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A Vietnam Thanksgiving Message

Below is the Thanksgiving Day 1968 message issued by Brig. Gen. Alexander R. Bolling Jr., then-commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division while it was deployed as the Golden Brigade to combat operations in Vietnam.

“Thanksgiving Day, 1968 will be one that few of us in the 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division will ever forget. Almost every man in the brigade will put in a full day’s work, and most of that work will take place in the rice paddies and river-mud of our area of operations.

Though there may appear to be little thankful for, I think we can all be more than grateful that we are citizens of a great nation built on the principle of freedom. When you return home, you will all realize that there is no greater honor, no greater feeling of accomplishment than being a part of the citizen group that must defend that freedom. Ever man in this brigade will be able to stand tall with pride as he remembers the hardships of his tour in Vietnam.

I shall do everything I can to make your Thanksgiving Day as pleasant as the tactical situation will permit. During the day, I shall give thanks for the honor of serving with the All American troopers of the 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division. I shall also give thanks for the knowledge that your effort this year will guarantee a happy Thanksgiving for you next year – and for your children in the years to come.”
ALL THE WAY
Brig. Gen. Alexander R. Bolling’s Thanksgiving Day 1968 message to members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division deployed to Vietnam as part of the Golden Brigade.

Tonight’s the Night! Come Celebrate at our Trunk or Treat!

Tonight is the night!  Come enjoy a free, family-friendly celebration of the fall season and Halloween holiday at the 3rd Brigade Trunk or Treat!

 

A map of the night’s festivities. Click to download a full-size one onto your device.

Enjoy trunk-or-treating, a haunted aid station, games and a killer pot-luck this evening!

The Panther Family Potluck is tonight! Click to learn more.

Festivities begin at 5PM and last until 8PM.  We hope to see you there!

Fury Paratroopers Conduct Live Fire Exercises

Paratroopers assigned to 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment conducted squad-level live-fire exercises on a Fort Bragg, N.C. range Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

The training immersed the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers in realistic environments challenging their judgement, weapon skills and tactical knowledge.