Helicopters in the Vietnam War

The New Cavalry

During the Vietnam War, the United States relied on the helicopter as never before. The helicopter’s role in combat expanded enormously in this conflict as thousands of “choppers” rapidly transported personnel throughout the war zone. Heavily armed helicopters offered a fearsome component to ground operations as close air support.

From March 1970 to April 71, I had the honor of serving with Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in Vietnam. We were 100% mobile and made up of three platoons, aero scouts (White platoon) aero weapons (Red platoon) and aero rifle (Blue platoon).

My first duty was radio guy (Blue India) in the bush for the Blues…


UH-1 ‘Huey’
Lift platoon


OA-6A ‘Loach’
Scout platoon


AH-1G Huey Cobra ‘Snake’
Aero Weapons platoon


Maintenance hanger and flight line at Phuoc Vinh Airfield

The Maintenance platoon’s main job was to keep Charlie Troop’s aircraft running in tip-top condition, which was critical for the success of our missions.


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12 responses to “Helicopters in the Vietnam War

  1. Mike Ballard

    Thanks Rob. Great Job. I was with 3/187/101st. At Phuoc Vinh 3/68 thru 10/68

  2. I/9 Cav, Division Recon was an awesome outfit well deserving of all of the accolades bestowed upon them. I believe that !/9 has been documented as seeing more action than any other outfit in Vietnam. Hats off to you Rob and all of those who served with the 1/9.

  3. John White

    I ran the avionics shop 1970
    E Battery 82 Artillery
    556 Transport
    Attached to the First Air Calv
    Flew on Night Hawk Huey as a door gunner.
    Phuoc Vinh was known as rocket city
    Incoming always from the Michelin Rubber plantation.I also was Sgt on guard for the perimeter at the end.

  4. Wade Hedges

    I was with 11th gs avn co. 69-70 worked as armor on permiter green line

  5. W.Bill Bilyk

    What about the Air Force Gun Ships and Air Rescue Helicopter?

  6. Mike

    Anyone know a Jim Watts? Served as Loach gunner/observer

    Thank you

  7. Paul Bedard

    Does anyone remember my brother Capt. Dennis Bedard. He flew Hueys and Cobras in 66 and 71.

  8. Mark S.Allen

    D 15 TC BN 1967. Just on the other side of the metal building in your flight line photo. MSA

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