1st Squadron 9th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division


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

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

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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

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86 responses to “1st Squadron 9th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division

  1. usastruck

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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

  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

    WERE YOU SHOT DOWN WITH LT ALBRIGHT WEST OF SONG BE? IF YOU WERE, I PICKED YOU GUYS UP AND TOOK YOU TO QUAN LOI.
    SABER 39
    bajawinemaker@yahoo.com

  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

  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

  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.

    • 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)

  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…

      • TIM GARRARD

        I HAVE A PICTURE OF LURCH AT CAMP EVANS. MY NAME IS TIM GARRARD. bajawinemaker@yahoo.com

      • 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.

      • TIM GARRARD

        I FLEW BLUE LIFT SABER 39. I TOOK OVER THAT SHIP AFTER JACK CRAFT WENT HOME. I WAS THERE MARCH 68 TO FEB 69

    • Ken Lewis

      Dude,
      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

  21. TIM GARRARD

    I NEED AN EMAIL ADDRESS TO SEND IT TO

  22. Michael Langford

    Hello,
    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.
    Mike
    cpd1603@yahoo.com

  23. STILL LOOKING FOR AN EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ROGER WELLS [LURCH]. I HAVE A COUPLE OF PICTURES OF HIM AT CAMP EVANS. TIM GARRARD. bajawinemaker@yahoo.com

  24. JOHN CARMODY

    I WAS WITH D TROOP 1/9 SEPT 70 TIL JUNE 71
    NAMES I WILL NEVER FORGET JAKE BARTEL PIKENS DOC
    FERP ,.THERE WERE MORE MANY MORE IDO NOT REMEBER
    BUT I SEE THE FACES EVERY DAY. I WISH THEM ALL THE BEST
    THEY ALL DESERVE IT.

  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

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