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The goal of this project is to create a complete history and personnel listing for Vinh Long Army Airfield during the course of the Vietnam War.

Right now this project just has one member, me. I am Sondra Marshall. I am here also Mary Richardson

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

Vietnam and Vinh Long (south of Saigon)
  • Complete history (including campaign, battle and operation participation in) and listing of everyone who served with the 114th Aviation Company, including any and all supporting units and unit detachments.
  • Complete history (including campaign, battle and operation participation in) and listing of everyone who served with the 175th Aviation Company, including any and all supporting units and unit detachments.
  • Complete history (including campaign, battle and operation participation in) and listing of any Navy HAL-3 Seawolves that were stationed at Vinh Long for any length of time.
  • Complete listing of all military Groups, Battalions, Companies and Platoons etc stationed for three months or longer at Vinh Long (including any and all MACV Advisory Teams, Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force personnel as well as any non-American forces.)
Early years helicopters.
  • Completion of profiles for all soldiers stationed at Vinh Long Army Air Field that were Prisoners of War, Wounded in combat, Killed in Action, Missing in Action or Died in Military Service.
  • Complete tables for the recipients of the top three medals awarded, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross and Silver Medal at Vinh Long. (To include the 3-4 highest medals for Navy, Marines, Air Force and non-American forces as well, if any)
  • Identify and add any Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, if any.
  • Complete description and history of the airfield and compound
  • Complete history of USO shows that took place at Vinh Long.
  • A history of the interaction between Vinh Long Army Airfield and it's relationship with the residents of Vinh Long.

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!


Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot
But he’ll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words,

Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
This story shall the good man teach his son,
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,

From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be rememberèd—
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,

This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

- Henry V Act 4, Scene 3, Page 3
-William Shakespeare


Contents

VINH LONG AIRFIELD, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH VIETNAM (IV CORPS)

VINH LONG Airfield, Republic of South Vietnam (IV Corps)


Out of helicopter
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Mohave on Huey.

Vinh Long is located on the southern bank of the Co Chien branch of the Mekong River, 60 miles southwest of Saigon.
IV Corps Tactical Zone, later to be known as Military Region IV.

Airfield Established:
Located: Northwest of Vinh Long, South Vietnam off Route QL-4
Runway - 3,500' - rectangular ponds located on either side.
Other - port facilities for US Navy swift boats
Roads - Highway QL-4 (southwest to Can Tho and northeast to My Tho)
Secondary Roads - Highway LTL-7A and Highway LTL-8A

Also known as:
Shannon-Wright Compound
Vĩnh Long Army Airfield
Gauvin-Upton Airfield.


114th AVIATION COMPANY - KNIGHTS of the AIR

January 30, 1963 (Headquarters, Department of the Army General Order) Fort Knox, Kentucky Troop C, 17th Cavalry was inactivated and all personnel from Troop C were assigned to the 114th Aviation Company. They departed the US on April 15, 1963 and arrived at Vinh Long on May 1, 1963 (a conflicting report states they arrived on May 10, 1963) to become the US Army's first UH-1 airmoble company to be deployed from the USA directly to Vietnam. The only other armed Army helicopter company that preceeded the 114th was the Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter Company (UTTCO or UTT) a test unit of sorts, which arrived in 1962 to test the idea of armored helicopter support with the 45th Transportation Battalion.

Pursuant to General Order (G.O.) 109 dated May 21, 1963, for a brief time, the 114th Aviation Company was assigned to the 45th Transportation Battalion, whose companies had arrived in Vietnam December 1961 through 1962. In 1963 the 45th Transportation Battalion was reorganized and the majority of its companies in Vietnam redesignated. In July of 1963 the newly designated Aviation Companies, along with the 114th Aviation Company, were placed under the newly formed Delta Aviation Battalion (provisional).

On June 11, 1963, the 114th Aviation Company took part in its first official air assault. Ten (10) of its troop carriers (slicks) and three (3) armored aircraft (gunships), along with the 57th Transportation Company (which was shortly thereafter redesignated the 120th Aviation Company), airlifted ARVN troops from Bien Hoa to a landing zone (LZ) near Tay Ninh. One of the 114th Aviation Company's helicopters was hit and forced to land during the mission.

It took until early 1964 to complete the permanent structures to house the 114th Aviation Company and its supporting units personnel at Vinh Long Army Airfield. Up to that point the troops had been housed in temporary structures such as tents. During the course of the war Vinh Long Army Airfield would see numerous improvements, including a library a theater and a wide variety of other recreational options.

In July 1964 Vinh Long Army Airfield was renamed, and became the Shannon-Wright Compound to honor two of the fallen members of the 114th Aviation Company, Specialist Fifth Class Wyley Wright Jr who was Killed in Action on March 9, 1964 and 1st Lieutenant Kenneth Arthur Shannon Killed in Action on March 16, 1964.

In late 1964 one of the civilians to visit Vinh Long Army Airfield was Hans Weichsel, Vice President of logistics and marketing to military, commercial and international customers during the 1960s for Bell Helicopter. After his tour of Vietnam, which included a visit to the 114th Aviation Company, he returned to the United States. During this time Bell Helicopter was working on the AH-1 gunship prototype and Mr. Weichsel mentioned the name of the 114th's armored platoon, the Cobras, to General Howze. Mr. Weichsel would later succeed in selling the idea of the AH-1 as an attack helicopter to General Westmoreland and the new helicopter would be placed into service in Vietnam in 1967. The AH-1 Cobra arrived in Vietnam named after the first Huey UH-1 gunship platoon to arrive in Vietnam, the 114th Aviation Company Cobras.

In June 1966 the 114th Aviation Company saw the activation of another platoon, the Lancers. This would make the 114th Aviation Company the first, and ultimately the only, Aviation Company in Vietnam to have two armored (gunship) platoons.

After being stationed at Vinh Long Army Airfied for 9 years, the unit departed in February 1972. The 114th and its supporting units were among the longest standing American Military Units stationed in Vietnam.


Combat Campaigns - 16
Vietnam Advisory
Vietnam Defense
Vietnam Counteroffensive
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase II
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase III
Vietnam Tet Counteroffensive
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase IV
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase V
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VI
Vietnam Tet 69 Counteroffensive
Vietnam Summer/Fall 1969
Vietnam Winter/Spring 1970
Sanctuary Counteroffensive
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VII
Vietnam Consolidation I
Vietnam Consolidation II
Vietnam Ceasefire

Unit Citations - 8 [1]

Award Action Start Date Action End Date DAGO Notes
Presidential Unit Citation August 27, 1965 August 28, 1965 45, 69
Valorous Unit Award April 4, 1965 April 6, 1965 34, 66
Valorous Unit Award June 26, 1964 June 26, 1964 43, 66
Meritorious Unit Commendation July 1963 June 1964 18, 75
RVN Gallantry Cross w/ Palm May 5, 1963 June 30, 1964 46, 68
RVN Gallantry Cross w/ Palm March 1, 1966 March 26, 1967 22, 68
RVN Gallantry Cross w/ Palm March 27, 1967 May 18, 1968 46, 69, amended 21, 69
RVN Gallantry Cross w/ Palm December 15, 1969 October 10, 1970 52, 71



Combat Ready Flight Platoons
Gold Knight (Command/Headquarters Platoon)
White Knights (2nd LIFT/Slicks Platoon)
Red Knights (1st LIFT/Slicks Platoon)
Cobras (3rd Gun Platoon)
Lancers (active 1966-1967 / Gun Platoon)
Blue Knights (Road Service/Maintenance Platoon)



114th Personnel Listings

The following personnel lists are taken from the various Histories complied for the 114th Aviation Company during the Vietnam War. (ie. “History of the 114th Assault Helicopter Company and Attached Units (1 January 1966 – 31 December 1966”, Prepared by: Captain Frank H. Bosworth, 114th Assault Helicopter Company, Approved by: Robert I. Stoverink, LTC, Armor, Commanding, 13th Combat Aviation (Delta) Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army, Vietnam, United States Army, Pacific"):

COMPANY HEADQUARTERS - Gold Knights - 1966

Rank Name Rank Name
LTC Robert I Stoverink MAJ Robert W Reid
MAJ Forrest H Helfenberger CAPT Frank H Bosworth
CAPT Llayll A Fry CW3 George E Kelly
CW3 Charles R Ridenour WO1 Boyd E King Jr
1SG Freddie L Clark MSG William G Middleton
SFC Dennis A Collins SFC Daniel H Schiessel
SSG James A Brantley SSG Wallace P Donovan
SSGNorbert N Edert SP5 Benjamin B Harris
SP5 James D Johns SP5 Donald E Shuey
SP5 Donald B Bartlett SP5 Clyde D Bishop
SP4 Glenn E Davies SP4 Robert S Duvall
SP4 David F Echols SP4 James R Johnson
SP4 Lucio Munoz Jr SP4 Rudolfo Ornelas
SP4 Louis L Sanchez SP4 Danny A Shea
SP4 Melvin E Vogt SP4 James B Wiley
PFC Charles R Clagett PFC Eugene L Groen


FIRST PLATOON - Red Knights - 1966

Rank Name Rank Name
MAJ Richard D Duerr 1LT Raymond W Harmon
1LT Stanley B Kline 1LT Vernon M Olson
1LT Kenneth W Steger 1LT Joseph T Tison
CW2 Larry D Mead WO1 George G Artis
WO1 Gerald L Dolin WO1 Wendell C Lafever
WO1 Lloyd W Whitlow Jr SSG Joseph Anderson
SGT Johnnie L Smith SP5 Gary L Carsey
SP5 Earl R Smaltz SP4 David F Winchel
SP4 Kenneth L Deyton SP4 Michael B Gilbertson
SP4 Bradford H Jennings SP4 John C Jurhs
SP4 Harley W Rich SP4 Phillip J Semenuk
PFC Larry F Collins PFC Darrel E Dutro
PFC Theodis Leonard PFC James S Livengood
PFC Donald L McClain PFC Curtis A McGee
PFC George M Morales PFC Hugh A O’Brien
PFC John T Southern PFC Willliam W Woodard

FIRST PLATOON - Red Knights - 1967

Rank Name Rank Name
CPT Richard W. Davis Jr. 1LT Guy O Hatlie
1LT John E Morris 1LT Timothy E Sawyer
1LT John E Whitten SGT Johnnie L. Smith
CW2 Rodney G. Hillard WO1 Ralph G Ashcraft
WO1 Terrence L. Borzewski WO1 Leon B Ingram
WO1 Chester F Jezierski WO1 Robert J McCarthy
WO1 John L McLeod WO1 Michael D. Miller
WO1 Arthur E Pekarek WO1 Eugene E Schwarzenbek
WO1 Michael P Valebek SP5 Charles L Hicks
SP5 John C Jurhs SP4 Anthony J Anzalone
SP4 Charles D Hanson SP4 William O Harrell
SP4 Theodis Leonard SP4 Robert W. McCarn
SP4 Thomas L Miller SP4 Jack A Moe
SP4 Frank P O’Neill SP4 Richard L Scott
SP4 Bruce N Wheeler PFC John F Aronson
PFC Lawrence L Gibbs PFC Charles B Poole
PFC Lawrence J. Stinger PFC Gene P Tulkki


SECOND PLATOON - White Knights -1966

Rank Name Rank Name
CPT Calway W. Cauley CPT Nash P. Gray
1LT Robert A. Keller 1LT James A. Redmon
1LT Jack C. Payne Jr. 1LT Reverdy E. Winfree Jr.
WO1 Richard W. Black WO1 Donald H. Brimage
WO1 Larry D. Custer WO1 David H. Eicher
WO1 Gary C. Frost WO1 Dennis D. Huber
WO1 Charles W. Kaufman Jr. WO1 John E. Liberg
SGT William D. Boyd SGT Hugh B. Prater
SGT Rogue D. Taves SGT Angel Villa
SP5 Jerry A. Boltz SP5 Orville J Wakeman
CPL Baldur B. LaVogue SP4 John D Claypool
SP4 William B. Crayne SP4 John J. Douglas
SP4 Willis J. Runnels SP4Donald E. Thill
SP4 Paul C. Tuschinski PFC Lawrence D. Cahoon
PFC Melvin J. Caldwell PFC Larry J. Flis
PFC Bradley D. Camble PFC Robert J. Gohnson
PFCAlex R. Medreno PFC Ronald F. Redshaw

SECOND PLATOON - White Knights -1967

Rank Name Rank Name
CPT Ronald L Tolbert 1LT Richard K Watkins
1LT James A Williamson WO1 James D Chaffin
WO1 Barry A Doyle WO1 John D Faltynski
WO1 Carl W Hammond Jr WO1 Lewis A Hudspeth
WO1 Steven C Jensen WO1 James A Koepke
WO1 Timothy L. Krom WO1 Sidney A. McFarland
WO1 William J Peters WO1 Elmer L Sandford
SGT Roald J Thacker SSG John W Schoolcraft
SP4 William A Dubose SP4 Eugene Brown Jr
SP4 Danny E Hereau SP4 James D Hooks
SP4 Harry T Kemp Jr SP4 Loren D Kinney
SP4 Joseph J Navisky SP4 Dennis L Reeve
SP4 Hiward D Robinette SP4 William A Rodgers
SP4 Jon C Weeks SP4 Terry L Weskamp
PFC Jerry R Allen PFC Larry L Betonte
PFC Clarence A Humfleet Jr PFC Virgil H Lynch
PFC Alvin T Lucko PFC Jack E McAllister
PFC Ronald A Yarush PFC



THIRD PLATOON - Cobras - 1966

Rank Name Rank Name
MAJ Ray E. Vining CPT John B. Adams
CPT George D. McFeely 1LT Herbert A. Caddell
1LT Robert G. Emerick 1LT Jess L. Mayfield
1LT Theodore Sherman CW2 Roy H. Billings
WO1 Lonnie Ames Jr. WO1 Cleveland H. Bagley
WO1 Larry E. Boles WO1 Grover W. Brooks
WO1 Robert D. Calkins WO1 Robert J. LaBonty Jr.
SSG Michoel W. Schrumpf SGT Maurice L. Worm
CPL James J. Gosnell SP5 Everett D. Boston
SP5 Jerry V. Baugus SP5 Charles D. Stillwell
SP5 Jimmy V. Dennis SP4 Richard F. Deluca
SP4 Everett W. Dunbar SP4 Larry D. Eckhardt
SP4 Gordon W. Hoeppner SP4 Allen L Jensen
SP4 Ronald L. Lewis SP4 James Francis McGoey
SP4 John R. Riordan SP4 Clifford B. Smith
SP4 Ronald A. Storch SP4 Jimmy A. Walker
SP4 Steven R. Wells PFC Thomas E. Barthe
PFC Dale H. O'Keefe PFC Richard A. Powell
PFC Donnie G. Thomas

THIRD PLATOON - COBRAS -1967

Rank Name Rank Name
CPT Robin K. Miller CPT James C. Williams Jr.
CW2 Charles E. Koonce WO1 Richard H. Carron
WO1 William B. Duncan *KIA WO1 Bruce R. Gunn
WO1 Fred A. Harris WO1 Richard A. Hoppe
WO1 William C. Lightfield WO1 Robert A. Munro
WO1 John S. Popin WO1 Herbert S. Rand III
WO1 Jeffery T. Saxton WO1 Daniel G. Schuster *KIA
WO1 Kenneth D. Scott * KIA WO1 Maxson B. Smith
SSG Harold E. Swann CPL Baldvr B. LaVoque
SP5 Michael A. Kelley SP5 Gregory V. Mathieu
SP4 Paul C. Alioto (dec) SP4 Jerry N. Allday
SP4 John E. Cahill SP4 Gary J. Connally
SP4 Aubrey V. Craddock SP4 Early Fielding III
SP4 James H. Kalchthaler SP4 Edward R. Krumbiegel
SP4 James A. Maestas SP4 George E. McFarland
SP4 Howard L. Meseroll SP4 Michael H. Norton
SP4 John R. Sanchez SP4 Eugene J. Schwanebeck
SP4 Robert J. Swart SP4 Donald R. Wickman
PFC Douglas A. Cook PFC Thomas M. Demski
PFC Oland Kershaw Jr. PFC Larry L. Miller



Partial Listing - Combined Personnel - 1968

Rank Name Rank Name
MAJ Jullan T. Caraballo MAJ Robert E. Brown
MAJ George W. Venti Jr. CPT Fred R Hutson
CPT John M. Lynch CPT Grover D. Westfall
CPT James A Richards 1LT Alberto Bardayan
1LT Robert B. Armstrong 1LT Lawrence R. Cleveland
1LT Benjamin D. Domenick 1LT John R. Gordon
1LT Joel R. Kesner 1LT Boyd E. King
1LT Robert J. McCabe 1LT Robert A. Miller
1LT James J. Molloy 1LT Timothy T. Phalen
1LT Paul F. Phillips 1LT John A. Tackett
1LT Charles R. Wolfe WO1 Michael D. Henry
WO1 Donald N McConnell WO1 Thomas T Ritchey
WO1 Thomas S. Cafferty WO1 Clark E Etheridge
WO1 Gary M. Gager WO1 James M. Hague
WO1 John C. Harrison WO1 Robert J. Hernandez
WO1 David M. Higgins WO1 Donald L Hoover
WO1 Thomas M. Horner WO1 John C. Hudson
WO1 Steven D. Kinnamon WO1 Russell O Larson
WO1 Jack M. Martin WO1 Charles W. McCart
WO1 William B. Reasor WO1 Allan R Shennum
WO1 Ronald C Smith WO1 Brian L. Trach
WO1 Harlan G Ziegler 1SG Bert W. Crow
1SG Arthur C Sievers SFC Glenn O Everhart
SFC Kenneth A. Riddleberger SSG Robert D. Arnold
SSG William H. Chandler SSG Alvin J. Ford
SSG Pablo G. Hernandez SSG Ernest L. Lowe
SSG Jesse L. Hallum SSG James E. Onley
SSG Edward Stovall SP6 Charles Hudson
SGT Robert M Byers SSG Thomas L Green
SGT Charles T. Simonds SGT Eldray Smith
SP5 Charles E. Byrd SP5 P. Bjune
SP5 Aubrey V. Craddock SP5 John R. Jacobs
SP5 Leon A. Johnson SP5 L. M. Jones
SP5 James L. Kealy SP5 Dale McKay
SP5 Danny Millspaugh SP5 Melvin O’Dell
SP5 Richard Oftedal SP5 Richard Oliva
SP5 James M Patterson SP5 Michael J Roe
SP5 Richard Sherard SP5 Jerry C. Shacklett
SP5 Richard Sciapiti SP5 D. Smith
SP5 H. W. Toombs SP5 Thomas Visentine
SP5 Jack White SP4 Lonnie Allen
SP4 L.N. Altig Jr. SP4 Jeffrey A Bezucha
SP4 Archie Blackmon SP4 Dennis Bolten




FOURTH PLATOON - Lancers - 1966

Rank Name Rank Name
MAJ Cletus A Hardin CPT Gary W Jones
CPT John A Little 1LT Richard L Theys
WO1 Berton P Blumenfeld WO1 Daniel H Brooks
WO1 Johnny L Bryant WO1 Allen C Brown
WO1 LaDonne Busby WO1 William J Koshar
WO1 James J Linn WO1 Robert S Stroud
SSG Charles D Eberwein SGT Walter E Hunter
SP5 Forrest A Buckingham SP4 Phillip A Anderson
SP4 Richard Baumgardner SP4 John J Burke
SP4 Darrell G Conk SP4 Stephen L Luzar
SP4 Richard H Pystor SP4Richard Stabile
SP4 Virgis R Suggs PFC James Bovain
PFCHayward Byrd Jr PFC Donald G Lenning
PFC Ralph J Marone Jr PFC Henry L Pazera
PFC Hugh G Shook PFC Charles E Watkins


MAINTENANCE/SERVICE PLATOON - Blue Knights - 1966

Rank Name Rank Name
CPT Jerome E. Fewox SFC Fletcher R. Butler
SSG Robert R. Hazzard SSG Melvin R. Thomas
SP6 Harold E. Swann SGT Ronald J. Buchsen
SGT William A. Cochran Jr. SP5 Thomas J. Durham
SP5 Charles Farrar SP5 Norman E. Johnson
SP4 Leroy L. Boyce SP4 James T. Bramlett
SP4 Michael C. Brown SP4 Arnold L. Etheridge
SP4 Richard Fiorentino SP4 Gilbert R. Garay
SP4 Thomas R. Garrett SP4 Dennis W. Hernsath
SP4 Lee A. Hughes SP4 Allen E. Johnson
SP4 Delano L Lilly SP4 Delbert O. Moye
SP4 John W. Mickerson Jr. SP4 Travis L Pierce
SP4 Donald A. Ruiz SP4 James R. Sebben
SP4 Kenneth J. Statchura SP4 William T. Stevenson
SP4 James R. Swartley SP4 Herbert C. Wink
PFC Robert J. Armogost PFC Vincent B. Alit
PFC John H. Ayers PFC James W. Beegle
PFC Douglas H. Bell PFC Paul E. Bettis
PFC Jayes H. Bowman PFC Gilbert M. Bringhurst
PFC David J. Chatburn PFC Charles S. Downey
PFC John L. Falgoust PFC Alfred D. Ferry
PFC Freddie L. Glisson PFC Norman G. Hathaway
PFC Arlie L Hefner PFC George L Hernandez
PFC Carlos R. Jenkins Jr. PFC Harvey G. Lawley
PFC Doane K. Malmquist PFC John Marx
PFC Gregory V. Mathieu PFC Paul K. Mortenson
PFC Johnny L Perkey PFC Darrel P. Pilkington
PFC Johnnie D. Renfroe Jr. PFC Curtis L Richardson
PFC Michael J. Solatke PFC David S Janson



SUPPORT UNITS

544th Maintenance Detachment (CHFM)
544th Transportation Personnel at the Close of 1966

The following is from “History of the 114th Assault Helicopter Company and Attached Units (1 January 1966 – 31 December 1966”, Prepared by: Captain Frank H. Bosworth, 114th Assault Helicopter Company, Approved by: Robert I. Stoverink, LTC, Armor, Commanding, 13th Combat Aviation (Delta) Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army, Vietnam, United States Army, Pacific":
Rank Name Rank Name
MAJ Bernard R. Lefebvre MSG Robert L Eltzroth
SSG Rex L McClain SP6 Francisco B. Barrientes
SP6 Eldon L Jouett SP6 Charles L. Hanna
SP5 Donald J. Banter SP5 Rupert W. Boles III
SP5 Eulalio C. Bustamante SP5 George R. Crum
SP5 Gordon L Hoyle SP5 Herbert Reese Jr.
SP5 John C. Van Order Jr. SP4 William P. Albertini
SP4 Joseph R. Allard SP4 Donnie J. Amerson
SP4 Louis C. Batson SP4 Michael P. Bell
SP4 Edward S. Booth SP4 James Brooks
SP4 Charles R. Burleson SP4 Norman E. Clair
SP4 Billy W. Cooper SP4 John R. Czeniak
SP4 David O. Czaschke SP4 Willard E. Dickerson
SP4 William E. Dudek SP4 Herbert L. Dukeshire
SP4 James R. Etten SP4 Thomas E. Fleury
SP4 Robert L Funk SP4 Robert W. Goddeau
SP4 Robert D. Harmon SP4 Charles L. Hicks
SP4 Herman G. Hoffaker SP4 Glenn C. Kamper
SP4 Douglas T. Maddox SP4 Cecil O Maize
SP4 Leon M. Mitchell SP4 John R. McDade
SP4 Francis A. Miele Jr. SP4 Daniel F. Obrist
SP4 Howard K Orr SP4 Harold H. Owens Jr.
SP4 Hunter E. Page SP4 John T Parola
SP4 Frankie K. Pierson SP4 Kenneth J. Ryder
SP4 Adrian L. Thompson SP4 Joseph S. Ventimiglia
SP4 Warren F. Wiegert SP4 Thomas C. Wright
SP4 Thomas H. York SP4 Ronald T. Ziarko
PFC John W. Celestine PFC Frank F. Conforti
PFC Lacy L. J. Criz PFC Robert G. Finlayson
PFC Monty R. Gage PFC Norman L Gilley
PFC Malcolm O. Grant PFC Ray C. Guest
PFC Bertrand H. Hicks PFC Norman R. Huston
PFC Marshall V. Huffman PFC Bobbie McDonald
PFC Roland L. Matthews PFC Patrick S. Oshiro
PFC Delmar L. Ray PFC George Rhodes
PFC Trevor S. Standridge PFC Richard H. Turja
PFC Steven M. Vickers PFC Robert C. Voutech
PFC William L Weathers PFC



590th TAMC



96th Avionics Signal Detachment (Avionics Maintenance)
(see also the 28th Avionics Signal Detachment below)

The 96th Avionics Signal Detachment (Avionics Maintenance) was activated and attached to the 114th Aviation Company on February 8, 1963.


96th Signal Personnel at the Close of 1966

The following is from “History of the 114th Assault Helicopter Company and Attached Units (1 January 1966 – 31 December 1966”, Prepared by: Captain Frank H. Bosworth, 114th Assault Helicopter Company, Approved by: Robert I. Stoverink, LTC, Armor, Commanding, 13th Combat Aviation (Delta) Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army, Vietnam, United States Army, Pacific":

Rank Name Rank Name
1LT Duane F Hall SSG James E Camp
SGT Floyd A Trotter SP5 Herbert A Pryor
SP4 Jimmie Franks SP4 Kirby L Parks
SP4 Edwin M Rokicki SP4 Ronald W Rosenberg
PFC John R Reinz



83rd Medical Detachment

Air Ambulance
Ambulance
Gunner & sign

The 83rd Medical Detachment was attached to the 114th Aviation Company on March 16, 1963. It was responsible for operating the dispensary and providing sanitation services, preventative medical services, physical exams, aeromedical evac, and emergency medical treatment. Personnel participated in various combat support missions and volunteered to accompany day and night med evac missions. Personnel accompanied flights to staging areas during major troop lifts, their function being to administer emergency medical treatment if required. Personnel also provided some medical services (ie vaccinations) to the local Vietnamese civilians.


Unit Citations: 6 [2]

Award Action Start Date Action End Date DAGO Notes
Valorous Unit Award April 4, 1965 April 6, 1965 34, 66
RVN Gallantry Cross w/Palm March 1, 1966 March 26, 1967 22, 68
RVN Gallantry Cross w/ Palm March 27, 1967 May 17, 1968 46, 69, amended 21, 69
RVN Gallantry Cross w/ Palm December 15, 1969 October 10, 1970 32, 71
RVN Gallantry Cross w/ Palm January 1, 1969 September 30, 1970 6,74
RVN Gallantry Cross w/ Palm October 1, 1970 August 31, 1972 6, 74


83rd Medical Personnel at the Close of 1966

The following is from “History of the 114th Assault Helicopter Company and Attached Units (1 January 1966 – 31 December 1966”, Prepared by: Captain Frank H. Bosworth, 114th Assault Helicopter Company, Approved by: Robert I. Stoverink, LTC, Armor, Commanding, 13th Combat Aviation (Delta) Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army, Vietnam, United States Army, Pacific":

Rank Name Rank Name
CAPT Thomas J Rose SGT James B Butler
SSG Orvil L Herron SP5 Jesse P Ceretto
SP4 Howard Belvin SP4 Joseph D McAllister
SP4 Robert C Petron



25th Infantry Division
Door Gunner Platoon (Shotgun)

1963 through 1965 saw Operation Shotgun. The 25th Infantry Division stationed in Hawaii asked for volunteers to train and deploy to Vietnam for 90 day assignments. The members of the 25th Infantry Division assigned to the 114th Aviation Company were utilized to create a door gunner pool for the 114th Aviation Company's combat ready flight platoons.

In memory of the fallen members of the 25th Infantry Division

Date of Death Rank Name Place of Residence Notes
2/6/1966 Captain James Baker Woods III Davidson, North Carolina 25th Inf. Div., C Co., 2nd Bn, 35th Infantry
7/5/1966 Master Sergeant Douglas Flores Kaunakakai, Hawaii 25th Inf. Div. A Co., 1st Bn, 35th Infantry
6/2/1967 Sergeant James Francis McGoey Westchester, New York 25th Inf. Div., C Co., 2nd Bn. 27th Infantry



560th Military Police


Door Gunners and Security Police - Arrived on September 12, 1962. Departed March 28, 1973. Served in every part of Vietnam. Late 1963 the Commanding General, Army Support Command Vietnam, in connection with Operation Shotgun, asked the MPs to volunteer to fly as door gunners with the helicopter companies arriving in Vietnam.

Two MPs were killed while doing door gunner duty, PFC John Francis Shea and PFC Frank Holguin.


73rd Reconnaissance Airplane Company (RAC) - BIRD DOGS
In June 1963 the 73rd Reconnaissance Airplaine Company (RAC) at Vinh Long was attached to the 114th Aviation Company as a reconnaissance flight section. It consisted of six (6) TO-lD Fixed Wing Observation Aircraft known as "Bird Dogs" and one (1) U-6A Fixed Wing Utility Aircraft also known as a "Beaver".



Detachment 11, 30th Weather Squadron, USAF



23rd Quartermaster Detachment



173rd Support Battalion (Detachment)



232nd Signal Detachment



114th Aviation Company - Individual Citations
Due to the length of the listings, only the Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star are listed here. To see the medals awarded to any individual please click on their name to view their individual profile. Please note that these lists are not to be considered complete and are always under construction as new information is discovered or provided.

Distinguished Service Cross
Date of Action Rank Name Notes
April 10, 1966 1st Lieutenant Frank H. Mayer
June 5, 1966 Captain Hugh Reavis Nelson, Jr
December 8, 1967 Captain Robin K. Miller



Distinguished Flying Cross
Date of Action Rank Name Notes
June 4, 1964 Captain Roger Winslow
Captain Pete Kendrick
Lieutenant Gene Bailey
Lieutenant Colonel Millard F. “Scooter” Burke
Lieutenant Colonel Warren Bailey Jones
March 26, 1967 1st Lieutenant Richard L. Theys
Captain Roger Edwin Gauvin
Captain Robert Fletcher Molinelli
Captain Charles Harold Edwards Jr



Silver Star
Date of Action Rank Name Notes
September 30, 1965 Captain Robert F. Molinelli]
January 29, 1966 Captain Carl S. Miller Jr.
Specialist 4th Class Simeon Joseph A Bergeron




Aviation Hall of Fame
Year of Induction Rank Name Notes
1989 Major General Robert F. Molinelli
2001 Lieutenant Colonel George L. O'Grady




Missing in Action/Remains Never Recovered
Date of Death Rank Name Place of Residence Notes
9/26/1966 Captain Henry Lee Mosburg Putnam, Oklahoma




In Memory of the Fallen Members of the 114th Aviation Company
Date of Death Rank Name Place of Residence Notes
7/18/1963 Specialist 5th Class Carl Hershel “Butch” Ballard Madill, Oklahoma
3/9/1964 Private First Class John Francis Shea Willimantic, Connecticut
3/9/1964 Specialist 5th Class Wyley Wright Jr Jacksonville, Florida
3/15/1964 Captain Roger Edward Gauvin Caribou, Maine
3/15/1964 Private First Class Frank John Holguin Los Angeles, California
3/15/1964 Specialist 5th Class Carleton Webster Upton Lynn, Massachusetts
3/16/1964 1st Lieutenant Kenneth Arthur Shannon Lynchburg, Virginia
4/10/1964 Specialist 4th Class William Thomas Cavanaugh Central Falls, Rhode Island
4/10/1964 1st Lieutenant Joseph Gary Galambos Sonora, California
4/10/1964 Private First Class Albert Lawrence Shimek Houston, Texas
4/18/1964 Warrant Officer David Edward Miller Olney, Illinois
6/26/1964 2nd Lieutenant Robert Louis Ragsdale San Antonio, Texas
6/26/1964 1st Lieutenant James Paige Wright Custer, South Dakota
6/29/1964 Private First Class Wayne Allen Arakaki Hawaii
6/29/1964 1st Lieutenant Gerald Wayne Davidson Oak Ridge, Tennessee
6/29/1964 Private First Class Everette Leroy Donaldson Baltimore, Maryland
6/29/1964 Warrant OfficerRalph Allen Dunn Colorado Springs, Texas
7/21/1964 Private First Class John Peter Drake Westport, New York
4/6/1965 Specialist 4th Class Clarence Lloyd Jones Greenacres City, Florida
4/6/1965 1st Lieutenant Raymond Ellsworth Rupcic Lorain, Ohio
4/6/1965 Sergeant Rafael Torres-Rivera Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
4/6/1965 Captain Charles Gilbert Tucker Shelbyville, Tennessee
1/29/1966 Major Carl Socrates Miller Jr Ridgley, Tennessee
5/4/1966 Specialist 5th Class Jerry Ray Murphy Tujunga, California
6/5/1966 Captain Hugh Reavis Nelson Jr Rocky Mount, North Carolina
9/26/1966 Major Norman Lee Dupre Orange, Texas
9/26/1966 Captain Henry Lee Mosburg Putnam, Oklahoma
9/26/1966 Specialist 4th Class Marvin Foster Phillips Gruetli, Tennessee
1/5/1967 Sergeant William Demarr Boyd Los Angeles, California
8/1/1967 1st Lieutenant Paul Silvey Colvin Culpepper, Virginia
8/1/1967 Specialist 4th Class Ernst Riley Kuttawa, Kentucky
10/26/1967 Warrant Officer Russel Dean Bentson Salt Lake City, Utah
10/26/1967 Specialist 4th Class David Scott Griffin Tampa, Florida
10/26/1967 Warrant Officer Samuel L Hunt Louisville, Mississippi
10/26/1967 Specialist 4th Class Gerald Howard Slingerland Albany, New York
12/30/1967 Specialist 4th Class Jerome James MacDonald East Weymouth, Massachusetts
1/31/1968 Warrant Officer William Bradley Duncan Anchorage, Alaska
1/31/1968 Major James Matthew Vrba Jr Houston, Texas
2/18/1968 Private First Class Charles Burton Poole Maceo, Kentucky
2/22/1968 Warrant Officer Kenneth David Scott Bear Creek, North Carolina
7/3/1968 Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Carl Schuster Milwaukee, Wisconsin
7/23/1968 Warrant Officer Roy Nicholas Uebler Jr Berrien Center, Michigan
4/26/1968 Sergeant Danny Edward Hereau Louisville, Kentucky
9/10/1968 Warrant Officer Michael JD Pelch Flint, Michigan
9/21/1968 Specialist 4th Class Marvin Vincent Bell Charlotte, North Carolina
10/26/1968 Private First Class David Kenneth Wilhelm Spokane, Washington
1/28/1969 Specialist 4th Class Dennis Lewis Bolton San Bernardino, California
3/3/1969 Specialist 4th Class Steven Murdock Hickman Perkinston, Mississippi
3/6/1969 Specialist 4th Class Weyman Terry Cook Corinth, Mississippi
3/15/1969 Specialist 4th Class Simeon Joseph A Bergeron Stoughton, Massachusetts
6/6/1969 Specialist 4th Class Ralph Honaker Ivyton, Kentucky
7/24/1969 Sergeant Francis M. Beverly Jamaica, New York
1/8/1970 Specialist 4th Class William Edward Barnes Rocky Mount, North Carolina
1/8/1970 Chief Warrant Officer Steven Merle Brown New York, New York
1/8/1970 Warrant Officer Gale W. Butcher Jr Hayward, California
1/8/1970 Specialist 5th Class Kenneth Thomas Kleppin Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4/13/1970 Specialist 5th Class Stanley Wendel Crawford Compton, California
4/13/1970 Private First Class James Aubrey Hulsey Palestine, Texas
7/24/1970 Specialist 4th Class Bruce Douglas Kieme Brandon, Florida
11/20/1970 Specialist 5th Class Franklin Randolph Akana Hawaii
3/29/1971 Captain Charles Harold Edwards Jr Minneapolis, Minnesota
12/2/1971 Warrant Officer Thomas Harold Foley Milwaukee, Wisconsin
12/2/1971 Warrant Officer John Michael Hiebert Hesston, Kansas
12/2/1971 Sergeant Marvin Ross Keeter Fayetteville, Arkansas
12/2/1971 Sergeant William Thomas Warren Jr. Louisville, Kentucky

Former Members of the 114th, or who served with a detachment unit to the 114th - KIA while serving with another Unit

Date of Death Rank Name Place of Residence Notes
10/22/1965 Captain Richard Kenneth Jordan Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1st Inf. Div., Btry D, 1st Bn, 5th Artillery
3/30/1966 Captain John Shaw Sabine IV Tacoma, Washington 1st Cav. Div., Troop A, 1st Sqd., 9th Cavalry (formerly 73rd Aviation Company)
7/4/1968 Major Frederick G. Terry Jr. Pompton Plains, New Jersey Ist Inf. Div., Trp. D, 1st Sqdr., 4th Cavalry
9/12/1968 1st Lieutenant William Henry Hanson Park Falls, Wisconsin 1st Inf. Div, Trp. D, 1st Sqdr., 4th Cavalry
5/22/1969 Captain Johnny Leon Bryant Maryville, Tennessee 1st Avn. Bde., 334th Aviation Co., 145th Avn. Bn., 12th Avn. Grp.
5/24/1972 Chief Warrant Officer Isaac Yoshiro Hosaka Gardena, California 1st Cav. Div., Co. F, 79th ARA



175th AVIATION COMPANY - OUTLAWS

Formed from the personnel and assets of the 11th Air Assault Division (Airmobile), 62nd Aviation Company, "A" Company, 502nd Battalion and activated on August 6, 1964 at Fort Benning, Georgia. It arrived at Tan Son Nhut, Republic of South Vietnam on September 30, 1964 and later that same day arrived at Vinh Long. Between October 8, 1964 and December 14, 1964 the 62nd Aviation Company personnel had earned 358 Air Medals, 18 Air Medals with "V" device, 10 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 1 Silver Star, 7 Purple Hears, 2 Commendation Medals and 33 Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry. December 14, 1964, the 62nd was redesignated Company A, 502nd Aviation Battalion. September 1, 1966 Company A, 502nd Aviation Battalion was inactivated to become the 175th Assault Helicopter Company (AL). It was assigned to the 1st Aviation Brigade's 164th Combat Aviation Group, 13th Combat Aviation Battalion. (September 1966 - February 1972)

Unit Citations

Award Action Start Date Action End Date DAGO Notes
Presidential Unit Citation August 27, 1965 August 28, 1965 45,69
RVN Gallantry Cross w/ Palm March 1, 1966 March 26, 1967 22,68
RVN Gallantry Cross w/ Palm March 27, 1967 May 17, 1968 46, 69, amended 21, 69
RVN Gallantry Cross w/ Palm December 15, 1969 October 10, 1970 52, 71



Combat Ready Flight Platoons
Outlaws - (1st and 2nd LIFT/Slicks Platoons)
Mavericks (Bushwhackers) - (Gun Platoon)
Roadrunners - (Road Service/Maintenance Platoon)


Supporting Units

150th Transportation/Maintenance Detachment (CHFM) Activated August 8, 1964, Fort Eustis, Virginia. Departed Langley AFB September 27, 1964. Arrived Vinh Long on September 30, 1964. Inactivated November 25, 1968, Vietnam. Activated September 1, 1969, Vietnam. Assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division. Inactivated June 11, 1971, Fort Hood, Texas, relieved from assignment to the 1st Cavalry Division.

Combat Campaigns - 13
Vietnam Advisory
Vietnam Defense
Vietnam Counteroffensive
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase II
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase III
Vietnam Tet Counteroffensive
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase IV
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase V
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VI
Vietnam Summer/Fall 1969
Vietnam Winter/Spring 1970
Sanctuary Counteroffensive
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VII


Unit Citations

Award Action Start Date Action End Date DAGO Notes
Valorous Unit Awards, Streamer embroidered Chuong Tien Province
RVN Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered 1966 1967
RVN Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered 1967 1968
RVN Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered 1969 1970
RVN Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class, Streamer embroidered 1969 1970




175th Aviation Company - Individual Citations

175th Aviation Company - Individual Citations

Due to the length of the listings, only the Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star are listed here. To see the medals awarded to any individual please click on their name to view their individual profile. Please note that these lists are not to be considered complete and are always under construction as new information is discovered or provided.


Distinguished Flying Cross


Date of Action Rank Name Notes
Captain Charles Harold Edwards Jr
Specialist Fourth Class Gary Lee Wilcox




Distinguished Service Cross


Date of Action Rank Name Notes
March 26, 1967 Major Juri Toomepuu
Colonel Jack Taylor Dempsey


Silver Star
Date of Action Rank Name Notes
September 19, 1968 Chief Warrant Officer Richard W. Geraghty
Colonel Jack Taylor Dempsey



In memory of the fallen members of the 175th Aviation Company


Date of Death Rank Name Place of Residence Notes
6/16/1965 Specialist 5th Class Michael Perry Moritz Ventura, California
2/5/1966 Private First Class Kenneth Arvidson Minneapolis, Minnesota
2/5/1966 Private First Class Jerry Irven Helland Austin, Minnesota
2/6/1966 Private First Class James William Powers Lincoln Park, Michigan
10/3/1966 Captain Richard A. Rosbeck Cambridge, Massachusetts
10/3/1966 1st Lieutenant Howard D Ulmer Jr Augusta, Georgia
3/26/1967 Colonel Jack Taylor Dempsey Coalgate, Oklahoma
3/26/1967 Specialist 4th Class Gary Lee Wilcox Brainardsville, New York
4/19/1967 Warrant Officer Larry Ray Reeves Austin, Texas
4/19/1967 Warrant Officer Gary Leroy Wesselman Montebello, California
8/9/1967 Specialist 4th Class Gerald Lee Hopper Portland, Oregon
8/9/1967 Major Charles R. Latta Gadfdem, Alabama
8/9/1967 Private William Joseph McRae Sommerville, Massachusetts
8/9/1967 1st Lieutenant George Frank Sodaitis Merrick, New York
8/9/1967 Specialist 4th Class Gary Roger Kooman Ontario, New York
1/31/1968 Specialist 4th Class Fred Kawailani Mas Hatada Hilo, Hawaii
1/31/1968 Private First Class Kenneth Eugene Hotchkis San Antonio, Texas
1/31/1968 Staff Sergeant Vernon Lee Newton Detroit, Michigan
1/31/1968 Sergeant Donald Lamar Smith Bartow, Georgia
1/31/1968 Private First Class Charles Agustus Yeomans Medford, Massachussets
2/18/1968 Corporal Michael Francis Austin Crowley, Louisiana
5/17/1968 Sergeant Raymond Albert Hensley Des Moines, Iowa
5/17/1968 Sergeant William F. Julius III Erie, Pennsylvania
5/17/1968 Warrant Officer Robert John Rosar San Bernardino, California
5/17/1968 Warrant Officer Francis Baron Schmitt Tampa, Florida
8/27/1968 Warrant Officer Bruce Cameron Palmer Wyoming, Michigan
9/20/1968 Private First Class John Curtis Harper Meridian, Mississippi
10/14/1968 1st Lieutenant Dave William Brant Mattawan, Michigan
1/31/1968 Specialist 4th Class Thomas Woodrow Moore Ellicott City, Maryland
1/18/1969 Sergeant John Rex Bartlett Vallejo, California
1/18/1969 Warrant Officer James Earl Ellingston Milo, Maine
1/18/1969 Warrant Officer Kenneth Walter Peters Philadephia, Pennsylvania
1/18/1969 Staff Sergeant David Williams Jr Thomasville, Georgia
3/15/1969 Specialist 4th Class Edgar Gregory McAdams Daphne, Alabama
3/15/1969 Specialist 5th Class John William Price Westfield, New Jersey
3/15/1969 1st Lieutenant Jeffrey Lyle Whynaught San Clemente, California
7/24/1969 Warrant Officer James Dale Earnest Alamo, Texas
7/24/1969 Specialist 4th Class Robert Lee Glasgow West Sunbury, Pennsylvania
7/24/1969 Captain John Phelen Roe Clinton, New York
7/24/1969 Specialist 4th Class Robert Joseph Whites Iroquois, South Dakota
11/16/1969 Specialist 4th Class Michael Lynn Biles Phoenix, Arizona
6/12/1970 Chief Warrant Officer William Francis Walters Anchorage, Alaska
7/29/1970 Chief Warrant Officer James Kenneth Emch Spokane, Washington
1/20/1971 Specialist 4th Class Tommy Hubert Ivey Auburndale, Florida
3/29/1971 Captain Charles Harold Edwards Jr Minneapolis, Minnesota see also the 114th Aviation Company
3/29/1971 Warrant Officer Barry Arthur Rhash Asheville, North Carolina
4/22/1971 Warrant Officer Robert Morrison Persinger Alderson, West Virginia
9/8/1971 Specialist 4th Class Wayne Carl Rochowicz Reading, Pennsylvania



28th Avionics Signal Detachment (1965-1973)


Activated at Fort Riley, Kansas August 11, 1964. Arrived Vinh Long September 16, 1964 Provided support services to both the 114th and the 175th along with the 96th Avionics Signal Detachment (see above). The 28th was part of the 13th Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade, by 1971 the 28th/96th had become part of the 214th CAB.

2nd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division (May-April 1968)

  • 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry
  • 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry


MACV Advisory Team 52

In memory of the fallen members of MACV Advisory Team 52
Date of Death Rank Name Place of Residence Notes
8/1/1967 Captain Gustave Franklin Gudleske Rhinelander, Wisconsin Army
1/6/1968 Major Alonzo R Toal Havertown, Pennsylvania Army
5/9/1968 Captain Ronald Wayne Shepard Amarillo,Texas Army
6/26/1968 Second Lieutenant Philip Matt Crane II Ypsilanti, Michigan Army



MACV Advisory Team 60


In memory of the fallen members of MACV Advisory Team 60
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Date of Death Rank Name Place of Residence Notes
12/23/1967 Staff Sergeant Houston Grant Jr Dahlonega, Georgia Army
2/23/1968 Sergeant Charles Frederick Strock Santee, California Army
2/7/1969 Specialist Fourth Class Stanley Patterson New York, New York Army
1/30/1970 Staff Sergeant William Allen Dixon Accident, Maryland Army
2/3/1970 Private Adock Veiso Johnson Washington D.C. Army
9/21/1970 Chief Shipfitter (Navy) OR Sergeant First Class (Army) John Bowen Jr Holden,West Virginia Army
6/10/1972 Captain Stephen William Lynch Batesville, Arkansas Army



MACV Advisory Team 68

In memory of the fallen members of MACV Advisory Team 68
Date of Death Rank Name Place of Residence Notes
8/7/1969 Captain Robert Franklin Olson Britt, Iowa Army
12/6/1970 First Lieutenant Michael Hadwin Alsever Pennellville, New York Army
11/10/1969 Chief Shipfitter (Navy) OR Sergeant First Class (Army) Vernon Glen Holbrook Piedmont, Alabama Army



United States Navy

HAL-3 Seawolves Detachment 3 (January 1968)

River Patrol PBR



7th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, Troop C (June 1968-April 1972)



199th Assault Helicopter Company (July 1967-October 1970)

"Swamp Fox"


36th Engineer Battalion

Vinh Long Airfield was also supported by the 36th Army Engineer Batallion, Companies A, B, C, D,and HHC. These Units served at Vinh Long, Can Tho, My Tho, the Rock Pier, and Tra Vinh.

36th Engineer Battalion (Construction), 34th Engineer Group, 20th Engineer Brigade. During WWII was known as the Seahorse Battalion. May 1969 thru 30 June 1969 worked on the restoration of National Highway 4 from My Thuan to Ba Cong in Vinh Long Province. 1 July 1969 the battalion focused on construction of base facilities at Vinh Long Army Airfield. A floating barge pier made accessible by means of an articulating ramp was constructed and the battalion continued operation of the Vinh Long rock off-loading facility. Worked on QL-4. Charged with building asphalt road, LTL 7A, from Vinh Long to Tra Vinh and 22 concrete bridges. Built Charlie Company Base Camp and rock pier on the Mekong River near Tra Vinh.

Unit Citations - 5 [3]

Award Action Start Date Action End Date DAGO Notes
Meritorious Unit Commendation October 1, 1967 August 31,1968 51, 71, revoked 2, 71, which amended 42, 69
Meritorious Unit Commendation September 1, 1968 December 31, 1969 51, 71
Meritorious Unit Commendation January 1, 1971 December 31, 1971 5, 73
RVN Civil Actions Honor Medal – FC September 1, 1967 May 31, 1968 2, 71, amended 43, 70
RVN Civil Actions Honor Medal – FC June 1968 April 16, 1970 32, 73

29th Detachment-11th Air Postal Squadron


611th Transportation


292nd Financial Section


28th Royal Australian Regiment Signal Detachment


SECURITY MEASURES

SECURITY MEASURES

Following the VC mortar attack at Bien Hoa, the 114th's and 175th's gun platoons, the Cobras and Mavericks, conducted nightly security patrols of Vinh Long Airfield and the immediate surrounding area. These patrols consisted of 2 or 3 armed gun ships and a "Slick" (LIFT platoon helicopter) equipped with flares. The patrols often encountered ground fire along the canals and rivers leading toward Vinh Long Airfield and the Compound.



LETTERS HOME

LETTERS HOME

April 13, 1964 - Pvt. Raymond E. Marshall arrives in Vinh Long to join the 83rd Medical Detachment

May 20, 1964 - Excerpt from a letter home from Raymond E. Marshall - …The rainy season has finally got here. So now the work has begun. Mopping floors and hauling the mud out by the buckets full... Had a guy got shot in the knee, when a guy was clearing his weapon. He was in a building cleaning after a mission and it went off. Went through the side of the wall and the guy who got shot was walking by, at the wrong time...I thought things were going to pop last night. They had an alert out all night but nothing happened.

May 25, 1964 - Excerpt from a letter home from Raymond E. Marshall - ...It really rained yesterday (all day). I think we got almost six inches altogether. The water was right up to the doorstep...We had a little excitement the night before last. Some Vietnamese were hunting frogs with lanterns and they got a little to close to the compound. The guards opened fire on them and they took off running. The guards fired over their heads and told them to stop, but they didn’t and then they shot directly at them. They never did hit any but they managed to make one stop and now their holding him as a suspected V.C...P.S. I suppose they did open my letter dated the 9th. I haven’t ever opened any and close them up again. Guess I’ll have to watch what I say from now on.

June 14, 1964 - Excerpt from a letter home from Raymond E. Marshall - A week ago he was on a mission and was flying over V.C. territory and got shot by a sniper. He was shot in the foot and the bullet was lodged in a bone. He will now be awarded the Purple Heart. A month before that he was awarded the flying Medal of Honor. He got that by saving a life of a fellow soldier. The accident happened in the morning and after he was flown to Siagon for treatment. My Sergeant and two Captains went out on a mission that evening in the same chopper and got shot down. They all got out of it alive. The shell went through a gas line. Another chopper picked them up and brought them back to Vinh Long. They forgot where they left the other chopper so they went looking for it. They found it by seeing smoke in the distance, so they checked it out. The V.C. had set it on fire, so the Army lost one chopper and no men. Pretty darn lucky. They guy who got shot in the foot also got the V.C. who shot him. It was the first human he has killed. Guess it was quite an experience. I was going to fly gunner when I got back, but it would be my luck to get shot down and not get out of it alive, so I have changed my mind and decided to keep my feet on the ground. I would get an extra $50.00 by doing so, but??

June 24, 1964 - Excerpt from a letter home from Raymond E. Marshall - Last Sunday they had another lift out of here and we really got the business. Three wounded Americans and 42 Vietnamese, most of the Vietnamese were dead...

June 29, 1964 - Excerpt from a letter home from Raymond E. Marshall - Today has been a sad day for all of us over here. Today a ship went down and killed four Americans. Two of them were Officers, a SP5 and a PFC. From the way the report was sent out, they were on a mission and underwent mechanical failure. The helicopter they were flying was said to have blown up in midair and then crashed and burnt up. They said one guy, the PFC, had tried to get out, but didn’t make itThe PFC was in for a shot this morning and we were kidding him about having to work todaysure is too bad that things like that have to happen.

July 14, 1964 - Excerpt from a letter home from Raymond E. Marshall - I really shouldn’t tell you what has been going on over here, because of the way you worry about me... I imagine you have read in the papers about American Compounds being attached by the V.C.s. Well! We have been one of them. So far nobody have been hurt or killed so guess we’re lucky... We were hit hard last Saturday evening abound 8:30 pm and I thought we had had it. The little deal lasted about 1½ hours and they finally gave up. Nobody was hurt... Then last night if it weren’t for some guys scouting the area, I think we might have been in trouble. Just 1½ miles away, about 500 V.C.s (by what the patrol estimated) were spotted heading this way under full arm. Beings that it was light enough yet, they called the armed ships out to meet them. The ships are equipped with 36 rockets and four M-60 machine guns. (EA) The last report was that they destroyed everything in sight. So that brought the day to an end. Then today we had a big meeting, and they told us that we are to be mortared within the next 20 days. So now we have to just sit around and wait. Just had a call in and operations said that 11 ships are going out on medavac tonight. That means we might be busy all night... I have got five days of flying time in and only need one more to get an extra $55.00 a month. Hope to get it tomorrow. Well! I guess I had better get some supplies set up, just in case they do bring in some wounded. I suppose most of them will go to the town hospital. If we’re lucky they will all be Vietnamese.

THE BOB HOPE SHOW - December 25, 1964

the BOB Hope Show, Dec 25, 1964
Bob Hope Show
Bob Hope at the 83rd Med Detachment, Vinh Long

THE BOULEVARD OF THE UNITED STATES

the Boulevard of the UNITED STATES
First few State Flags to Arrive

Early on some of the troops decided to create an avenue or boulevard of flags. The idea was simple, a State flag from each of the 50 States would be flown over the Compound. The troops wrote home to their U.S. Governors requesting a flag to be sent. According to the Unit History prepared for 1966 there were 50 flag poles, each from which waved a State Flag from one of the 50 States, all represented by native sons serving in Vietnam.

The following accompanied the State Flag from Ohio:

Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes -
"I want you to know that this particular flag, at my personal direction, was flown over the state capitol here for a full day 'prior to being sent to you for display on the Boulevard of the United States. To those who man the ramparts of freedom, as we Americans and we Ohioans have done from the beginning, we offer our humble thanks and our constant remembrance. You are not forgotten here in Ohio. We shall not forget." [4]
And the following from the Governor of Maine:
"It is for such men and such deeds that we are extremely proud and grateful" [5]


RECREATION

RECREATION
Volleyball Court (volleyballs)
Swimming Pool
Table Tennis
Baseballs and baseball bats
Footballs
Tennis Court (tennis balls and rackets)
Ring and mats for wrestling and boxing
Basketball Court
Movie and slide projectors
Movie Theater
Theater


Photography Lab
Stereo tape room
Construction of a Library was completed in 1966 and named after Major Carl Socrates Miller Jr who was Killed in Action on 29 January 1966 at Ba Tri. It contained 2,500 books, 25 varieties of magazines and 15 regularly published newspapers.
NCO Club
Enlisted Club
7 day R&R locations: Hong Kong, Bangkak, Japan, Hawaii, and Taiwan.


RELIGIOUS SERVICES

RELIGIOUS SERVICES

VINH LONG CHAPEL

The Chaplains at the close of 1966 were CPT Charles D Logue (Catholic – a resident of the Vinh Long installation) and CPT Ermine Todd Jr (Protestant – a resident of the Soc Trang installation). Both Chaplains conducted regular services at Vinh Long, Soc Trang, Long Xuyen and Tra Vinh.


WEB PAGES OF INTEREST

WEB PAGES OF INTEREST

Stars & Stripes Archives: "Tiny Base at Vinh Long has a Deadly Sting", By Bob Cutts, Published: November 18, 1965

114th Aviation Company Association, Copyright 1997-2017

“Vinh Long Outlaws”

"Vinh Long Army Airfied", Helis.com

"Vinh Long, Vietnam", The Delta Dragon – Can Tho-RVN, Webmaster, Joe Moore

"Vietnam Photo Album", Patrick Orlando, US Army, Crewchief - Red Knights, 114th Assault Helicopter Company 1969-1970

"TET 1968", Navy Seawolves, History

"96th and 28th Avionics Signal Detachment Vinh Long Vietnam 1965-73", Ray Mahoney

"Helicopter Unit Web Sites", Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, Copyright 2013-2017

History of the 114th Aviation Company Birddogs – Before the 220th arrived in Vietnam”, 220th Aviation Company (Surveillance Airplane Light) (Reconnaissance Airplane) (Utility Airplane)

36th Engineer Battalion Association Vietnam

YouTube VIDEOS OF INTEREST

YouTube VIDEOS OF INTEREST

"Evan Doorgunner Vietnam", By dcon1407ver5, Published on Jan 8, 2009, A Doorgunner with The 114th, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDTkVYoJ6YU

"base camp vinh long", By jvern57, Published on Apr 19, 2007, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1PxZAEolts

"114th Aviation 0001", By sjcyankee, Published on Sep 14, 2013, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXrz4fp6ItI

"114th Aviation Co. 1965 Vietnam", By WonderManTN, Published on Aug 8, 2008, Images - Richard "Dick" Fortenberry, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWk6QmkffHI

"114th Aviation Company", By Rich Benjamin, Published on Sep 25, 2014, Vietnam 1965 -1966 - Photos - Dick Fortenbery, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqimznC4YeE

"114th AHC "Cobras" Vinh Long Vietnam War home movies", vintagefilmarsenal.com, "Caviness's Cobras". Home movies filmed by PFC Victor Caviness, doorgunner with the 114th AHC "Cobras" at Vinh Long during 1966. https://youtu.be/2HrWGFK5VLE

"Tet Vinh Long Vietnam: Photos of TET in Vinh Long Vietnam -1968", By Don Swift, Published November 19, 2006, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V10FbKy70zU

"Outlaws and Mavericks 1967", By: joseph watson, Published on Mar 2, 2015, "Outlaws and Mavericks in Vietnam. A couple days in the life. 1967", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzCLmq3_--c

"US Navy HA(L)-3 "Seawolves" Helicopter Squadron over the Mekong Delta (1967)", By sobchakvideos, Published on Sep 5, 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKnwU2iMfW8

"SCRAMBLE THE SEAWOLVES", By SCRAMBLE THE SEAWOLVES, Published on Oct 6, 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4f_hQP1sdk

"Vietnam in HD: The Seawolves | History", By HISTORY, Published on Nov 17, 2011, History Film Corps: The Seawolves, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdYjPsVs2Os

"Payton Rowan, SP5. Soc Trang, Vietnam", By Payton Rowan, Published on Jun 3, 2014, "Payton Rowan, SP5. U.S. Army Airfield in Soc Trang, Vietnam. 1962-63.", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITpquW-XNAk

RECOMMENDED READING

  • “History of the 114th Assault Helicopter Company and Attached Units (1 January 1966 – 31 December 1966”, Prepared by: Captain Frank H. Bosworth, 114th Assault Helicopter Company, Approved by: Robert I. Stoverink, LTC, Armor, Commanding, 13th Combat Aviation (Delta) Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army, Vietnam, United States Army, Pacific
  • "Year of the Snake: One helicopter pilot's story of a year in Vietnam's Mekong Delta", by Lt Col Warren B. Jones Sr., Shade Tree Publishers, 2nd edition (1999)
  • "Knights Over the Delta: An Oral History of the 114th Aviation Company in Vietnam, 1963-72", Edited By Steve Stibbens; Introduction By Horst Faas and Joseph L. Galloway, Published by 114th Aviation Company Association (2002).
  • "Outlaws in Vietnam: 1966-67 in the Delta" by David Eastman, Publisher, Peter E. Randall Publisher, 2006.
  • “Seawolves: First Choice”, by Daniel E. Kelly, Publisher: IVY Books, 1998.
  • “U.S. Navy Seawolves: The Elite HAL-3 Helicopter Squadron in Vietnam”, By Daniel E. Kelly, Publisher: Ballantine Books, 2002.
  • "Five Years to Freedom: The True Story of a Vietnam POW", By James N. Rowe, Publisher: Presidio Press; First Ballantine Books Edition: June 1984 edition (May 12, 1984). (The 114th Aviation Company was part of the flight of helicopters that rescued James Rowe.)
SOURCES
  1. “Decorations, Awards, and Honors – Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Credit Register” Department of the Army Pamphlet 672-3 – 29 January 1988, pp 50-51
  2. “Decorations, Awards, and Honors – Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Credit Register” Department of the Army Pamphlet 672-3 – 29 January 1988, p 47
  3. “Decorations, Awards, and Honors – Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Credit Register” Department of the Army Pamphlet 672-3 – 29 January 1988, pp 50-51
  4. “History of the 114th Assault Helicopter Company and Attached Units (1 January 1966 – 31 December 1966”, Prepared by: Captain Frank H. Bosworth, 114th Assault Helicopter Company, Approved by: Robert I. Stoverink, LTC, Armor, Commanding, 13th Combat Aviation (Delta) Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army, Vietnam, United States Army, Pacific
  5. “History of the 114th Assault Helicopter Company and Attached Units (1 January 1966 – 31 December 1966”, Prepared by: Captain Frank H. Bosworth, 114th Assault Helicopter Company, Approved by: Robert I. Stoverink, LTC, Armor, Commanding, 13th Combat Aviation (Delta) Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army, Vietnam, United States Army, Pacific
  • "Knights Over the Delta: An Oral History of the 114th Aviation Company in Vietnam, 1963-72", Edited By Steve Stibbens; Introduction By Horst Faas and Joseph L. Galloway, Published by 114th Aviation Company Association (2002)
  • "Outlaws in Vietnam: 1966-67 in the Delta" by David Eastman
  • “History of the 114th Assault Helicopter Company and Attached Units (1 January 1966 – 31 December 1966”, Prepared by: Captain Frank H. Bosworth, 114th Assault Helicopter Company, Approved by: Robert I. Stoverink, LTC, Armor, Commanding, 13th Combat Aviation (Delta) Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army, Vietnam, United States Army, Pacific
  • Letters written to Elvan and Alfreda Marshall from April 1964 - July 1964 by Raymond E. Marshall. Letters part of a private family collection currently in possession of the daughter of Raymond E. Marshall, Sondra K Marshall.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

THANK YOU TO ALL THE VIETNAM VETERANS AND FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THIS PAGE!



















Sources:

  1. “Decorations, Awards, and Honors – Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Credit Register” Department of the Army Pamphlet 672-3 – 29 January 1988, pp 50-51
  2. “Decorations, Awards, and Honors – Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Credit Register” Department of the Army Pamphlet 672-3 – 29 January 1988, p 47
  3. “Decorations, Awards, and Honors – Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Credit Register” Department of the Army Pamphlet 672-3 – 29 January 1988, pp 50-51
  4. “History of the 114th Assault Helicopter Company and Attached Units (1 January 1966 – 31 December 1966”, Prepared by: Captain Frank H. Bosworth, 114th Assault Helicopter Company, Approved by: Robert I. Stoverink, LTC, Armor, Commanding, 13th Combat Aviation (Delta) Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army, Vietnam, United States Army, Pacific
  5. “History of the 114th Assault Helicopter Company and Attached Units (1 January 1966 – 31 December 1966”, Prepared by: Captain Frank H. Bosworth, 114th Assault Helicopter Company, Approved by: Robert I. Stoverink, LTC, Armor, Commanding, 13th Combat Aviation (Delta) Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army, Vietnam, United States Army, Pacific




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Good day -- What a fabuous site. I see you have linked to the "Vinh Long Outlaws" page, but I didn't see the history of the 175th AHC (authored by CW2 Carson Snow -- Snow-9339) specifically referenced. Here is the full URL: https://vinhlongoutlaws.com/Portals/0/history/History%20of%20175th.pdf?ver=2011-08-01-131326-467. CW2 Snow has a list of soldiers who died while serving on PDF-pages 16 and 17. I have NOT yet compared his names to your rosters.

Also, I have added a (minimal) WikiTree page for Thomas Woodrow Moore (Moore-67820) (he died in 1968); you have his name but it isn't linked. I'm not sure I'm up to making Moore's name "linked."

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