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 time. Susan, his wife, will let us know when this will take place.
I was with the start of the 282nd assualt helicopter co, we started out in fort benning ga. We all deployed to Oakland for a 31 day boat ride. We docked in quin non and made camp their for a while. Then they moved us up to Danang, they Vietcong hit us the first night we moved to our new location. I have a problem with name and memory, but some things you never forget.Our first flight crew that was sent out they never returned.If anyone knows the names of the crew please let me know. I was in country from may 1966 til may 1967. I loved the personnel as wE all helped make the 282nd a great co. A salute to all my brothers
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.
I wish to thank all my Brothers of the 282nd AHC and all the men and women who served a Happy Veteran's Day.
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".
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.
I would like to wish all the Brothers a Happy Vietnam Veterans Day. Thank you for your service and Welcome Home.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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!