Month: February 2018

History Of The Air Force Security Badge

1947 – 1959 MP and Air Police Brassard
May 1957 Trial issue of Air Police Shield
1959 Approval of Air Police Shield
1960 Removal of blue enamel
1962 Changed from oxidized silver to silver plate
1966 Changed from Air Police to Security Police
1970’s Cloth shields worn on fatigues
1980’s Miniature Badges for women
1990’s Leather name tag with embossed shield
Military insignia of authority have evolved through the centuries from the sash worn by medieval officers to distinguish them from their men, to gorgets worn on chains around the neck, to brassards or armbands, and finally to badges or shields worn on the breast.  Since it was temporary duty for all troops in the U.S. military,  no uniform insignia for military police was prescribed until the Second World War; prior to that, the many Provost Marshals prescribed their own and they varied greatly through the years from sprigs of plants worn in the tricorn hat during the Revolution to chest badges in the Civil War.  In the First World War, however, General Pershing copied the British and prescribed brassards with “MP” in white letters on a dark blue band; this remains the US Army’s military police insignia to this day.  In 1941 with the Congressional authorization of a Military Police Corps, what had been temporary duty became a professional career field;  the MP brassard continued to distinguish the military police from civilian police, who wore badges.
When the Air Force separated for the Army in 1947, its police–still called Military Police–continued to wear the old MP brassard, even after the name changed to Air Police in November 1948, but a new brassard gradually replaced the older one.  The first AP brassard had yellow letters spelling out “Air Police”  on a band of Air Force blue, but before it could be widely distributed, it was replaced by another with dull gray letters on a dark blue band.  For several reasons, many in the career field did not esteem the brassard; it wrinkled, slipped down on the sleeve, and twisted to hide the letters.   Since Officers of the Day, Airdrome Officers, and other “temporaries” wore similar brassards, the Air Police repeatedly requested a shield to replace the brassard and to underscore their permanency.
In their enthusiasm for the idea of a shield, some persons had unofficial ones made and presumably wore them, against regulations.  Many examples of these may be found in private collections and at the Security Police Museum at Lackland AFB, TX.  We do not always know when and where they were produced nor when and where they were worn, if ever.  Nevertheless, the desire to replace the brassard with a shield grew within the career field and finally produced official action.
In Oct 1956, the Air Provost Marshal, HQ/USAF requested and received permission to design and field test a shield.  By May 1957 this process was completed and units in three MAJCOMS (MATS, SAC, and USAFE) received 400 prototype shields  for 60- to 90-day trials.  These shields resembled the ones worn today except that they were silver-plated, had blue and white inlays in the Air Force crest, and “Air Police” in the banner under the eagle’s talons.  Also, the shield was attached to the uniform by three pins and held there by clasps. Unfortunately, the color inlays often chipped and broke out of the crest, which marred the appearance, while the pins bent and broke off.   In February 1959, after the redesign eliminated the inlays and the pins were replaced by a safety clasp similar to civilian police badges, the shields were mass produced and distribution began to the units in the field.  Until 1960, when the last units received their shields, AP units continued to wear brassards.
The Air Police became the Security Police in November 1966 and a new shield had to be designed and manufactured.  Presumably to reduce costs, they were made of base silver-colored metal without silver-plating, the new shield resembled the old superficially, but the new banner inscription read “Security Police.”   During the transition period, however,  many continued to wear Air Police shields until the new version finally replaced them by the fall of 1968.  The Security Police became the Security Forces in July 1997, but the shield has not been redesigned; so, it retains “Security Police” in the banner.
Initially the USAF feared that APs would abuse the authority the shield represented; so, they were issued to Air Police Squadron commanders who were responsible for them as squadron property, each had an individualized serial number stamped on it;  and they were checked out with weapons when troops went on duty and turned in when they came off duty.  So, initially, at least, shields had much in common with the old brassard: they were worn only when on duty and signified the policeman’s authority while on duty. These early metal shields were worn on dress as well as fatigue uniforms, but, by 1975, it had become clear to all concerned that metal shields could not stand up to the rigors of combat; they got scuffed or otherwise damaged from the unintentional abuse they received under combat conditions. In that year, when so many changes occurred to the Security Police uniform, a cloth shield in silver and blue thread replaced the metal one on the fatigue blouse, although the metal shield continued to be worn on the dress uniforms, summer and winter.     Also, as a consequence of the cloth shield being sewn on and not removable, the USAF finally rescinded its policy of shields being squadron property and made them individual property; hence, from that date to the present, the shield is worn on all uniforms, on duty and off.  In 1979, a subdued cloth shield replaced the first on the fatigue blouse and continued on the camouflaged BDU blouse after 1981.
In 1980, Security Police investigators received permission to pursue their work in civilian clothes; hence, they could no longer wear shields on such clothing.  So, the USAF authorized them to use a leather badge holder, similar to the one carried by OSI agents.  In 1982, a one-third sized miniature shield appeared for wear on those dress uniforms on which miniature medals could be worn.
During Operation Desert Storm, the Security Police began wearing leather name tags on their BDUs with a shield embossed in silver on the left side of the rectangle.  Nowadays, loose-leaf notebook covers, portfolios, wallets and other objects have the Security Forces shield embossed, printed, or embroidered on them and are for sale in AAFES stores around the world.  The shield provides a distinctive and proud emblem for USAF SF personnel as well as a reminder of the sacrifice and dedication of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have worn it with honor in the past.
Bibliography:  

_The Provost Marshal Digest_,  Washington, D.C.: IG/HQ/USAF,1956-60.
_Security and Law Enforcement Digest, Washington, D.C.: IG/HQ/USAF, 1966.
AFR 125-7, “Air Police Uniforms,” 1957.
AFR 125-7 “Security Police Uniforms,” 1967.
AFI 125-7 “Security Forces Uniforms,” 1997.

“The Huey Pilot”

Casually he walks to the slick, a helmet with dark visor in his hand,
stepping from the skid into the cockpit, the switches and dials at his command.

He may be tired from many runs, it seems he lives under this plexi dome,
but with the stick between his legs and the pedals at his feet, he feels once again at home.

He fires up that turbine as the pre-flight is performed, the Jesus nut begins to turn,
that machine begins to rock and now starts that steady “Whop”, and air begins to churn.

As those massive blades begin to claw the air he skillfully lifts his baby off the ground,
the tail begins to rise and the front seems slow to follow but no better pilot will be found.

I never saw his face, I never knew his name, but I’ll never forget the day the Huey Pilot came.

With surgical precision he causes that Huey to hover, dip and dance behind a hill,
then he routinely skims the tops of trees, rising only to have his door gunner make another kill.

He listens to the Peter Pilot and Crew Chief as well as he watches for popped smoke,
glancing down he sees looks of relief on haggard faces, they know he will not choke.

With bullets pinging on the thin metal and stars appearing on the windshield he holds steady to the stick,
people are screaming to his rear, mortars dropping dangerously near, but he maintains a firm control of his slick.

He saves a dozen lives and takes supplies where no one else wishes to go, for him it is just another day,
at base camp he helps wash blood from the rear cabin and after he fingers new bullet holes he casually walks away.

I never saw his face, I never knew his name, but I’ll never forget the day the Huey Pilot came.

 

Copyright © September 1996 I. S. Parrish

 

Comments in the email

Bill,

    I was a crewchief my first tour and on second tour a crewchief/Platoon Sergeant of the 114th Aslt Hel COBRA gun platoon.  We flew “B” and “C” model Huey armed helicopters.  The name COBRA is a little misleading, except for the guys that flew with them at Vinh Long.  ACTUALLY the COBRA AH-1 helicopter got its name from our platoon name.  That is a proven fact.  It is still the only helicopter that doesn’t have an Indian name.  I completed a 1 year tour from Jan 65 – Jan 66 and then came right back to them in May 66 – Mar 67.  Jul 66 – Feb 67 as Platoon Sergeant.  We had some outstanding Gunners come to us from the 25th.  My first gunner was Eddie Lee Coke who sent me this website.  Lee taught me, as he was the Gunner on the acft when I took it over.  Acft UH-1B 63-12942.  We lost that old gal in June 66 up by Moc Hoa.  After Lee, I had a couple of Smith’s as my Gunner. 

    When I returned to the states in Feb 69 I was assigned to Ft. Rucker where I was an instructor in aerial gunnery for two and a half years training door gunners.  Well my flying friend, I hope I didn’t bend your ear to much, But you asked.

    I have been forever thankful to have flown with those men.

Sincerely,

Mike “Daddy Snake” Schrumpf

 

 

Bill

Whew, bro thanks for taking the v out, like I was saying I want only to aide you in your effort to divulge the true stories of the warriors from the misty Kukus Mts. where hell had another definition to our young very youthful minds LOL. We were the warriors who came running out of the Kukus willingly to fight battles for a little relief from hell no brother. The Blue Collar Division that is hidden in the mists of the Khukus so no one sees us and only to be brought out in case of war. These are the true tales of our state of minds when JR. Walker and the All Stars big hit “Shotgun” in the spring/summer of 1965 as life in the quads came slowly into a buzz of high energy when tales of warriors filled the air in the quads as we sat on the verge of complete deployment. Young hearts thirsting for a far off adventure as the war drums beat in our hearts the warriors of democracy going off the only warriors in history to do so, fight for ideals of world freedom. Beating deep within me at least because my father welded into my heart and mind that this country is “GODS” gift to the world, so be it, I am an “American Warrior” now descendent from a long line of “Mongol Warriors”. To be one you must “fear being a coward more then you fear death”, thus the Wolfhounds and I were destined to be with their motto of “No Fear On Earth” it’ll work close enough. I just never tell them I fear being a coward.

Wolfhounds forever

Your Wolfhound Bro

A1/27 3/65-12/66

Webmaster Note: I remember all the running we had to do in training and the singing of “Shotgun”. Seems Silver Wings was also a big while running hit.  Try running five miles while singing those songs now!

I remember Jr.’s Shotgun,  was a big hit back then Here is a link to Jr. Walker and the The All Stars click on the Shotgun link to play the song

http://www.mp3.com/albums/43451/summary.html

 

 

Doug Wilson junglecruise@surfbest.net

 

The good thing about reunions such as the 145th CAB is having your own “Shotgun Mini Reunion”. Its up to you to invite all your Shotgun program friends reguardless if they ever was in the 145th or not.Jim Bodkin wont mind.The 145th selects the hotel, provides the dinner ect. All Shotgun has to do is show up and pay. The 335th & 155th started out at the VHCMA reunion. The Casper Aviation started out at the VHPA reunion. After you get big you can branch off or just continue to gather at the 145th reunions. Its just a thought.

Doug

Here is the link to the 145th reunion

http://www.oldwarrior.com/  click on reunion on the left side bar,  webmaster.

 

Bill,

We went to Camp Holloway Pleiku and flew with the 52nd Av. Bat 119 AML (Crocs and Gators) the gunships were crocs. I flew the first half on gunships, then I flew on slicks. I was in a slick when we helped lift the seige at DuCo Special Forces Camp and carried out their dead. I was in a gunship escort mission when LT. Ball’s chopper got hit. It was there and then it wasn’t the first empty feeling unfortunately there many more to follow.  Johnny R. Triplett and I spent the last weekend at Ft. DeRussey together in the same room on a three day pass before we left for Vietnam.

Wolfhounds forever

Mike Moschkin [hound@tampabay.rr.com]

 

4/24/2005

From Richard Cacioppe former Shotgun Platoon Leader

 

Be sure to click on the 118th Assault Helicopter Co. link provided by Richard for some great stories.  The site also has a good history of the Shotgun Program and early door gunners.

 

Bill,

  Good to hear from you.  Thanks for your efforts on preserving the ‘Shotgun’ experience.  I was the Shotgun platoon leader with the 118th Avn Co. at Bien Hoa from September to December 1964.  My platoon was made up mostly of troops from my battalion in the 25th ID, 1st Bn, 14th Infantry.  I had a few folks from artillery batteries as well.

  I do have some orders I can fax or mail to you for my platoon and one or two others.  I’m sure you know about the 118th web site which has some good info.  It has an entire section on ‘shotgun’.  It also has an article I wrote in 1968 about a mission we flew in Ban Me Thouet during a Montagnard uprising in 1964.  You can get there by ‘googling’ me, Richard Cacioppe or going to http://www.gorilla.net/~118ahc/index.htm.  That page will let you access their ‘Shotgun’ section.  My story is in the I Remember section under the title, “I flew It Ban Me Thouet.”

  After I returned to Hawaii from Shotgun the entire 25th ID was sent back to RVN.  My Brigade went to Pleiku, the other two Brigades went to Cu Chi.  I spent most of my 11 months this time with the 1/14th on the Cambodian border.  I got a one month curtailment because of my ‘shotgun’ time.  After I returned home, I was assigned to a Basic Training unit at Fort Dix.  After being told I was going back for a third time, (they were hard up for Infantry officers) I reluctantly resigned.  I loved the Army, but I just didn’t want to be away from my family any more.  I finished up my career in the Guard and Reserves, retiring as a LTC.

  Incidentally, the guy that followed me in the next Shotgun platoon from my battalion was Terry Scott, who retired as a three star and was the head of Special Ops for awhile.  The last email I have for him is: jtcwscott@aol.com.

  I now own a business that sells construction and survey instrument in the midwest.  How about you?  Were you a 25th ID guy?  What did you do after the war?

  Send me an address and I’ll send you copies of the orders.  I have a ton of slides.  If I can find them and figure out how to copy them to a disk, I’ll send them to you.  Thanks again for your efforts.

    Best wishes,

    Rich

 P.S. I got your info from Anna, the ‘little’ sister of Sgt. Jesse Harris who was in my Shotgun platoon, but was later KIA when we returned to RVN in 1966. 

 

2/20/2005

I was on Shotgun # 8 out of Camp Hollaway,Pleiku. I was there from late 64 to early 65. I was there when Camp Hollaway was attack by the VC 2/7/65. I was awarded 3 Air Medals & a Purple Heart. My next tour was with A/co/1st/ 35th 12 months as lead FO. Two more purple Hearts and many other medals& awards. A D Ramsey—-( OLD CACTI MAN)

2/20/2005

I was in Shotgun IV. from May 1964 to Sept 1964 at the 119th Helicopter Co, Camp Holloway, Pleiku,RVN,

I serve with B Troop 3rd Sqdn, 4th US Cav, from jun 1963, went to Viet Nam with the 3/4 Cav, tranfered to A co. 25th Aviation Little Bear, in Cu-chi when the unit came in from Ft Benning, until Feb 1967.  E-5.Roberto L. Molinary-Martinez. did received my wings with the G, still have it. Thanks for this site,, WELCOME HOME..  Im Native of Puerto Rico, Reside in Columbis, SC.

 

This had to come from a grunt, anyway he said thanks no name.

The Man In the Doorway
They came in low and hot, close to the trees and dropped their tail in a flare, rocked forward and we raced for the open doorways. This was always the worst for us, we couldn’t hear anything and our backs were turned to the tree line. The best you could hope for was a sign on the face of the man in the doorway, leaning out waiting to help with a tug or to lay down some lead. Sometimes you could glance quickly at his face and pick up a clue as to what was about to happen. We would pitch ourselves in headfirst and tumble against the scuffed riveted aluminum, grab for a handhold and will that son-of-a-bitch into the air. Sometimes the deck was slick with blood or worse, sometimes something had been left in the shadows under the web seats, sometimes they landed in a shallow river to wash them out. Sometimes they were late, sometimes…they were parked in some other LZ with their rotors turning a lazy arc, a ghost crew strapped in once too often, motionless, waiting for their own lift, their own bags, once too often into the margins. The getting on and the getting off were the worst for us but this was all he knew, the man in the doorway, he was always standing there in the noise, watching, urging…swinging out with his gun, grabbing the black plastic and heaving, leaning out and spitting, spitting the taste away, as though it would go away…

They came in low and hot, close to the trees and dropped their tail in a flare, rocked forward and began to kick the boxes out, bouncing against the skids, piling up on  each other, food and water, and bullets…a thousand pounds of C’s, warm water and rounds, 7.62mm, half a ton of life and death. And when the deck was clear, we would pile the bags, swing them against their weight and throw them through the doorway, his doorway, onto his deck and nod and he’d speak into that little mic and they’d go nose down and lift into their last flight, their last extraction. Sometimes he’d raise a thumb or perhaps a fist or sometimes just a sly, knowing smile, knowing we were staying and he was going but also knowing he’d be back, he’d be back in a blink, standing in the swirling noise and the rotor wash, back to let us rush through his door and skid across his deck and will that son-of-a-bitch into the air.

They came in low and hot, close to the trees and dropped their tail in a flare, rocked forward, kicked out the boxes and slipped the litter across the deck and sometimes he’d lean down and hold the IV and brush the dirt off of a bloodless face, or hold back the flailing arms and the tears, a thumbs-up to the right seat and you’re only minutes away from the white sheets and the saws and the plasma.

 They came in low and hot, close to the trees and dropped their tail in a flare, rocked forward and we’d never hear that sound again without feeling our stomachs go just a bit weightless, listen just a bit closer for the gunfire and look up for the man in the doorway.

Door Gunner Crew Chief Roster

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Name Rank Dates Unit Location Vietnam Unit in Hawaii Email Address Phone Plt Duty Other Units Comments
Number # Served
Abed, Fawzi J PFC Shotgunner
Orders 8/27/63
Abella, Dennis PFC   Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long    XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Agnew, James
Allen, Archie VIII(8) Shotgunner
Amason, David Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Amason, Tommy SP4 1965 Co B 2n Bn 35th Inf   6 Shotgunner
Anderson, Oliver SSG 1965 Co B 2nd Bn 35th Inf   6 Shot gunner
Atkins, Warren PFC
Austin,  Harold “Chip” PFC 1965 118th AHC Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Ayers, Bill
Ball, John R 1st Lt 1965 119th Assault Helicopter Co 52nd Combat Avn Bn Co A 1st Bn 27th Infantry 25th Inf Division 10 Shotgun   KIA second week in country
Pleiku PLt Ldr
Ball, William E  (Bill) Cpl 2/65-4/66 119th Assault Helicopter Company – Gators/Crocs Pleiku Camp Holloway D Btry 3rd Bn 13 Artillery  webmaster@25th-infantry-div-shotgunner.com Shotgunner 11th AG  145th Avn, Bn 282nd Avn Co Black Cats
52nd Combat Avn Bn Hue  I corp Avn Co     282nd AHC Hue – 14th Avn Bn, I Corp Avn Co
Bain Thomas A. PFC 1965 1st Bn 14th Inf 25thID Shotgunner KIA Age 18
Barbedo, Lawrence
Baughman, Michael 2nd Lt Nov-64 Co D 65th Engr Bn 25 ID     (9) Plt Ldr
Baxter, Wayne SSGT  1963 121st Avn Co Tigers Soc Trang III (3) Plt SGT Shotgun
Beaumann, Tony
Beck, Larry SP4 1971 282nd Avn Co  Black Cats Marble Mountain Army Air Field larrykb@comcast.net Door Gunner
Beebe, Bill 1964/1965  Pho Cat, Pleiku XI (11) Shotgunner
Bindley, Jerry L.  PFC 1/64 6/64  117TH ASSAULT HELICOPTER CO Qui Nhon 1/27th Wolfhounds .bindley@gmail.com II (2) Shotgunner  207th MP Co, 709th Maint Co, 3rd Ord BnUS Army Recruiting Cmd, 25th Div Oerscom Retired SFC E-7 1983
Beaumann, Tony Shotgunner
Beckett, Ronald Lt. Shotgun Plt Ldr
? Beckman PFC
Bennett, Larry A. SP 4 1964 118th AHC Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Berglin, Allen A Orders 8/27/63 PFC 2nd Bn 35th Inf Cacti Shotgunner
Bitle, Dave 281st Avn Co DaNang IN MEMORIUM Shotgunner S/SGT David Bitle
“Wolf Pack 36 Yankee”
Gunner, Crew Chief, Platoon Sgt
Departed on his final mission 27 September 2000
Bonevich, Arthur C SGT 9/65-12/65 Co A 1st Avn Bn/52nd Bn        Later: 155th Avn Co A Trp 3/4 Cav ACBaircav17@aol.com 757-877-9183 XI(11) Shotgunner
Ban Me Thout / Cu Chi
Bowman, Lawrence SP4  1965 Co C 2nd Bn 35th Inf   6 Shotgunner
Bowman, Troy sp4  1965 Co C 2nd Bn 35th Inf   6 Shotgunner
Braun, John R SGT Nov-64 Co D 65th Engr Bn 25th ID    (9( Shotgunner
Brint, Ben SGT 2/67 6/68 25th Avn Bn  Little Bears 25th I.D. –25th Aviation Bn. brintb@cox.net 903-295-6622 Door Gunner
Chu Chi
Brooks, Jack P SP 4 1965 Quin Nhon jackpbrooks@hotmail.com 801-298-1750 X (10) Shotgunner
Brooks,            (lucky)Otis  J. E4 6/64 9/64 118th AHC Bien Hoa ojb9600@direcway.com 301-567-2028 2 or 3 Shotgunner
Brown, Jim X (10)
Ref: Dennis Davis
Brown, Mark T PFC Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Brshaw, Herbert E Orders 8/27/63 PFC Shotgunner
Brumfield Dean PFC 1965 Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Burrous SGT IX (9) Shotgunner
Cacioppe, Richard C. 1ST Lt 118th AHC Bien Hoa 1st Bn 14th Inf 25th Inf Div cacioppe@yahoo.com 269-684-2116 Shotgun PLt Ldr 1/14th Inf. on the Cambodian border. West Point Grad. Retired Reserves/Guards LTC
Calderone, Phillip 1964 118th AHC Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Campbell, Tim SP5 65-66-67 A CO.175TH. AVIATION BTN VINH-LONG tlc2wlc2@tampabay.rr.com 863-646-9578 Crewchief/doorgunner
http://175thmavericks.com/
Campbell, Gordia
ref:Bob Hurt
Cappiello, Nicholas 1964 118th AHC Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Carlton, Tom 118th AHC Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Caron, Roger PFC 6/65 9/65 121st Avn Co Soc Trang VIKINGS Wolfhound alumni.vn rlcaron@verizon.net 315-539-3330 10 or 11 Shotgunner CWO. US ARMY RETIRED
VIKINGS Co C 2/27 25th Infantry Division Wolfhounds
Carriere, Jim SP4 68-69 57th AHC Kontum snookietwo@webtv.net
 Chastain, William E SP4 Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Childs, Edward W SP4  1965 Co C 2nd Bn 35 Inf   6 Shotgunner
Clark, Herbert G SP4 2nd Bn 35th Inf  Cati Shotgunner
Chavis, Lonnei Shotgunner
Ref:Roger R Caron
Cobb, James E. SGT 23163 118th AHC   Bien Hoa Shot gunner
Coke, lee 1/64-3/65 VII (7) Shotgunner
Collison, Mark C SP4 Nov-64 Co D 65th Engr 25th Inf Div    (9) Shotgunner
Cook, Tyrone A PFC 2nd Bn 35th Inf Shotgunner
Orders 8/27/63 Cacti
Cooley Cpl 1964 Shotgunner
Couty, James O SP$ Nov-64 Co D 65th Engr Bn 25th Inf Div     (9) Shotgunner
Cox SGT 12/64 3/65 VII (7) Shotgunner
Cox, William sp/4 4/70 6/70 189TH AHC Pleiku Camp Holloway ghostrider26g@yahoo.com
Ghost Riders
Crotty, Timothy J 1st LT 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa 1st BG 35th Inf 25th Id Shotgun Plt Ldr Left the Army as a Major after being wounded.
Crumley, Douglas J orders 8/27/63 SGT 1963 Shotgunner
Curb, Jesse C SP4 Co B 65th Engr Bn 25ID     (9) Shotgunner
Curry, Donald W. SGT 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Dahlgren, Mickey A. SFC 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa Shotgun (NCOIC)
Daly Lt XI(11) Shotgun Platoon Ldr
Darrell Cpl
Davis, Dennis W P CPL 23894 117TH ASSAULT HELICOPTER CO Quin Nhon B-2-14 of the 25th ddwwppdd@aol.com 708-479-0400 X (10) Shotgunner Looking for Matt Luksa
Davis, Dave Shotgunner
Davis, James A PFC 64-65 www.117thahc.org Quin Nhon 1st Bn 14th Inf 25thID jdavis2899@hotmail.com Shotgunner
Davis, Leroy SFC Davis, Leroy       (9) Shotgunner
Denson,Robert Shotgunner
Domengo, Zoilo T SP4 1963 Shotgunner
Fr. orders 8/27/63
Supree, Rodney P PFC 1965 HHC 2nd Bn 35th Inf    6 Shotgunner
Dushane, Cyrille J. SGT 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa Shotgunner
 Eberwein, Charles D SGT Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Eller, Clyde T. SGT 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Ellison, Lawrence
Ref: Bob Hurt
 Fanning, Thomas G. SGT 1965 118th AHC Bien Hoa Company A. 1/14th INF, 25th DIV shotgunner SGT Thomas G. Fanning was KIA in 1967
Faulds, Tom 2LT Sep- Nov 1965 118th AHC Bien Hoa tom.faulds@bcbssc.com XII (11) Shotgun Plt Ldr
 Felder, Ernest Jr SP4 Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Fernandez, Daniel
Ref: Harold A Sullivan
Finney, R
Ref: Harold A Sullivan
Fox, Ralph E SSgt Sep- Nov 1965 118th AHC Bien Hoa XI(11) Shotgun Plt Sgt
Fountain, Cecil M.  SFC 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa Shotgunner
 Frazier, Davis K SP4 Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
French, Forrest SP4  1965 Co B 2nd Bn 35th Inf
Frieze, Larry L. PFC 23163 118th AHC Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Galante, George CPL 9/65 8/66 121st Avn Co Tigers Soc Trang fishrau@bellsouth.net 386-788-7065 XI(11) Shotgunner
 Gardner, Spencer 9/65 9/66 119th Assault Helicopter Company – Gators/Crocs Pleiku spencer.gardner@dhs.gov 817-629-3155 XI (11) Shotgunner
Gastelum, Melecio   ( Mel ) PFC 57th Helicopter Co./120th Avn. Co Ton Son Nhut II(2) Shotgunner
Gavin, William Lt Feb-June 65 IX (9) Shotgun Plt Ldr
 Gerometta, David N PFC Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
GilCrist, Walter L SP4   1965 Co B 2nd Bn 35th Inf   6 Shotgunner
Gingell, James
Giovengo, Joseph W SP4 Nov-64 HHC 65th Engr Bn 25th ID     (9) Shotgunner
Gladney, James G. SP4 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Goble, William C SGT Nov-64 Co E 65th Engr Bn 25th ID    (9) Shotgunner
Gosnell,  Jim Cpl 114th AHC Vinh Long jgosn10293@aol.com 305-292-5681
Gray, Melvin G PFC Nov-64 Co E 65th Engr Bn 25th ID    (9) Shotgunner
Greenfeather, Roy L SGT 12/64 3/65 114th Aviation Company Pleiku A 2/35 tlfeather@nwinfo.net 509-307 2297 VII (7) Shotgunner Ist Sgt Retired ….SP4 Santos got shot down 2 days in a row
Grimes, William 1st Lt 9/65 12/65 120th Avn Co 145th Avn, Bn Saigon, Ton Son Nhut wrg406@earthlink XI (11) Shotgun Plt Ldr
Goff, James W SGT 120th Avn 6th Plt Tan Son Nhut, Ben Hoa, DaNang jimwv31602@yahoo.com 304-592-2177 XI (11) Shotgunner
Ref: Perren, Wm (Bill) 281st Avn Co
Gurley, Bill Da Nang
Guyton, Wardell PFC Jan-June 1965 145th Air Lift Platoon Vaug Tau 2 Bn/9th FA/25th ID wguyton@hotmail.com 301-221-3238 Shotgunner Is now a Lt Col
Na Trang Just returned fr Iraq
Haire, Wayne A SP4 Nov-64 Co D 65th Engr Bn 25th ID    (9) Shotgunner
Hartwell, Wayne
Harris, Jesse L.    1964 1965 118th AHC Ben Hoa 1st Bat. 14th Inf. Sister seeking Info:     Shotgunner   KIA during his 2nd tour on 11/19/66.  Sister seeking Info:
Annale1999@aol.com Annale1999@aol.com
Hartwell, Wayne
Hatfield, Leo W SP4 Nov-64 Co E 65th Engr Bn 25th ID    (9) Shotgunner
Hawthorne, Wayne W PFC Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Hemrick, William L SP5 Nov-64 Co A 65th Engr Bn 25th ID     (9) Shotgunner
Hinzman SGT 12/64 3/65 VII (7) Shotgunner
Helms, Roy T. SGT 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Highland PFC
Highland, John E. PFC 02/65 04/65 145th Airlift Plt. Na Trang cptts97838@yahoo.com 903-583-6332 Shotgunner
Hill, Jessie L PFC Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Hill William R SP4 1965 Co A 2nd Bn 35th Inf   6 Shotgunner
Hines Leo M. SP4 1963
HOFFMAN, FRANK E. SP4 FEB.-JUNE-1965 A CO. 502ND AVN. BN. VINH LONG 65TH Combat Eng BN.,25th Inf Div FHOFFMAN1@NEO.RR.COM IX (9) Shotgunner
Holmes, ? SGT
Howard,Donald D PFC 1965 HHC 2nd Bn 35th Inf   6 Shotgunner
Houk, Edward PFC
Hurt, Bobby PFC 9/63 12/63 121st Avn Co Tigers Soc Trang Tigers HHQ Combat Assault Plt  sweetnhurt@aol.com III (3) Shotgunner
2nd/35th Inf 25th Inf Div
Huereca, David H Jr PFC Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Irby, Willie Shotgunner
Irving, Jr.John W LT 1965     Co C 1st Bn 14th Inf 25th ID       Platoon Leader   KIA 
Jones, Willie PFC 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa Shotgunner
James Larson 1964 118th AHC Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Jefferson, Frankie SP4 1965 Co B 2nd Bn 35th Inf   6 Shotgunner
Johnson, Floyd Shotgunner
Johnson, Jerry W PFC 11/64-6/65 A co 501st AVN 11/64-3/65 Bien Hoa Soc Trang Co E 65th Engr Bn 25th ID  jwj1944@msn.com 941-320-4215    (9) Shotgunner
121st AVN Co 4/65-6/65
Johnstone, Billy D SP4 Nov-64 Co C 65th Engr Bn 25th ID     (9) Shotgunner
Jones, Bernard L Jr SP 4 Nov-64 Co D 65th Engr Bn 25th ID     (9) Shotgunner
KAMEROSKI
Kelly, William T 1ST LT Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/ Platoon Leader
Kemp, Billy SGT Co E 65th Engr Bn 25th ID    (9) Shotgunner
Kennedy PFC
Kitchen, Earl D SSGT Co A 65 engr Bn 25 th ID    (9) Shotgunner
Kirk, John PFC 6/65 8/65 Da Nang A Battery 2nd Btn, 9th Artillery h2sman@aol.com  805-658-0801 X (10) Shotgunner
Klemick, Dennis W SP4 5/67-9/67 189TH AHC Camp Holloway Pleiku dwklemic@scj.com 262-681-8332 Crew Chief/Doorgunner Evacuated  following Helicopter Crash
119th AHC
LaFond, Lt 5/65 9/65 X(10) Shotgun Plt Ldr
Lanaro
ref: Roger Caron
 Lauer, Robin SP4 8/68-4/69 B co, 25th Avn Bn Cu Chi A/3/22nd Inf rdlauer_00@yahoo.com Door Gunner Dau Tieng 2/68-8/68
Diamondheads
Ellison, Lawrence
Ref: Bobby Hurt
Lanaro, John Shotgunner
ref: Roger Caron
 Lazzarini, Tony  Sp4 1966-1968 25th Avn Bn  Little Bears Chu Chi 25th Avn Bn Door Gunner
Lewis Lt 2 or 3 Shotgun Platoon Ldr.
Ref: Otis Brooks
Liggett, Darrell J PFC 1965 Co C 2nd Bn 35th Inf    6 Shotgunner
Limbaugh, Douglas R SGT 1963 Shotgunner
Fr. orders 8/27/63
Lobaugh, Dan X (10)
Ref: Dennis Davis
Lucas, Joe E. SSGT FEB-JUNE 1965 Soc Trang 35th Inf. 25th Inf Division jel7366@aol.com 706-681-9222 Shotgunner Retired as Command SGT Major
Luksa, Matt x (10) Shotgunner
Mahan Willie W. SP5 66-67 119th Assault Helicopter Company – Gators/Crocs wcmahan@brazosnet.com
Marsh, Lowell D SGT 1963 Shotgunner
Martin, Thomas L SP4 1965 Co A 2nd Bn 35th Inf    6 Shotgunner
Mathews, James E SP4 Nov-64 Co D 65th engr Bn 25th ID    (9) Shotgunner
McCoy, Phil
Mc Garry, R
Mcdonna LT 12/64 3/65 VII (7) Plt Ldr Shotgun
Nelson, Thomas L PFC Nov-64 Co B 65th Engr Bn 25th ID    (9) Shotgunner
Metzler, James M. SGT 2/65 6/65 197th AHC Tan Son Nhut Airbase Co C 2nd Bn 35th Inf jmetzler3@cox.net 623-581-5935 IX (9) Shotgun Co C 2nd Bn 35th Inf
MACV team 38
Menning, Walter R. 1st Lt 12/63 3/64 118th AHC Ben Hoa 65th Eng Bn 25th Infantry Div. wrm001@charter.net Shotgun Platoon Ldr. 65th Eng Bn 25th ID Chu Chi 2/66 2/67
Mesa, Eduardo SP4 1965 HHC 2nd Bn 35th Inf    6 Shotgunner
Mills, Terry   Feb. – June ’65 119th Assault Helicopter Company – Gators/Crocs Camp Holloway       IX (9) Shotgunner   KIA 
Widow Makers Pleiku
     
Molinary-Martinez, Roberto L. E-5 1964 119th Assault Helicopter Company – Gators/Crocs Pleiku B Troop 3rd Sqdn, 4th US Cav doorgunner1964@yahoo.com (803) 788-9072 Shotgunner A Co 25th AVN
Camp Holloway rmolinary@sc.rr.com Little Bear 66/67
 Masters,James L SP4 Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Miller, William R SGT 1965 Co A 2nd Bn 35th Inf    6 Shotgunner
McCoy, Phil
McNabb, Dennis R. PFC 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa Shotgunner
MCPHERSON
Ref: Frank Hoffman
 Milton, Robert N PFC Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Miller, Claude E. PFC 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Miller, William R S/SGT 2/65 7/65 Utt 68th 197th AHC Tan Son Nhut 2nd Bn 35th Inf
Cacti
Molohon, Robert I SP4 1965 HHC 2nd Bn 35th Inf   6 Shotgunner
Norris, Ulysses W SP4 Nov-64 Co B 65th engr Bn 25th ID    (9) Shotgunner
 Moschkin, Mike 1965 119th Assault Helicopter Company – Gators/Crocs Pleiku 1st bn 27th X (10) Shotgunner
Wolfhounds
Munoz, Juan SGT 1965 HHC 2nd Bn 35th Inf   6 Shot gunner
Nale, John D
Newton, Wiliam SP4 10/63 11/64 UTT Hel Co wrnewton@msn.com Crew Chief/Doorgunner
Norkett, Bob E. SGT Feb 65 to Jun 65 197th Tan Son Nhut/Saigon Co B 2nd Bn 35th Inf 704-866-8363 6 & 9 ? Shotgunner
AHC
Norris, Henry L. SP5 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Nowell, Charles R E5 23779 A Co 502nd Avn Bn Vinh Long chuck@nowell.com
 O’Brien, Pat PFC Jun ’65-Sept ’65 Co A 502n Av Vinh Long 49erob@sbcglobal.net X(10) Shotgunner
“Maverick 33”
O’Connell, Mike VIII(8) Shotgunner
Ref:Butch Sarratt
Oakley William J  PFC        1st Bn 14th Inf 25thID       Shotgunner   KIA Age 18
Ostlund, Michael SP4 66/67 B Co 4th Avn Bn Dragon Mountain Base Camp mostlun@earthlink.net Door Gunner Gambler Guns
4th Infantry Div Later named “Camp Enari”
Pleiku
Otte, Larry Sgt 65/66 I Corps Avn Co Hue and DaNang ottel@cox.net Crew Chief Larry spent an additional 2 years in Vietnam
282nd Avn Co
Quarles, William K Sgt 1965 Co C 2nd Bn 35th Inf Shotgunner
Parham, James SP4 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Perren, William S. (Bill) SGT 65/66 66/68 281st Avn Co DaNang 65-66 NaTrang 66-68 2/9 ARTY 25th Inf Division perren@bellsouth.net 423-942-9048 XI(11) Shotgunner Bill Served 30 Months as a Gunner
Perry, Grover C. PFC 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Petty, James S PFC 1963 Shotgunner
Fr. orders 8/27/63
Phillips, Charles 175th Avn Co Vinh Long 35th Inf 25th ID Shotgunner
Phillips, Joseph L PFC 1965 Co C 2nd Bn 35th Inf    6 Shotgunner
  Pinto, Joseph Sgt
Ref: Pat O’Brien
Pittman, Billy SGT 118th AHC Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Ref: Cacioppe, Richard C.
Pope, Gayle IX (9) Shotgunner
Ref:   Richie, Clark
Potts IX (9) Shotgunner
Ref:   Richie, Clark
 Puluti, Raymond L SSGT Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Quares, William REF: SGT
Bob E. Norkett
Quick, Claude (Doc) IX (9) Shotgunner
Ref: Richie, Clark
Ragan, Wayne B. SGT 1963 Shotgunner
Fr. orders 8/27/63
Ramsey, Dale 1964- 65 119th Assault Helicopter Company – Gators/Crocs Pleiku A/co/1st/ 35th rams872@aol.com 205-884-4013 VIII (8) Shotgunner
Camp Holloway
Rayne, ? VIII(8) Shotgunner
Ref:Butch Sarratt
  Read, Ben Lt Shotgun
 Plt Ldr
Reddick, Joseph SP4 23071 Thon Son Nhut A Co 14th Inf Shotgunner Passed 11/23/2002 of a Heart Attack
 Reich, John E Jr PFC Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Rhodes, Roy A. 1966-67 Chu Chi Chu Chi & Pleiku 2nd Plt 25th Inf chubgirl2003@yahoo.com Unk
69-70 Pleiku
Rice, Ted 1965 A co 501st AVN 145th Avn Bn Ben HoA 1st Bn 5th Inf 25th ID namvet15m25id@bellsouth.net  lX (9) Shotgunner
 Richie, Clark E4 Feb. – June ’65 119th Assault Helicopter Company – Gators/Crocs Camp Holloway 2/27 inf.25th ID. (Wolfhounds) crichie@grandsavingsbank.com 918-253-8673 IX (9) Shotgunner
Widow Makers
Pleiku
Rickets
ref: Roger Caron
Rice, Ted
Ref: Harold A Sullivan
Roberts, Wm. SP4 175th Avn Co Vinh Long 35th Inf 25th ID Shotgunner
Rose, Carson P PFC 2nd Bn 35th Inf Shotgunner
Orders 8/27/63 Cacti
Rose, Tom 5/63 7/64 8th Tran Co Saigon and Can Tho Miniracecar@aol.com Crew Chief/DoorGunner Utility Tac Trans, Siagon, UH 1b
117th Avn Co 120th Avn  Co, siagon, UH 1b
Delta Avn Bn, Can Tho, UH 1b
 Rozanski, Wlodzimierz PFC Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Rytter Paul E.  PFC       1st Bn 14th Inf 25thID       Shotgunner   KIA Age 20
Rodgers, Theodore Jr. SGT 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa Shotgunner
 Rowell, John SGT
Ref: Pat O’Brien
 ROZANSKI
no contact yet
Saffold, Mike Sgt 5/65 9/65 114th Aviation Company Vihn Long C Co. 1st/35th Inf. 25th Inf. Div. saffold@theriver.com X(10) Shotgunner
Salas, Francisco A orders 8/27/63 SP4 1963 Shotgunner
Sammons, Carlton SSGT 118th AHC Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Sanders, Doug PFC
Sandoval, Thomas F.  PFC 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa         Shotgunner   Kia
Santiago SP4 1964 118th AHC Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Santos SP4 Dec64 Mar65 VII (7) Shotgunner
Simpson, Eldie D Orders 8/27/63 PFC 2nd Bn 35th Inf Cacti Shotgunner
Sarratt, Butch SP5 1964/65 wsarrattcpp@yahoo.com VIII (8) Shotgunner
Schwartz, Tatsou K SP5 Nov-64 Co D 65th Engr Bn 25th ID      (9) Shotgunner
Smith, Alfred SP4 1965/66 145th Avn Plt Airlift Nha Trang alwjan@aol.com 817-430-2331 CrewChief/Doorgunner
Smith, James
Smith, Charley
Smithey,  Roger
Smith, John (Jack) 9/65-12/ 65 120th Avn Company Saigon Tan Son Nhut Airbase Viper19114@Yahoo.Com XI (11) Shotgunner
Scott James Terry Lt. 1965 1st Bn 14th Inf 25thID Shotgun Plt Ldr Now retired Lt General
Schatz, James SP4 1965-1967 13th Avn Bn Can Tho 35th Inf 25th ID XI (11) Shotgunner
Schrumpf, Mike “Daddy Snake” SSG 1/65 3/67 114th Aviation Company Vinh Long  moboy101@aol.com (573) 547-4445 Crewchief/Doorgunner
Schuler, Burr L ssgt Nov-64 Co A 65th Engr Bn 25th ID     (9) Shotgunner
Schweitzer, Russ
SHOOK
Shreve, Ernest P PFC Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Smith, Eddie IX (9) Shotgunner
Steib, Gordon F PFC Nov-64 Co A 65th Engr Bn 25th ID    (9) Shotgunner
Stevenson, Donald E.  SGT   118th AHC  Bien Hoa         Shotgunner   Kia
Storbeck IX (9) Shotgunner
SHULTZ
Spears, Ben
Stern, Allen J PFC Aug-64 68th Avn Bn (UTT) Tan San Nhut HQH&S Btry 3rd Bn 13th Arty rastern@charter.net Vi (6) Shotgunner
Sullivan, Harold A. A Co. 501st Ben Hoa 1st Bn 5th Infantry henryville17729@yahoo.com 812-294-7182 IX(9) Shotgunner
RATTLERS AND BANDITS 25th Infantry Div.
 Taylor, Andrew S PFC Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Taft, Robert Lt IX(9) Shotgunn Platoon Ldr.
REF: Harold A Sullivan
Taguacta, Manuel S SP4 1965 Co B 2nd Bn 35th INf    6 Shotgunner
Taylor, Bobby SP5 1965 1966 B Trp 3/4 Cav Bam Me Thout / Cu Chi btaylor@compascable.net 828-438-9940 Doorgunner
Tatar, George E. PFC 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Tenorio, Thomas P. PFC 23163 118th AHC  Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Thompson Jimmy  Dec 1963 118th AHC Bien Hoa 65th Engr Bn Shotgun Platoon SGT
Topps, Clyde SP4 118th AHC Bien Hoa Shotgunner
Ref: Cacioppe, Richard C.
Thornton, Ronald L. 175th Avn Co Vinh Long 35th Inf 25th ID Shotgunner
Torres, Don P/SGT 1/68 1/69 189TH AHC Pleiku Camp Holloway turtletorres@aol.com 941-758-5433 Crewchief/ Doorgunner
52nd Combat Avn Bn
Thorton, Ronald W PFC Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long XI (11) Shotgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/
Tidd, Robert (Bob) 1965-1967 175th Avn Co Vinh Long 35th Inf 25thID boditi@watchtv.net Shotgunner
Tucker, Lawrence P PFC 1965 HHC 2nd Bn 35th Inf   6 Shotgunner
Turner, Fred CPT. Shotgun Plt Ldr
ref: Roger Caron
Tuttle, James M Jr. SP5 24838 161st AHC Chu Lai kingtut3@bellsouth.net 704-596-1943 Crewchief/Doorgunner
25173 123rd Avn Co Ky Ha heliport
UnterkolflerRef:   Richie, Clark IX (9) Shotgunner
Vanover, William IX (9) Shotgunner
Ref:   Richie, Clark
Vernon, Murray SP4 Nov-64 Co D 65th Engr Bn 25th ID    (9) Shotgunner
Vidal, Jesus M SP4 Nov-64 Co B 65th Engr Bn 25th ID    (9) Shotgunner
Walker, Jerry W 1st Lt HHC 2ND BN 35TH INF VI (6) Platoon Ldr
Watters, Willie SSG XI(11) Shotgun Plt Ldr
Wells, Albert L. 1Lt Sep-Dec 63 121st Avn Co Tigers Soc Trang Tigers 35th Inf 25th ID anjwells@comcast.net 415-883-0243 III (3) Platoon Ldr. MACV 1966-1967 Colonel, USAR, Retired
Shotgunner 173d Airborne Brigade 1969-1970
Whitworth Paul F PFC 175th Avn Co Vinh Long 35th Inf 25th ID Shotgunner
Willard, Frankie Willard 3/63 to 6/30/ 1963 121st Avn Co Tigers Soc Trang Co C 2nd BN 35th Inf 25th Inf Div fwillard@pridigy.net I (1) Shotgunner SFC US Army Retired
Williams, Howard L SP4 1965 Co B 2nd Bn 35th Inf    6 Shotgunner
Williams, James C. PFC 1/65 7/65 118th AHC Bien Hoa Co C. 1st/14th 25th Inf Div. jcwilliams2@yahoo.com 205-280-1422 Shotgunner CSM US Army Retired
Williams, James SGT  1965 Co C 2nd Bn 35th Inf   6 Shotgunner
Williams, Justin (Willie) SP5 11/64 11/65 52d Avn Bn Pleiku Contact: Gunship Crewchief/gunner Willie joined the Special Forces following Pleiku. Retired as Maj.
Ref: Ball, William E webmaster@25th-infantry-div-shotgunner.com
Wilson, Doug SP/4 Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long Co.A 502nd Aviation  junglecruise@surfbest.net Crew Chef / Door Gunner 502nd/175th AHC  !965-66 Looking for other Outlaws/Mavericks
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/ 114th AHC  1969
335th AHC   1970
Eagle Dust-Off  1970-71
Wisneski, Joseph 1968 70 Outlaws/Mavericks Vinh Long encelito@aol.com 201-440-6750 Door Gunner then 101st Abn 1st tour Doorgunner
175thAviation Company http://175thmavericks.com/ mamafruzza07643@peoplepc.com Crewchief / Doorgunner 2nd and 3rd tour Crew Chief
Wood, David Sgt Nov-64 120th aml company Ton Sou Nhut Airbase HHC 2ND BN  14TH INFANTRY d_wood23@bellsouth.net VIII (8) SHOTGUNNER
Woods, James B  LT 1964 114th Aviation Company Vinh Long         Shotgun Plt Ldr   KIA Second Tour
Woods, Ron
Woody, Harold SP/4 1965 Vung Tau 2nd Bn 9th Artillery hwoody@northstate.net 336-861-7697 X (10) Shotgunner
Wyrick IX (9) Shotgunner

The Man In the Doorway

The Man In The Doorway….a poem by Michael Ryerson, USMC, FAC, 1966-1968, RVN  Email Michael Ryerson

Tribute to the Door Gunner

They came in low and hot, close to the trees and dropped their tail in a flare, rocked forward and we raced for the open doorways. This was always the worst for us, we couldn’t hear anything and our backs were turned to the tree line.

 

The best you could hope for was a sign on the face of the man in the doorway, leaning out waiting to help with a tug or to lay down some lead.

 

Sometimes you could glance quickly at his face and pick up a clue as to what was about to happen. We would pitch ourselves in headfirst and tumble against the scuffed riveted aluminum, grab for a handhold and will that son-of-a-bitch into the air.

 

Sometimes the deck was slick with blood or worse,

sometimes something had been left in the shadows under the web seats, sometimes they landed in a shallow river to wash them out.

 

Sometimes they were late,

sometimes…they were parked in some other LZ with their rotors turning a lazy arc, a ghost crew strapped in once too often, motionless, waiting for their own lift, their own bags, once too often into the margins.

 

The getting on and the getting off were the worst for us but this was all he knew, the man in the doorway, he was always standing there in the noise, watching, urging…swinging out with his gun, grabbing the black plastic and heaving, leaning out and spitting, spitting the taste away, as though it would go away…

They came in low and hot, close to the trees and dropped their tail in a flare, rocked forward and began to kick the boxes out, bouncing against the skids, piling up on  each other, food and water, and bullets…a thousand pounds of C’s, warm water and rounds, 7.62mm, half a ton of life and death.

And when the deck was clear, we would pile the bags, swing them against their weight and throw them through the doorway, his doorway, onto his deck and nod and he’d speak into that little mic and they’d go nose down and lift into their last flight, their last extraction.

Sometimes he’d raise a thumb or perhaps a fist or sometimes just a sly, knowing smile, knowing we were staying and he was going but also knowing he’d be back, he’d be back in a blink, standing in the swirling noise and the rotor wash, back to let us rush through his door and skid across his deck and will that son-of-a-bitch into the air.

They came in low and hot, close to the trees and dropped their tail in a flare, rocked forward, kicked out the boxes and slipped the litter across the deck and sometimes he’d lean down and hold the IV and brush the dirt off of a bloodless face, or hold back the flailing arms and the tears, a thumbs-up to the right seat and you’re only minutes away from the white sheets and the saws and the plasma.

They came in low and hot, close to the trees and dropped their tail in a flare, rocked forward and we’d never hear that sound again without feeling our stomachs go just a bit weightless, listen just a bit closer for the gunfire and look up for the man in the doorway.