282nd ASSAULT HELICOPTER CO.

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ray jennings - Saturday, 21 December 2019 15:37

I want to pass along some more sad news I just received today. Dean "Bob" Coder passed away November 1, 2019. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all his family. May he rest in peace with all his fallen Brothers.

ray jennings - Sunday, 15 December 2019 09:30

I just received an email that William "Bill" Roche (Pilot 69) of the 282nd AHC passed away August 18, 2019 and Mrs. Roche passed away November 23, 2019. Let's all put the Roche family on our prayer lists over their great loss this difficult time. Rest in peace Brother

ray jennings - Tuesday, 10 December 2019 17:03

We just received notice that one of our Brothers, Michael Doyle, (68 Pilot CD 6) passed away October 24, 2019. Our deepest sympathy to his family. Rest in peace Brother.

ray jennings - Sunday, 08 December 2019 12:46

Some sad news. Another one our great brothers passed away Friday, December 6, 2019, William Giles (69-70 Crew Chief). He is being cremated. Funeral services will be held at a later month next month. Susan, his wife, will let us know when this will take place.

ray jennings - Thursday, 05 December 2019 12:02

I have some sad news to report to our 282nd AHC Family. One of our great members, Bill Farress (Gunner 1st Platoon '69) passed away Sunday December 1, 2019. His obituary can be read on the Miller Funeral Home (Rochester, NY) website. His funeral will be December 11, 2019 at 10:30am. His wife, Ann, asks that every Black Cat/Alley Cat please sign up on the Agent Orange Registry and keep fighting for your benefits. Our sympathy to Ann and her family.

ray jennings - Monday, 11 November 2019 05:52

I wish to thank all my Brothers of the 282nd AHC and all the men and women who served a Happy Veteran's Day.

ray jennings - Saturday, 25 May 2019 13:19

This Memorial Day, as on past Memorial Days, I am sure you have heard Happy Memorial Day. You may have wished someone Happy Memorial Day, I know I have, BUT Memorial Day is more than a day to celebrate a day off from work. More than a day to grill hot dogs and hamburgers and have a cold beverage. It is much more than retailers having a big sale. Memorial Day is the day to remember and honor the men and women who sacrificed their all for our country. It also the day to remember and say a prayer to the families of our fallen veterans. They have had to continue living without their loved ones, be it a family member or a friend. Memorial Day I will remember and honor my 24 Brothers of the 282nd AHC who gave their all for our country.

George Robert Browning     Roy James Bultman     George Dare Carr   

  Eugene Francis Christiansen    Dwight D. Dedrick   Jose Manuel De La Torre

Leonard Eugene Easley    Jerry Williams Elliott    Arthur Anthony Freda, Jr.

William George Hasseman   Billy David Hill   William Charles Keeler   

Harry Grover Kunkler, 111    Lewis Nelson Langford    Gerald Leroy McKinsey, Jr.

Robert Charles O'Hara    David Eugene Padgett    John David Phillips

Joseph Albert Reichlin, Jr.    Joseph Earl Rohlinger    Clifford James Rush

Gary Charles Salanitro    Robert Garland Simes, Jr. Charles Irvin Stanley

                                     Rest In Peace Brothers

If someone wishes you a Happy Memorial Day, instead of repeating the words back, how about saying, "Let's remember and honor the men and women who gave their all".

   

SP5 David Passoni - Monday, 13 May 2019 01:42

I was stationed with the 318th ADD at Lane Army Heliport An Son, July 70-71 as a control tower operator.

 

My father-in-law was LTC Benjamin D Waterman, your fisrt commander in Nam, he passed in 2000.

ray jennings - Friday, 29 March 2019 07:54

I would like to wish all the Brothers a Happy Vietnam Veterans Day. Thank you for your service and Welcome Home.

Sam Potts - Saturday, 23 March 2019 07:33

I am a former member of the BlackCats 66/67 and am trying to locate a good friend of mine Walter Grinnell.  I lost track of him a couple years ago and would like reconnect while we both are on this side of the grass.

If anyone has any information concerning Walt please email me at luhradsam@yahoo.com

Sam Potts

Sam Potts - Saturday, 16 March 2019 12:23

I'm trying to locate Walter F. Grinnell.  He served with me in the 282nd from 1966 to 67.  A phone # or email address would be fine.  The last I heard was he could be in either Pennsylvania or Florida. 

Sam Potts

luhradsam@yahoo.com 

Carl R. McAloose - Sunday, 10 February 2019 04:51

I'm friend of Marine vet of 1/9 (Walking Dead) who were picked up from Tamboi hill in March '69 before being overrun.  He is trying to find the unit that had the Black Cat/Panther? on its tail rotor.  Would this be the correct unit?  If not, could you please guide us to it with contact info?  Would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you all for your service!

Carl

Don Aird - Thursday, 24 January 2019 12:13

I'm a Vietnam Veteran, member of Vietnam Veterans 1018 in Fenton, MO.  We received some memorabilia from a St Louis member of your group.  This memorabilia was found when a house was being renovated.  There is no name that identifies the Vet.  Lots of pictures with names of the men he served with.  Alley Cats was his unit and his helicopter was #288 "Little Ms Bright Eyes".  I'd be happy to send this material to you if you are interested.

Don Aird

Charley Battery - 1/83rd FA - FDC - January 1970 - March 1971 

Vicki Decker Niemi - Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:48

James (Jim) A. Niemi, Major, US Army and Florida Army Air Force Reserve, passed away on July 6, 2018 as a result of prostate cancer.  He was a 100% disabled veteran.

Bruce Clarke - Monday, 14 January 2019 11:08

Was looking on the Blackcat website to see if anyone from the group ever followed up and completed the PUC effort that I had started for support of my advisory team during the initial days of the Khe Sanh battle.  

I still have all of the material that I collected if anyone else wants to pick up the pieces.

 

Thanks for your support in January 1968.

Ludwig B Aske - Monday, 31 December 2018 11:23

I am attempting to locate anyone who was with the 282nd during the period May 1967 and May 1968.  I remember that Maj Re was our CO at the time.  I at times crewed the U8 of the commander and flew missions as needed.  I also would like to find someone that worked in operations during this period.  To all my brothers may you all have a Happy New Year with your families and friends.  I was called Cousin Brucie.  The Italian.

Judy Stiner - Sunday, 30 December 2018 18:03

I tried to send an email to krayjenn@verizon.net, the address in the newsletter.  I wanted to share some news about a deceased member, Tommy C. Stiner.  His death was reported at the time, Aug 16, 2017, and you published the news.  This is something new and current, an airport being re-named.  What is the best way to contact you? 

I receive the newsletter but have a change of address to report.  What is the best way to do that? Thanks.

Gene Womack - Saturday, 24 November 2018 02:21

Attempting to locate  friend Stu Turner. He served as a Black Cat CE and DG from 70-71. He dropped off the radar and I'm checking to see if he's still vertical. Any assistance will be appreciated. Clear right

Gene Womack

189th AHC Ghostriders 70

179th ASHC Hookers 71

ray jennings - Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:16

I wish all by Brothers and their families of the 282nd AHC a Happy Thanksgiving. Let's remember the things we are thankful for and NEVER FORGET our Brothers who are no longer with us.

bernard r bold - Sunday, 11 November 2018 17:03

I want to ask what happen to black cat 848 it was in second platoon. when  I left august 1967 and went to 196th in anson. the picture of the second platoon on the home page was taken in plk march 1967  they took two  picture one just flight crew and the whole platoon. I know because I am in both pictures

ray jennings - Sunday, 11 November 2018 06:50

I want to reach out to all my Brothers of the 282nd and say Welcome Home Brothers and to the ones who did not make it back RIP. I wish all vets Happy Veterans Day.

Lisa Schlichting - Saturday, 10 November 2018 15:16

Hello, my dad was with the 282nd Assault Helicopter Co 12th battalon. His name was Gene Wildenradt.  He served 1967-1968. He passed away in 1988. I am just wondering if anyone knew him? I would love to hear from someone who did. Thanks so much!

Marsha Palmer - Friday, 26 October 2018 10:07

I am here on behalf of my husband Chuck Palmer who was a door gunner at Marble Mountain during 1969-1970. He lost touch with the guys in the unit and has recently, because of videos he has seen on YouTube, become interested in finding them again, or at least those that he can.

Dennis Ahola - Monday, 15 October 2018 10:18

Alleycat Gunship 049 its flying again,  check out.... American Huey 369.org  web site,

lower left hand corner, click on 049 Gunship, amazing photos,

maybe we can see it at next reunion,  

ray jennings - Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:07

Sorry to report that John Adam Kemp, son of Ann Sizemore and step-son of Mike Sizemore passed away June 20, 2018. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ann and Mike. May John rest in peace. Also Malcolm Bussey, Alley Cat pilot 69-70, passed away May 2018. May you rest in peace Brother.