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ray jennings - Friday, 29 March 2019 07:54

I would like to wish all the Brothers a Happy Vietnam Veterans Day. Thank you for your service and Welcome Home.

Sam Potts - Saturday, 23 March 2019 07:33

I am a former member of the BlackCats 66/67 and am trying to locate a good friend of mine Walter Grinnell.  I lost track of him a couple years ago and would like reconnect while we both are on this side of the grass.

If anyone has any information concerning Walt please email me at luhradsam@yahoo.com

Sam Potts

Sam Potts - Saturday, 16 March 2019 12:23

I'm trying to locate Walter F. Grinnell.  He served with me in the 282nd from 1966 to 67.  A phone # or email address would be fine.  The last I heard was he could be in either Pennsylvania or Florida. 

Sam Potts


Carl R. McAloose - Sunday, 10 February 2019 04:51

I'm friend of Marine vet of 1/9 (Walking Dead) who were picked up from Tamboi hill in March '69 before being overrun.  He is trying to find the unit that had the Black Cat/Panther? on its tail rotor.  Would this be the correct unit?  If not, could you please guide us to it with contact info?  Would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you all for your service!


Don Aird - Thursday, 24 January 2019 12:13

I'm a Vietnam Veteran, member of Vietnam Veterans 1018 in Fenton, MO.  We received some memorabilia from a St Louis member of your group.  This memorabilia was found when a house was being renovated.  There is no name that identifies the Vet.  Lots of pictures with names of the men he served with.  Alley Cats was his unit and his helicopter was #288 "Little Ms Bright Eyes".  I'd be happy to send this material to you if you are interested.

Don Aird

Charley Battery - 1/83rd FA - FDC - January 1970 - March 1971 

Vicki Decker Niemi - Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:48

James (Jim) A. Niemi, Major, US Army and Florida Army Air Force Reserve, passed away on July 6, 2018 as a result of prostate cancer.  He was a 100% disabled veteran.

Bruce Clarke - Monday, 14 January 2019 11:08

Was looking on the Blackcat website to see if anyone from the group ever followed up and completed the PUC effort that I had started for support of my advisory team during the initial days of the Khe Sanh battle.  

I still have all of the material that I collected if anyone else wants to pick up the pieces.


Thanks for your support in January 1968.

Ludwig B Aske - Monday, 31 December 2018 11:23

I am attempting to locate anyone who was with the 282nd during the period May 1967 and May 1968.  I remember that Maj Re was our CO at the time.  I at times crewed the U8 of the commander and flew missions as needed.  I also would like to find someone that worked in operations during this period.  To all my brothers may you all have a Happy New Year with your families and friends.  I was called Cousin Brucie.  The Italian.

Judy Stiner - Sunday, 30 December 2018 18:03

I tried to send an email to krayjenn@verizon.net, the address in the newsletter.  I wanted to share some news about a deceased member, Tommy C. Stiner.  His death was reported at the time, Aug 16, 2017, and you published the news.  This is something new and current, an airport being re-named.  What is the best way to contact you? 

I receive the newsletter but have a change of address to report.  What is the best way to do that? Thanks.

Gene Womack - Saturday, 24 November 2018 02:21

Attempting to locate  friend Stu Turner. He served as a Black Cat CE and DG from 70-71. He dropped off the radar and I'm checking to see if he's still vertical. Any assistance will be appreciated. Clear right

Gene Womack

189th AHC Ghostriders 70

179th ASHC Hookers 71

ray jennings - Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:16

I wish all by Brothers and their families of the 282nd AHC a Happy Thanksgiving. Let's remember the things we are thankful for and NEVER FORGET our Brothers who are no longer with us.

bernard r bold - Sunday, 11 November 2018 17:03

I want to ask what happen to black cat 848 it was in second platoon. when  I left august 1967 and went to 196th in anson. the picture of the second platoon on the home page was taken in plk march 1967  they took two  picture one just flight crew and the whole platoon. I know because I am in both pictures

ray jennings - Sunday, 11 November 2018 06:50

I want to reach out to all my Brothers of the 282nd and say Welcome Home Brothers and to the ones who did not make it back RIP. I wish all vets Happy Veterans Day.

Lisa Schlichting - Saturday, 10 November 2018 15:16

Hello, my dad was with the 282nd Assault Helicopter Co 12th battalon. His name was Gene Wildenradt.  He served 1967-1968. He passed away in 1988. I am just wondering if anyone knew him? I would love to hear from someone who did. Thanks so much!

Marsha Palmer - Friday, 26 October 2018 10:07

I am here on behalf of my husband Chuck Palmer who was a door gunner at Marble Mountain during 1969-1970. He lost touch with the guys in the unit and has recently, because of videos he has seen on YouTube, become interested in finding them again, or at least those that he can.

Dennis Ahola - Monday, 15 October 2018 10:18

Alleycat Gunship 049 its flying again,  check out.... American Huey 369.org  web site,

lower left hand corner, click on 049 Gunship, amazing photos,

maybe we can see it at next reunion,  

ray jennings - Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:07

Sorry to report that John Adam Kemp, son of Ann Sizemore and step-son of Mike Sizemore passed away June 20, 2018. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ann and Mike. May John rest in peace. Also Malcolm Bussey, Alley Cat pilot 69-70, passed away May 2018. May you rest in peace Brother.

Stephanie Reese - Monday, 05 March 2018 16:33

My dad, WO2 John (Mike) Reese was with not only the 334th AWC, but also the Black Cats from 67-68. My dad took his life in 1971, when I was 2 years old. We lost too many that way. I did not know his family, and mine did not talk about him much. I have reached out a few times over the years in search of those who may have served with him.  I am hoping I will have luck here! I would love to see any photos that may be out there (I only have about a dozen pictures of him) and maybe hear a story or two. I live near Indianapolis and am planning on attending the 2019 reunion. Thank you.

ray jennings - Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:06

Robert, if you would give me a way to let the members of the 282nd a way to contact you, I will post it on our face book page and post your information in our next news letter. My email my email is krayjenn@verizon.net.

Robert J Collins JR - Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:35

My father Robert J Collins served as a door gunner with the Black Cats from 71 - 72. I was wondering if any one remembers him and if they could share some stories with me. Unfortunately he passed away October 21 2017 from cancer that the VA believes was caused by agent orange. I'm a vet myself and it would mean a lot to me to hear back from someone. I have pictures he took and his Black Cat patch

ray jennings - Thursday, 08 February 2018 10:25

Bob Webster called me yesterday and said his long time friend and companion Bobbie Ashmore passed away. She died peacefully in her sleep January 29th of heart failure. Our thoughts and condolences are with Bob and Bobbies family.

ray jennings - Thursday, 01 February 2018 09:33

John Sisca is with the Arizona Branch of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. They are restoring a UH-1B gunship 64-13986 that according to records, served in the 282nd from approximately June 1966-April 1969. They intend to restore 986 with the 282nd Alley Cat gunship paint scheme. Any photos you could provide would be of immense help. The only 986 flight crew names they have been able to scrounge up, were "AC F1 Steiner" and "P WT Colley", which pertained to an incident on August 1, 1966. If you have any information you cn contact John at go-by-air@cox.net.

ray jennings - Monday, 18 December 2017 13:45

Bill Kinsley passed away December 13, 2017at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Clarksburg, WV. Bill was a crew chief 69-70. Bill be laid to rest with full military honors December 19, 2017. His service will be held at the Smith Funeral and Cremation Care in Morgantown, WV. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Dreams for Veterans through the Dream Foundation.

ray jennings - Tuesday, 28 November 2017 11:38

The National Viet Nam War Museum in Weatherford, Texas is having a ground breaking ceremony for Phase 1 of the main building December 9, 2017 at 3:00pm CST.

  Program of Activites:(times are approximate)

3:00pm      Ceremony begins

3:01           Welcome

3:05           Invocation

3:10           National Anthem

3:15          Introductions

                 Founders Assn-membership option

                 closed after this ceremony

                 Builders Club-not too late to join

3:20          Guest Speaker(s)

3:25          Keynote speaker--B.G. Burkett Author of 

                 Stolen Valor,-How the Vietnam Generation

                 was robbed of its Heroes and its History

                 Followed by:  Shovel Ceremony (turning of the dirt)

After the ceremony, beginning at 5:30pm the AMVETS Post 133 will host their annual

Christmas at the Wall event. Please stay or return for that event if you can.

ray jennings - Tuesday, 28 November 2017 11:25

The grand daughter of Steve and Joanne Chann passed away Monday morning November 27. Their grand daughter fought a long and brave battle with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers for the Chann family.