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101st Airborne Division Iron Rakkasans: 50 years later

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

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Fort Campbell, KY – Friday morning people boarded two white buses on the final leg of a trip 50 years in the making. Many of the passengers were founding members of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, Rakkasans, 101st Airborne Division, created in 1967 during the Vietnam War.

Traveling with these men were other veterans, spouses, children, grandchildren and siblings. Throughout the day they talked and joked with each other, as they caught up since their last reunion. The group looked more like a large Family than anything else, and that is because of how close these men became when they were young Soldiers.

Veterans and their Families who returned to Fort Campbell Sept. 8, 2017, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, visits a wall that includes the names of the Rakkasans that fell in combat during a search and destroy mission in March 1968. These veterans did not find out the fate of the Soldiers evacuated from the battlefield with critical wounds for decades, and the reunion was the first time some of the veterans had seen each other since Vietnam. (Leejay Lockhart)

Veterans and their Families who returned to Fort Campbell Sept. 8, 2017, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, visits a wall that includes the names of the Rakkasans that fell in combat during a search and destroy mission in March 1968. These veterans did not find out the fate of the Soldiers evacuated from the battlefield with critical wounds for decades, and the reunion was the first time some of the veterans had seen each other since Vietnam. (Leejay Lockhart)

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Vietnam Veterans still look out for battle buddies 5 years later

 

Written by Sgt. William White
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

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Fort Campbell, KY – More than 50 Vietnam Veterans, Family members and Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) held a memorial rededication ceremony August 23rd at Fort Campbell, KY to honor 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment Soldiers who were killed in action during the Vietnam War.

The Veterans, who served in the 2-502 Infantry Regiment (formerly the 2-502d Parachute Infantry Regiment) of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team during the Vietnam War, unveiled an updated version of the unit’s Vietnam memorial.

Roy Hill, a Vietnam Veteran from Rockhold, Kentucky reads names from a newly rededicated 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Vietnam Veterans Memorial following a ceremony Fort Campbell, Ky., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Hill's unit lost more than half of its Soldiers during the war. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White)

Roy Hill, a Vietnam Veteran from Rockhold, Kentucky reads names from a newly rededicated 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Vietnam Veterans Memorial following a ceremony Fort Campbell, Ky., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Hill’s unit lost more than half of its Soldiers during the war. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White)

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USS LST-325 arrives in Clarksville Wednesday, September 6th

 

Visit Clarksville TennesseeClarksville, TN – The USS LST-325, 328-foot-long landing ship tank, will arrive in Clarksville on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017. The ship’s arrival in Clarksville is one of the many activities that are part of Visit Clarksville’s Welcome Home Veterans Celebration.

The LST-325 will be open for tours beginning at 9:00a.m. on Thursday, September 7th through 5:00pm Friday, September 15th. The LST will depart from Clarksville on Saturday, September 16th, 2017.

USS LST-325 to dock in Clarksville Wednesday. Tours will begin Thursday.

USS LST-325 to dock in Clarksville Wednesday. Tours will begin Thursday.

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Clarksville’s Welcome Home Veterans Celebration Field of Honor Tribute Flags Available for Order

 

Visit Clarksville TennesseeClarksville, TN – Individuals may order a 3′ x 5′ United States flag in honor, in memory or as a tribute to a loved one as part of Clarksville’s upcoming Welcome Home Veterans Celebration, September 13th-17th, 2017. All flags will be displayed in the Field of Honor – Veterans Tribute at Beachaven Vineyards and Winery, 1100 Dunlop Lane, September 14th-17th.

Flags in the Field of Honor Veteran's Tribute

Flags in the Field of Honor Veteran’s Tribute

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City of Clarksville wishes Happy 75th Anniversary to 101st Airborne Division

 

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan offers these words to mark the 75th Anniversary of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), which is being celebrated August 16th-26th, 2017.

On behalf of all the citizens of Clarksville, I’m honored to say “Happy 75th Anniversary” to the famous Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

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101st Airborne Division Soldiers involved in famous Vietnam photo interviewed for first time since image was taken 49 years ago

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – In April 1968, Associated Press photographer Art Greenspon took a photograph widely considered to be one of the most telling photos of the Vietnam War that is now titled “Help From Above.”

Embedded with the Soldiers of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Greenspon caught the moment after an ambush where Soldiers from the company were moving casualties to a landing zone to be evacuated. Among other honors, the image inspired the poster for the Vietnam War Movie ‘Platoon’ and graces the covers books and front pages of newspapers.

A copy of “Help From Above”, which hangs in the headquarters of 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division(Air Assault). The photo was donated by Art Greenspon to the 101st when he was inducted as an honorary member of the 327th Infantry Regiment in 2014. Greenspon identified the names and positions of the Soldiers in the photo. Sgt. Maj Watson Baldwin stands with his hands raised signaling to a helicopter. Spc. 4 Dallas Brown lays on the ground grimacing in pain. Sgt. Tim Wintenburg, helmetless on the far right, glances back at the camera. (Original Photo by Art Greenspon, Associated Press, April, 1968. U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

A copy of “Help From Above”, which hangs in the headquarters of 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division(Air Assault). The photo was donated by Art Greenspon to the 101st when he was inducted as an honorary member of the 327th Infantry Regiment in 2014. Greenspon identified the names and positions of the Soldiers in the photo. Sgt. Maj Watson Baldwin stands with his hands raised signaling to a helicopter. Spc. 4 Dallas Brown lays on the ground grimacing in pain. Sgt. Tim Wintenburg, helmetless on the far right, glances back at the camera. (Original Photo by Art Greenspon, Associated Press, April, 1968. U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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James Salome retiring, Joseph Kuchan takes command at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell garrison, which serves more than 26,000 Soldiers as well as more than 45,000 Family members, civilian employees and contractors, held a change of command ceremony at Wilson Theater Friday.

Colonel James “Rob” Salome, Fort Campbell’s garrison commander for the past two years, relinquished command to Col. Joseph Kuchan in a ceremony presided over by Brenda McCullough, director of Installation Management Command-Readiness.

Salome will retire after more than 23 years of Army service later in the year, while Kuchan is a familiar face at Fort Campbell, having most recently served as operations officer for the 101st Airborne Division.

Colonel James “Rob” Salome, Fort Campbell’s garrison commander for the past two years, addresses attendees at a retirement ceremony Friday held moments before he relinquished command of Fort Campbell to Col. Joseph Kuchan. Both Salome and Kuchan had served with the 101st Airborne Division before becoming garrison commander. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Colonel James “Rob” Salome, Fort Campbell’s garrison commander for the past two years, addresses attendees at a retirement ceremony Friday held moments before he relinquished command of Fort Campbell to Col. Joseph Kuchan. Both Salome and Kuchan had served with the 101st Airborne Division before becoming garrison commander. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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Austin Peay State University Basketball Teams to celebrate Military Appreciation Day, January 28th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University and the Governors Guard ROTC detachment will recognize and show appreciation to Austin Peay alumni, students and current or past employees who served during the Vietnam War era with a halftime ceremony at the Governors’ men’s basketball game against Southeast Missouri State University on January 28th.

Austin Peay to recognize Veterans at APSU Men and Women's Basketball games Saturday, January 28th to celebrate Military Appreciation Day. (Taylor Slifko, APSU)

Austin Peay to recognize Veterans at APSU Men and Women’s Basketball games Saturday, January 28th to celebrate Military Appreciation Day. (Taylor Slifko, APSU)

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Austin Peay State University students present at Phi Alpha Theta National Conference

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) history honors society has long been among the best in the country, recently winning Best Chapter of the Year Division IV for the seventh consecutive year.

Two members of the University’s chapter were chosen to join members of 77 other PAT chapters in presenting their historical research at the society’s biennial national conference, held January 6th-10th in Orlando, FL at the Walt Disney World resort.

APSU students Sara Alexander and Jennifer Keller with Phi Alpha Theta Executive Director Jack Turnstall at the PAT national conference in Orlando, FL. (Austin Peay State University)

APSU students Sara Alexander and Jennifer Keller with Phi Alpha Theta Executive Director Jack Turnstall at the PAT national conference in Orlando, FL. (Austin Peay State University)

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Bluestocking, the Story of a Tennessee Family

 

Clarksville Book ReviewClarksville, TN – There is a special kind of down-to-earth spirit that Tennesseans have that you don’t necessarily find in other parts of this country. Tennesseans aren’t about being uppity by bragging about how rich their family is or who has the biggest house.

They are much more concerned about how you treat your neighbors and if you’re good to your own family. Tennesseans want you to tell it like it is without putting on airs.

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