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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…

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UH-1 ‘Huey’
Lift platoon

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OA-6A ‘Loach’
Scout platoon

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

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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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The Aero Weapons Platoon


Huey Cobra (AH-1G) Gunships

The aero weapons, or Red platoon, was made up of Huey Cobra (AH-1G) gunships. Armed with rockets, mini guns and grenade launchers, the Red gunships join the White LOH to form the Pink team, the basic working unit of the 1st Squadron, 9th Cav. The gunship protects the LOH and can immediately attack a target.

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Charlie Troop 1/9th, 1st Air Cavalry Cobra in flight

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WO Walker A. Jones, 1970

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WO 1 Myron Lamont

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Cobra ‘Snake’

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