1st Squadron 9th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division (Airmobile)

Camp Gorvad

The 1st Cavalry Divsion (Airmobile) was officially activated on July 1, 1965. It was made up of resources of the 11th Air Assault Division (Test) and elements of the 2nd Infantry Division as a part of this reorganization, the 3/17th Cavalry Regiment was redesignated 1/9th.

The Squadron left with the Division for Vietnam in August, 65, wearing the Black Cavalry Stetsons to war for the first time since the Horse Soldier days. On 28 June 71, the 1/9th Cavalry (less B Troop) returned from Vietnam, the most decorated Unit of that war, and assumed the role of the Divisional Reconnaissance Squadron.

It is estimated that the 1/9th was responsible for fifty percent of all enemy soldiers killed by the 1st Cavalry Division during the war. It was for this reason the battalion earned its current nickname “The Headhunters.”

The 1/9th in Vietnam was made up of the following troops:
Headquarters Troop
Alpha Troop
Bravo Troop
Charlie Troop
Delta Troop
Echo Troop
Foxtrot Troop
LRRPs and Rangers
Dog Handlers

The 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry troopers earned three Medals of Honor in Vietnam.

1/9th headquarters, Phuoc Vinh (Camp Gorvad)

Richard Lamb (crew chief) C Troop early August until late October 1968.
Transferred then to HQ Troop as crew chief on the Squadron check-out LOH.
That aircraft was destroyed Christmas Day in a landing mishap and he was
transferred to B Troop Scouts. Shot down Feb 9, 1969 in LOH 16069

Photo courtesy of Richard Lamb

Captured by ‘FIRST TEAM’ in A Shau Valley
Photo courtesy of Jim Delp

Photo courtesy of Jim Delp

Bob Hinote (radio dispatcher) HQ Troop 1/9th, 1969
Photo courtesy of Jim Delp

Presenting Awards

Photo courtesy of Jim Delp


1/9th Commanding Officers, 1970
Major Galen Rosher (Charlie Troop CO) front row far right


1/9th Cavalry Regiment Parade Formation at Phuoc Vinh

Jim Delp (HQ Troop 1/9th, 1969) pointing at fresh shrapnel holes in a sign he had just painted.

Jim Delp (left) must have seen a ghost…

Phuoc Vinh Santa


Filed under Vietnam War

158 responses to “1st Squadron 9th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division (Airmobile)

  1. usastruck

    Thanks for stopping by and don’t make yourself a stranger…

    • Linda Kremer

      My husband served in this unit from Feb 1969-70. He was a truck driver and he was at Phouc Vinh. His name was Tom G. Kremer. I keep hoping someone would have known him. He was 6 ft 3 inches and thin. He was also a sniper. Thankyou for the great website.

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  5. mw

    My father was an officer in the 1/9th in Vietnam, twice decorated. I’ve just been doing some reading the last couple days, since I’m always thinking about him around vet’s day (he is fortunately still with us). Thank you for this post, I love the personal pictures and info.

    • usastruck

      Molly, can you give more info about your father? Troop, time period and name, if that’s ok with you. Someone here may have served with him…

  6. mw

    Cap’n James Williams, Charlie Troop, ’70-71.

  7. Jim Hayden

    Hi, I was with HHT from Jan 68 – Aug 69 and was in on the moves from An Khe to Camp Evans to Phouc Vinh. I worked mainly in the TOC and was Blackhawk 65 for nearly a year. I also did crypto in the AM.
    Sgt James Hayden

  8. Daniel B. Heckstetter

    Hello to Jim Hayden
    I arrived at 1/9 Camp Evans in Jan ’68. I was the Squadron Draftsman. I worked in the GP Med tent outside the TOC with the Flight Safety Officer, Cpt Hall. Flight records clerk, Joe Silva. Joe & I had a hooch underground with a view of the flight line. We dodged a lot of 122 mm rockets. We even celebrated “Uncle HO’s birthday when they hit the ammo/fuel dump.
    Did anyone ever wonder that our call sign was Blackhawk & the next generation of UH got that name?
    Dan Heckstetter 81B20

    • usastruck

      Welcome Home Dan…

    • Roger Wells

      R. Wells, “Lurch” from B troop Mar. ’69. Ammo/fuel dump. The “big bangs”. Amazing

      • Rodger:
        My brother Sgt. John (Randy) Spear was WIA on 2/23/69 at Quan Loi.
        do you know what happened that day…was it a mortar attack.

      • Roger Wells

        I pulled KP that day, but he went on a mission, and was shot with a fifty caliber as he left the chopper. I think Don Roumagoux was with him. Don lives in Ontario Oregon.

      • Hi Roger:
        The mission you’re referring to was April 23. That was when he was KIA trying to recover Jim Dunn and his crew. My brother was also WIA on 2/23/69…I think during an attack at Quan Loi. It was a neck wound..
        Thanks for the Info Roger, it’s appreciated very much.
        Larry Spear

    • Wendy Keller

      Dan did you know my husband Captain Paul D Keller? Served with this unit from May 68-69?

      • Ken Lewis

        Captain Keller was my platoon leader in the Spring of ’68 while we were based at Camp Evans. We had just transitioned to the OH-6A (LOH) and were involved in the Tet Offensive around the Citadel of Hue. I was CPT Keller’s Line Chief for the Scout Platoon. I saw CPT Keller again while based in Korea, He was the CO for the 117th Aviation Company while I worked at battalion HQ in Camp Coiner. He was my favorite platoon leader in my military career.
        SGT Ken Lewis
        B Troop 1/9 Cav

  9. Jeff Betz

    My uncle served with D Troop 9/70-71, would love to find more men from that unit but there does not seem to be many. I also would like to find a unit roster or orders for Nov.70. Any ideas. Jeff

  10. tim garrard

    SABER 39

  11. John Clark

    My name is John Clark, I lost my father Bill Clark during my last tour in Iraq. I am looking for anyone who remembers him and would be willing to email me stories of pictures of him while he was in Vietnam.
    He was with the 11th Air Assault at Ft. Benning when it when the became the 1/9 C Troop, he was what I have found out to be called one of the boat people. He was a door gunner stationed at AnKhe 1965-1966.
    If anyone remembers him, has stories of him or photos, it would be an honor to hear and see them.
    Please email me.
    Thank You all not only for what you did in Vietnam, but also for paving the way for us younger vets.
    John Clark

    • usastruck

      First of all John, “Thank You for Your Service”
      Hopefully someone will come across your comment here and share with you some info about your father…

    • mitch truax

      John, my uncle Mitch Blankenburg was with the 11th AA at Benning when they were renumbered to the 1/9. He went to Vietnam at the same time at was on the door some too. Pink team as well. He was a contributing author to the book The Headhunters. Maybe that’ll have some info for you.

      • John Clark

        Thank you It was a great book referred to me by Walt Titchenell. He served with my dad and I posted here at his recommendation to find anyone else that may have known some about him during this time period. If your uncle is still alive and remembers dad I would love to hear from him.
        Again thank you for responding

  12. mike hicks

    This may seem like a harsh question but since I keep hearing that the 1/9 squadron was responsible for killing half of all enemy troops slain by the division. Does anyone know the total number of enemy killed by the 1st air cav division and the number killed by just this suadron?

  13. david lawrence

    looking for info ..opperation Pegasus on April 4th 1968..relief of KSCB…who found and where , LTC Runkles c/o 1/5 Cav after shoot down (2nd Brig HQ company Huey 66-16952)….somewhere between LZ Stud ..Ca Lu and Khe Sahn

    • Bob Jenkins

      I don’t know specifics but on a patrol outside KS we passed an overturned huey shot up in a previous action. April ’68. I was RTO co B 2/5 cav. Call sign Ridge Runner 2-6 India.Marines caught hell so bad for so long they were actually glad to share their beer with us. Biggest Rats there too-ate through a C-Ration can quicker than a p-38.

    • david lawrence liberty,tx

      looking for specifics …that would be the Huey more likely..if it was on Route -9 couple miles south of Khe Sahn…2/7 Cav working out of LZ Thor got in a big fight on this location 4-6-68 trying to recover this chopper and crew , all 6 KIA after shoot down 4-4-68 and pushing on to KSCB

  14. Felix DiPaolo

    Looking for anyone who knew SPC4 Paul Paramatto, nick name “winky” 1st squadron 9th cav D troop white platoon KIA 5/20/68

  15. Herb DeTienne

    Felix, I saw your post dated 12/27/12
    asking if anyone knew Paul Paramatto. I was with D/Troop 1/9th from 4/67 to 4/68. And yes, I knew Paul. I think I have a picture of him, I’ll have to go through my pictures. Please send me your E-mail a

    • Felix DiPaolo

      Herb, Thank you for answering my post, Paul was my cousin, we are working on trying to get the street he grew up on named after hime and also trying to upgrade his silver star to a higher decoration. His sister and I along with his childhood friend are working with a local congressman. Any information or persons you can let us know about who was with him when he was KIA on 5/20/68 would be deeply appreciated, also would love to see an photos you have. My email is fdipaolo1@ verizon .net We got some imformation from Tom Hoover but lost contact with him, he was Paul’s platoon leader just before Paule was KIA. Thanks again and Happy New Year.

      • Rober Flattery 205 No. Dewey St. Monticello, IN 47960

        Hello Felix: My brother 1st Lt. Richard Flattery was killed the same day 5/20/68 apparently on return to camp Evans.

    • Felix DiPaolo

      Herb, Did you ever get a chance to look for pictures of Paul.
      Regards, Felix

    • Charles Armenta (Chuck)

      My name is Charles Armenta I was with D/Troop 1/9th, I walked point 1967-1968. I was with the scouts and I’ve been trying to get hold of some of the guys that were there. Thanks!
      My email address is cbarmenta@insightbb.com

  16. Randy Thornton

    I’m looking for any info on Kenneth Walls who served in Atroop and was KIA in May 70. He went down with I believe the pilot was Everest. Kenny was 19 and died on his birthday after only being there less than 3 months.

  17. Billy Kelley

    Hello and WELCOME HOME! I was in A troop 1fst./9th. in May of 70 to June of 71. I am trying to find anyone that can remember me. My name is Billy Kelley. I was on a maintenance team for while and then a crew chief on the maintenance bird (HUEY) until I came back to the real world. None of my photos or things never made it back.

  18. Ed Evans

    My name is Ed Evans. I was a cook with “C” Troop from October 66 – September 67. I was the guy that played all the hot tunes on my boom box in the mess tent. (Gary, Indiana)

    • Brenda Brown

      I am trying to gather some information on my father, I think he was in your unit in 66-67, his name was Carl Turner.do you remember anyone by that name? He is passed away, and I teach history and we will be discussing the Vietnam War and I am unable to ask him any questions, so I wanted to find out more about the unit he was in. My Mom said he was with the 1st of the 9th.

      • Ed Evans

        My name is Ed Evans and I was with “C” troop 1/9 from October 66 – September 67. I have made MN my home for the last 40 years.

    • usastruck

      Welcome Home Ed…

  19. David and Damien

    THANK YOU ALL and keep us posted if you are ever in Kansas City- From me and my 10 year young Son Damien-Webelos Scout-future of West Point.

  20. Roger Wells

    Roger Wells, AKA “Lurch”, Blues, Bravo Troop. carried Sweet Ginger & The Bad Banana, (M-60’s), March ’68- May’69.

    • usastruck

      Welcome Home Roger…



      • Roger Wells

        Thanks for the response. What platoon were you in? I remember faces very well, but I’m poor on names. We seemed to use nick names a lot anyway. I was at Evans, Redcatcher, and Quan Loi. If you can would you send an E-mail of the picture, and maybe one of you in the day.



    • Ken Lewis

      I remember you. You and Hutt had a ’60. Crowder used to go out on missions with you guys and take flicks. I only knew you as “Lurch”.

      I was the line chief with White Platoon, OH-13’s and LOH’s, Aug ’67 until Feb ’69.

      Scouts Out!

    • Wayne Phipps

      I remember Lurch and the M-60’s. Best gunner a troop could have. Call me some time at 937-243-3770 and we’ll talk about B troop. 937-243-3770.

      Wayne Phipps, B troop 1967-1970

    • larry mastrela

      lurch. y name is larry mastrella. I was a squad leader from june to june 68-69.You were unforgettable soldier and person. Hard core. great machine gunner big set. I have pictures of you and the boys in the field and drinking beer. You could open a can with your teeth. From Montana? I think. First and only person I knew from the great state. I was from and still am from Rochester new York. best of luck



  22. Michael Langford

    I am looking for information about my uncle, WO1 Charles R. Lawhon. He was with B/1/9 CAV. He was KIA on May 6, 1966. According to airarmycrew.com, “A/C was on final inserting a search and destroy team, picked up heavy fire. A/C crash landed in LZ. CP got out and was shot immediately.” My uncle was the CP.
    Any other info would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.




  25. Mark Johnson

    Enjoyed reading the various posts. My uncle (only uncle) was HG Giddens JR. (Junior), he flew in the 1/9 from 67 to 68. He was KIA on 2/1/68 (Tet). I located one of his friends several years ago and learned a great deal about his time in country. If anyone else remembers him I would appreciate any contacts.

    • Mark, here is a reply from our Charlie Troop message board…Rob

      I was Jr. Giddens CE from mid September 1967 until the day before he was KIA at Dong Ha. I considered him a good friend and a great pilot. We flew many missions together in my B model gunship #051 while at Two Bits Bong Son and after moving to Dong Ha. I have always wished I’d been on 051 that day and maybe my experience would have made a difference.

      Mike Askew 67-68

  26. Mark Johnson

    Mike, Thank you for the kind words. You shouldn’t carry any sense of ability to change what happened that day. It was probably best you weren’t there. From my conversation with Jr’s friend, a new CO may have made a mistake concerning the events around Jr.’s death.

    I am curious about something you may know, Jr was awarded the DFC, do you know anything about the incident that led to his award?

  27. Bill Curran

    I am Bill Curran and was a Scout pilot with A Troup from May, 1968 to May 1969. My call sign was Apache 12. My door gunner, Treadway, was killed during a mission in the Arizona Area south of Da Nang on August 12, 1968. I also lost another door gunner about a month later as a result of a grenade accident but I don’t recall his name. Apache 16 (White), was Bill Dunavant at the time. I would like to know that door gunners name.

  28. tommy weaver

    my name is tommy weaver I was with red platoon d troop for most of 1968 until my dad passed away on Christmas day would like to hear from anyone there during this time

  29. Larry Spear

    Looking for anyone that was at camp evens from may of 68 to november 68. My brother, SGT. John R. Spear (Randy) was with Co. E 52 Inf (LRRP} before transferring to B troop 1/9 airmobile (blues) He was KIA on april 23,1969. His last mission was to go in and bring out Jim Dunn and his crew that were shot down in the Tay Ninh province. I have long missed my brother and am looking for anyone that my have known him. My email is davspear@outlook.com. Thank you for your service to out country! Sincerely, Larry Spear ( Brother)

  30. Gary West

    My name is Gary West. I was the Troop Clerk for B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Calvary, 1st Calvary Division (Airmobile). I am looking to touch base with anyone that remembers me ! I served April 67 thru April 68. I would love to hear from all and especially Bill Smith, 1SG Paul Terrell, MAJ George Burrows, MAJ Weeks. Email me ! Thanks, Gary West

  31. Isabel Rusnak LaForge

    Anyone remember my husband Cpt. George B. Rusnak? He was killed on 22 March 1967. I would love to hear from you.

    Isabel Rusnak LaForge, idlaforge@gmail.com

  32. Jim Hayden

    Is there a HHT 1/9 message board?

  33. Terry W King

    I’m looking for information about my father, ssgt James L King. Three tours in nam, two with the First Air Calvary. He passed away last year and I am looking for some contact info with those that might have served with him. My name is Terry King, email address is tking5464@sbcglobal.net

  34. JIM lewis

    I’M Jim Lewis, served with HHT, 1/9th Cav from Oct. ’69 to Oct. ’70 in the TOC S-3. I’m trying to locate a Richard Griffin, both of us were Air traffic controller but transisioned to RTO once at HHT.

  35. mikefield@hawaii.rr.com

    Anyone remember Captain Mike Field 1/9th Cav KIA Oct 67?

  36. Ralph Bell

    Was on Camp Evans in 1968 with the 1/9 when charlie tried to kill us all , better luck next time charlie !!!!

  37. Wayne Mutza

    I’d like to hear from anyone with photos and information about OH-6As in Vietnam. Check out two books I’ve done on them, available on Amazon.com and other booksellers. “Aeroscouts” by Squadron/Signal Publishing and “Loach” by Schiffer Publishing.
    Wayne Mutza

  38. Ron Justice

    Would like to get in touch with anyone who was with E Troop 1/9 Cav in Vietnam at Lie Kay in 1970. You can see me on the E troop 1/9 Cav front page.

    • Jeff Betz

      did you know a Tim Betz? Were you a WO? I may have a pic with you in it.

    • Bob Vranish

      I was stationed with D 1/9th Blues at Phouc Vinh 1970-1971.
      I spent a couple of months with B Troop T Quan Loi during the Cambodia
      Insertion. Later D troop was incorporated into E Troop Blues for a time.
      I recall spending some time at Lie Kay, however we were inserted into the field mostly from Phouc Vinh. All seems like yesterday.
      Nice talking to you brother.

  39. Jason Tutterow

    Trying to locate any information on my uncle, Thomas C. Treadway -A TRP, 1ST SQDN, 9TH CAVALRY, 1ST CAV DIV, USARV. KIA 08/12/1968 Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam. Thanks,


  40. Jeff Betz

    I am looking for anyone who served with a Sp4 Tim Betz from Buffalo, NY in D and E Troops 1/9 between 9/70-9/71. Please email me or post, jb7374@hotmail.com
    Thanks, Jeff Betz

  41. David bernhard

    Hello my name is David Bernhard I served in the 1-9 at Ankhe 65-66 in HHT supply . Anybody else out there?

    • Elizabeth dresel

      My Father Larry Wright was there in 65-67 as well. He was 1/9 “A” troop he was a crew chief/ door gunner. He passed December 9, 2013. Did you know him?

    • John Clark

      Mr. Bernhard, hope you don’t mind me asking but my father also served with 1/9 C as a door gunner at Ankhe 65-66 I am curious if you would remember him he would have been a specialist at that time his name was Bill Clark, he served with Wally Titchnell (Titch). If you happen to remember him I would love to hear from you. My email is jclark0320@yahoo.com

      • Elizabeth dresel

        I just sent a few days at a reunion at Fort Benning in Columbus GA with “Titch” he’s like a dad to me!!! My dad died in Dec 2013 he was in Vietnam 65-67 my dad was in “A” troop.

    • Rober Flattery 205 No. Dewey St. Monticello, IN 47960

      Hello David, Thanks for your reply, I am trying to find out if anyone knew my brother, he was killed on May 20, 1968. Thanks Bob

  42. David bernhard

    Sorry my friend but I rotated back to the states and was discharged in march of 66! So sorry for your lost !

  43. l

    Hi Rob, Larry Pruett here, would love to talk about your story you wrote on what happened on may 23 1970 cell# 704-307-3887

  44. Jay Norris

    My husband Jay Norris served as a door gunner with Headquarters company, 1st/9th 67-69 and is looking for anyone that served with him. Email Norris95336@aol.com

  45. Larry Robinson

    I was in HHT 1st of the Ninth 1966 to August 1967.

  46. Tom Hemmelgarn

    Tom Hemmelgarn C-Troop 1/9 Cav 65&66

  47. Larry mastrella

    Gentlemen. I served proudly with b 1/9th from June 68 to June 69. I was a squad leader at that time. I served with John spears a great man and soldier. I have pictures of him drinking beer etc. I also beleive it is accurate that he was shot rescuing a down pilot. With don romaguoe. I also remember wells ” lurch” how could you not. Tough soldier from Montana I think. Have pictures of all. Many great memories some good some bad. Kia lt. Robert Paxton. Medal of Honor winner battle in June 69. Brave man. Real Heros that day.

    • Larry:
      Firsr, let me thank you for your servic! My brother was John Spear. I always called him Randy by his middle name. Did you know him at evens when he was with company E 52ed inf.(LRRP) You said that you have some pictures of him. If you could email me some, i”d appreciate that very much. Do you know how I could get in touch with Don Romaguoe? you can email me at davspear@outlook.com. It’s good to know my brother was well thought of . I think about him every day!

  48. Elizabeth dresel

    My father was in 1/9 “A” troop 65-67 his name was Larry Wright. He was a crew chief/door gunner.

  49. Larry mastrrlla

    I was in nam from 68-69. Just missed your dad. He was prop ably in camp Evans. Based on his job description he was a very brave and corageous man. I was in the infantry . I hope your dad is well? I have two wonderful sons age 40 and 44. God bless you and your dad. Larry

    • Elizabeth dresel

      I’m not real where my dad was in Vietnam, only the time frame of 65-67. He extended just a few months after his year tour was up. He was shot I. The head when he was a Crew Chief and prior to being a Door Gunner. Unfortunatly dad died December 9, 2014 at the age of 67. He was diagnosed with Lou Gherigs disease and passed away 6 months later. I am very proud of him and I know go to his reunions to honor him. The men that served their country like you and my dad will always be Heros to me. My father was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and I have read the citation a hundred times and still get goosebumps. Thank you for your
      service and welcome home.

      • Elizabeth:
        I am sorry for your loss of your father. My brother Sergeant John R Spear served with B troop (blues) at Quan Loi. He was KIA on 4/23/69 with only 4 weeks before DEROS. I have always found strength in the words of General Patton …” It is hard not to mourn our fallen heroes But we should thank God that such men lived” when I get to heaven I want to shake all their hands and hug my brother again

    • Liz

      My dad was also named Larry


  50. was in D troop blues V100 was with them may 1970 to Dec 197o I think my call was Gravellgate blue 32

  51. Ole Johnson

    I drove the v-100 for many months with blue platoon. Sorry I don’t remember Jeff or Bill. I drove # 34. I was with blue plt from Jan 1970 to March 1971.

  52. TO Roger Wells: Diamond here! I remember you for the silver star that you got.You”ll remember me as the guy who stabbed a 12 inch centipeed on a bunker one night. God , you can move fast!

  53. TO Larry Mastrella: I have a picture of you on the mountain ( Nui Ba Ra}.Contact me at diamondfour@verizon.net and I will send it to you.It’s nice to reminence after 46 years.

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