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ray jennings - Sunday, 16 August 2020 10:02

Just received notice that Robert C. Wood passed away February 22, 2013 from cancer as a result of Agent Orange. Robert was a crew chief 67-69. Our condolences to the Wood family. Rest in peace Brother.

ray jennings - Thursday, 13 August 2020 11:24

It is with a sad heart that I inform all the 282ndAHC Black Cat family that Phil Johnson of Waterville, Washington passed away August 9, 2020 after an enduring battle with multiple cancers. Phil serve as a crew chief Alley Cats 68-69. Our condolences to the Johnson family. Graveside service will be held Friday, August 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Waterville Cemetary, 523 E. Elm Street, Waterville, Washington 98858. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Phil's to:

Waterville Ambulance

PO Box 400

Waterville, Washington 98858 or

Confluence Health Foundation

731 N Chelan Ave.

Wenatchee, Washington 98801

ray jennings - Friday, 24 April 2020 09:04

It is with a sad heart that I am reporting to all our 282nd AHC family Al Navarro passed away yesterday April 23, 2020. Our prayers are with his wife Ernie, and all his family. My he rest in peace with all our Brothers who have gone before him.

ray jennings - Wednesday, 15 April 2020 14:23

Received a message from Letta Staggs, she took Jerry to the hospital yesterday not knowing if he had a mini stroke. He is in the VA hospital in Dallas and they are doing a battery of tests to see what is going on. Will post updates when I receive them. Lets say a prayer for a speedy recovery for Jerry 


ray jennings - Sunday, 29 March 2020 08:31

Today, March 29, is National Vietnam Veterans Day

To those who returned with no one to greet them.

To those who have been told PTSD would go away in time.

To those who have never been told thank you of officially welcomed home.

To those who returned phyically but still are haunted by the nightmares of war.

To those who still react to a backfire & break a sweat at the sound of a chopper.

To those who have traveled endlessly never letting roots take hold or settled down.

To those who hear a familiar song that takes you back to a place you'd rather forget.

To those who can count the friends they have on one hand for fear of losing another.

To those who suffer from Agent Orange exposure & are still fighting the last battle.

To those who fought battles in steaming jungles of Vietnam & also here at home.

To those who have more friends on the Vietnam Memorial Wall than they do in this life.

                                     THANK YOU

                                 WELCOME HOME BROTHER

Pete Jerszynski - Thursday, 12 March 2020 15:39

Just wanted to say thank you to the Blackcats for supporting us in Quang Ngai at Advisory Team 2. I was an infantry field advisor with a 2nd ARVN infantry battalion from July '68 to July '69 and we relied on you guys all the time. I have a few pix of your choppers I'd be happy to upload, just let me know how to do it.  Thanks again and welcome home!


Pete Jerszynski  (1LT, Infantry)

ray jennings - Saturday, 21 March 2020 09:11

Pete it would be easier to email the pix to me

Edward Louis Glessner - Wednesday, 26 February 2020 18:04

My younger brother Ret. MSG Michael Duane Glessner passed away 24 Feb 2020 at 0947 in Sacramento California. He died of complications associated with Lung Cancer and Agent Orange. We were in contact constantly and I was with him in his last days

He spent quite a few years in NAM as a crew chief with your organization and he remembered you folks well.

I also remember the few days I spent with you all when I visited Mike at Marble Mountain during my NAVY days.

His email address is VIETNAMVET@FRONTIER.COM and it is checked regularly.

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.