281st ASSAULT HELICOPER COMPANY
Viet Nam 1965-1970
The Airborne & Special Operations Museum
The 281st Assault Helicopter Company has been
officially designated as the "first" US Army Special Operations Helicopter
Company. This honor was commemorated with the placement of a monument at
Fayetteville, NC, the home of Ft Bragg and the Special Operations Command.
The dedication ceremony for the 281st monument marker placement was held at
the Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOM) in Fayetteville, NC on
Saturday October 17, 2009. The ceremony began at 5:00 pm at the monument,
located at the front of the museum, and was followed by a private indoor
banquet in the museum main entrance. At the conclusion
of the banquet the museum exhibit section was opened for viewing by those attending the
The dedication was attended by over one hundred 281st AHC, Special Forces,
B-52 Project Delta veterans, families, honored guests, and
public visitors. Guest speakers were: The Honorable Anthony Chavonne, Mayor,
Fayetteville, NC; CSM D.J. Taylor, US Army Special Forces (Ret); Thomas A
Ross, Author and veteran of A-502, Special Forces; and Dr. Karen
Heintz-Forcht, 281st AHC Assn Honorary Member.
This was a historic once in a lifetime event for which all the veterans of
the 281st Assault Helicopter Company are justifiably grateful and proud.
Following are links to photo's taken at the ceremony and at the Fayetteville
Holiday Inn Bordeaux on Friday thru Sunday before and after the dedication
event. Each collection will open in its own window. Use of your browser's back arrow or tab closure may be required to return to the photo index page.
Cramer Gallimore, Photograper
Brian Paine, 281st AHC
Fred Mentzer and Frankie Esquilin of the 281st AHC