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101st Airborne Unit – Adopted Troop
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.

 101st Airborne Troop deployed 2015
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Updates from the Troops
July 2015  101st Airborne solders with care packages
"Hello from Afghanistan! We received all 25 boxes today, wow they're amazing!  I appreciate the letter from you and am on behalf of my Company, the boxes and letters are absolutely wonderful. Attached is a picture of a few of the Soldiers with all the boxes. Things are going well here in Helmand, Afghanistan.  It's hot and windy but safe.  The highs aren't bad right now as they get around 110 but they're typically closer to 120 in July."

Cpt. Andrew W. Bisset



"Thank you and the City of San Mateo for the outstanding and persistent support you all have given to the Company through the four years that I have personally been in ABU Company. The package I received was amazing! There was not a single thing that will not get eaten or used. We have your photos posted throughout our company area so that all the incoming Soldiers can see what the City and its citizens have done for the Soldiers and the Company. 

The Soldiers were just wanting to let the people know they had received the excellent package and just to say thank you. Thank you again for the wonderful box of goodies and all the wonderful messages inside."

1SG Michael Stainback


June 2015

There was a big shout out to San Mateo in the 101st Airborne's June 2015 newsletter:
"Year after year for the past 47 years their citizens have supported the Soldiers of ABU and their families and even more when deployed. They yet again impressed us. This month we received a banner signed by nearly 100 citizens and each Soldier received an individually addressed and packaged care package."

June 2015 newsletter

May 2015 newsletter 
June 2015 ABU newsletter  May 2015 ABU newsletter   

April 2015

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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CPT Andy Bisset, A/1-327IN

Check Out Our Last Packing Party
May 2015
San Mateo's Adopted Sons of Alpha Company, 1/327 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, are currently stationed in Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan.

On May 20th, 2015, 36 volunteers joined forces at City Hall to prepare 107 personalized care packages to our soldiers who are currently deployed. Boxes were packed with snacks and toiletries as well as handwritten notes of encouragement and decorated with colorful drawings and messages. Many, many more people generously helped by donating items or contributing financially for the care packages. We could not have done this without the strong support of our local community. Thank you to all who helped! 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!

 preparing care packages
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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.           maploc.png

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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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Questions? The San Mateo City Clerk's Office manages San Mateo's adoption of the 101st Airborne. Call (650) 522-7040

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