101 airborne combat patch
Fred Brander
1st Sergeant
Fred Brander enlisted in the Army in January 1946 at the age of seventeen. After basic training, he
went to Germany on occupation duty with Company B, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry
Division. He returned to the US in 1949 and had a break in service. In October 1949, he
re-enlisted and served with various units, until 1951, when he volunteered for the Airborne Ranger
Companies. He remained in the Ranger Training Command, with the 7th Ranger Company
(Airborne) until deactivation of the Ranger Companies in August 1951.

In 1952, Brander was sent to Germany again, and served four and one half years with the 6th
Infantry Regiment in Berlin. He returned to the US with orders for the 82nd Airborne Division, but
was diverted to the 101st Airborne Division. He was initially assigned to Company E, 508th
Airborne, then to HHC, 506th Airborne Battle Group, He was later reassigned to Company E,
506th. In mid 1961 He transferred to Company D, 327th Battle Group. In 1962 He transferred to
Company E, 327th Brigade. In mid 1963 He went to Korea for one year. Upon return from Korea
in 1964 He was assigned to HHC, 1/506 as Recon Platoon Sgt. In 1965 He volunteered for the 1st
Brigade, and was assigned to C/1/327 as the 2nd Platoon Sgt. In June 1965 He deployed with the
unit and went to Vietnam aboard the "Leroy S Eltinge", a luxury liner chartered by Department of
Defense.

Brander remained with C/1/327 until March 1966. He then went to MACV and was assigned as an
advisor to the RVN 37th Ranger Battalion. He returned to the US in September 1965 and rejoined
the 101st Airborne Division. He was initially assigned to HHC 2/501 as Recon Platoon Sgt, Upon
promotion to E-8 was assigned to A/2/501 as First Sergeant and deployed with the unit to
Vietnam in December 1967. He remained with A/2/501 until March 1969. In March 1969 He
extended his tour and was assigned as an advisor to the Vietnamese Airborne Division. He
remained in this assignment until his retirement in Vietnam in February 1973. He remained in
Vietnam as a civilian until November 1974.

In 1974 Brander went to Singapore and was employed by a company named Offshore Navigation
Inc. The company provided navigation for offshore oil survey, positioning of offshore oil rigs,
etc. He lived and worked out of Singapore until 1984. He returned to the United States in 1984
and continued to work for Offshore Navigation Inc. He worked in the following countries:
Argentina, Australia, Burma, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, East Malaysia, Morocco, New
Guinea, New Zealand, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand and a few countries in the Persian Gulf.

Fred Brander worked as Property Manager for a Real Estate firm from 1990 to 1995, and then
went into full retirement.