To all who have or not followed the dialogue about the Combat Action Badge, I have a solution. Before I write certain congressman, I want your input. Instead of the CAB why not put a wreath around our air crewman badges to signify aerial combat. This would apply to all others as well. For those who did not confront the enemy first, but were on guard duty or other situations, and were confronted by the enemy when they did there hit and run or mortar, rocket or small arms fire assault could receive the CAB. Does this make sense?
big bertha was a good one at 121st in late 60s
Did you name your helicopter in Vietnam? Searching for individualized "names" (e.g. Iron Butterfly, Cheap Thrills, etc) that were painted on in-country Army copters, 1962-73. Help me document this often overlooked chapter of our aviation history. Search your in-country photo/slide collections for personalized copter nose art & names. Search your memory & memoirs or query a buddy for his. Thank you gentlemen. Respectfully yours, John Brennan, former SP5, 114 AHC, 1970-71, Vinh Long AAF, Mekong Delta
I am wondering about the uncle I never met but was named after. From what I researched it head an E-5. Michael W Koons, served from 63-64 and was stationed at Soc Trang. I don't have much memorabilia just an air medal and some marksmanship medals. There was also a 4th infantry division patch in medal box and an 18th AOD patch with an eagle on it. Just wanted to learn more of the uncle I never met and read continuously about the war. Thank you all for your sacrifices and please contact me if you have any info on him at: Michael.email@example.com. God Bless
There is no written guide for this and the past experiences have contributed to future reunions. I advise you to contact the reunion coordinator who is also the Association secretary. His contact info is listed in the "Contact" section of the web site. We have been involved in some way since 2002 and much progress has been made as well as the number of veterans we are now in contact with(app. 650). I know that San Antonio is a great town from my days flying for the airlines as well as going there during fight school back in 1963.
Running these reunions is not a easy task worth the effort for those involved. Please advise how I may help you.
Sounds involved, has there been a procedural guide developed on how to do some of these things based on past experience?
Sounds involved, has there been a procedural guide developed on how to do some of these things based on past experience?
Are you prepared to be the POC for the reunion? You would also have to provide a presentation to the general membership meeting at the coming reunion(next or later) to support your proposal. Please include estimate of hotel costs and do a study of travel costs from other parts of the country. Please also know that these events take a year and more to plan and execute and requite many folks to carry them out.
Feel free to contact me by email at: Tigerlead67@aol.com. Hopefully I can provide you some reunion history that might be helpful.
I nominate San Antonio ,(military city USA), we are equally inaccessible from all locations. Great military town though and quite friendly.
Served in the 121 assault helicopter (blue tigers) in Soc Trang as crew chief 6/66 to 6/67. Anyone out there they called me ROD. I crewchief tiger 792.
When do you think a reunion would be out west,like Nevada,oregon,or Washington state.They are always way on the other side of the country.
Please note the "Breaking News" on the homepage. There will be other updates to the web site in the near future.
I was crewing another ship that day.
The Army Aviation Safety Center SHOULD have records of all crashes. Try them and see. Sorry I can't add any more info.
thanks don for the information were you on the ship that day I cant remember that much about the crash and was anybody else hurt.the va says they have no records of the crash for my claim. any more information would help
I think "Puff" was 64-13590
Bliss, about Puff's Magic Dragon That was tail number 590, one of the older ('64 or '65) birds. Lt. Kennedy was your aircraft commander that day. As I recall we were going to Bac Lieu in dense fog and he just flew into the ground.
The name on the nose was originally "Scrap Iron" and it was changed when Puffenberger became it's crewchief,
Thanks for bringing back some memories.
Dwight Brown: Not sure if "standing down" is the same as deactivation. I think the unit stood down in December 1970 as far as combat operations in Vietnam was concerned. Maybe Bob Green, the Unit Historian can set us straight on this.
I was reading the History of the 121st AVN CO and it would lead you to believe the 121st AVN CO was deactivated in December 1970. However I was assigned to the 121st AVN CO, SOC TRANG TIGERS at Ft. Benning, GA in 1972 through 1974. So the 121st AVN CO was reactivated at Ft. Benning, GA in 1970. I don't know when it was deactivated but it had to be after 1975,
CW4, US Army Retired
Butch Cavin: I was in the Viking Platoon at the time you were wounded--29 Oct 65. As I recall, you guys (gunners from Hawaii) were
no longer 90-day TDY, it was an actual PCS by then. I remember the same group of gunners would show up every 90 days or so, didn't like that regimentation at the 25th LOL
Was attached to 121st from Hawaii as gunner, wounded oct 29th 1965. Just found your web site, would like to get involved. thanks for all the memories that are posted.
Stopped and visited the New Mexico Vietnam Veterans State Park and saw one of your old Hueys on display. It needs some help-new cargo door windows and cabin insulation. What would really help is gun mounts and maybe display type M-60s.
Brings back many memories. I stayed with some folks at Soc Trang while waiting assignment by the 13th CAB. Assigned to the Vultures 1970-71.
For Paul Czajkowski: A nice picture of the Good Widow Mrs. Jones is in the nose art section of the Galleries link. I will e-mail you a copy in case you do not have access...
For Nancy Smith Saxon/ Jerry W Smith: I found the history of the 162nd AHC that may be of interest to you and your family at www.vhpadata.org/unit/162ndhistory.pdf Sorry I did not know Jerry, since I Left Vietnam in July 1965 and was at Soc Trang.
Could anybody provide any information about the Huey names the good widow Mrs Jones. Thank you! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Wrong again, he was in the iron triangle, 1966, vouch vinh. I know I have misspelled it. A few years later he was at Long Binh, in what I remembered being called 'TOC'. There, I believe he was attached to 101st and at that time he was either a SSG or SFC. So very many years ago and I do not remember as I once I did. Sorry for the inconvenience. Nancy
Incorrect information entered, ie, date Jerry went to Viet Nam. Jerry actually left in 1966. Sorry for the TYPO. His sons have the international date line card which all receive when going over on a ship.
Searching for anyone who knew my husband at Long Binh, with 'Vultures', 162 avn bn, assault, 1966. At his funeral, 1986, VFW stated he had crashed 7 times. We, his wife and family, only knew of 3 as he was very vague and spoke rarely of anything re:Viet Nam. Any information I could give to his now grown sons would be greatly appreciated. Back then he was a door gunner on a Huey. SPC 4 and 5 Jerry W. Smith. EMAIL Would be appreciated. We will be forever thankful and greatful to anyone who contacts me, Smitty's widow, sons and now a granddaughter who crave information about their dad and granddaddy. email@example.com. He died June 1986, about 2 1/2 years after retiring. 40 years of age. Jerry Was born in Conway, Arkansas, 1945, raised In Missouri, near the Lake of the Ozarks. He was at Ft. Rucker before getting on a ship for Viet Nam, Jan or Feb 1968. 162 AVN BN was newly formed.
Nancy Smith Saxton
I had a very good time in Nashville. it met a lot to me to see all you guys again.the girls did a great job setting things up
Rats and more rats. During rainy season the zillion rats in the surrounding (360 degrees except for the road) rice paddies would swim to higher ground and since the airfield was 3 feet above MSL and 12 inches above the paddies, the higher ground was us.
I got an old worn out pellet rifle and kinda sorta rebuilt it and made a die to cut pellets from main rotor blade tip weights.
On a typical night's hunting excursion I would kill 10-15 rats, night after night.
The Vietnamese were not happy campers because they were live trapping them for dinner.
After being assigned to garbage truck security and watch people fighting over our garbage, I slowed down on my rat hunts.
The garbage truck detail was an eye opening experience that has never left me.
is anyone going to the reunion,that was there at the end of 69 and 70.my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.I also noticed a lot of names missing from tiger list.
What GI's won't do for recreation! Woodby's post reminds me of when we would catch rats in a cage and carry it through the camp. Every dog on post would follow. Then we would take it in the middle of the runway and turn it loose. At first dogs would fight the rat but soon it was dog on dog. You talking about a rumble!
I noticed that Al Watson, who was my crew chief at one time, said that Oscar the Otter scared the crap out of me. First let me tell you why. When I was a Pathfinder, the ARVN's like to eat rats. I saw times when they had more than one in a cage on there Pack. One night we had set up camp, and we were a few yards from where they we sitting. A Captain ( Diwee ) came over and ask me if I want some chicken. They new that most of us G.I.s liked chicken. I said to him, chicken my ass, I have not seen any chickens all day. He wanted to feed me rat. I never forgot that. Then I go into the Vikings. We were watching some movie some where on the base at Soc Trang. I was sitting there and Oscar jumped on the back of my neck. My first thought was that Oscar was a big rat. I feel sure that would have gotten anybody's attention. Thanks Al for reminding me. See ya in Nashville.
I flew with the 93rd Trans, the whole year of 1963. I was in the class of 62-2w. I was known as 1/2 moon because there was three of us. I had the privilege of fling with some great cwo's. I still have some old picture's somewhere. I am sorry I can't make any reunions, due to health issues. My E Mail is grangran53 @ aol.com.
any of you guys remember white tiger called puff the dragon which crashed on oct.67 I was the crew chief at that time I would like to know any of you who else was aboard at that time
any any info would help
hey mike it's been a long time since we seen each other
Sorry about the spelling Bryan,guess I'm getting old.I do know he scared the crap out of Paul Woodby a couple of times.
Since I have been thinking about it more,
Your right. his name was Oscar the Otter.
Sorry my gray matter is not as good as it use to be.
wasn't that an otter. came around to the hooches and would go into my wall locker if open.loved seeing him.didn;t know if he would bite.
Gentlemen, thanks for the replies. Sounds like Frank Fellman was an interesting guy...Snakes!
Hi Dayna, I found Frank Meyer Fellman on the Find a Grave site. Born 9 Jun 1922, died 7 Jan 1970. Burial at Fort Benning Post Cemetery. US Army SSM E9. Also, on the Family Search site I found he died of non-hostile death. Died of illness/disease (from the United States Casualties of Army Personnel). I do remember one night he and another Sgt had a quarrel over a poker game and both squared of with their M-14s and exchanged several shots. I think it was our Company Commander that had to break them up.... I will e-mail you the data listed above.
Do any of you gents have photo of Monty
the Mongoose?(Viking Mascot 1968)
My recollection is that Top had already been in Soc Trang for five years when I arrived, or shortly thereafter. Word was that he was forced to leave country. There was another guy there at Soc Trang that slept through every mortar attack, he stayed drunk most of the time. At some point I will remember his name..
I thought it was an ice company.
did't he also own the garbage company in soctrang. I remember him saying he did.
Dana, I Have many stories about "Top". He was a true legend around Soc-Trang in 1967. Yes, he had some snakes. He gave me one, and I sent it back home. My e-mail is email@example.com.
Dana, Frank Feldman was still the 1st Sergeant with the unit in 66-67 when I was there. He had more than one snake, believe me. Somewhere in my archives I have a picture of him attending a party in down town Soc Trang. Will try to dig that out and forward it on.
Dana Topalian: When I arrived in Soctrang in late December, 1964 Frank Fellman was the 1st Sergeant. Some folks have referred to him as Frank FelDman. Not sure if this is the same person or not. When people talked about him it was always Feldman (with a D). I just assumed that my memory wasn't quite as good as it had been, so I accepted his name with the D. I was quite sure though that Fellman (no D) was the guy I saw when I walked into the orderly room that day in 1964. Everybody has stories about him, so you will get some responses. He was a nice guy, pretty big as I recall, had a pet snake.
I'm looking for photos and stories about Frank Fellman for a family genealogy project. I don't know the exact dates of his service at Soc Trang- he was from Kansas and died in the U.S. in 1970. So far, all I've been able to find about him is this article: http://newspaperarchive.com/us/north-carolina/burlington/burlington-daily-times-news/1966/09-24/
I was hoping someone here might remember him. Thank you all for your help and for your service to this country. My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
was with 121st 69-70 crewed with white tigers and also tiger surprise. stopped flying just before it was ambushed,and crashed.
Just a note to say that one of the best friends of my life, CW3 Bob Croghan, was a 121st Viking, 1968 era. Bob and I flew together in the Maryland National Guard for ten years before his untimely and tragic heart attack in February 1981. The 121st AHC should always be proud for helping to develop such an outstanding aviator, warrior and gentleman.
George, would love to have them. email@example.com
Bill Campbell: No, I don't have Excel, I have the spreadsheet that came with my IMAC. I have a couple files created on it, but that's about it, it's a POS! However, I have accessed the "list" before though with no problems. What's changed?
Hi Jim Lohman,
Do you have Excel installed?
The Vikings tried a B model with twin 50s shortly after I joined them. I did fly that aircraft. I don't think they used it very long though. You could actually feel the aircraft slow down when they were fired and they were seriously LOUD. I transferred to the Thunderbirds in the spring of 65.
Hi Bruce Wagoner,
I think you are correct about the Cessna.. I think the fixed wing in the mid air was a Pilatus PC-6 (Porter) used by Air America who operated out of Can Tho. I have a picture of one that I will send you via e-mail.. When you were with the Thunderbirds, did you fly on the Huey that had twin 50 Cal mounted on each side?
I flew with Jerry Daly several times. Some other pilots at that time were Paul Messa, Nort Davidson, Harvey Corr. Paul, Pappy and I played bluegrass music quite often.
Bruce Wagoner: I was in the Viking Platoon from about June 65 until DEROS in Dec. 65. I was there with Jim Trainor and Bob Fiveash, Pop Bedell, Pappy Snelson. Aside from flying, I ws the "environmental engineer" or something like that which entailed breaking down ammo and taking the breakdown trash downtown for disposal. I started out in maintenance when I got there in late December, 65, then was detailed to supply to get ready for the arrival of A Co. 101st . After that I was able to get a transfer over to the Vikings. Bruce Jackens and Jerry Daly were two of the pilots I remember. Remember any of the guys I mentioned?
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Soc Trang 9/64-9/65. Flew slicks at first,after a couple of months I joined the Vikings, (still have my going away Viking helmet). Transferred to the 101st Thunderbirds I believe in April or May 65.
For Bobby Bird and Bill Campbell I also remember the Mid air. The helicopter ended up in the ditch by the runway with the rotor still turning just above the top of the ditch. one pilot tackled the other to keep him from running out of the ditch into the rotor. I think it was a dustoff ship. I don't think the fixed wing was a cessna, it was one of those long nosed STOLs I don't remember the name.
why are so many people missing on the tiger list,ther are three men on it that where there the time I was there,and my name wasn't one of them
I was their when this crash happen but do not remember seeing it happen. I may have been flying.
Hi Bobby Bird, I do remember the stash of weapons that were seized, but I'm not sure if they were from the attack we were under during Christmas '64, or from another mission. Jim Lohman has some pictures in the Gallery section that may be the ones.. Also, I do remember the mid-air collision between the fixed wing and one of Hueys. I was waiting to cross the runway in our 3/4 ton pickup at the tower and saw the Cessna take off and collide with the Huey who had been shooting auto rotations most of the day. The Cessna almost missed the chopper when he banked hard left, but hit the chopper in the tail boom. No one was hurt in either aircraft. We did end up rewiring the tower, however where all tower frequencies transmitted at once when the tower operator keyed his mic. I didn't see your name in the Tiger List. You may want to join by contacting Dave Cunningham... Good to hear from you!
Bill Campbell e-mail: BCCCZ@TX.RR.COM
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I remember Bliss flew with white tiger and Vikings 67 to early 68. Don't think I ever called him anything but Bliss
Does anyone remember my brother-in-law Charles Dennis Bliss who served1967 to 1968 with the 121st Assault Helicopter Co.
(Viking surprise). I am helping Dennis with some research and
would like to put Dennis in contact with fellow crew members.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I tried jon spears email but could not get through anyone know how to contact him? My email is email@example.com
jon Spears, The year was 1963 november I was there. I was on the H-21 that pisked up the part of the crew
anyone out there from 1963. I was a doorgunner on the old H-21 would like to here from anyone 1963 sept, oct november also any one remember the red headed 2nd lt that was there in november of 1963?
Does anyone in Soctrang in 1964 remember me Bobby Bird and Chuck Gongaware ! And the large cash of weapons seized and layed out on the runway , and the crash of a huey hitt5ing a fixed wing at the end of the runway in Soctrang
I remember when when a. Huey crashed with a fixed wing in 1964.
I REMEMBER WHEN TWO CHOPPERS RAN INTO EACH OTHER OUTSIDE THE COMPOUND IN 67 COMING BACK FROM A OPERATION. I THINK WE LOST ABOUT FIVE PEOPLES.
was at soctrang as gunner from 68 until 7-69 with the white tigers of 121st anyone else ther at that time
i was attached to the 167 trans det achment 1966 to1967 i was a g.e.on maintenance recovery huey.the call sign was red devil.i operated out off soc trang
was gunner for mike sinnott and remet at general dynamics when we were out
Looking for fellows who served with me in the 80th Trans Det.,121 Avn. Co. in Soc trang, 1965-1966
I was in the 121st in 69-70
Welcome Home To All
Welcome home Lee Stuart. Very delighted that you and Paul have reconnected and also that both will attend the Nashville reunion. It will a pleasure to meet you.
I was assigned to the 121st AVN Co in Dec 1968 as a Pathfinder. I recently located one of my best friends from Vietnam, Paul Woodby who was also assigned there and served later on as a door gunner. I left in March in 1968 to serve with the 173rd. Paul has invited me to attend your reunion in June as a guest of his. I would like to attend and see who else I might recall serving with.
Jim Lehman: I can not remember your name, however it has been 50 years. Good find someone who was their at the same time. What aircraft did you crew? Maybe able to remember the aircraft. I worked in helicopter maintenance for about 40 plus years most for in the Dallas area and the oil patch Gulf of Mexico. Good here from you
Robert F. Lannerd: Frank Feldman was 1SG when I arrived at Soctrang in late December, 1964. Larry O. Banks, who was a great instructor at Rucker when I went through in Mid 1964, was one of the first guys I saw when I walked into the 121st Maintenance hooch. Larry was super intelligent and wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty. I live in San Antonio now.
I have review all of the e-mails that are part the guest book. Some of the thanks I member are the snakes that Feldman had. I believe he had a monkey he carried around. Does anyone tie it a air force weather bloom? The pilots called me by Bigfoot and Twinkle toes. I found one name that was at the same time. Monica I do not remember the name. I have met Larry Banks who worked for Allison (Rolls Royce). Mr. Speilos (sp) who worked at the FAA in Ft. Worth as a test pilot. All know about Mr. Davis who died fighting forest five more than twenty years ago. I so met a pilot Mobile Oil in Louisiana. This around 1985? I was working for Era Helicopters in Lake Charles La. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org phone is 903 562-1501, address is;380 CR 1537 Avinger Texas 75630
I'm looking for some good CH-47 Chinook stories from Vietnam. Please let me know if you have some or know of anyone else who does. Please contact me at: email@example.com Thanks.
I remember you,was there in 69 crew chief tiger 22.
I remember Mathis,was there in 69 crew chief tiger 22.
I was assigned to air mobile company of The 121st Soc Trang Tiger's. I was crew chief on the command and control ship for Maj. Charles A. Robinson in 1969. I was requested by the battalion commander to be his personal crew chief stayed there till i came home in Feb. 1970.If anyone remembers me e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.Hope to see you at the reunion.
My address 380 CR 1537 Avinger, TX. 75630. Phone number (903) 562-1501.
I was in the 121 from Sept 1964 threw May 1965. I was a Crew Chief on White Tiger 8.
I WAS WITH 121AHC NOV66-NOV67 MADE MAIL RUNS EVERY DAY TO CAN THO RAN THE MAIL ROOM WHEN I GOT SHORT. WOULD LOVE HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO REMEMBER ME.
im looking for myself served under name bielefieldt in nam 101srt airborne 1 air cav as a doorgunner went down in 2 helicopers alone dm zone cant find my records anywhere, please help email my wife at email@example.com Thanks served 1969 fort campbell then vietnam 1969-1970
in photo of lookinb for old friends I am#1
What along time ago kids yesterday men today
I was a viking from 6-69 to 11-69 shot down on
nui-cam.lost ship but we got picked up real quick
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was a gunner remember crew cheif that pointed a m16 at me and pulled trigger you missed me your forgiven pray you are sill around we had the ramp right outside our houch
I was soc trang from Dec 68 to Dec 69. Started in the hanger, then flew with the white tigers. Then I moved to the Viking platoon. My final days were with the wrecker.
I remember Bill Quisenbery from the electric shop.
Have forgotten many names but still remember faces
I was in this unit in late 1969, and just found this site..
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Just found this site. I was in Soc Trang from June 1970 til deactivated and moved us to Can Tho with the 162nd AHC. I was a crew-chief with the 121 AVN Co. and the 162nd. Flew on slicks, all types of missions as most of us did. I have a bad memory when it comes to remembering names of those I served with. Please say Hi and let me know how you are doing.
I was in Can Tho 5th Special Forces in 1963. We had a bird dog jocky that everyone figured for spook. He left in the morning, spun up to altitude and chuffed off. Sometimes he came back for lunch sometimes not. No one ever knew where he went or what he did. I lost all my records in a fire ... sure would like to know his name.
Now living in Jakarta. RGP
Had the pleasure of meeting John D. Kennedy who told me about the association with HAL-3 Seawolves during the early days of HAL-3. I flew with the Seawolves 1970-1971. Merry Christmas all!
Merry Christmas to all--God bless. Anyone ever know Sgt. McIntyre who served with me at Danang and when we (93rd) moved to Soc Trang??
Would love to hear from him or anyone else who might remember me.
Robert Long: I was in the 121st from Dec 64 until Dec 65. I was in maintenance initially, then got detailed to supply to assist in getting hooches ready for A Co, 101st who arrived in May I believe. I transferred over to the Viking Platoon around June or July and served proudly until DEROS a few days before Christmas.
Just found this. I was with the 121st in 64-65. Hope to attend the next reunion.
Thanks Tom.. Nice cards. Merry Christmas to you and all...
he was a blue tiger
hello im looking for anyone who may have known my dad Joseph J Lane was in the 121st and in vietnam around the 67 68 time he was helo mechanic and door gunner
I was in the electric shop june69-june70, i trained calvin ralls to take my place when i left. would like to hear from anyone who remembers me. email@example.com
Looking for anyone that remembers me. I was station at Soc Trang May '63 to May '64. I was helo airframe repairman. I think I wa with 80th Transportation Co.? Would welcome any responses at firstname.lastname@example.org.
@ Andrew Sinsel
1st week Sept 67 thru Sept 68, John is on some orders that I have, sorry Andrew I do not remember him at this time
thanks to all of the 121ahc Viking & tigers .
Enjoy your Veterans Day Tigers you deserve it
@Fred Lammers. what were the dates of your deployment? do you remember a Johnnie young, john. small statured door gunner/crew chief, white tigers.
Many thanks for all those who served their country at Soc Trang in any capacity. You were one fine bunch of young men who are still young in spirit.
I was the crew chief on white tiger 8 Sept 1964 threw march 1965.
Bill Caudill: Yeah, I remember our conversation last year. Looks like you were in the platoon before I got there. During that time I was detailed from maintenance to supply to get everything ready for A Co, 101st so they would have a roof over their head and a bunk to sleep in when they got tom Soc Trang.
On your crew chief, as I said last year, he look like a guy named Hughes from Houston who was with me in maintenance in early '65. Sorry I couldn't be of much help.
Viking door gunner..
Jim Lohman..I was a Vikings door gunner.. feb-May 1965..You and I talked last year..Still looking for my crew chief..
Still looking for viking pilot. With initial T.O.E
vikings 68 69
With the 121st in 1970.
Bill Caudill: Which months were you in the Vikings, during '65? I was in the platoon from about June to December, when I DEROS'd. Do you remember Jim Trainor, Bob Fiveash and Pappy Snelson?
To Bill Dodd..please put your 65-66 group photo for all to see..I was a Viking door gunner..1965..thanks
Hello to all and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service. I was curious if anyone knew my Dad, James C. Murphy, went by the name Buzz?
He was stationed in Soc Trang sometime between 1967-68. He was a Warrant Officer/Co-Pilot for a Viking Huey. Thankfully he's still with us, he just doesn't use the computer so I'm checking up for him. I'm his son and I'm curious if anyone had a story?
If you have any information please email me at email@example.com
Thank you all.
Hello All,Wanted to say Thanks to all you guys for all you did,,Your my Hero's!Wanted to know if anyone may remember my big brother,Hubert Merkerison,was gunner with 121st aslt hel.from dec 69- mar.70 and went to 162 may 70. Sorry to say he was killed in a fight in Texas in 1979. after all that,,bum deal.My email is firstname.lastname@example.org,,would be great to hear from his Brothers,,
My tour was Sept, 65 to Sept 66.
Robert Ditsworth, do you happen to recall the serial # for THE WORLDS FAMOUS WRECKER?
Lee; Have you heard from Bob Stewart? Just thinking of him and wondering how is daughter is doing. Also the November issue of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Magazine has an article titled, "Untethered". Bob has two photos in it of him in the MMU.
Thanks for your reply.
I will try to check this out. Every little bid helps.
Again, thank you!
Id suggest that Ed Gilmore or Steve Govin may have some info for that time frame.
There is a John Anderson history in the museum at Ft Rucker.
Don't know if that helps.
Bob Greene; Thanks for your feed back. I left Nam in April '64 and we were transitioning from the H-21 to the Huey's at that time. I'm hoping someone will read this event and remember. Out of 10 H-21's, 4 crew members each craft, one can only hope someone will remember!
Jon L. Spears: I just finished a read of the operations reports for the latter part of 1963 and early 1964. I found no specific reference to the combat assault you described, but I can say that there were quite a few during this period. For sure it happened before May 1964 because that was when the H-21 last flew with the 121st. I'll continue to look and let you know if I can focus a little more on this flight. Hopefully others my read your message and help out.
Thank you Jim!
Jon L. Spears: You might check with Bob Greene, the historian. There is a CD with unit activities, by the month as I recall. Not sure how far back it goes (can't find mine), but it did go back as far as 64-65, when I was there.
I was in the 121st AVN. Co. 63-64. I was a crew chief on the H-21.
I was wondering if any of you pilots, crew chiefs or gunners remember a assault mission late '63 or early '64 where there was 2 flights of 5 H-21's.
My craft was the 3rd one in the second flight. We received a radio call from the first flight saying that they were coming in to hot to land, so they would go around and be landing behind us. Also, we were told to land close to the trees because that was where the friendly's were. Needless to say that wasn't the case...all hell broke loose. Lead craft flipped over, gunner on second craft got hit several times and my craft took several hits one which hit the aft transmission.
After saying all of this, does anyone remember the month and year. The day would also help.
My e-mail address is email@example.com if you want to reply.
Thanks to anyone who can help with this!
I was in the 121st assault helicopter co from 1970 to 1971
WAS IN COUNTRY FROM 68 TO 70 WITH THE 121 AHC. Was the crew chief on THE WORLD FAMOUS WRECKER. I would like to know if any one remembers LT.Roberts and W/O Perez. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for any help.
my # 740 876 4205
A friend of mine is looking for information on an Army Bird Dog pilot, Lt Barry Taylor, who was stationed at either Can Tho or Soc Trang during the second half of 1965
My friend, USAF Capt Don Taylor, was an O1 Bird Dog FAC based at Long Xuyen. He was "Beaver 98" in the air.
Any information you can provide would be appreciated.
My brother, A2C Tom Toussaint, was the crew chief for the two USAF FAC planes at Long Xuyen.
Arrived at Soc Trang in November 1962 til Nov 1963. Assigned to MACV Was there when Tuffy arrived, and was there when we shipped him to the Toldeo, Ohio Zoo. Ran the Generator shop for the power.
Claude Quinn - I am doing great. The "Homer and Jethro" duo are back in touch. Email email@example.com
Tiger Crew Chief '69. Flew frequently with Capt. Ellis, Mr. Holly and C&C with Maj. Robinson. I see my old buddy, Don Cummings signed in. How ya' doing Duke?
I just found this site and I'll mention I was in the 80th Transportation Detachment of the 121st Aviation Co. I left the 11th Air Assault Div. and went to San Diego to the Aircraft Carrier Iwo Jima. We took about 77 helicopters (Hueys)and arrived in Viet Nam at just about May Day. It was a great tour of duty, but I lost some friends. I hope to remeet many who made it back on here.
After Flight School I was one of the luckies to be assigned to Ft Benning to form up a new unit. It was the 235th.
First H models, than C models.
After arriving in country many of us were infused into other units.
I was really luckly to be assigned to the Tigers. What did your father do in the 235th?
My dad is Ed Wright. He served from 1967-68. His last assignment was with the 235 aviation company. I am looking for people who served with him. Thank you guys for fighting and serving our great USA! my email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information. Thanks again!
My dad told me about this site he said he had some stuff on here. So I thought I would look around & learn I love the pictures & history Thank you to all of you Truly are heroes:)
looking for nose art pix of georgia peach
I hope your better at computers then i am Im looking for James Bielefeldt served in 1969-1970 101rst airborne 1rst aircab attached as a door gunner. served with helicoper pilot Watts called watts Gunner. send info to email@example.com if anyone served with him or has pictures
Read all the lists of names. Some I remember well. some vaguely. And some that I think I should remember. Been a few years for sure.
I was with 121st HQ platoon from Dec 67 thru Dec 68.
Say Hey to Capt Kitchen, Hank Zanzucchi, George Quackenbush. Thanks to Reg Persicke for showing me what the DG was like.
Ronnie: Actually, I was with the 121st, and transferred over to the Viking Platoon just after you guys landed. As soon as A, 101 got there they had a place to lay their heads. I remember your commander saying the only difference between Soctrang and Fort Bragg or Benning, was 10000 miles. He changed his mind after awhile when the mortars started falling on the south end of the runway. Nice talking to you.
the 11th air assault was from ft.bennig ga. they were mixed with the 101 airborn for deployment to soc trang hope the info. was helpful thunder bird gunship door gunner brother don't forget memorialday may god bless. thanks for the hooch and bed it was a god send thanks.
Doubt the 11th AAD was in the mix as that unit became the main stay of the 1st Air Cav in the summer of 1965. Was there for that event as part of C/227th. Quite a time, to say the least.
Ronnie Kincaid: I hope you enjoyed those new hooches and the beds that were in place when you all arrived. I was detailed to supply to help with that. I remember a member of advanced party telling us you were all advised that you would be in "field" conditions. Can't remember the unit, but it had an "11" in the designation. 11th Air Assault maybe.
1965 -1967 I was on the other end of base 101st -336th avation as a door guner thunderbirds gunships we worked operations with the 121st regulary great group of men wont ever forget your first sgt.had a big snake always had big crowd for the snake feed.god bless after all thes years.
Hello Bill! (Quisenberry) I was in your electric shop the last four months of my tour. I have some pictures of you from that time. If you want them I will send to you.
Sorry about the mistyping errors. I forgot to type in the word "list" in between "the" and "off". Off should be "of"
Hello everyone. This next reunion would be perfect for me to visit all that show up. However, I will be with my in LA when she come back from England. Our son is stationed there. On another topic. I have been looking over the off people you are looking for. Mike Sinnott from San Diego lives somewhere on Sandy Hook Road in San Diego. Address unknown. Bill Quesiberry was an electrician and he came from the Phillipines. His father was a minister there. I think I mentioned that Oscar Martinez was a Viking Crew Chief and came from Corpus Christie, Texas. He and I were in the same Transportation School for the Huey progarm in Fort Eustus, Virginia. I am compiling pictures with and without names and sending them to the Florida address.
Best wishes to all. George Ferguson
Looking for some of my old 121st friends.
Avionics and Electric Shop.
I see my confusion in my responses. Mr. Steve Stross 80th Transportation Detachment 1965-1966 and Mr. Jim Lohman 121st AML (then AHC) December 1964-December 1965. Two different people. Oh well, I'll just keep looking.
I meant to say I WAS in the 12st, not the 80th. But I was there through the 12-64--12-65 timeframe.
Mr. Stross both you and Alan served in the 80th Transportation Detachment. And it seems that you were both in country in Soc Trang during the same time period. You arrived a month later and left a month later.
Hello, I was Soc Trang from 3-67 till 11-67 then moved on to Dong Tam Tower ... While I was in S/T I was attached to the 121st for housing and grub.. Our hooch was next to the Tiger crew chiefs and gunners and developed friendships with a couple of those guys... Does anyone remember Crew Chiefs Ake(The Hulk) and Mortiz(What Me Worry) On my days off I would fly in the gunners seat for hash & trash re supply to the Special Forces Camps to trade cigarettes and booze for "chutes" for shade between the hooche's or AK's ... Then there was a door gunner on one of the Vikings whom I think was named Dutton from Alabama... After I moved up to Dong Tam, 3 Vikings came through from a "cover" mission and stopped at D/T to refuel and when they left they called for departure and recognized my voice and decided to give me a "fly by w/smoke".. On the pass by one of them dropped one of the smokes on the little grass lawn of the Base Commander.. About 2 or 3 minutes later my radio lit up with the Base Commander wanting to know who they were.. I told him on air that they didn't I.D. themselves as they just stopped and refueled w/out radio contact... About 10 minutes later just a blind transmission came to me saying "Thanks Dong Tam and Good Night" and I'll never forget that distinctive voice of Viking 21... The best thing though I captured the whole smoke drop on my Super 8 camera which is now on CD ... One of great things about 121st.... It was the Commroderie among great guys.....Respectfully Submitted, Lyle Leatherbery -Delta Township, Mi. (Leatherbery@att.net)
Hi Patricia. I was there from December 64-Dec 65. I see very few of us here from that timeframe. I wasn't in the 121st.
Mr. Stross: When in 1965 did you arrive? My late husband, Alan Howardell was also with the 80th Transportation Detachment and arrived in November 1964 and left in November 1965.
80th trans Det. Soc Trang, VietNam
Do any of you remember a Johnnie Young, Crew chief for white tiger 074 nickname "tin bin" in 68'
Warrior Wonder was the 336th AHC Nightship and Tiger Surpirse was the 121st AHC Nightship. Both were up most every night but the Peter Pilots who took over AC when Mr Scuza of 121 and the WO of 336 DEROS'd never got the point of why the choppers were flown so hard when doing NOE (nap of the earth) flying. Both were blown out of the sky because they were flying around 50 knots and Charlie had time to aim and fire a B40 rocket both times. Sorry for the confusion but both Birds were well thought of and it was a major blow to everyone on Soc Trang which is what the VC wanted
I believe Warrior Wonder was the 336th AHC night ship that took a round in a home made bomb on 2/27/1970 killing 2 pilots and 5 crew members.
What was the Warrior Wonder? This is a new name for my next book. Please fill me in with additional info!
I was an Air Traffic Controller at Soc Trang Jan 69 to Sept 70. I remember one of our newbies writing me on special leave before I came back about Tiger Surprise and Warrior Wonder both being shot of air on night flights. It was one of the worst things I remember about my tours. Even the mini pumps being mortared and blowing up mid 1969 pales in comparison. Pookah02@yahoo.com
Does anyone out there know how I can get in contact with William Copeland. He is shown to be a member of our organization. He was with MACV Team 51 as an Advisor with 21st ARVN Div. I may have spent some time with him in the field while I was in Pathfinders. Any help and info on him would be greatly appreciated. I can be reached on the Guest Book or at my E-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org
I ran the electric shop june 69-70,its been too many years. I remember when Suprise went down and three of our guys died, I was pulling guard duty on tower 13.
Please let me know best way to contact you(email, land line, snail mail, etc.) I can be reached at: Tigerlead67@aol.com. By phone at: (305)235-7762.
In the mean time you can go to the Association portion of the menu on the left and that will pull up a sub menu. At the bottom of that is a section called Membership Application. It is a down loadable form that will give you the information you need to join, what your payment is, and where to mail it.
For information on the reunion go again to the menu at the left and go to Reunion 2014. There you will find five documents telling you all the information on the reunion and the registration you will need to fill out and mail in. There is also a list of attendees already registered.
If you need me to send you the hard copies of any of these forms let me know and I will mail them to you ASAP.
Dave Cunningham can you let me no how I go about be coming a member and the low down about the reunion when and where and the cost thanks . Fred it is good to here from you I am glad you remember Dan
Thank you Harold, sorry to hear about Dan, I remember he was excited when you arrived in Soc Trang.
We Had a lot of fun together, Dan was like an older brother to me.
My mother and the others mothers would send baked cookies etc for all the neighborhood service men. Dan would always take some over to the gunners shack and share.
Hopefully you will be able to make the reunion
Fred my brother Dan passed 1989 of a hart attack . i can remember meeting you i sure miss my big brother Fred thank you for your not.To the Association i will try to make the reunion my heaths not to hot
This is addressed to the brothers Hamilton. The Association has sought to contact you for a very long time with no result. I hope you will address that with any member of the Board, especially the secretary or I. Many have sought to reconnect with you, as evidenced by the message from Fred Lammers. Times a'wastin and reunion is just around the corner. Information for that and the necessary documents is posted on this site.
Crew chief on Tiger 13 from 69-70
Hi Harold, Dan Hamilton was my gunner,after Vietnam, he did come by and visit me at my mothers home in Norwalk Calif.
I've been trying to locate Dan with no luck
some more that i dont see here ostiz cap. kitchens mr. barfoot kovich taylor lopez there were a lot of us then not young kids like back then just memiores left
yes hostter if you were there in 68 as a blue tiger I remember you. Also remember Conrad, Brandon and a lot of other guys. If you remember me you probably also remember my brother Dan Hamilton. He was a white tiger and I was like you a blue tiger. Do you remember our little Mamasan Wa, the little vietnamese girl who wanted to be an american?? I will never forget those days....Hope all is well. One more thing, there was a mention of Caitlin. I still remember the day that he was lost...
Hope you found the time flying with us interesting!
Maybe we flew together as I remember a higher ranking gunner once siting in the corner covering us with his M60.
I was in the 69th Inf Det GSR. July 66 to July 67. I was the Det Cdr for most of the time as an E-6. I flew as a Gunner a good bit. Just had to see what it was all about.
Prior to going into Viking Gunship platoon as a door gunner in May 1968, I served with the Pathfinder Unit at Soc Trang. Does anyone remember the unit?
Philip belongs on the KIA list. He took a round that came thru the helicopter and hit the inside of his chest plate and ricocheted back thru his heart.
Philip Edwin Smith Jr
ON THE WALL: Panel W14 Line 41
Home of Record Waldport, OR
Date of birth: 03/24/1949
This page Copyright© 1997-2013 www.VirtualWall.org
Service: Army of the United States
Grade at loss: E4
Rank/Rate: Specialist Four
ID No: 542609697
MOS/RATING: 67A1F: Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice (Flight Qual)
Length Service: 01
Unit: 121ST AHC, 13TH AVN BN, 164TH AVN GROUP, 1ST AVIATION BDE, USARV
Start Tour: 02/23/1969
Incident Date: 01/17/1970
Casualty Date: 01/17/1970
Age at Loss: 20
Location: Ba Xugen Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died of wounds
Casualty Reason: Helicopter - Crew
Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land
Data accessed: 3/26/2014
THE VIRTUAL WALL ® www.VirtualWall.org
Jim Lohman - I have added the info you provided about CW2 Bruce Jachens to our DAT list. It will appear on the web site when we update it the next time.
Gentlemen, twenty-seven 121 AHC photos are featured in "VN War Helicopter Art, Vol 2" released on Feb 1st from Stackpole Books. In addition, there were six 121st pics in Vol 1 (2012). Just so you know I'm presently working on Vol 3 for a 2015 release date. Thanks again, email@example.com
During 67/68 we took the panels downtown Soc Trang where a local artist did them.
We normally gave him a photo of what we wanted and he copied it.
Always turned out very good.
The "Strawberry Bitch" is an example.
Which one survives in Pima?
Does anyone know who the artist was that painted the radio access panels on the nose? He did work for other units too and Im not sure if he wasn't with maintenance. I would really like to know. One of his works survives in Pima Air&Space Museum.
Thank you all,
snake36alpha_at_gmail_Dot_Com (replace with regulard @gmail.com)
On the DAT list: Bruce Jachens was a CW2 pilot,( which was not annotated on the list) with the Vikings. Flew with him as crew chief a few times in '65.
So in summary most of Alan's service was from November 25, 1964 through November 25, 1965. The DAT Memorial Excel Sheet does not list 1965.
crewed slick and for CO. left Soc Trang in Sept 66
Assigned as MACV from Nov 62-Nov 63. Ran Generators,ran movie projector at EM Club, saw Tuffy make his debut when arrived. Many memories
I was with 121 65-66 crewchief. White tiger II. contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is for Reg Persicke. The Association does not have your correct e-mail address. Please contact me at email@example.com with your correct e-mail address. I tried to send you an e-mail and it bounced back.
Anyone remember Hershey bars?
OK guys, its time to start making preparations for the Reunion. It will be great to see all the people I served with in the Viking Gunship Platoon in 68 and 69. What a great time it will be, seeing friends and enjoying the all the fellowships from many, many years ago. See all of you in Branson.
I was a UH-1 mechanic at Soc Trang I was in Vietnam from Dec 1968 to Dec 1969
I was with the 80th trans from june 66 to jan. 68 do any of you hear from any of the 80th.
also,i was gunner when we picked up crew from tiger surprise when it crashed and burned in 70.i was light man the week before,what a nightmare.
Im married to the cousin of CWO-2 Francis L Griffin who was killed Feb 1 1968,he was in the Soc Trang Vikings any information on Toby as we all called him would be apprieciated. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
i served as a gunner on tiger then viking21 in 1970. remembering sam fox who was a good kid but was lost in mid 70.maj brown was co then,jerry was my main pilot.
I was in the 121st in 1970 maintenance and the vikings
I'd like to wish all of you 121st AVN Co. Soc Trang Tigers a "Happy New Year"!
I served in Viet Nam from April '63 to April '64. I was with the 80th,commanded by Captain Jerome (Jerry) Sullivan, when I arrived and then I transferred to the 121st AVN as a crew chief.
I have on CD, a mixture of pictures from July 63 to February 64. Some are very clear, some not so.
I would like to know where I can send this CD to so it can be put on the website for all to see.
I can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com .
Thanks for the info Dave I'm very sorry to here this
This message is for Charles Bliss. Chuck Drone passed away on 8 September 2013. He is listed in the DAT portion of the Memorial part of the menu.
This is for Wayne best. See what happens when you get old, you forget names.i remember you now glad to here from you it's been along time
Any body heard from chuck drone. Been calling him but no answer
I checked the Tiger list and noticed that Tiger 29 (Silver Eagle) crew chief Perry wasn't listed. Anyone know about him?
I was a crew chief March 1968 until March 1969 with the 121st. I served on the scheduled and unscheduled maintenance crews, crew chief with the "White Tiger" platoon and finished my tour crewing with the Vikings. I'm retired now and interested in your organization. firstname.lastname@example.org
Howdy & Happy New Year,
I have posted a photograph on Facebook
Tuffy The Tiger at Soc Trang in '63.
Respect and Regards,
Daughter-in-law of Bill Cagle.
thanks bill,,it use to work on my puter,,but I will just do without--to down load excel is 109,00$ that I don,t have
Hi Dave and Don Gary,
Concerning the access to the Tiger List, I experienced the same problem on my laptop, but not on my home PC. You have to have Microsoft Excel installed on your computer to access the list.
Happy New Year to all of you!
The Tiger List is, indeed, there.
Click on "Tiger List". You should pull up a screen with an item entitled "Tiger List (0.1MB)" and a green square surrounding an "X". Click on that, and depending how your computer is set up you should get a choice of "open, save, or cancel". You should select "open" if you want to view that screen and click on that. The Tiger List should be revealed to you. Any problems, please dial me up.
It was 49 years ago today that I spent Christmas in Cantho on my way down to Soctrang. The VC said that they would be having Christmas dinner in the 121st mess hall--never happened.
Merry Christmas to all you guys and girls and especially to all of you who survived the VC attack during Christmas of 1964.
I hope everyone has a great holiday-and many more-stay safe-
OPM SEA NITEOPS was at Ft Belvoir(1st Army). Probably sent there for major repair.
Thanks john for the info . Does anyone know what OPM SEA NITEOPS means ?
All VIKINGS & TIGERS have a MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR . Thanks for the brothood .
Buck, the only info I could gather on 64-13997 was that it was dropped from Army inventory in July, 1968 while assigned to OPM SEA Niteops.
May I add the following...
Add: CW2 John Taylor
Third from left, Standing
Correction: Capt Kitchens
First from left, Standing
Member 80th trans det August 64-August 65. Where is David Whale? Happy Holidays!
How many butter-bar aviators other than me made it to Nam? Then Major Carl McNair, on May 19,1968 pinned silver bars on me. To have General McNair promote me was one of my career highlights. He was perhaps one the most exceptional leaders I had the privilege to serve.
do you have any info on UH-1B 64-13997 that was my last one can t remember the S/N of my first one I took it over from Ollie Olson ( THE Devistatore )was the name he had on the nose
flew wuth white tigers and Vikings 1968 to 1969.. would enjoy talking with guys I flew with contact me at johnkleinman @roadrunner.com.
I was not your mess sergeant. If I had been maybe I would have not gotten so skinny. I got over that eventually.
I was a slick driver with the White Tigers, 66-67.
was you my mess sargent,
My email is Billmartin1@aol.com. Would love to hear from any/all of my friend that I may have served with from the past. I remember TUFFY as he was just outside of my office.
Just found this web sight. I was the company clerk for the 93rd Tran Company during 1962 and 1963. Started at DaNang and then we moved to Soc Trang.
Best I can remember is Major Ewing was Company Commander and Capt. Hall was medical. I also remember Sgt. McIntyre and at least one CWO Billy Lamb who was killed while I was there. God rest his soul and God bless all of you BROTHERS. God bless the USA.
My e-mail email@example.com
My dad was Donald Ray McFaul He was with the 121st. My dad was from Rosco Texas. If you have any pictures I sure would appreciate that.
there are too many names to remember. I am 67 years old.
2V1 and 2V6. 68 - 69. Shot 31 JUL 1969. served with Brian King, Mike Sherman, Tom Jameson, Bob Ennis. Jim Lucking, Fred McCarthy and Dan Swecker taught me how to fly a gunship.
With Veteran's Day approaching, I just wanted to offer a salute to ALL that answered the call, and to those who gave all, especially my good friend Captain Arnold Sanford who was with the 173rd AHC (Robin Hoods). He was killed in a mid air collision while making a night insertion. Also, another salute to a few of my relatives, my dad WWII USN Pacific Theater aboard the USS Lander; my Great Uncle WWI USN; my Great Grandfather Co B 3rd SC Regiment CSA who was wounded at Antietam, wounded at Fredericksburg, and captured at Gettysburg. my GGGGGrandpa War of 1812,Youngblood's 1st Regiment, SC Militia; My GGGGGrandpa, Revolutionary War, SC Militia.
God Bless All.
this is for Charles bliss. I think it was after tet when I started flying on the surprise.Like I said I was on the 50cal & you were on the light.The airforce gave us 20pound bombs to use.I flew with you maybe 3 or 4 mouths
Mac: This is in reply to your message of 9/25/2013. Did you send these photos to me? I have never thrown photos away so if you sent them to me, they should be somewhere in my office. Help me put by identifying some of the photos and the date(roughly) they were taken. What media did you use (CD, photos, prints of photos, etc)? Photos sent to me go in the archive unless you tell me you also want them to go on the website. We will get to the bottom of this. Bob
Just wanted to say hello to fellow 80th
trans Det., Bob Pressley, I was in country with Bob 1965. With a last name like Pressley, how could one forget him. Nice to hear from you Bob.
DO ANY OF YOU REMMBER THE DAY ONE OF OUR HEL WENT DOWN OUT SIDE COMPOND AND THE WRECKER WENT OFF COMPOND AND PICK IT AND THE CREW UP AND BROUTH IT BACK ON BASE MAC
I SENT A LOT OF PIC AND THEY ARE NOT POSTED IT HAS BEEN OVER 8 MTS OR SO THERE ARE SOME OF THE PICTURE THE GUYS WOULD LIKE MAC
1969 I wascrewchief 054 theirwas a
Pilot name forgot. But used int T.O.E
Any help let me know.l left Nov 69
The two gentlemen you listed as KIA are listed in the Memorial Section, KIA Sub Section of the web site. The names in the Tiger List reflect people we have no knowledge of as being deceased, either KIA or DAT.
I noticed that 2 names are missing: George Hadzega and Willie Caitlin, both killed the summer of 1968, both 121 Tiger doorgunners.
To whoever asked about Tiger Surprise: as an Avionics Tech w/the 257thSigDet and working most of my 12 months at night, I had to take a test flight on that bird in order to check out a piece of equipment that worked on the ground but not when flying: loose connection, bad plug, bad antenna, hi-freq vibration/abrasion, etc. In the course of checking various components in-flight, the T.S. bird got a call to light soeone up and J.H.Keerist, they got lit up, the focus-able spotlight guiding the way for the .50 to 'rain red' on whoever the unlucky bastards were who were caught in that light. I've also been in contact with Sgt. [retired as a CSM!!] Jim Smith, hangar guy for the 121 and TransDet, now 82 and living the good life in Florida
Ronn9ie Melvin: contact me. I tried getting you through an uncle or relative years ago but nothing came of it. Would like to hear from you; am in contact w/Tim McCullough and also Dale Stith, the Lockheed Tech on the 2 BatPlanes I worked on 'til they left. Recently I tracked down George ['Stevie' to her family] Hadzega's aunt Susan in SoCal, had a long chat w/her. She said that soon after he was killed, someone who knew him visited her and George's 5 sisters, then nothing until I called. I mentioned that the ancient Greeks believed that as long as a person's was mentioned, then they lived on after death. That's what the reunions and the e-mails are all about. The V.A. healthcare has been heartwarmingly great, even with this G-D-ed Agent Orange cancer, which seems tamed for now. I have no qualms about recommending the V.A. for medical treatment. The bureaucrats took 20 months to settle my claim, but they back-paid to the date of the claim [I filed 2 days after my 1st chemo in early 2011, got a fat check late last year...gave away most of it, since it's blood money: the blood of my brother who died of Agent Orange in 1985 and the many others --American AND Vietnamese-- suffering from this cancer-time-bomb]. May we never forget each other, nor our friendship cease to grow.
RON MELVIN: I'm at <<firstname.lastname@example.org>> E-mail me, brother. Any news of Gordon Howe?
121st Door Gunner from Jan 1969 to June 1969. Just a shout out to all my bros to let them them know I am still alive and kicking. And to my best friend Dan James: Why do you think I don't want to contact you anymore or think I am mad at you--nothing could be further from the truth--be well my friend.
Does anyone remember a Daryl Kawada or John T Horrocks from 68 in soctrang. Don't know if they were with the 121 ahc.
Was door gunner with 80th and 121st from May 65 to May 66, don't know why I am not listed????
Served with Soc Trang tigers in Vietnam 1964-1965
Looking for buddies who might remember me
Only email access I have is my daughter's
Avionics crew chief 67-68 soc trang flying tygers
Please add me to the list. Jan 1970 until we moved to Cantho
I was entered before but information was wrong.
Door Gunner Tiger 21 "Blue Tigers".
Still around 40 years later - JUST GOT VA Benefits!!!!!
I am James Hencin(ski)'s daughter. He was a door-gunner on Tiger Surprise. My father died June 2, 2005 and I have none of his records or any information and I'm trying to create a genealogy and memorial for my daughter. If you knew Jim please contact me at 773-567-5652 or email@example.com. I can't find any former crew mates like Ed Scuza. I know Bob Hoffman passed, but I don't know much else. Please help if you can. Thank you so much!
Copy Dave, will forward shortly...
My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking to hear from my Gunner, William(Bill) Curran.Hope you are doing well.Also the same extends to all who served with the 121st AHC.
If able please scan the orders and send to my email address at:Tigerlead67@aol.com.
If not able please send me your email address and I will forward my snail mail. I attempted to reply to the email address I have on file for you but no joy.
I just found promotion orders dated 16 November 1964 that contains 15 names of various promotions of guys with the 121st, 80th Trans Det, and the 257th Sig Det and signed by Major Millard Whitten, Commanding. Thought they may could be used in increasing our membership if you can tell me where to forward....
Any 121st, 336th members that have a moment, take the time to leave a message to Darrell Perrien who was a Pilot in 69 at the 336th. I have no specifics but judging from his message left at the 336th he may not be doing well and any short message from any of you might make his day a little better. Here is the message center link where you can reply to his inquiry
"looking for anybody who was there 1/69 to1069
Posted by darrell perrien 7/22/2013, 5:05 pm
someone please send me a hello doant have long left"
I was with the 121 AVN from May 1969 to June 1970 I was a crew chief my e-mail is email@example.com. Would like to know if anyone remember me. Hope to hear from someone soon Thank Take Care Ron
Soc Trang - July 1970 until the 121st was deactivated then moved to Can Tho, 191st. One of the last members of the unit to depart Soc Trang. Live in Gig Harbor, WA
For those of you who are not in the yahoo group,first :get in. There is a Viking Huey "B" model on display out in front of the museum here at Ft Jackson. If you want to look at it my email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's another image for those that want it, just download to your computer from your browser.
Dan is talking about David B Anderson, who was riding in the back of the deuce and a half that was hit by RPG, he unfortunately had removed his helmet and took a small piece of shrapnel to the back of the head. That truck was totaled and the front axle was knocked completely out from under it. The driver I can't remember his name but he was a real big guy that wore glasses, he was wearing his flak vest and that stopped most of his wounds, he was alright. The Sister in charge of the catholic orphanage and Church there in Soc Trang once told us a story while we were visiting. If you went to visit you were always greeted with a cold bottle of orange pop and a smile. She told us that she was coming back from Can Tho by road in their little canvas topped car, and that she noticed a group of Army engineers that had been working on the road, they were all laying over on the side of the road taking a afternoon siesta, seeing that she pulled over and got out and walked over and woke them up, she told them that they were in a very bad area and many VC were around and they really shouldn't be sleeping like that. I guess she was right since the attack on this convoy was in that area. I always think about this when I remember David and the others. I only made one convoy to Can Tho and it wasn't by choice it was the only way I could get to finance, that road is or was an absolute killer, that bouncing up and down and all those pot holes for 40 miles was enough to drive you crazy. I had a headache for two days after I got back to Soc Trang.
I made cong hunting club images for all my units and this one I made for the 121st. Size is 1680x1050, you can copy and paste it save it and even use it as desktop, or color print it, and lastly just throw it away whatever floats ya boat.
damn am i that old i knowi was there,can t find anyone that remembers me, came from long bihn alng with bob short, oh well i know someone has to remember gary hostter, went from a blue tiger to a viking did eighteen months total, i was there when the convoy to can tho was ambused, anderson sadly was killed. anyway peace to all, was an honor servng with all
Does any body remember puff the dragon 717 tiger slick
Been trying to locate you Charles Bliss. Going to have to get together. You still in southern Cal? I am in San Jose Still.
I was looking at the names on the reunion and I recall a friend named chuck drone remember me
This is to Wayne best I was crew chief on the surprise then .
I was cc in 67 my helicopter I believe it was named puff the dragon we crashed on a rf mission in oct. if any buddy remembers please let me know then I went to the Vikings and flew gun ships and the Viking surprise
Does anyone know the whereabouts of Fawzi Abed doorgunner. Also cannot find any pictures or history of our H21's. we flew in the old one not the huey's anyone know who the armour was at soc trang nov, 1963?
Buck Matthews, hollar at me. My e-mail is email@example.com, but I don't check it every day. Good to hear from ya.
I flew door gunner with the blue tigers and the 50 cal on viking surprise in 1967 to 1968. I was going back over but I got my orders for Ranger school I wanted
What a good time at the reunion. I WANT TO THANK ALL OF THOSE THAT WORK SO HARD TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.THANK YOU JAMES CONRAD 121ST AHC DOORGUNNER 67&68
What a good time at the reunion. I WANT TO THANK ALL OF THOSE THAT WORK SO HARD TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.THANK YOU JAMES CONRAD 121ST AHC DOORGUNNER 67&68
Larry I know we did . I have several pictures of you . Hope you doing ok . good to here from you .
Matthews, I believe we served together, Vikings '67.
All Vikings & Tiggers
Thanks For your service & Welcome Home & a special rememberance to friends who did not make it back .
God Bless you all
Correction: My previous message should have said "John Loper"
If you find someone on the Tiger list you know and want to get in touch with contactLBWC either Dave Cunningham or John Schmeid and they will try to make it happen. Their info is on the "cottact link.
Sorry, I didn't get this until the it was too late.
Hope for next year. Please keep me posted of any future reunions.
You may know a friend of mine here in Columbia,SC. Tom Burroughs,he was property book Officer for the 336 on the close down and turn over to ARVN.
XO/CO during last the last period before the closing of Soc Trang Airfield
I am looking for any info. on Bob Banta. Any help would be appreciated.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I rememmber one day we had a test piolet out checking the coletive stick out he would run the hel up then stop it then come down and stop it one to many time and he came down and did not stop and hite the groyund and bent the skids up around the doors we had to get sand bags for him to land on he was not a happy camper
I think that tail # someone was looking for earler,,may be triple 7--I no it set out there for a while befor we could recover it--I was hoping Charlie would blow it up so we would,t get it back--that air craft was a real pain for us t,i,s and maimtence crews--something was always wrong with it-it had viberations that we never could stop--we changed everything on it except the color and it still shook--maj. miller and I got tired of messing with it
Photo series of Soc Trang Viet Nam 1966-68. I gentleman named Tim McCollough has placed on You Tube on 7 part collection of 1000 photos on life in Soc Trang and a some operational photos. Just google it and it pops up. Hats off to Tim. Thank you for sharing this with us and our grandchildren.
Don't know if you have seen this, but this is a fairly well put together video overview on YouTube about Army aviation in Viet Nam. For those who were there, you may find it helpful with the grandkids on answering the question on "what do you do in VN?"
Bryan Warrilow. Contact me at email@example.com about afibrillation and one success story I can tell you of one success story.
5/25/2012 Tom Jameson
Mike Sherman pulled me out of the air craft that was shot down as we departed a PZ in Sept 68 just south of VC Lake on the southern end of the U Mihn. Another Tiger flown by Max Casonova with Viking cover, picked Mike, Chief, Gunny and I up along with a whole stick of ARVN. Anybody who reads this needs to know Mike Sherman and Max Casonova (along with his crew) were life savers that day. I will see if I can find the tail number, Mike. Thanks Mike. I owe you a lot. Anyone know Max Casonovas whereabouts? Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
George Quackenbush. Please drop me an e-mail at email@example.com or call me at 724-331-3020.
Message to Brian Reiss, howdy. I have a pic of "Death Do Us Part" if you want a copy. firstname.lastname@example.org
mechanic for 121 AVN 1977-1979
I sent you a message to your email address.
Looking for info on two guys who served with me in the 80th trans in 66, Randal Bracci and Richie Mulhuland.
Art,I'll bet you graduated from the University of Miami in 1962. If so please send me an email at:Tigerlead67@aol.com.
Thank you art I always will remember that day,I watched him go down then My pilot said we are going in. Me and the crew chief ran to them and pulled them out. I dragged him across the patty to our chopper and threw him inside. He came up to my gun bleeding and I gave him a cigerret I was PFC and he was a 2nd Lt, But no rank at that time. I just heard that he passed away last year. Now he's in Gods chopper
You asked about the 2nd Lt (red headed guy) who got shot down in 1963 November. That was Larry Yager, later known as Red Mustache One. He retired as a Lt. Colonel. I was flying with Maj. Schenker in the huey right behind Larry's and watched him go down. You must have been in the #2 aircraft of the 2nd flight we were leading, as Maj. Schenker called for you to go down and pick up any survivers. Well done and by the way, our gunner got one of the VC on the 50cal. Art Bein
I see David Kibler on the reunion roster. Are you related to the late Bob kibler? Bob and I were OCS classmates.
Many of you that I met at the Colorado Springs reunion, and who were familiar with my books - SOC TRANG, A VIETNAMESE ODYSSEY AND a DOCTORS VIETNAM JOURNAL, expressed an interest in my ongoing medical project in Vietnam, where we are training Vietnamese physicians in advanced medical concepts that will allow them to become teachers of academic medicine throughout Vietnam. We do this teaching here in the U.S. and in Vietnam. The complete story of this academic teaching effort and its future goals is now available in my recently published book - THE BACH MAI HOSPITAL PROJECT, available from Merriam Press ( merriam-press.com )
to add to some of the history the 121 avn co sad to say was part of the recovery of body's from jonestown in 78. 900 plus soul's.
Jim walker on the membership list any chance same that was at ft benning around 79
To: Jim Noblin, Shaky, and Mike Sherman
Drop me a line a email@example.com. Would love to hear from all of you any one in the Tigers/Vikings Early 68-69.
Have been corresponding with Rick Thomas and what a career he had had.
See later Brothers.
Today is the 43rd anniversary of the loss ot "Tiger Surprise." I just wanted to take a moment to let Ed Skuza and Bob Sodonio know they are in my thougths as well as the families and friends of Tom Silva, William Vaspory and Clyde Coffman may they RIP!
Lee Kimberling, Pleas contact dave Cunningham to get on the roster. His email address is under the tab,"Contact". I agree that Maj (later Col.) Joe levinson was a most able commander. I was privilaged to be able to attend his funeral at Arlington last year. You can get materials to me at my home address: 47296 Grandview Pl., Potomac Falls, VA 20165.
John Brennan: woops! You are correct. My email address should end in .net instead of .com. I will get the web master to change.
John Brennan: If you mean my email address under the tab,"Contact" I have checked it and it is correct. If you need to contact me, give it another try or use firstname.lastname@example.org
do any out there have atril fibulation now. if so,how are things going with it. also what meds are you on. like Coumadin.any other heart problems.
any shotgunners from shotgun three 1963 out there? contact me @ email@example.com
Does anyone know a bobby hurt doorgunner or the 2nd lt (redhead) around Nov 1963, soc trang? would like to find these guy any help? or any gunner from that time.
I don't know why some of the gunners faal left out.You were an important part of a 4 man crew. You arw as much a part of this association as Tiger 6.
Door Gunners: I was there in '65 when the door gunners were permanently assigned to the 121st-- No more 90-day TDYs. It made a lot of sense because the same guys kept coming back anyway--didn't want to put up with the spit and polis back in Hawaii.
glad to here from you guys. like I said I was there in 1963. when we lost four choppers on one mission. there was a 2nd Lt (RED HEADED GUY) that we pulled out of the water I wounder if he made it this was around 24 november 63 anyone know what i'm talking about
You must have been there when Bob Kibler,Steve Govin,Moon Mullins and that crowd were there.I was in the highlands on a MAAG assigfnment at that time.Went thru OCS with Kibler and know Govin&Mullins.I don't know when the 93rd went down there but Ed Gilmore was in that bunch.
Hi Al Berglin,
You may want to access www.25th-infantry-div-shotgunner.com to see the members of your group. I see a lot of guys that served with the 121st Soc Trang Tigers and the Vikings... E-mail me if you need any assistance, please.
I still remember you Gunners from the 25th Inf. Div. in the 1964-1965 time frame.. Especially the Sgt who had two stars over his CIB. The Gunner's hooch was adjacent to our (Avionics) hooch. We substituted flying for you guys anytime we had a chance... You are not forgotten!
hey al berglin, lighten up,,no body is forgotten in this place--its been 45 years or more for us guys--no body in this place has forgotten anyone--that's the reason for this group-I was in korea at that time-but we got there eventually--67 and 68
where are the doorgunners of1963 we flew in combat but I guess we are forgoten
I'm the guy who sat out by the pool early and visited.I'm easily identified by the hole in my neck and the vibrater I talk with.Sounds like you are well.Northeast northwest I'll go wherethe wind takes me.
My name is not on the roster and others I knew. I have a lot of history and pictures. Major Levinson is the CO that really helped get Soc Trang cleaned up.Served 63-64
I may have met you last year patricia,,I was the guy in the electric scooter-it sure beets walking for some one who is banged up-I am really looking forward to the Vietnam vets welcome parade,3 day event,in pigeon forge tenn,,next month-we have reservations for the whole week the 14th--
No problem Don. I attended the reunion in Dothan last year and it was a healing process for me and our children. I met some wonderful men and women and truly hope one day to see these folks again. And those who met me last year know I am indeed truly geographically and navigationally challenged. How I managed to travel safely in my truck from VT to Dothan and back was nothing short of a miracle :)
hi patricia, thank you for your service-don,t mind the joking around--after 30 years of being around guys like us,,you no we can be a hand full-but having people like you around,,is a god send-bless you and thanks
No, not a geography teacher. I am a widow of one of your Brothers and a nurse who has been committed to serving for over 30 yrs sick and ailing Veterans. It was my genuine mistake in reading Northeast vs Northwest. But thanks for your kind feedback.
OH, you noticed to-I thought I was seeing things..must be a geography teacher who wrote that
Thought NY and VT were in the northeast
Additionally, the first state sanctioned Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the nation was dedicated at 10:30 AM on October 30, 1982 in Sharon, VT. Also, the only private VA Cemetery is on Randolph Center, VT. Stunning vistas and rich in history for a final resting place for our fallen Veterans. Covered bridges abound in this area and would be a lovely ride on a motorcycle or cage.
The northwest would be a lovely place to host a reunion. Among some of the attractions would include: Fort Ethan Allen, Essex, VT; Norwich University, Northfield, VT (1st private military college); The National Purple Heart Hall of Fame, Windsor, NY; the birthplace of the Navy is in Whitehall, NY. Woodstock, VT has numerous B&Bs and having a reunion in mid June would afford people to see beautiful New England. All these destinations, and more, are a hop, skip, and jump from Woodstock, VT. I would be willing to assist in coordination.
I've heard rumblings that the next reunion might be in the northwest. Think we owe it to the folkes out there . Don't think a plane ticket out there would be a lot more than to Ft Worth. Is there anyone out there who would hosr it. I still like Dothan a lot because of the service we have had from the motel. Never had better.
DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BOA THAT WAS CAGED AT THE END OF THE RUNWAY NEAR WHAT WE USED AS A BALL IN '63 AND'64.
HER NAME WAS JUDY AND I THINK SHE WIGHTED ABOUT 80 LBS. I THINK I HAVE PICTURES OF HER.
sp/6 hester was playing with one of his snakes,,and it pooped on his bed so he killed it--that boy had a temper
1st sergeant Feldman had several snakes. He gave me a ten footer and I sent it home stateside. Also he had one that would chase people, so he cut off it's head and the Vietnamese cut it up in steaks. Crazy times.
1st sargent Feldman had a large snake outside his houch,by the showers.this is the same snake that ate a baby pig.
In response to Jim Lohman's reference to the tall, thin Sergeant and the snake: His name was SSgt Hooker who was our NCOIC of the 257th Sig Det (Avionics). The snake's name I think was Susie and weighed around 160 lbs. I have been trying to locate Hooker and our Commander Captain Buchannan since I returned home, but with no luck.. Anyone remember the Huey we had modified with a bank of speakers and amplifers mounted on the rear bulkhead with a tape recorder, or the pilots that would adjust the barometric pressure on the altimeters to reflect a different alitude than we were actually flying?
http://welcomehomevietnam.com/events-and-itinerary/-check out this web site--its the welcome home vietnam vets parade in april the 15th for 3 days in pigeon forge tennessee---you can get any hotel you want and most events are free-
I had the honor to serve with the White Tigers in 1966 and 67. I was platoon sgt. in 1967. My men were the best patriots and airmen this country country could ever muster. I want to salute them for their service. Again I will live with honor and memorys for life. Thank you. firstname.lastname@example.org
I have many stories about Sgt. Feldman. May share some later.
Don Jackson, great to hear from you, I just found Rick Jones (Crew Chief on the Vikings and John Sindt who was in the Maintenance hanger keeping our choppers in the air. I am looking for my gunner Ed Wright have you heard from him? My e-mail is email@example.com
I am delighted to see that Cal Eddy signed in. I remember him as a Blue Tiger Crew Chief before he went to the Vikings. I recall his specialty was testing the protective equipment. There is a picture of him somewhere holding a chicken plate with a big crater dead center, and I also recall he had a flight helmet that had saved his head from a bullet.
Welcome home Cal.
Frank Feldman Feldman was the first person I saw when I walked into the orderly room O/A 27 Dec 1964, he actually made me feel welcome, it was a good start for me. There was a large snake owned by a tall, thin Sergeant (Signal, I think), see the black and white photos submitted by me with said snake. Could this be the one who ate the pig?
I remember when that pig was put in the cage to. I remember when the snake had that pig inside him. could not believe it. loved that first sarg Feldman.did he also own the garbage collection company in soctrang?
sgt feldman put a pot belly pig in the snake cage -it was in one corner and the snake wes in the other corner for 2 or 3 days--one morning i walked by the cage and no pig but the snake was a lot biger
I still have a picture of that monster. We took it to a party in down town Soc Trang. We thought it only fair that he enjoy himself as much as we did.
i remerber sgt. feldman and that 20ft.snake he had--a motor landed just out side the snake cage,,and damaged the building,but the snake didn,t even get a scratch
The first sergeant you refer to was Feldman. He was with the unit for many years. He, unfortunately, passed on quite awhile ago.
Glad you found us.
Been looking for info on the 121st Avn Co for years. I was one of the 4 AF Weathermen assigned to the 121st in 1964-65. Most memories are faded but I remember a huge Army 1st Sgt that used to give us hell and we loved it.
Talked with John Schmied today was glad to finally find info on 121avn. not being an in country vet but being a member 79 to 80 with service from 74 to 80. my greatest memories was being in the the company of some of the greatest combat pilots cwo Nettles an cwo Pike I,ll will never forget those guys. mr pike is the one that let me take the controls on maint test flight fn awesome. I do look forward in becoming a member thanks john.
I was a crew chief on a gun ship (VIkings) in 1967.
I was a crew chief just down the street assigned to the 336th AHC in 1967.
The two things I remember about the 121st is that it had the best nose art in-country.
One night a few us ended up drinking at the EM club with two guys from the 121st and then decided to take swim in the swimming pool (I think I used it twice the whole time) when the club closed. We got chased my the MPs but were never caught. I saw one of those guys downtown months later and we hung out but I never got his name or more likely forgot it.
update on the vietnam week in pigeon forge tenn.. watch out for some places trying to sell a package deal of 340.00$ per person--most motel rooms are about 49.00 a nite if you reserver early-and you can go to events on your own or not--the parade is free and there a lot of free things to do--my wife and i go there 2 or 3 times a year and no where to go--if you want to no anything,,e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org is the # one not the letter l or i
hey guy,s there is a welcome home parade in pigon forge tennessee the week of the 15th in april--it going to be a city wide detecation to vietnam vets-if you are intrested,,just type in pigeon forge tenn,,,and look under the events section for april--even adrin cronauer the good morning viet nam radio guy is there and the marine corp band--and a large parade--with all kinds of other events--my wife and i have reservations al ready-
Mike sherman i was crewcheif of 054. That was a close call .Glad we made it off the mountian.and nobody hurt.contact me on gmail.have been in contact with alot of Other Vikings.cant wait to here from you.
viking door gunner 65-67 121 st.
Do you remember the gas run we made? With the tear gas. I told you if we flew that low and that slow, someone was going to get shot....... and it was me!
Do you remember the gas run we made? With the tear gas. I told you if we flew that low and that slow, someone was going to get shot....... and it was me!
looking for my CREW CHIEF GEORGE ALBROOK From NEW YORK
Bud Dodd I was a door gunner on the 555 Iflew with the same poilote 65-66 Istill have the grop picture thay took of us.
Robert Mathie yes Bob I,am still here and living in new jersey nice to hear from you Iwas a door gunner on a gun ship.
my wife and i decided to go to the fort worth reunion--we went to the dothan sence we live here in dothan-my only promblem is agent orange-i can,t walk far with out my weel chair,,so i need a down stairs room-42 radetion treetments left me with out much energancy--i came in the army during the cuba missel deel then korea in 64 then benning in 65 the air cav--b troop 1st of the 9th air cav-then 121st soc trang 67--68--i hope to meet more people from that time period this time--in the dothan renioun, there were only 3 people i remember--gen,mc,nair-mr, shore,,and cast or kaste--but it was great hearing from others and there storys--i think we woh served there have a great connection --i am 70 years old now,,so i want to hear from the soc trang tigers-
Response to Steve Enebor.
I was team lead w/ call sign of Viking23 and was shot down by .50 cal which took out tail rotor drive shaft on 22 Jun 1969 on mountain next to 'Million Dollar Knoll'.
The acft came to rest on left side and shortly caught fire & burned. P/up by C&C after they returned back seat to airfield.
UTM grid coordinates:WQ018985
sorry to hear about your loss dave-
I am sad to report that our brother, Thomas Barnes, passed away on 6 January 2013 in Biloxi, MS. May he rest in peace.
I got involved in dropping 4.2 mortar rounds from our slicks on my second tour with the 25th Avn Bn. We got the 25th Engineers to construct 1/4" plywood fins and wooden chutes that allowed is to deliver 7 rounds per a/c. Given a flight of four in trail, we could lay down quite a barrage. Unfortunately we soon expended the supply system's stocks of WWII bomb fuzes.
Too bad about your camera loss!
Did not Forrest Gump say...Shit Happens!!
George Quackenbush & I both have photos of the CH-47 picking up the broken Viking gunship under Galleries.
Wrecker came first to work on it, but no luck, so the Can Tho CH-47 came & took it back to Soc Trang.
With only one gunship at least we had the full moral support of the US Army Big Picture Film Team flying formation with us!!
I work with a fellow who had been in the Chem Corps, and I asked him if any of his active duty or retired friends might have any knowledge or access to the photo records. --No joy.
I remember at least one passenger with a camera from the photo team who was riding with us clicking away as we received fire.
I also remember that one of the fire team ships went down with a leaking blade grip reservoir when we arrived, so we completed the mission with half a fire team until they could get their repair parts in.
I had a camera with me, but lost the camera and film soon after we got back with the film from the island still in the camera.
Ah Yes, Fun & Games!
Or actually....Young & Foolish!
If you think about it the VC could have left us alone and just waited for the inevitable.
All the best in the New Year to all the RVN Veterans!
I also remember dropping the mortars during that experiment, someone had picked the detonators from the air force, I had to hold the mortar out the door until we thought the propeller turned enough revolutions to arm it.
Those were the days!
Yes, I remember the VC Shooting down on us. Rather exciting!
The "US Army Big Picture Team" was flying formation with us and must have got it all on 35mm film. They filmed the entire Operation on Phu Quoc Island/Doung Dong Airport. I wonder where it is now?
We were also in Bac Lieu with Captain Klutz (the aircraft).
Our employer at that time(USArmy) wanted us to experiment with an Aerial Mortar Weapon Delivery System and we were the lucky(?) ones to be choosen.
Young & Foolish!
Great to hear from you after all these years.
I am saddened to report the passing of Buddy C. Evans on 15 December 2011 in Tulsa, OK. Buddy served the Tigers in 66-67. He served two tours in Nam, was awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars, spent 6 years in the USMC reserves and later retired from the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer. No one was more humorous than Buddy and I don't believe he ever met anyone he didn't like. Rest in peace, my friend.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you TIGERS and VIKINGS
Wishing all who visit here a blessed and Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas to all.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
Merry Christmas to All
HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all of you.
Just saw the pictures of the defoliation mission.... Only shot I've seen of Fred McCarthy, had disremembered his first name, didn't remember him being on the island. He was in the club many nights with his guitar.
last 6 months, drove Silver Eagle, Tiger 29er, a lot for the 21st ARVN Senior Advisor. Logged 2000+ hrs in-country during my time there.
Merry Christmas. Have yet to attend a reunion, thinking about Dallas.
Hi Shaky (Mike Shakocius) I remember the day you came to the hootch and needed a peter pilot to experiment with mortar rounds. You had screwed in a small prop to arm the rounds and we took off and tried to drop them to see if they were effective... (all duds). Cool experiment.
I think you and I later did a defoliation mission on Duong Dong island when we were nearly blown back to Viet Nam by that little storm cell, got to watch the Navy Rocket ship launch a barrage into the mountains north of the waist of the island, had Charlie shooting DOWN at us when we sprayed along the road under a cliff, had the Air Force perimeter defense open up with their 50 that first night -- woke everyone up... really interesting couple of days. WE did another defoliation mission later out of Roch Gia and recived fire again from directly underneath - felt like someone hit the bottom of my foot with a baseball bat, knocked my foot off the petals. Damn, Shaky, you were a real magnet ass! LOL! (Course, I think I was driving both times we rec'd fire, so maybe it was synergy.)
I was a Blue Tiger from Mar '68 to Oct '69 (after extending), was first to sleep in the hootches after Tet 68, getting into the unit March 13, while the rest of you were in the bunkers until the stand down the next night.
You may order from Amazon or Barnes & Noble the September 1st, 2012 release of John Brennan's latest publication: "Vietnam War Helicopter Art: U.S. Army Rotor Aircraft". It is an 8.5 x 11 inch, 208 page book, containing 300 color nose art photos from Stackpole Books. Autographed copies are available by contacting author. You are welcome to preview the first 20 pages via the publisher's website at: http://www.stackpolebooks.com or at Amazon. All the best, John Brennan, former SP5, 114 AHC, 1970-71, Vinh Long AAF, Mekong Delta
Was shot down on nui com mtn was resued by c and c ship forgot crew name's believe pilots name maj elis would like to here from anybody who remember this late 69. email@example.com
Tony thorton. I was your crewcheif. When you got shot. Left nam befor u. Got back to soctrang would like to here from you. firstname.lastname@example.org
CREW CHIEF 1970 121st.
If anyone knows the answer to my request,
my e-mail is email@example.com
LOOKING FOR PILOT THAT WAS TAIL GUNNER ON B-52S' HE WAS RIGHT SEAT PILOT WHEN iHAD AN ENGINE FAILURE DUE TO FUEL STARVATION AS WE HAD FUEL LEAK, WE LANDED NEXT TO BERM AND BASE FENCE AT TAY-NIHN 1967
It is with no small sadness that I report the passing of Alan Hull yesterday, 24 October, after five years of failing health. Alan was a real Tiger, intelligent and full of good humor. I will miss his friendship. May he rest in peace.
What date was LITTLE ANNIE FANNY shot down-destroyed? The VHPA Incident Reports on their CD would list the tail # according to dates.
Robert Mathie: I was in the Vikings from around June to Dec. 65 when I DEROS'd. Remember Fiveash and Trainor?
Was a viking in 65&66 Anybody around ?
Whartenby , i saw your post. if your around post again !
Was with the 121st Dec 64 to Dec 65 Maint.
I AM LOOKING FOR A PICTURE OF PILOT WO1 RICHARD WARDEN, K.I.A. JULY 4 1970.
Kevin, sorry to hear of your loss. I was with the 121st from 12/64-12/65. Live in San Antonio too (Stone Oak).
Dear Kevin, So sorry to here about your dad.
I'm sad to report the passing of my father, John D. Vaille, on 5 Oct 12 following a 7-month bout with pancreatic cancer. Then Maj Vaille served and flew with you in late '66 into '67, piloting "Lamont's Lament" (Lamont is his wife, my mom). Memorial service will be Saturday, 13 Oct at 10:30 at Rolling Oaks Christian Church, San Antonio, TX followed by military funeral at Holy Cross Cemetery.
I was the copilot flying Little Anny Fanny when we were shot down in the U Minh Forest. Lt Thomas Jameson was A/C but I don't remember the crew members. The door gunner was new and I apologize to the crew chief for not remembering his name. Does anyone remember the tail # of this aircraft? WO Casanova was the A/C of the bird that got us out. Didn't think we would make it as it took 3 tries before he was able to get us out due to intense enemy fire. Ship was destroyed. 1 ARVN was killed and all the crew were wounded in crash.
I was a Tiger (doorgunne)from early 1969 until Dec 1969. My crew chief was Michael Cusick. I've never met or served with finer men. Brave, patriotic and loyal.I will cherish always my time with the 121st.
34th Med Bttn, 121st AVN- 01/01/76-03/3/78.
Crew Chief/Engine Shop
does any one have any pictures of Raymond Nutter 1966 1967
thank you very much!
Attached to 35th Eng Bn, 517th LE Cbt
The CDs of the reunion are in hand and will be in the mail this week. Sorry for the delay but I've been out of my AO for awhile handling personal matters.
Best to all.
I was in Viet Nam January 1970 to december 1970
It was a great unit, I enjoyed the comradship and the "heat of battle" ( I was young)
I am trying to locate former sp/5 Daniel Mixon who served with the 121st in 1964-65. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks
correction: "not able to find tail number"
Note to Mike Sherman,
Mike, I went through all my records (759s++), but was able to find the tail number of Little Annie Fanny. I do have pics of the nose cone if you anyone else wants it. My e-mail is email@example.com.
Take care Mike and thanks.
THE WIFE AND I HAD GREAT TIME AT THE REUNION LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT ONE AT FORT RUCKER
THANKS TO ALL YOU GUYS THAT DO ALL THE FOOT WORK FOR THESE REUNION
Best reunion . great seeing everyone . I would like to thank all those who worked so hard putting this together. special thanks to the ladies who prepaired & maintained the hospitality room . so much food . hope I can make ft. worth next year . Hope everyone made it home safe . Great memoral service & monument .
I hope there will be lots of pictures from the reunion.
Hope all of you have a great time. Reasons kept me from going. Maybe the next one.Love every one of you.
For those already en route and those about to depart - safe journey to reunion. It will be very special indeed.
if any one is flying in for the reunion,,and needs a ride to the motel,,call me--i live only 2 blocks from the dothan air port,,and 15 miles from fort rucker-334-718-9012
Email address is Roblynbxrs@yahoo.com
Looking through all the names on here and I recognize a few. Looking forward to the reunion and seeing some familiar faces and old friends. To Mr. Whaley, good to see on this site and wondering if your still in Alabama? Send me an email and let me know how you are doing. See everyone soon!
I am saddened to report the passing of Rodger Tunnell, a LIFE member of the Association. He left us on 6 June 2012. Cause of death: cancer.
Bud Dodd: I was in the Viking Platoon from mid 65 until deros o/a 20 December, 65. I was therewith Jim Trainor, Bob Fiveash, Pop Bedell and Pappy Snelson. Wasn't Cpt Waddell the one who broke his leg playing football ?
was crew chief --viking --65 -66
anyone from that time ship was 645
flew with cwo daly
Great speech on the Vietnam War. Great speach to all of us that wre over there. Thank you,President Obama
welcome home guys .See you @ the reunion . Have safe holiday . looking to see all . viking A/C tail # 64-13997
Mike Sherman pulled me out of the air craft that was shot down as we departed a PZ in Sept 69 just south of VC Lake on the southern end of the U Mihn. Another Tiger flown by Max Casonova with Viking cover, picked Mike, Chief, Gunny and I up along with a whole stick of ARVN. Anybody who reads this needs to know Mike Sherman and Max Casonova (along with his crew) were life savers that day. I will see if I can find the tail number, Mike. Thanks Mike. I owe you a lot. Anyone know Max Casonovas whereabouts?
Anyone who wants their pictures or scannable artifacts (orders, news articles, etc)back will get them back. Return postage would be a big help.
Hey Mr. Green, Do we get our pictures back if we pay for return postage?
LITTLE ANNIE FANNY went in about middle to late September 1968.
Searching for tail number.
my new e-mail add. is firstname.lastname@example.org for the record
WOW,,i was wondering if gen. McNair would be there in june--he was the C_O who gave me my sp-6 stripe when i was the t-i.--
Have been tracking the Tiger 2012 Reunion for some time and certainly hope to be there and share in the spirit of the occasion. I was at Fort Rucker last weekend for the Delta Group - 13th Cbt Avn Bn Reunion headquartered at the Clarion Hotel in Dothan, almost 200 folks there who had served in the Delta with us years ago. Lots of great stories and memories revived. Look forward to joining the Tigers and Vikings in their Alabama AO, come June, and seeing the 121st AHC Memorial Monument in place remembering those who lost their lives wearing the Tiger patch. Soldier On - Tiger "6" ('68-'69)
Do you remember the date of the incident? That might be helpful in finding your bird's number.
I AM TRYING TO FIND OUT THE TAIL NUMBER FOR LITTLE ANNIE FANNY. I WAS THE COPILOT WHEN IT WAS SHOT DOWN IN THE U MINH FOREST AND WAS DESTROYED. THE A.C. WAS LT THOMAS JAMESON.
I was a SP4 Crew Chief for Vikings my first tour,70-71 Roy Behler, Texas, Jim Foreman, California, were also in The Vikings. On my second tour,71-72 I was assinged to the Vultures at Cantho, and ended up as Maintenance Team leader with Luther Hanks,of Ohio and John Christopher, Georgia. Dan Carter, Tennesee, Tim Neuhart, Califonia. as my team mates. I also have lots of pictures, would be glad to add them to your collection..Let me know. email@example.com
Regarding William Vaspory-Denise my best friend from HS SP4 Tom Silva was also one of the crew memebers lost on "Tiger Surprise." I have collected quite a bit of information about the incident and would be glad to share it with you. I can be contacted at: Mjrollins@AOL.com
I was with the 121st early 68 to 69. I have been trying to reach Malcomb "ROSY" Rose for over 40yrs. We were CC's with the Vikings at the same time of his crash. He wrote from the hospital and asked if I had taken pictures of his wreck. I've been looking for him to give him the pics and his letter.If anyone knows how to get in touch him I would greatly appreciate it. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone #
541-678-7260. Poor health has taken it's toll on the memory cells. I would also like to hear from anyone who may have served with me.
Re Don Smith's ?. i have some pictures of banana tree party. i will bring them with me to the reunion.
My father's brother William Louis Vaspory was killed in April, 1970, two months before I was born! Does someone remember him? My father is dying now from stage 4 lung cancer attributed to the Agent Orange exposure. I have four beautil children and would like to be able to tell them about their great uncle! Kind regards!
Looking for old friends
P_S i live 2 blocks fron the dothan air port,,for those flying in --
sense i live in the dothan area,,and only 15 miles from rucker,,,if anyone has any questions about thi area,,call me--334-718-9012..i willl be going to pigen forge tenn,on the 13th for a week,so if you want to join linda and me,,great--there is a big car and truck show there,and armed forces day weekend-we always have a good time in the mountains
Robert Mcdonald wanted to know if I was going to be at the reunion. He is one of the reasons that I am comming. I received message from Dave Cunningham wanted to know if you (Mcdonald) were goint to attend. My wife and I will be there, and I would be highly POed if you did not atttend. Hope you will be there....!
Paul Woodby, you send your money yet? See you in Dothan. reply email@example.com
How can I get in touch with Spec Malcom Rose. Rose, CW2 Brian King, and I (and a door gunner I cannot remember his name but he was hispanic) crashed in a UH-1B Viking gun ship on March 28th 1969 caused by tail rotor failure. I want to contact Rose. He was terribly injured in that crash as Brian King and I were also. My address and phone numbers are:
LTC (Ret) Wayne "Larry" Dandridge
236 North Ainsdale Drive
Charleston, SC 29414
Home and Office Phone: 843-573-9657
Cell Phone: 843-276-7164
Does "BDW" have a name and an email address to respond to? Please advise.
where is forrest webb
Forgot email address
Last name on list is Hoffman Mississippt boy
Kindlt add me to tiger liat
Was in the 80th.and 121st from oct 65 to
crew chief on Blue Tiger#7
would like to here from Amerson.campbell.Miller w/t.murphey.Hokkmad
I remember that Easter. I took 6 hits that day. My ship was leading the pack on hits till the smoke ship layed down that screen to make the rescue possible. I remember the canal was red.
Dear Mr.Cunningham, I am curious,what happened 45 years ago Easter many of us were not in country yet.Thanks
P.S, sorry to hear about Tiger Suprise 42 years ago.
Easter Sunday 45 years ago. A day of courage and loss that none would forget. Wishing all the Tiger and Viking family a very Happy Easter.
I just read a message from Bob Ennis about Mr. Dan Sweaker. I was Door gunner flying with Mr. Sweaker the day he received round through door and hit him in ankle.
In reference to your quote "Glad to hear some of us are still alive."
I am thankful to wake up every morning breathing.
Will see all at reunion, If I can get my butt in gear and send in registration form.
It has been over fourty years since I saw anyone from Soc Trang.
Today is the 42nd anniversary of the loss of "Tiger Surprise." I just wanted to remember my friend Tom Silva as well as the other two Tigers KIA William Vaspory and Clyde Coffman. My thoughts are also with Pilot Ed Skuza as I know this time is always tough timefor him. I am looking forward to the reunion and dedication of the memorial.
Hello, live in Austin, and I am looking for anyone who flew with Rick in Soc Trang, 8/68-4/21/69...he was flyin gmission, shot and sent home.
Rick died in 2001 at the age of 55 yrs.old.George Quakenbush has a photo of Rick next to his aircraft in the Photo Gallery. Would love to hear from anyone who flew with him.
Although he remarried and had a daughter, they had no interest in providing information. So I asked my husband if I could provide info..he said there is no need to ask me...those who fought for us deserve to be remembered by anyone who shared a life w/them.
Started as a Tiger ended up as Viking 21. 1968 - 5/69. Saw a note on Dan Sweker, he's still around and a State Senator in WA State. Spent my last year in the hospital at Ft. Lewis. Found this site looking for the Viking art work show above.
Glad to hear some of us are still alive!
I was in country from 01/69 to 01/70
with the 121st ahc tigers, I was in the
personnel dept. Yet I did go on a convoy to Can Tho, right after David Anderson, was kia. I must say that it was very scary for me, especially because it was quite obvious I was in a war zone. I also had the previledge of flying on a Huey, to transport documents, unsure of exact location. I am very happy to have found this site, and may God Bless You all. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Please add my name to the list. I will soon become a member.
Hello to Michael Joynt, brother of John Joynt. Are you going to the reunion at Fort Rucker in June. I have already signed up. We talked on the phone about your brother John, email me at email@example.com.
Hi John it was good talking to you today, but i didnt get in country till Apr. of 70 so i just missed some of your good cooking over there!!! I hope things work out for you ,you did't sound to good on the phone. i know we have a long way to go with this agent orange hanging over our lives, so you take care stay in touch.
i mite know you,i was mess sgt of 121 n 68 69 also i would like 2 talk 2 you,some time , ph# 740 574 firstname.lastname@example.org
hi keith , i live n ohio, wheelersburg,my phone # 740 574 1738.
Greetings & all the best.
Just want to know if anyone has any photos or narritives of one of the Banana Tree Parties at the Soc Trang O club. I would like to get something that I can include in the 221st Aviation Company newsletter, Shotgun Blasts
PS mr shore,,i live here close to rucker,,phone#334-718-9012--good to see some one on here that i remember
hi mr shore,,do you remember when we crashed on the run way,,when the tail rotor came off,,i was in the left seat with you,,i was sp6 gary,,the t,i..i still have the photo,,you did a good job getting it down
Wrecker 5 Dec 67'68.
Plan to be at the get togeather in Ju7 2012.
80th trans 9/65to9/66
john hall where do you live now? i might know you.
i was there 68^69 n soc trange ,worked all time didnt get a chance 2 meet any one but they had to eat. it was the best time 4 me didnt care 4ving long on my second tour 70-72
I look back at being with the 121 ahc as the best time of my life. I have always felt this way.
I was in Soc Trang in March of 68-69. I was a clerk in the hangar until Tet. I remember Major Miller who was a great pilot. There were a bunch of great guys in our unit and I was hoping if you remembered me to drop me a E-mail at Nooche@comcast.net, I'd love to hear from anyone--thanks so much Sp/5 Steve D'Esposito
Hey man great page! Keep up the good work.....
i was wondering:who busted the vikings cherry busters cherry?
TOM MATERENE,MR.SCHMITD ANDI WENT HOME,EIGHT DAYS AFTER THE CIRASH.FORTY TWO YEARS LATER I TALKED TO DAVE PACK,HE SAID INVESTIGATION FOUND WE HAD TAKEN A ROUND IN THE CYCLIC SERVO EARLIER IN THE DAY. I THINK MR. WARDEN WAS CO PILOT THAT DAY.
I rembermber you and and Major Lukas I was a door gunner for CW2 HIPSHON AND CW2 Calahan I think he went home after we took a RPG put over a hundred holes in our aircraft he took a hit in one of his feet couldnt fly my crew SP5 gallager had some cuts the explosion was deafing , we took off with really bad blade vibrations ,we had several holes in the blades and aircraft. cant remember what month that was. good to here from someone in 70.
I was a there in 68 soc trang tiger when we had all 3 of the helo hit rotors we had parts all over the run way but no one got hurt. i seen the the picture of our dog that was at the hanger.
Change dates to 1969-1970, all else the same.
Assigned as XO (Tiger 5) in 1970. After Major Lukas (Luke the Spook) departed I took his place as CO (Tiger 6) during turn over to VNAF.
Flue with the Vikings as door gunner in 1965 a grate bunch of guys
121 st. 1965 to 1966
hello guys been long time i was there 68 69 i thing of you all around the halidays when we all came to my houch with my dad on chrismas night and we all gout plastered. My dad is 84 now and takes about that night with us. You can email me at email@example.com
I think this was when a freak wind flipped you guys over, wasn't it! Mr Schmitd had told me what happened, he was the Awards and Decorations officer assigned as well as his flight duties. He was really upset about it because he had 30 years flight time and never had an accident. He was the oldest Tiger in the 121st a CW4. Great person also.
i was chief t-i sept 67 to sept 68 at soc trang--i notice that most people on the tiger list eather left befor i got there,,or came after i left--no matter,,we all had the same address for a while--i live here 10 miles from ft.rucker,,near the dothan air port--my phone is 334-718-9012-i wonder if any one else lives in or around this area-i probly won,t get a room at the reunion,,sense i live here,,but if the battery in my electric scooter don,t go dead,,i,ll be at the rucker event-stay safe you all,,have a great new year,,
I WAS CREW CHIEF ON TIGER 22 MOST OF 1969.ON ABOUT 11-15-69, THE 121ST WAS DOING A C. A.MISSION IN THE VING LONG AREA.I HAD TAKEN BOB RAFFAELOS PLACE AS CREW CHIEF ON TIGER 24 FOR THE DAY.MR. SCHMITD WAS AC, DAVE PACK GUNNER WE CRASHED AFTER REFUEL.WOULD LIKE TO HER FROM ANY ONE THERE 1 660 525 0671
I SERVED WITH ADV TEAM 51 IN BACLIEU FROM 1-11965 THRU 8-15-1965. I was injured in the milk-bar explosion
Van Lives near Murrieta CA. we are working on him, he's interested in going. I will pass on your info.
Where is Van Ferry living? Is he coming to the reunion in Alabama. Ask him to contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org or cell 334-514-0426 Thanks, Jerry Hatfield
With the 121st from Feb 69 until Feb 70 - Door Gunner and night mechanic in the hanger. Retired CW3 in 1988.
Had a great day yesterday, with Mike Brewer, Van Ferry, and Steve Roberts, at the Wings to Rotors Air Museum, in Murrieta, CA. They took us on ride on a restored UH-B model Huey from Vietnam, with all the guns and rocket pods,
I want to think Van, Steve, and Pat, for bringing back old the memories.
See yawl at the reunion.
my body is not keeping calcium.magnesium and potassium. va gives them to me. also iron. very tired all the time.bone problems and severe arthritus. take a lot of morphine.
NOT SO MUCH SICK ALOT BUT ALL THE REST PLUS HEART PROBLEMS BEEN TO VA A LOT ALOT OF AGENT ORANGE PROBLEMS.
wondering if any of you are sick, a lot of the time. or diabetic now.headaches or stomack problems.just wondering?
HERB ARE YOU SAYING YOU REMEMBER ME? IF SO GLAD YOU MADE IT HOME BUDDY!
Been a long time, I was a fixed winger down at the end of the runway until the 221st came in.
I ALSO WANTED TO SAY AFTER WE LEFT SOC TRANG I WENT TO CAN THO WAS THERE FLYING DOOR GUNNER FOR LT COL. WHITEHEAD ON 13TH COMBAT AV CO. C&C AIRCRAFT, WE PUT A 50 CAL. ON IT ABOUT A MONTH BEFORE I LEFT COUNTRY THAT WAS COOL. IF ANY BODY REMEMBERS ME PLEASE GIVE ME A CALL AT 765 376 3897 OR EMAIL DUDENOLAN2@GMAIL.COM WOULD LOVE TO HERE FROM ANY BODY FROM THE THE 121ST 70,71
I SAW JOHN EVENER NAME ON HERE YOU CAN GET A HOLD OF ME AT 765 376 3897 I LIVE IN BROWNSBURG IND HOME PHONE 317 456 4211 EMAIL DUDENOLAN2@GMAIL.COM.HOPE YOU READ THIS SOON WOULD LOVE TO HERE FROM YOU.
DOOR GUNNER CW2 HIPSHON CW2 CALAHAND FROM OK. LT YOAST 121ST ASSUALT HELICOPTER CO. NEW YORK AND SOME CRAZY GUY FROM CUBA.SGT ROBERSON CREWCHIEF GALLAGER. RALPH WERMAN JOHN EVENER OHIO . CAPTURED TWO VC INTEL AGENTS ON A RAID ARVNS KILLED 8 I THINK BROUGHT TWO BACK TO CA MAU SHORT STRIP. ANTBODYREMEMBER THIS? WOULD LIKE TO HERE FOR SOME OF YOU APRIL.1970 DEC. 1971 THEN WENT TO CAN THO TILLMARCH 71.
Just wanted to say, Robert Mcdonald made my day today saying he would see me at the Reunion. I will mark the calander and send my money. Great to hear from you, Robert.
wishing all tigers/warriors a good new year.hope to see you in june
Wrecker and Viking crew chief 67,68,69.Looking forward to reunion and seeing Paul Woodby.
i hope to make it to this year,s event--i didn,t get around much untill i got my electric scooter-it goes like hell if there are no speed bumps--hope every one has a good new year--later tigers
crew chif 1963 1964
soc trang h21's
This is for my dad. His email is email@example.com please send him reunion info.
I didnt know this association exsited I found it out day.How can I get info onit and join? My E-mail is SKPK68@aol.com. Let me know. Have a good one.
Thanks for adding my name to the Tiger List tarrymcg @aol.com
i forgot my e-mail sddress; firstname.lastname@example.org
served 81 t/c viet-nam 1962-1963
I wanted to sign the guestbook because I recently stumbled across this site which I showed to my father and it gave him a smile to see his name on the Tiger List (JAMES MATHON). He's not big on computers and doesn't have an email address that he checks regularly so my email address is email@example.com if anybody wants to get in contact with him. I've scanned the entire photo album he brought back so I have good deal of pictures from Soc Trang if anyone is interested I'd be happy to share them. Again feel free to email me at MJMATHON@GMAIL.COM
Bud Dodd-I have a photograph of a viking crew chief early 1965-would like to see if you recognize him. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org thanks
Bud Dodd-I was a viking door gunner Jan.-April, 1965. Would like to communicate with you.
I would like to wish a heart felt merry Christmas and a very happy new year to all Vikings and Tigers and the guys that supported us. It's hard to believe that we serve together so many years ago. We were all brothers then, and I feel we still are today. To have served with such a group of heros was a real honor.
Please scan the article and send it to the Association historian, Bob Greene, at: email@example.com.
To those of you left this side of dirt - Merry Christmas brothers!!!
I was with the Blue Tigers Jan 70 - Oct 70 (or so). Unfortuanely I was there when we packed our bags and walked off the airfield, handing EVERYTHING over to the ARVNs. That was about Oct 70, most of us were re-assigned to the 191st (not going to say anything bad about the 191st) but sure wasn't like Soc Trang! I have an awesome Stars & Stripes article about when Tiger Suprise was shot down if someone can tell me where to send it i can scan it.
I miss what we did and the times we had!
Like to wish all Vikings & Tigers a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year . Sorry I missed the reunion this year but sure hope to be @ Rucker in June . Barry - Tom - Gary . Hope to see you guys there .
Here's calendar no-2, just save it to where you want.
121 67-68 I was in the Flight Plt. In Can Tho and assigned to the 121st I flew green delta 777,707,&727 Door Gunner then Crew Chief. I am still in touch with Otis Leonard Gunner on 707. We talk a couple times a month I am going to do my best to go to the Reunion in 2012.Look foward to seeing firstname.lastname@example.org WELCOME HOME Tarry
Served Dec 67 - Aug 68
Served with 121st from april 1970 to november 1970
how do you re-register have forgotten user name
Here is a desktop calendar I made, just take the link and copy and paste to your address bar, then when it opens save it to where ever you like.
It's that time of year again, we that are still living have been blessed. I have finished two Christmas E cards that I make myself, take these and use them to email family or friends or as screen savers for your computers. I know it is early but Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all you guys and your families, I love and respect each and everyone of you.
Hello,,any one remember me,,served as a mechanic crew leader in the hanger and also was the crew cheif on the maintenance ship Jan 1970 to feb 1971 went on the reserve side,,now retired from the reserve with 23 years in
Forgot to list my E-Mail address:
I am listed in contact page, however, no info with it. I transfered from Pathfinder unit to Vikings as doorgunner. Arrived in Soc Trang in Dec.67 as Pathfinder, started to fly in Vikings in June 68. My number on crew chief was Bob McDonald. I had a conversation with Wayne Zander a few years ago, but have spoken to no one since. I remember flying with Mr. Lucky quite a bit, and also was with Mr. Swyker comming out of hot LZ when round came throuh door and hit him in leg. I am retired, 62 yrs old, father of four grown children, with two new grand babies. Live at 137 Glen Oaks Dr, Gray, TN. and also brought home this past Jan. at 464 Ocean Drive, N. Top Sail Island, NC.
Giving much thought to attending next reunion.
Like to hear from anyone who may remember me.
TKS and proud to be member of 121st and Viking gunship platoon.
My wife and i went back to soctrang 2 years ago. Base still there. All bunkers now outside the nva perimiter. Still poor,lots of food on the streets. Helens, where i got some shirts made,is gone. We were quest of honor for a wedding there. Couldnt believe i was there. They all dont remember the war. All mostly younger. The older ones do,but dont talk about it.They say forget the past and go on. I was glad i went back. Lot of memories.
Hope everyone in the 121st and every attached unit and the 13th a very great and healthy Thanksgiving Day.
Original member of 235th Armed Helicopter Co, transferred to 121st, Oct 67 to Oct 68. Started flying with Vikings early 68, Viking 23 fire team lead when returned to CONUS in Oct 68. Flew with CAC second tour.
65-66; Blue tigers, Vikings, and 80th Trans Det.
Res: 3908 Co. Rd. 14
Midland city, Al 36350
Soc Trang 64 - 65 COUP QUALIFIED
TIGER FROM 1969---1970
Sorry, I didn't put my name on the appropriate line , nor did I leave my email: "email@example.com
I checked this out about a year ago since I've been on SS since 2002. They checked my record and told me that all of my military time has been credited and therefore, my compensation is correct. They may have just blown me off, or didn't understand what George was talking about. I'm open to hearing more on this if anybody has experienced something different.
Any of you on or getting on Social Security, check out http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm
You might have benifits that you don't know about.
Subject: DD 214 Increased Social Security Benefits For Vets
DD 214 Increased Social Security Benefits For Vets
DD FORM 214 -- EXTRA SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT for those with active duty between January 1957 to December 31, 2001
See the web site & notes below to possibly increase your Social Security Benefits.
DD FORM 214 -- SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT Please share this with anyone who had active duty service between January 1957 to December 31, 2001, and planning for retirement. In a nutshell it boils down to this:
You qualify for a higher social security payment because of your Military service, for active duty any time from 1957 through 2001 (the program was done away with 1 January 2002). Up to $1200 per year of earnings credit credited at time of application - which can make a substantial difference in social security monthly payments upon your retirement. You must bring your DD-214 to the Social Security Office and you must ask for this benefit to receive it!
Soc Sec website: http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm
This is something to put in your files for when you apply for Social Security down the road.. It is NOT just for retirees, BUT anyone who has served on
active duty between January 1957 to December 31, 2001.
FYI - this benefit is not automatic, you must ask for it! We've all been on active duty between 1957 and 2001 or know someone who has.
Passing on good information for all you military folks when you apply for social security. I know this may be too early for some of you to think about social security but, keep living and you will get there.
Regional Resource Coordinator
Maryland's Commitment to Veterans Project State of Maryland- Southern Region Human Services Partnership Building La Plata, Maryland 2064
Lewis Schwarz: Do you remember me, Bob Fiveash and Jim Trainor. I left in Dec 65, so you may not have been in the Vikings yet.
In Vietnam, 69, 70 and 71. Looking for Skippie, John Christopher, Red, Dirty Rob, Michael Jones - last address from my yearbook for Michael was Rural Route 1, Unionville, Iowa 52594, Elmer Slone, Pyramid, Kentucky, 41656, John Beever or Beeuer?, Jerry Stevens, Fort Collins, Colorado and Binef. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org - would love to hear from you guys!!!
11/11/2011 June 1965 - August of 1966
Viking Crew Chief/Gunner. Started in hangar then p/e crew leader then Viking.
hey,forrest webb if you see this, please contact email@example.com
was with 121 ahc nov.67-feb.69.tiger crewchief/gunner
Well, we made it another Vet-Day. Thanks for the site and stirring up memories. Larry Hardin, Viking '67, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for this site. It brings back memories.
I have to retract my dates I put down,I was there in 69-70-71 have a few names to put up when I can get my year book maybe someone will remember thanks
Hey Dan James--Glad to hear you're still alive and kicking--being horizonal everyday is a good thing---ha. This is the first time I've been to this sight in about six months. You can contact me at email@example.com to hear from you soon my friend!
served as door gunner 68-69-70this is really great to be able to reach back in time I really injoyed my time there also this sight thank you
Viking 23 and 121st Oct 67 to Oct 68
served as crew chief at soctrang vietnam from jan. 1970 to dec 70.crew chief with the tigers in the 121st.
served as crew chief at soctrang vietnam from jan. 1970 to dec 70.crew chief with the tigers in the 121st.
just thought i would mention a few guys in the outit i remember from 69, bob short ca, gary hostetter oh, j dolan or,m davidson ks, pericone ca,c hayasaka ha,bourne il,wendel (first name) ca,wade first name fl, gaston garret ms,johnson plt sargent al? (gnrs and crew chiefs) morrow tx,casanova,pilots, can picture others but names escape me. bob short and i came down from 552nd trans inlong binh lst part of 69 i believe another guy steve gringos came from there also from new jersey, memory is not what it used to be, but i was proud to have served with all. welcome home all, dan james
uh-1 098 what me worry a white tiger wort. Raney the the driver, we were lucky, lost a few good men thates war? to all that are reading welcome home,len
Crew chief Tiger Surprise 1970
I was there from 7/4/65 to 10/66. Crew chief on slick (scrap iron) then crewed for CO befor leaving, heading back wis. E-mail, DandJKlotz@TDS.net
Does any one remember the name of the White Tigers Plt leader in Jan or Feb. 68. firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a wonderful program put on by the B&Bs and Inns in the USA and Canada that offers a free stay on Veterans Day(11/11/2011) for veterans. To obtain iformation regarding this program see the web site at: www.kswo.com/story/154...ected=true.
Can some one please supply me with information on the 121st ahc i was massigned from may 68 to may 69 i am trying to put in for disability and can find no info please email to rwb email@example.com if you can help, or how do can you sighn into your association
I was a dog handler with the 212th M.P.s at Soc Trang, 1968-69. I shot film of the airfield from a Caribou as it landed. I posted it to YouTube and I hope you'll share it with your members. The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvRwpClEoV8
Please feel to post it on your site. You can reach me at (818) 237-3728 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I just returned from a visit to the delta,including Soc Trang. It is now a military trainng base with walls and concertina wire on top. We were ushered away when asking about entering. It looked like the runway is still in place, unlike Vinh Long which is 56 hectares of open land.We gave out gifts to locals outside and showed some old pictures. It was interesting driving around such a large area as opposed to flying!Also visited Hatian, Camau, Rock Gia and My Tho.Forty years plus have changed a few things, however the southern delta looks similar to how we remember. Glad to be back in the USA!
I was in the weather unit det 7 5th ws a zoomie. Am looking for spc russell a crew chief and gunner from cincinnati ohio
Looking for Jim Trainor and Bob Fiveash who were in the Viking Platoon with me in 1965.
sure would like to make contact with Brian King. We were Viking room mates, and good friends.
I served with the 121st from April 68 - July 31st, 1969, with a 3 month separation with the 3/17 Air Cav in Dian near Saigon. Was shot 1330 on 31 July 1969. Started as a Tiger, then Viking (22,21, & 26). From the Guest Book I remember Jack Taylor, Rick Thomas, Wayne Zander, Bob Ennis, Dan Swecker. Crew Chief and Gunner were Rienman & Klieman.
Mike Romaniak, I worked with you on the Viking Line Crew and then as a Viking Crewchief. Would like to talk to you. Call (480) 821-4147 or email email@example.com.
anyone remember monte davidson crew chief later moved to flight ops, was frm kansas and derosed to t. carson,also i was in the arms room when mike marcius had his accident he was good friend of steve arbuckle, heard he was seen at fort rucker.well wishes to you all and yours during another era of trying times hopefully make a reunion in the future later dan
thank you dave for getting back with me,me morrow was a warrant oficer i brlirvr from texas known for his hot dog style of flying great guy, great pilot,caelton hysaka was from ha.i can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org phone is 636285 2535 thanks, dan
I have a contact for Bob Short. Please advise your contact info to me at: Tigerlead67@aol.com and I will contact him to contact you. There are security reasons for this procedure.
I checked on Carlton Hayasaka and no joy there so far. If you can provide any additional information on Morrow(first name, rank, state he came from, etc.) perhaps I can help there as well.
In the mean time, welcome home. Please consider joining the Association and contributing in any way you can. The next reunion will be back at Ft Rucker in mid June or later, 2012. We will be memorializing with the monument to all those who served with the unit and its support unit. Stay tuned and visit the web site often.
looking for bob short,went on r&r with him yes looking for him,i was member of morrows crew on tiger surprise, along with dolan on the 50, carlton hayasakacrew chief twins and flares, imanned the spotlight ,bob if you or any out there i`m stillaround, dan
Jim Clooney: When I was there in 64-65, we wore the MAC-V patch; when I returned in 68 (Pleiku) we wore ist Avn Bde patch, so I guess it depends on what timeframe your friend was there.
Although i did my flying with the 174th AHC in I Corps, I got interested in your unit from a dear friend of mine, Roger Zehr, who flew with the 121st, time unknown. I am looking to verify the combat patch he should be wearing, is it 1st Avn Bde?
let me know if there is anybody around email email@example.com
Please put me on the Tiger list. I was with the 121st in Soc Trang from April 65 to April 66 and served as an IP and PX officer.
For everyone's interest I just finished reading "Tiger Lead Your Flight Is Up" by Gordon Hall. Gordon and I served at the same time and his recall of events is great. The book is non-fiction and is east to read.
Have a safe July 4th to all the 121st and all the attached units.
I WAS A C.C. IN 1963 WITH 121st how do i sign in the guest book? firstname.lastname@example.org
We are missing all you Tigers out there. We wish and hope everyone attending is have a wonderful time. Please bring back lots of photos and good story's.
Michael Joynt and Family
Was a door gunner 1967-1968
White tiger Lead
Than gunner for the Vikings
i worked on every viking and tiger chopper at soc trang in 67,68,and 69,and have few pictures,
Robert C. Banta passed away from cancer in 2005. Bob was a great friend and he is missed.
To: Bob Short
Bob here is David's Virtual wall and I believe a person can add a message or verse to the individuals page. It took about 24 hours for approval several years ago but they are very protective of the people on the virtual wall, each message is read and approved before posting is allowed. It is retired Military people that maintain this site so it will always be kept sacred and clean.
I remember the deuce and an half and the driver was tall and wore glasses, he also had a little shrapnel to the face but he was wearing his flak vest and the truck was pretty solid. David was standing at the front of the truck with his back to the front, he did not have his helmet on and a piece of shrapnel entered the back of his head.
That road had to be the worst road in the entire world, I rode convoy one time to Can Tho and did wear the helmet the entire time but I had a headache for two days from the constant pounding of those pot holes.
to add something personal just tick the add addendum
Forgot to put some relative info....Old age.
Msgt Ret, USAF. Weather observer/Forecaster/Station Chief 24 years. Later supported SR-71 and U-2's at Beale AFB, and on to Pope AFB, NC to provide weather support to the Airborne group there. Happily retired in Monument, Colorado. email@example.com
Hello...I was in Soc Trang as a Weather Observer between 1969 and 1970. I was there when the infamous Tiger Surprise flew the evening skies keeping us safe. I have photos of Lucky Strike remains as a result of the B40 rocket that took the craft down. Tiger Surprise was a different crew than Luck Strike. But strange that I cannot find any significant reference to the call sign Tiger Surprise other than your reference here. Peace.
Major Ramey assigned me to be a pallbearer for the funeral mass for Anderson. I didn't know a soul there. I missed my guard mount that day and ended up with an Article 15 for not showing. George Quackenbush was the Sergeant I was supposed to report to. I reported to him early, but protocol over ruled my ignorance. I heard all about that convoy and then some. For three days I was put on punishment duty of all kinds with very little sleep. I respectfully say I would do it again to pay my respects to someone I never met.
P.S. My son graduated from the Air Force Academy and is now a Captain flying a KC-135 stratotaker
Just touching base--haven't been to this site for many years. Was a DG with White Tigers from Jan. 69 to June 69. I live in Colorado Springs and can tell you that the smoke from the fires has pretty much gone away as of this posting and the weather has been great lately with a fair amount of wind. I was remembering David Anderson who was my Crew Chief at the time of his death when he was KIA riding shotgun on the convoy to Can Tho. Our bird was down for maintence and we were both going to ride shotgun but I was assigned to another ship for the day and missed riding on the convoy. Two of my other friends were riding in the cab and received wounds to their faces from flying glass from the windshield--I can't remember ther names but they had transferred into the 121st in late 68 from the 552nd Trans. Co. in Long Bien-my friend Dan James and I followed them from the 552nd in Jan 69 to become DG'ers also. I noticed that Dan James is not listed on the Tigers List and should be added. I lost contact with him about four years ago--he stopped replying to my e-mails and would not return my telephone calls--I know he was having medical and personal issues--I pray he is still well. My memories of Soc Trang are still strong but details are fading more and more each year and names and faces are starting to elude me--old age seems to add it's own decorations to as as we get older. Best wishes Bob Short
I spoke to my son who lives in Denver (about 30 minutes north of COS. No problem with the smoke from the wildfires. It should have either disapated already or will be to high in the sky to even notice.
See you next week!
Hope that is the case, my family is freaking out about the smoke
If you are referring the Arizona forest fire, no their shouldn't be a problem. Colorado Springs is about 6000 foot altitude and the smoke will hit the air stream and move on.
Is there going to be a problem with the Flying W dinner if there is still all the smoke from the forrest fires out there?
Just tell me how to do it and it will be done. firstname.lastname@example.org
George, any faded photos you can email them to me and I'll run them through photo shop and bring the color back out then shoot them back to you. Only takes a few minutes.
I have been gathering some photos to put in with the rest. Its been over 40 years and some are faded. Some color and some black and white. There were some amasing people back then. If the Reunion ever gets to Phoenix or Tucson, Arizona I sure would been there. There quite a few people who were at the 121st that came from Arizona. I live in Yuma. Take care hope to see some of you in the future
Hope everyone has a safe and Great Memorial Day.
Wishing all of the Tigers and Vikings a pleasent Memorial day holiday from south of the border. Stay vigilant and safe.
Very best to all.
Just wanted to say hello. I was a crew chief with the 221st at Soc Trang Oct '65 to Oct '66. Enjoyed seeing your website. The best to you all, Griff
I was assigned to the 121st Assault Helicopter Company, 1st Avn Bde in 1969. I worked in maintenance for a while then assigned as a slick crew chief and gunner in the White Tigers flight platoon, Tiger 24. Wayne Cortty was my gunner, we are still friends.
Before I left I sent home the nose cover painted with Tiger 224 and crew. I have it here at home. I continued to work helicopters for many years after the Nam.
I have four short stories I wrote to the VA when I made a claim about two missions with the 121st and two with the 187th second tour.
I am very pleased to learn about the 121 reunion in June. My
wife Karen and I are planning on attending. My flight school
class was 65-20, graduating early Feb 66. I flew for the Test
Board at Rucker and Yuma Proving Ground for about three months before going to Nam. My roommate was Herb Angel from KY and I made A/C in August 66. 18 Oct 66 was a big day for us. I was an A/C on the initial rescue assault and then flew as Bob Green's wing in the first flight of 10 to assault the bad lz with the reserve troops. We look forward to seeing the old Tigers in June!
Dick Lattin, email@example.com, 623-935-3527.
I was good friends with Tom,I was on Gaurd duty ,tower 13 and saw His ship go down.Very sad Day.
Theresa my best friend from HS Tom Silva was on Tiger Surprise with your brother. I spent time with Tom's three sisters in January and have collected quite a bit of information about Tom. I plan on paying tribute to him this summer at our 45th HS reunion. I can be contacted at Mjrollins@AOL.com
If anyone has information about DALE HAWLEY or JAMES BASS please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Kate Hawley, my dad was Dale Hawley, I am unsure how to look for other veterans he served with. I am particularly looking for JAMES BASS.
My father served one year (1969 to 1970) in Vietnam as a helicopter crew chief with the 121st Assault Helicopter Company and the 626th Counter-Mortar Radar Company.
I would apprechaite any information. Thank you
In memory of my brother who lost his life when Tiger Surprise went down....April 2, 1970 And to all that lost their lives.
WELCOME HOME TO ALL VIET NAM VETS
Today is officially WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY. Thank you for your service gentlemen.
just found site ,will send some pics as soon as I dig them email@example.com
I left a message on the board back on 9/4/08. And I am just checking back to catch up. I would like to be added to the Tiger list. My e mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Just checking in. Hope all are well and at peace.
Still have vivid memories of our "great adventure" at Soc Trang. David Anderson was in my dreams for a very long time.
57thahc 1979-71 crew chief.
hay. you guys .ive seen some of your work . Great stuff. God Bless you all.
I NOTICED THAT THERE WAS NO INFO LISTED WITH MY NAME. THE ABOVE IS MY DATA TO BE ADDED TO MY LISTING. I SERVED FIRST AS A CW2 AND THEN AS LT. BY DIRECT COMMISSION.I ALSO SERVED AS A & D OFFICER.
SEE YOU AT THE RE-UNION.
My father was SPC David T houston(1970)I have many pictures, would like to know how to submit them here
Kindly add me to the Tiger List.
I was a pilot there in 67-68.
What's the possibility of getting copies of the pictures?
I served with Banta. Got some pictures. Don't remember much, turned 66 yesterday.
Does anyone remember Bob Banta?
IN COUNTRY 67-68 TIGERS DOOR GUNNER
White Tiger/Viking 26 Gunner in country 14 Oct. 1968 - 14 Jan. 1970.
Just checking about Soc Trang my dad was Bill Johnson. I believe he was an air traffic controller stationed there.
Same to you Bill, Fort Benning was the 3rd stop in my training in 65-66, I can still smell the moonshine in the air of april 66 and the coal stoked heaters. Lot of history in that Post and I hope the future leaders of our country don't close it as they did most of our great historical post.
Happy New Year to all!! If you are in the south GA area take the time to stop by Ft Benning and tour the new National Infantry Museum. It is well worth your time, and with that in mind allow a minimum of 4-5 hours and you will still have to return. My grandson and I loved it and are going back. Check it out at nationalinfantrymuseum.com
I am glad to see you all have a site up and running as I was looking for info for John Moore who was in the 121st 72-73. I was assigned to the 129th AHC at the same time but went to the 121st in Apr 1977 till Nov 1983. So Just saw where Maj Wiese also posted. Anyway if any questions my email is ken7776 at aol.com and our unit gets together in Kokomo, IN every Sept if anyone wants to drop by. Last of all please check out our web site: 129th.net
happy holidays to all--merry chrismas-good to see there are still a lot of friends on here from the 67-68 time at soc trang-my e-mail add. is email@example.com if any one wants to chat-i was the tech inspector 67 to 68--left in sept 68-tet was a lot of fun in 67- later guys,,have a great x-miss
Debbie, I took a look at the roster for the assn and I see that John Coughlan does not appear to be a member of the association. There are hundreds even thousands of men that served with the 121st that we have not heard from. We'll keep looking and stay vigilant and let you know if we find him.
I knew Tom and he was a great person and was a professional in doing his duties. Those of us that remember him will always remember him, he will never be forgotten.
My brother SP4 Tom Silva was Crew Chief on the "Tiger Surprise" when it was shot down. His body returned home and was accompanied by his friend he had bunked with, John Coughlan. John stayed with our family for a few days sharing many tales of Tommy with us all.It was a blessing to have John with us at that terrible time in our lives. For many years John would send my mother flowers on the anniversary of Tommy's death. Since my moms passing his address has been lost. If anyone knows how I may get in touch with John please let me know. I would appreciate hearing from any of you. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Silva Nordell
I JUST WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT ..SINCE I HAVE FOUND THIS SITE..TO REMEMBER ,,AT THE TIME IN 1964 A 1ST LT..GARY STEEL HE GAVE ME MY FIRST HUEY RIDE..HE ALSO WAS K.I.A. A WEEK AFTER I CAME HOME..I BELIEVE HE WAS A CAPT.WHEN HE WAS K.I.A.I THINK OF HIM OFTEN..B.BIRD
would like to hear from the guys that left fort rielly kansas in 1964,,6th& 7th avn plt..ending up in soctrang s.v.
email@example.com...would like to hear from some of the guys i served with in soctrang...late 1964 and 65...especially the guys that had the baboon mascot...it attacked me and bit me on the ass...they called him charly..
STATION AT SOCTRANG LATE 1964..TO 1965..THEN WENT TO DANANG...6TH AND 7TH AVN PLT...FIRST SARGENT FELLMAN..WAS TOP AT THE TIME...DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THIS TIME FRAME ?
Mike Beech: Saw your post of 11/30/2010 regarding your trip back to Soc Trang. I'm contemplating a trip in May with "Vietnam Battlefield Tours" from here in San Antonio. I'd like to compare notes if you have the time. My email address is
With the 121st in 64.
Just returned from a trip back to Vietnam. SocTrang is a "big" city, much changed. I have pictures of the airfield, now a VN base. Will post soon.
to john brennan . Iwas a crew chief with the vikings 1966 - 1967 my aircraft S/N 64- 13997 .
to larry harden yes I remember Easter Sunday 1967 Mr daily was my pilot we were part of the first fire team on station & advisd they not bring lift into that L Z .
My dad is no longer with us, and I was wondering if any of you served with him in Vietnam around 61-63? His name is Donald Ray McFaul, went by "Mac".
Thank you! Please forward any pictures or comments you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!!!"
I served with the 80th Trans 1964-65 before going to A Co 101 Avn Bn there at Soc Trang. This is a very nice site.
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CC Vikings '67
Anyone remember Easter Sunday 1967?
I have a request for your help in locating any relatives of one of our KIAs, Francis L. Griffin. He was lost on 2/1/68. Francis also served in the 134 AHC and the request is from that organization. If you can assist in any way please contact Jean Cowan at: email@example.com. Thanks.
Any body out there that was stationed at Ft. benning? 1975-1978
To Steve Roberts: My best friend from HS SP4 Tom Silva was the Crew Chief on the "Tiger Surprise" when it was shot down. I wonder if you remember him he was a high energy redhead form Napa, CA. e-mail: Mjrollins@AOL.com
Am trying to contact DRs or med personnel at Soc Trang during 1967/68 I think it was DR Freeman or DR Bush, I was the CWO of the 78th FA Det a mile or so west of the soc Trang air base an had a fight w/VC during TET Off, received a Purple Heart but w/all that took place I have no med rec and I did live with the med drs for a few weeks after the battle, an moved to Can Toe when a new radar came. Hope you can help. Thank you Stan Strumsky ph 717 763 1714
CWO 68-69 call sign Viking 21. Still above ground and just found the site
Good Afternoon Mark and thank you for your service. I apologize for not getting back to sooner but there were questions to be answered relative to the Association, your status, and the IRS requirements for membership relative to a 501(c)19 organization. Please feel free to go to the Association Membership application part of the menu to fill out your application. I would appreciate you contacting me by email at:Tigerlead67@aol.com. I would like to forward your email address on to the Association historian as I'm certain he would like to know more about the Tigers in the post Vietnam period. Looking forward to hearing from you.
After being a grunt from 1969 - 1973 , I was accepted to flight school at Ft Rucker. Upon completion, I was assigned to the 121st Assault Helicopter Co at Ft Benning Ga. I was a brand new WO1 and I do not remember a CW2 in the unit. All were CW3 & 4 Vietnam returnees. These were the guys that made me a pilot. Never cut me an inch of slack flight wise, and taught me so many lessons that I still remember today.
The aircraft, UH-1, OH-58, and AH-1G, still sported the Tiger and the lightning bolt on the nose. We also wore the same Vietnam era breast patch on our nomex. I left the Tigers at Ft Benning in 978 to go to KoreaHere 37 years later, I still have such fond memories of the unit and as I still fly as a commercial helicopter pilot, and the skills I learned from the guys who had developed and refined them in the crucible of battle. Welcome home, you all have my respect.
Should membership in your association even include post Vietnam Tigers, I would love to be involved and support the organization.
Mark C Rowse
guys; i had a brother that was in Tilmon Humphrey that was a member of the flying tigers in 1967 and early 68 ./ he had come home on leave in february of 1968 and was killed in a car accident. I was wondering if any if you guy's may remember him. I would appreciate hearing from any of you. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I've just become aware of your site. I wanted to thank you for nice post about our father's passing, as well as ask if there's anyway to learn more information from anyone that may have known him.
My siblings and I would love any information possible I'm starting a scrapbook of his life, so any photo's, stories,or patches that might be of help would be greatly appreciated.
I know that he had wanted to go to the reunion held at Ft. Rucker in 2006, however I am unaware if he was able to make it. Any help from anyone would be wonderful.
You, or anyone can contact me at, Prichter34@aol.com
Thank's in advance, Pam Richter
I was the Crew Chief on the Strawberry Bitch, I still have the name tag for the heuy, AC CWO R. Fleming, asked me to take the picture to town and have it painted, I believe it was the Playboy center fold, they made us paint over the Bitch. The gunner was Dave Hamilton. Brings back some old memories good and bad, still remember Major Miller, and the TET, they had use fly to the in country R$R center on the coast, when all hell brook lose.
Crew Chief and door gunner slick 67 thru 68
SP-5 Bud Dodd:
I was in the Viking Platoon from about mid 65 to 12-65. Remember Fiveash and Trainor, Pappy Snelson, Pop Bedell?
Was crew chieh for the Vikings-- from 1965 to 1966
Earned 25 Air medals 1 with "V"device
Any guys out there from that time ?
It saddens me to report the passing of William Walter Huffman, Sr. Bill was a crew chief with the Blue Tigers and Wrecker in the 65-66 era. For information and obituary please go to: http://www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
May he rest in peace and his family and friends find comfort.
Wishing all the Vikings and Tigers a happy and safe 4th of July.
As you may or may not know the VA admitting a little fupa in that the dental clinic in st. louis didnt sterilize their instruments correctly and now everyone who had dental care there (during a certain time frame) may have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis. It is a low risk but one you are not the only one taking.
If you had dental care there in the time period they are talking about you will likely get a certified letter in the mail asking you to report for some blood work. Couple problems here.
1. you may have had dental care there and didnt receive a letter so if you did get care call and ask about testing regardless if you got a letter
2. dont blow it off get the blood work done why?
cause hiv and heptatic c are transmitted in blood (and bone marrow) (so you may have had someone elses blood in your mouth during dental care or if you donated blood (OR BONE MARROW) since the dental visit you have possibly exposed them and it is sexually transmitted ( so if you had sexual relations with anyone you have exposed them to the risk as well)
3 the testing is for this time only as far as i know and hiv and hepatitis can lie dormat or inactive for sometime so get retested in the future as well and use caution with donating blood and have sexual relations until you know.
also even if you dont live in st louis ask about the procedures at your va for sterilizing dental equipment. i bet it is not the only facility because the reason they bypassed the normal sterilization procedure is the very sensitive and expensive equipment they use get torn up in the sterilizing process and they dont have the money to replace them.
sorry to be the voice of doom just want you to all be educated. take care
RIP Keith, and thank you Al for letting us know. As long as there is one Tiger left we won't forget you Keith.
Gents,I am sad to report the loss of a fellow Viking Crew Chief 1968-69 and dear friend ,Keith Keelin. I had the pleasure to be in contact with him over the past few years. He will be greatly missed.
His wife and family are feeling a great loss.Keep Keith and his family in our prayers.
Any one know how to contact CE Dave Peck?
Any one know how to contact CE Dave Peck?
I was in the 36th Dental Detachment for most of 1966 and the first part of 1967. I was the dental assistant who worked with the dentist who shot more basketball than doing denistry. When his tour was up I was it for dental care, gave many who came in with a dental problem an in country RR to Saigon. I was stationed in Saigon from June of 1965 until I replaced the d.a. who was returning to the world. The Sgt. of the door gunners came in who had lost a filling, all I could do was put in a tempory filling, he was hard charger turned down the trip to Saigon. I asked him about being a strap hanger, he said he could use me. I was a pfc then, got to fly many missions, most were milk runs but did get in on 3 CA. I hated being a d.a. Gunning was some exitement for me, the pilots were logging my time, found out I had been awarded an Air Medal long after I got out of the army. I remember the door gunners had a monkey that was friendly to everyone except for the Sgt. It bit him one time too many and got sent up by a weather balloon, provided by the 2 man air force weather station. When HQ in Saigon found out what I was up to, sad to say I was ordered to stop gunning. I re-enlisted for an Airborne/Special Forces option in March of 1967. After completing my training I was a weapons specialist with the 3rd SFG at Fort Bragg, NC. I returned to Vietnam on 21 September 1968 and was assigned to Det. B-52 Project Delta in the recon section, 5th SFG. In April 1969 we were doing the recon work for the 101st Airborne Division in the A Shau valley, on 16 April 1969 my team located a large NVA base camp. I lost half my team during the intense firefight that ensued, 2 out of 3 survivors suffered multiple GSW's including me.The battle of Hamburger Hill was fought in May of 1969. Spent over 11 months in hospital and was medically retired on 7 April 1970.I will always remember my time I spent at Soc Trang and the couragist acts I witnessed while there. SSG Terry L Bryan(ret.)
I flew slicks mainly, call sign Tiger 13 (assistant opns officer) unofficial call sign "Froggie"
Occasionally flew Light Ship "Tiger Surprise". Got my "cherrie" busted flying it with WO Bill Scusa AC,who was later wounded in the carsh that killed Sgt Vaspori and others.
I roomed with WO Steve Callarik, and flew with WO George Weiler (Chicago)Viking Guns pilot & we got shot down covering our first insertion.(old memories)Glad to see this site and organization. I've ben out of touch, living in Alaska now for 34 years, working as a Physician Assistant.
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The Ronald K. Wood listed as a door gunner 65-66. Were you in the 25th Inf. Div. fighting on the ground in 66?
To John Crockett Jr. Here are a few links that you can browse maybe this will shake your memory. Welcome home brother, I was a former member of charlie 1st 506th 101st, before I got lucky and spent my time in RVN in two of the finest aviation units in our Army.
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Can someone help me find a assn. to become a member of? Was with 101stAHC 101st ABN Div 69-71 Im lost and truley need help. Thanx, and WELCOME to ALL
Welcome home gents. Hope you will consider attending the reunion in May(info elsewhere on this site) and joining the Association.
121st Vikings 1967-1968 wounded in Tet 68 helping specials forces by seven mountains can't remember names of the other crew members any help
93rd TC Co (Light Helicopter) from 1962 to 1963, missed the boat in Dec and had to wait 4 months to join, was told the unit would be back in Devens in 6 months, so much for our TDY trip
336th Warrior and T-Bird, Soc Trang 67-68. Will be at the reunion with Wife and T-Bird Chief, Bob Knight and wife. Staying at the Dothan Marriott Courtyard and look forward to seeing all of the 336th and 121 Soc Trang Veterans. See you there...
Glad you stopped by the site. Hope you will make the reunion. If you need info on how and where to sign up for the reunion and the hotel please contact me at: Tigerlead67@aol.com and I'll provide whatever info you require. I'm sure our historian, Bob Greene, would love to talk to you. His contact info is listed elsewhere on this web site.
John Kennedy told me about the site so thought I'd page through. I am a former commander of the Soc Trang Tigers at Ft. Benning, 1980 timeframe. By then the Hueys were older than the warrants flying them. Were supposed to get Blackhawks but that got delayed a year. The 121st was one hell of a unit! I am proud to have been a small part of the organization. Will look at trying to make the reunion.
Gallery contains over 300 new photos contributed by George Muccianti.
Dustoff 83, 1968
Yesterday, 29 March 2010, the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution declaring 30 March 2010 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. On 30 March 1973 all US forces were withdrawn from Vietnam. A long time in between but still appreciated. Enjoy your day gentlemen and remember those who did not live to see this day.
I spent 20 years in the army and retired in 2006. I was a crew chief on Hueys an Blackhawks during those years. After a little research and some help from Mr. Roush, with VHPA, I use to crew a Huey that was assigned to your unit. The tail number was 66-01165. I spent 2 great years on 165 and miss it dearly. I was stationed at Ft. Polk from 87-93. 165 came to us in 1988 from CCAD after overhaul. Our unit eventually got Blackhawks and 165 went to Arkansas where is served as a Medevac aircraft until it retirement. It was then sent to Davis Mothin AFB. I really with I could find out if it is still there. I would love to see it again, just to relive my memories. I hope this entry finds someone who remembers 165 from its time in Soc Trang.
I was the crew chief on the new tiger surprise right after Vaspori was killed in the crash of the old one.The nose art on the new one was totally different then some of the pictures ive seen.Anybody remember me , look me up i was there in 1970, at soctrang 121st.
Hi Kenneth. To register for the reunion please go to: www.shieldofthemekong.com.
Hope to see you there.
Need to add my name the May reunion. Comanchero 3 1969
Hi, JUst a short note of thanks. I was an advisor with Team 51 in Bac Lieu from Dec67 to Dec 68. Was inserted and more importantly extracted many times by your unit, especially during the 68 TET offensive. THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hey Dave, I was looking at the KIA page and noticed that the first entry for David Anderson has a typo, his name is David not Davis. He was killed in a convoy ambush while returning from Can Tho. There were several others wounded but returned to duty.
I remember a story that was from Sister Mary Martin of the Soc Trang Catholic church, she stated that there was an incident she was driving to Can Tho and came upon some engineers doing road work, they were laying off to the side of the road taking a nap, so she stopped and woke them up and told them how dangerous this road was!
If I remember there was always an armed escort from the Vikings or T-Birds at least going one direction. For those that never traveled this road I can tell you from experience it was a rough rough rough drive, and by the time you get to Can Tho or back to Soc Trang that helmet has just pounded your helmet until you can't take anymore and finally take it off, this was exactly what killed poor David, the helmet had he had it on would probably had saved his life.
MACV TM#73 Kien Thien District 1970-71. Thanks for all the great support from admin flights and especially for the fantastic Dust Off crews. We had some wild rides.
Served with the Blue Tigers from Jan-Sep '70, when the unit was deactivated and airfield turned over to VNAF, then went to the 175th Outlaws in Vinh Long. Recognize and think well of several names I see on the roster, but still am curious about a few others I don't see. Henry T. Brown? Very best to everyone. email@example.com
Served With Edward G. Porterfield, How great to find this website Hello Sir!
Served in Soc Trang from 12/68 to 12/69 with the 121st Aviation CO. flight operations. Looking for anyone I served with. Please feel free to email me:
Hi! I just found this website and was amazed with all the history! I totally enjoyed the pictures of Tuffy - as my brother CHARLES MODZELEWSKI, also cared for the tiger while he was in Vietnam 1963-1964. He served in the Army 93rd Trans. Co. & 121st Aviation Co. & I'd love to hear from anyone who knew him during his Vietnam days. Please feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank-You & God Bless all of you for all of your dedication from your Vietnam days & beyond...... Joyce
A big hello to all of you guys . Just stopped in to check out this nicely done web site. I have recently retired and can actually say I do have some free time now.Of course as I am sure you know getting caught up around the house is a priority. My health is very good and the family is great. Hey take care of yourselves and enjoy the new year. Gene
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121st Mar69-Mar70. CC on WF Wrecker, White Tigers, and Vikings. Glad to find this site again. Lots of positive changes. Application and funds on the way.
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Hi Guys !! Just wanted to wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgivingg...try and enjoy it to the fullest!
There was one Thanksgiving Day I remember in the 336th, came in after operations hoping to get a good meal, instead there was c cans on hot water, the details escape me but no turkey that day. I think the rations were delayed, like my memory now.
Have a great day with your families and many more. Tonight it drops to the low 30's here in Louisiana, my two dogs do a good job keeping my feet warm! I make them earn their keep. lol
Welcome home, my fellow comrades.Arrived in country in November 1964. Assigned to 80th Trans Det. Patched a few bullet holes in UH-1D's of the 121st. Anybody have knowledge or
whereabouts of Sp5 William Terry? One of my hooch mates in 64-65.
Door gunner with the 121 VIKINGS armed huey-helicopters at Soc-trang. Feb-May 1965. Looking for my crew chief during this time. I was tdy from the 25th.
Good Day Everyone! Happy Veterans Day! God Bless You and your families on the sacrifices that have been made to protect our country.
I worked as an Air Traffic Controller at Soc Trang from Jan 69-Jan 70. In that time worked closely with the Tigers and the Vikings. Courageous and top notch aviation company. Thank you all for your service. Enjoyed working with you.
A big Salute to all of you gents, kinda sad to see so many gone now. I never realized so many had already passed until I read that we the living are now in the 1/3 left column. When I hit 100 or Jane is dead I won't mind leaving so much.
I was in the 121st Dec. 1965 - Dec. 1966. Was a Aircraft Maint. Supervisor. See a few names on the membership rooster that I remenber or have served with. I will be sending my membership application in soon.
I was in the 121st in 68/69 was in communications
First time to visit your site. I was with the 221st Shotguns in '65-'66 at Soc Trang. Heard rumors of something called a "Banana Tree Party". Does anyone have any recollection of that? Tried to locate Foster Fort from those days and I see from the Memorial on your site that he has passed away, sorry I missed him. Perhaps I will see some of you at Rucker in May. Try me at Shotgun-8A@hotmail.com
I was a crew chief for the 221st Avn Co during 1965 and 1966. Great to see the website. Now in Florida. Email: email@example.com
Well done, Marvin, and Welcome Home. I hope you will forward your contact information to me so that you will receive commos from the Association regarding reunions and other events. The applies to all you folks out there that we have no current contact info on. You can send it to my email address, located elsewhere on this web site. I can also provide my snail mail address and home phone number if you are more comfortable with that mode. Please know that your contact information is closely guarded and will never be relayed to anyone without your permission.
I was a mechanic in the Viking Platoon 1966-1967. Here is a poem I wrote about the war.
The only ones that don't have memories gave their lives.
Sometimes I think the dead have been spared.
Other times I cry for those that have no memories.
Some day I may leave my memories of long ago but for now I must remember so they never be forgotten.
For Tom Goetter from your 6/9/09 question. I flew with the 182nd Avn Co. We were in an old WWII bldg just east of the tower at Martin AAF. We were transistioning rotorwing pilots into the Huey, their next stop RVN. There was a 181st Avn Co there at Benning at that time also. We were in 10th Avn Group.
Welcome Home Gents,
Glad you found us. I sincerely hope you will consider joining the Association(membership application is on the web site) and support the efforts of the organization and reconnection and reunion, information, scholarship among others.
i was ncoic,4 the mess hall&truck driver,n 1968 - 1969 n soctrange.glad 2 fine this site thanks.
I flew with the Vikings in 1970. I am looking for Mike Cusick who was my mentor when I got in country. Please email any info on Mike to Foreman5150@yahoo.com
Flew with the 121st late 67 to early 68. Wanted gunship platoon so did in country swap when 101st Air Cav came to VN. Left nice comfortable hooch, officer club, and large,but slightly damp,flat, emergency landing area to leading a forward liason party to a graveyard just south of the DMZ . After digging a bunch of holes in the ground (very non pilot like) we named it Camp Eagle. Soc Trang was "paradise lost". Have lots of photos. Will send soon.
Served with the 80th Trans. in 65 and 66
when will shirts be available?
Jerry has your contact info and will contact you. Good luck.
I forgot to mention that Rick passed away in June 2001 from a heart attack....he was 55 yrs. old..he had flown for an off-shore company, Air Logistics for about 19 yrs....
Rick Bente, CW2 served Viking, Soc Trang, 7/68-4/69 (end of April) wounded sent home....
George Quakenbush has a phot of a pilot standing next to a UH-1...looks just like Rick..
we divorced in 1974. saw him last in 1989..he lived in Houston..I in Austin, Texas..he had remarried/divorced and had a daughter...
Would George Quankenbush contact me via email and let me know if he remembers...well, I would recognize Rick anywhere....
Thank you and thank all of you for your service and courage...
I served with the 121st from Apr. 63 to Apr. 64. I was a crew chief on CH-21.
I started out in the 80th and with the help of Capt. Sullivan I was transferred.
I would like to get in touch with Capt. Jerome (Jerry) Sullivan if possible.
I have several pictures of him and I changing the aft transmission of a CH-21 in the field. We used another CH-21 to sling load it into position. It was quite a touchy situation.
Thanks and good luck to all of you from the 121st and attached units.
I was with 121st mar.1969 to mar. 1970
I was door gunner with tigers and then with the vikings I was shot while covering the slicks on agent orange mission
I served with the 221st Avn. Co at Soc Trang in November 1965 when I was hit and had to be Med Evacuated out. I am doing well and am a member of the 121st Avn. Co. I worked for the Dept. of the Navy at PSNS for 27 years when I took an early out. I retired as a foreman. I now am enjoying my retirement. I thank the 121st for med Evacuating me out which also aided in saving my life. I truly believe this. Welcome Home. God Bless all. Dave
For Phil Olson:Tom Grier and Bob Stewart have agreed to help you with a reunion in Colorado Springs.Bob lives in Woodland Park and Tom in Littleton.My email is:firstname.lastname@example.org Send me a message and I'll give you some details.
Made it back from Cape May on Wednesday afternoon. Really enjoyed it, sorry I missed the museum, but Lois' ankle took precedence. I'm hoping to see some pictures on the website eventually. Hope to see you all at Rucker next year.
Many Thanks to Tom Collins for a great reunion. So many memories standing next to the B-model with the Charlie Viking on the nose. I think my mother got a little better understanding of what we did in Viet Nam. It was really great getting together and talking about "old" times, yesterday for some of us. Funny, talking about flying back from Ca Mau, reminded Bob Greene about a bombing there while flying in the Blue Tigers. Bob has been trying for years to find someone else that was there. It was a good day for us, because Charlie put the bombs in the wrong place. It was a bad day for the villagers that got a wake up call from the T-Birds. Everyone thought we were receiving fire from the village. We weren't, as we found out later. Once again, thaks to sveryone for a great time at Cape May.
FOR Bill Wilson
What unit did you fly with at Benning? I was with the 128th av co located across from jump school. We flew mainly transitioning to the "D" model, supported infantry school.
Dave: Thank you for the patches, they got here chop-chop and A-OK thanks to the padded envelope. And I was more than happy to send the 150 "p" for the Lifetime Membership. I noticed that Tim McCullough (he was from Kansas City) is on your list: he was with me in the 257th; he was airlifted to Japan due to possible hepatitis, as I recall; and all of us in his hootch had to get Gamma Globulin shots because of our proximity to him... I seem to recall a few instances of him displaying definitive exhibitions of "projectile vomiting." He was really sick. I will definitely try to get to a 2010 reunion...being retired has 'some' advantages.
And yes, Memorial Day and the 65th anniversary of D-Day are 2 days that should make us remember to be grateful, but also to be proud of our part in continuing the tradition of those who put their lives on the line and who shut up and do what they're told. Me, I fought for all of you guys, and our families, NOT for Johnson or Nixon. And I was proud to have done so. Enjoy yourselves, and I'll see you next year, Lord willing.
For Jim Bell from 8/3/08
Sorry for the delay in answering. The reason for the "in vain" was we were talking about folks who were across the pond early and your name came up and I mentioned we had flown together for a while at Benning, '66-'67. Frank Bell was also there among others. As for who I am, I was transferred from Martin Army Hospital to the UH1 Transition Traning Committee in Jan, '66. I flew as an IP for 10-11 months until the CO stuck me in supply as the supply officer until I left active duty in Apr, '67. While with the UH1 TTC/181st, I also flew the mission when the F-5, out of Moody AFB down in Moultrie,GA, went in short of the runway over in Macon at Robins AFB. My co-pilot was a CWO who worked in operations but was not on flight status at the time, I don't remember his name. Anyway, if you happen to be in Cape May later this month I will make myself known to you and you can take my name in vain while we share a drink.
re: my 5/15/09 post:
Stupid me (old age? Nah...) I forgot to put dates in there: I was sent to SocTrang from Ft. Gordon on TDY during Tet'68... nice warm welcome! I extended for a full tour, rather than go back to Augusta and maybe be on riot duty in Atlanta or some such bullcrap. I was the Avionics Tech for the 'bat planes' that were under tarps in the 121 Hangar during the day. When they went Stateside in late May '68 I went to working nights doing comm equip repair on all of the aircraft at Soc Trang. It was my honor and high privilege to do 'whatever it took' to keep you guys flying safely. I appreciate what we all did there more and more every day. Welcome home, Brothers.
Hey there. I was with the 257th Sig Det (Avionics) from Feb 18th 1968 and assigned to the 121 until around September when I was transferred to the 336th. Anyway, if there's a way to get 3 of the 121 patches, I would "ruv yu rong time, G.I." I found a 336th patch on eBAY, but 'nada' for the 121; glad that I thought of Googling "121st AHC." (Don't you wish that we had comps and e-mail back in the day?).--Pat Dwyer (by the way: very nice website here. And I will try to make the June reunion, but it's kinda slim-to-none, due to such short notice --my fault for that.)I will also apply for membership most ricky-tick.
I have some Tiger patches here. They were made here in the USA but are decent quality. They were copied from an original patch I brought back. The price is $6.00, including S/H. I mail them in a padded envelope so they don't get chewed up by USPS. They will also be available at the reunion, along with the TIGER polo shirts, stickers, and a new association polo shirt that will ready in time for the reunion. I believe people will like them as they will display the association logo you see on the home page of this web site.
DAVE I WAS WONDERING IF YOU KNOW HOW I CAN GET A 121st PATCH I HAVE ONE ORGINAL BUT I WILL BE PUTTING THAT ONE IN MY SHADOW BOX. THE LEGION I BELONG TO HAS A BOARD MADE UP OF PATCHES FROM THE 1st WAR TO THE PRESENT AND I WOULD LIKE TO GET A PATCH FOR THAT BOARD. THANKS
Tom, I'll relay your message to the webmaster. Thanks for the reminder. Am still awaiting your contact info so you can receive commo from the association regarding reunions and other events.
HEY DAVE STILL WAITING TO BE ADDED TO THE TIGER LIST THANKS
Welcome Home Sherman, Paul, and David. Thanks for visiting the web site. We hope you continue to do so as the site is proactive and new items being added all the time.
Please note the upcoming reunion at Cape May in June 12-14. It will be a very special time for the Tigers and Vikings.
Please also consider becoming a member of the association. Information on that and a down loadable application are available elsewhere on the site.
Please also forward your contact information(mailing address, phone number, and email address) to me at: Tigerlead67@aol.com or the association secretary at email@example.com. That will get you on the mailing list for association events.
Again, welcome home.
I was a member of the 121st from late 1969 until the unit was disbanded. Now living in Deland Florida.
I was in 121st from jan 70 until union was disbanded and I was sent to the 162nd avn co. my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a life member of the 71st AHC Association. Served with the 71st in Bien Hoa and Chu Lai 67-68. I will be a vendor at your reunion at Cape May, NJ. I make Huey Rotor Blade Plaques with inlayed cross sections of Huey Rotor Blades www.heliplaque.com
I have your unit patches and Hueys I laser on the plaques as will as challenge coins and wings. An information plate is inlayed and laser engraved with your information. I live in Western MA and want to ask if any Tiger may be interested sharing a room with a Rattler(71st AHC I don't bite) during the reunion. This would make the stay at half price saving $157.00? Contact me at Paul@heliplaque.com if you want save a few bucks. Welcome Home Tiger's!!
Good Evening Tom,
Welcome home and welcome aboard.
I would be pleased to add to you to the list. Would also appreciate your contact data so unit commo can be relayed to you as it is available. You can forward that to me at: Tigerlead67@aol.com or any other board member. Their email addresses are available elsewhere on this web site. Please note the information regarding the upcoming reunion at Cape May, NJ on 12-14 June 2009. This is a special event and well worth attending. Hope to see you there.
would like to be put on the tiger list
Was with the 121st 64/65 flew door gunner on huey slicks and worked in admin. Found the site and was glad to see a lot of fellow tigers are still around have a good one! will check in again.
Hello Dan Swecker.
Heard you were still around Olympia, WA. I've retired from Hoquiam PD and living in Central Park now working part time. Drop me a line sometime at email@example.com. Take care
Served with the 121st AHC from Feb 68 to Sept 69. My first 4 months was as a Tiger and the rest as a Viking.
Welcome aboard and welcome home. I sincerely hope you will consider joining the association and attending the upcoming reunion. Information about both is available on this website.
80th trans. det. Soc trang 65-66
I am looking for help to locate an former advisor for 121th AVA. He served in Soc Trang from 1968-70.
Hes name is Tom/Terry Durgan (Soundlike)he was an african american, born: 1947,and might had come from Chicago,Il.
He had an amerasian daugther lives in USA.
any help please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you will send me your e-mail address, I have some pictures of your grandfather and Ray Nutter together at a reunion a few years ago. I would be happy to share them with you.
Please contact me at email@example.com.
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I have to ditto what John Kennedy said, Roger was just a good guy and a good friend.
I am saddened by this news. He was a good man, a good soldier and a general all around nice guy. Rest in Peace, Roger
i was just wondering if by chance any of you guys had any pictures of my grandpa...Roger Swindler and also of Ray Nutter... we will be having the funeral toward the end of may at fort snelling in Minneapolis, MN for both of them if any one would like to attend... i will keep you updated... my address is GlassHallPhotography@hotmail.com if you would like to send me some pictures if anyone has any... or contact me and i will give you my address if you dont have any on your computer... thanx much
Roger swindler recently died on 11/15/08
The web site has been updated with membership information. DAT and KIA lists have been updated. Details of the Cape May 2009 reunion have been placed on the web site. Hope everyone's having a great year :)
Would love to come to the reunion but my health just won't allow it. All you guys that do make it,hope some of you remember me. Good luck to all you. Setting here looking at some pictures I have of tuffy. Happy New Year
I served in the 18th AOD at Soc Trang from Jun 63 until March 64 and the I served at the Delta Avn Bn in Can Tho from March 64 until Dec 64. I worked in the 121st Avn (93d Trans) orderly room for SSG Joseph R Coella. My CO was CPT David Harpman. I am trying to locate other members. firstname.lastname@example.org
This is for George Galante. Did yuo have a black hand painted on the back of your helmet? I was there the same time frame and the name jared my memory. I was crew chief on chopper. Crewed for the CO before I left.
I was Spec. 5 John C.Buquoi in the 121st Avation Company in January 1969-1970. I was looking for fellow service men at the same time I was there. Also looking for our fighting tiger patch than I can purchase.
I was Sgt. E5 West attached to headquarters platoon of the 121st ACH from 12/67-12/68. I was trying to locate Sgt Felschow. He kept the record of the attacks on the airfield and it seemed to be 273 by late 1968 if I recall.
Hppy holidays guys !
thank you webmaster,,its good to be back with friends of so long ago-WELCOME HOME TO ALL..my e-mail address is email@example.com-
Welcome home and welcome aboard. I can be reached at: Tigerlead67@aol.com. I am the membership chairman for the association and can provide whatever info you require. The upcoming reunion will be one of the best and well worth attending. Information on the reunion will be posted on the website and sent by snailmail as well. Please forward your contact information to me so I can get you on the mailing list.
I stumbled upon your website by chance while playing with Google Earth. I was a spec 4 assigned to an 80TH Trans CH21 maintance crew in late 1963 and later took over the flight controls shop in one of those trailers next to the hanger. The Hueys came later in 64.
Perhaps, I may be able to attend your reunion in June. Over the years I have lost tract of the friends I made in the army and this may be a way to rekindle those frirndships.
Thank you for your service, Tigers and Vikings, and a special thank you to those families and friends who supported us during and after our time at Soc Trang.
Hello Don Gary, I'm glad you found us, welcome in. I sent your info to the Association secretary and he will add you to the big master roster. Sorry about the delay getting you listed on the web site. Our web master is a full time professional type and he works for us on a volunteer basis when his work schedule permits.
still don,t see my name on the tiger list--i was sp6 tech inspector sept 67-till sept 68--carol mc,nair was the c-o and maj,,miller was wrecker 6
Welcome home to all the new members. I have been tied up with our museum in Cape May,New Jersey. I hope to see all of you at the reunion this year and if you guys have anything you brought back with you,please bring it with you and it will join the 121st exhibit that is here.Thanks and see you then.
i was the chief spc.6 tech inspector at soc. trang 1967--68--80th trans with maj. gary miller and lowe enix..great bunch of people-i would like to hear from the people there at that time--e mail@ firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Tarry and Tony,
Welcome aboard and welcome home. I hope you both will consider joining the association and getting to the reunions(next one is planned for 12-14 June 2009.) The application can be downloaded from this web site by going to the "ASSOCIATION" section of the menu to the left and then to "MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION". The directions for filling out and mailing are on the form. My contact info is listed under the "CONTACT" section.
I was with the 121st tigers 1969 and also the vikings I was shot on a mission
covering slicks spraying agent orange I
can remember Joe Woods from macon ga.
I would love to here from some of the guys that was in soc trang 1969 and 1970
I WAS ASSIGNED TO THE FLIGHT PLATOON AT CAN THO AIRFIELD AND WAS ASSIGNED TO THE 121 AND FLEW ON GREEN DELTA 777,707'727 I WAS ALSO WITH THE 336 AHC I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY OF THE GUYS WHO CAME THROUGH THE FLIGH PLATOON AT CAN THO IN 67/68 A FEW NAMES I RECALL ARE CPT.MCPHERSON MR MILLS MR MCDOWELL AL FORTUNE OTIS LEONARD SGT WOLFE LOOK FOWARD TO HEARHTING FROM ANYONE WITH MEMORIES OF THE FLIGHT PLATOON. WE HAD FIVE SHIPS ASSIGNED FROM VARIOUS COMPANYS IN THE DELTA MY E MAIL ADRESS IS email@example.com
I WAS ASSIGNED TO THE FLIGHT PLATOON AT CAN THO AIRFIELD AND WAS ASSIGNED TO THE 121 AND FLEW ON GREEN DELTA 777,707'727 I WAS ALSO WITH THE 336 AHC I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY OF THE GUYS WHO CAME THROUGH THE FLIGH PLATOON AT CAN THO IN 67/68 A FEW NAMES I RECALL ARE CPT.MCPHERSON MR MILLS MR MCDOWELL AL FORTUNE OTIS LEONARD SGT WOLFE LOOK FOWARD TO HEARHTING FROM ANYONE WITH MEMORIES OF THE FLIGHT PLATOON. WE HAD FIVE SHIPS ASSIGNED FROM VARIOUS COMPANYS IN THE DELTA MY E MAIL ADRESS IS firstname.lastname@example.org
I greatly appreciate the invitation to join your organization. I sent my aplication with due in.
I was wounded at Soc Trang in Nov. 65. I see that your Organizationm was established on my birthday of 06.
I enjoyed viewing your site and photo's.
Thanks again, Dave
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One of our members is looking for pictures of Cobras with the 121st. If you have any please let me know and I'll let the dude know. Thanks!
Thanks for all your work on this site.
Yes, Bill Wilson it's the same guy. The 181st used to be the UH1 Transition Training Committee. Sorry, I don't rem-ember you. Why did you take my name in vain? I retired in Feb 1983.
Regret having missed the recent reunion but was on vacation in Hawaii. Glad to see you mention Doc Hall's book as I was Det Comdr of the 80th during his tenure at Soc Trang. I also got to see most of the CWO's who flew with the 93rd at Fort Devens where I also was the 80th CHFM C.O. in 1997/98. I am proud to have flown/serviced with he best pilots in the world.
Gents, there is also another good book "Soc Trang by Carl E. Bartecchi another flight surgeon 66-67. Doug W. Mavericks/Cobras
Gents, Be advised a book titled "Through the Eyes of a Tiger" had been written by Jim Hall, Flight Surgeon at Soc Trang in 62/63. Jim is a Life member of the Association. I will keep you posted as to when the book is published as I'm sure all will want a copy.
Happy Independence Day for all those who have fought, lived, died and continue to fight for our country today. Thank you dad and all of those who have made freedom possible. Thank you dad for giving me the oppurtunity to meet and get to know those who have served and played a very important role in your life and somewhat in mine. May all those who fight today rest peacefully tonight and those who are no longer with us remain a constant memory to how lucky we all are.
May the flag contiue to fly freely and the eagle continue to soar..
Ditto Dave's comments on the reunion. Lois and I had a great time, and look forwaed to doing it again.
The Ft Rucker reunion of the past weekend was well attended and enjoyed by all who came. Always great to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Hope everyone made it home OK and plans are underway for reunion 2009. Stay tuned.
Was with the 93rd Trans. first; then, it became the 121st. Shortly after that I left for the 57th Med Det in Saigon.
Is this the same Jim Bell who flew in the 181st Avn Co at Ft Benning in 1966-67? We were transistioning rotor wing pilots to the Huey and sending them to assignments in Vietnam.
If so, I took your name in vain this past weekend at the reunion.
Bill Wilson, email@example.com
I serve in 121 avn from January 1970 to about June 1970. Unit was did banded and I was sent to the 162 AVN co. Can Tho, Viet Nam
I'm glad to see the 121st continue on into the future. 67N2VP, I figured gunning was more fun than getting stuck in the 80th Trans hanger. Viking gunner. I stayed in, became a C/E with C Trp, 1/17 Air Cav, 82nd Abn and later Production control NCO, BN Maint NCO 2nd AVN, 2nd INF in Korea. I just found this link from the old site and I will be following events. Hi to all that I remember, Mr. Cunningham etc, greetings to all the 121 folks. Sorry I won't be able to make the reunion, trans problems. Enjoy all
65 -66 door gunner (shotgun 11)
Will be at the reunion in June, arriving o/a noon on the 5th. Have already registered, so I hope there's no screw ups. Hope to see you all there.
I hope that all have a good reunion at Ft Rucker in June .. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend ... thank you for the invite ... it has brought lots of fond memories back .again lots of luck to all that served ...
Glad I found your website. I'll check in frequently. Check out www.336ahc.com.
Wish I could make it to the reunion at Fort Rucker. Have a good one.
Great new web site. Sorry to hear about Bob being sick. If I can help let me know.
Happy belated Mother's Day to all those wives and moms who are special in their own right...It takes a very special person to take care and support a military man...Still loving the website...keep up the good work...
With all my respect and admiration to all those who have served,
Tracy Catherine Cunningham
This website ROCKS!!!! All those that have been involved over the years have done a great job in getting this
organization off the ground. It has become a very special time for our family to be given the chance for my sister(Kelly) and me(Tracy) the oppurtunity to meet some one of the people that my dad talks so fondly of...It has changed our lives and opened our eyes up to what is important in life and to cherish the ones you love. I am not going to be able to attend this year due to working obligations but do enjoy yourselves and each others company....Cheers to the 121 AVN Association!!!!!
With all my respect and admiration to all those who have served,
Tracy Catherine Cunningham
Hello! I could not resist writing a quick note. Kudos to the webmaster (I am a little biased in that area :) and too all of you who have worked super hard on making this organization more than a thought :) I can't wait for the reunion- it has become more than a meaningful experience for me.
I was in the 121st 64-65 any brothers remember then.Glad to see new advancement.
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Was with the 93rd Trans. first; then, it became the 121st. Shortly after that I left for the 57th Med Det in Saigon.
Hello to all the TIGERS.
I just found this site and will send in for membership. I was part of the 121st AHC. Crew Chief on Tiger 14, and later Tiger Surprise, 1969-1970.
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If you know me from SocTrang in 1968 please contact me. I was on guard duty at the bunker behind the communications building, the one next to the one with the giant metal disc, and I was there when the guys got wounded behind the bunker in our sandbag enclosure. I was also gest friend to IKe who killed himself in his bunk. If you know me or these incidents please get ahold of me, Don Mobley
The website is really coming together. I'm currently working on the unit history and will have it ready soon.
Remember the 13th(Delta) Avn Bn (and all other aviation units from the Mekong Delta) reunion at Fort Rucker, 6-8 June 2008. Contanct Stan Gause, email@example.com or 561-852-1675 for more details.
This looks like a very functional website.
Wonderful site! Congrats to the webmaster on his persistence in putting this together.
Dave, Good job! It looks like it is all starting to come together.
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