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 51st Transportation Detachment (Aircraft Repair) (Caribou)

"SEND THE 51ST"

 

hand-embroidered in Vietnam, UnUsed......inquire
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partial History
Supported the 92nd Aviation Company (AM-FW), stationed at Quinhon, October 1964 - December 1966 flying CV-2A & B model Caribous
( 92nd formerly the 187th AVN CO(Transport Airplane) )
Assigned to the 14th Aviation Battalion and supported Special Forces A" Teams in I and II Corps
 3508AF - 52nd Transportation Battalion (Transport Aircraft)

Stationed at Fort Ord, California

3508AF - 52nd Transportation Battalion (TRANS ACFT) Vulcan Cigarette Lighter dated 1961 - 1963, engraved to a CWO who had been a Major and was apparently RIFFED, probably never fired-up, Used.......inquire
( comes with the orders the lighter is superposed on )
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52nd Airlift Platoon, 52nd Aviation Battalion

Deployed from Fort Bragg in 1963 - hand-embroidered in Vietnam

 

UnUsed.......inquire

partial History
Arrived in the RVN from Fort Bragg, NC; Assigned to 52nd AVN BN, Assets given to 7th Airlift Platoon September, 1964
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52nd Airlift Platoon

 

52nd Airlift PLT, Hand-embroidered Vietnam made, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire
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52nd Combat Aviation Battalion

   

52nd AVN BN (CBT) "FLYING DRAGONS", Vietnam made, minor puckering, UnUsed......inquire
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52nd Combat Aviation Battalion

 

52nd CAB, hand embroidered in Vietnam, UnUsed.......inquire
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52nd Aviation Battalion(Combat) DIs

scanned at 300dpi

52nd CAB, Used.......(sold)

52nd CAB, Used.........inquire

( if you need a pair, I have another DI that is not listed )
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 3rd Aviation Company (Attack Helicopter)
aka 3rd Assault Helicopter Company


( for details see 3rd AVN Co(AH) )
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C/228th Assault Support Helicopter Company

"WARRIORS"

Unit moved from 1st CAVDIV to Pleiku and joined the 52nd CAB April 1971 and was referred to by 2 different designators:

"C/228th Assault Support Helicopter Company"
or
"68TH AVIATION COMPANY (ASH), 52ND AVIATION BATTALION (CBT)"


C/228th ASHC,  Vietnam made, collector marked on reverse "227"(wrong ID), scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....(sold)

very-large Beercan DI, made in Vietnam, Unused......inquire
( the two I have seen are 1 1/8" and 1 1/4" )

 Vietnam made, newspaper backing, UnUsed.....inquire

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C/228th ASHC partial History
After the 1st Cavalry Division returned to CONUS in March 1971 all existing assets of the 228th AVN BN (ASHB) were reassigned to various in-country Aviation units:   
 A & B Companies relocated from Phuoc Vinh to "Bearcat" Base Camp north of Bien Hoa in III Corps.
 HHC was absorbed into "Charlie" Company (the HHC types remained with C Company for the remainder of their tours) and moved in March 1971 to Camp Holloway, Pleiku and assigned as "C/228th Assault Support Helicopter Company" to the 52nd CAB, 17th CAG, 1st Aviation Brigade.
 (note: C/228th ASHC personnel used "C Co. 52nd Avn Bn" as their return address on mail home!  This discrepancy was never resolved.)

And now we pause while the above is disputed in Black and White.
I have seen these Orders and his 201 File log.
His 201 file in the "Effective Dates" &  "ASSIGNMENTS" columns reads:
"23Sept71"    "CO C/228TH AVN BN USARPAC_VN (Redes)"
"3Oct71"    "68th Avn Ci USARPAC-VN" (the "Ci" should read CO)

The HEADING on his Orders, dated 4 December 1971, reads:
"DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
68TH AVIATION COMPANY (ASH), 52ND AVIATION BATTALION (CBT)
APO San Francisco 96494"
When the Veteran was first assigned to this Camp Holloway Chinook Company it was still called C/228th

Patch
 The "Winged Warriors" (motto for the 228th ASHB, 1st Cavalry Division) was shorten to "Warriors" by the Company "Brass" and incorporated into the new patch designed in April, 1971.  This design depicts a Knight in Armor, holding a lance and shield (with the 1st Cavalry Division patch on it), riding the "back" of a "Chinook" caricature, snorting smoke from its nostrils and carrying a Red 55 gallon drum of "FU gas" (phu gas?) which was dropped on FSBs after evacuation to prevent their use by the NVA.
Crest
A new "crest" (see picture below) was created for "C Co. 52nd  Avn. Bn" personnel ONLY; based on the April 1971 patch design.
The man that did the artwork said C/228th ASHC personnel were not permitted to wear the 52nd CAB "Dragon" DI so a distinctive "crest" was designed for "C" Company.

Beercan picfile provided by the Patch Designer
( large size = 1 1/8" )
Beercan DI NOT for Sale!

( This History was contributed by a member of C/228th ASHC, circa 1971-1972 )
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partial 52nd CAB History
Stationed at Ft. Ord in late-1950s to, at least, March 1963
( probably moved to Vietnam and changed designator in 1963? )
53rd Aviation Company

"DRAGON FLY"

 Wisconsin Army National Guard (WI ARNG)

I believe this patch is from the 1970s

 

53rd AVN CO, UnUsed.......inquire
53rd Aviation Detachment (CH-47)

"GUNS-A-GO-GO"

later redesignated the 1st AVN DET(P)

200dpi
 

 53rd AVN DET(CH-47), skull with twin rotors and guns firing from eye-sockets and mouth, hand-embroidered in Vietnam, RFU (was handsewn), dark stains on front, scrapbook residue on back, Used......(sold)




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WANTED

1st Aviation Detachment (Provisional)

Formerly designated 53rd AVN DET(P)



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54th Aviation Company

54th Aviation Company (Airmobile Fixed-Wing)


54th Aviation, Older Helicopter Unit insignia, UnUsed.......inquire

54th AVN CO (AIR MBL FW) "Otter Air Service", Vietnam made, UnUsed.......inquire

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54th Utility Airplane Company "OTTER AIR SERVICE"

"BIG DADDY" = Callsign

 

Callsign patch made in Vietnam, UnUsed.......inquire
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early "OTTER AIR SERVICE", Hand Embroidered in Vietnam

Larger size patch than the ones worn later

 

54th AVN CO(AIR MBL-FW),  UnUsed.....inquire
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54th AVN CO(AM-FW) partial History
Departed Fort Ord in August 1965 for the RVN
Flying Cargo, passengers, and PYSOPS Leaflet missions in III & IV CORPS using OV-1 Otters
Assigned to: 14th, 10th, and 210th CABs
( I think this is the unit that had a sign over the downtown office in Can Tho of "Orville the Otter"...the office was a few buildings down from the large MP Building. )
6th Aviation Platoon, 55th Aviation Company

"BLACKHAT Flight"

 

Korean made, circa 1960s, at one time the PLT was at Camp Page, Used......(sold)
 56th Transportation Company (Direct Support)

Early arrivals in Vietnam - October of 1964

callsign = "GOOD NATURE"

Recovery Platoon's Motto: "You Crash and Call, we Dash and Haul"

( see 520th and 765th TB patches on this link  )
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larger Vietnam made, RFU, Used......inquire
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56th Transportation Company (Direct Support), VIETNAM

 

56th TC(DS), collector ID on back, Unused......inquire
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56th TRANS CO (DS), flew CH-37Bs & a Gunship out of Tan Son Nhut, Japan made, UnUsed...(sold)

56th TC(ADS), hand-embroidered, Vietnam made, removed from early OG shirt, Used......inquire

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56th TC - "FIND'M-FIX'M-FLY'M", Japan made

 

Collector's ID on reverse, made in Japan, UnUsed......inquire
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partial History of 56th TC(DS)
Assigned to the  765th Transportation Battalion (AM & S) (GS)
Arrived Saigon, RVN October 16, 1964, stationed at TSN flying 3 x CH-37B Mojaves &
a UH-1B Gunship which provided escort for the Helicopter Recovery missions
In 1965 the Recovery Platoon/Section received a UH-1D(gunship?)
Relocated to Long Thanh North AAF circa 1968
Assigned to 520th TB (AM & S) (GS) circa February 1971
Later (1969-72) the Company flew a pair of Huey UH-1Hs (381 & 411(?)) which were not gunships
Stood-down in April 1972

( patch changed to a blue-background in the later years )

If you have info on the 56th let me know and I will insert the verbage in this section
 57th Transportation Company (Light Helicopters)

"MILT'S MISFITS" (1962)

"DEANS OF THE HELICOPTER CORPS" (1962 - 1963)

 ( Inactivated in June 1963 and assets given to the 120th AVN CO(AML) )
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57th TC (LtHel), design used circa 1961 - 1962

First design worn at Fort Lewis, Washington and in Vietnam in 1961-1962.

 

"WORK-HORSES", collector's ID on back, UnUsed.......inquire
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2nd design used circa 1962 - 1963

Design worn 1962 until June 1963

 

2nd insignia design, made in Vietnam, UnUsed......inquire

( also on 120th AVN CO (AML) page )
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partial History
Vietnam service December 1961 to June 23, 1963 then Inactivated; assets transferred to the 120th Aviation Company(Air Mobile Light)
98th TD (CHFM) assigned as the Maintenance DET
57th Medical Detachment (Helicopter Ambulance)
 
callsign "Dustoff"

 

"The Original Dustoff" 57th MED DET HEL AMB, Vietnam Hand-embroidered, UnUsed......inquire

( see Mr. Hough's Army Air Ambulance book, page 167, patch 57G )
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Doctor Dustoff Beercan DIs

 

Vietnam made, excellent details, you can read "Doctor Dustoff" on his medical bag, Used....(sold)

Viet made, Good details, Used.......(sold)
57th Assault Helicopter Company

"Gladiators" = company
"Cougars" = guns

First known as the "AVENGERS", this callsign was in conflict with another Unit's nickname and the "GLADIATORS" was adopted
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The Crown Jewel of the 57th AHC patches with the Original Callsign

 

57th AHC 'AVENGERS' original Callsign Patch, made in USA, UnUsed......inquire
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"Gladiators"

 

57th AHC "GLADLATORS"(sic), Vietnam made, UnUsed.......inquire

("59th" should read 57th AHC.....nice variation)
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57th AHC "Team Cougar"

Cobra Gun Platoon

This was the Mercury Cougar Racing Team's patch and the Guns Platoon received permission to use it.

 

Vietnam made, tape residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire
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I am searching for a "Night Hawks"; if you have an extra one, send a JPEG picfile (front and reverse).
57th Assault Helicopter Company "Night Hawks", I think they were in I or II Corps AO(?)
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partial History
57th Aviation Company(FW) Relocated to the RVN in December 1965 flying CV-2s (Caribou) out of Vung Tau, RVN; their CV-2s were given to the USAF in the Summer of 1967.
The 57th Aviation Company was Reorganized and Activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in the fall of 1967 as the 57th Assault Helicopter Company.
The 57th AHC Reloctaed to the RVN circa October 1967 and Assigned to the 1st Aviation Brigade, 17th Combat Aviation Group, 52nd Combat Aviation Battalion ("FLYING DRAGONS") and were stationed at Kontum in MR2(II CORPS). They later moved to An Khe & Camp Holloway AAF (Pleiku) before standing down in March 1973.
DFlew Missions supporting MR2 Units to include: MACV SOG, MEDEVACs, SF Camps, ARVN II Corps, 4th ID.
Unit had 3 x UH-1 HUEY Platoons and a GUNS Platoon with AH-1Gs.
58th Transportation Battalion

 

Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 58th Transportation Battalion, large 5" Viet ME, unit arrived in-country April 11, 1966 and departed April, 1972, served in Saigon for Supply and Maintenance for ALL Army Aircraft and then moved North to Danang in February 1968 to support I Corps, UnUsed...........inquire
59th Transportation (Helicopter) Company

"Pick Up and Go"


59th TC (HEL) circa 1958-60, U. S. made with cheesecloth backing, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed....inquire

59th TRANS (HEL) CO, made in USA, UnUsed......inquire

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partial History
Formed at Fort Sill circa 1958, relocated to Peden Barracks, Wertheim, Germany
flew H-34 Choctaws in Germany for the 54th Transportation (Helicopter) Battalion

(  see this link:  http://www.usarmygermany dot com/Units/Army%20Aviation/USAREUR_54thTransBn.htm  )
59th Combat Aviation Company

"DEANS"

This unit is probably tied-in with the old 57th and 120th "DEANS"
Assigned to the 222nd CAB circa 1972-73


59th CAC, scrapbook residue on back, Unused......inquire

pink backing, UnUsed.....inquire

59th Aviation Company - Korea

"Red Cloud Flight"
 

59th AVN CO, probably Korean made DI (posts are off-set??), looks Unused......(sold)

Bit-of-History
On August 17 1969, a 59th Aviation Company OH-23 Raven was shot down over the DMZ, crew released many days later.
(not much info on this unit)

( see an Older Japan made  "Camp Red Cloud"  patch on this link )
60th Aviation Company(Assault Helicopter)

 "Ghost Riders"

"The Bunch with a Punch!"
 

60th Assault Helicopter Company, Vietnam Hand-embroidered (HE), UnUsed......inquire

60th Aviation Company "Ghost Riders", Vietnam made, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed...inquire


( see another "Ghost Riders" patch  195th Assault Helicopter Company 2nd Airlift Platoon )
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60th AVN CO ASLT HEL "GHOST RIDERS", Vietnam made, Unused.........inquire
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"Ghost Rider" Beercan DIs, made in Vietnam


"GHOST RIDER" 60th AVN CO (AH), Used.......inquire

60th Aviation Comapny (AH), Used.......inquire
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The Ghost Riders were in Vietnam 1965 - 1971 as  C Company, 227th AVN BN  assigned to 1st Cavalry Division.
In 1971, when the 1st Cav Div departed Vietnam, portions were re-designated as Companies of the 1st Aviation Brigade
The Ghost Riders (60th AHC) moved to Ninh Hoa in II Corps and were assigned to 10th AVN BN, 17th CAG, 1st AVN BDE
The 60th AHC served at Ninh Hoa, RVN from 8/31/71 to 3/13/73
the 60th provided support to:
Koreans (9th White Horse, Tiger DIV, & ROKMC Blue Dragons)
ARVNs & Australians

additional info from a Veteran
In 1972 the unit had a "SNAKE" Platoon but it was not co-located with the Lift Platoons
It is believed this AH-1 platoon did not have the TOW Weapons System

additional info from a Veteran (email 110316)
I was with the Ghost Riders (60th AHB) at Ninh Hoa from the last of August until mid November of 1972. I was transferred there when they sent the 1st Calvary home (or the colors, no one I knew went home). We were a Cobra unit and wore the Ghost Rider patch that you show(above) on the front of one shoulder and a coiled Cobra on the other.
  We were called the "Snake" platoon and we did not have TOW weapons on the Cobras while I was with them.  We had two 2.75 LSFFAR pods on each stub wing and a 40mm grenade launcher and mini gun in the turret.  We had six Cobras: one down for maintenance, two were sent to Pleiku each day to support them, and three were used to support the Korean White Horse Division's Operations.  We would load our Huey's down with Rockets, 40mm, and 7.62s and set up turn around sites for the Cobras that were supporting the Koreans.  It was a good duty assignment, the Koreans did all of the guard duty and stuff like that. All we had to do was keep the birds flying.

from another Veteran
From September 1972 to February 1973 a "SNAKE" Platoon (Cobras) was co- located with the lift helicopters.

( If you know more/different history let me know and I will post it )
( There is a lot of confusion over the name "Ghost Riders" and what units used the name )

( see this site for info    http://www.1stavnbde dot com/17cag/10th_Combat_Aviation_Battalion.html )
1st Platoon, 61st Aviation Company

flew the Caribou until the C-7s were given to the Air Force in 1967

 

1st Flight Platoon (Blue Diamonds), hand-embroidered in Vietnam, Used......inquire
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326th Transportation Detachment (C-7A Caribou Aircraft Repair)

"SUA CHUA MAY BAY"
( loose translation = "Aircraft Surgeons" )

 

supported the 61st AVN CO in Vietnam, hand-embroidered in Vietnam, RFU, probably never washed, Used.....inquire

( also on 326th TD page )
62nd Assault Helicopter Company

flew Night Missions in UH-1Hs, (I Corps Asset Unit); Active from 1969 - 1973

 

62nd AHC "NIGHT HAWK", "I CORPS  VIETNAM", Vietnam made, RFU (washed), Used.........inquire
62nd Corps Aviation Company

"Royal Coachmen "
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62nd CAC

 

small oval patch made in Vietnam, UnUsed.....inquire
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The Royal Coachman

 

made in Vietnam, Unused.......inquire
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U. S. made, UnUsed..(sold)
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partial History of the 62nd CAC
Activated March 4, 1969 in the RVN
The mission of the 62nd Corps Aviation Company was two fold: provide all transportation assets for the XXIV Corps and as the Command & Control for ground units
Transported Honchos and other VIPs; ran Supply missions; Casualty Evacuation (US & Allies); Search and Rescue for downed air crews; Black OPS
Flew: OH-58s, OH-6s, UH-1s, & U-21s
Assigned to the 212th Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade and based at Marble Mountain, Da Nang
Relocated to Da Nang in 1970 along with the XXIV Corps HQs
 In January 1970 the 62nd Relocated to Phu Bia
Relocated to Germany; InActivated in Germany October 15, 1989

If you know the History of the "62nd Companies" let me know--very confusing family tree

62nd Aviation Company

Patch Wanted


Wanted:  a Vintage "THE HAPPY HOOKERS" CH-47 Platoon patch

( also on Main AVN page, Want AD section )


( contact:   Jack@LJMilitaria.com )


partial History from a Veteran
( mid-1972 to February 1973 )
62nd Aviation Company, 11th Combat Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade
Unit moved many times while in Vietnam and by mid-1972 was stationed at Marble Mountain
The 62nd had 1 Platoon of Chinooks; other Platoons flew Huey UH-1Ds & Hs in the 1972-73 era
 circa August 1972 the 62nd relocated to Danang Main Airbase on the Marine Corps side of the Air Field
The Chinook flight platoon adopted the Happy Hooker patch from former CH-47 platoons

Some reference works refer to this unit as the 62nd CAC in the later years in Vietnam(?)
On February 9, 1973 the 62nd was still known, by the Army, as the  62nd Aviation Company, 11th Combat Assault Group,
1st Aviation Brigade (this info is from a Veteran's "Awards" and DEROS paperwork)
The bulk of the 62nd rotated out-of-country in March of 1973
July of 1973 was the estimated departure date of the last member of the 62nd AVN CO
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partial Official History of the 62nd
Constituted 3 April 1962 in the Regular Army as the 62d Aviation Company
Activated 1 May 1962 at Fort Benning, Georgia
Inactivated 11 February 1963 at Fort Benning, Georgia
Activated 6 August 1964 at Fort Benning, Georgia
Inactivated 14 December 1964 in Vietnam
Activated 4 March 1969 in Vietnam
(Inactivated 15 October 1987 in Germany)

CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT for Vietnam
Tet-69 Counteroffensive
Summer-fall 1969
Winter-spring 1970
Sanctuary Counteroffensive
Counteroffensive Phase VII
Consolidation I
consolidation II
Cease-fire

DECORATIONS: Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1964, 1969-1973
68th Aviation Company (Armed Helicopter)

Formerly the "UTT" Company (Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter Company) 
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68th AVN CO(AH), "UTT" embroidered on Mailed Fist

 

made in Vietnam, puckered from the maker's shop, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.......inquire
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Made in Vietnam Beercan DI


68th AVN CO (AH) "UTT", successor unit to the "UTT" Company, Used.....inquire

(scanned at 300dpi - all the storage nicks show-up = Excellent Condition)
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2nd Platoon, UTT Armed Helicopter Company Beercan

"RAIDERS"


click on picture
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"......in the beginning there was the UTT........"


click on picture for details

see  UTT Helicopter Company  for History
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WANTED:  571st TD insignia

items can vary in design and color


571st Transportation Detachment (Aircraft Maintenance) assigned to the UTT


(  If you have extra items, contact    Jack@LJMilitaria.com )



68th Assault Helicopter Company

( not the same Unit as the above 68th (ARMED) Helicopter Company )

"Top Tigers" & "Mustangs"
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68th ASLT HEL CO "TIGERS" and "MUSTANG"

Both patches from the same Collection


Hand-embroidered(HE) in Vietnam, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed......inquire

68th AHC (GUNS) HE in Vietnam, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed......inquire

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68th "ASLT HEL CO" "Tigers", Vietnam Hand Embroidered, UnUsed.........(sold)
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68th AHC "TOP TIGERS"

 

Hand-embroidered in Vietnam, rust stain at top from an Asian staple, UnUsed......inquire
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68th AHC Gun Ships Beercan DI

"MUSTANG" 


68th AHC Gun Platoon "Mustang", Vietnam made, Used......(sold)

Activated on 12 July 1965 at Ft. Benning as an Aviation Company (Airmobile Light);  
moved to Vietnam by November 1965 and flew it's first Combat Assault in December 1965;
changed to Assault Helicopter Company in 1966(?));  

Assigned: 145th CAB, 12th AVN GP, 1st AVN BDE

Stationed: 1964 - 1966 at Vung Tau, RVN; moved to Bien Hoa 1966 - 1972

( I know some of the above dates do not match....send me the correct info and I will list it )
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This unit is not related to a Chinook unit C/228th ASHB, 1st CAV DIV that was transfered to the 52nd CAB at Camp Holloway, Pleiku when the CAV went home.
It was know by two designators: 68th Assault Support Helicopter Company (68th ASHC) & 68th Aviation Company(ASH).
see the 52nd CAB section above for more information
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(this 68th AHC "Top Tigers" is NOT related to the: "UTT - 68th AHC - 197th AHC - 334th AHC Units)
71st Assault Helicopter Company

Callsigns:
Lift Platoons = "RATTLERS"
GUNS = "FIRE BIRDS"

This unit has conflicting names and etc.?????
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1st Flight Platoon, "WIDOW MAKERS"

Anyone know the reason the 1st PLT was called the "Widow Makers"?

 

1st PLT, Vietnamese made, UnUsed......inquire
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2nd Platoon, "F TROOP"

Anyone know the reason the 2nd PLT was called "F TROOP"?


Large Viet made patch, UnUsed........inquire
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GUNSHIP Platoon

 

"FIRE BIRDS", made in Vietnam, UnUsed.......inquire
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71st AHC formerly the 3rd Aviation Company(AML) & A/501st Aviation Battalion

partial History of the 3rd AVN CO(AML)
On August 6, 1964 the 3rd Aviation Company (AML) was Activated/Assigned to the Third United States Army for eventual movement to Vietnam.
It was attached to the 11th Air Assault Division(TEST) at Fort Benning, Georgia.
The 3rd AVN CO departed Fort Benning on 27 November and arrived at Bien Hoa, Vietnam December 2, 1964.
 On 14 December the 3rd AVN CO (AML) was Redesignated A/501st Aviation Battalion, 145th Aviation Battalion.

partial History of the 71st AVN CO  
On November 1, 1963 the 71st Aviation Company changed location from Ft. Kobbe to Ft. Clayton, Canal Zone with operational activities at Albrook Air Force Base.
The colors of the 71st AVN CO were moved from Ft. Clayton to the Republic of Vietnam on September 2, 1966.
Circa early-September 1966 Alpha Company, 501st Aviation Battalion was ReDesignated 71st AVN CO(AML).
  On April 18, 1967 the 71st Aviation Company departed Bien Hoa and headed North to Chu Lai to support the 196th LIB & TF Oregon.
The 71st was ReAssigned to the 14th Combat Aviation Battalion.
On April 1, 1969 the 71st Aviation Company (Air Mobile Light) was Redesignated 71st Aviation Company (Assault Helicopter).
On September 30, 1971 the 71st received orders to stand-down.

This history is to be taken with a large-lump of salt - lots of missing and conflicting info.
 73rd Aviation Company (Aerial Surveillance)

73rd Surveillance Airplane Company

( Flew OV-1 Mohawks and Army-Lockheed  YO-3A "Quiet Star" aircraft )
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......and in the beginning there was the 23rd Special Weapons Aviation Detachment
The 23rd SWAD flew Grumman JOV-1C Mohawks for MACV out of Nha Trang from 1962-64; assets given to the 73rd AVN CO.

(see details in 23rd SWAD section)
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73rd Aviation Company(AS), Japan made

"OBSERVE AND REPORT"

 

Made in Japan, UnUsed......inquire
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 73rd AVN CO(AS)
 "THE WARRIORS"

 

"AER SURV", Hand-embroidered in Vietnam, RFU, Used......(sold)
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73rd AVN CO

"Aerial Surveillance" - made in Japan

 

Japan made, UnUsed.......inquire
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73rd AVN CO (AS) "WARRIORS", made in Vietnam

 

large Vietnam made, UnUsed.......inquire
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"THUNDER HAWKS"
 

73rd SAC, circa January - April 1972, stationed at Long Thanh North, RVN,  made in Thailand, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....(sold)

( this 73rd Detachment may have been stationed in Thailand after 1971 )

( anyone with more info on this patch, email )
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3 x Variations


73rd SAC "UP TIGHT", Vietnam made, heavy-embroidery on "Prop-spin Lines:, UnUsed.....(sold)

73rd SAC "UP TIGHT", Vietnam made, UnUsed......inquire

Subdued with a "Head-On" Mohawk, Vietnam made, RFU, Used......inquire

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73rd SAC, Vietnam made, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed....(sold)

Vietnam made, UnUsed.......(sold)
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73rd SAC "RED HAZE" TAB

"RED HAZE" = An Infared Imaging System


73rd AVN CO(AS) Arc, made in Japan/Okinawa, UnUsed......inquire

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73rd SAC "RED HAZE" patch

Red Haze is an Infrared imaging system

anyone know the meaning of "NEXT"

 

hand-embroidered in Vietnam, UnUsed......(sold)
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partial History from a Veteran of the O-1D Birddog era, circa September 1963 - September 1964
The first 73rd Aviation Company was made up of 30 x 0-1D Birddogs, deployed to Vietnam in May 1963 and served in Flight Sections throughout the country.
Performed virtually every type mission to include Forward Air Control(FAC) until the Air Force came to town with theirs, of course, painted gray and took over the FAC mission.
It was about October 1964 that the 73rd designation was given over to the Mohawks, which incidently had been designated as the 23rd SWAD.
I was based at both Bien Hoa and Vung Tau with those guys.
Insignia for the 73rd Aviation Company, 0-1D Birddog Era circa May 1963 in Vietnam
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partial History
On October 31, 1956 the "T-37" test unit was activated at Fort Rucker, AL; on April 20, 1960 T-37 was Reorganized/Redesignated Aerial Surveillance and Target Acquisition Platoon (Experimental); ASTA PLT Redesignated 23rd Special Warfare Aviation Detachment(23rd SWAD); Arrived in Vietnam September 1962; on December 26, 1964 the 73rd Aviation Company(AS) was formed by merging the 4th ASTA & 23rd SWAD at Vung Tau, Vietnam
conflicting information follows:
Assets of the 23rd Special Warfare Detachment and the 1st Cavalry Division were combined and
Redesignated 73rd Aviation Company (Aerial Surveillance) December 26, 1964

73rd AVN CO(AS) served in Vietnam until March 31, 1972, then Deactivated
 In September 1972 the 122nd Aviation Company (OV-10 Mohawk unit in Europe) was Redesignated 73rd Aviation Company
On June 30, 1973 the 73rd AVN CO was Redesignated 73rd Military Intelligence Company (Aerial Surveillance)
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 QT-2 Project "Prize Crew II"

The two QT-2 Aircraft were never a part of the 73rd SAC but I want to keep the "Quiet Aircraft" insignia together

"Chim Meo"
( CHIM = Bird  and MEO = Cat ) = Owl

 

Vietnam made for the "Quiet Aircraft Project" in September 1968, UnCommon, UnUsed.....inquire

partial History
 In September 1968 Two(2) QT-2 Experimental Aircraft operated from Long Thanh North, Vietnam
under the Project name "Prize Crew II"
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YO-3A AIRCRAFT

 flown by the 73rd SAC & 220th RAC
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Cat's Eye design is similar to the design on the Prop Covers of the 220th RAC YO-3As

This could be a Factory Patch made in-country or just used by one unit(?).  
History of the YO-3A  usage by the 73rd and 220th Companies is very sketchy.  
Between 11 - 15 aircraft were made; conflictions abound to include the statement that an Army Security Agency Unit flew YO-3As (which I believe is strange as the aircraft does not have intercept capabilities)

    

YO-3As were flown out of Long Thanh North and Phu Bai Army Air Fields, Vietnam made, UnUsed........inquire  
(scrapbook residue on back)
The Army started development of a new surveillance aircraft (based on the Schweizer SGS-2-32) for use in Vietnam in April 1967 with the Lockheed Missiles and Space Company (LMSC);  in September 1967 the "quiet airplanes" were deployed to Vietnam for evaluation; this experimental aircraft was a modified glider with a wooden propeller flying low over the terrain conducting visual reconnaissance & post-strike assessments.  While judged to be a potential RECON asset;  many improvements were recommended; LMSC then developed the YO-3A (aka: "Quiet Aircraft", "Bat Plane", Quiet Star", etc.)
In 1970 the refined YO-3A was deployed to Vietnam with the 73rd and 220th Aviation Companies
( anyone knowing more, or better, information - contact:   Jack@LJMilitaria.com )
( this site has some history on the Project   http://www.yo-3a  dot com/history.html )
74th Aviation Company (Surveillance Airplane Light):

Company known by many names

74th Reconnaissance Airplane Company (RAC)

74th Surveillance Airplane Company (SAC)

74th Surveillance  Airplane Company (Light) (SAL)

callsign = "ALOFT"

"Search & Destroy"
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Reconnaissance Airplane Company

Surveillance Airplane Light


74th "RAC" (Reconnaissance Airplane Company), "01" (refers to the O-1 Birddog), Observe & Report, hand-embroidered in Vietnam, Unused.....inquire

"SAL" (Surveillance  Airplane Company (Light)), hand-embroidered in Vietnam, Unused.....inquire

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large 74th AVN CO, Vietnam made, flew Bird Dog O-1s, UnUsed....inquire
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partial History
74th Aviation Company (Surveillance Airplane Light) organized 26 March 1965
stationed at Phu Loi AAF (North of Saigon) & Assigned 145th Combat Aviation Battalion
Reassigned February 1968 to 210th CAB, 12th AVN Group, 1st Aviation Brigade
Flew: 32 x 0-1D, E & Gs on missions throughout War Zone D in III Corps
Supported: 1st ID. 9th ID, and 5th & 18th ARVN Divisions plus other units to include LRRPs
stood down March 20, 1972

The 74th used 3 x Designators:
Reconnaissance Airplane Company (RAC)
Surveillance Airplane Company
Surveillance  Airplane Company (Light) (SAL)
Original callsign = "Backspin"
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Thanks to SP5 Rod Wenig for this picture of his 74th AVN CO patch April 1970 to March 1971 at Phu Loi as an Aircraft Engine Mechanic(68C20).

77th Aerial Rocket Artillery
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Bravo Battery, 4th Battalion

"TOROS"

 

Vietnam machine made, UnUsed.....inquire
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Charlie Battery, 4th Battalion

( some collectors attribute this patch to Bravo Battery....if you have info contact me )

 

"MAULEN COBRA SWIFT-DEADLY", Vietnam made, scrapbook residue on back, Unused....inquire

( I was told Battery rosters have been searched and no entry of a surname of Maulen has been found; I assume the word is French or Vietnamese or a very corrupted English word such as "mauling" or etc. )
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I have had the word "MAULEN" translated by a French and a Vietnamese speaker:
French
Mau  = fast or very quick
Len = forward
( in English = "Go very fast" )

Vietnamese
Mau Lien = Go Faster
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partial History
Flew Huey UH-1Bs & Cs which were replaced by AH-1G Cobras
Supported: 101st ABD, 5th ID (Mech), ARVN & Special Forces Units from late-1968 to January 1972
80th Field Maintenance
Supported the 93rd TC and 121st AVN CO
click on picture for details
81st Transportation Company

( Light Helicopter )

very early Vietnam Service

 

81st TC (LT HEL), left Hawaii and arrived in Vietnam in September 1962, was deactivated in 1963 and assets transferred to the 119th AHC, UnUsed.....inquire

( see history in ARMY AVN BK, page 72 )
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6022 - 81st TC MA-1 jacket


click on picture for details
82nd Aviation Battalion

supported the 82nd Airborne Division
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A Company, 82nd Aviation Battalion (Armed Helicopter)

"FALCONS"

 

A/82nd AVN BN(AH), Hand-embroidered in Vietnam, scrapbook residue on back, RFU, Used......inquire
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A/82 Hand-Embroidered in Vietnam, the Falcon is Quilted

 

scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed......inquire

partial History for A Company
In 1965 CO A was sent to the RVN for one year to support the 173rd ABN BDE
In July 1979 Company A was inactivated and redesignated as Company D
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82nd Aviation Battalion Parachutist's OVAL

 

UnUsed.......inquire
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82nd Aviation Battalion (post-RVN)


with yellow border, scrapbook residue on back,  UnUsed........(sold)

82nd AVN BN, black ME border with pigtail, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed........(sold)
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82nd AVN BN

 

ME with pigtail, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed........inquire
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partial History for the Battalion
Redesignated 82nd AVN BN in 1960
Part went to Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne BDE in 1965
The rest went to the DOMREP with the Division in 1965
 92nd Aviation Company(AM-FW) (RVN 1964 - 1967)

"ANYTIME ANYTHING ANYWHERE"

238th Aviation Company (AML) (1967)

92nd Aviation Company (AML) (1967 - ?)

"WE FLY FOR FREEDOM"

92nd Assault Helicopter Company (? - 1971)

92nd Transportation Company (MDM HEL) (post-RVN Service)

A/5/159th Aviation Regiment (current)
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92nd Aviation Company(AM-FW)

Flew CV-2Bs (1964-66) until they were turned-over to the Air Force in 1967; supported the 5th Special Forces in I and II Corps.

 

Hand-embroidered in Vietnam, removed from shirt, lots of wear, soiled, Used...inquire
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92nd Aviation Company (AML)

This Insignia design worn in Vietnam

 

92nd AHC, RFU, lots of wear, border damaged, Usded....inquire
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92nd AHC "STALLIONS", Vietnam made,

 

Scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed..........inquire
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92nd AHC "SIDEKICK GUNS"

 

Vietnam made, UnUsed.......inquire
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92nd AHC "BLACK MAINTENANCE"

"Checked, Found O-Kay"

 

Large patch for an Army Unit, UnUsed.....inquire
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92nd AVN CO (ASH), post-RVN Era

U.S. Army Reserve Unit stationed in Washington State

 

92nd Aviation Company (ASH) "THE HOOK-ERS", post-RVN, RFU, Used.......inquire
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92nd AVN CO (Assault), "THE HOOK-ERS", a CH-47 Chinook Unit

 

UnUsed.....inquire
partial History for post-RVN era "HOOKERS" patch
This Hookers patch design was worn by a Reserve CH-47 Chinook unit, post-Vietnam. This is the First Design and was worn when it was a Transportation Company and an Aviation Company.  This design was changed in the late-1980s when the Regimental system came-in. The Unit still call themselves the "Hook-ers".
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partial History for the 92nd
The 92nd Transportation Company(formerly the 187th AVN CO), a fixed wing company flying CV-2 (Caribou) aircraft, was activated at Fort Benning, Georgia
later redesignated as the 92nd Aviation Company (AM-FW).  Unit was supported by the 51st TD (Aircraft Repair) (Caribou)

In October of 1964, unit departed Fort Benning for Vietnam and began operations in late 1964
Acquired 4 x CV-7As DeHavilland Buffalo in 1965 as a test project
The Company's material assets were turned-over the USAF 459th TCS and was deactivated on January 1, 1967

Reactivated February 8, 1967 at Fort Carson, Colorado as the 238th Aviation Company (AML)
Redesignated 92nd Aviation Company (AML) flying UH-1H Hueys
92nd AVN CO Returned to Vietnam in late-1967
Redesignated 92nd Assault Helicopter Company while in the RVN
Deactivated in Vietnam circa 1971

92nd Reactivated circa 1971 as a Chinook unit Assigned to the 124th ARCOM, Fort Lawton, Washington
The 92nd Aviation Company was initially located at Sandpoint Naval Support Activity, Seattle, Washington; Relocated Paine FLD, Snohomish County Airport, Everett, WA
Redesignated 92nd Transportation Company (MDM HEL) December 16, 1979

Currently designated Company A, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment
Flew in Iraq
 93rd Transportation Company (Light Helicopter)

"Soc Trang Tigers"

Fought at the battle of Ap Bac

Redesignated  121st Aviation Company (Air Mobile Light)  in June 1963
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93rd TC(LT HEL), RFU, Used.......inquire

The flying horse is actually the Company's mascot at Fort Devens, a Burro
Company had 2 x mascots at Soc Trang: "Tiger" a dog and "Tuffy" a Tiger
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 80th Transportation Detachment (CHFM)

CHFM = Cargo Helicopter Field Maintenance

 

80th TD "Field Maintenance" UnUsed........(sold)
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80th TD (CHFM)

Supported the 93rd TC(LtHel) "Soc Trang Tigers"; the 93rd Redesignated 121st Aviation Company (Air Mobile Light) in 1963

 

UnUsed.......inquire

( also in 80th TD section above )
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80th Transportation Company Detachment at Soc Trang, RVN

Supported the 93rd TC and 121st AVN CO at Soc Trang


Beercan made in Vietnam, both posts have been clipped-off, Used.......inquire
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partial History
Arrived RVN February 1962, stationed at Danang; swapped locations with HMM-163 at Soc Trang in September 1962
Lost 6 x H-21s in the Batlle at Ap Bac on January 2, 1963
93rd TC(LtHel) Redesignated 121st Aviation Company (Air Mobile Light) in June 1963
98th Transportation Detachment (CHFM), "Field Maintenance"
supported the 120th AVN CO(AML)

( see in the 120th AVN CO section )

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61st AHC, Vietnam made.......(Sold)
1st PLT, 61st AVN CO
62nd Assault Helicopter Company
63rd Aviation Company
1st Flight Platoon (Blue Diamonds), 61st Aviation Company, (flew the Caribou until the Air Froce got them on 1/67), Vietnam HE, Used......inquire
62nd AHC, (Royal Coachmen), unit active from 1969-1973, Vietnam made, UnUsed......inquire
63rd AVN CO, 4.25" sealed in Japanese maker's package, UnUsed.......inquire
62nd Aviation Company
"Royal Coachmen "
U. S. made, UnUsed..(sold)
a collector marked on reverse "3 AHC", Vietnam made, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire
Maroon Chicken, Vietnam made, UnUsed.......inquire
( is this for the Flight Surgeon's Section? )
   
( also on 227th AHB and 3rd AHC )  
54th Aviation, Older Helicopter Unit patch, UnUsed.........(sold)
54th AVN CO Airmobile Fixed-Wing, "Otter Air Service", 3 5/8" Vietnam made, UnUsed.......inquire
Right patch....56th TC(DS) moved.... see below
59th Transportation (Helicopter) Company
"Pick Up and Go"
   
59th Transportation (Helicopter) Company,  circa 1958-60, U. S. made with cheesecloth backing, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed......(sold)
 
52nd Airlift Platoon
52nd Combat Aviation Battalion
52nd Airlift PLT, Hand-embroidered Vietnam made, UnUsed.....(sold)
52nd AVN BN (CBT) "FLYING DRAGONS", 4", Vietnam made, UnUsed......(sold)
 
73rd.............(sold)
80th TD (93rd TC and 120th AVN CO Maintenance)
"GHOST RIDER" 60th AVN CO (AH), used.......(sold)
 
92nd Aviation Company "Any Time  Any Thing  Any Where", Vietnam made, flew CV-2Bs (1964-66) until they were turned-over to the Air Force in 1967, supported the 5th Special Forces in I and II Corps, removed from shirt, soiled, Used...(sold)
92nd Assault Helicopter Company "STALLIONS", Vietnam made, 1967 - 1972 era, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed..........(sold)