Combat Lift Platoon

Among the Best

Lift Pilots and crew of Charlie Troop 1/9th were some of the finest and bravest in the Vietnam War.

On down bird missions, they would steadily hover their chopper above the treetops while the Blues rappelled one at a time to the jungle below. They were easy targets for “Charlie” but that would never stop them from completing a mission.

In the event, we wanted out quickly we could usually count on them being a radio call away…


UH-1 ‘Huey’


‘Rock Steady’

Photo courtesy of Jordan Green

CPT Rhett Lewis ‘Cavalier 43’ 1969-70


WO David A. Farrell ‘Cavalier 42’ 1970-71
David was the A/C (Aircraft Commander) of our bird on May 6, 1970 down bird mission in Cambodia.
Photo by Dennis Junger




Blues Rappelling





McGuire Rig

Staff Sgt Dave Roger guiding chopper into LZ




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 by Richard Lamb


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

Gods Own Lunatics


Filed under Vietnam War

4 responses to “Combat Lift Platoon

  1. Dave Farrell

    Good job! I’m going to pass this along to my son.
    Cavalier 42

  2. Jennifer Sinclair

    John C Hansen was killed July 15 1969 by rifle fire to the head. Thanks for a look at where he was. We miss him.

  3. frank mckinnon

    Does anyone remember a pilot named ( maybe ) Danny Danner? I think he flew the above H model with the mini gun several times. Also, James Herder in HQ troop. He was my pilot. Thanks. Frank.

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