282nd AHC Black Cats Guestbook
Lets keep all of our Brothers and their family in our prayers who were affected by Harvey and Irma. If you know of anyone who was affected please let me know.
Brothers, one of our Brothers is in poor health, Heidi Atanian. Lets keep him in our thoughts and our prayers. His wife, Bonnie, said you can contact her at 413-782-7531 if you wish to check on his status.
I was with the 43rd Army Postal Unit, located fairly close to you guys at DaNang. I got to ride with you once to Quang Naigh, I have the utmost respect for you folks. I hope all is well with you - everyone.
Just returned from the the Khe Sanh Vets annual reunion in Cleveland. Members are from all services, and civilians who lived in the Khe Sanh area. During the reunion week one of the members spoke of an aviation museum in the Atlanta area. It was run by former Army personnel.
The member, former Marine, heard my conversation about trying to find out who were these military people in these helicopters who would stage at the Khe Sanh combat base landing strip. A question I had been posing for decades at our reunion.
Milton Jones, a friend, and fellow Khe Sanh Vet, advised that this aviation museum dealt with a lot of helicopter displays. This was last Saturday night at our dinner. And yesterday on Tuesday he spoke with Glenn Jones, who is a member of a local Viet Nam Vets business association, and one of the curators of the aviation museum.
Eureka!!!!! Not only did Glenn Jones know that the unit was the 282nd Assault Helicopter Co., Glenn Jones had been a member of the "Black Cats".
As a marine that was stationed at Khe Sanh for over year, I could not understand no one could not remember these helicopters, sometimes it seems like dozens of choppers, would take off to a secret location, and return all shot up, loaded with wounded and dead.
No one would say where they were going or where the 282nd Assault unit was coming from. I pulled up your sight and had flashbacks.
Next August 12-19 2018 the Khe Sanh Vets are meeting in Washington, DC. Your museum will be the first stop on my intinerary, if I don't visiting before then.
1/26 Comm. Repair Platoon
Received a phone call from Edwin "Bugz" McPherson's sister and she informed me that Bugz had a stroke last year and is paralyzed on one sided of his body. He is doing well and we wish him a speedy recovery. Needless to say his spirits are running low and if wish to call him, his phone number is 731-694-1478.
Hello Black Cats, Just found this site and had to post a message. I was in the 484TC Det. from the start at Ft Benning. Was with the aircraft escort group to RVN. I spent my tour in the Electricians shop. Knew the Fishbeck Bros. and a couple of others that have posted in the guestbook. I still have a lot of memories of those days and wonder about the where abouts of some.
Sorry to hear of the passing of Bill Phares, we were Hooch mates at the "new" compound.
So much for now, would like to hear from one and all.
Willliam H Dignan
I will pass the message on to my Dad, Joe Fishbeck, that you said hello. He resides in Southern California. Feel free to email me a message at phillip.fishbeck and I can relay it to him. I am sure he would like to hear from you!
Unfortunately my uncle, Jay Fishbeck passed away a few years ago.
Another Black Cat has gone to the big hangar in the Heavens. Tom Stiner passed away August 16, 2017. His service is Saturday August 19, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in La Follette, TN. The family will receive guests 12:00pm-3:00pm with the funeral service after the visitation. Our prayers and condolences to the Stiner family.
Brothers, sad news. I just received word that Danny Williams passed away today. Danny had been in the hospital the past several days and he told his family yesterday that he was ready to go. Danny had been ill for quite a while but now he is at peace and in a better place. On behalf of the 282nd AHC our prayers and condolences go out to Vicky and the rest of Danny's family. May you rest in peace Brother
Received a call from Joe Whalen and he informed me that he had a heart attack March 1st and the doctor placed a stent in. Joe got out of the hospital March 8th and he is doing well. Let's wish him a speedy recovery and he is planning on attending the reunion.
Enjoyed rays story of the doughnut Dolly and the captain. must have been in oct or later in 67. I must have just missed it. Do you remember the boot in the foot rest on the corner of the bar. That was the jump boot of the 282nd commander Charles Ward. That was his seat at the bar. I won a lot of money at that poker table.Paid for my R & R in Hawaii.
for Raymond Caryl: I was the guy who came up with the idea of the Cat in the floor of the 282nd club. In fact i designed and built that club. Almost got electrocuted sanding the cat. had to use water and the electriccord of the maintance hanger sander had many cuts.
I have lost all my pictures and letters after coming home. My tour was from 1970 - 1972 and our call sign was Black Cat 13. Also our crew was flying one day when we were asked to go in and pick up wounded soldiers because the medical Huey could not because it was a hot LZ
I am going to sign up to become a member.
Counting the days until the reunion. Hope to see you all in Sacramento
Would anyone happen to have know Bob McWilliams? I believe he was over 69-71 2 tours. I am his son and would like to just learn more of what he was doing.
I have a request from Steve and JoAnne Chann. Steve and JoAnne are asking that you keep their grand daughter Marissa in your prayers. Marissa has osteosardomo bone cancer and needless to say she has a long road to go. We wish her the best.
Looking for a david Hawk server form 67-68 Dan Nanga
my father was a huey pilot 69-71. Dads name was Robert (bob) Mcwilliam. If anyone here knew him I would be honored if you could give any info about that time and what was going on.
he ended up retired Lt Col. He had silver star, bronze star, and at least 2 Purple Hear. He spoke more about Vietnam the last y of his life that the 42 before at least that I remembe. Would just like to be be able to tell kids, grand kids, and now great grand kids about the hero I never knew yet they need to remembe.
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Any listing of flight ops personel? Ssgt. 22nd flight operations from July69 to DEROS Dec 7, 1969. also 2 212th CSAB from May 68 until joining 22nd AHC.
I would like to thank all the Brothers of the 282nd AHC a Happy Veterans Day and a Happy Veterans Day to all that served out Country. Welcome home Brothers.
Judy - Thank you so much for posting these pictures. As you know I was in the hospital or I would have gone down for David's funeral. Dave and I spent a lot of time together while in Vietnam. He was always so happy. I will miss him dearly. Be well my brother world has lost a special person.
We honored the memory of David Howington on Saturday, September 10th, 2016. Below are some photos from the funeral, including a picture of members of the Black Cats in attendance.
Pictured left to right: Dave Parkhurst, Bob Tallent, Jody Summers, Bob McQueen, Danny Williams, Ray Jennings, Lennis Lee, Jerry Staggs
Services for David Howington is Saturday September 10th at the First United Methodist Church in Milledgeville, GA. Visitation is at 1:00pm followed by the service at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Rd. Suite 100, Silver Springs, Maryland 20910 or Georgia War Veterans Home, 2249 Vinson Highway, Milledgeville, Ga. 31061
Brothers I have some sad news to pass along. David Howington passed away Sunday night Sept 4th. I do not have any details but I think he passed away in his sleep. Walter Burch who was the CO 70-71 passed away August 16. 2016. Donna Elliot is recovery from brain surgery and is doing well. Unfortunately is having to go radiation treatment for lung cancer and we wish her well.
Hello to the Blackcat family –
It is with tremendous sadness I write you to tell you my father, Blackcat 06, Lt. Col. Walter M. Burch, USA, Ret., died on 16 August 2016. He commanded the Blackcats for a portion of his second tour in Vietnam between 1970-1971. He rarely spoke about himself, or his past, but he always mentioned the Blackcats with fondness and pride, and I know he’d made an effort to reconnect with several members during the last decade of his life. His health declined sharply in 2013, keeping him largely housebound, but he found escape, solace, and entertainment beyond these walls through his relationships with the Cats. Thank you for brightening his days!
If the Cats would like to read Dad’s obituary, you can find it online here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/walter-burch-obituary?pid=1000000181158311
If anyone would like to send condolences to his wife, Eydie Burch, she can be reached at Dad’s email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If there’s some kind of distribution list for the Cats, please share news of his passing there; I found a spreadsheet with a lot of separate addresses on his computer desktop, but didn’t know if I should write them all individually, or ask for a collective notice.
Christa Burch (daughter) and Eydie Burch (widow)