Sgt. Stephen Arthur Golsh, U.S. Army

"Bug Man"

July 16, 1946 - March 21, 1970

KIA March 21, 1970
A Company 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne
Ashau Valley, South Vietnam

101st Airborne
"The Screeming Eagles"

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Stephen Arthur Golsh
Awarded the Bronze Star

Steven Golsh - from La Crescenta, California

"Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"
~ John 15:13

"During my early morning guard I contemplated immortality and death.

Out there was the forest - the tiger, the python, and the Gook. All of them deadly, and all of them hunters in their own right.

What is life's purpose? To hunt one another, to survive?

To live and die, that is all. No one is immortal, and death is inevitable.

Thus one must live to the fullest, and when one's time comes to die, He should do so with purpose and courage. Live hard and die hard.

Leave more than faint footprints in the sand.

Leave dents in mountains and the minds of men, your race, and your kind.

This is how I choose to live, and this is how I choose to die.

So it will be."
Sgt. Stephen A. Golsh, U.S. Army

La Crescenta, California

KIA March 21, 1970
Ashau Valley, South Vietnam

Immortality is a Gift that comes to those who do not choose to give up Faith in the Promises of our God.
Perhaps Stephen had not as yet been so introduced. We would certainly hope by now that he has been.
Read again "
A Warrior's Affirmation" for such an Introduction.

SGT - E5 - Army - Selective Service
101st Airborne Division

Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Apr 20, 1969
Casualty was on Mar 21, 1970
Body was recovered

Panel 12W - Line 29

Steve's friends have left endearing Comments
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Stephen's mother, Nora J. Golsh, now deceased, was a past President of the American Gold Star Mothers - from 1985-1986.

Nora J. Golsh - deceased

Tributes to Stephen Golsh from

Kelly Graham
A/2/502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne

I was Steve's Platoon Medic. Steve was really a great guy. Of course he was Bugman his life was collecting bugs. Steve was killed by NVA satchel charges on the night of March 21, 1970. He had completed 11 months of his tour. For us, the sadness was overwhelming. I myself went home two weeks later and I spoke to his parents. Steve's Mom went on to go around the US and get local community parks started in small towns, which were then dedicated to Steve's memory. Even after 40 years, you are not forgotten, Steve, and we miss you.

Jan 25, 2009

Manuel Pino B/2/8th Cav,1st Cav 68-69
mpjr54+msn. com
Fellow Army Vietnam Brother
A/2/502nd Inf Rgt, 101st ABN Div

"When I am dead, cry for me a little. Think of me sometimes, but not too much. It is not good for you to dwell too long. Think of me now and again as I was in life, at some moment which is pleasant to recall, but not for long. Leave me in peace as I shall leave you, too, in peace."

Nov 28, 2008

Ken Kerbs
Viet Nam Brother

"Bug Man" was something else. He was in a War but not really. He always had time for Bugs. I can remember one time we were in the A Shau Valley and Bug Man was on lookout. He came across two NVA. They went one way and he went the other way. He came running back to our camp with his eyes big as dinner plates and talking so fast you could hardly understand him. It was really funny. The Army should have made him a cook or truck driver. Well Bug Man you will always be AIRBORNE and we will never forget you.

Nov 20, 2008

Manny G.
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”

Peace and condolence, to the family and friends.

"He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother”.


Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten.

May God Bless You for your Sacrifice!!!"

Mar 21, 2008

William Lucky

I served with Golsh who was known as "Bug Man" to the members of his platoon due to his fascination with the insect life of Vietnam (I think he had a college degree in entemology or something).

I recall the time his bug collection got separated from his rucksack and he was frantic - announcing "I'm not going anywhere without my bugs!" Rest easy, Stephen - those of us who served with you still think of you.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Grateful American
Fellow Californian
American Hero -

Thank you Sgt Golsh for your ultimate sacrifice. Rest well brave soldier and rest assured that you Sir, are not forgotten.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Fellow Eagle

I know the perils you faced and the strength you possessed. You stood tall, answered your country's call, and gave all that you had for your brothers and country. You were part of the greatest unit ever, and I'm proud to be of the same Brotherhood that you served with honor and courage. You are not forgotten, nor will you ever be forgotten, as you will remain forever in the memory of every Screaming Eagle that has "Been There and Done That".

We will all meet again when all of the Eagles are called home. Continue to stand tall my brother, for you are still in Eagle Country and now soaring with the elite.

A Fellow Eagle, 2/506th (Currahee), 101st Airborne, RVN (A Shau Valley & DMZ), '68-'69.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Sam Tanner

Happy Birthday Steve!

Sam Tanner 101 Airborne 1065-1967

Monday, July 16, 2001

Fizzy Anon
Fellow Eagle -

Rest Easy, Eagle, see you at the Eagle's Nest in the Sky

C/1/1/501/101st Airborne Div, A Shau, Phu Bai, Chu Ali


Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Tributes from

The Following came from a discovery of comments placed for another of Stephen's Company Buddies - S/Sgt Green Millery, Jr., listed at The Virtual Wall...

Green Edward Millery, jr.,
Staff Sergeant
Army of the United States
14 January 1948 - 05 May 1970
Enterprise, Alabama
Panel 11W Line 104

26 Dec 2007

Sergeant Millery,

We served in the same company, just different squads. It is hard to believe that it has been almost 38* years ago since our bodies and minds were in complete unison to stop the enemy and remain bodily intact in the process. It seems we all were changed either in body or mind by the events that were about to unfold.

Today is December 25, 2007, the day after Christmas. On this day in 1969 I left Camp Eagle for the field, what an eye opener. We had fire fights but it wasn't until March 21, 1970 that we had our first major engagement. On that day we lost
Stephen A. Golsh and John T. Gutekunst. Our lives were now changed forever.

On April 30, 1970 while clearing a red ball, Donnie Horton flopped back to rest and landed on an anti-tank mine. I can remember that there was little left to put in the body bag. He was the LT's RTO man and a fun guy.

Then on May 5, 1970 we walked into an NVA ambush, Ivory Lee McKinney and you faced the initial on-slaught and prevented us from receiving worse casualties. You tried to assist Ivory and lost your life in the process. Ee all like to think we would have acted the same, but YOU DID. Your fellow soldiers know what you did and will honor you till our passing days.

On May 8, 1970 we lost Peter F. Nolan and Wayne K. Smith. On the early morning hours of May 16, 1970 our NDP was over-run and we lost David L. Christopherson, David L. Jones, John R. Mariani and Billy Ray McCullough. Of the original 42 men, by the end of May only Roy Larison and myself remained in the field, our company had met with serious injuries. Because of injuries, our platoon leader was never a constant, in fact, I served as platoon leader a few days because there were no Lieutenants left. I had logged down the list as follows: LT Lopresti, LT Richardson, SSG Howell, LT Lippy, SSG Jones, SFC Manning, LT Hanley, SGT Andy, SGT Henson, SGT Trickey, LT Hunsicker, LT Gill, LT Hill, SSG Greer, and LT Townsend. LT James Thomas Hill later became our company commander and retired in December 2005. He was given his FOURTH STAR when he retired. Hard to believe we served with a decorated general.

These past three years via the internet, we have been able to communicate and inform beyond my wildest dreams. You have been honored by having a widow who truly loved you and supported you. She openly admits her vices after your death, but we never will know how we would have acted. She truly loved you and has now gotten her life back on track as you would have wanted her to. She has a large family you would be proud to be part of.

I will never forget the past and all who were part of it. I thank you for your service and bravery, it was an honor to serve with you.

Henry A. (Hank) Trickey Jr.
2231 Archer Road, Clifton Springs, New York 14432

* Number of years calculated from 1969 to 2007.

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