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282nd AHC Black Cats Guestbook

Ron Dawe - Sunday, 17 May 2015 14:20

How can I change my personal information in the roster?


ray jennings - Monday, 18 May 2015 13:57

Ron shoot me an email with your information and i will correct it.

David Good - Thursday, 30 April 2015 18:02

Just a message to those that served with the 282nd ahc. I presently own and invite all to see my UH-1C Huey tail #78    bu#15078

Thank you all for your service. And God bless!

David Good apache junction az


Wm Ball - Sunday, 26 April 2015 16:17

I sent an email to change my home and email addresses.

I was the door gunner with crew chief Larry Ott.

The history does not mention the 282nd absorbing I Corps Avn Co @ Hue.


Ron Dawe - Monday, 06 April 2015 13:48

Just read Bob Fords book, fantastic. I was was in country on 3Jul68. Assigned to Hue detachment in about a week or so. Made A/C in Hue as Black Cat 21, and then to Quang Nai crew as Black Cat 13. How can I get email addresses for the the guys?

Bill Farress - Tuesday, 07 April 2015 20:35

Ron register for Login on the Home Page, once you are approved you will have access to the Roster.

There is a 282nd AHC Black Cat Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/908537315840191/?fref=nf


Richard D'Andrea - Saturday, 21 February 2015 23:00

I would like to update my vitals. where do I send the info?

JAMES M MCGUIRE - Monday, 23 February 2015 16:55

Richard, I have a couple of pictures I need to upload of you with Jerry McKinsey at Dong Ha, April 1967. I had left 2nd PLT and was with the Alley Cats at that time. Just learned yesterday that Jim Ross has passed. RIP.  

Bill Farress - Sunday, 01 March 2015 18:41

I think Ray Jennings can help Richard:  (972-492-2587) or send Email to krayjenn@verizon.net any time.

William Jacobs - Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:21

Hi everyone, I have made it into the Black Cat family. The Cat`s have always`s been a BIG part of my life, as they have been for you. Was there in 1971 as 1st. plt. gunner. Flew mostly with Mr. Foster & Mr. Alvarado, Tucker was my crew chief. While there I was know`n  as Big Jake. I hope some one remember`s  me, ( in a good way) crashed June 10th,1971. If Paul Roderick is reading this (you picked us up)

Bill Farress - Tuesday, 10 February 2015 18:27



2015 Reunion


From: Julie Bussiere-Strom


I hope you have marked your calendar and made your plans to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 282nd AHC.

The celebration will be held in Columbus, Georgia, October 8 – October 11, 2015.

Our Host Hotel is:

Holiday Inn Columbus North
Columbus, Georgia 31904
Phone: 706-324-0231

The room rate is $89.00 per day and is available three days before October 8th and three days after October 11th. This rate includes a full hot southern style breakfast daily. Reservations must be received by September 8, 2015. After this date, reservations will be accepted on a space and rate available basis only.

The registration for the reunion is $50.00 per person. The registration includes the banquet Saturday night and refreshments that may be provided by the Association. Hope to see you all there!

ray jennings - Tuesday, 03 February 2015 11:19

Ruben Garcia is looking for any information on Robert L. Harris. If you have any info feel free to contact me.

stephen spann - Saturday, 24 January 2015 18:57

hey i'm steve spann I was in the 282nd in 70-71 just found this site

William Jacobs - Thursday, 22 January 2015 14:47

I was looking at the guestbook & saw the name Martinez, I too was with the 1st. plt. in 1971 .Flew often with Joe Tucker,Alvarado,Jim Foster, Paul Roderick flew gunner when they picked us up from crash site on June 10th.1971. At the time I was known as Big Jake, feel free to say Hi.

Simon - Thursday, 15 January 2015 12:51

Congrats on the book


Happy New Year

Bill Farress - Wednesday, 14 January 2015 17:21


I have had more copies made of our 1969 282nd AHC Black Cat Yearbook. (24 copies total) There are over 50 pages of black & white photos of Platoons, groups and individual soldiers. Not all men were photographed individually, (some were flying missions) but most are in the group pictures. These are available at my cost of $25 each plus postage to Black Cats and their family members. Contact me via Email. farress@isrny.com

William Brooks - Wednesday, 07 January 2015 15:51

William George Hasselman
Chief Warrant Officer

  Home of Record: Long Beach, California
  Date of birth:  Friday, 03/18/1949

  Service:        Army  (Reserve)
  Grade at loss:  W2
  Rank:           Chief Warrant Officer
  ID No:          564764680
  MOS:            100B Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
  LenSvc:         Not recorded
  Unit:           282ND AHC, 212TH AVN BN, 16TH AVN GROUP, 1 AVN BDE

  Start Tour:     Tuesday, 05/19/1970
  Cas Date:       Thursday, 04/29/1971
  Age at Loss:    22
  Remains:        Body recovered
  Location:       Quang Nam, South Vietnam
  Type:           Non-hostile, died of illness or injury
  Reason:         Air loss or crash over land - Helicopter - Noncrew

ON THE WALL       Panel 03W Line 018


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William Brooks - Wednesday, 07 January 2015 14:56

Ray thanks  for the Christmas card from you and your wife, it generated an interest of my wife Sarah that she is totaled committed that I will make the next re-union which will be my first one and I am looking forward to it. Please send me copy of the re-union flyer. Please put my name down for the scheduled ride on the Huey.

I just found the new web site today, and have been on it for the entire day. I responded to one of the messages inquiring about CWO 2 Hasselman one of our pilots we lost.

Bill Brooks

Blackcat 22 70-71 

PATRICK J JEFFAS - Friday, 02 January 2015 20:10

Anybody have a lead on McDade "Mac" Cockerell?

Heidi Atanian - Tuesday, 23 December 2014 10:51

I want to wish my Blackcat & Alleycat family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope to see many of you at the 2015 reunion.

dennis ahola - Monday, 15 December 2014 13:17

when is the next reunion and where

Tommy Lund - Sunday, 14 December 2014 11:29

UH-1B 62-2025 was engaged in 282nd AHC from 6801 to 1269. The fled 1079 hours at 282nd in Vietnam. I hope someone has some pictures of it from this time. It will be nice if anyone has any stories on 025. This is in Norway now. We are someone who will renovate it into a museum.

William V. Giles IV - Friday, 12 December 2014 23:37

William Giles  69/70 Blackcat. I want to wish all my VietNam Brothers and there familie's a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Tommy Lund - Saturday, 06 December 2014 03:28

Hello. I was searching for pictures and stories about the UH-1B 62-2025 cn: 545. 62-2025 was with you from 6801 to 6912. This flew a total of 1079 hours with you. We are a group that will restore this. This is located here with us in Rygge in Norway. Thanks for your help. Tommy.

dennis ahola - Thursday, 27 November 2014 19:49

does anyone know how to add names to the crew site,, 049  crewchief   was Bill Wilson

Gunner  Dennis  Ahola


also Crew  chief Mike Mills.  049 was the TOW   ship before turned into a Hog ship,  its being rebuild now in IND


jose solano - Tuesday, 18 November 2014 09:42

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Johnny Simpson from Arkansas,  we were at marble mtn from 5/66 to 5/67. Johnny extended for three months

jose solano - Monday, 17 November 2014 18:29

Does anyone have any info Johnny Simpson, Arkansas.  5/66 to 5/67?

Dennis Bouslaugh - Sunday, 26 October 2014 13:05

hello everyone . I was in the Airfraim shop 70-71 . Anyone who rememberes me please contact me so I can get an Idea who is still around. My phone # 805-637-1477 . This is a Ca. Number , but I live in Brigham  City Utah . All calls welcome. 

Bill Farress - Tuesday, 14 October 2014 19:30

This was posted on our Black Cat Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/908537315840191/

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