282nd AHC Black Cats Guestbook
Jerry Staggs is still in the hospital recovering from his accident. He is still having breathing problems. He hopes to see a breathing specialist today to see what can be done to help his breathing.
Just returned from visiting Staggs in the hospital. For those of you who does not know, Staggs crashed his helicopter last Friday April 8th. He failed to unlock the tail rotor so when he lifted off he started spinning with no control. On crash landing he broke his back. He is having a little trouble breathing so he is hook up to oxygen. The doctor said today that they will try to take him off the oxygen so he can walk a little more each day and if he is breathing good the doctor hopes to release him Monday. When Jerry crashed he clipped the corner of his house and knocked the top of a tree that Letta has been wanting him to cut down the last couple of months. Letta said that was an expensive tree trimming. The xray technician after looking at Jerry's xrays, said it look like he had been in a war zone. Heck I told Jerry he was safer in Nam. I will post any updates as I receive them.
Visitation for Bill Phares will be tonight March 25 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and grave side service will be March 26 at 4:00pm at the Evergreen Cemetery.
I hope everyone has a Happy Easter>
I just learned that Bill Phares passed away March 20, 2016. Our condolences to Bill's family and friends. May you rest in peace Brother.
got your message. Sent contact info. Good to hear from an old friend
Sorry Randy didn't leave my address e-mail it is email@example.com also remember you Fred Sepeda.
Just found this site. I am the daughter of Black cat 21, Joel Simmons. I went to 2-3 reunions with dad and mom when I was younger. It is interesting to see pics and information again.
Thank you all for all you did for America. It makes me so sad, and mad, how things are going here now. Hang in there, guys.
Kelly (Simmons) Bethel
I'm all for suggestion Ray, don't know anyone in particular who would need the support so can we just send in an extra membership or two and let the keepers of the membership roles apply where needed?
I just received news that Larry Geer passed away today 2/11/16 at 5:08pm eastern time after a long battle with lung cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda and the rest of the Geer family. May you rest in peace brother.
I received a letter from Tommy Toborg (Gunner 69-70) with a great idea. Here is his letter. "To my Black Cat Brothers I make this challenge. Since we are mostly all old timers with many issues, Let's do this. All of us who can pay our dues to the Association, pay also for a Brother who cannot, yearly or life time if possible. We are all blessed."
I think this is a great idea. If you wish to pay the dues of a Black Cat Brother, let me know who you are paying the dues for so the Association can send them a Membership card.
I was with the 129th AHC the last three months of 1971 and was crew chief on a UH-1B 65-09532 that came from the Alley Cats. I flew with it to Cam Ronh Bay on New Years Eve and turned it in at the Navy base. It was a Mike model when I flew it. I'm just wondering if anyone has any information/stories on it's history or maybe its whereabouts.
Best regards, SP-5 D. Jarvis
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I proud that you made it home brother! Thank you for your service and May God Bless!
My apologies ahead of time. I'm trying to find people who knew my father. Currently the only information I have to go off of is an old posting he made to locate a friend.
Trying to locate: Melvin Wood
Branch of Service: Army
Unit was: 282nd Assult Helicopter Company
Where served: Danang, Vietnam
When served: 1970-1971
Message is: Looking for "Woody" from YellowDog
Please contact: Craig Patrick Fabry
Mailing address: 909 Deerpark Drive
City, State, Zip: Modesto, Ca 95358
thank you so much for your time and God bless.
Kay and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I want to thank all of the Black Cats that attended the funeral of Billy David Hill. I did not get to meet everyone, even tho I wish I could have. I especially want to thank those that went to meet Billy David's father after the ceremony. It is with great sorrow that I have come to tell you Mr. Hill passed away today in my arms (Dec. 22 ) at 2:24 p.m. Only 5 days after the funeral of his son. He would have been 92 the 9th of January. I truly do believed that he was waiting for his son to be returned and when that happened, he was ready to go. Thanks to everyone.
A Celebration of Life Service for David Schumacher will be held Friday, December 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm in the Woodstock Funeral Home Chapel, Minister Matt Amos officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow at 2:30 pm at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia
Rest in peace brother Black Cat.
Cindy Schumacher, wife of David, has informed us that David passed away this morning, 12-13-15. His heart gave away due to complications from COPD. He will be buried with his Black Cat cap on his head, Cindy says. He really enjoyed going to his first Black Cat reunion in Columbus, GA. in October. Funeral arrangements are still pending, but he will be buried in the Canton National Cemetary. On behalf of the 282nd our condolences to the Schumacher family and may you rest in peace Brother.
We will be meeting at the Golden Corral in Kileen and leave from there to go to the Texas State Veterans Cemetary for the service for Billy Hill. Make sure to wear you Black Cat or Alley Cat hat. There is no service at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Black Cat SFC Billy D. Hill, MIA 21 Jan 68, Khe Sanh, has been recovered and the funeral will be held December 17th at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at 1PM. All Black Cats are invited. Meeting 1100 hours at the Golden Corral in Killeen to sign a Black Cat flag donated by Scotty McLaughlan.
Received a call from Bob Webster requesting that anyone who knows Larry Geer to give Larry a call. Larry is battling lung cancer and is not doing well. I am sure Larry would love to hear from you. Even if you didn't serve with Larry, I am sure he would love to hear from any member of the 282nd. Larry's phone number is 503-750-5994.
Billy D. Hill, MIA Jan 21 1968 at the Old French Fort in Khe Sanh, has been recovered and positively identified by DNA according to his cousin, Judy Hill. DPAA told the family that a bone collector from Quang Tri Province was caught at the airport with Bill's partial remains and they were turned over to US officials in 1989 with no information. Funeral plans are incomplete, but planned for December 17th, Bill's birthday, in Killeen, Texas. All Black Cats welcome. Judy has asked for personal stories from anyone who knew Bill personally. Contact me for her email address.
I want to wish all my Brothers of the 282nd a Happy Veteran's Day and thank you for your service.
Just to inform you that one of your members has passed away. Terry Leon Eaker was a member of the 282 in 1969. He was a SP4 and his MOS was Huey mechanic. His picture is in your 1969 yearbook (Black Cats). Terry served three years in the Army. His last duty station was Ft Riley, Kansas. His rank at his time of discharge was Specialist E5. He lived in Smithville, Missouri. He will be buried on Saturday November 7th with full military honors in Parkville, Missouri. My wife Ida is Terry's cousin.