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Joe Whalen - Sunday, 13 September 2015 13:56

Crew chief and radio operator with the Black Cats, 12/68 to 9/69.  Black Cat Flash.

Who hit the skids again?

jose solano - Thursday, 10 September 2015 01:16

jose solano - Thursday, 10 September 2015 01:31

We lost William Lark on August 31, lived in Charleston, SC, been ill since the 70's, AO. I have been in touch with him for many years. We were  at Marble Mtn 66/67. We  were in airframe class at Ft Eustis, Va. he was 74. He is sitting in front of me in photo.



johnny m kerr - Wednesday, 02 September 2015 16:03

Ray I have sent a year book and 2 photo albums and I have just found 2 boxes of slides and 5 rools of 8mm film, l am going to see if I can get them put on cd for the reunion, due to a prior commitment I can not mack this years reunion but would help host the next one on the west cost in 2017 or in alaska where I live.

ray jennings - Sunday, 30 August 2015 09:08

Ron shoot me an email with your phone number so I can get some information to add you to our roster.

Ron Stone - Friday, 28 August 2015 18:31

I recently found this site and just want to say you did a great job with documentation on the history of the 282nd AHC. 

I was with the 282nd AHC, '67-'68,  Da Nang, Spec-5.  I was a crew chief and also worked power train.  I recall working with Claude Esther, and crewed with the Fishbeck brothers.  And I can remember the sign on our gun hooch said 'Tony's Pizza'.

Ron Stone, CW3 Retired

Phillip Fishbeck - Monday, 13 June 2016 01:58

I am sure my Dad, Joe Fishbeck would like to hear from you. Do you have an email address you can forward to me... Feel free to email me a message for him at phillip.fishbeck@gmail.com

Roy Norda - Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:01


My uncle, Reijo Majamaki, was a Black Cat crew chief in '68-'69.  Reijo passed away in 1988, aged 46.  I would like you to add his name to the "In Memoriam" page.


Here is a pic of Reijo:



I would like to share his pics with the Black Cats.




ray jennings - Sunday, 30 August 2015 09:10

Roy, I knew your uncle very well. Please shoot me an email with your phone number I would enjoy speaking with you about your uncle.

Ron Dawe - Friday, 11 September 2015 10:57


Your uncle was my door gunner whom I never will forget. He was quite the character, he took offense when I told him he couldn't keep his canteen filled with Vodka when we were flying. He took great pride in being an American soldier and a Black Cat. 

Ron Dawe

Black Cat 13

Frank Alotta Jr - Monday, 17 August 2015 11:57

I register for this site and I did get an email back to verify the email, but I could NOT log in.

It indicated that I was blocked , ???

I been trying to sign up or the reunion in GA. Send info on it and hopefully you can correct this issue.


Frank (Blackcat 00) 

Randy Hays - Tuesday, 08 September 2015 07:42

Crewed with you and Fred Sepeda 1971  having same problem with web site

Heidi Atanian - Sunday, 16 August 2015 07:31

Counting the day until the reunion. Hope to see as many new Cat and renew friendships 

Steven Sager - Sunday, 09 August 2015 11:49

Thank you all for your courageous service. E. Bart Colburn of Black Cat 29 is my father in law. I am looking for any pictures, info, or stories on him for his daughter Jennifer. He passed recently, and was estranged from his children for quite a long time. Any help is greatly appreciated. sager8710@msn.com or 425-328-8936.

Jennifer - Thursday, 06 August 2015 00:03

My son purchased a jacket at a garage sale a couple years ago it is his favorite thing ever. He has been trying to do research on it. Everyone he wears it (he's 9 years old so we let him because there is no mistake or stolen Valor issues, he's just a kid) some adult offers him a lot of money for it. The name on the jacket is Sullivan. Can anyone give us any info on this jacket? Thanks

Ted Kearns - Tuesday, 29 September 2015 14:10

Where did he purchase it. We had several Sullivan's in the unit. did it have any rank insignia on it?

Ted Kearns - Friday, 27 November 2015 20:04

Jenifer: I need more info on the jacket. Where did you buy it? Any other patches insignia on the jacket? It could have been the 282nd commander in 1967 Col Bill Sullivan. We also had other Sullivan's in the company. If it was a leather jacket it was probably his.  Ted Kearns 

Ralph womeldorf 1966-67 - Monday, 20 July 2015 15:19

I will not be at the 2015 reunion.   Have a great time.

Christina Vicente - Saturday, 11 July 2015 23:41

I just wanted to "thank" everyone who served! My Dad, John Vicente,was a "Black Cat", and I could'to be more proud! If anyone knows/served with my Dad, I would love to here from you: christinav_24@hotmail.com. God bles! 

Ray Boyle - Monday, 25 May 2015 13:29

Sending a tribute on this day to all those we lost.  The only one I really remember is George Moore.  Prayers for all our fallen brothers, may they Rest IN Peace.

Marcia Schoonover - Saturday, 23 May 2015 16:27

Hi, I just found this wonderful site. My brother was Mark Cowles, known as "Ozzie". He was a 282nd Assault Hellicopter Pilot, Chief Warrant Officer 2.  He was in Danang from Dec. '70 - March '71. This plaque I have says Alley Cat 7.  Mark died in 2005 from multiple health issues stemming from his time in VietNam.  If anyone remembers Mark, please e-mail me!

I don't know if Mark knew about this site. It is so wonderful that you men can stay in touch and talk about your expierences.  That would have helped Mark.

Thank you for your service - all that you endured in VietNam and to this day. 

God Bless You,  Marcia Schoonover




ray jennings - Thursday, 13 August 2015 08:09

Marcia, Please email me with more information on your brother, I am the president of the 282nd Black Cat Association. I will post your wishes in our next news letter for anyone who served with your brother in Viet Nam. On behalf of the 282nd we are sorry to hear of your loss.

Ray Jennings



Nicorix - Thursday, 21 May 2015 13:39

Just read Bob Fords book, fantastic. 

Ron Dawe - Tuesday, 19 May 2015 11:48

Ray the email address for you on the roster did not work. Please send me an email at doctordawe@gmail.com

Bill Farress - Sunday, 31 May 2015 20:58

Ray's Email:krayjenn@verizon.net

Bill Farress - Tuesday, 09 June 2015 19:33

The beginning of May a fellow Vietnam Veteran in the mid-west started the online "Vietnam Vets Radio" station. Vietnam era music is played 24 / 7 with authentic jingles and public service announcements played on AFVN. Remember "Chicken Man"??

At 8 pm CST (9 pm EST) is "Party Time" a song request show. It really is pretty good, especially the request show. http://vietnamvetradio.com/

Ron Dawe - Sunday, 17 May 2015 14:20

How can I change my personal information in the roster?


ray jennings - Monday, 18 May 2015 13:57

Ron shoot me an email with your information and i will correct it.

David Good - Thursday, 30 April 2015 18:02

Just a message to those that served with the 282nd ahc. I presently own and invite all to see my UH-1C Huey tail #78    bu#15078

Thank you all for your service. And God bless!

David Good apache junction az


Wm Ball - Sunday, 26 April 2015 16:17

I sent an email to change my home and email addresses.

I was the door gunner with crew chief Larry Ott.

The history does not mention the 282nd absorbing I Corps Avn Co @ Hue.


Ron Dawe - Monday, 06 April 2015 13:48

Just read Bob Fords book, fantastic. I was was in country on 3Jul68. Assigned to Hue detachment in about a week or so. Made A/C in Hue as Black Cat 21, and then to Quang Nai crew as Black Cat 13. How can I get email addresses for the the guys?

Bill Farress - Tuesday, 07 April 2015 20:35

Ron register for Login on the Home Page, once you are approved you will have access to the Roster.

There is a 282nd AHC Black Cat Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/908537315840191/?fref=nf


Richard D'Andrea - Saturday, 21 February 2015 23:00

I would like to update my vitals. where do I send the info?

JAMES M MCGUIRE - Monday, 23 February 2015 16:55

Richard, I have a couple of pictures I need to upload of you with Jerry McKinsey at Dong Ha, April 1967. I had left 2nd PLT and was with the Alley Cats at that time. Just learned yesterday that Jim Ross has passed. RIP.  

Bill Farress - Sunday, 01 March 2015 18:41

I think Ray Jennings can help Richard:  (972-492-2587) or send Email to krayjenn@verizon.net any time.

William Jacobs - Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:21

Hi everyone, I have made it into the Black Cat family. The Cat`s have always`s been a BIG part of my life, as they have been for you. Was there in 1971 as 1st. plt. gunner. Flew mostly with Mr. Foster & Mr. Alvarado, Tucker was my crew chief. While there I was know`n  as Big Jake. I hope some one remember`s  me, ( in a good way) crashed June 10th,1971. If Paul Roderick is reading this (you picked us up)

Bill Farress - Tuesday, 10 February 2015 18:27



2015 Reunion


From: Julie Bussiere-Strom


I hope you have marked your calendar and made your plans to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 282nd AHC.

The celebration will be held in Columbus, Georgia, October 8 – October 11, 2015.

Our Host Hotel is:

Holiday Inn Columbus North
Columbus, Georgia 31904
Phone: 706-324-0231

The room rate is $89.00 per day and is available three days before October 8th and three days after October 11th. This rate includes a full hot southern style breakfast daily. Reservations must be received by September 8, 2015. After this date, reservations will be accepted on a space and rate available basis only.

The registration for the reunion is $50.00 per person. The registration includes the banquet Saturday night and refreshments that may be provided by the Association. Hope to see you all there!

ray jennings - Tuesday, 03 February 2015 11:19

Ruben Garcia is looking for any information on Robert L. Harris. If you have any info feel free to contact me.

stephen spann - Saturday, 24 January 2015 18:57

hey i'm steve spann I was in the 282nd in 70-71 just found this site