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.
7NOV18 Update- Updated First Page for Veterans Day
19NOV18 Update- Updated First Page for Thanksgiving
12DEC18 Update - Updated First Page for Christmas
27MAR19 Update - Updated First Page for VN Veterans Day
22MAY19 Update - Updated First Page for Memorial Day
1JUL19 Update - Update First Page 4th of July
5OCT19 Update - added Durbin obituary
5OCT19 Update - added additional photos from Punta Gorda
27OCT19 Update - added info for 2020 Reunion Milwaukee
9NOV19 Update- Updated First Page for Vetetans Day
22NOV19 Update - Updated First Page Thanksgiving
15DEC19 Update - Updated First Page Christmas Day
9JAN20 Update - Added poem from Jim Teller to Jim Teller page
20JAN20 Update - Updated First Page for Vietnam Veterans Day
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
# Push on Image to enter Map Room
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.