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Donna Elliott - Wednesday, 09 December 2015 11:51

MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Black Cat SFC Billy D. Hill, MIA 21 Jan 68, Khe Sanh, has been recovered and the funeral will be held December 17th at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at 1PM. All Black Cats are invited. Meeting 1100 hours at the Golden Corral in Killeen to sign a Black Cat flag donated by Scotty McLaughlan.

ray jennings - Tuesday, 08 December 2015 11:28

The correct number for Larry Geer is 503-750-5991

ray jennings - Sunday, 22 November 2015 15:14

Received a call from Bob Webster requesting that anyone who knows Larry Geer to give Larry a call. Larry is battling lung cancer and is not doing well. I am sure Larry would love to hear from you. Even if you didn't serve with Larry, I am sure he would love to hear from any member of the 282nd.  Larry's phone number is 503-750-5994.

Donna Elliott - Monday, 16 November 2015 10:28

Billy D. Hill, MIA Jan 21 1968 at the Old French Fort in Khe Sanh, has been recovered and positively identified by DNA according to his cousin, Judy Hill. DPAA told the family that a bone collector from Quang Tri Province was caught at the airport with Bill's partial remains and they were turned over to US officials in 1989 with no information. Funeral plans are incomplete, but planned for December 17th, Bill's birthday, in Killeen, Texas. All Black Cats welcome. Judy has asked for personal stories from anyone who knew Bill personally. Contact me for her email address.

ray jennings - Wednesday, 11 November 2015 08:54

I want to wish all my Brothers of the 282nd a Happy Veteran's Day and thank you for your service.

Harold E Metz - Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:07

Just to inform you that one of your members has passed away. Terry Leon Eaker was a member of the 282 in 1969. He was a SP4 and his MOS was Huey mechanic. His picture is in your 1969 yearbook (Black Cats). Terry served three years in the Army. His last duty station was Ft  Riley, Kansas. His rank at his time of discharge was Specialist E5. He lived in Smithville, Missouri. He will be buried on Saturday November 7th with full military honors in Parkville, Missouri. My wife Ida is Terry's cousin.

ray jennings - Tuesday, 27 October 2015 13:36

Everyone be very careful that you don't let seeing "old" faces (Like at a 50th aniversary Reunion) drive you to heart problems. We all wish David Schumacher a speedy recovery after his recent heart problems. Get well soon Brother.

Bill Farress - Saturday, 17 October 2015 21:55

                                                                                                 Thanks to Ray & Kay Jennings and all who helped with the 2015 Reunion. We all had a great time and we understand it was the largest turnout to date too!

jerry davis - Friday, 09 October 2015 18:35

I flew door gunner 66-67 with Kelly,fishbeck brothers, Melvin,Hartley


Phillip Fishbeck - Monday, 13 June 2016 01:55

I will let my Dad, Joe Fishbeck know you said hello! I am sure he would be glad to hear from you! Feel free to email me a message for him at phillip.fishbeck@gmail.com

Joe Whalen - Sunday, 13 September 2015 13:56

Crew chief and radio operator with the Black Cats, 12/68 to 9/69.  Black Cat Flash.

Who hit the skids again?

jose solano - Thursday, 10 September 2015 01:16

jose solano - Thursday, 10 September 2015 01:31

We lost William Lark on August 31, lived in Charleston, SC, been ill since the 70's, AO. I have been in touch with him for many years. We were  at Marble Mtn 66/67. We  were in airframe class at Ft Eustis, Va. he was 74. He is sitting in front of me in photo.



johnny m kerr - Wednesday, 02 September 2015 16:03

Ray I have sent a year book and 2 photo albums and I have just found 2 boxes of slides and 5 rools of 8mm film, l am going to see if I can get them put on cd for the reunion, due to a prior commitment I can not mack this years reunion but would help host the next one on the west cost in 2017 or in alaska where I live.

ray jennings - Sunday, 30 August 2015 09:08

Ron shoot me an email with your phone number so I can get some information to add you to our roster.

Ron Stone - Friday, 28 August 2015 18:31

I recently found this site and just want to say you did a great job with documentation on the history of the 282nd AHC. 

I was with the 282nd AHC, '67-'68,  Da Nang, Spec-5.  I was a crew chief and also worked power train.  I recall working with Claude Esther, and crewed with the Fishbeck brothers.  And I can remember the sign on our gun hooch said 'Tony's Pizza'.

Ron Stone, CW3 Retired

Phillip Fishbeck - Monday, 13 June 2016 01:58

I am sure my Dad, Joe Fishbeck would like to hear from you. Do you have an email address you can forward to me... Feel free to email me a message for him at phillip.fishbeck@gmail.com

Roy Norda - Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:01


My uncle, Reijo Majamaki, was a Black Cat crew chief in '68-'69.  Reijo passed away in 1988, aged 46.  I would like you to add his name to the "In Memoriam" page.


Here is a pic of Reijo:



I would like to share his pics with the Black Cats.




ray jennings - Sunday, 30 August 2015 09:10

Roy, I knew your uncle very well. Please shoot me an email with your phone number I would enjoy speaking with you about your uncle.

Ron Dawe - Friday, 11 September 2015 10:57


Your uncle was my door gunner whom I never will forget. He was quite the character, he took offense when I told him he couldn't keep his canteen filled with Vodka when we were flying. He took great pride in being an American soldier and a Black Cat. 

Ron Dawe

Black Cat 13

Frank Alotta Jr - Monday, 17 August 2015 11:57

I register for this site and I did get an email back to verify the email, but I could NOT log in.

It indicated that I was blocked , ???

I been trying to sign up or the reunion in GA. Send info on it and hopefully you can correct this issue.


Frank (Blackcat 00) 

Randy Hays - Tuesday, 08 September 2015 07:42

Crewed with you and Fred Sepeda 1971  having same problem with web site

Heidi Atanian - Sunday, 16 August 2015 07:31

Counting the day until the reunion. Hope to see as many new Cat and renew friendships 

Steven Sager - Sunday, 09 August 2015 11:49

Thank you all for your courageous service. E. Bart Colburn of Black Cat 29 is my father in law. I am looking for any pictures, info, or stories on him for his daughter Jennifer. He passed recently, and was estranged from his children for quite a long time. Any help is greatly appreciated. sager8710@msn.com or 425-328-8936.

Jennifer - Thursday, 06 August 2015 00:03

My son purchased a jacket at a garage sale a couple years ago it is his favorite thing ever. He has been trying to do research on it. Everyone he wears it (he's 9 years old so we let him because there is no mistake or stolen Valor issues, he's just a kid) some adult offers him a lot of money for it. The name on the jacket is Sullivan. Can anyone give us any info on this jacket? Thanks

Ted Kearns - Tuesday, 29 September 2015 14:10

Where did he purchase it. We had several Sullivan's in the unit. did it have any rank insignia on it?

Ted Kearns - Friday, 27 November 2015 20:04

Jenifer: I need more info on the jacket. Where did you buy it? Any other patches insignia on the jacket? It could have been the 282nd commander in 1967 Col Bill Sullivan. We also had other Sullivan's in the company. If it was a leather jacket it was probably his.  Ted Kearns 

Ralph womeldorf 1966-67 - Monday, 20 July 2015 15:19

I will not be at the 2015 reunion.   Have a great time.

Christina Vicente - Saturday, 11 July 2015 23:41

I just wanted to "thank" everyone who served! My Dad, John Vicente,was a "Black Cat", and I could'to be more proud! If anyone knows/served with my Dad, I would love to here from you: christinav_24@hotmail.com. God bles! 

Ray Boyle - Monday, 25 May 2015 13:29

Sending a tribute on this day to all those we lost.  The only one I really remember is George Moore.  Prayers for all our fallen brothers, may they Rest IN Peace.

Marcia Schoonover - Saturday, 23 May 2015 16:27

Hi, I just found this wonderful site. My brother was Mark Cowles, known as "Ozzie". He was a 282nd Assault Hellicopter Pilot, Chief Warrant Officer 2.  He was in Danang from Dec. '70 - March '71. This plaque I have says Alley Cat 7.  Mark died in 2005 from multiple health issues stemming from his time in VietNam.  If anyone remembers Mark, please e-mail me!

I don't know if Mark knew about this site. It is so wonderful that you men can stay in touch and talk about your expierences.  That would have helped Mark.

Thank you for your service - all that you endured in VietNam and to this day. 

God Bless You,  Marcia Schoonover




ray jennings - Thursday, 13 August 2015 08:09

Marcia, Please email me with more information on your brother, I am the president of the 282nd Black Cat Association. I will post your wishes in our next news letter for anyone who served with your brother in Viet Nam. On behalf of the 282nd we are sorry to hear of your loss.

Ray Jennings



Nicorix - Thursday, 21 May 2015 13:39

Just read Bob Fords book, fantastic. 

Ron Dawe - Tuesday, 19 May 2015 11:48

Ray the email address for you on the roster did not work. Please send me an email at doctordawe@gmail.com

Bill Farress - Sunday, 31 May 2015 20:58

Ray's Email:krayjenn@verizon.net

Bill Farress - Tuesday, 09 June 2015 19:33

The beginning of May a fellow Vietnam Veteran in the mid-west started the online "Vietnam Vets Radio" station. Vietnam era music is played 24 / 7 with authentic jingles and public service announcements played on AFVN. Remember "Chicken Man"??

At 8 pm CST (9 pm EST) is "Party Time" a song request show. It really is pretty good, especially the request show. http://vietnamvetradio.com/