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Welcome to 173d Airborne

The 1,743 killed in action are represented by the sights, sounds and visions of their time, as told by themselves, their friends and their families.

"Whenever we heard that sound, it meant 'going home'."

Korengal Valley     Jump Over Latvia     Afghanistan      Search & Destroy

Returning Home     Combat Team     Operation Toledo     1965

Chicago - October 22, 2015, 10:00am - 1:00pm

To Honor Milton Lee Olive III, the First African American to Receive the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War and All Vietnam Veterans.    Contact Robert Toporek for your help in sponsoring this event.    Contact Robert Toporek

Press Release

Just Got Home

30 June 1969, Fort Hamilton, NY - Early Release Overseas Returnee
It was almost sundown before processing out was completed. The little shuttle bus dropped me off at the front gate and it was quite, no traffic on the street, standing there alone and a car came by with the windows down shouting obscenities and throwing trash and bottles at me. This was being welcomed home after volunteering for three years for America?

I can't make myself consign them to a land fill!

I have two short sleeve sweat shirts we bought to wear at night in II Corps, Vietnam. They are dark blue, size medium, on the rear a brigade patch with the Herd on top, The front has the 503d crest, on top C Co, 2d bn, below, "only the strong survive". I am too big now to wear them and would like to give to someone who wants them. I spoke to the airborne special forces museum at fayetteville but they are more trouble than they are worth.   Contact

Posted by Moe Elmore on August 15, 2015

About Us is where all 173d Veterans are welcomed home, regardless of the conflict. This is where all 173d Veterans stories are told as to how they serverd and came home. These are stories not of a video game or movie but actual sights and sounds of serving America. is a multimedia site, where photos, audio tapes, movies, letters, stories of experience and comments are posted for the American people to know the truth about war and its before and after costs prior to commiting troops to harms way.

Aldrich, Lawrence Lee - completed Multimedia


Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn't belong here. Not in 173d airborne. We have a small staff of volunteers which makes it hard to contact individuals that have the information which is required for, namely: photos, videos, films, stories, audio , etc about their 173d experience and especially drawing attention to the Fallen as they made the ultimate sacrifice for America and shall NOT be forgotten.

This year we want to hire several full time individuals and a full time programmer to complete 173d. We estimate that in 48 months we could fully complete the multi-media requirements for and then volunteers could hand the normal maintenance thereafter.

Check out our Sponsors and Contributions links under Operations and help us complete the project as time is not on the side of our Vietnam conflict vertans and we will have established a procedure for handling the future members of the 173d to ensure that their stories are told, remembered, and saved forever.

Sponsors are those individuals that have donated each month for 12 months and they will be listed on the sponsor page.

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Contributions are those individuals that have a one time donation and will be listed on the contributions page.