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dennis ahola - Monday, 15 December 2014 13:17

when is the next reunion and where

Tommy Lund - Sunday, 14 December 2014 11:29

UH-1B 62-2025 was engaged in 282nd AHC from 6801 to 1269. The fled 1079 hours at 282nd in Vietnam. I hope someone has some pictures of it from this time. It will be nice if anyone has any stories on 025. This is in Norway now. We are someone who will renovate it into a museum.

William V. Giles IV - Friday, 12 December 2014 23:37

William Giles  69/70 Blackcat. I want to wish all my VietNam Brothers and there familie's a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Tommy Lund - Saturday, 06 December 2014 03:28

Hello. I was searching for pictures and stories about the UH-1B 62-2025 cn: 545. 62-2025 was with you from 6801 to 6912. This flew a total of 1079 hours with you. We are a group that will restore this. This is located here with us in Rygge in Norway. Thanks for your help. Tommy.

dennis ahola - Thursday, 27 November 2014 19:49

does anyone know how to add names to the crew site,, 049  crewchief   was Bill Wilson

Gunner  Dennis  Ahola


also Crew  chief Mike Mills.  049 was the TOW   ship before turned into a Hog ship,  its being rebuild now in IND


jose solano - Tuesday, 18 November 2014 09:42

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Johnny Simpson from Arkansas,  we were at marble mtn from 5/66 to 5/67. Johnny extended for three months

jose solano - Monday, 17 November 2014 18:29

Does anyone have any info Johnny Simpson, Arkansas.  5/66 to 5/67?

Dennis Bouslaugh - Sunday, 26 October 2014 13:05

hello everyone . I was in the Airfraim shop 70-71 . Anyone who rememberes me please contact me so I can get an Idea who is still around. My phone # 805-637-1477 . This is a Ca. Number , but I live in Brigham  City Utah . All calls welcome. 

Bill Farress - Tuesday, 14 October 2014 19:30

This was posted on our Black Cat Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/908537315840191/

In the Vietnam War, 2,197 helicopter pilots and 2,717 crew members were killed. Black Cat 2-1 is the story of one pilot who made it home and the valiant men he...
Stephen Seitz - Wednesday, 08 October 2014 17:39

Great site, thanks for the memories. I was medic at Marble Mt. from 11/69 to 6/71 also was with 282nd at Dong Hoa.

William V. Giles IV - Monday, 22 September 2014 03:04

Hello Ray and my BlackCat family. I thank you for all the good works you do with the web page. I remember some of are brothers that have passed and was there May 8th 69 to April 13 70. May they rest in peace and make a place for us when we are together again.  I remember flying with C. McCall on AC 37 taking a Aussy three Star to the last outpost on the DMZ and being warned on approch not to land just dump the general  into the command bunker as we were taken morter rounds into compond and broke away on the QT with words over radio we have a MIG on our tail. Thanks to the F-4s close by we were saved from a no win Slick encounter.  Bill Giles

ray jennings - Sunday, 21 September 2014 10:27

If you received the August-September issue of the AARP magizine, be sure to read the article on page 36. It is about Jerry Elliott who is still MIA.

ray jennings - Monday, 08 September 2014 17:29

If anyone has any information on Wayne Hanson please let me know

Ed Segar - Sunday, 07 September 2014 22:09

This is my daughters biker vest I'm sure you will notice the Black Cat patch on it, she was at a rally and was ask about it she told the guy it was her dads outfit, he said if it weren't for us Black Cats he would not have made it home.



PATRICK J JEFFAS - Friday, 02 January 2015 20:08

That’s the kind of stuff that made it all worthwhile. It was the gratitude of the guys on the ground that I will always remember.

Frank Ripley - Sunday, 31 August 2014 20:35

C 2/1 196th INF. BDE, 23rd INF Div, Americal, 1971.  Thanks for all you did for us grunts guys.  Thank you for your sacrifices and the risks you took for us too!  Sorry for puking in the cabin and sorry for tearing open that bag of persistent CS powder.

Peter Larkin - Wednesday, 20 August 2014 18:21

Looking for information  on William G Hasselman US Army can only find limited info only saying died April 1971. Member of Black Cats. I grew up across the street from him.

Jeff - Tuesday, 16 September 2014 16:01

CWO2 Hassleman walked into a tail rotor during a preflight check for a test flight. He had less than a month left on his tour.

Bill Farress - Saturday, 13 December 2014 15:21

I believe the accident occurred after dark.

William Brooks - Wednesday, 07 January 2015 14:11

I was on the flight line that night, I was the first one to him and pulled off my flight shirt to put on his head. I know he had signs of life for a couple of hours after arrival at the hospital. I was the 2nd Platoon Commander.

ray jennings - Friday, 15 August 2014 09:10

A challenge coin has been found I would like to return it to the rightful owner. Please contact me so I can decide to whom it belongs to.

ray jennings - Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:13

It is with a sadden heart that I must report that Daniel "Danny: Smith passed away August 3, 2014. Danny was an Alley Cat 69-70. In lieu of flowers the family is respectfully requesting memorial contributions to the C.J.D Foundation, 341 West 38th Street, NY,NY 10018 or


On behalf of the 282nd AHC our thoughts and prayers go out to Danny's family. Danny our brother may you rest in peace.

Bill Farress - Wednesday, 13 August 2014 11:39

Last month a Facebook page was setup for the Black Cats and their families. "Friend" request / approval on the page. (Thanks to Bob Elliott) 

Pictures of the Black Cats past and present are welcome, no politics please. 


ray jennings - Wednesday, 06 August 2014 10:17

Is one of the items on your bucket list one more chance to ride in a Huey? Well, the Black Cat Association is working with the Army Aviation Heritage Association to make that wish come true. They will provide a Huey at our reunion next year in Columbus, GA for your chance to take a ride. The cost of the ride is $65.00 based on 50 people. The normal cost for a Huey ride anywhere else is $135.00. All Black Cats and Alley Cats and their guests are invited to take a ride. I need to know no later than the end of January who wants to take advantage of this opportuinty. Just shoot me an email and let me know.

James McGuire - Thursday, 17 July 2014 12:52

Went to Moline, IL in early June to play in fund raiser golf tournament for former Alley Cat crew chief Jeff Perez. His sons Joe, Jay and Tim put on the tournament to raise funds for Jeff's 501-3c non-profit Alley Cat Fight Club. $4300 was raised to pay for travel and meals for his fighters. He has trained several Silver Glove national champions over the last few years. His wonderful efforts to help at risk kids has made a difference in the lives of many Moline kids. It was a real honor to be a part of something special and see the community respect he so deservingly has earned in the city of Moline. James M McGuire, Alley Cat 7, 67-68.

Deana - Thursday, 10 July 2014 23:07

AJ "Steve" Stevens also leaves behind a grieving Mother and Sister and grown niece and nephew (current residents of CA) who will forever be proud of him and his service and miss him so very much.



Tony Giles - Friday, 27 June 2014 14:50

My bad fellas.  Correction on Larrys birthdate

Larry Joe Giles

7/12/49 - 3/23/02

Tony Giles - Thursday, 26 June 2014 20:49

Recently discovered  the cat house .my dad was with 282nd .but im sad to inform everyone that Larry Joe Giles has passed. When I discovered this site uestbook intfigued me . I scrolled briefly and discovered Mr.Jeff  Jones asking about Larry I had to respond.  God Bless you all.

Larry Joe Giles


                                                                   Tony Giles

Bill Summers - Wednesday, 25 June 2014 21:12

Found your site and was surprised! I started my aviation carrer with HHD 52 Avn Bn in VN. Spent most of the year at Kontom flying the two corp commander. I never had the honor of meeting many members of the unit. Still have a patch and a plack from the unit.