1stCavDiv (Airmobile)
Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.
Donate to the 229th
A Blast from the Past... Pixel

Archived Forum! Click here to View

Latest topics
» Application-Zeek
A Blast from the Past... EmptyFri 05 Mar 2021, 03:34 by (A/229) Zeek

» Announcing the 229th Wiki Page
A Blast from the Past... EmptyMon 15 Feb 2021, 14:17 by (B/229) Sundog

» Application - Coach
A Blast from the Past... EmptySat 30 Jan 2021, 19:42 by (A/229) Spooky

» Happy new year!
A Blast from the Past... EmptyWed 06 Jan 2021, 21:48 by (A/229) Spooky

» Fall 2020 Promition List
A Blast from the Past... EmptyWed 30 Dec 2020, 10:20 by (C/229) Wallaby

» Application
A Blast from the Past... EmptyMon 02 Nov 2020, 03:06 by (A/229) Cactus

» Mission Night
A Blast from the Past... EmptyFri 16 Oct 2020, 19:51 by (HHC/229) GunfighterSIX

» KA 50 Training 13 OCT 2020 2000 CDT
A Blast from the Past... EmptyTue 13 Oct 2020, 18:34 by (HHC/229) GunfighterSIX

» New applicant
A Blast from the Past... EmptySat 10 Oct 2020, 03:45 by (A/229) Gator

February 2023
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728     

Calendar Calendar


A Blast from the Past...

Go down

A Blast from the Past... Empty A Blast from the Past...

Post by (B/229) Gizzy Fri 09 Dec 2016, 14:00

"B Company of the 229th AHB 1st CAV Division (Killer Spade) had been tasked to supply helicopter support to Special Forces (actually SOG) at Khe Sanh. The mission required two lift ships, one to do the mission and the second to rescue the first. Two gun ships would supply close gun cover during the missions. These were usually from D Company/ 229th (Smiling Tigers) but were sometimes from other units. The missions were usually to insert and/or extract six man teams into and out of Laos.

Shortly after the Khe Sanh Combat Base had been vacated, I arrived at the relocated Special Forces camp for a SOG Mission. A Special Forces captain informed me that the scheduled mission was cancelled but that the NVA were flying their flag off the main flag pole at the former Khe Sanh Combat Base and then added. "What do you think of that?" Naturally, we would task ourselves with a new, self-appointed mission to "capture the flag." I was happy to be flying this day with a good pilot, Mike LaPierre. He was a new pilot and as he was flying enroute I would roll up the chart and hit him about the head to simulate stress. In the chase ship was another new pilot, Bob Hicks, who later became the unit safety officer. For some reason, we seemed to always have a high turnover rate for these missions.

Our gun team was Two Cobra AII-1G attack helicopters from the Smiling Tigers. As we approached Khe Sanh we could see the NVA flag. The gun ships started firing rockets, then 40 mm grenades hoping to destroy or detonate any booby traps. Unexploded ordnance could be seen lying on the ground. As we came closer, we started to orbit around the flag with our door gunners spraying the area with M-60 and the Cobras spraying miniguns. Just as I was about to nuke my move for the flag, My wing man broke the orbit first and hovered next to the flag. One of his door gunners reached out and wrapping the flag around his arm, pulled the flag from the pole with a sharp tug. I immediately thought of "trip wire." I pulled in full power trying to put some distance between us and the upcoming explosion. No explosion came and we made it back to the Special Forces Camp with our Prize."


A Blast from the Past... Iss-47-1st-cav

Thomas I. Harnisher
US Army, B CO 229th AHB
1st CAV & C Troop 1st CAV

Photo Caption
(Second from left, CW2 Thomas J. Harnisher (Air Mission Commander); third from left, CW1 Bob Hicks, pilot of 2nd helicopter; lower right, CW1 Mike LePierre, pilot of lead helicopter)

Now there is an idea for a mission?

credit: http://www.geocities.ws/ksvredclay/issue-47-short-rounds.htm
(B/229) Gizzy
(B/229) Gizzy
Chief Warrant Officer 3
Rated Senior Aviator
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Rated Senior Aviator

Messages : 669

Back to top Go down

Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum