The Horses of Charlie Troop 1st Squadron 9th Cavalry Regiment

Posted on February 5, 2012


As with a lot of the posts in this Blog, I get a lot of the information from Charlie Troopers and other websites. For this post I received information from Walt Titchenell, Walker Jones and Bruce Huffman.

As the war in Vietnam went on, the helicopters used by C Troop continued to improve. Below is a list of those helicopters.  The first set of pictures are the helicopters used by the Weapons or Red Platoon. Both the “B” model and “C” model Huey was used from 1965 to 1967.

Bell Model: UH-1B. armament: 2.75mm Rockets. Carried either 12 or 48 rockets on each side under short wings. Also used 7.62 MM Machine guns and 40mm Grenade Launchers.

Bell Model UH-1C  1965- 1967 Modified 1B Armament same as fort B Model.

Bell Model: AH-1G 1968 -1971  2.75mm rockets, 7.62mm mini-gun mounted underneath which can fire from 2,000 to 4,200 rounds per minute. Also a 40mm grenade Launcher.

Now comes the Helicopters used by the Scout or White Platoon. The OH-13 was used from 1965 to 1967 and into 1968.

Bell Model: OH -13

The OH-6C was used from 1967 to

Bell Model: OH-58C

Bell Model: UH-1D was pretty much used from beginning to end with a few changes here and there. It’s primary mission was to transport troops into LZ (Landing Zones) or to pick them up from PZ’s or Landing Zones. Many time this was done under enemy fire. While a lot is said about the Pilots of the Gunships and Scout Birds, the Pilots of the UH-1H Slicks deserve a big slap on the backs. Many times these brave men flew into areas to insert troops or pick them up and never wavered no matter how many bullets were flying their way.

As a crew chief I really do not know how much I can add. I was a crew chief on a Bravo model, and when it was lost on Aug. 9, 67 in the Song Re, the replacement for it was a Charlie Model. The C Model had dual hydraulic Systems, and bigger rotor Blades. The B Models had a L-9 engine, and the C Models had a L-11 engine. Both had the 40 Mic Mic’s so there was no difference there. Both were really under powered for the loads that we carried on them. During the monsoons we had to cut back to a half load of fuel. The pilots that flew these birds can give a better overview of the differences. My job consisted of checking oil levels post flight inspections, pre flight inspections when there was time, refueling and rearming. Most of my time was flying in the bird while hovering at tree top level and daring Charlie to shoot at us. Daniel Hylemon C TRP Red Platoon 67-68

As a snake (Cobra Pilot) driver it was the classic “Best of time and the worst of times”. It started when I signed in and reported to the Commanding Officer and that was only topped by meeting his XO. I only lasted 28 days as “Red” before he found another retread to replace me. The AH-1G is a widow-maker . The center of gravity is too high and the skids are too narrow. If you go down on a mission; it will, nine times out of ten, lay over on its side and trap either the pilot or copilot. With that said, after flying scout on my first tour, it was a total joy to be able to “shoot back” with force. That would not have been possible without Ed instructions in shooting rockets while in a 90 degree bank. I’ll tell you about OH-13 vs )H-6 another time. Unk’

John David Craig Cavalier25