Served in Vietnam, U.S. Army 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade 1965-66
About the Artist:
Served with the first army combat unit deployed to Vietnam
From the Artwork:
Seems like a thousand years gone bye since the fifth of May in sixty-five. It was then we uncovered our battle flag and the colours so proudly and softly wagged. Seems like a thousand years ago- but then again...but a moment or so.
We were the chosen...the soldiers of glory forever to be read of...at the first of the story. Some knew us as sky soldiers... some as Rakasan and history writes of us as the first into Nam.
The first combat soldiers history does not deny... the tough paratroopers who brought "Death from the Sky!"
Twenty five hundred of an elite Airborne Brigade The Best called to Battle All American made.
We came from the island our home called "The Rock" Okinawa we missed you- your beauty and people we never forgot.
We were the best of the rest though we sought not the name... yet bold and courageous and for Freedom we came.
Twenty five hundred of an elite Airborne Brigade the Best called to Battle All American made.
Long live the Honor on Historys first page of the First into Battle when the war gone first raged.
Long live the Honor to be a trooper those days paratroopers in History the One Seventy Third- The only Airborne Brigade.