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ray jennings - Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:13

It is with a sadden heart that I must report that Daniel "Danny: Smith passed away August 3, 2014. Danny was an Alley Cat 69-70. In lieu of flowers the family is respectfully requesting memorial contributions to the C.J.D Foundation, 341 West 38th Street, NY,NY 10018 or


On behalf of the 282nd AHC our thoughts and prayers go out to Danny's family. Danny our brother may you rest in peace.

Bill Farress - Wednesday, 13 August 2014 11:39

Last month a Facebook page was setup for the Black Cats and their families. "Friend" request / approval on the page. (Thanks to Bob Elliott) 

Pictures of the Black Cats past and present are welcome, no politics please. 


ray jennings - Wednesday, 06 August 2014 10:17

Is one of the items on your bucket list one more chance to ride in a Huey? Well, the Black Cat Association is working with the Army Aviation Heritage Association to make that wish come true. They will provide a Huey at our reunion next year in Columbus, GA for your chance to take a ride. The cost of the ride is $65.00 based on 50 people. The normal cost for a Huey ride anywhere else is $135.00. All Black Cats and Alley Cats and their guests are invited to take a ride. I need to know no later than the end of January who wants to take advantage of this opportuinty. Just shoot me an email and let me know.

James McGuire - Thursday, 17 July 2014 12:52

Went to Moline, IL in early June to play in fund raiser golf tournament for former Alley Cat crew chief Jeff Perez. His sons Joe, Jay and Tim put on the tournament to raise funds for Jeff's 501-3c non-profit Alley Cat Fight Club. $4300 was raised to pay for travel and meals for his fighters. He has trained several Silver Glove national champions over the last few years. His wonderful efforts to help at risk kids has made a difference in the lives of many Moline kids. It was a real honor to be a part of something special and see the community respect he so deservingly has earned in the city of Moline. James M McGuire, Alley Cat 7, 67-68.

Deana - Thursday, 10 July 2014 23:07

AJ "Steve" Stevens also leaves behind a grieving Mother and Sister and grown niece and nephew (current residents of CA) who will forever be proud of him and his service and miss him so very much.



Tony Giles - Friday, 27 June 2014 14:50

My bad fellas.  Correction on Larrys birthdate

Larry Joe Giles

7/12/49 - 3/23/02

Tony Giles - Thursday, 26 June 2014 20:49

Recently discovered  the cat house .my dad was with 282nd .but im sad to inform everyone that Larry Joe Giles has passed. When I discovered this site uestbook intfigued me . I scrolled briefly and discovered Mr.Jeff  Jones asking about Larry I had to respond.  God Bless you all.

Larry Joe Giles


                                                                   Tony Giles

Bill Summers - Wednesday, 25 June 2014 21:12

Found your site and was surprised! I started my aviation carrer with HHD 52 Avn Bn in VN. Spent most of the year at Kontom flying the two corp commander. I never had the honor of meeting many members of the unit. Still have a patch and a plack from the unit.

Tamara McAdam McMinn - Monday, 23 June 2014 00:40

Wanted to stop by and leave my thoughts, prayers and most of all my love to all of you. My Dad is on the memory page. It's been almost 30 years since loosing him and I miss him still. I am forever an Army Brat... and a Black Cat kid!! Much LH & R

ray jennings - Wednesday, 18 June 2014 08:04

Sorry to report that another Brother has left this earth and now flying among the angels. Dan Loy left us on May 22, 2014 and he will be missed. Our sympathies go out to his wife Jan and the rest of his family. Rest in peace Brother.

ray jennings - Wednesday, 18 June 2014 08:01

John, shoot me an email with your address and phone number so we can add it to the roster

John G Sackis - Tuesday, 17 June 2014 21:55

Tis' interesting. I always feel like an interloper here even though I was Black Cat member early on. I was one of those who had no contact with the Da Nang group, but served as a doorgunner in the central highlands at Camp Holloway in the flight platoon that supported  the 52nd CAB. We were originally 2nd Platoon, 172nd AHC and in June of 1966, we became the 2nd Platoon, 282nd AHC and even got the Black Cat Patches (still have mine!).

Going through the roster and cross referencing it to some of the orders that I still have, only 6 of us show up on both:

Richard Coleman

James Fallon

David Mawae

Ronald Moyer

John Sackis

B. L. Tinker

If there are others, I would really like to hear about it. Thanks, and welcome home!

frankie knobloch - Sunday, 15 June 2014 14:18

another good man and Vietnam vet passed away this morning 0130 15Jun2014, name Alfred Jackson (AJ) Stevens, served as a Helo Gunner in the Black Cat squadron from approximately 1968-1969.  left behind a wife, two children and 5 grandchildren respectively.  he will be buried in the houston memorial cemetery some time next week.

ray jennings - Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:58

Frankie, Sorry to hear of the passing of AJ. Shoot me an emial with his family members phone number and address. I want to send a sympthy card on behalf of the 282nd to his family.

Bill Farress - Monday, 21 July 2014 09:43

Frankie, thanks for letting us know about A.J. We were pretty close in Nam, in fact he was one of the guys who took me to "Danang Main" when I ETS'ed and is pictured in the Black Cat Youtubes. We have been sharing Emails for years and he will really be missed.

frankie - Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:45

Mr. Farress,

He was a good man and is missed, Could you email me sometime I been working on a memorial box for my mom and have a few questions about A.J. before i rapped this up.  my email is Frankie.Knobloch@yahoo.com

Bill Farress - Sunday, 25 May 2014 10:34

Thinking of the guys we lost "in country", the Black Cats we have lost since and the bond we share on this Memorial Day weekend.

Diana Rowe - Saturday, 17 May 2014 10:53

Hello I am Looking for any pics of my brother Manuel Jose Delatorre. Thank You Diane Rowe


Tim McKinsey - Tuesday, 04 March 2014 02:07

I am the younger brother of WO Gerald L McKinsey  Black Cats helicopter pilot killed in action 1968.  Just want to say thank yu to all who remember him.

JAMES M MCGUIRE - Monday, 23 February 2015 17:14

Tim, I knew your brother. Always remember his smile. As the president of my high school class I have been a push to honor veterans. At our 50th reunion in 2012 we gave 4 $1000 scholarships to deserving graduating seniors. Since then we have continued the tradition and try to award at least one scholarship at the alumni banquet. Last year we honored a local family that just happened to be the high school guidance officer that happened to have 3 children serving. 2 sons and a daughter. I flew gunships in the 282nd and was stationed at Marble Mountain. Sometimes when your brother overnighted in Danang he stayed with us in the gun hooch. I have several pictures I could send you. Also with your permission I would like to honor his memory by presenting our scholarship this year in his name. I still have my Black Cat hat your mom and dad gave to us at the 1st 282n reunion at The Lake of the Ozarks. You know our motto is ti never forget. James McGuire Alley Cat 7.

ray jennings - Monday, 10 February 2014 17:54



Another Brother has left this Earth and is now flying with angels. Louis Irving George passed away Jan 13th. How we found out his wife was at the local VFW and saw a Black Cat hat on a table. It belong to John Krite and she told him of Louis's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace brother. When John Krite called me and told me of Louis's passing he also told me that he had to have carotid surgery. I am happy to report that the surgery went well and John is recovering nicely. John we all wish you a speedy recovery.

William V. Giles IV - Friday, 27 December 2013 14:43

This is Bill Giles 69-70 wishing everyone a Happy New Year

ray jennings - Sunday, 15 December 2013 15:07

Received an email regarding your VA id card. It has been discovered that if you scan the bar code on the VA Id card it will reveal your social security number. The VA is investigating and plans on maybe issuing new cards sometime in 2014. So what ever you do be careful who scans your VA card.

ray jennings - Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:42

Brothers, it was deep sorry that I must report that Bruce Babish has passed away. Bruce has been in poor health for several years. He attended our last reunion in Lenexa and was looking forward to our next reunion in 2015. Our condolences to Susan and the rest of Bruce's family. Rest in peace brother, you will be missed. Bruce passed away November 16th of an apparent stroke. He was cremated and the family will be accepting friends at 4:00pm with a memorial servie to follow at 6:00pm on December 7th. The service will be held at the Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, 701 Merchant Drive, Knoxville, TN  37912. Instead of flowers, you can make a donation to the church or the  Wounded Warriors.

Ray Bowman - Saturday, 23 November 2013 19:19

I was in DaNang June 67 - 68 with the 80th Gen support gp. Worked with a lot of you guys. i'm glad I found the site.

jose solano - Saturday, 16 November 2013 09:52

I was at Marble Mtn from April '66 to March '67, I have been looking for Johnny Simpson, airframe repairman, He extended for 3 months. He was from Ark. anyone knows his wherabouts let me than. I am in touch with Marvin Bare, from Kentucky and Bill Lark from Charleston, SC. Bill is not doin very well, he has been ill shortly after returning form Nam. His is first stages of Dementia. Thanks

ray jennings - Sunday, 10 November 2013 15:36

I would like to wish all my brothers a Happy Veterans Day and welcome home brother. I also encourage you to join and particapate in your local VFW and American Legion.

Jeff Jones - Friday, 08 November 2013 12:48

Left Marble Mountain 42 years ago today. Anyone have contact info for Larry Joe Giles, John McDaniel, CW2 Kiem?

William V. Giles IV - Wednesday, 06 November 2013 23:55

Missed the get together in June. I will be at the next one in 2015. I moved to 4 Tern PL SW, Carolina Shores,NC 28467. The Web Site is very nice,thank you. I hope all stay well and have a Happy Holiday Season. Bill Giles 69-70.