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116th Assault Helicopter Company - "Hornets, Yellow Jackets", Wasps, Stingers" - Page 1


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HQ Chu Lai 1971
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HQ Chu Lai 1971
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Hornets Nest, Chu Lai
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I was the unofficial weapons guy in the company. Need a souvenir? see Wes. I carried one of the folding stocked AK 47's when I flew. Also a 1911 Colt .45. No, didn't get either one back home. Damn!
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Wes with a Thompson circa 1971
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My wife worked in the recovery room of the 91st Evac hospital at Chu Lai. The baby, proof that life goes on was born in the hospital because it's mother had been seriously injured by a VC/NVA trail trap out side her vill. So when visiting the Hospital I would lend a hand with some patient care including holding and feeding the babies. It helped pass the time in a positive way. That is how I remember it.
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Me at LZ Marge (in the same area as Mary Anne) on what they called "Infantry appreciation." I actually geared up and went to a line company in the field for three days. Yeah I know, young and dumb!
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"Broke Dick" of the 178th Box Cars. It has a mechanical problem on the way to Danang from Chu Lai. The Air Cav came to cover since the beach was considered to be bad guy country. A second Chinook was sent to take us all back to Chu Lai.
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Twin 60s
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116th AHC YellowJacket Plt 1971
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Broke Stinger C Model
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116th AHC Yellow Jacket Ship
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116th Air Maint Shop
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116th Stinger C Model Gun Ship
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116th Company Area
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Bunker
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116th Motor Pool after April Typhoon
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Shit Burners Chu Lai 1971
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Early Bug
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Hornet Ship
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24th Corps HQ Russian 37mm AA
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24th Corps HQ 50 Cals
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I Corp HQ 122mm Rocket
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Quang Tri
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Quang Tri
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Danang Flight Line post Hestor
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FSB Siberia
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Tam Ky
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Heading out
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Low Level on Highway 1
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Surprise surprise
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Landing on Highway 1 South of Chu Lai
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Blue Max Aerial Artillery
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Heading to the nest at Chu Lai
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Keeping it Straight
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Formation Break Right
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Formation Flying
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XO Captain Wisdom
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XO Captain Wisdom
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The mountain near Tay Ninh known as the Black Virgin 68-69
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Tail number 813, a 2nd plt Wasps ship
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Ronald Ray Baker a Stinger, 4 crew members KIA on 6/5/69 crashed in Hoa Nghia province
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Combat assault with Smokey. Picture taken from a Stinger gun ship
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Picture of James 'Candy' Barr and Joe Skarda
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Cliff Devon Wright KIA 6/27/69 Bullet. Happened in Binh Duong province
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Joe Skarda making Christmas 1968 a little better in the 116th company area at Cu Chi
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Joe Skarda's floor board in a Stinger gun ship Cu Chi 68-69
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40 mm canon on the nose of Stinger gun ship known as a 'Frog'. The prophylactic was to keep the dirt out of it on take off and landing, this picture better known as Stinger safe sex.
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WO 1 Robert Jantz KIA 1/2/69 Hoa Nghia province
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Original Colors for the 116thAHC
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Capt. Ford and Gilcrest Cu Chi 68-69
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My first slick, a Yellow Jacket Cu Chi 68-69
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Hornet patch Cu Chi 68-69
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2nd plt Yellow Jacket patch Cu Chi 68-69
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Jimmy Wayne Crisp and WO1 Richard Jerome Holman both KIA on 6/5/69 in Hoa Nghia province
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Joe Skarda Stinger gunner Cu Chi 68-69
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Joe Skarda with one of his crashed Stinger gun ships
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Joe Skarda with a rolled over slick in POL
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A shot of Joe Skarda's gun ship called 'Here Comes the Judge' Cu Chi 68-69
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Joe Skarda and another crashed Stinger gun ship
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Joe Skarda in the Stinger corner of the 116th swimming pool
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Mike Phillips at the 116th's swimming pool Cu Chi 68-69
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A bunch of Stingers at the swimming pool Cu Chi 68-69
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Peter Paul Polak KIA on 2/21/69 Hoa Nghia province
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Top of Stinger ring designed by Joe Skarda. One of only four ever made
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Rocket coming out of my gun ship. Picture taken by Joe Skarda
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Stinger patch 68-69 Cu Chi
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SP4 Estes in a classic Stinger gunner pose. We did this to be able to shoot under the belly and to the rear pulling out of a gun run.
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Picture of original Stinger pin
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Joe Skarda with another wrecked Stinger bird Cu Chi 68-69
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Joe Skarda with Stinger wrecked ship 68-69
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Another wrecked Stinger bird Cu Chi
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2nd plt Wasps of the Hornets patch Cu Chi
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1st plt Yellow Jackets patch Cu Chi
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