Charlie Troop Blues


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New guy in country (FNG) gets the radio

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Sgt. Gregory Lee Peffer KIA January 22, 1971

Relaxing – our squad leader Staff Sgt Dave Roger 

 Staff Sgt Dave Roger, Blues medic (right)

Dave Roger, Bob Quintana 

Dave Roger

Dave Roger (right)

Johnny Stiteler, Dave Roger, Eddie Smith, Tony Cruz, Jim Debolt, Tom Connell 

Dave Roger, Dave Parkhurst,  Larry Pruett

Jim Debolt, Dave Roger

SSgt. George D. Slye ‘Blue Mike’ KIA May 2, 1970 (with A Troop 1/9th) 

Blues in the bush

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Jeff Stone, Daffy Dawson

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Staff Sgt Dave Roger guiding chopper into LZ… 

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Dave Roger

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Just a Walk in the Park

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Blues Arriving at Song Be (Fire Support Base Buttons)

LZ Thomas on top of Nui Ba Ra Mountain

LZ Thomas

LZ Thomas

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smoke break

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Charlie Troop Blues at Rang Rang Airfield

Jeff Stone Photo

Blues in the bush

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What War?

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Blues communicating with Lift bird… 

Blues extraction

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One large combo with extra cheese and an order of breadsticks please… 

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Dave Roger (center) with combat engineers

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Blues in Saigon 

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Struck

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My M-60 

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Photo by Mike Thompson (crew chief) 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, 1970-71

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Blues in the air 

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Walter Maude with Veronica (Charlie Troop monkey)

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Rob Struck, Tony Mizzi 

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Struck

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‘Peace’ 

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Blues Rappelling 

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‘McGuire’ Rig 

Photo courtesy of Dave Roger

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Struck, ARVN’s

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Eddie Smith, Schumacher, Tom Connell 

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Daffy Dawson, Marv Lundervold, Dave Parkhurst

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 Eddie Smith

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Dave Roger, Rob Struck

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Rob Struck – search and destroy mission

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Home away from home…

PBR time – Dave Roger, Tom Connell, Rob Struck

Mike Melton, Jim Debolt, Bob Porter, George Burns, Dave Parkhurst, Dave Roger     

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Bob Quintana 

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Sgt. Gregory Lee Peffer (center on the ground) KIA January 22, 1971  

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Sgt. Gregory Lee Peffer

Photo courtesy of Ron Peffer

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Sgt. Gregory Lee Peffer on right with unidentified Charlie Trooper

 

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‘Cavalier Blue’ Mike La Chance, Rob Struck ‘Blue India’

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Johnny Stiteler, Charlie Thatcher, ? 

Bob Porter, Gilbert Ortiz

Dave Roger

Dave Roger

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SFC Lionel DeLa Rosa 

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Marv Lundervold (Lucky Lundie), Charlie Thatcher (Thumper), Harvey Bolejack (Boe) 

Dave Roger, Richard Brasteter

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I got a break

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Bob Quintana 

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SFC Lionel DeLa Rosa ‘Blue Mike’, PFC Rob Struck ‘Blue India’ 

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Smith, Struck, Mizzi 

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Bryant

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Eugene Vanasse 

George Burns, Mike Cody 

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Charlie Thatcher (Thumper) 

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Frank (Amigo) Alameda, George Burns, Schumacher 

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Our medic (?), Cadenhead, Struck, Cody, Roger (Mike La Chance on ground)

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 ‘Cavalier Blue’ Mike La Chance (right)

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Rob Struck, Eddie Smith

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Schumacher 

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Struck

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M-60 by my side 

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Vanasse, Debolt, Struck, Johnson 

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Lift Off

Jeff Stone Photo

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Weaver

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Lawrence 

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Johnson, Ancrum (sp), Fingers (nickname), Struck, Robert (Dutch) Florez – Saigon

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Cadenhead

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Robert (Dutch) Florez, Frank (Amigo) Alameda

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Pat Cadenhead, “Cavalier Blue” Lt. John Mackel, Sgt. Tom Criser

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Struck

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Sgt. Larry Pruett, Frank Alameda, Robert (Dutch) Florez, Eugene Vanasse 

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Weaver, ?, Mike Melton, Pat Cadenhead, Frank Biesel

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?, Johnny Stiteler, Eddie Smith, Rob Struck

Johnny Stiteler, Dave Roger

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Bryant, Struck, Mizzi

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Dave Roger on the left knocking down a PBR

Tom Connell, Bob Quintana 

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Struck

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Schumacher, Lawrence, Porter, ?, Doc, Bryant

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‘Cavalier Blue’ Mike La Chance, Rob Struck ‘Blue India’

1966 Blues 

1968, 69 Blues – Patrick Bieneman (front left) 

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1970 Blues – Crouch, Greg Peffer (KIA January 22, 1971), Tom Connell, Johnny Stiteler, Schumacher, Knight, Ringo 

1971 Blues – Gary Pope (right) fourth squad leader

 

 

24 Comments

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24 responses to “Charlie Troop Blues

  1. These are really great pictures.

  2. usastruck

    Thanks Pat…

  3. Hey just curious if you would happen to have any more pictures of Greg Peffer? He is my father’s brother.. if you had anything at all, it’d be much appreciated. Thanks! 🙂

    • usastruck

      Kara, I only have two pictures of your uncle Greg. One with him ready to jump on a lift bird to be extracted and the other where he’s in the elephant grass on a recon mission.
      This is the one where I’m not 100% sure it’s even him…

      BTW…he was a great guy!
      Rob

  4. kara

    Thank you Rob! I really appreciate that, wish I could have met him.

  5. Robert Andrews

    Kara I was with your uncle Greg that day. I stopped to see your grandmother in the 90s and you were there. You can ask your dad about me Bob Andrews

  6. Sonny Boles

    Great Photos. Thanks for sharing them. These are the Blues I remember.

  7. Sonny Boles

    Robert I should have said that these were the type of Blues I would want to remember. I had a bad experience with the Blues in 1968/69.

  8. usastruck

    Sonny, were you with the Blues when Pat Bieneman was Blue India?

  9. Thank You for sharing these pictures. Dave Roger is my cousin and I could not be prouder. You guys are heroes to me.

  10. usastruck

    Dave was one of our platoon sergeants and he had respect of all of his men…

  11. robert stiteler

    curious if you have anymore pics of johnny stiteler, he is my uncle and any pics or info you can share about him would be great he never really said much about it but from what i can see i am sure you guys saw your fare share of some shit……thanks Bob Stiteler

  12. Walter Maude

    I am the guy with the monkey on his arm and I am guessing that the picture was taken in January or February ’71.

  13. George M. Carter

    I SERVED WITH THIS UNIT 1965-66 , I WAS A TRUE BLUE,RODE , HEADHUNTERS,SEND ME ANY INFO ON THIS UNIT 1ST 9TH RECON.65-66

  14. Billy Porter

    Neat pics! You have anymore with Bob Porter as he is my dad. My boys love looking at these! Thx!

  15. Danni Randleman

    I think the picture you have in the helicopter with the 4 men (the third one from the left) I think is my dad, Robert Florez (Dutch), not Gilbert Ortiz.

  16. Robert Florez

    Any pictures of Robert Florez (Dutch) also he is trying to find those he served with Thanks

  17. JD

    Great photos and site. Thank you. Curious if anyone served with my father, Lee Dorner? I believe he served with the 1/9 Cav (C unit?) 1970-1971. I know he has photos from this time. I would be happy to pass them along.

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