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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

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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/

In the Vietnam War, 2,197 helicopter pilots and 2,717 crew members were killed. Black Cat 2-1 is the story of one pilot who made it home and the valiant men he...
Stephen Seitz - Wednesday, 08 October 2014 17:39

Great site, thanks for the memories. I was medic at Marble Mt. from 11/69 to 6/71 also was with 282nd at Dong Hoa.

William V. Giles IV - Monday, 22 September 2014 03:04

Hello Ray and my BlackCat family. I thank you for all the good works you do with the web page. I remember some of are brothers that have passed and was there May 8th 69 to April 13 70. May they rest in peace and make a place for us when we are together again.  I remember flying with C. McCall on AC 37 taking a Aussy three Star to the last outpost on the DMZ and being warned on approch not to land just dump the general  into the command bunker as we were taken morter rounds into compond and broke away on the QT with words over radio we have a MIG on our tail. Thanks to the F-4s close by we were saved from a no win Slick encounter.  Bill Giles

ray jennings - Sunday, 21 September 2014 10:27

If you received the August-September issue of the AARP magizine, be sure to read the article on page 36. It is about Jerry Elliott who is still MIA.

ray jennings - Monday, 08 September 2014 17:29

If anyone has any information on Wayne Hanson please let me know

Ed Segar - Sunday, 07 September 2014 22:09

This is my daughters biker vest I'm sure you will notice the Black Cat patch on it, she was at a rally and was ask about it she told the guy it was her dads outfit, he said if it weren't for us Black Cats he would not have made it home.



PATRICK J JEFFAS - Friday, 02 January 2015 20:08

That’s the kind of stuff that made it all worthwhile. It was the gratitude of the guys on the ground that I will always remember.

Frank Ripley - Sunday, 31 August 2014 20:35

C 2/1 196th INF. BDE, 23rd INF Div, Americal, 1971.  Thanks for all you did for us grunts guys.  Thank you for your sacrifices and the risks you took for us too!  Sorry for puking in the cabin and sorry for tearing open that bag of persistent CS powder.

Peter Larkin - Wednesday, 20 August 2014 18:21

Looking for information  on William G Hasselman US Army can only find limited info only saying died April 1971. Member of Black Cats. I grew up across the street from him.

Jeff - Tuesday, 16 September 2014 16:01

CWO2 Hassleman walked into a tail rotor during a preflight check for a test flight. He had less than a month left on his tour.

Bill Farress - Saturday, 13 December 2014 15:21

I believe the accident occurred after dark.

William Brooks - Wednesday, 07 January 2015 14:11

I was on the flight line that night, I was the first one to him and pulled off my flight shirt to put on his head. I know he had signs of life for a couple of hours after arrival at the hospital. I was the 2nd Platoon Commander.

ray jennings - Friday, 15 August 2014 09:10

A challenge coin has been found I would like to return it to the rightful owner. Please contact me so I can decide to whom it belongs to.