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Will P. Clark, 281st AHC

    "Sure the LZ is secure,
I'm whispering because I have a cold.
Trust me."

281st Assault Helicopter Company

Nha Trang, Viet Nam
1965 through 1970

The U.S. Army's First delta
Special Operations Helicopter Company

The 281st Assault Helicopter Company (AHC) ("Intruders") was stationed at Nha Trang, Republic of Vietnam 1965-1970; originally attached to the 5th Special Forces Group and situated inside the Special Forces Operating Base (SFOB).  The 281st AHC was the first US Army Helicopter Company organized and trained as a Special Operations Aviation unit in the Republic ofgreentext Vietnam. A combat aviation task force from the unit was attached, as requested, to Detachment B-52,  Project Delta, a Special Operations Augmentation unit that conducted strategic reconnaissance and other clandestine operations throughout the country of South Vietnam. This attachment constituted the major mission of the unit and resulted in it being named the US Army´s First Special Operations Helicopter Company. The 281st trained with and supported the Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) RECONDO Training Center in Nha Trang and in its later years provided support for all Major Commands (MACOMs) within the II Corps Tactical Zone.

Contact Us -- If you, a relative or a friend were a member of the 6th ALP, 145th ALP, 2/171st, 483rd Trans Det, 499th Signal Det or the 281st AHC and are not a member of our association, we would like to hear from you. Please send an email to the following: information@281st.com .  We will respond as soon as possible.

This website is maintained by the  281st AHC Association, Inc., a non-profit Veterans Group made up of former members of the 281st AHC, its predecessor units and attached units.  The site is dedicated to the memory of the members of the 281st AHC Task Force and Project Delta who made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of freeing the oppressed.  It showcases the rich history of the unit and provides an archive for stories, pictures and memorabilia of the 281st, its attached and predecessor units.  The website is designed as a communications tool to keep its membership fully informed of the business of their Association.  It is the Official website and property of the 281st AHC Assn., Inc who is fully responsible for its content and maintenance.  Information posted on this site is the product of a collective effort by the membership of the 281st AHC Assn., Inc. and is not limited to the input of any one individual.  Some of the links provided on this website will take you off site, in order for these links to work properly, you might need to disable your pop-up blocker.


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