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Tamara McAdam McMinn - Monday, 23 June 2014 00:40

Wanted to stop by and leave my thoughts, prayers and most of all my love to all of you. My Dad is on the memory page. It's been almost 30 years since loosing him and I miss him still. I am forever an Army Brat... and a Black Cat kid!! Much LH & R

ray jennings - Wednesday, 18 June 2014 08:04

Sorry to report that another Brother has left this earth and now flying among the angels. Dan Loy left us on May 22, 2014 and he will be missed. Our sympathies go out to his wife Jan and the rest of his family. Rest in peace Brother.

ray jennings - Wednesday, 18 June 2014 08:01

John, shoot me an email with your address and phone number so we can add it to the roster

John G Sackis - Tuesday, 17 June 2014 21:55

Tis' interesting. I always feel like an interloper here even though I was Black Cat member early on. I was one of those who had no contact with the Da Nang group, but served as a doorgunner in the central highlands at Camp Holloway in the flight platoon that supported  the 52nd CAB. We were originally 2nd Platoon, 172nd AHC and in June of 1966, we became the 2nd Platoon, 282nd AHC and even got the Black Cat Patches (still have mine!).

Going through the roster and cross referencing it to some of the orders that I still have, only 6 of us show up on both:

Richard Coleman

James Fallon

David Mawae

Ronald Moyer

John Sackis

B. L. Tinker

If there are others, I would really like to hear about it. Thanks, and welcome home!

frankie knobloch - Sunday, 15 June 2014 14:18

another good man and Vietnam vet passed away this morning 0130 15Jun2014, name Alfred Jackson (AJ) Stevens, served as a Helo Gunner in the Black Cat squadron from approximately 1968-1969.  left behind a wife, two children and 5 grandchildren respectively.  he will be buried in the houston memorial cemetery some time next week.

ray jennings - Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:58

Frankie, Sorry to hear of the passing of AJ. Shoot me an emial with his family members phone number and address. I want to send a sympthy card on behalf of the 282nd to his family.

Bill Farress - Monday, 21 July 2014 09:43

Frankie, thanks for letting us know about A.J. We were pretty close in Nam, in fact he was one of the guys who took me to "Danang Main" when I ETS'ed and is pictured in the Black Cat Youtubes. We have been sharing Emails for years and he will really be missed.

frankie - Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:45

Mr. Farress,

He was a good man and is missed, Could you email me sometime I been working on a memorial box for my mom and have a few questions about A.J. before i rapped this up.  my email is Frankie.Knobloch@yahoo.com

Bill Farress - Sunday, 25 May 2014 10:34

Thinking of the guys we lost "in country", the Black Cats we have lost since and the bond we share on this Memorial Day weekend.

Diana Rowe - Saturday, 17 May 2014 10:53

Hello I am Looking for any pics of my brother Manuel Jose Delatorre. Thank You Diane Rowe


Tim McKinsey - Tuesday, 04 March 2014 02:07

I am the younger brother of WO Gerald L McKinsey  Black Cats helicopter pilot killed in action 1968.  Just want to say thank yu to all who remember him.

JAMES M MCGUIRE - Monday, 23 February 2015 17:14

Tim, I knew your brother. Always remember his smile. As the president of my high school class I have been a push to honor veterans. At our 50th reunion in 2012 we gave 4 $1000 scholarships to deserving graduating seniors. Since then we have continued the tradition and try to award at least one scholarship at the alumni banquet. Last year we honored a local family that just happened to be the high school guidance officer that happened to have 3 children serving. 2 sons and a daughter. I flew gunships in the 282nd and was stationed at Marble Mountain. Sometimes when your brother overnighted in Danang he stayed with us in the gun hooch. I have several pictures I could send you. Also with your permission I would like to honor his memory by presenting our scholarship this year in his name. I still have my Black Cat hat your mom and dad gave to us at the 1st 282n reunion at The Lake of the Ozarks. You know our motto is ti never forget. James McGuire Alley Cat 7.

ray jennings - Monday, 10 February 2014 17:54



Another Brother has left this Earth and is now flying with angels. Louis Irving George passed away Jan 13th. How we found out his wife was at the local VFW and saw a Black Cat hat on a table. It belong to John Krite and she told him of Louis's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace brother. When John Krite called me and told me of Louis's passing he also told me that he had to have carotid surgery. I am happy to report that the surgery went well and John is recovering nicely. John we all wish you a speedy recovery.

William V. Giles IV - Friday, 27 December 2013 14:43

This is Bill Giles 69-70 wishing everyone a Happy New Year

ray jennings - Sunday, 15 December 2013 15:07

Received an email regarding your VA id card. It has been discovered that if you scan the bar code on the VA Id card it will reveal your social security number. The VA is investigating and plans on maybe issuing new cards sometime in 2014. So what ever you do be careful who scans your VA card.

ray jennings - Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:42

Brothers, it was deep sorry that I must report that Bruce Babish has passed away. Bruce has been in poor health for several years. He attended our last reunion in Lenexa and was looking forward to our next reunion in 2015. Our condolences to Susan and the rest of Bruce's family. Rest in peace brother, you will be missed. Bruce passed away November 16th of an apparent stroke. He was cremated and the family will be accepting friends at 4:00pm with a memorial servie to follow at 6:00pm on December 7th. The service will be held at the Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, 701 Merchant Drive, Knoxville, TN  37912. Instead of flowers, you can make a donation to the church or the  Wounded Warriors.

Ray Bowman - Saturday, 23 November 2013 19:19

I was in DaNang June 67 - 68 with the 80th Gen support gp. Worked with a lot of you guys. i'm glad I found the site.

jose solano - Saturday, 16 November 2013 09:52

I was at Marble Mtn from April '66 to March '67, I have been looking for Johnny Simpson, airframe repairman, He extended for 3 months. He was from Ark. anyone knows his wherabouts let me than. I am in touch with Marvin Bare, from Kentucky and Bill Lark from Charleston, SC. Bill is not doin very well, he has been ill shortly after returning form Nam. His is first stages of Dementia. Thanks

ray jennings - Sunday, 10 November 2013 15:36

I would like to wish all my brothers a Happy Veterans Day and welcome home brother. I also encourage you to join and particapate in your local VFW and American Legion.

Jeff Jones - Friday, 08 November 2013 12:48

Left Marble Mountain 42 years ago today. Anyone have contact info for Larry Joe Giles, John McDaniel, CW2 Kiem?

William V. Giles IV - Wednesday, 06 November 2013 23:55

Missed the get together in June. I will be at the next one in 2015. I moved to 4 Tern PL SW, Carolina Shores,NC 28467. The Web Site is very nice,thank you. I hope all stay well and have a Happy Holiday Season. Bill Giles 69-70.

Don Berry - Wednesday, 02 October 2013 18:22

Site looks great. 

Don Berry - Monday, 16 September 2013 13:07

Been a while.  Thought the site was shut down. Retired twice and living in south Texas.  Loving it. Hello Mick. Saw you signed in.  

Larry T. Martinez - Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:40

Greetings, It was great to go to my 1st Reunion after so many Years . It was 42 year ago that I was with the Black Cats at Marble mountain.  It was so good to see old friends  and made new ones. Tucker ,Beck , Steve any many others, I had forgot so much and kinda of just been in hiding from my past. Don't know why ,but I guess that's why so many other bro's don't keep in contact with anyone. SO ALL I GOT TO SAY IS TO ALL OLE BLACK CATS -- COME OUT COME OUT WHERE EVER YOU ARE. Lord permitting I will be in Gergia. A big thanks to all who worked so hard to keep everyone together, You all know who you are. A extra big thanks

                         Laryy Martinez  1971 -1972

still hoping to find our stand down fly by on 8 M M

Ralph Womeldorf - Tuesday, 10 September 2013 17:27

web site is looking good.   I enjoyed the reunion in Kansas.  It was great to see every one.

Lynn Zeigler - Saturday, 24 August 2013 11:57

My father Delta F Schoonover served 282nd assault  helicopters 212 battalion, in DanNang in 1968. He passed away Aug 20th 2013. I have his pics and would love to talk with anyone that served with him. I know some names he mentioned was Buddy Perez, Ledger who was his crew chief. Dad did speak much about his service there, but I would love to do a record of his service. I was 8 when my daddy came home and remember well. I am so proud of him and to all you guys who serviced. You and He are my heros.

ray jennings - Wednesday, 28 August 2013 13:47

Lynn, Sorry to learn that your father passed away. I have info on a Black Cat named Ledger, but I don't think he served with your father. I do have info on Buddy Perez and if you shoot me an email I can give you his information. My home email is krayjenn@verizon.net. Please put in the information line the topic, because I have the habit of deleting emails if I don't know who they come from.

Mike Archer - Thursday, 15 August 2013 15:50
I am writing my second book about the fighting around Khe Sanh in 1968. My first book, A Patch of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered, was published in 2005. I am also a Marine veteran of that fighting.

This new book centers around an incident that occurred near Hill 881S (at AMS map coordinate XD 772 440), about 5 miles west of Khe Sanh base, on  6 July 1968, when Lance Corporal Thomas P. Mahoney III was killed and, due to heavy fighting, his body was left behind. 

I have recently received information from two former Marines who served with Mahoney who distinctly recall being told by the officer who filed the official report of Mahoney's loss that sometime in the days following his death an army chopper with the call sign "Black..."  successfully retrieved the remains from the hill. This mission could have taken place anytime from 7 July on. As such, I am trying to locate someone from the Black Cats who may have knowledge  of that mission, if, in fact, it occurred.  Thanks, Mike Archer


James McGuire - Monday, 29 July 2013 11:36

Ray, please update my address to 288 Cheyenne Dr. , Fairview, TX 75069. Sorry I missed the reunion in KC , but was in the middle of closing my house in Texas. All moved in now and plan on running over to Weatherford to see JERRY and LETTA and BILL RALPH in Mineral Wells. Phone is cell only 620-515-0444. Wishing Jeff Perez another happy birthday. Everyone who knows Jeff and Sandy need to give him a call to let them know they are thinking of them. Sandy just completed a procedure for a heart pacemaker and Jeff says she is doing well. Jim McGuire Alleycat 7 67-68.

ray jennings - Thursday, 01 August 2013 15:17

James shoot me your email address so we can update your info.

Howard Stewart - Sunday, 07 July 2013 20:13

484 TC DET Sept 67 to April 69, websitelooks great. Would like to hear from any Cats I served with. I am located in Ripon, WI. Any of you coming to EAA in Oshkosh, drop me a line.