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1st Battalion  506th Infantry
Airborne/Airmobile

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Vietnam
1967-1971

General Articles

1st Battalion Decorations

1st Battalion Decorations • Vietnam, December 1967 - December 1971

1st Battalion Commanders

1st Battalion Commanders

Vietnam Campaigns and Operations

Vietnam Campaigns and Operations

Official Documents Abbreviations

Official Documents Abbreviations

A Pocket Guide to Vietnam

(42-page Adobe PDF file) by US Armed Forces Information and Education, Department of Defense

Distinguished Service Cross Award Recipients

Distinguished Service Cross Award Recipients

Definitions of Terms Used in the Vietnam Era

Definitions of Terms Used in the Vietnam Era

Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress:

US Army Center Of Military History, Vietnam Audio Tape Interview Collection

US Army Center Of Military History, Vietnam Audio Tape Interview Collection:

Paratroop Arrivals in Vietnam

December 13, 1967 clipping (with photo) from the San Francisco Examiner newspaper; submitted by Michael Rodriguez (B Co, 1st BN,…

Is It A Mine . . . ?

Newspaper clipping (with photo) from the March 15, 1968 issue of The Screaming Eagle weekly Army newspaper; submitted by David L…

Viet Mother Warns GI--and Dies

Article in the March 24, 1968 Pacific Stars and Stripes newspaper; submitted by Bill Perry (A Co, 1st BN, 1967-1968

1-506th newspaper clippings

From the July 29, 1968 issue of The Screaming Eagle weekly Army newspaper; submitted by Jim Ayling (C Co, 1st BN, 1967-1968)

General Orders #22, 1976

(page 1) Meritorious Unit Commendation --14 Mar-3 Oct 1968

General Orders #43, 1970

(excerpts from pages 6 and 9) RVN Gallantry Cross w/Palm --19 Jul 1968-14 May 1969

Various 1st Battalion Actions

Excerpts from miscellaneous sources for the period July 1968-November 1970

11 BRAVO

Article in Fall 1968 issue of rendevous with destiny, published by the 101st Airborne Division; submitted by Gene Overton (C Co,…

III Corps Fighting

From 101 airborne 1968 VIETNAM yearbook; submitted by Gene Overton (C Co, 1st BN, 1967-1968)

Vietnam Veterans Reunited after 38 Years

October 7, 2007, South Florida Sun-Sentinel article (with photos) about Melvin Howell [A/HHC (Medic), 1st BN, 506th, Aug 68-Dec …

Takes Wrong Hop -- Soldier Flies to Excitement

The following 1st BN, 506th article were transcribed from the December 9, 1968 issue of The Screaming Eagle weekly Army newspape…

Hoi Chanhs Forecast Eagle Rocket Attack

The following 1st BN, 506th article were transcribed from the December 9, 1968 issue of The Screaming Eagle weekly Army newspape…

Retreads For Mr. Charles

The following 1st BN, 506th article were transcribed from the December 9, 1968 issue of The Screaming Eagle weekly Army newspape…

Currahees Uncover Enemy Arms Cache

The following 1st BN, 506th article were transcribed from the December 9, 1968 issue of The Screaming Eagle weekly Army newspape…

Scout's Sharp Eyes Spark Weapons Find

The following 1st BN, 506th article were transcribed from the December 9, 1968 issue of The Screaming Eagle weekly Army newspape…

Awards and Decorations

The following 1st BN, 506th article were transcribed from the December 9, 1968 issue of The Screaming Eagle weekly Army newspape…

Brave Eagle Coin

Coin awarded by the 101st Division in addition to any valor award issued to a Screaming Eagle in Vietnam.

Charlie Company, 1-506th Infantry, May 1969 to October 1970

(143-page Adobe PDF file) by LTC(R) Bill Higgins (C Co, 1st BN, 1969-1970)

Kentucky Jumper: the Chapter Ends

On the evening of August 14, another chapter in the Screaming Eagle saga came to an end as Operation Kentucky Jumper passed into…

Screaming Eagle Vietnam Diary

August 24 -- An early morning sapper attack on Fire Base Berchtesgaden is successfully repelled by Currahees of B Company, 1st B…

Tips of the Trade/Lessons Learned

13 February 1970, HHC, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), 12-page Adobe PDF file; submitted by COL(R) Steve Perry…

Standing Down, November - December 1971

During the month of November rumors of a stand-down sometime at the end of 1971 abounded throughout the Battalion. It was clear …

Rock Session Near DMZ

1970 clipping (with photo) from unknown newspaper; submitted by Jim McCoy (D Co, 1st BN, 1970-1971)

Weapons Cache, B Co, 1st BN

Clippings from the December 21, 1970 issue of The Screaming Eagle weekly Army newspaper; submitted by Tom Weides (C Co, 2nd BN, …

They Stand Alone: 1970 History, 1st Battalion (Airmobile), 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), Republic of Vietnam

21-page Adobe PDF file

Construction of the A/1-506th Company Monument, Camp Evans, April 1971

Triple Threat

December 5, 1971, final Daily Bulletin published by HHC, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) in Vietnam; submitted …

Memorable Return to Vietnam, 1996

After wondering for years what the people and countryside of Vietnam were like after we left, I finally took the plunge, and cal…

Badge Means More Than Courage, Honor

September 7, 2006 article about PFC Bates Beckham (Troup B, 1st SQN, 61st CAV) and MAJ(R) Tom Duckett, III (B Co, 1st BN, 506th,…

Fairfield Honors Reluctant War Hero

May 6, 2007, Evansville Courier & Press (IL) on-line article (with photos) about Medal of Honor recipient Kenneth M. Kays [D Co …

Hometown Honors CMH Holder

May 2007 article (with photo) by Greg Phillips (D Co, 1st BN, 1970)

We Shall Not Forget

June 2007 article by Roger Donlin (A Co, 1st BN, 1969-1970)

J.J., We Remember You

August 2008 article (with photos) by Greg Phillips (D Co, 1st BN, 1970)

Troubled Vet's Medal May Be Returned with Honor

December 12, 2010, Evansville Courier & Press (IL) article about Medal of Honor recipient Kenneth M. Kays [D Co (Medic), 1st BN,…

Hang Son Doong (Mountain River Cave)

World's largest cavern discovered in Vietnam (near border with Laos) in 1991

A Good Day

December 2010 article [1-page Adobe PDF file] by Thomas L. Cuni (C Co, 1st BN, 1971)

In Memory of Eduardo Veloz

2-1/2 minute video by Blythe Kamin about SGT Eduardo Veloz (B Co, 1st BN, KIA 8/5/68)

Dong Ap Bia (Ap Bia Mountain)

Hill 937 / "Hamburger Hill"

Presidential Unit Citation (Army)

Including 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry (205MB); signed by Richard Nixon; from Chuck Vander Luitgaren (B Co, 3-187th, 1968-1969)

The Battle of 'Hamburger Hill' Taken

Battle Command in Difficult Terrain Against a Determined Enemy by LTC Douglas P Scalard; from the Studies in Battle Command by t…

10-Day Fight Over: 'Hamburger Hill' Taken

Article in the May 22, 1969, Pacific Stars and Stripes newspaper; submitted by LTC(R) William Scandrett, Jr. [HHC (Signal Office…

Summary of Actions and Results and Description of Operation vic Dong Ap Bia

24 May 1969, UNCLASSIFIED Office of the Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division document; 31-page Adobe PDF file

'Hamburger Hill' CO Refutes Ted's Attack

Article in the May 24, 1969, Pacific Stars and Stripes newspaper; submitted by Gary Hudgins (A Co, 1st BN, 1969)

An Evening On Hamburger Hill

May 26, 1969, newspaper clipping from Robert Grey (B Co, 1st BN, 1969-1970)

Unsung Heroes

By Michael Serrano (B Co, 1st BN, 1968-1969)

The Ghosts of the A-Shau

Steel-blue eyes that sparkle when he laughs, which is most of the time, don’t betray what they have seen or where they have been…

Operation Apache Snow, After Action Report, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile)

UNCLASSIFIED Department of the Army document; 31-page Adobe PDF file

Operation Apache Snow, After Action Report, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 18 Jun 1969

UNCLASSIFIED Department of the Army document; 29-page Adobe PDF file

Hamburger Hill: the Brutal Battle for Dong Ap Bia, May 11-20, 1969

The battle for Ap Bia Mountain (Hill 937), was one of the fiercest of the entire Vietnam War.

Hill 996 - July 11, 1969

On July 11, 1969, on top of a nondescript mountain top number 996 near Hamburger Hill, the 1-506th Infantry and other units enga…

COL(R) Gordon R. Roberts

B Co, 1st BN, 1969

COL(R) Gordon R. Roberts, B Co, 1st BN, 1969

Congressional Medal of Honor

SGT Gordon R. Roberts

Military.com article (w/photo)

From Vietnam to Iraq: a Medal of Honor Tale

LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq (Spring 2005) -More han 3,400 Medals of Honor have been awarded to date, and rarely…

Medal of Honor Recipient Still Leading Troops

KUWAIT (April 27, 2006) - Life can go down many avenues. For Gordon Roberts, the roads treaded deep into Vietnam's Thua Thien Pr…

Change of Command

Col. Gordon R. Roberts replaced Col. Ronald A. Hamilton as the MCB commander during a ceremony in front of WRAMC's Heaton Pavili…

MOH Recipient Retires from Active Duty

Col. Gordon R. Roberts, who received the nation's highest honor for valor as a sergeant during the Vietnam War, retired from the…

After Action Reports

US Army Center Of Military History, Vietnam Written Interview Collection

After Action Reports

Stand Down 2005 After Action Report

"Ass-Kicking Alpha" - A Co, 1-506th to the uninitiated - got together in Howell, Michigan over the weekend of July 15-17 for the…

A Co, 1st BN, 506th Vietnam: 2007 Stand Down After Action Report

"Ass-Kicking Alpha" - A Company, 1-506th to the uninitiated - got together in Hopkinsville, Kentucky over the weekend of May 18-…

Stand Down 2009 After Action Report

"Ass Kicking Alpha" - Alpha Company (to the uninitiated), 1-506th, got together for their 5th Reunion, in Nashville, TN over the…

Fire Support Base Ripcord

Fire Support Base Locations

Fire Support Base Locations

Four Medals & The Battle at Abandoned Fire Support Base Maureen, May 7, 1970

While serving with the 101st Airborne Division with Company D, 1st of the 506th in Vietnam during 1970, I participated in a batt…

XXIV CORPS, PERINTREP 10-70

The intensity of enemy initiated activity decreased over the last reporting period even though enemy initiated incidents totaled…

Operation Texas Star

April-July, 1970, After-Action Report by MG John J. Hennessey [CG, 101st Airborne Infantry Division (Airmobile) May 70 - Feb 71]

Eighteen

July 19-21, 1970, narrative by Jim McCoy (D Co, 1st BN, 1970-1971)

Fire Support Base Ripcord Memorial

Hi Troopers-- At Shreveport this past weekend we had a great gathering of Currahees and others supporting the 2nd Battalion, 506…

Vietnam Visit, 1-11 June 2001 Initial Report

The visit to Vietnam in search of the North Vietnamese side of the battle for Ripcord in 1970, has been completed. We returned l…

Ripcord: Screaming Eagles Under Siege, Vietnam 1970

By Keith William Nolan

Major Daily Incidents during the Battle for Firebase Ripcord

July 1970 - Keith Nolan's notes and timeline for his book Ripcord: Screaming Eagles Under Siege, Vietnam 1970

Hell on a Hill Top: America’s Last Major Battle in Vietnam

HELL ON A HILL TOP-for four months in 1970, Hell raged on the hill tops of Ripcord, 805, 902 and 1000, all just east of the A Sh…

War Stories with Oliver North: The Siege of Firebase Ripcord

War Stories with Oliver North: The Siege of Firebase Ripcord

Fire Support Base Ripcord, July 1970

3- Minute Video

Facts about FSB Ripcord

4-1/2 Minute Video