Guestbook Log From 2011

Name:
Bill Hysmith (Webmaster 135th AHC)
EMail:
taipan495[at]135ahc.net
Unit:
135th AHC
Location:
Bear Cat
Date:
01 January 2011
Time:
00:01

Comments

May the year 2011 smile on you. I hope your visit here is an enjoyable one.


Name:
pam sparkes
EMail:
pam_mick3[at]bigpond.com
Unit:
135th
Location:
Bearcat
Date:
02 January 2011
Time:
04:36

Comments

Hi still looking for anyone who can remember my uncle
Alan Challis RAN 68-69 bearcat thanks and god bless you all


Name:
John Dawe
EMail:
nugget0[at]yahoo.com
Unit:
RAN
Location:
Blackhorse
Date:
13 January 2011
Time:
04:17

Comments

Happy New Year to all……Just did a Google Earth on our Blackhorse
location, only thing missing is a MacDonald outlet….Hooda thought back in
’67…


Name:
ELIZABETH ANN PIZUR
EMail:
e_pizur[at]yahoo.com
Location:
ISLAND LAKE, ILL.
Date:
22 January 2011
Time:
20:53

Comments

I ALWAYS LIKE TO VIEW THIS SITE. I AM THE SISTER OF ANDY (ANDREW C.)
PIZUR,…..ELIZABETH ANN PIZUR, SHELTERING OAK NURSING FACILITY, BEECH ROAD,
ISLAND LAKE, ILL……..I REMEMBER WRITING AS A PEN PAL TO SOME OF ANDY’S
FRIENDS IN NAM,,,I ALWAYS WONDER WHERE THEY ARE NOW….HIS NICKNAME WAS “t.H.E.
BUZZARD”,,,,,,


Name:
Hoot Gibbons
EMail:
willgibbons[at]cox.net
Unit:
135
Location:
Black Horse/Bearcat
Date:
03 February 2011
Time:
11:40

Comments

Here’s hoping none of our comrades have been flooded out from the recent
storms.


Name:
Sue King
EMail:
fruufy[at]charter.net
Date:
08 February 2011
Time:
17:40

Comments

Remembering WO Glenn D. Moore and his crew today. Still in my heart and not
forgotten. May they all be resting in peace. Lest We Forget.


Name:
David Maraden
EMail:
crane1ot[at]yahoo.com
Unit:
135th AHC Maintenance Crew Chief
Location:
Bear Cat/Dong Tam/Di An
Date:
12 February 2011
Time:
15:02

Comments


Name:
William Wilbanks
EMail:
willdw73[at]gmail.com
Date:
23 February 2011
Time:
10:41

Comments

My father, Roger Wilbanks was part of the 135th…great website!


Name:
Don Agren
EMail:
don.agren[at]syngenta.com
Date:
25 February 2011
Time:
20:23

Comments

Brother Ted “Handsome Johnny” Mueller is Flying with the Angeles and Stepping
on White Clouds.

Theodor (Ted) Mueller Obituary


Name:
Ron E. Fornwalt
EMail:
rfvietvet68[at]aol.com
Unit:
135th A.H.C.
Location:
Blackhorse 67/68 Vung Tau 67
Date:
25 February 2011
Time:
21:22

Comments


Name:
Ken Drolsum
EMail:
dro0001[at]wi.rr.com
Unit:
140th Transportation Detachment CHFM
Location:
Dong Ba Thin
Date:
28 February 2011
Time:
15:30

Comments

I served with the 117th AHC in March 1967. I was transferred to the 140th
Trans. Det. in April and was sent to the 135th for roughly 3 weeks in late 1967.
This was not an official transfer. I was just sent over to assist in setting up
a maintenance schedule for the 135th’s helicopters. When I left country in
November 1968 I received a plaque from the senior NCOs of the 214th CAB and the
only connection I can find between myself and the 214th was my few days with the
135th. As I can vaguely recall there seemed to be some really good times with
the guys from “Down Under” but I remember no names nor much else. Any way you
have a great site and just wanted to say Hi.


Name:
galen elders
EMail:
jelders[at]centurylink.net
Unit:
135th ahc
Location:
blackhorse bearcat
Date:
27 March 2011
Time:
19:12

Comments


Name:
Michael Cain
EMail:
cains123[at]cox.net
Unit:
135th (AHC)
Location:
Dong Tam…Di-an
Date:
28 March 2011
Time:
11:41

Comments

I was in the 135th
Michael Cain


Name:
James Hopper
EMail:
hpprjam[at]gmail.com
Unit:
135 AHC
Location:
Bear Cat / Dong Tam
Date:
30 March 2011
Time:
00:47

Comments

I flew slicks from March 1970 till April 1971, Started at Bear Cat then unit
moved to Dong Tam around August 1971. Where did every body go and who is left.
Still flying helicopters most recently in Alaska. Is there another reunion if so
where and who do I contact?


Name:
Stephen Pavlak, CWO
EMail:
pavlak[at]roadrunner.com
Unit:
135 AHC
Location:
Blackhorse / Bear Cat
Date:
14 April 2011
Time:
14:04

Comments

Just out of curiosity…How do you get your name entered as a flight member?
I flew with both the Emu’s and Taipans at Black Horse and Bear Cat 68-69.

Stephen Pavlak, CWO
5572 E View Pkwy
Yuma, AZ 85365
Phone: 928.317.8867

(Added you to the Taipans Flight Members… Webmaster)


Name:
Chuck Drone
EMail:
cdrone121[at]yahoo.com
Unit:
121 AHC
Location:
California
Date:
24 April 2011
Time:
19:09

Comments

Hello Brothers, Great site. I was in the 121st 67-68 recognize all these
areas in the Delta. I am planning a trip to Australia in the coming year or so
and would really like to hook up with some of you then. I was all set to come
there for R&R in 67 but Charlie had to start Tet. I always said one day I would
get there though. I remember hearing your call signs when we were on our
missions.
Welcome back to the world and it was an honor to fight beside all of you.
Hope to meet up soon.
Chuck Drone
2V4 Viking


Name:
Charles (Charlie) Koonce EMU 9
EMail:
ck412sar[at]aol.com
Unit:
135th
Location:
Bear Cat/Dong Tam
Date:
26 April 2011
Time:
13:01

Comments

Hi Folks,
I joined the 135th in March 1970 with Maj. Walter D. Alexander as the primary
flight Examiner and later the Maintenance Officer. This was my 3rd tour in Viet
Nam. I still remember many friends in the Unit. I would like to have someone to
email me and give me an update on who is still with us, both Ausie and U.S.
Scotty, Cmdr Rang Hall, Maj Alexander, Lt Cmdr James ( are you still with us??


Name:
Greg Jessee
EMail:
jesseegreg[at]yahoo.com
Date:
29 April 2011
Time:
04:18

Comments

Searching for information about the death of my brother-in-law Harvey Michael
Reynolds KIA in 1971. Read the crash information not a lot of details since the
ship was in the rear of the formation when it went down. States non hostile loss
but nothing else. Engine failure ? or enemy fire ? I would like to know anyone
with information please E-mail me. Thanks


Name:
Greg Jessee
EMail:
jesseegreg[at]yahoo.com
Date:
30 April 2011
Time:
06:15

Comments

Does anyone remember Harvey Michael Reynolds he went by Mike he was KIA in
1971 any memories of him would be great. Anything at all please e-mail me he was
my brother-in-law. Thanks Greg Jessee I served with the 1/11ACR from 81-83.

My e-mail is jesseegreg[at]yahoo.com


Name:
Greg Jessee
EMail:
jesseegreg[at]yahoo.com
Date:
08 May 2011
Time:
11:31

Comments

Received my first E-mail from a pilot who was on the mission the day my
brother-in-law Harvey (mike) Reynolds was KIA 1971. He didn’t have alot of
information since Mike’s helo was in the rear of the formation. PLease any
friends who might have known Mike any pictures of Mike while in country please
E-mail me. I know it has been along time but I’m trying to get any information.
Thank You. My e-mail is jesseegreg[at]yahoo.com


Name:
John A. Crowley
EMail:
crowley5129[at]roadrunner.com
Unit:
135 AHC
Location:
Dong Tam & Di An
Date:
28 May 2011
Time:
15:40

Comments

 It is with great sadness that I read of Handsome Johnny’s passing in the
VHPA magazine TAPS section. May God bless him and his family on this Memorial
Day.
John A. Crowley EMU 13 circa 70-71
(Posted Ted’s passing on 25 February – Webmaster)


Name:
Russell Andreasen
EMail:
andreasenr[at]yahoo.com
Unit:
Guns – 135th Assault Helicopter Company
Location:
Bear Cat
Date:
20 May 2011
Time:
15:53

Comments

I would like to get the input of my fellow crewmembers on a subject that is
near and dear to me and many other flight crewmembers. During the time we were
serving in Nam we were required to fly 25 combat hours in order to earn and
receive our “Air Crewmember Wings”. Now days, soldiers receive the same wings we
flew combat hours for by completing the “Aviation Maintenance Course, the Army
Correspondence Course or by having any MOS related to aviation. Some years ago I
sent a letter to the Institute of Heraldry to ask for their consideration on
initiating “Combat Air Crewmember Wings. Same wings but with a wreath around the
wings. Just like the CIB, CMB, and now the Combat Action Badge.

When I ask the IOH to consider this action so that Crewmembers who flew in
combat could be distinguished from those who did not, there response was, “you
have a patch on your right shoulder that shows you were in combat”.

I believe it is time that you and I have the distinction of wearing crewmembers
wings that were earned during combat.

If you agree, please send me an email with the subject, “Combat Air Crewmember”.

Thank you for your support.

Rusty Andreasen
Taipan 609


Name:
RE Fornwalt
EMail:
rfvietvet68[at]aol.com
Unit:
135 AHC
Location:
gray field to blackhorse
Date:
30 May 2011
Time:
18:16

Comments

i could not agree with you more how ever i received my first set when i
finished my 67 n 20 course at Fort Eustis in 1967 so i had them when i went to
the Nam . i received a second set in Nam for combat duty.
those guys down there are not very receptive as I inquired about a badge for the
M 60 and they blew me off said you have to qualify at a range so good luck you
got my support.


Name:
Gloria Shipp
EMail:
gloriaship[at]optusnet.com.au
Date:
31 May 2011
Time:
00:32

Comments

Remembering Noel Shipp kia 31/5/69 and all the crew with him 42 years ago
today. All the 135th & their families in my prayers


Name:
Catherine C. Turner
EMail:
ozalleycat[dot]blog[at]gmail[dot]com
Unit:
Honorary EMU
Location:
Australia
Date:
19 June 2011
Time:
20:44

Comments

It’s been a long time since I’ve been on this guest book!

Just wanted to pop in to say that I’ve promoted Michael D. Guard’s novel ‘In the
Sanctity of the Snake Pit’ on my public Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/j2wuoA


Name:
John Brennan
EMail:
johnmailman[at]yahoo.com
Unit:
114 AHC 1970-71
Location:
CA
Date:
27 June 2011
Time:
16:47

Comments

Gentlemen of the 135 AHC,

My name is John Brennan, and I am the author of, “U.S. Army Helicopter Names In
Vietnam” book from Hellgate Press. The listed price is $31.95, however, you may
obtain a signed copy for $29.95, shipping included, by sending a check or money
order to: John Brennan, 17355 Via Annette, San Lorenzo, CA 94580

P.S. Listed in the book are 24 copter names attributed to the 135 AHC
P.P.S You are welcome to preview the first 20 pages by accessing the publisher’s
website at www.hellgatepress.com and clicking on the .pdf hyperlink

Just a reminder, this is a two book series, this first one lists all of the
named Army helos in Nam. The next one will feature beautiful nose art mostly,
and several dozen anecdotes. They are a tandem set that go hand-in-hand and
compliment each other.


Name:
Rick “Barney” Bigwood
EMail:
ric[at]bigpond.net.au
Unit:
9th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment
Location:
Sydney Australia
Date:
17 July 2011
Time:
03:03

Comments

A fantastic site. Received many a lift from you guys in 1969. Barney Bigwood
Royal Australian Regiment 9th Battalion.
www.BarneyBigwood.com


Name:
John Macartney
EMail:
jrmaca[at]bigpond.com
Unit:
68th Sig Det/135th Avionics
Location:
Blackhorse/Bearcat
Date:
22 July 2011
Time:
21:15

Comments

I am seeking expressions of interest of people who would like to attend a
135th reunion at Maroochydore, QLD, Australia on Anzac Day 2013. The plan is to
have the reunion spread over around five days duration so we can get together
and tell lies about how good we used to be. The theme being “The older I get the
better I was”. None of us are getting any younger and we should leave it too
late for another get together.
Please send your EoI to John Macartney, jrmaca[at]bigpond.com , or PO Box 689,
CHILDERS, QLD, 4660, Australia. Ph 07 41263445.
Cheers
Mac


Name:
Tom Agness
EMail:
tsagness[at]cbrwg.com
Unit:
135th AHC & Apache Troop 1/9th Cav
Location:
III Corps
Date:
02 August 2011
Time:
15:15

Comments

The site looks great! I have been away for awhile doing other things but have
retired now and will keep track of upcoming reunions, etc. Hope to see some of
my friends soon.


Name:
jerome simmons
EMail:
simmons.jerome25[at]yahoo.com
Unit:
135thassualt helicopter
Location:
dian
Date:
28 August 2011
Time:
22:25

Comments


Name:
William Bowen
EMail:
williambowen3[at]hotmail.com
Unit:
135th air assualt
Location:
bearcat, dongtam
Date:
21 September 2011
Time:
20:24

Comments


Name:
Dave Benge
EMail:
linens[at]virginbroadband.com.au
Unit:
135th AHC / RANHFV
Location:
Bear Cat & Dong Tam
Date:
14 October 2011
Time:
16:57

Comments

What’s happened to the camaraderie of the 135th AHC EMUs and Taipans.?
The last big reunion was in Nowra NSW Australia way back and before that was
Charlotte NC with the VHCMA. Now that was a reunion of memories, that was a
great get together. In fact Charlotte will never be the same.
How about we do it all again before we fall into the cant remember bit?
The VHCMA has another reunion in Reno Nevada with some great rates (Mates Rates)
on June 20th 2012 OR maybe on the East Coast USA next June which is 2013 Now
that could be interesting I believe.. Go to VHCMA.org
Dave Benge RANHFV
135th Prop & Rotor 69-70


Name:
joe Ralph
EMail:
natashashell22[at]hotmail.com
Unit:
135th AHC
Location:
bearcat
Date:
14 October 2011
Time:
17:41

Comments

 G’day Roger Cooper
Roger I have some film footage of 135th AHC Taipans from Larry Linebarger
collection now on DVD.
if you want to contact me


Name:
Rodger Cooper
EMail:
rodger[at]cooper96.com.au
Date:
02 November 2011
Time:
05:40

Comments

Comments: Hi Joe,
Great to speak to you after all this time. Drop in if you come up to the Gold
Coast. I am probably about ready to embrace the past and will be attending if
the reunion above at Maroochy comes off. Still flying with Emergency Services in
Queensland.
All the best to fellow Emu’s and Taipans
Rodger Cooper


Name:
Robert A. Dougherty (SP5)
EMail:
ohiopm94[at]roadrunner.com
Unit:
135th AHC
Location:
Gray AAF – Blackhorse
Date:
10 November 2011
Time:
13:10

Comments

About once a year I check out the site, was with the 135th from 67 at Gray
AAF to Sept, 68, Blackhorse. Tomorrow is Veterans Day, Just wanted to say “THANK
YOU” to all my fellow Vets, and “WELCOME HOME BROTHERS”


Name:
Rex Adams
EMail:
crusher1119[at]att.net
Date:
11 November 2011
Time:
21:30

Comments

Comments: Thank you for you service and sacrifice and to the ones of you I
got to meet at the reunion in 2005 at Ft. Rucker for being so nice. My cousin
Larry E. Steppee was KIA04/04/71 135 AHC
 


Name:
Dave Benge
EMail:
linens[at]virginbroadband.com.au
Date:
24 November 2011
Time:
19:30

Comments

Mick Perrot (2 flight RANHFV) has enquired for the whereabouts of some of his
crew members in 68-69 Ron Speers, Batista, and others reply to
Mick
mperr[at]bigpond.net.au

Its a small world, true
Happy Thanks Giving I shall never forget the one at Bearcat in 69. It was beyond
belief
Cheers
Dave Benge Prop & Rotor 69-70


Name:
Steven Paget
EMail:
steven.paget[at]anu.edu.au
Date:
17 December 2011
Time:
17:45

Comments

Mr Hysmith,

I am contacting you in your role as Webmaster for the 135th Assault Helicopter
Company website.

My name is Steven Paget and I am currently conducting research for my Doctorate
(PhD) degree at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National
University, under the supervision of Professor David Horner. I hope that you do
not mind me contacting you regarding my PhD thesis but I believe that you may be
able to offer me some assistance. My thesis is a study of interoperability
between the armed forces of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States
since the Malayan Emergency. I intend to focus on three aspects of warfare: air
mobile infantry operations, aerial tactical bombing and naval gunfire support. I
will investigate the practical enactment of coalition operations between the
three nations and compare the results to the theoretical interoperability
standards that have been outlined by the following interoperability fora: ABCA
(Army), the Air and Space Interoperability Council (Air Force), and AUSCANNZUKUS
(Navy).

I am currently working on the issue of interoperability during air mobile
infantry operations during the Vietnam War. In addition to archival research, I
am also very keen to conduct interviews with any participants that may be able
to provide an insight into the issue of interoperability between the armed
forces of Australia and the United States. I believe that former members of the
135th Assault Helicopter Company may be able to provide an invaluable insight
into the issue of interoperability due to the 135th’s status as a fully
integrated multi-national Helicopter Company. I would be extremely grateful if
any former members of the 135th Assault Helicopter Company, both American and
Australian, would be willing to take part in a written interview, which can be
completed at their own leisure. Alternatively, if it would be preferable, I
would be more than happy to conduct a verbal interview.

I realise that you are probably extremely busy but I would greatly appreciate
any assistance that you may be able to offer me. I would be most thankful if you
would be willing to consider passing on my request for assistance through the
email list or through the website guest book. I would obviously be more than
happy for my contact details to be passed on to anyone that is interested in
participating in my research. If you would like any additional information on my
project then please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to answer
any questions that you may have.

Thank you very much for taking the time to consider this matter. I look forward
to hearing from you.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr Steven Paget
Doctoral Candidate
Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
Hedley Bull Centre
Building Number 30
Garran Road
Canberra
ACT
Australia
0200

steven.paget[at]anu.edu.au
 


Name:
joe ralph
EMail:
natashashell22[at]hotmail.com
Unit:
135th AHC
Location:
Bearcat
Date:
18 December 2011
Time:
15:23

Comments

In April 2012 I will be at the honour stone in Fort Rucker at 0900 24th April
2012 which will match Australian time for ANZAC DAY services.