TOE strength or as near there to as possible. Fillers were received from within the division beginning on 13 Feb to meet this requirement, Unit integrity, mostly by platoon, was maintained to the greatest extent possible. (more…)

April 25, 2015

Movies & Pics of the 3rd Brigade in Vietnam

Category: All Messages,Flashback – Ron Yorkovich 12:48 pm

An interesting find. This site sells movies and pictures of the Golden Brigade in Vietnam. You can view the items in preview mode with a watermark without purchase – cool stuff!

Golden Brigade Movies & Pics

Also shown are Dom Rep, Detroit & more …

April 22, 2015

Keith Caudle is Looking for Buddies

Category: All Messages,Looking For – Jerry Schaefer 12:24 am

Keith Caudle is looking for anyone from Camp Eagle . Call 417-588-1161 23505 Red Oak Dr , Lebanon MO 65536 Was there 5/68>>-??

April 20, 2015

Charles Severino Thanks John Johnas

Category: All Messages,Forever Young,Reflections – Ron Yorkovich 10:41 pm

Thanks to John Johnas, I found out the two infantrymen KIA were Sgt. James Autrey and Sp/4 James Spencer, They were with CO A 2/505. I was in DC on the 10th. of Nov. and visited them at The Wall. Took a rubbing of their names, thanks John.

Originally submitted on 2014/11/23 at 11:33 pm

April 18, 2015

SSG Jerry Don Beck KIA April 6, 1969

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 7:51 pm

SSG Jerry Don Beck, from Dallas, Texas, arrived in Vietnam on November 4, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 6, 1968 in Binh Duong Province at the age of 21. SSG Beck was an Infantry Operations and Intelligence Specialist  (11F4P) with O Co, 75th Infantry (Ranger), 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Jerry is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 27W, Line 23.

April 14, 2015

Looking for Anyone Who Served With 3rd Bde 82nd at Phu Loi

Category: Looking For – Ron Yorkovich 5:32 pm

Looking for anyone who served with 3rd bgde 82nd at Phu Loi, Viet Nam. I was a 67N20 with the Aviation section.

Dave Lassiter

April 9, 2015

New Facebook Page

Category: All Messages,Announcements,Looking For – Ron Yorkovich 8:00 pm

We have started a facebook group to hookup the 3rd brigade with old buddies. Please join us.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/82ndairbornevietnam/

Submitted by Bruce Allen Stewart

April 8, 2015

April 8, 1968 – A Hero Falls at the Battle of the “Lazy W”

Category: All Messages,Flashback,Forever Young – Step Tyner 12:00 pm

I had the brief privilege of being SGT John Plunkard’s company commander in Vietnam. Although I commanded B-1-505(Abn) from July 1967 until July 1968, I say brief because your brother joined the company only a little before we deployed to Vietnam in February ’68 and, of course, was with us only in spirit after 8 April.

A bit of background may be helpful here. As you no doubt recall, the 82d has traditionally maintained one of its three maneuver brigades on immediate readiness status, with one battalion loaded and ready to deploy at once if necessary. A second brigade concentrates on training, while the third performs “post support,” grants liberal leaves and passes, sends troopers to school, etc.

By late 1967, the demands of the Vietnam war had bled the 82d’s personnel strength to the point where each rifle company had only two full-strength rifle platoons. In January of 1968, Third Brigade (1-505, 2-505, 1-508) was on DRF-1 (first to deploy) when the North Koreans seized the US spy ship “Pueblo.” (more…)

8 April 1968

Category: All Messages,On This Day – Ron Yorkovich 12:00 am

On 8 April, the 1st Battalion (Abn), 505th Infantry made heavy contact with a suspected company size NVA force In the village of Phuoc Yen, vie YD68020.  Bravo and Charlie of the 1-505 reinforced by Alpha of the 1st Battalion (Abn) 501st Infantry cordoned the village while TAC Air and artillery were called In. The cordon was maintained through the night and, on 9 April, Bravo and Charlie prepared to sweep from the south and went reepectivaly while Alpha moved from its positions to the north.

Source: Operational Report of the 101st Airborne Division for the period ending 30 April 1968.

April 6, 2015

PFC Walter Edward Joyce Jr KIA April 6, 1968

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

PFC Walter Edward Joyce Jr, from Somerville,  Massachusetts, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 6, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at the age of 19. PFC Joyce was an Infantry Indirect Fire Crewman  (11H10) with B 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Walter is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 28.

SFC Clifton Walker KIA April 6, 1968

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

SFC Clifton Walker, from Butler Georgia, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 6, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at the age of 40. SFC Walker was an Infantry Indirect Fire Crewman  (11H10) with B 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Walter is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 36.

SGT Daren Lee Koenig KIA April 6, 1969

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

SGT Daren Lee Koenig, from Hannibal, Missouri, arrived in Vietnam on October 20, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 6, 1969 in Binh Duong Province at the age of 21. SGT Koenig was an Infantry Operations and Intelligence Specialist  (11F4P) with O Co, 75th Infantry (Ranger), 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Daren is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 27W, Line 25.

 

April 4, 2015

April 4, 1969

Category: All Messages – Ron Yorkovich 2:00 pm

On 4 Apr 69, D Company 1/505 engaged 15 NVA dug in heavy bunkers; resulting in 8 NVA KIA and 2 AK-47s capture vic XT473045. D Company received fire vic XT474046. A sweep of the area revealed 3 VC KIA. US losses were 3 KHA and 4 WHA. Also, on the same day, C Company had 1 WHA due to booby traps.

Source: Operational Report of 3rd Brigade, 82d Airborne Division for period 1 February 1969 to 30 April 1969.

SFC Felix M. Conde-Falcón KIA April 4, 1969

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 1:00 pm

SFC (posthumus) Felix Modesto Conde-Falcón, from Chicago, Illinois, arrived in Vietnam on July 10, 1968. He died of multiple fragmentation wounds on April 4, 1969 in Hua Nghia Province at the age of 31. SFC Conde-Falcón was a Light Weapons Infantryman (11B40) with 3rd Platoon, D1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Felix is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 27W, Line 9.

 Felix M Conde-Falcon  

Citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting
The Congressional Medal of Honor (posthumously) to:
STAFF SERGEANT
FELIX M. CONDE-FALCON
UNITED STATES ARMY

Staff Sergeant Felix M. Conde-Falcón distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an acting Platoon Leader in Company D, 1st Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Ap Tan Hoa, Republic of Vietnam on April 4, 1969. While entering a heavily wooded section on the route of advance, Staff Sergeant Conde-Falcón and his company encountered an extensive enemy bunker complex, later identified as a battalion command post. Following tactical artillery and air strikes on the heavily-secured enemy position, Staff Sergeant Conde-Falcón’s platoon was selected to assault and clear the bunker fortifications. Moving out ahead of his platoon, Staff Sergeant Conde-Falcón charged the first bunker, heaving grenades as he went. As the hostile fire increased, he crawled to the blind side of an entrenchment position, jumped to the roof, and tossed a grenade into the bunker aperture. Without hesitating, he proceeded to two additional bunkers, both of which he destroyed in the same manner as the first. Rejoining his platoon, Staff Sergeant Conde-Falcón advanced about one hundred meters through the trees before coming under intense hostile fire. Selecting three men to accompany him, he maneuvered toward the enemy’s flank position. Carrying a machinegun, he single-handedly assaulted the nearest fortification, killing the enemy inside before running out of ammunition. After returning to the three men with his empty weapon and taking up an M-16 rifle, he concentrated on the next bunker. Within ten meters of his goal, Staff Sergeant Conde-Falcón was shot by an unseen assailant and soon died of his wounds. Staff Sergeant Conde-Falcón’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

SFC Conde-Falcón’s son, Richard, was presented with his father’s Congressional Medal of Honor by President Obama at a White House ceremony on March 18, 2014. Graveside services were conducted on April 12th, 2014 in Rogers, Texas. General Mark A. Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, rededicated SFC Conde-Falcón’s grave with full military honors, including Chaplain, Honor Guard, and Taps services. SFC Conde-Falcón’s name on the Golden Brigade Memorial at the at 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial at Ft Bragg was inlaid with gold and the training room at the current 1/505, 3rd Brigade was dedicated to his honor. All events were well represented by Golden Brigade veterans in attendance.

SGT David Harold McDonald KIA April 4, 1969

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

SGT David Harold McDonald, from Hialeah, Florida, arrived in Vietnam on August 18, 1968. He died of multiple fragmentation wounds on April 4, 1969 in Hua Nghia Province at the age of 23. SGT McDonald was a Light Weapons Infantryman (11B40) with 3rd Platoon, D 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. David is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 27W, Line 12.

 

CPL Douglas Wayne Richards KIA April 4, 1969

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 11:00 am

CPL Douglas Wayne Richards, from Granite City Illinois, arrived in Vietnam on January 1, 1969. He died of multiple fragmentation wounds  on April 4, 1969 in Hua Nghia Province at the age of 21. CPL Richards was a Light Weapons Infantryman (11B10) with 3rd Platoon, D 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Douglas is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 27W, Line 12.

 

SGT Jerry Wayne Shain KIA April 4, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 10:00 am

SGT Jerry Wayne Shain, from Cromwell, Kentucky, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 4, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at the age of 21. SGT Shain was an Light Weapons Infantryman (11B4P) with C 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Jerry is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 11.

 

SP4 Raymond Junior Johnson KIA April 4, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 9:00 am

SP4 Raymond Junior Johnson, from Hamilton, Ohio, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 4, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at the age of 22. SP4 Johnson was a Combat Medic (91B2P) with C 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Raymond is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 5.

SSG Robert Gerald Elgin KIA April 4, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 8:00 am

SSG Robert Gerald Elgin, from San Francisco, California, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 4, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at age 29. SSG Elgin was a Light Weapons Infantryman (11B4P) with C 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Robert is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 2.

  REglin

Forty-six years after he was killed in action, Robert Elgin’s medals are in the hands of his daughter through the perseverance of a police officer and a veterans’ official in North Dakota and a cemetery manager in Spanaway.

Army Sgt. Robert Gerald Elgin was 29 at the time of his death in 1968. His body was returned to the U.S. for burial at Bethel Cemetery in Spanaway, next to his parents. His grave marker, worn by weather and time but still legible, is inscribed with his name, rank and PH, for Purple Heart. Not noted is another medal, the Silver Star, one of America’s highest honors for bravery in combat. It was awarded to Elgin posthumously along with the South Vietnamese Military Merit Medal, given by the Republic of Vietnam to soldiers for extreme bravery. (more…)

SP4 Daniel Guardado KIA April 4, 1968

Category: All Messages,Forever Young – Ron Yorkovich 7:00 am

SP4 Daniel Guardado, from Santa Ana, California, arrived in Vietnam on February 14, 1968. He died of small arms fire on April 4, 1968 in Thua Thien Province at the age of 22. SP4 Daniel was a Light Weapons Infantryman (11B2P) with C 1/505, 3rd Brigade (Golden), 82nd Airborne Division. Daniel is remembered on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 48E, Line 4.