05 November 2007

The 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade (Sep)

Mr Thompson,
Thank You for your service, thank you for the correction, (which I should have seen in the text), and most importantly, Sir,

In Late August, 1966, the 173d received another Infantry Battalion, the 4th, 503rd which arrived from Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. A 3rd Battalion was formed in early 1967 at Fort Bragg, N.C. and was shipped to Vietnam to join the Brigade on October 2, 1967.

In the combat operations to follow, the paratroopers made their superb training payoff. They were the first to go into War Zone D to destroy enemy base camps. They introduced the use of small, long range patrols. They fought the battles of the Iron Triangle, conducted the only major combat parachute jump in the Tay Ninh area, and blocked NVA incursions during some of the bloodiest fighting of the war at Dak To during the summer and fall of 1967, culminating in the capture of Hill 875. Elements of the brigade conducted an amphibious assault against NVA and VC forces as part of an operation to clear the rice-growing lowlands along the Bong Song littoral.

The troopers of the 173D Airborne Brigade (Sep) wear their combat badges and decorations with pride. During more than six years of nearly continuous combat, the brigade earned 14 campaign streamers and four unit citations. 13 Medal of Honor winners, over 6,000 Purple Hearts, the only Combat Parachute Assault of the War, and sadly, over 1700 names of Sky Soldiers on THE WALL. The Brigade was deactivated on January 14, 1972 at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.

From the jungles of SE Asia on 8 November 1965 to the mountains of Afghanistan on 8 November 2007, the 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade has been the "Tip of the Spear" and the first line of defense against those that would take our freedom or threaten our safety and way of life.

They are Warriors.

Big & Rich Video


Craig said...

OK, it's the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) -- not regiment.

Thanks for the kind words though,

Craig Thompson
B/2/503 173rd Airborne Brigade
RVN 1968-69

Tankerbabelc said...

Yes they are Warriors. I wish more Americans knew both the history of the Sky Warriors as well as the hell they are in now. Several months in to this "project" of providing support for the 173rd, 2/503 I ran in to some friends of mine that I just don't see nearly enough. Long and short the husband was a Sky Soldier in Vietnam. I was touched and thrilled to have him educate me.