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114th Assault Helicopter Company - "Red Knight, White Knight, Cobras"


The Delta Aviation Battalion Provincial
Image courtesy of Patrick Kelly, 121st 64/65


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Cobra Lead 1967
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Cobra Lead
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114th Avionics
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Joe White (seated) 114th Ops 1967
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Artwork on APH-5 helmet worn by Joseph A. White -  Joe White states that the helmet was 'pre-owned' when he got it, evidenced by the paint job which is applied over previous dents and scuffs, to which Joes era dents and scuffs have been added. (circa 1967).  Joe was assigned to the Operations section and flew with the unit commander on occassion, as a door gunner, thus the Gold Knights patch.  Joe was a stand-by gunner for the other plts, and served with all at one time or another.  As he went on missions that took fire, they allowed him to paint the plt markings on the back.  Joe was subject to an in country transfer in late 1968, and being a Top Sgt, he managed to swing it that he retained his helmet.
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114th Confirmed Kill pin


'Cobra Pond' 114th Company area, Vinh-Long. 1968.
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A kill card that was used by the Cobra Plt of the 114th, period 1965 - 1968. If it was safe to land, ( to pick up weapons, packs, personal papers) they placed a couple in the area. Otherwise they flew low and tossed handfuls on the KBA's.
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A calling card given out on Knight 6, the command ship, as it was the aircraft used for VIP's
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A calling card given out on Knight 6, the command ship, as it was the aircraft used for VIP's
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Patch is for the 64th Transport Company, the direct lineage for the 114th. Formed early 1956, thru till  March 1958, merged with 544th  Trans Det into C/17th.
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Bailey jones, wearing the 114th Cobra "confirmed combat kill" Pin on his OD field Cap at an Award ceremony 29th Jan 1966, Vinh Long Town
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Major Reid of the 114th came through to say he introduced the 'Welcome Aboard' card.( Jan-May 67 ) It continued with the next commander ( May-July 67 ),  the design remained the same, but color varied as per Viet print standards.
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114th 'cobra (gun platoon) crewcheif' Circa 1966
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I was in the Cobra Platoon, 114th AHC, Vihn Long, 1965. Was CE of Cobra 1.
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Painted walls of the Can-Tho Ops Room... 1972/3 
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Rare and interesting shot, of Vietnamese artist as he applies artwork to Robert Stallings ship (114th Cobra Crew Chief 1969/70). This artist painted nose art to the 114th aircraft for many years, as well as helmet art and unit signage, a really talented guy! Robert remembers that the pilot paid the fee for this work, the cost.. $10 MPC!
Image courtesy of Robert Stallings via John Jones

Next shot in the sequence shows artist astride the rear canopy, RobertStallings remembers the artist was applying the aircraft serial number, (last 3 digits) to the rotor mast cover. You will note the unusual yellow marking applied to the upper cowling area. Robert was (and is) a big drag racing fan. This marking and a red type seen on shot 3, are in fact stickers from a company 'H' & 'M' that was big in the area of Drag car tyres, gearboxes etc, during the late 60's (I bet they wished they could reach the speeds these babies did!)
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RobertStallings Ship.  AH-1G 69 - 16420 ........... Note the red drag racing decal.
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Vietnamese 'Beercan' plaque piece for 114th AHC  Maintenance crews.  Robert was a 'Hanger Rat' for 2 months, before being assigned as CE on the cobra flightline. During Roberts tour, the unit was always short on Co- (peter) pilots. As a result, after a little O.T.J.T. Robert  Stallings flew several missions in the back seat.
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These were worn by the various members of the different platoons at company parties. Each platoon was the host for a company party each month and the host platoon provided all the food, drink, etc. When the Lancers hosted the party we "liberated" two pigs from a VC villiage, dug a pit near the Lancer hooches by the wall next to the convent and had a pig roast. A 3/4 ton trailer was filled with ice and parked just off the cement patio/villey ball court at the "O" club. Needless to say, the trailer was filled with a variety of libations, and it got a little drunk out." - Roger Nale
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Fancy hand sewn pillowcase!
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Joe White's Party shirt. Joe White writes: "Upon Joining the 114th A.H.C. in mid-1967, I, as with all other new unit members, was introduced to the Catholic Nuns, who ran the girls orphange at the end of the airfield runway. The nuns set great stall at teaching 'houseskills', to include sewing classes. I was measured for and later presented with, the party shirt as shown. The superb renditions of the unit insignia, are less than 1 inch high, and indicate the level of skill that produced handmade insignia all over Vietnam, for the US forces. You will note that the Cobra insignia, has been overlayed with the crossed lances of the Lancer Plt. The 114th was unique in having a 2 guns platoons at that time, this platoon was later disbanded, in October of 1967
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Presentation Beer Stein awarded to Joe White
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I was a Red knight with the 114th. After the Bob Hope show in Camp Eagle (following a night of fighting in A Shau), I was assigned to 2nd Avn BN and flew combat missions with 114th Attack Helo Company, first in Vinh Long and moved with that unit to Can Tho. I was shot down over Tam Binh in the Delta. That ended my direct combat days. I ended up Commanding Officer of Post Office 96222 Embassy), 96307(Branch MACV office), and 96243 (Main MACV office) in Saigon (Cho Lon district). DEROS in May 1972.
Image courtesy of Roger Crick

Here are a couple of pics from my time in 'Nam....I was with the 114th AHC, and was assigned to our maintenance ship "Road Service". I was with them from 1971 to 1972.
Image courtesy of CSM Ed Hepler


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1966 History book of the 114th
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