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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.

Don Berry - Wednesday, 02 October 2013 18:22

Site looks great. 

Don Berry - Monday, 16 September 2013 13:07

Been a while.  Thought the site was shut down. Retired twice and living in south Texas.  Loving it. Hello Mick. Saw you signed in.  

Larry T. Martinez - Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:40

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

Ralph Womeldorf - Tuesday, 10 September 2013 17:27

web site is looking good.   I enjoyed the reunion in Kansas.  It was great to see every one.

Lynn Zeigler - Saturday, 24 August 2013 11:57

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.

ray jennings - Wednesday, 28 August 2013 13:47

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 krayjenn@verizon.net. 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.

Mike Archer - Thursday, 15 August 2013 15:50
I am writing my second book about the fighting around Khe Sanh in 1968. My first book, A Patch of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered, was published in 2005. I am also a Marine veteran of that fighting.

This new book centers around an incident that occurred near Hill 881S (at AMS map coordinate XD 772 440), about 5 miles west of Khe Sanh base, on  6 July 1968, when Lance Corporal Thomas P. Mahoney III was killed and, due to heavy fighting, his body was left behind. 

I have recently received information from two former Marines who served with Mahoney who distinctly recall being told by the officer who filed the official report of Mahoney's loss that sometime in the days following his death an army chopper with the call sign "Black..."  successfully retrieved the remains from the hill. This mission could have taken place anytime from 7 July on. As such, I am trying to locate someone from the Black Cats who may have knowledge  of that mission, if, in fact, it occurred.  Thanks, Mike Archer


James McGuire - Monday, 29 July 2013 11:36

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.

ray jennings - Thursday, 01 August 2013 15:17

James shoot me your email address so we can update your info.

Howard Stewart - Sunday, 07 July 2013 20:13

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.


ray jennings - Friday, 05 July 2013 08:31

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.

ray jennings - Sunday, 23 June 2013 10:13

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.

Ralph Womeldorf - Tuesday, 18 June 2013 19:04

I enjoyed the reunion in Kansas City.   Nice seeing everyone.  See you all in Columbus GA.

Allen McCrea - Monday, 17 June 2013 19:45

Gail Weber Filippini - Sunday, 26 May 2013 16:07

Often, but especially on Memorial Days, I find myself thinking about my brother Captain Warren Weber, helicopter pilot, Black Cat 13,  call sign "Cat doctor 6"  I  want to thank you all for your service to our country.  I only wish we knew more about his time in Vietnam. He was so proud of his time as a pilot but developed PTSD when he came back to the states.   Warren passed away 7/3/1991

ray jennings - Tuesday, 06 August 2013 13:05

Gail, I am the President of the 282nd AHC Association and we are in the process of updating our members roster. I see that you are not on the roster and if you would like to be placed on the roster I would be more than happy to add your name. This way you will be able to receive our quarterly news letter and receive information on our reunions, which you are more than welcome to attend. I will need your address, phone number and email. Our next reunion will be held in October 2015 in Columbus, GA and we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 28nd AHC.

Dave Good - Saturday, 25 May 2013 14:56

I own UH1-C  Alleycat BU#15078 and proudly display it in Apache Junction AZ I had a gentleman stop by today that served with the Blackcts 282nd. His name is Maurice Seghetti. A very nice man! I took  a picture of him next the chopper, thanked him for his service, and begged him when he had a chance to please return.


ray jennings - Tuesday, 07 May 2013 14:48

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the  following
website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online:

This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214
for employment purposes.  NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans
with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents  from their
military files.  Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former
military members may now use a new online military personnel records system
to request documents.  Other individuals with a need for documents  must
still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the
online web site.  Because the requester will be asked to supply all
information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally
occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be
minimized.  The new web-based application was designed to provide better
service on these requests by eliminating the records center's mailroom
processing time.

 Please pass this information on to former military personnel you may know
and their dependents.



Dave Good - Thursday, 02 May 2013 17:42

Just a note to tell you all i have bought a gun ship that was in you unit.

its ser #66-15078

it now resides here at 2646 w. Guadalupe rd Apache Junction Az 85120

I invite you all to come here and see her in person.

Thank you all for your service! email for pics coyotedav@aol.com

David Good


Marc - Sunday, 14 April 2013 20:22

Hi everyone it's lookin good