These OH-6 or "Loach" photos were borrowed from the Internet. I would gladly give
credit to the photographer, if I knew who he was. The OH-6 was my primary aircraft in
the 7/1. I really enjoyed flying the little Loach, and was very disappointed when it was
replaced by the OH-58. I was rated in both, and I honestly believe the OH-6 was the
Erickson, Freddie Blaylock,
|Gary Morgan, Larry Erickson, Joe
Gregory - downtown Vinh Long
Above Ground Swimming Pool near Vinh
Long Airfield. Gary thinks it took a
direct mortar hit around Easter 1970.
|Approaching Main Gate
to Vinh Long Airfield
Mike snapped this sequence of photos during my Change of Command ceremony in Nov '70. I
had never seen pictures of the event before he mailed these slides to me. I had mixed
emotions about leaving the unit ... I was glad to get rid of the responsibility, but I worried
about how my troopers would fare without me (mother hen?). 'Bout the only folks we can
identify are Lt Col (later Lt Gen) John W. Woodmansee, Squadron Commander; 1SG Curtis
Patton; CPT Julian T. Marsh (Incoming HHT Commander); J.P. Hicks (Guidon Bearer,
extraordinaire); and CPT James P. Bracewell (my own self!) (Outgoing HHT Commander).
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