The Golden Brigade book cover, a MWSA 2023 silver medal award winner

Robert J. Dvorchak has been awarded the 2023 silver medal for writing in the history category of the annual competition held by the Military Writers Society of America, a national organization of writers, poets and authors who share the common bond of military service.

His book, The Golden Brigade: The 82nd Airborne in Vietnam and Beyond, was among a record number of book entries in this year’s competition. It was scored through a rigorous evaluation process.

“We know you put in a great deal of work to get your book written, edited and published,” said Betsy Baird, director of the MWSA’s awards process. “You should be proud of your accomplishment. We certainly are. MWSA is happy to add this award to your growing list of literary recognitions.”

A journalist and writer for more than 50 years, Dvorchak said the prestigious award is a culmination of his writing experience.

“I am extremely honored to receive this award from a national group that recognizes appreciates and rewards good writing. I have received awards for newspaper writing, but this one feels like a lifetime achievement award,” Dvorchak said. “This book fosters healing in soldiers and civilians alike while preserving the individual stories of those who were asked by their country to fight in Vietnam. The story had to be worthy of my bestefforts. It’s about the 82nd Airborne as told by the 82nd Airborne. Nothing but excellence Is acceptable.”

MWSA’s core principle is a love of the men and women who defend this country through their sacrifice and dedication. Its roots go back to 1998 when Vietnam veteran Bill McDonald created a website to publish the poetry and prose he composed while serving in Vietnam.

MWSA announced the award on Sept. 16 at its annual awards dinner, held this year in New London, Connecticut.