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The following is a compilation of significant events, operations, missions and actions that occurred from 1962 through 1970 that directly or indirectly impacted the formation, activation, build-up, sustained operation and eventual inactivation of the 281st Assault Helicopter Company.  Information contained herein was derived from Official Military Histories, General Orders, Special Orders, After Action Reports, Operational Orders, Individual Orders, Letters of Commendation, Personal Files and Notes, and other Official Military documents and is in no way considered to be all inclusive with regard to events, actions, missions and operations.  It is possible that some dates may not correlate exactly with your personal information.  This site is a work in process and your input is solicited and welcomed. 


Click to jump to a year:   1962   1963   1964   1965   1966   1967   1968   1969   1970


1962

09 August 1962, UH-1 Flight Section, Callsign, "Iroquois" arrives in Republic of Vietnam with UH-1A aircraft and is attached to the 45th Transportation Battalion in Tan Son Nhut.  The unit is Commanded by CPT Merle Bounds.  (Reference: Army Aviation in Vietnam 1963-1966 by Ralph B. Young)


1963

09 March 1963, UH-1 Flight Section, 45th Transportation Battalion receives UH-1B aircraft to replace the weaker UH-1A.  (Reference: Army Aviation in Vietnam 1963-1966 by Ralph B. Young)

24 September 1963, 45th Transportation Battalion is redesignated 145th Aviation Battalion. (Reference: Army Aviation in Vietnam 1963-1966 by Ralph B. Young)

24 September 1963, 145th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) is activated from the UH-1 Flight Section formerly of the 45th Transportation Battalion. The unit remains in Tan Son Nhut. Callsign: "Mardi Gras" (Reference: Army Aviation in Vietnam 1963-1966 by Ralph B. Young)


1964

03 August 1964, The Commanding General, Fort Riley, Kansas is directed to activate two identical aviation units that would ultimately be assigned to the Republic of Vietnam.  One of these units is the 6th Aviation Platoon (Airlift). (Reference: 6th Aviation Platoon History 1964, LT Frank M. Readinger and SFC Angelo A. Perez)

07 August 1964, The 6th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) is organized by General Order 101, Headquarters, 5th United States Army at Ft Riley, Kansas.  A sister unit, the 7th Aviation Platoon is organized and activated at the same time. (Reference: 6th Aviation Platoon History 1964, LT Frank M. Readinger and SFC Angelo A. Perez)

September 1964, CPT Robert E. Laya assumes Command of the 145th Aviation Platoon (Airlift).  The unit is stationed at Phan Thiet and begins its support of Special Forces operations during this timeframe. (Reference: Personal file of Robert E. Laya)

09 September 1964, 6th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) Advance Party arrives Tan Son Nhut, Saigon, Republic of Vietnam. (Reference: 6th Aviation Platoon History 1964, LT Frank M. Readinger and SFC Angelo A. Perez)

15 September 1964, Main body of 6th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) along with the 28th Signal Detachment arrives Tan Son Nhut, Saigon, Republic of Vietnam and is assigned to the 13th Aviation Battalion (Delta Aviation Battalion) and attached to the 121st Aviation Company, Soc Trang for in-country train-up. (Reference: 6th Aviation Platoon History 1964, LT Frank M. Readinger and SFC Angelo A. Perez)

16 September 1964, 6th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) is assigned the mission of supporting HQ, IV Corps which included direct support to 5th SFG (ABN). (Reference: 6th Aviation Platoon History 1964, LT Frank M. Readinger and SFC Angelo A. Perez)

10 October 1964, 6th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) is declared by 13th Aviation Battalion as Combat Ready and assumed its mission. (Reference: 6th Aviation Platoon History 1964, LT Frank M. Readinger and SFC Angelo A. Perez)

27 November 1964, CPT Billy Ward assumes Command of the 6th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) from MAJ Charles Licha. (Reference: 6th Aviation Platoon History 1964, LT Frank M. Readinger and SFC Angelo A. Perez)

December 1964, 6th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) is award the Distinguished Unit Citation. (Reference: 6th Aviation Platoon History 1964, LT Frank M. Readinger and SFC Angelo A. Perez)

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1965

06 January 1965, The 145th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) is separated from the 145th Aviation Battalion and reassigned to the 52nd Combat Aviation Battalion in Plieku.  The 145th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) is stationed at Nha Trang to support Headquarters, 1st Field Force, Vietnam (IFFV).  (Reference: 10th CAB History 1965-1966, prepared by MAJ John Falbo and CPT Leslie Hepler)

March 1965, Captain Dan Smith assumes Command of the 145th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) from Captain Robert E. Laya. (Reference: Personal file of Robert E. Laya)

March 1965, 6th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) is reassigned in country to I Corps Aviation Company (Provisional) and is linked up again with the 7th Airlift Platoon (Airlift) which was already in place at the Company Headquarters at Da Nang. (Reference: 6th Aviation Platoon History 1964, LT Frank M. Readinger and SFC Angelo A. Perez)

April 1965, USA Aviation Group (Provisional) is activated by CG, USASC-V and assumes Command and Control of the 52nd Aviation Battalion the following month.  (Reference: Army Aviation in Vietnam 1963-1966 by Ralph B. Young)

01 May 1965, 6th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) moves to new location at Can Tho, adjacent to the 13th Aviation Battalion Headquarters. (Reference: 6th Aviation Platoon History 1964, LT Frank M. Readinger and SFC Angelo A. Perez)

July 1965, Captain Kevin E. Murphy assumes Command from Captain Dan Smith.  The mission of the 145th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) begins to migrate toward support of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) [5th SFG (ABN)] which is also Headquartered in Nha Trang. (Reference: 10th CAB History 1965-1966, prepared by MAJ John Falbo and CPT Leslie Hepler and personal recollections of Kevin E. Murphy)

30 July 1965, Major Arthur Strange, Commander, 5th SFG (ABN), delta pin Detachment B-52, Project Delta states in his After Action Report (AAR) for Operation 15-65, "This Project cannot operate effectively without a group of efficient, determined and motivated helicopter pilots."  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 15-65)

August 1965, USA Aviation Group is deactivated and 12th Aviation Group is activated.  (Reference: Army Aviation in Vietnam 1963-1966 by Ralph B. Young)

September 1965, The 6th Aviation Platoon is re-stationed to Tan Son Nhut and attached to the 145th Aviation Battalion, 120th Aviation Company.  (Reference: 10th CAB History 1965-1966, prepared by MAJ John Falbo and CPT Leslie Hepler)

07 October 1965, The 281st Aviation Company (Airmobile Light) is activated at Fort Benning, Georgia by General Order 318, Headquarters 3rd Army.  This order activates the Company Headquarters; Service Platoon; 499th Signal Detachment and the 483rd Transportation Detachment for the 281st.  The unit, under the Command of MAJ Everdus H. Hackett, begins its organizational build up, less Flight Platoons, and is assigned to the Republic of Vietnam.  (Reference: 10th CAB History 1965-1966, prepared by MAJ John Falbo and CPT Leslie Hepler)

28 October 1965, 10th Aviation Battalion 10thAHB pin arrives in RVN. (Reference: 10th CAB History 1965-1966, prepared by MAJ John Falbo and CPT Leslie Hepler)

15 December 1965, 17th Aviation Group 17th grp pin is activated by USARPAC.  (Reference: Army Aviation in Vietnam 1963-1966 by Ralph B. Young)

23 December 1965, Major Charlie Beckwith, Commander, Project Delta, states in his AAR of Operation 23-65 (30 Nov-6 Dec) that, "U.S. helicopter pilots be permanently assigned to Project Delta for training and operations."  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 23-65)

24 December 1965, Major Charlie Beckwith, Commander, Project Delta, states in his AAR of Operation 24-65 (15 Dec-18 Dec) that, "Project Delta did not accomplish assigned mission due to lack of control over supporting aviation unit and inexperience of aviators in conducting special operations."  Beckwith goes on to recommend, "That necessary UH-1D helicopters be assigned this unit on a permanent basis to gain experience in special operations."  A note at the end of the AAR states, "(NOTE: This is presently being done and will be completed prior to 1 January 1966)"  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 24-65)

25 December 1965, the 145th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) is reassigned from the 52nd to the 10th Combat Aviation Battalion by General Order 256, United States Army Vietnam (USARV), dated 30 December 1965.  The unit begins its training with Project Delta earlier that month.  Major Kevin E. Murphy is the Commander during this timeframe.  (Reference: 10th CAB History 1965-1966, prepared by MAJ John Falbo and CPT Leslie Hepler)

December 1965, 6th Aviation Platoon, Commanded by CPT Dale LeClerc, is restationed at Bien Hoa to support Special Forces operations in that area.  (Reference: 10th CAB History 1965-1966, prepared by MAJ John Falbo and CPT Leslie Hepler and personal recollections of Fred Phillips)

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1966

The 145th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) begins its support of Detachment B-52, Project Delta as an attached asset under Operational Control (OPCON) of the 5th SFG (ABN).  The 145th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) is attached to 5th SFG (ABN) instead of Project Delta due to the rank inversion that exists between MAJ Kevin Murphy, 145th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) Commander and MAJ Charlie Beckwith, Commander of 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta. (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 1-66; 10th CAB History 1965-1966, prepared by MAJ John Falbo and CPT Leslie Hepler; personal recollections of Kevin E. Murphy)

January 1966, CPT John "Jack" Dahill assumes Command of the 6th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) from CPT Dale LeClerc.(Reference: Personal recollections of John Hyatt)

02 January 1966, 145th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) attached to 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta for Operation 1-66 (02-18 January 1966), FOB Bien Hoa. (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 1-66) 

25 January 1966, AAR for Operation 1-66 (02-18 January) shows "145th Aviation Platoon (Project Delta)" as the Army Aviation asset for that operation.  Comments by the Commander, Major Charlie Beckwith in Section 2. Strong Points: "The 145th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) conducted infiltration in a satisfactory manner, establishing SOP's within the platoon for selection of appropriate landing zones, formations and landing in unmarked assault landing zones at last light, procedures for well controlled and supported exfiltration.  On two occasions teams were safely extracted from small landing zones within forty-five minutes after exfiltration was requested, flying time from pad to operational area was twenty-five minutes."  In Section 3. Conclusions, Beckwith stated, "That the 145th Aviation Platoon accomplished their newly assigned mission in a satisfactory manner." and "That close contact with the 145th Aviation Platoon will result in developing more effective methods to infiltrate and exfiltrate reconnaissance teams."  Beckwith also noted, "That the reaction time for air strikes and emergency use of helicopters has been reduced significantly by the present organization." (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 1-66)

26 January 1966, 145th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) attached to 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta for Operation 2-66 "Masher/White Wing," (26 January-02 February), FOB Bon Son, AO An Lao Valley  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 2-66)

01 February 1966, 145th Aviation Platoon (Airlift), Nha Trang and the 6th Aviation Platoon, Bien Hoa were combined to form the 2nd Platoon, 171st Aviation Company, per General Order 4, Headquarters, 12th Aviation Group, dated 25 January 1966.  The platoon is organized in two sections, the first composed of the assets of the 145th Aviation Platoon (Airlift) and the second is composed of the 6th Aviation Platoon that was formerly attached to the 145th Aviation Battalion.  By the end of March all of the assets of the 2/171st are consolidated at Nha Trang and placed under Operational Control (OPCON) of the Commander, 5th SFG (ABN).  The mission is to provide helicopter aviation support as directed by Headquarters, 5th SFG (ABN). (Reference: 10th CAB History 1965-1966, prepared by MAJ John Falbo and CPT Leslie Hepler)

01 March 1966,  17th Aviation Group assumes Command and Control of 10th Aviation Battalion.  (Reference: Army Aviation in Vietnam 1963-1966 by Ralph B. Young)

06 March 1966, 2/171st attached to Project Delta for Operation 3-66 (06-11 March) FOB Ban Me Thout. (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 3-66)

11 March 1966, USA Aviation Brigade (Provisional) activated and assumes Command of 12th Aviation Group and 17th Aviation Group.  (Reference: Army Aviation in Vietnam 1963-1966 by Ralph B. Young)

13 March 1966, 2/171st attached Project Delta for Operation 4-66 (13-31 March) FOB Hue-Phu Bai. (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 4-66)

13 April 1966, 2/171st attached Project Delta for Operation 5-66 (13-30 April) FOB Chu Lai. (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 5-66 Aviation Annex)

05 May 1966, 2/171st attached Project Delta for Operation 6-66 (05-12 May) FOB Tay Ninh. (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 6-66 Aviation Annex)

May 1966, For his actions in a firefight north of Tay Ninh, SGT Mahlon Buckalew, the first Wolf Pack Platoon Sergeant, was awarded the Silver Star, making him the first member of the 281st Aviation Company (AML) and the 10th Combat Aviation Battalion to receive such an honor. (Reference: Personal recollections of Fred Phillips)

23 May 1966, The advance party of the 281st Aviation Company (AML) arrives in Nha Trang.  (Reference: 10th CAB History 1965-1966, prepared by MAJ John Falbo and CPT Leslie Hepler)

25 May 1966, HHC, 1st Aviation Brigade activated, 1AB pin USA Aviation Brigade (Provisional) inactivated.  (Reference: Army Aviation in Vietnam 1963-1966 by Ralph B. Young)

04 June 1966, The main body of the 281st Aviation Company (AML) along with its attached units, 483rd Transportation Detachment and 499th Signal Detachment debarked from the USNS W.H. Gordon, docked in Nha Trang Bay, MAJ Everdus H. Hackett, Commanding.  (Reference: 10th CAB History 1965-1966, prepared by MAJ John Falbo and CPT Leslie Hepler)

09 June 1966, The 281st Aviation Company (AML) being activated minus three Flight Platoons receives the assets and mission of the 2nd Platoon, 171st Aviation Company.  Upon receipt of eight additional aircraft in July, the 281st Aviation Company (AML) attains the same structure as the other three light helicopter companies of the 10th Combat Aviation Battalion.  (Reference: 10th CAB History 1965-1966, prepared by MAJ John Falbo and CPT Leslie Hepler)

17 June 1966, 281st Aviation Company (AML) suffers its first KIA.  1LT Leon D. Flanders is killed during a mortar attack at the Special Forces Team Camp that he was supporting.

18 June 1966, The 281st Aviation Company (AML) (-) completes its first operation with Project Delta.  Operation 7-66 (23 May-18 June) FOB Oasis was in process during the consolidation of the 2/171st and the 281st.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 7-66)

25 June 1966,  281st Aviation Company (AML)(-) attached Project Delta for Operation 8-66 (25 June-2 July) FOB Dong Tre.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 8-66 Aviation Annex)

14 July 1966, General Order 27, 17th Combat Aviation Group, assigns the 281st Aviation Company (AML) to the 10th Combat Aviation Battalion under the operational control of the 5th Special Forces Group (ABN) to support reconnaissance and long range patrol activities through out the Republic of Vietnam.  The 281st is redesignated as the 281st Aviation Company (Assault Helicopter) which was shortened to 281st Assault Helicopter Company.  (Reference: 10th CAB History 1965-1966, prepared by MAJ John Falbo and CPT Leslie Hepler)

15 July 1966, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation 9-66 (15 July-29 July) FOB Buon Blech.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 9-66 Aviation Annex)

24 July 1966, MAJ William P. "Bill" Griffin assumes command of the 281st AHC from MAJ Everdus H. Hackett. (Reference: 10th CAB History 1965-1966, prepared by MAJ John Falbo and CPT Leslie Hepler)

09 August 1966, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation 10-66 (09 August-05 September) FOB Song Be-Tay Ninh.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 10-66 Aviation Annex)

25 September 1966, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation 12-66 (25 September-04 October) FOB Tay Ninh (West).  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 12-66 Aviation Annex)

09 October 1966, 281st AHC supports operations in Song Be, Phouc Long Province in search of sensitive equipment lost in the crash of a USAF, Strategic Air Command (SAC) reconnaissance aircraft in that area.  The 281st AHC supports Company A, 5th SFG (ABN).  The operational element in this mission is 5th SFG (ABN), Detachment A-303 Commanded by CPT James G. Gritz.  Gritz is awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions.  The 281st AHC crew is AC- 1LT Robert Reynolds; P-CW2 Thomas McElhinney; CE-SP5 James Clark and the Gunner was PFC Wilfred Paye. (Reference: Letter of Commendation, frm USAF, 100th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Operating Location 20 (OL-20 SAC), COL Charles D. Rafferty, Commanding)

14 October 1966, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation 13-66 (14 October-18 November Phase I) (24 November-24 December Phase II) FOB Khe Sanh.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 13-66 Aviation Annex)

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1967

During the period 1 January through 1 July the primary mission of the 281st AHC is to provide support to the 5th SFG (ABN).  This support is furnished to the Letter Companies and Headquarters, 5th SFG (ABN), the MACV Recondo School and 5th SFG (ABN) Detachment B-52 (Special Operations).  During this time the 281st AHC remains under OPCON of Commanding Officer, 5th SFG (ABN). (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1967, prepared by CPT Seymour Schwartz)

11 February 1967, MAJ Allen "Al" Junko assumes Command from MAJ William P. "Bill" Griffin.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1967, prepared by CPT Seymour Schwartz)

02 March 1967, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation 4-67 (2 March-3 April) FOB An Khe.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 4-67 Aviation Annex)

12 April 1967, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation "Pirous" 5-67 (12 April-15 June) FOB Hue-Phu Bai, AO A Shau Valley.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 5-67 Aviation Annex, VHPA Historical Data.)

17 April 1967, 5th SFG (ABN) Detachment B-52, Project Delta, for the period of 17 April to 17 June 1967 and 15 July to 16 August 1967, is awarded the Navy Unit Commendation Medal.  The citation reads "For exceptionally meritorious service in action against enemy Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces during the conduct of long range reconnaissance missions in the I Corps Tactical Zone, Republic of Viet Nam."  Formal presentation ceremony is held at 5th SFG (ABN) SFOB in May of 1969.  Members of the 281st AHC who participated in the operation were also presented the award.  Citation for Navy Unit Commendation.

01 July 1967, Operational Control of the 281st AHC reverts to the Commanding Officer, 10th Combat Aviation Battalion, 17th Combat Aviation Group.  The primary mission minus the support of the 5th SFG lettered companies remains the same.  In addition a secondary mission to provide general support to units within II Corps Tactical Zone as directed by the 10th Combat Aviation Battalion is assigned.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1967, prepared by CPT Seymour Schwartz)

16 July 1967, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation "Samurai I" 7-67 (16 July-16 August) FOB An Hoa, AO Happy Valley.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 7-67 Aviation Annex)

12 August 1967, Logistical Support for Capitol Infantry Division, Republic of Korea (ROK) (12-31 August)  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1967, prepared by CPT Seymour Schwartz)

21 August 1967, Civilian Irregular Defense Group (CIDG) assault, Nha Trang area (21-21 August) (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1967, prepared by CPT Seymour Schwartz)

09 September 1967, MAJ John W. "Jack" Mayhew assumes Command from MAJ Allen "Al" Junko.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1967, prepared by CPT Seymour Schwartz)

14 September 1967, U.S. Navy SEAL Team Operation, Ninh Hoa area (14-17 September) (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1967, prepared by CPT Seymour Schwartz)

15 September 1967, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation "Samurai II" 8-67 (15 September-18 October) FOB An Hoa, AO Happy Valley.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 8-67 Aviation Annex)

23 September 1967, Operational support for 173rd Airborne Brigade (23-24 September) (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1967, prepared by CPT Seymour Schwartz)

10 October 1967, 281st AHC (-) supports Project Omega (10-13 October) Dak To.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1967, prepared by CPT Seymour Schwartz)

19 October 1967, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation "Samurai III" 8A-67 (19-31 October) FOB An Hoa, AO Happy Valley.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 8A-67 Aviation Annex)

19 October 1967, 281st AHC (-) supports 5th SFG (ABN) Strategic Operation "Prairie Fire" (19 October-9 November) FOB Dak To.  AO Tri-Border Area; Laos, Cambodia, South Vietnam.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1967, prepared by CPT Seymour Schwartz)

5 November 1967, Operational support for 173rd Airborne Brigade "Operation Parachute" (5-29 November) Phu Hiep.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1967, prepared by CPT Seymour Schwartz)

11 November 1967, Operational support for 101st Airborne Division "Operation Rose" (11-20 November) Phan Rang. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1967, prepared by CPT Seymour Schwartz)

17 November 1967, VIP flight, RVN President Thieu and Vice President Ky.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1967, prepared by CPT Seymour Schwartz)

03 December 1967, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation "Sultan I" 9-67 (3-23 December) FOB Kontum, AO Plei Trap Valley.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 9-67 Aviation Annex)

15 December 1967, 281st AHC UH-1H shot down while on operation with Project Delta.  One (1) WIA, SP4 Michael McKenzie, the aircraft is recovered.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 9-67)

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1968

03 January 1968, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation "Sultan II" 1-68 (03-? Jan) FOB Plei Djerang, AO Plei Djerang Valley.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 1-68)

25 January 1968, 281st AHC receives Letter of Commendation for outstanding support of Company E, 1/10 LRRP.  Area of Operation (AO) was Northwest of Plieku.  The operation was infiltration/exfiltration of LRRP Teams and continued into February.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

01February 1968, Direct Support to 5th SFG (ABN), MACV-Recondo School and Company E (Long Range Patrol), 20th Infantry (ABN) continued through the end of February.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

08 February 1968, MAJ Donald "Don" Ruskauff assumes Command from MAJ John W. "Jack" Mayhew.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

04 March 1968, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation "Samurai IV" 2-68 (04 March-04 April) FOB Hue-Phu Bai, AO A Shau Valley.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 2-68 Aviation Annex)

16 April 1968, Five (5) UH-1H and two (2) UH-1C aircraft support White Horse Infantry Division, ROK in operations near Tuy Hoa.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

18 April 1968, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation "Samurai V" 3-68 (18 April-20 May) FOB Hue-Phu Bai, AO A Shau Valley.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 3-68 Aviation Annex)

22 April 1968, Four (4) UH-1H aircraft support White Horse Infantry Division, ROK in Combat Operations near Ninh Hoa.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

24 April 1968, UH-1H aircraft support Capitol Infantry Division, ROK in Comat Operations near Qui Nhon.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

26 April 1968, Four (4) UH-1H aircraft support Combat Operations for 5th SFG (ABN) Detachments A-235 and A-236.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

30 April 1968, UH-1C explodes in mid-air, all crewmembers were lost.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

21 May 1968, 281st aircraft fly General William Westmoreland and a contingency of ROK VIPs to Ninh Hoa.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

26 May 1968, Eleven (11) UH-1H and two (2) UH-1C aircraft support a massive Combat Assualt of nearly 900 White Horse Infantry Division, ROK soldiers in the mountains Northwest of Ninh Hoa.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

June 1968, The 281st devotes most of the month in support of MACV Recondo School and various Combat Assaults and Direct Support missions along the coastal area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968,< prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

1 June 1968, 281st AHC supports White Horse Infantry Division, ROK in Combat Operations near Ninh Hoa. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

6 June 1968, 281st AHC supports White Horse Infantry Division, ROK in Combat Operations near Ninh Hoa. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

7 June 1968, A Heavy Fire Team of Wolf Pack Gunships destroy 24 Enemy structures with 16 Enemy Killed by Action (KBA) in the Phan Rang area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

9 June 1968, 281st AHC supports 44th Army Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) in Combat Operations near Song Mau. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

18 June 1968, 281st AHC supports elements of 3rd BN, 506th Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade in a Combat Assault in the Bao Loc area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

18 June 1968, A Heavy Fire Team of Wolf Pack Gunships destroy 19 enemy structures with 9 enemy KBA in the Phan Rang area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

19 June 1968, Four (4) UH-1H aircraft attached to 192nd AHC for Combat Assault in the Bao Loc area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

24 June 1968, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN) Detachment B-23, 5th SFG (ABN) in Combat Operations in the Ban Me Thout area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

25 June 1968, 281st AHC supports District Senior Advisor (DSA) II Corps in the Phu Yen Province. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

July 1968, 281st continues support of MACV Recondo School in Nha Trang.  A 281st AHC aircraft participated in a Search and Rescue (SAR) in the mountains Southwest of Nha Trang and rescued a downed F-4 Phantom pilot who had punched out due to mechanical failures. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

01 July 1968, 281st AHC supports MACV Recondo School with five (5) UH-1H and two (2) UH-1C aircraft. (1-4 July) (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

04 July 1968, 281st AHC supports White Horse Infantry Division, ROK with four (4) UH-1H and two (2) UH-1C aircraft in Combat Resupply Operations in the Phan Rang area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

04 July 1968, 281st AHC supports 3/506th ARVN in the Phan Thiet and Ninh Hoa area for two days. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

12 July 1968, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN) Detachment B-23 with six (6) UH-1H and two (2) UH-1C aircraft in Combat Operations in the Ban Me Thout area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

19 July 1968, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN) Detachment B-23 with six (6) UH-1H and two (2) UH-1C aircraft in Combat Operations in the Ban Me Thout area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

21 July 1968, 281st AHC supports Nha Trang Installation Defense Coordinator (IDC) in a Combat Assault in the local area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

31 July 1968, 281st AHC provides five (5) UH-1H and two UH-1C aircraft to support Combat Operations in the Tuy Hoa area, supported unit unknown. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

03 August 1968, 281st AHC supports White Horse Infantry Division, ROK in Combat Operations near Ninh Hoa. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

04 August 1968, 281st AHC while supporting Nha Trang IDC  is involved in the recovery of 44 South Vietnamese Prisoners of War held by the Viet Cong. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker; (Green Beret Magazine Article on above mission)

05 August 1968, 281st AHC (-) supports MACV Recondo School (5-8 August) (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

10 August 1968, 281st AHC while supporting Nha Trang IDC is involved in the recovery of 111 South Vietnamese Prisoners of War held by the Viet Cong.  Some of the POWs had been held in captivity as long as eight years.  This mission was flown with CBS-TV coverage. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker; Green Beret Magazine article on above mission)

12 August 1968, 281st AHC commits six (6) UH-1H and 2 UH-1C aircraft in support of 22nd ARVN in Combat Operaions at Qui Nhon and Tuy Hoa (12-13 August) (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

14 August 1968, 281st AHC supports Nha Trang IDC in a Combat Assault in the Nha Trang area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

15 August 1968, MAJ Andrew Miller assumes Command from MAJ Donald "Don" Ruskauff.  Change of Command Ceremonies were held in the Special Forces Operational Base in Nha Trang. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

15 August 1968, 281st AHC supports DSA, II Corps in a Combat Assault in the Tuy Hoa area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

16 August 1968, 281st AHC supports Nha Trang IDC in a Combat Assault in the Nha Trang area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

18 August 1968, 281st AHC supports MAVC Recondo School. (18-22 August) (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

25 August 1968, 281st AHC supports Task Force Spoiler in Direct Combat Support and Combat Assaults near the Ban Me Thout area. (25-28 August) Twenty (20) Killed by Action (KBA) were credited to the 281st AHC during this operation.  (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

25 August 1968, 281st AHC supports White Horse Infantry, ROK with five UH-1H aircraft in a Combat Assault in the Phan Rang area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

06 September 1968, 281st AHC supports White Horse Infantry Division, ROK in Combat Operations in the Phan Rang and Ninh Hoa areas (6-7 September) (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

09 September 1968, Wolf Pack Gunships are credited with 23 enemy KBA by Task Force Spoiler. Action occurs in the Ban Me Thout area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

14 September 1968, 281st AHC supports White Horse Infantry Division, ROK in Combat Operations near Ninh Hoa. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

15 September 1968, 281st AHC supports Capitol Infantry Division, ROK in Combat Operations near Lane Army Airfield (An Son). (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

17 September 1968, 281st AHC has the honor of flying the President of RVN to numerous hamlets in the Nha Trang, Ninh Hoa and Tuy Hoa areas. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

21 September 1968, 281st AHC works with 192nd AHC in support of Task Force South in the Bao Loc area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

22 September 1968, 281st AHC supports Capital Infantry Division, ROK in Combat Operations in the An Son area. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

22 September 1968, 281st AHC supports Task Force Spoiler in Combat Operations near Ban Me Thout.  One aircraft is shot down, but recovered later. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

01 October 1968, 281st AHC supports MACV Recondo School in McGuire, Ladder and Rappelling training.  (01-03 October) (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

03 October 1968, 281st AHC supports Task Force Spoiler in the Ban Me Thout area.  Missions were flown on 03, 04, 07 and 10 October. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

04 October 1968, 281st AHC supports Nha Trang IDC by flying "Sniffer" missions in the Nha Trang area.  Missions were flown on 04, 06, 08, 12 and 13 October. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

05 October 1968, 281st AHC supports 2nd Mobile Strike Force and Company E (LRP), 20th Infantry (ABN), 5th SFG (ABN) in Combat Operations in AO "Green" on 05, 10, 11 and 12 October.  Also during this timeframe the 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN) Detachment A-502. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

13 October 1968, 281st AHC supports MACV Recondo School for four days ending on 17 October. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

13 October 1968, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation "Warbonnet" 6-68 (13 October- 14 November)  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 2-68; 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker; Aviation Annex; AAR by MAJ Bobby Sinclair

24 October 1968, 281st AHC supports White Horse Infantry Division, ROK in Combat Operations near Ninh Hoa. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

27 October 1968, 281st AHC supports MACV Recondo School through 31 October.  Two (2) UH-1C Gunships are attached OPCON from the 335th AHC, Phu Hiep. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

November 1968, 281st AHC continues with Project Delta in Operation "Warbonnet" (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

10 November 1968, 281st AHC supports MACV Recondo School through 15 October. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

12 November 1968, 281st AHC flies SAR for a down FAC Pilot who was shot down West of Nha Trang.  The pilot was extracted by Electric Hoist after spending two days on the ground. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

14 November 1968, Two UH-1C Wolf Pack aircraft support 5th SFG (ABN) Detachment C-5 (MACV-SOG) for three days ending on 17 November. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

15 November 1968, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN) Detachment A- at Trang Phuc. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

16 November 1968, 281st AHC supports "Operation Rayburn Cane III."  Elements of the 281st participate in a POW recovery mission conducted by the Joint Personnel Recovery Center (JPRC), First Field Force Vietnam (IFFV).  This operation utilized operational elements of MACV-SOG/5th SFG (ABN), Detachment B-23, Ban Me Thout.  It was controlled by Code Name: Bright Light.  During the period, 16 November through 21 November a search for a POW Camp that held Mike Benge, Director USAID, RVN was conducted. The raid was unsuccessful. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

24 November 1968, 281st AHC supports MACV Recondo School in Combat Assault near Nha Trang. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

26 November 1968, 281st AHC supports White Horse Infantry Division, ROK in Combat Operations through 28 October in the Ninh Hoa and Tuy Hoa areas. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

30 November 1968, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN) Detachment A-236 Bu Prang and A-234 An Lac with four (4) UH-1H and two (2) UH-1C aircraft in Combat Operations in their AO.  Additionally the 281st AHC supported 5th SFG (ABN) Detachment A-502 (Trung Dung) in Combat Operations in the Nha Trang area with the same number of aircraft. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

December 1968, 281st AHC (-) attached OPCON to 268th CAB, Phu Hiep, 01-31 December. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

1 December 1968, 281st AHC supports 22nd ARVN Regiment in Combat Operations. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

03 December 1968, 281st AHC supports MACV Recondo School.  Support was flown on 03, 08, 09, 11, 12, 13, 21 and 23 December. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

06 December 1968, 281st AHC supports MACV Duc My Ranger School in an air mobility demonstration for a group of American and Vietnamese dignitaries.  The demonstration was designed to dramatize the versatility inherent to helicopter operations.  It was a coordinated effort of the MACV Duc My Ranger School, Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) and the 281st AHC. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

09 December 1968, The 281st AHC area at Nha Trang suffered a mortar attack that damaged four (4) aircraft and ten (10) trailers. No casualties. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

17 December 1968, A 281st AHC UH-1H crashed near Da Lat destroying the aircraft and injuring the entire crew. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1968, prepared by 1LT David Dosker)

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1969

January 1969, 281st AHC supports MACV Recondo School 01-28 January.  Additionally the 281st AHC (-) is attached OPCON to the 268th CAB in Phu Hiep for the duration of the month of January. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

21 January 1969, Four UH-1H aircraft received heavy small arms fire on operation with MACV Recondo School.  One Recondo soldier was KIA. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

February 1969, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN), Nha Trang IDC, 5th SFG (ABN) Detachment B-55, MACV Recondo School and 4th Infantry Division throughout the month. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

17 February 1969, MAJ Ellie E. "Earl" Lynn assumes Command from MAJ Andrew Miller. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

18 February 1969, 281st AHC loses a UH-1H due to enemy action Southwest of Phu Hiep.  The CE is KIA and the rest of the crew are injured.  The AC and Gunner are MEDEVAC'd to CONUS and the Pilot returns to duty. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

24 February 1969, 281st AHC area is hit with two separate Mortar attacks.  One UH-1C is damaged.  No casualties. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

March 1969, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG and MACV Recondo School during the month of March. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

29 March 1969, 281st AHC loses a UH-1H due to engine failure Southwest of Phu Hiep.  The AC was injured and admitted to the 91st Evac Hospital with a laceration to the chin and back injuries. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

29 March 1969, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation "Cass Park I" 1-69 (29 March-25 April) FOB Phu Bai. (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, AAR 1-69, Project Delta, Aviation Annex

April 1969, 281st AHC (-) continues its presents with Project Delta in Northern I Corps.  The balance of the company is in Nha Trang and continues to fly support for 5th SFG (ABN) and subordinate units as well as Nha Trang IDC and DSA II Corps. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

May 1969, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN); MACV; MACV Recondo School; White Horse Infantry Division, ROK and Nha Trang IDC. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

05 May 1969, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation "Cass Park II" 2-69 (05 May-02 July) FOB An Hoa, AO An Hoa Basin.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, AAR 2-69, Project Delta, Aviation Annex

June 1969, 281st AHC (-) continues its presence with Project Delta in I Corps.  Elements in Nha Trang support 5th SFG (ABN); MACV; MACV Recondo School; White Horse Infantry Division, ROK and Nha Trang IDC. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

02 June 1969, 281st AHC (-) attached OPCON, three UH-1H and two UH-1C aircraft and crews to 129th AHC in An Son. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

July 1969, 281st AHC (-) continues its presence with Project Delta in I Corps.  Elements in Nha Trang support 5th SFG (ABN); MACV; MACV Recondo School; White Horse Infantry Division, ROK and Nha Trang IDC. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

12 July 1969, 281st AHC is presented the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Leaf for actions while in support of Project Delta (June 1966-May 1969).  The presentation was made by MG Quang of the Vietnam Special Forces.  Attending the ceremony was COL Rheault, CO 5th SFG (ABN); COL Mahone, CO 17th Combat Aviation Group and LTC Stanley, CO 10th CAB. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

August 1969,   281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN); MACV; MACV Recondo School; White Horse Infantry Division, ROK and Nha Trang IDC. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

02 August 1969, MAJ George W. Little assumes Command from MAJ Ellie E. "Earl" Lynn. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

04 August 1969, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation "Trojan Horse" (04-27 August) FOB An Hoa.  (Reference: Aviation Annex, AAR 3-69, 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta)

September 1969, 281st AHC (-) supports 5th SFG (ABN); MACV; MACV Recondo School; White Horse Infantry Division, ROK; Nha Trang IDC; IFFV; 4th Infantry Division; 5th ALC; 5/22nd Artillery and 23rd ARVN Division. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

08 September 1969, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation "Trojan Horse" (08 September-01 October) FOB Mai Loc, MSS (Mission Support Site) Quang Tri.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 3-69)  

October 1969, 281st AHC (-) supports 5th SFG (ABN) and subordinate units; MACV Recondo School; White Horse Infantry Division, ROK; Nha Trang IDC; IFFV; 4th Infantry Division; 5th ALC; 5/22nd Artillery and 23rd ARVN Division. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

13 October 1969, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation "Trojan Horse II" (13 October-9 November) FOB Quang Tri.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta, AAR 4-69, Aviation Annex)

16 October 1969, 281st AHC supports MACV Recondo School through 20 October. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

November 1969, 281st AHC (-) continues its presence with Project Delta in I Corps.  Elements in Nha Trang support th SFG (ABN) and subordinate units; MACV Recondo School; White Horse Infantry Division, ROK; Nha Trang IDC; IFFV; 4th Infantry Division; and 23rd ARVN Division. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

04 November 1969, A 281st AHC aircraft is reported overdue from its mission in the Central Highlands and is presumed down in the Duc My Pass area.  SAR efforts included elements of the 92nd AHC, 48th AHC, 183rd AHC as well as those of the 281st.  The operation ran through 09 November.  The aircraft and crew, AC WO Alford; P WO Cavender; CE SP4 Ware and Gunner SP4 Klimo were never found. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

07 November 1969, MG Alan Burdett visits the Project Delta FOB and is briefed on the 281st AHC role in support of Delta Operations. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

16 November 1969, 281st AHC supports operations in the Bu Prang/Duc Lap area due to heavy enemy activities.  A UH-1C is shot down near Duc Lap during this action.  All crewmembers are extracted after spending 30 minutes on the ground engaged by enemy troops. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

December 1969, 281st AHC (-) continues its support of the besieged Special Forces A Camps at Bu Prang and Duc Lap as well as its support of DSA II Corps, IFFV and Nha Trang IDC. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1969, prepared by WO Douglas Jones)

02 December 1969, 281st AHC (-) attached Project Delta for Operation "Yellow Ribbon" (02-30 December) FOB Pleiku.  This operation marks the end of the relationship between the 281st AHC and Project Delta.  Project Delta went on to accomplish four (4) more operations before they were inactivated in 20 June 1970.  (Reference: 5th SFG (ABN), Det B-52, Project Delta AAR 5-69) Aviation Annex

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1970

January 1970, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN) and subordinate units; DSA II Corps; Nha Trang IDC; 17th CAG; Capitol Infantry Division, ROK; 6/32nd Artillery and MACV Recondo School. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

1 January 1970, 281st AHC (-) attached OPCON to 268th CAB in Phu Hiep.  Four UH-1H aircraft from the Bandits and two (2) UH-1C aircraft from Wolf Pack were committed to this operation. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

16 January 1970, MAJ Darryl M. "Steve" Stevens assumes Command from MAJ George W. Little. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

February 1970, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN) and subordinate units; DSA II Corps; Nha Trang IDC; 17th CAG; Capitol Infantry Division, ROK and MACV Recondo School. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

March 1970, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN) and subordinate units; DSA II Corps; Nha Trang IDC; 17th CAG; Capitol Infantry Division, ROK and MACV Recondo School. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

April 1970, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN) and subordinate units; DSA II Corps; Nha Trang IDC; 17th CAG; Capitol Infantry Division, ROK and MACV Recondo School. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

May 1970, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN) and subordinate units; DSA II Corps; Nha Trang IDC; 17th CAG; Capitol Infantry Division, ROK and MACV Recondo School. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

05 May 1970, 281st AHC supports the "Cambodian Incursion" that began 30 April 1970. (05-17 May) FOB Pleiku. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

11 May 1970, 281st AHC FOB at Pleiku is hit by mortars and 5 men are KIA and 2 WIA. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

20 May 1970, SP5 Arthur G. Qualls is killed in a non-hostile aircraft accident.  He is the last casualty of the 281st AHC in Southeast Asia. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

June 1970, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN) and subordinate units; DSA II Corps; Nha Trang IDC; 17th CAG; Capitol Infantry Division, ROK and MACV Recondo School.  The unit supports 16 major units during this month and flies 8 Combat Assaults. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

July 1970, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN) and subordinate units; DSA II Corps; Nha Trang IDC; 17th CAG; Capitol Infantry Division, ROK and MACV Recondo School.  Eighteen major units are supported and eight Combat Assaults flown by the unit during this month. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

08 July 1970, MAJ Michael J. Wolfe assumes Command from MAJ Darryl M. "Steve" Stevens. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

August 1970, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN) and subordinate units; DSA II Corps; Nha Trang IDC and MACV Recondo School.  Additonally the unit supports fourteen (14) major units throughout the II Corps Tactical Zone (II CTZ).  Support of Company C (Ranger), 75th Infantry Regiment (ABN), "Charlie Rangers," which had assumed the former mission of Project Delta, begins with six Combat Assaults flown by the 281st AHC. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

26 August 1970, 281st AHC receives and passes its annual IG Inspection which will prove to be its last inspection while in Theater. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

September 1970, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN) and subordinate units; DSA II Corps; Nha Trang IDC and MACV Recondo School.  Fifteen Combat Assaults are flown for Company C (Ranger), 75th Infantry Regiment (ABN), "Charlie Rangers," and nine Combat Assaults are flown for various other units throughout the II CTZ. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

October 1970, 281st AHC supports 5th SFG (ABN) and subordinate units; DSA II Corps; Nha Trang IDC and MACV Recondo School.  281st AHC supports fourteen (14) major units throughout II CTZ in addition to six (6) Combat Assaults for Company C (Ranger), 75th Infantry Regiment (ABN), "Charlie Rangers." (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

12 October 1970, 281st AHC, Wolf Pack supports the Senior Province Advisor, Bao Loc with a Light Fire Team.  (12-30 October) Wolf Pack is employed as a "Free Lance Killer Team." (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

24 October 1970, 281st AHC attached six UH-1H and two UH-1C aircraft and crews to 129th AHC at An Son for operations (24-30 October) in support of the Capitol Infantry Division, ROK. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

30 October 1970, 281st AHC receives Warning Order to Stand Down and begin preparation for deactivation.  281st AHC comes under direct control of the United States Army Republic of Vietnam (USARV). (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

November 1970,   281st AHC is involved in inventory and preparing equipment for turn-in and transfer.  Convoys bearing MTOE equipment are leaving for Cam Ranh Bay at the rate of one every two days during this month. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

07 November 1970, 281st AHC has transferred 75% its helicopters to other units in Theater. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

17 November 1970, 281st AHC begins turn-in of Station Property (desks, furniture, filing cabinets, etc) to the USAF at Nha Trang. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

18 November 1970, The tempo of the deactivation operations has increased to one convoy per day, leaving at 0630 every morning. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

20 November 1970, At this point in time 80% of all equipment has been turned-in. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

22 November 1970, 281st AHC personnel strength has been reduced to a total of 60 Officers and Enlisted Men due to in-country transfers and DEROS.  This number continues to decrease as turn-ins near completion. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

14 December 1970,   In a small ceremony at Dong Ba Thin, LTC Jack A. Walker, Commanding Officer, 10th Combat Aviation Battalion retires the 281st AHC from the active rolls of the United States Army.  The 281st AHC compiles a total of 17,776.5 hours during its last ten months of operation, with the last 5611.6 of these hours being accident free. (Reference: 281st AHC History, 1970, prepared by CWO Marc Moller)

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