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George Pettie 
07/25

What unit(s) did you serve with? 175th Assault Helicopter Co./150th Trans. Det.

During what years? 1966-1968

Did you have a nickname while you served? no

Where do you live now? Washington, DC and Deep Creek Lake, MD

Comments:
Many memories from the Mekong Delta, Vinh Long and Vinh Long Army Airfield, where I worked as a helicopter Tech Inspector.


Elvis Bray 
04/29

What unit(s) did you serve with? 7ht/1st Air Cav

During what years? 68-69

Where do you live now? Arizona

Comments:
I ment to say "Capt. Robin Miller from the 175th Mavericks" in that last post. He evacuated the children and nuns from the convent onto the airbase during the Tet of 68. 


Elvis Bray 
04/29

What unit(s) did you serve with? 7th/1st Air Cav (Blackhawks)

During what years? 68-69

Did you have a nickname while you served? no

Where do you live now? Queen Creek, AZ

Comments:
I wrote a short story of the history of the Vinh Long Orphanage next to the Vinh Long Airbase for the Hawktalk magazine. It mentions Captain Robin Miller from the Outlaws. If you would like the story for your website, I'd be glad to send it to you. The history goes for 1958 until fall of Saigon.


Terry McDowell 
12/24/16

What unit(s) did you serve with? A 502nd and 175th Avn

During what years? May 1966- May 1967

Did you have a nickname while you served? Maverick 31

Where do you live now? NW Georgia

Comments:
There will be a mini reunion March 22 (Wed) thru March 26 (Sun), 2017 in Mineral Wells, TX.,  for anyone who was involved in the Battle of Easter Sunday. All the Outlaws, Knights, or Shotguns are invited.  I hope you can join us there.

Holiday Inn Express phone number is 940-325-7829; when you call for reservations you can tell them it’s for the Outlaw Reunion in March, 2017.


Rick Meussner 
12/01/16

What unit(s) did you serve with? Seawolves

During what years? 67-68

Did you have a nickname while you served? Rick

Where do you live now? Enfield CT

Comments:
We have several early Seawolves that flew with you guys in the 1966 - 1968 time span. One is looking to get some idea on how he might get some record of his flying time.  

Any of your members remember having Navy crewmen, gunners or pilot along on any of your missions.

When I was in Vinh Long, I hung out with a few of you, but only remember "Monk", but I can't remember names very well, but for some reason Monk sticks in my mind


Emilio Alvarado Jr. 
11/07/16

What unit(s) did you serve with? 175 Aviation Co, Outlaws, Mavericks Guns

During what years? April 1967-April 1968

Did you have a nickname while you served? Al, short for Alvarado.

Where do you live now? Mansfield, Texas

Comments:
Hello, All Mavericks, before My time there and after.
I was there when first received the Charlie Model Gunships with Xm21 miniguns systems. Seen them all painted Mav 31- Morning After to Mav 39- Georgia Girl, then Maverick Lead. Has no 37 at the time. I was the armament man, worked on all and flew them all as door gunner, but mostly the Hogs Mav-38 Snoopy and Mav-39 Georgia Girl, and later on Miss Behavin WETSU. Build an XM -3 from scrounged parts when one was jettisoned by error. Got the explosive from the 1st AirCav up north where Guns A Go Go use to fly. The armament shack at the end of the runway, half of it was turned into the Alert Hutch that was hit by mortar attack and burned down on the 1st Lunar TeT offensive of 1968 after the crew were airborne. There's lot more!
Emilio Alvarado ( Al ) to some it was HOSS!

Welcome Home!


John Brennan 
09/20/16

What unit(s) did you serve with? 114 AHC

During what years? 1970-71

Where do you live now? Chico, CA

Comments:
Gentlemen, 4,000+ copter names recorded! Signed copies of, "Vietnam War, U.S. Army Helicopter Names, Vol 2, Second Edition" will be available from the author on October 2nd. Featuring 40 additional pages of text, 284 newly found copter Names, 3 new b+w photos and 2 new color pics.   Email johnmailman@yahoo.com for ordering instructions. Rotors forever.PS The Vol 3 helicopter photo-book is slated for a late 2017 publishing date


Tony Villarruel 
05/02/16

What unit(s) did you serve with? 175th Assualt Helicopter Company Outlaws

During what years? 1971-72

Did you have a nickname while you served? VNAF and Short Rounds

Where do you live now? Ogden Utah

Comments:
I thought you should know this, copied from the Outlaws Maveriks page.
This is Alex Shearer, son of Vance Shearer, Aircraft Commander of Maverick 36 satans playmate. I regret to inform you that my father passed away from chronic heart failure at the age of 69. He's now flying with the Angels. We know some of you know my dad very well, and considered him a brother in arms. My father would like you to know that he loved every single one of you and the camaraderie between y'all was great. I will miss my dad very much, but all you have to do is look up and just know that Maverick 36 rides again. On the behalf of his loving wife Terry Shearer his beautiful daughter Alexis Shearer and his other beautiful daughter Carin Shearer and myself Alex Shearer, we will truly miss him. We can't wait until the day we can reconvene in the kingdom of heaven.


Jim Donnelly 
03/29/16

What unit(s) did you serve with? 175th

During what years? 71-72

Did you have a nickname while you served? Outlaw18

Where do you live now? Virginia

Comments:
The Vinh Long Outlaws Association will be holding its biennial reunion in Branson, Missouri September 15-19, 2016. The reunion is open to all former Outlaws, Mavericks, Bushwhackers, legacy units and support elements. Complete details can be found on the VLOA website http://www.vinhlongoutlaws.com (Click: "Reunions") or contact Jim Donnelly, jcdonnelly1@cox.net for details and forms.


Jim Donnelly 
03/29/16

What unit(s) did you serve with? 175th

During what years? 1971-72

Where do you live now? Virginia

Comments:

The Vinh Long Outlaws Association will be holding its biennial reunion in Branson, Missouri September 15-19, 2016. The reunion is open to all former Outlaws, Mavericks, Bushwhackers, legacy units and support elements. Complete details can be found on the VLOA website http://www.vinhlongoutlaws.com (Click: "Reunions") or contact Jim Donnelly, jcdonnelly1@cox.net for details and forms.


Joe Savage 
03/16/16

Comments:
Son of David Savage. Proud of all of you.


Robert Stephens 
02/16/16

What unit(s) did you serve with? A Company 502/175 aviation Co

During what years? 1965-1966

Did you have a nickname while you served? Maverick 35

Where do you live now? Cullman,Al

Comments:
Had some great times in those old B models!!!


Robert Stephens 
02/16/16

What unit(s) did you serve with? A Company 502/175 aviation Co

During what years? 1965-1966

Did you have a nickname while you served? Maverick 35

Where do you live now? Cullman,Al

Comments:
Had some great times in those old B models!!!


W. Larry Dandridge 
08/15/15

What unit(s) did you serve with? 121st AHC, 235th AWC, 13th CAB

During what years? 1968 and 1969

Did you have a nickname while you served? No

Where do you live now? 236 North Ainsdale Drive, Charleston, SXC 29414

Comments:

Thank you (and the 1175th AHC and Mavericks) for your brave and selfless service to our great nation in Vietnam and after. I was a Tiger slick and Viking gunship pilot in the 121st AHC in 1968 and 1969 and flew many successful missions with you guys from September 1968 through April 1969 when I was seriously wounded in a gunship near the Cambodian border. I am now a 100% disabled veteran and retired Army Aviation LTC.

 

Just a quick note  to let you know that my new non-fiction and action packed Vietnam Aviation Warbook BLADES OF THUNDER (Book 1) was published last month.  The 13th CAB, 121st Assault Helicopter Company Vikings and Tigers, B Troop 3rd of the 17th Air Cav (Stogies), 187th Assault Helicopter Company (Crusaders and Rat Packers),  and 498th Dust Off exploits are in a 412 page book, with 46 pictures, 13 action packed chapters, an extensive lessons learned appendix, and a mini-biography appendix with bios of many Stogies, Rat Packers, Dust Off guys, Vikings, and Tigers. One chapter is dedicated solely to Crew Chiefs and Door Gunners!  All 2015 profits go to FISHER HOUSE Charleston, SC to support the families of troops and veterans in the RHJ VA Medical Center!

 

BLADES OF THUNDER got wonderful prepublication reviews (see attached file titled “BOOK PRAISE”) and all FIVE STAR reviews (see attached MS Word file titled “BOOK PRAISE” thus far from buyers on AMAZON.  The book has been selling fast with over 300 books sold in the first month of publicationAll 2015 profits go to FISHER HOUSE Charleston, SC to support the families of troops and veterans in the RHJ VA Medical Center!

 

Synopsis.  Six young Army pilots and green officers, all between 20 and 21 years old, arrive in Vietnam where they each become men, highly skilled pilots, and proficient officers within a few months. None of them will be the same after their first combat tour in Vietnam.  All of them will bear the scars of war for life, either physically or mentally or both. All will be strengthened spiritually and none will ever be the same. Some will soon be dead and most will be injured or wounded within the next 12 months.  One will become an amputee and all will suffer from varying degrees of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the rest of their lives. All will become beloved brothers and all will honor their families, friends, and this great nation with their dedication, sacrifice, courage, and love of family, country, and God! All 2015 profits go to FISHER HOUSE Charleston, SC to support the families of troops and veterans in the RHJ VA Medical Center!

 

 

The book is available on AMAZON for $17.99 plus shipping and Kindle for $7.99. A signed copy of the book can be ordered direct from me and is the preferred way (because Fisher House Charleston gets much more money) at LDandridge@earthlink.net or 843-276-7164 for $22.98 ($17.99 plus $4.99 shipping).  All 2015 profits go to FISHER HOUSE Charleston, SC to support the families of troops and veterans in the RHJ VA Medical Center!

 

Can I sign and send a copy out to you? Just send me at LDandridge@earthlink.net your postal mailing address and the number of copies you want. The book will make great gifts to your children and grand children, family members, and friends.All 2015 profits go to FISHER HOUSE Charleston, SC!

 

Please pass the word to all 13th CAB heroes for me.  Thank you.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Larry

 

LTC (US Army Aviation Retired) W. Larry Dandridge(signed for Tigers, Vikings, & Vipers, LLC)

 

Fisher House Charleston Fund Raiser; RHJ VA Med Center Volunteer Patient & Employment Assistance Adviser, Customer Service Council Member, and Patient & Family Centered Care (PFCC) Committee Member & PFCC Instructor, and Strategic Planning Committee Member; and State of SC, VA, and American Legion Trained Volunteer Veterans Service Officer; and US Army Combat Related Service Compensation Ambassador (in training); and AUSA Veteran Affairs Volunteer; and Chief Operating Manager, Editor, and Author with Tigers, Vikings, & Vipers Publishing LLC

 

 

236 North Ainsdale Drive, Charleston, SC 29414, Home and Office Phone: 843-573-9657; Cell Phone: 843-276-7164; FAX: 843-573-9241; Personal Email: LDandridge@earthlink.net

Web Site: https://www.tvvpublishingllc.com/home.html

 

Blades of Thunder Book I of II

ISBN 978-0-578-15637-8 (paperback)

 

eISBN 978-1-4951-3906-2 (eBook)


Jim Donnelly 
03/26/15

What unit(s) did you serve with? 175th

During what years? 71-72

Where do you live now? Virginia Beach, VA

Comments:
Alan Holmes please email me.  Trying to get a list of 175th people.  Jim


Dick Gaarenstroom 
11/20/14

What unit(s) did you serve with? 460th Field Maintenance Squadron

During what years? 1968

Did you have a nickname while you served? Trickydicky

Where do you live now? Portland, OR

Comments:
I'm a military researcher/archivist with Oregon Military Research Institute. OMRI has a new project we are undertaking which is compiling military history profiles on each of Portland Oregon's 164 Vietnam War dead.  The file I am working on now is the file of SP/4 Gerald (Jerry) Lee Hopper.  Gerald was a member of the 175th AHC Mavericks was killed on 9 Aug. 1967.  Gerald was a door gunner on the ill fated flight on that August day. 
The crew on board that day was Pilot XO Charles R. Latta, Co-pilot 1LT George F. Sodaitis, door gunner Gary R. Kooman and Gerald L. Hopper. 
The report I have is that during flight the Maverick huey was struck in midair by a Air Force fighter jet. The fighter pilot successfully ejected the plane, but all crew on board the helo were killed. 
I am looking to contact anyone would have information of the incident, or knows Gerald, possibly has photos of Gerald during his tour.   Feel free to contact me at ormi@comcast.net or call me at 503-701-6589.  you are also invited to join our group fb page : Oregon Military Research Institute page. All help is appreciated.


David R. Mattsson 
06/05/14

What unit(s) did you serve with? Civilian: Aviation Life Support and historian

During what years? current

Where do you live now? Minnesota

Comments:
Researching the 175th AHC, looking to identify who call signs "Outlaw 3 A" and "Outlaw 2 G" were. This is to keep their history with their helmets, an early SPH-4 and an APH-5A respectively. "Outlaw 3 A" went by the nickname "Buddha" and may be from the Arkansas area. Both from the Vietnam era.

Any information or help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


Wayne T. Nelson 
03/31/14

What unit(s) did you serve with? 114th Assault Helicopter Company

During what years? 1967-1968

Did you have a nickname while you served? snooky

Where do you live now? Minnesota

Comments:
Tonight I met a young women in a restaurant whose father was a Vietnam vet and served during 1968/1969, warrant officer, helicopter pilot in the "Mavericks". His name was Allen Dean Floyd (Butch).  She was very young when he died and she knows NOTHING about him. When I told her I was a vietnam helicopter pilot, warrant officer, in Vietnam 67-68, she said he was in a Helicopter Unit called the Mavericks and that name I knew but where?? So I dig in the computer and find that unit was in Vinh Long, RVN.  I was stationed there with the 114th Assault Hel company in the Cobra and Lancer platoons. Is this the correct Maverick unit or were there more in other locations?? Please Help.. Thank you very much. (218-828-1148) Tom Nelson


Ron Johnson 
03/12/14

What unit(s) did you serve with? 175th Mavericks

During what years? 67

Did you have a nickname while you served? no just Johnson

Where do you live now? Fort Worth TX

Comments:

These pictures bring back memories for sure! I saw on of Satan’s Playmate, I’m the guy that paid to have that painted on. I started with the platoon when they made the transition to the C-model 540 rotor.  I go through my pictures and send in some and try to provide some missing names!


Al Iller 
12/07/13

What unit(s) did you serve with? 62d Avn Co, Co A/502d Avn Bn

During what years? 1964 -1965

Did you have a nickname while you served? Call Sign (Outlaw 5 and Outlaw 6)

Where do you live now? Berryville, AR

Comments:
TO: All Outlaws, Mavericks, Bushwhackers and Roadrunners of the 62d -A/502d -175th Assault Helicopter Companies who were assigned or attached and served anytime 1964 -1972. The Vinh Long Outlaws will hold a Golden Anniversary Reunion in Washington, DC, Sept 18 -22, 2014 in recognition of 50 years since first entry into VN.

Contact: Tom Anderson (teander@cox.net)
Info: http://www.vinhlingoutlaws.com (Click: "Reunions")

Hope to see you all there and loin in the Vinh Long Outlaws Golden Anniversary Reunion! 

Al


Jim Brodie 
09/18/13

What unit(s) did you serve with? Outlaws & Mavericks (Floater, Gunner)

During what years? Three tours 1968(A-Shau Valley),1969 & 1970

Did you have a nickname while you served? "Diamond Jim" & "Dead Eye"

Where do you live now? Near Branson,MO

Comments:
Great Site.. now living east/north east of Branson, MO since Dec. 2012.. due to mutual friends who "just had to introduce me".. to my wife as I was "passing through" on my way back to Montana... dang!... and I STILL haven't made it back there, Yet.

Since being here though, I have met three(3) other Outlaw / Mavericks, including the 1st XO who brought "us" over there, and all three of them live nearby... and the Only three of ANY one that I served with, including from my 1st tour up north in the A-Shau Valley & surrounding area.

This is a GREAT site... recognizing "some" names.. a LOT of my memory from VN "somehow" got erased while I was lying in the hospital in Ton Son Hut in Nov. 70 with a "mysteriously contracted" high fever (104 - 106 I was told)... anyway, I think the Lord Blessed me with that... don't need some of the memories.

I was engaged to Nugyen Thi Op.. who worked part time (was a full time school teacher) in the officers club on the Vinh Long Airfield.. she was killed during a rocket attack at 2am one night in Cao Long.

I flew with Many different pilots & "peter" Pilots & crewchiefs with BOTH, the Outlaws(mostly 2nd plt) & Mavericks.. 32, 33 & 34.. & think, once with 36... without question.. Thee Elite Team of ALL the AHC's during VN... and I became aware of them during my tenure up in I-Corps.. through "stories" I overheard, from other AHC teams.. and just knew, that I needed to get down to VL and be a part of the "most feared AHC" in all of So.VN.... and I heard that from an unknown chopper pilot up in Phu-Bai.

Was an absolute privilege & an honor for me to fly with many of you.. during 69 & 70... and to know that I was able to be a small part of "The Best of The Best".

God Bless you ALL..


John Brennan 
08/09/13

What unit(s) did you serve with? 114 AHC

During what years? 1970-71

Where do you live now? CA

Comments:
Pre-sale orders are now being taken by the author of VIETNAM WAR HELICOPTER ART, VOL 2 (Stackpole Books). The book is set for release on February 1st,  2014. Signed copies are available by check or PayPalfor $24 which includes free shipping. PayPal however requires $1.00 additional fee.
Also available for sale are U.S. ARMY HELICOPTER NAMES IN VIETNAM ($28.00) and VIETNAM WAR HELICOPTER ART, VOL 1 ($25.00). Orders by check are to be made payable to: John Brennan @ 17355 Via Annette, San Lorenzo, CA 94580. Thank you, John Brennan, former SP5, 114th AHC, 1970-71, Vinh Long AAF, Mekong Delta


Joe Gossum 
04/01/13

What unit(s) did you serve with? 175th

During what years? 1968/69

Did you have a nickname while you served? Goose

Where do you live now? Marietta, GA

Comments:
Bill Roe, I was good friends with your brother John, and I have some photos of him you might like to see.


Joe Gossum 
03/11/13

What unit(s) did you serve with? 175th AHC

During what years? 1969

Did you have a nickname while you served? Goose

Where do you live now? Marietta, GA

Comments:
Bill Roe, I was good friends with your brother, and I have a couple of photos of John you might like to have.  Email me and I'll send them to you.


Charles Washington 
01/14/13

What unit(s) did you serve with? 175th avn Mavericks (Armament)

During what years? 1969-1970

Where do you live now? Lorain, Ohio

Comments:
I had a shop next to the hanger and I repaired all the guns and installed the rocket launchers, mini-guns and grenade launchers. I stayed in the first room in our hooch.


Ron Petty 
08/26/12

What unit(s) did you serve with? 175th mavs

During what years? 1967-68

Did you have a nickname while you served? Pet

Where do you live now? Prescott, az

Comments:
Just checking the site , twas long ago and far away for us old guys!!!


Webmaster (Chris) 
06/27/12

Where do you live now? Hanson, MA

Comments:
To Gene Chastain;<br />     I will check, however as far as I am aware the postings on our old guest book and the bulletin board have been lost.  The pages were "free and open" code that disappeared with no warning earlier this year when the company that owned them decided to change gears.  There may be some archive of parts of the pages on the server that hosts our erbsite, but I am not sure.<br /><br />Chris


Alan Holmes 
06/25/12

What unit(s) did you serve with? 175th

During what years? 1968-1970

Did you have a nickname while you served? Duck

Where do you live now? Hanson Mass

Comments:

Bill Roe I was there the day he was killed.  I was flying cover for his Outlaw helicopter 24. If you want to know more please E-mail me for the details. Big Al


william e [GENE] Chastain 
06/24/12

What unit(s) did you serve with? A co 502 / 175th

During what years? sep 65-dec 67

Did you have a nickname while you served? GENE

Where do you live now? franklin north carolina

Comments:
I found this site about a year ago when I was in tucson Az,and i think there was a lot more than what i have found this time, hope it is not lost,the one thing that i read before was a young lady had sent in a copy of the maverick song,i was looking forward to see it again,and this time make a copy of it,also some thought that her father had written it,but he did not , this song was written in sep or oct 65,when we were in An Khe, supporting the 101st airborne ,any way i came in off a flight one and ,SP5 Don Williams ,who i think was with 175 Maint, he was in the process of writing the maverick song,and i joined him ,and added my advice to the song i remember,in 1964 the mavericks came to life gunships of the delta soon feared both day,and night.i will sign of for now take care                                                                                                           gene chastain


CW3 Robert (Bob) Smith 
06/12/12

What unit(s) did you serve with? 175th AHC

During what years? 69-70

Where do you live now? Raymore, MO

Comments:
Thanks to all of you who put this site together. I just found it for the first time going through the AAAA website.
 
Bob Smith
Maverick 3
 Vinh Long 69-70
"Mavericks Rule"


Bill Roe 
06/04/12

Comments:
Hi,
Just looking up info on my brother Cpt. John P. Roe KIA 24July1969. My thanks to all of you for your service and sacrifices.


Doug Jones 
06/04/12

Comments:
Hi 

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