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ray jennings - Monday, 08 February 2016 09:35

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.

D Jarvis - Sunday, 07 February 2016 20:47

Hi there,

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

George Reischling - Thursday, 04 February 2016 18:19


I came upon this site while surfing the net and knew that the above statement would have special meaning for all the men who served with the brave and courageous assault helicopter teams.  Without the support that they provided many, many more American soldiers would have died in Vietnam. I served with 3/22nd, 25th Infantry Division out of Tay Ninh as an infantryman.  Fought the NVA on the slopes of Nui Ba Den twice with numerous firefights in and around the area bordering the Cambodian border.  After 5 months in the field, I was pulled to the 93rd Evac at Long Binh to work with soldiers suffering from combat fatigue.  Over the last 10 years, I chronicled my tour of duty and the response has been overwhelming.  With your military background, you may find it interesting. There are presently over Ninety 5 Star Reviews.

This is the true story of the fight for Nui Ba Den and the struggles and sacrifices that the soldiers who served their country in Vietnam endured. Thousands of Vietnam Veterans have proudly endorsed these memoirs. Please check out the website at courageonthemountain.com with the accompanying introduction and pictures and you'll gain a new respect for all the men and women who served our country during the Vietnam war.

I proud that you made it home brother! Thank you for your service and May God Bless!
George Reischling

Chris fabry - Saturday, 16 January 2016 21:07

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


If you knew my father or you know the man he is looking for please contact me at login2963@yahoo.com , Christopher.fabry@gmail.com or christopher.p.fabry.mil@mail.mil .


thank you so much for your time and God bless.

ray jennings - Thursday, 24 December 2015 17:35

Kay and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Beverly Hill Jacobs - Wednesday, 23 December 2015 02:10

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.

Jose Cano - Tuesday, 15 December 2015 22:22

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.

ray jennings - Sunday, 13 December 2015 18:19

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.

ray jennings - Friday, 11 December 2015 07:30

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.

Donna Elliott - Wednesday, 09 December 2015 11:51

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.

ray jennings - Tuesday, 08 December 2015 11:28

The correct number for Larry Geer is 503-750-5991

ray jennings - Sunday, 22 November 2015 15:14

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.

Donna Elliott - Monday, 16 November 2015 10:28

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.

ray jennings - Wednesday, 11 November 2015 08:54

I want to wish all my Brothers of the 282nd a Happy Veteran's Day and thank you for your service.

Harold E Metz - Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:07

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.

ray jennings - Tuesday, 27 October 2015 13:36

Everyone be very careful that you don't let seeing "old" faces (Like at a 50th aniversary Reunion) drive you to heart problems. We all wish David Schumacher a speedy recovery after his recent heart problems. Get well soon Brother.

Bill Farress - Saturday, 17 October 2015 21:55

                                                                                                 Thanks to Ray & Kay Jennings and all who helped with the 2015 Reunion. We all had a great time and we understand it was the largest turnout to date too!

jerry davis - Friday, 09 October 2015 18:35

I flew door gunner 66-67 with Kelly,fishbeck brothers, Melvin,Hartley


Phillip Fishbeck - Monday, 13 June 2016 01:55

I will let my Dad, Joe Fishbeck know you said hello! I am sure he would be glad to hear from you! Feel free to email me a message for him at phillip.fishbeck@gmail.com

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