282nd AHC Black Cats Guestbook
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:
B. L. Tinker
If there are others, I would really like to hear about it. Thanks, and welcome home!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hello I am Looking for any pics of my brother Manuel Jose Delatorre. Thank You Diane Rowe
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.
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.
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.
This is Bill Giles 69-70 wishing everyone a Happy New Year
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Left Marble Mountain 42 years ago today. Anyone have contact info for Larry Joe Giles, John McDaniel, CW2 Kiem?
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.
Been a while. Thought the site was shut down. Retired twice and living in south Texas. Loving it. Hello Mick. Saw you signed in.
Greetings, It was great to go to my 1st Reunion after so many Years . It was 42 year ago that I was with the Black Cats at Marble mountain. It was so good to see old friends and made new ones. Tucker ,Beck , Steve any many others, I had forgot so much and kinda of just been in hiding from my past. Don't know why ,but I guess that's why so many other bro's don't keep in contact with anyone. SO ALL I GOT TO SAY IS TO ALL OLE BLACK CATS -- COME OUT COME OUT WHERE EVER YOU ARE. Lord permitting I will be in Gergia. A big thanks to all who worked so hard to keep everyone together, You all know who you are. A extra big thanks
Laryy Martinez 1971 -1972
still hoping to find our stand down fly by on 8 M M
web site is looking good. I enjoyed the reunion in Kansas. It was great to see every one.
My father Delta F Schoonover served 282nd assault helicopters 212 battalion, in DanNang in 1968. He passed away Aug 20th 2013. I have his pics and would love to talk with anyone that served with him. I know some names he mentioned was Buddy Perez, Ledger who was his crew chief. Dad did speak much about his service there, but I would love to do a record of his service. I was 8 when my daddy came home and remember well. I am so proud of him and to all you guys who serviced. You and He are my heros.
Lynn, Sorry to learn that your father passed away. I have info on a Black Cat named Ledger, but I don't think he served with your father. I do have info on Buddy Perez and if you shoot me an email I can give you his information. My home email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put in the information line the topic, because I have the habit of deleting emails if I don't know who they come from.
Ray, please update my address to 288 Cheyenne Dr. , Fairview, TX 75069. Sorry I missed the reunion in KC , but was in the middle of closing my house in Texas. All moved in now and plan on running over to Weatherford to see JERRY and LETTA and BILL RALPH in Mineral Wells. Phone is cell only 620-515-0444. Wishing Jeff Perez another happy birthday. Everyone who knows Jeff and Sandy need to give him a call to let them know they are thinking of them. Sandy just completed a procedure for a heart pacemaker and Jeff says she is doing well. Jim McGuire Alleycat 7 67-68.
484 TC DET Sept 67 to April 69, websitelooks great. Would like to hear from any Cats I served with. I am located in Ripon, WI. Any of you coming to EAA in Oshkosh, drop me a line.
Our next reunion will be held at the Holiday Inn in Columbus, GA, October 8, 2015 thru October 11, 2015. Room rate is $89.00 per night with free breakfast. Rate is good 3 days befor and 3 days after. The host for our reunion is John and Liz Bard and they are planning a few activities for us, so mark your calendars.
Brothers, just a note to let you know that Steve,(Sam), Sneed's father passed away Friday June 21, 2013. Steve's father had been ill for a few years and is now at peace. Steve asked that no flowers be sent but if you wish you can send a memorial contribution to the Blackcat association in Steve's name. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve and his family.