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Company D 101st Aviation Battalion, 101st Airborne Division

Hydraulic Failure
Standard procedure for the HAWKS during this timeframe was to have the First-Up ("Scramble") team look over their aircraft around 6 PM every evening, then go back to the barracks and get what they needed to spend the night in the "Ready Room" near the OPS building. Another crew... [Read More]
"Pucker Missions"
The missions I was involved with occurred on two separate days, about six days apart. One of the unusual things about these missions is our fire team on both days had three aircraft commanders and flight leads in the two aircraft. I have forgotten who performed as the flight lead; CW2 Fred... [Read More]
The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
I don't remember our team being launched for any night scrambles while we were at Quang Tri. What I remember best was that it was very cold in the huts we stayed in. We did have heaters in the huts, but had no oil to burn in them. Being somewhat innovative (and cold) we did find some wood that we... [Read More]
Summary of Events-Calendar Year 1971
The National Archives and the U.S. Army Military History Institute was unable to find the supplemental history for the 101st AVN BN for 1971. It would have been written in the first 6 months of 1972 which was a year that saw a lot of change for the four companies that made up the battalion.... [Read More]
Summary of Events-Calendar Year 1969
The Beginning The year 1969 began with the battalion located at Camp Eagle, Republic of Vietnam. For the first three months of the year it would be the only aviation battalion supporting the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). The monsoon rains were ending and with signs of better weather the... [Read More]
Summary of Events-Calendar Year 1968
MISSION The 101st Aviation Battalion was reorganized during the period covered by this supplement. The mission statements applicable to both the period prior to and after this reorganization are listed below. 1. a. The mission of the 101st Aviation Battalion (Abn Div) as defined by TOE 1-550,... [Read More]
Summary of Events-Calendar Year 1970
As the year 1969 was drawing to a close several changes were taking place which would greatly effect the operations of the 101st Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter) (Airmobile) during the coming year. On 1 December, 1969 Alpha Company, 101st Avn Bn was redesignated as F Troop, 2/17 Cavalry... [Read More]
Lineage and Honors
I located some very good information on Company D on the US Army Center of Military History website under the heading of Unit History. The address for the site is www.army.mil/cmh/ it is a real interesting site to visit and just look around, once you get to the site click on the Unit History button... [Read More]
Summary of Events-Calendar Year 1972
VIETNAM STANDOWN With the standdown of the battalion headquarters, HHC and Company A in late December of last year the remainder of the battalion realized that complete redeployment to Fort Campbell with the 101st Airborne Division (Ambl) was imminent. The Adjutant and the Property Book Officer... [Read More]
Hawk 21 Remembers
Hawk 21: My knowledge of events before August of 69 and after August of 70 is limited.  I do know the Hawks were stationed at LZ Sally (not Camp Sally) before they moved to Phu Bai.  They originally flew Huey gunships (don't know if they were UH-1B or UH-1C models).  They were at... [Read More]
Becoming a Hawk
Seems the 101st policy was to have every soldier (regardless of rank or MOS) assigned to the division undergo a week of infantry training. Had to march to the various training areas (in new boots which caused new blisters on our feet), do PT, undergo M-16 weapons qualification and familiarization... [Read More]
The following is what CW4 Robert G. Smithson remembers of AH-1G 66-15348 during 1971. I think this is the same aircraft that is now on static display in DuBoise, PA at VFW Post 813 and they are trying to put together the history of their aircraft. If you have any information about this aircraft... [Read More]
Bach Ma  April 8th, 2008
This occurred during a preplanned mission to insert troops into the Bach Ma area. Bach Ma was a former Viet Namese mountain resort located at somewhere around 5000 feet about thirty miles or so south of Phu Bai. The mission called for us to stage with about 20 Hueys in an area along Highway 1,... [Read More]

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