The 199th Light Infantry Brigade returned from distinguished service in Vietnam and Cambodia against a determined and aggressive enemy, and was inactivated in a ceremony October 15, 1970 on York Field at Fort Benning. The Redcatchers hence etched their name in eleven hard-won campaigns with over 750 Killed In Action in the last sustained Infantry combat of the twentieth century. Brigade units earned the Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Two Awards of the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, and the Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal First Class.
Use the reunion to get together with your platoon, company or battalion. .Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
to ask for names and phone numbers of your buddies.
Check the website for information about reunions and encourage your people to come.
"There is a plaque on the right wall, just as you enter the Tropic Lightning Soldier’s Chapel. It is dedicated to the dead of Viet Nam, but I believe also dedicated to the survivors. It reads, ‘not for fame or reward, not goaded by ambition or lured by necessity but in simple obedience to discipline as they understood it, these men dared all, suffered, and died……And yes, I’m reminded by the faces and voices of the past who call out to me at odd time_ faces and voices with names unfortunately long forgotten, I’m embarrassed to confess; soldiers who asked for little except to be well led, treated with dignity and respect – and honored. it seems to me that sometimes I can feel and touch their spirits as if they were here, soldiers forever young….And, I don’t know about you but, as for me, when this life ends, I will be content if my tombstone reads: ‘He served. He was there. You ask why I serve? Why indeed.
MG J.T. Hill, CG 25 ID, September 1999
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