About the Brigade

Brigade History

Today’s Sky Soldiers continue the distinction of honored service dating back to World War I, and proudly represent the Airborne fighting spirit whether deployed or at home.

For in-depth accounts of the brigade history, visit:

Brigade Songs

Sky Soldiers March

[Chorus]
So here we are, Where we belong,
173rd, So proud and strong;
Lift your head, and hold it high,
173rd is passing by.

Full lyrics and music at: www.173rdairborne.com/march.htm

8th of November

On November 8, 1965, the 173d Airborne Brigade during Operation Hump in War Zone D in Vietnam, were ambushed by over 1200 Viet Cong. 48 American soldiers lost their lives that day. This documentary on the Casper Aviation Platoon web site tells the story: www.casperplatoon.com/8th of November.htm

Infantry Song

You can hear it in the heat of the jungle;
You can hear it across the sea;
It calls to every freedom loving man;
The cry of the US Infantry;
Follow Me! Follow Me!

[Infantry Song – MP3 Audio File]

Have You Heard

Have you heard, of the one-seventy-third, Air-borne-Brigade?
Have you heard, of the one-seventy-third, Air-borne-Brigade?

How they jumped on the enemy like a flacon from the blue;
A more gallant fighting soldier America never knew.

Have you heard, of the one-seventy-third, Air-borne-Brigade?

They fought fearlessly hand to hand in the Central Highlands;
How their blood has stained the sands in the hills of Vietnam.

Have you heard, of the one-seventy-third, Air-borne-Brigade?

How with their rifles cradled they descend from the Sky;
As their ripcord snapped their parachute they screamed their battle cry.

Have you heard, of the one-seventy-third, Air-borne-Brigade?

How they won a gallant victory on hill eight seven five;
How they learned the price of freedom for 280 died.

Have you heard, of the one-seventy-third, Air-borne-Brigade?

Now you heard, of the one-seventy-third, Air-borne-Brigade.

Original lyrics and music at: www.173rdairborne.com/sssongs.htm
New video at: tankerbabelc985.vox.com/library/post/have-you-heard-of-the-173rd.html