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Judy Stiner - Sunday, 30 December 2018 18:03

I tried to send an email to krayjenn@verizon.net, the address in the newsletter.  I wanted to share some news about a deceased member, Tommy C. Stiner.  His death was reported at the time, Aug 16, 2017, and you published the news.  This is something new and current, an airport being re-named.  What is the best way to contact you? 

I receive the newsletter but have a change of address to report.  What is the best way to do that? Thanks.

Gene Womack - Saturday, 24 November 2018 02:21

Attempting to locate  friend Stu Turner. He served as a Black Cat CE and DG from 70-71. He dropped off the radar and I'm checking to see if he's still vertical. Any assistance will be appreciated. Clear right

Gene Womack

189th AHC Ghostriders 70

179th ASHC Hookers 71

ray jennings - Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:16

I wish all by Brothers and their families of the 282nd AHC a Happy Thanksgiving. Let's remember the things we are thankful for and NEVER FORGET our Brothers who are no longer with us.

bernard r bold - Sunday, 11 November 2018 17:03

I want to ask what happen to black cat 848 it was in second platoon. when  I left august 1967 and went to 196th in anson. the picture of the second platoon on the home page was taken in plk march 1967  they took two  picture one just flight crew and the whole platoon. I know because I am in both pictures

ray jennings - Sunday, 11 November 2018 06:50

I want to reach out to all my Brothers of the 282nd and say Welcome Home Brothers and to the ones who did not make it back RIP. I wish all vets Happy Veterans Day.

Lisa Schlichting - Saturday, 10 November 2018 15:16

Hello, my dad was with the 282nd Assault Helicopter Co 12th battalon. His name was Gene Wildenradt.  He served 1967-1968. He passed away in 1988. I am just wondering if anyone knew him? I would love to hear from someone who did. Thanks so much!

Marsha Palmer - Friday, 26 October 2018 10:07

I am here on behalf of my husband Chuck Palmer who was a door gunner at Marble Mountain during 1969-1970. He lost touch with the guys in the unit and has recently, because of videos he has seen on YouTube, become interested in finding them again, or at least those that he can.

Dennis Ahola - Monday, 15 October 2018 10:18

Alleycat Gunship 049 its flying again,  check out.... American Huey 369.org  web site,

lower left hand corner, click on 049 Gunship, amazing photos,

maybe we can see it at next reunion,  

ray jennings - Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:07

Sorry to report that John Adam Kemp, son of Ann Sizemore and step-son of Mike Sizemore passed away June 20, 2018. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ann and Mike. May John rest in peace. Also Malcolm Bussey, Alley Cat pilot 69-70, passed away May 2018. May you rest in peace Brother.

Stephanie Reese - Monday, 05 March 2018 16:33

My dad, WO2 John (Mike) Reese was with not only the 334th AWC, but also the Black Cats from 67-68. My dad took his life in 1971, when I was 2 years old. We lost too many that way. I did not know his family, and mine did not talk about him much. I have reached out a few times over the years in search of those who may have served with him.  I am hoping I will have luck here! I would love to see any photos that may be out there (I only have about a dozen pictures of him) and maybe hear a story or two. I live near Indianapolis and am planning on attending the 2019 reunion. Thank you.

ray jennings - Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:06

Robert, if you would give me a way to let the members of the 282nd a way to contact you, I will post it on our face book page and post your information in our next news letter. My email my email is krayjenn@verizon.net.

Robert J Collins JR - Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:35

My father Robert J Collins served as a door gunner with the Black Cats from 71 - 72. I was wondering if any one remembers him and if they could share some stories with me. Unfortunately he passed away October 21 2017 from cancer that the VA believes was caused by agent orange. I'm a vet myself and it would mean a lot to me to hear back from someone. I have pictures he took and his Black Cat patch

ray jennings - Thursday, 08 February 2018 10:25

Bob Webster called me yesterday and said his long time friend and companion Bobbie Ashmore passed away. She died peacefully in her sleep January 29th of heart failure. Our thoughts and condolences are with Bob and Bobbies family.

ray jennings - Thursday, 01 February 2018 09:33

John Sisca is with the Arizona Branch of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. They are restoring a UH-1B gunship 64-13986 that according to records, served in the 282nd from approximately June 1966-April 1969. They intend to restore 986 with the 282nd Alley Cat gunship paint scheme. Any photos you could provide would be of immense help. The only 986 flight crew names they have been able to scrounge up, were "AC F1 Steiner" and "P WT Colley", which pertained to an incident on August 1, 1966. If you have any information you cn contact John at go-by-air@cox.net.

ray jennings - Monday, 18 December 2017 13:45

Bill Kinsley passed away December 13, 2017at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Clarksburg, WV. Bill was a crew chief 69-70. Bill be laid to rest with full military honors December 19, 2017. His service will be held at the Smith Funeral and Cremation Care in Morgantown, WV. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Dreams for Veterans through the Dream Foundation.

ray jennings - Tuesday, 28 November 2017 11:38

The National Viet Nam War Museum in Weatherford, Texas is having a ground breaking ceremony for Phase 1 of the main building December 9, 2017 at 3:00pm CST.

  Program of Activites:(times are approximate)

3:00pm      Ceremony begins

3:01           Welcome

3:05           Invocation

3:10           National Anthem

3:15          Introductions

                 Founders Assn-membership option

                 closed after this ceremony

                 Builders Club-not too late to join

3:20          Guest Speaker(s)

3:25          Keynote speaker--B.G. Burkett Author of 

                 Stolen Valor,-How the Vietnam Generation

                 was robbed of its Heroes and its History

                 Followed by:  Shovel Ceremony (turning of the dirt)

After the ceremony, beginning at 5:30pm the AMVETS Post 133 will host their annual

Christmas at the Wall event. Please stay or return for that event if you can.

ray jennings - Tuesday, 28 November 2017 11:25

The grand daughter of Steve and Joanne Chann passed away Monday morning November 27. Their grand daughter fought a long and brave battle with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers for the Chann family.

ray jennings - Wednesday, 22 November 2017 09:13

As Thanksgiving nears, we need to step back and think of all the things and people in our life that we are thankful for. One of the things I am thankful for other than Kay my wife is the opportunity I had serving with the great men of the 282nd AHC. Kay and I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

ray jennings - Friday, 10 November 2017 09:35

I would like to wish all my Brothers of the 282nd AHC a Happy Veteran's Day, thank you for your service and welcome home.

Mike Peeters - Tuesday, 07 November 2017 13:59

My name is Mike Peeters and I grew up with CW2 Glenn W. Arrandale, call sign Blackcat 10. Glenn served in Vietnam from May 1969 to May 1970 with the 282nd AHC. He was close to CW3 Tim Case. I lost track of Glenn before he served in Vietnam due to a move by me to Hawaii. The last contact I had with him was short and before his tragic and untimely death in 1979, at age 31. I am now 69 and would like to hear from anyone who served with Glenn during his service. I have not been able to contact Tim Case. Thank you.

ray jennings - Wednesday, 25 October 2017 09:38

Good Morning Brothers. Our sister Donna Elliott passed away after a long battle with cancer. Donna passed away October 22, 2017. Her service will be held Saturday October 28, 2017 at 2:00pm at Roller Coffman Chapel in Mountain View, Arkansas. Donna was unable to find her Brother, Jerry who is MIA. Lets hope she is reunited with Jerry in Heaven. Our condolences to Donna's family and friends. Rest in peace Sister

John Silberman - Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:48

Greetings fellow Cats.  Have not checked in on the site for a long time.  I just wanted to say hello, stay well, and best wishes from sunny, but a bit wind blown, Florida.  John 69-70

ray jennings - Monday, 02 October 2017 15:36

The flight jacket below was restored by Bob Ford for Joseph Albert Reichlin's sister. She is going to place it in a museum in honor of Joseph.

ray jennings - Monday, 02 October 2017 15:31

Bill Rodriguez - Friday, 29 September 2017 22:07

I served with the 282nd assault in 1970. I was gunner on uh1 models hueys. I used to get the black cat newsletter by mail and for some reason it stopped coming in. I have tried to see the roster but the pass word I put in wont work. Has it been changed? It used to be zippo. I used to be able to communicate with the guys I served with but now I am unable to. I would like for some one to call me at 432-209-2070 since I can not access entry into my E-Mail for some reason. I also would like to pay any dues that are required to become a member of my family once again. By the way, they nicknamed me pinchie, that's what everyone knew me by. My home address is 306 S E Ave E   Seminole, Texas 79360. I am interested in buying caps and mugs from our unit. I attended the reunion in San Antonio back in the 90s and was glad to see my brothers once again. I would like this info so I can attend future reunions. I thank You ahead of time for helping me out. Thank You and God Bless