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.
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,
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.
My dad, WO2 John (Mike) Reese was with not only the 334th AWC, but also the Black Cats from 67-68. My dad took his life in 1971, when I was 2 years old. We lost too many that way. I did not know his family, and mine did not talk about him much. I have reached out a few times over the years in search of those who may have served with him. I am hoping I will have luck here! I would love to see any photos that may be out there (I only have about a dozen pictures of him) and maybe hear a story or two. I live near Indianapolis and am planning on attending the 2019 reunion. Thank you.
Robert, if you would give me a way to let the members of the 282nd a way to contact you, I will post it on our face book page and post your information in our next news letter. My email my email is email@example.com.
My father Robert J Collins served as a door gunner with the Black Cats from 71 - 72. I was wondering if any one remembers him and if they could share some stories with me. Unfortunately he passed away October 21 2017 from cancer that the VA believes was caused by agent orange. I'm a vet myself and it would mean a lot to me to hear back from someone. I have pictures he took and his Black Cat patch
Bob Webster called me yesterday and said his long time friend and companion Bobbie Ashmore passed away. She died peacefully in her sleep January 29th of heart failure. Our thoughts and condolences are with Bob and Bobbies family.
John Sisca is with the Arizona Branch of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. They are restoring a UH-1B gunship 64-13986 that according to records, served in the 282nd from approximately June 1966-April 1969. They intend to restore 986 with the 282nd Alley Cat gunship paint scheme. Any photos you could provide would be of immense help. The only 986 flight crew names they have been able to scrounge up, were "AC F1 Steiner" and "P WT Colley", which pertained to an incident on August 1, 1966. If you have any information you cn contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Kinsley passed away December 13, 2017at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Clarksburg, WV. Bill was a crew chief 69-70. Bill be laid to rest with full military honors December 19, 2017. His service will be held at the Smith Funeral and Cremation Care in Morgantown, WV. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Dreams for Veterans through the Dream Foundation.
The National Viet Nam War Museum in Weatherford, Texas is having a ground breaking ceremony for Phase 1 of the main building December 9, 2017 at 3:00pm CST.
Program of Activites:(times are approximate)
3:00pm Ceremony begins
3:10 National Anthem
Founders Assn-membership option
closed after this ceremony
Builders Club-not too late to join
3:20 Guest Speaker(s)
3:25 Keynote speaker--B.G. Burkett Author of
Stolen Valor,-How the Vietnam Generation
was robbed of its Heroes and its History
Followed by: Shovel Ceremony (turning of the dirt)
After the ceremony, beginning at 5:30pm the AMVETS Post 133 will host their annual
Christmas at the Wall event. Please stay or return for that event if you can.