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101st Airborne TroopThe History of Our Adoption of the Screaming Eagles

On December 18, 1967, while serving in Vietnam, a young man concerned about the lack of mail the members of his troop were receiving, wrote to his sister requesting that she work towards getting a city to adopt his unit.

On March 4, 1968, San Mateo adopted Alpha Company, 1-327 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. The purpose of the adoption was to improve morale among the fighting troops with messages of love and support from home.

The City’s support of Alpha Company was overwhelming, and at the end of the Vietnam War, San Mateo was the only City in the United States to hold a homecoming parade honoring returning Veterans by opening their hearts and homes to the newly adopted members of the 101st.
Care Packages for the Troops
UPDATED: April 7, 2015
San Mateo's Adopted Sons of Alpha Company, 1/327 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, are currently stationed in Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan. Help us send 107 personalized care packages to our troop currently deployed to Afghanistan.

How You Can Help!
  1. Donate items from the list below.  >> DOWNLOAD FLYER   

    Care Package Items Requested


    drink mixes that can be added to water bottles
    power bars / protein bars
    jerky, sausage sticks
    dried fruit snacks
    K cup coffee
    trail mix

    Activity Ideas for Solider personal time:

    board games
    magazines (i.e., sporting, outdoor enthusiast, fitness, science)


    Air fresheners for barracks rooms
    body wash (normal size)
    shampoo (normal size)

    Packages for the troops 
    Drop off locations until Friday, May 15, 2015: 
       • City Hall 
       • Recreation Centers: Beresford, King, Senior Center 
       • Libraries: Main and Marina     
  2. Donate $ to help cover shipping costs! $16 ships one care package! Checks of any amount can be made payable to “Adopt 101st Airborne”. Mail or drop off at City Hall, 330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403
  3. Come to a Care Package Packing Party at City Hall on Wednesday, May 20th beginning at 5:30pm
  4. Write a Letter to a Soldier. Contact City Clerk's Office: (650) 522-7040 or email to get the name of a solider. Letters must be received by May 15th, 2015 so that they can be included in our care packages.
        >>Letter Writing Tips

    Questions? Call the San Mateo City Clerk's Office (650) 522-7040
Check Out Our Last Packing Party
On June 19th, 2013 44 volunteers joined forces at San Mateo City Hall to write letters to our 101st Airborne soldiers and prepare care packages for 2 units in Afghanistan. Due to the generosity of so many residents and the hard working packing teams, we were able ship over 800+ pounds in 107 personal care packages for the troops and 1 care package for a canine trooper. San Mateo continues to lead the effort in being committed to supporting the troops of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division for over 40 years.
We Will Never Forget!

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101st Airborne
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San Mateo is proud of the overwhelming support received from City employees and the community. This display of support has served to sustain and strengthen the relationship which began on March 4, 1968, when the original unit was adopted by the San Mateo City Council.

Read the April 2015 letter from Captain Andy Bisset with an update from our deployed troop.

"Yesterday was a great day for Abu Soldiers and the Bulldog Battalion as we had our patch ceremony, commemorating the 30 days we have been deployed. All Soldiers now get to wear the 101st Airborne Division Patch on their right shoulder, representing that they have been deployed to a combat zone while a part of the unit. Abu Company has once again entered the history of the Division and we will continue to represent all the sacrifices those before us have given.... Please continue to send packages and comforts for your Solider. The mail process is moving pretty well." 
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ABU, CPT Andy Bisset, A/1-327IN

            Welcome home

More InformationReceiving letters
For more information regarding the 101st and a history of its relationship with San Mateo, please visit the following website:

America Supporting Americans WWW.ASA-USA.ORG is the parent organization that coordinates the armed forces adopt-a-unit program plus more. San Mateo is proud to have been the first City among 100's of cities which now participate in this support program.


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