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Then and Now...


As the world watches the war Iraq and Afghanistan unfold on their television sets there is a group of very special people who also watch with great interest, but from a different viewpoint. These are the warriors of the 281stAssault Helicopter Company. This now graying group of very special men watches as the tactics and techniques that they developed thirty years ago in another war, in another place, are employed in what could well be America’s greatest war. It would be wrong if we did not explain that these were truly young men. But then, wars are fought by young men.


First Delta Operation,  (Photo by Jack Green)
L-R, 1st LT Junichi E. Yahiro, UNK, SP/4 George Crossen & CPT Jack Green


6th Aviation Platoon pilots, photo taken at Tan Son Nhut in October or November 1965.
Front Row:     Lee Smith, Unknown Dobbs?), Chuck Baird, Jon Osgood, John Parziale, Bill Hale, Dale LeClerc, John Meadows.
Back Row:     Clayton Wright, ? Thompson, Larry Joe Hicks, Dave Gehling, Vic Holmes, Phil Haan, John Hyatt.


281st Group Photo taken at Fort Benning prior to shipping out for Vietnam.  March 1966

  CPT. Morud,  1st SGT McClendon,       MAJ. Hackett,          Maj. Wilson, & 1st SGT Cooley
CO 483rd         1st SGT 483rd                  CMDR                         XO                   1st SGT


3rd Row:  Bob Moberg, Al Larson, Eldon Smith, Barkley Boyd, Bill Brennan, Dennis Petrevich
2nd Row:  Jessie Hunt, Phil English, Gary Omdahl, Ray Ronchette, Wes Komulainen, John Hood
L -R, 1st Row:  Bill Harris, Richard McMillan, Joe Shipes , Francis Boisseau, Bob Klarner, Don 'Corky' Corkran


Note from Rick Galer, WP Pilot

I'm in the upper left hand corner with the Carbine. This picture was used on our Christmas Card that year. I still have one. It reads, "Wolf pack Death on Call wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year." Bain Black is just to my right standing behind the the guy holding the M-60. Now the guy in the center of the cargo door, I believe he had a camera mount made for his helmet and shot film of somemissions. I can't remember his name. Steve Matthews, you'll be interested in knowing the guy with the M-16, third from the right was my co-pilot on the mission tape I sent you. Can't remember his name but his nick name was "Half a Howlie" being one half Hawiian and one half main lander or "Howlie". Somewhere in the picture are Kirchmeyer and Deischer(SP?) also on the mission that day. Bain was flying lead, then someone, then me and the above named in a hog frog.  Rick



The Nha Trang airfield and 281st AHC complex at sunrise. Picture by Ken Smith in 1968.


Now, for the most part, the 281st AHC area is deserted.  Picture by Marshall Hawkins in 2000



(Click on an Intruder's name to go to his pictures)
Raymond C. (Ray) Atwell
Jared Bahre 
Jim Baker & Jim Torbert
Joe Bilitzke

Ken Bolling
Barc Boyd 
ADM John Boyington
Elmer E. "Gene" Brannan
Earl Broussard  
Duane Brudvig 
William (Will) Clark

Jimmie H. Cofield  
Lynn Coleman
Phillip Copenhaver 

Corky Corkran
Ronald DeLeon 
Harry Downs

Donald Duncan
Doyle Creed 
Roger Cox 
Gary Fields  
Mike Fellenz 
Brent Gourley
Jack Green
Jay Hayes
Lance Ham 
Ken Hamilton  
Ben Harrison  
Allan Hawkins
Bill Henderson  
Robin Hicks 
James "Pappy" Holt
Jack Interstein 
Al Junko & Others
Don "Zorro" Jutz 

Norman  Kaufman
Larry Kitts 
Ron Lee 
Lou Lerda 
Steve Matthews

Jack Mayhew
Jack Mayhew-Bob Moberg & Se 
Fred Mentzer
Bob Mitchell 
Bob (MO) Moberg
Ron Mondrinos
Jerry Montoya
Jeffery Murray 
Mike Olson
Brian Paine 
Bill Perren

Gary Pollak 
Bill Purdy
Don Raines 
Gary Rozell  
Tony Ruiz 
Rich Schleher 
Ken Smith
Buck Sorem
Gary Stagman 

 Jerry Stanfield
Roger Stump
Craig Szwed
Alexander H. Trotter
John Wehr
Little, Broussard & Renfrow


Updated: December 2016

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