The Enemy by Walker Jones and Donald Armstrong

July 29, 2014


The following are stories of two Charlie Troopers and their en counters with the enemy: We were in Tay Ninh I’m sure. Early 1971. I was a Cobra pilot then, living like most of us, crowded together in cots under a General Purpose Medium tent stretched across a Chinook revetment at the northwest end of the place, […]

James Kirkendall – Not My Day To Die

May 3, 2014


As I have stated before, most of this blog is about the Vietnam War and Charlie Troop 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division but from time to time I would write about other things. This is one of those times. My wife, Carol, and I were honored in December of 2013 to attend […]

Posted in: World War II

Jim Hohman: The Battle of Hoa Tan

March 1, 2014


DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY HEADQUARTERS, 1ST CAVALRY DIVISION (AIRMOBILE) Office of Information and History APO San Francisco 96490 AVDAIN 7 August 1967 SUBJECT: Unit Historical Reports TO: SEE DISTRIBUTION 1. The attached is one of several unit historical reports prepared by the 1st Cavalry’s Office of Information and History. 2. The text of the action […]

Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge

December 26, 2013


My wife, Carol, and I went to Washington, D.C. on 12th of December, 2013. The trip had a two fold purpose. Our main reason for going was for Carol to receive the Belgium Fourragere 1940 from the Belgium Ambassador in honor of her father, Clyde E. Roller. During the “Battle of the Bulge” his unit, […]

Posted in: Battle of the Bulge

Charlie Troop Reunion October 2013 – St George Island, Florida

October 13, 2013


a href=””> Phill Merritt and Jerry Duckworth[/caption]The October Charlie Troop Reunion is now over. I expected 20 and we had 34. A great time was had by all. We had four members of Charlie Troop make their first Reunion. Mike LaChance Blue Platoon Leader from 69/70. Robert (Rob) Struck Blue India 69/70. Larry Oestringer Blue […]

Posted in: Reunions

Gold Star Family Breafast and The Family Contacts Committee DD Form 3

July 16, 2013


As I stated in “Gold Star Families – When a Loved One Dies in Combat”, Every Major Organization whether is a Division or an Association normally has a Gold Star program with it. This is the case of the 1st Cavalry Division and the Vietnam Helicopters Pilot Association (VHPA). Both of these fine organization hold […]

Posted in: Gold Star Family

Marsha (Dell) Thaler 5th Grade Class 1966

July 4, 2013


I went onto the 1st Cavalry ( website and found a post in the Guestbook by a Marsha Thaler. Marsha was a 5th Grade teacher at Milnes Elementary School in Fair Lawn, New Jersey in 1966. She gave her class an assignment to write letters to Service Men in Vietnam. Eventually the letters ended up […]


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