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173rd Airborne Brigade
173rd Airborne Brigade The 173rd Airborne Brigade - nicknamed the Sky Soldiers - was formed in May 1963 and became the first major U.S. Army ground combat unit to fight in the Republic of Vietnam, arriving in May 1965. The Brigade concluded in January a pacification program which was begun in April 1969 and carried through six phases. Among it accomplishments, the 173rd contributed to the improvement and modernization of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (RVNAF), particularly the Regional and Popular Forces. It helped to reduce the Viet Cong infrastructure and helped develop the local Rural Cadre and People's Self-Defense Forces, to enable the South Vietnamese to protect their own key populated areas and bridge sites. Also, the Brigade continued to maintain security for portions of QL1, South Vietnam's only major north-south highway. The Sky Soldiers have received three unit citations for their achievements in distinguishing themselves in the Battle of Dak To during November 1967. Brigade elements fought an entrenched North Vietnamese Army regiment on Hill 875. In some of the most bitter fighting of the war, they captured the hill on Thanksgiving Day. More than 800 enemy were killed. It also has the Meritorious Unit Citation for the period May 3, 1965, through May 31, 1967. The Brigade's most recent award is the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm (Gold) for the period May 5, 1965, through Sept. 26, 1970.

173rd Airborne Brigade Links
  The 173D Airborne Brigade
The International Society of the
173D Airborne Brigade
P.O. Box 20026-4173
Washington, D.C. 20026-4173
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The 173rd Airborne Brigade
The International Society of the
173D Airborne Brigade
P.O. Box 20026-4173
Washington, D.C. 20026-4173


Official Home Sky Soldiers 173D Airborne Brigade (Today)

Sgt Kozs Page, B Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Dak To, RVN

The 46th Public Information Detachment, 173rd Airborne Brigade

Voy Forums: 173rd Airborne Brigade

173rd Airborne Brigade (Sep) Courtesy of Dennis Buley et al
History of the 173d Airborne Brigade by Craig Thompson

The HERD Graduates

Just Another Hill

Men of C/4/503 173rd Abn, as tole by John 'JD'Scheller Class of ‘68’

Sky Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade 'Junction City Combat Jump'/B>

173d Airborne Brigade Combat Jumpers, Operation Junction City

Nam Medic's Tour of Duty, 173rd Airborne Brigade

173rd, Woment of the 173rd

LZ Lima, The 173rd Airborne Brigade

173rd Airborne Brigade LURPS and Rangers

The 173rd Airborne Brigade, Paratrooper, 1967

173rd Airborne Brigade History

The Classic 173rd Airborne Brigade Ring

US Army Order of Battle, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Submitted by Richard A. Rinaldi 1999

173rd Airborne Brigade Lineage

Welcome to 173rd Airborne Brigade at

173rd Airborne Brigade's Unit Patches

173rd Airborne Brigade, Contacts

A Place In History, 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) US Army
And the
1st Battalion, Royal Austrailian Regiment (1RAR Group)

173d Airborne Brigade “Sky Soldiers”
HHC, 173rd Abn Bde "Hawgs"
1-508th Infantry Battalion
2-503rd Infantry Battalion
173d En Det "Castle"
173rd Bde Recon CO "Recon"
501st FSC, 173rd Abn "Atlas"
D-Battery, 3-319 FA "Doghouse"

503rd Infantry, The Rock

173rd Airborne Brigade History

News Fire Base 173, 3 Operation Toll At 2,000 (Vol.II, NO.5 1 March 1969)

POW/MIA's, 173rd Airborne Brigade

1st Battalion 69th Armor, 173rd ABN AO, 4th ID AO, & 25th ID AO

Airborne and Special Operations Patches

39th Scout Dogs, 173rd Airborne Brigade

Western States Chapter X International Society of the 173rd Airborne Brigade

173D Airborne Brigade, A Working Bibliography of MHI Sources

US Army Separate Brigades and Groups Organizational Flags

39th Scout Dog Platoon

Hill 875

61st History 1971 – 1972, with 173rd Airborne Brigade

Aerial Delivery and Rigger Units

Vietnam Special Forces/Airborne

Other Drop Zones Worth Serious Surfing

History of the 3/506th

173d Chapter 2 Home page
173d Chapter 2, Links

503d Parachute Infantry…173d Airborne Brigade

335th Assault Helicopter Company Spent 30 months in direct Combat Support of the 173rd Airborne Brigade

Company N (RANGER), 75th Infantry


Canadian Vietnam Casualties Gary Francis Shaw
On November 11, 1967, PFC Edwin Martinez-Mercado, PFC Gary Shaw, PVT. John Stuckey and SP4 Robert Staton were all members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, on a search and destroy mission in Kontum Province, South Vietnam, when their unit engaged an enemy force.

E-mail I have Recieved
  Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2003 11:50:18 -0800 (PST)
From: "Sean Gregory"
Subject: Hey check this new site out
I would like you to take a look at this web site. My father served with the 173rd ABN A Co. 4th Bat. 67-68. We have started a great business that provides personalized ebroidered military jackets. We have already done over $20,000 in sales in the last year and would like you to have something special as well. We offer many designs and many are to remember those who have fallen. Please pass this email on or send a message to all of your brothers letting them know what we are trying to do. We also provide services for unit associations. We hold large orders for military polos that are used to give out at reunions and are great for gifts. The response we have recieved from our reunion sales has been wonderful, and I have just finished the web site. We would appreciate your support. Our services are 100% garaunteed, and our products will not let you down. We want you to have something special to remember. Thank you for your time.
Sean Gregory

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