David & Kathy Marino have asked if I would take over the Webmaster duties for this site. I am greatly honored, and humbled, by this offer and I have accepted. This website has a great legacy that I will strive to maintain. I propose no changes to the site, just additional info and updates and, of course, no politics. Jim Teller, Don Smith, Peter Dempsey, and others, have been great contributors in the past and I will be requesting their assistance in the next few weeks. Feel free to contact me or the Marino's with any questions or concerns regarding this change.
20AUG17 Update - Added additional 2018 Reunion info & Added Link Page
3SEP17 Update - Added Division Reunion photos
10SEP17 Update - First Page 911
11SEP17 Update- Reunion Page -Added 50th Reunion Old Guard
14OCT17 Update - Added Bruce Flahrety's Link for Daily Staff Journals
18NOV17 Update - Updated First Page for Thanksgiving
10DEC17 Update - Updated First Page for Christmas
21DEC17 Update - Added various photos
30MAR18 Update added some Punta Reunion photos
20APR18 Update -Reunion Page - Added 2018 Mineral Wells Texas Reunion info
19MAY18 Update -Reunion Page - Added some Punta Reunion Photos (rest of Cleve next)
The purpose and function of this website is to provide information and networking to all brothers that served. A place that is free of politics and one without an agenda. This is a feel good site that makes you feel good about yourself and the Band Of Brothers you had the privilege to serve with. These were some of the best and some of the worst times of my life. I have not shared many of my thoughts with any one in over 40 years. We all came back home from Nam and put all the horrors in the back of our minds. Now is the time to vent them with brothers who care.
I was once a soldier and was young and drafted to fight in a war far away in a place called Vietnam. I did not want to be there.......MyCountry and Family and respect for myself guided me to make the right decision.
Americal Division & 11th LIB were not perfect and many mistakes were made ,but I am proud to be a American, proud to have served in the Army and proud to wear these patches. This site will honor all our fallen brothers and I will not degrade our colors. At this stage of the game we need to concentrate on all the good things. So brothers ..get a cup of coffee and enjoy this site...itís yours and will be here always. When we came home there was .nothing..so I will say again to you ..Welcome Home Brothers........... and be part of This Band Of Brothers who once were young and honorable soldiers. Alpha Company 4/311th Light Infantry Brigade David W. Marino68/69
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New 1/50 Colored Americal Vietnam War Maps
SGT Snuffy (Don Smith) Mapmaster of this site now has his maps up and running. Don has spent countless hours and many years on this map project. We appreciate the use of these maps on our website. Thank You Brother
OUR VIETNAM EXPERIENCE
The 11th Infantry Brigade was reconstituted on April 15, 1966 as a Regular Army unit, and was reactivated on July 1, 1966 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Beginning in early 1967, the brigade trained extensively in jungle operations in preparation for commitment to Vietnam. To stress realism in the Vietnam-oriented tactical training, the brigade conducted "live-fire' operations in the rugged, thickly-vegetated terrain of the Koolau Mountains on the island of Oahu. The Brigade departed Hawaii November 28, 1967, for Duc Pho, Quang Ngai Province, I Corps Tactical Zone, Republic of Vietnam. The 4th Battalion, 21st Infantry, joined the "Jungle Warriors" in April 1968. Successful operations during this time included Operation Norfolk Victory, Champagne Grove, Barker, Russell Beach and Vernon Lake II. During these operations, the brigade succeeded in destroying the enemy's major bases of operation, weapons and munition caches, rice and salt caches, and interdicting his major infiltration and logistical routes. The 11th Infantry Brigade operated from five forward fire support bases, each strategically located to hinder the enemy's movement and interdict his traditional lines of infiltration.