Steel Tigers 1/77th ARMOR ASSOCIATION

NEWSLETTER

Volume 3
March 2002
Standing Firm Then
Standing Firm Now

Words from our New President…Jerry Brown:

The 1/77th Armor Association is a brotherhood of mounted warriors that fought together in the Republic of South Vietnam. We are veterans. We are tankers, cavalrymen, artillerymen, medics, engineers, mechanics, cooks, and every other MOS that served in the Battalion in Vietnam. We were unified in our mission, and every job was important in the accomplishment of that mission. We are proud of our service to our country, and we honor the special friendships that grew from trusting and sharing with our brothers in arms in that common struggle against tryanny. We cherish those special bonds, and we honor the memory of those who died on the battlefield.

The 1st Battalion, 77th Armor, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) advanced party arrived in the Republic of Vietnam on July 2, 1968. The rest of the Brigade began to arrive at Wunder Beach on July 22, 1968. The Battalion fought in 8 campaigns from July 1968 to November 1971, and the Battalion, HHC, A, B, C, and D Companies were awarded Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry with Palm. In addition, A Company was awarded a Valorious Unit Award.

The motto on the 1/77th Armor Regiment Coat of Arms is "Insiste Firmiter," STAND FIRM, and that is exactly what the men of the Battalion did during World War 11, Korea, Vietnam, and in Bosnia. On the 1/77th Armor memorial located next to the Patton Museum at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, these words are inscribed: This Memorial is dedicated to the valiant men of the 1st Battalion, 77th Armor, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division (Mech) who in a selfless act of love and valor "STOOD FIRM" against tyranny. Their service and sacrifice to the people of America was accomplished with honor in the noble struggle to help the Vietnamese people remain free. "Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it"-Pericles (See Brown, p. 2)