Original U.S. Vietnam War 82nd Airborne 505th Infantry Regiment Named Grouping

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind set. This is a fantastic grouping that belonged to David White Army Serial Number RA68047682 who served as a member of the 82nd Airborne, 505th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Company B during the Vietnam War. Included in this set are the following items-

- 8 Original color photos (not copies) that show in theater photos of David along with his base, enemy KIA, and other servicemen. One photo is dated April 5, 1964 on the reverse and shows David with his M16 and full gear on the front. The caption reads "David after getting back from four days in the field."

- Original dog tag named to David White RA68047682.

- 2 x Original 505th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia lapel pins.

- Original 82nd Airborne Division Distinctive Unit Insignia lapel pin.

- Original 82nd Airborne Division embroidered patch.

- Original Combat Infantryman (CBI) Pin.

- Original WHITE uniform name tag.

505th Infantry Regiment during the Vietnam War

Less than a year later, on 12 February 1968, the 3rd Brigade was alerted for deployment to the Republic of Vietnam in response to the Tet Offensive. Many members of the 3rd Brigade had recently returned from Vietnam and were not required, by the Army's own regulations, to return so soon if they did not wish to do so. About two-thirds of those eligible accepted transfers out of the brigade, which was back-filled from other units in the Division. The Brigade deployed on "temporary change of station" orders with the expectation that it would return to Fort Bragg after the Tet 68 emergency was resolved. When it was decided to retain the Brigade in Vietnam its status was changed to "permanent change of station" and all soldiers who had deployed with the Brigade were given the option of continuing to serve a full tour in Vietnam or to return to Fort Bragg.

Most (except for junior officers and junior enlisted men) had already served at least one combat tour and opted to return to CONUS. The Brigade was then filled with replacements from across USARV and from CONUS. Most replacements were not airborne qualified and the Brigade eventually became "Airborne" in name only -- just as the 101st Airborne Division and the 1st Airborne Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division had already done during Vietnam service.

The infantry battalions assigned to the 3rd Brigade during its Vietnam tour were 1-505th, 2-505th, and 1-508th.

Tet Counteroffensive

Counteroffensive, Phase IV
Counteroffensive, Phase V
Counteroffensive, Phase VI
Tet 69/Counteroffensive
Summer-Fall 1969
Winter-Spring 1970

After 22 months of fighting, the brigade had helped secure the region south of the DMZ and redeployed to Fort Bragg, North Carolina in December 1969, the only brigade of the 82d Airborne Division to participate in the Vietnam War.


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