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Near Spanish Fort in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

173d Airborne Brigade (Sep)

1963 — 1971

 
 
173d Airborne Brigade (Sep) Monument image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
1. 173d Airborne Brigade (Sep) Monument
Inscription.
In commemoration of all Sky Soldiers
whose valor and sacrifice in defense of
South Vietnam must never be forgotten
"All Gave Some – Some Gave All"

 
Location. 30° 44.039′ N, 87° 53.824′ W. Marker is near Spanish Fort, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is on Alabama Route 225 0.3 miles north of Upper Shay Branch Road. Touch for map. Located within the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at the Memorial Walk. Marker is at or near this postal address: 34904 AL-225, Spanish Fort AL 36577, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Women's Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Saluda Hill Cemetery (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle of Fort Blakely (approx. 1.2 miles away); Alabama (approx. 1.2 miles away); Battle of Blakeley (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ruins of the original Foundation of Baldwin County's First Courthouse (approx. 1.7 miles away); 1st Division, U.S. Colored Troops (approx. 2.9 miles away); Union Siege Battery No. 21 / 3rd Brigade of Carr's Division (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spanish Fort.
 
More about this marker. (Sep) is an abbreviation
173d Airborne Brigade (Sep) Marker to right of Women's Veterans Monument image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
2. 173d Airborne Brigade (Sep) Marker to right of Women's Veterans Monument
for 'Separate' as "separate" brigades had no division headquarters and could be used for missions that did not require an entire division. The 173rd Brigade was selected to become a separate brigade and a special airborne task force, which could deploy rapidly and act independently.
 
Regarding 173d Airborne Brigade (Sep). The Brigade was the first complete US Army Unit sent to the Republic of South Vietnam. The 1st and 2nd Battalion of the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment were the first US Army units to be sent to the Republic of South Vietnam along with the 3rd Battalion of the 319th Artillery. They were supported by their own Support Battalion and Troop E, 17th Cavalry Regiment and D Company, 16th Armour Battalion. The First Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment, and the 161st Field Battery of the Royal New Zealand Army were later attached to the Brigade during the first year. In late August, 1966, the 173rd received another Infantry Battalion, the 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment which arrived from Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. The 3rd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry joined the Brigade at Tuy Hoa in September 1967 following their reactivation and training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

During more than 6 years of nearly continuous combat in Vietnam, the Brigade earned 14 campaign streamers and 4 unit citations, 13
173d Airborne Brigade patch. image. Click for full size.
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3. 173d Airborne Brigade patch.
Medal of Honor recipients, 137 Distinguished Service Crosses, more than 6,000 Purple Hearts and the only Combat Parachute Assault of the war. Sadly, more than 1,700 names of 173rd Brigade's soldiers are inscribed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
 
Also see . . .  The 173d Airborne Brigade history (from the 173d Brigade website). (Submitted on January 18, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, Vietnam
 
Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 14, 2017
4. Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort entrance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 162 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 18, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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