I often receive interesting newsworthy items that I really
don't have a place for on the website, so I thought I would
display them on this page. Feel free to comment via email at warwagon14 at gmail dot
com and I'll post your comments or put you in touch with the
The dates indicated when the event was posted to the website.
Not necessarily the date the event occurred.
October 4, 2017 Charliehorse Trooper Ernest Garcia has
authored two books available on Amazon.
Garcia "The Doorgunner" and "A Cowboy of a Different Kind"
Operations Sgt Steve Kirkland receives
National Art Award Link to Photo
page August 7, 2017
Pat R and
Bullfrog visited the 3/5th Squadron Memorial at Fort
Benning, GA Link to photos page August
The family of Crusader
Pilot, John McCray has contacted us.
John was with us in 1970-71. He passed away in 1991.
If you wish to correspond with the family please
contact me at:
If you weren't at the "Winter
Invitational," then be assured we talked "Bad
First Individual Rounds on
John Sorensen 91 Dave Conrad 92 BullFrog Van
Pat Ross 94 JD
Bottorff - "It was a Cold Winter"
Tom Egleston119His best score
ever, Well Done Tom!
On day two the RLO's
took on Riffraff
Deplorables.Losing team to buy the beer.
RLO Team:Conrad, Egleston
Riffraff Deplorables: Bottorff,
Ross and Van Buren
RLO's Front Nine40Riffraff
RLO's Back Nine33Riffraff
Total 1873 73
We bought each other a round, then
took the photo, yes it was a great time.
Bill Bailey inducted to the Virginia
Aviation Hall of Fame.
“Plank Owner” Inducted into VAS Hall of Fame
We are pleased to report that Bill Bailey,
one of D/3/5’s
“Plank Owners,” was inducted into the
Virginia Aeronautical Society’s Hall of Fame
on the 19th of November in Richmond, VA!
Bill was a Fixedwing and chopper pilot,
piston scouts, turbine scouts, Cobras,
UH-1s, and Mohawks, and flew slicks as a
Captain for us during all of 1967.
After his career in the US Army he had great
success as an airline pilot and retired
flying the left seat of a Continental
Airlines “wide body!”
Since his retirement, Bill has been very
active in raising funds and mentoring the
students for his alma mater; Virginia State
The entire VSU board of trustees, Bill is a
member, were on hand to honor him.
His induction into the H. of F. is a huge
honor for Bill and makes him only the 128th
inductee in the history of the society.
Al Orgain, another D/3/5 “Plank Owner”
who died in a crash of his private plane
several years ago, was inducted before his
To celebrate his induction Bill was
surrounded by dozens of family members and
friends and D/3/5 was represented at the
festivities by “Plank Owners” Don Davenport
& Rick Roll.
Congratulations, Bill, on this great honor
and, as you mentioned in your acceptance
your work to help those who will follow in
your footsteps has only just begun!!
Don Davenport, Rick Roll and
Don's wife Marcia November
Long Knife Pilot, Mike Rokey ran
into our own "Doc" Waller at a memorial dedication
ceremony. See pix via this link. October
A link to a great magazine article
about flight training at Fort Wolters, TX during the
Vietnam War. "Where
Huey Pilots Trained and Heroes Were Made"
Leaves this website October
Long Knife Crewchief Stan Hart has
He was a CE at Dong Tam and Vinh Long in 1969.
If you would like to contact him, just shoot me
an email at "warwagon14 at gmail.com" and I'll forward
Yesterday I recieved a call from the President of the
Virginia Aeronautical Society (Tim McSwain)informing me
of having been selected to the State of Virginia
Aviation Hall of Fame. The nomination was approved
by the Board and that I would be inducted into the next
State Aviation Hall of Fame class. The induction will
take place at the Aviation Museum, Richmond Airport
Richmond, VA on 12 November 2016.
I would like to thank everyone who took time out of your
busy schedules to write letters, rendered support, and
prayers during this process. President Tim Mc
Swain also informed that there were more than 200
nominations submitted and ours turned out to be number
one. To God be the Glory.
Special kudos goes to my fraternity brother and
fellow church member Col Herman Jones and his spouse for
bringing the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame to my
attention, and for nominating me. Personally I did
not know anything about the HOF.
Everyone will be kept in the loop in reference to the
ceremony and associated activities. Again
thank you so much and Remember to Keep JOY in your Life.
April 14, 2016
I am honored to announce that my book, titled ACE, The
Story of Lt. Col. Ace Cozzalio, was awarded the Bronze
Medal in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards
(IPPY) in the non-fiction E-book category. The
annual IPPY Awards, with over 5,000 entrants, is the
“World’s Largest Book Awards Contest” honoring
independent authors and publishers worldwide. Awards
will be presented at the 20th Annual Awards Ceremony in
Chicago on May 10, 2016.
The ACE book could not have happened without the
assistance of many Lighthorse troopers who graciously
shared their stories and supported the project.
This award belongs to you as well. Thank you.
See you at the Lighthorse reunion in Daytona Beach.
July 9, 2016
2016 D Troop/Light Horse delegation to the annual
Left to Right: Les Smith, Chuck Nole, Ken Lake, Mike
Rasbury, Eloy Garcia, Rex Gooch, Tom Tolar, Dennis Sorges,
Howie Garrett and John Sorenson. Photo courtesy Mike Rasbury February 15, 2016
Winter Light Horse Golf Tournament
L to R Tom Egleston, Pat Ross, Jerry Bottroff, John
Windswept Dunes Golf Course, Freeport, FL
Feb 10 & 11 February
Did you know there is a 3/5th Cavalry Memorial Monument at
Did you know it is going to be relocated? Follow this link to see photos of
the monument and the project to get it moved. November 24, 2015
Long Knife Crewchief Joe Zavis checked in after a
long absence from the Troop.
He is retired and living in South Carolina and he has made
reservations for the 2016 Reunion.
Good to hear from you Joe.
Let me know if you'd like to contact him. November 19, 2015 Members of C Troop 3/17 honor D Troop 3/5 by wearing tan
colored "Silver belly" Stetsons. Click on this link to
see their hat "Breaking in" ceremony in Savannah, GA
To my fellow Lighthorse Troopers and Vietnam
May you have a blessed and wonderful Veterans Day.
Thank you for your service to our magnificent country.
Attached are photos from today's Veterans Day ceremony at
the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden in Weed, California.
Lighthorse, C/3/17 Air Cavalry
Vinh Long, Vietnam 1971-72 Link to photos of
the ceremony October 11, 2015 Troopers of Light Horse were invited to attend
the re-designation of
the 3rd of the 17th "Lighthorse" Squadron on Hunter Army
airfield at Savannah, GA. on October 7.
War Wagon pilot George Bloodworth and the Troop
webmaster attended the ceremony and took photos.
It was great meeting the new members of C Troop. Please click on this link to
view the ceremony.
September 7, 2015 You have heard of rare and valuable misprinted postage
stamps or poorly stamped coins. Well, here is an unused rarity.
I'm sure there were plenty of patches made by the local
Vietnamese patch shops that had typos on them. Most were just
This one survived! Courtesy of John Conway, curator of the VHPA Online
Museum, this specimen will remain stored in the Light Horse
to the D Troop display in the museum
September 4, 2015 This just in from Crusader pilot, Pat Ross
club posted this on Facebook, thought you would get a kick
out of this.My
partner, Jeff, and I play once a week. He is a former fixed wing Naval Aviator.He and I have
never broken 100 yet."
August 30, 2015 2015 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association Reunion Light Horse Group Photo in Washington DC
Photo credits: Gooch, Ross & Egleston
Left to Right Dennis Sorges, Ray Murphy, Rick Davis, Rex Gooch, Chuck
Nole (behind Gooch), Mike Rasbury, Bob Odenheimer, Pat Ross,
John Sorensen, Tom Egleston, Howard Garrett
The North Carolina chapter of VHPA brought their Charlie
Model to the convention
August 3, 2015
Important news from the Squadron Black Knights Association
As most of you already know the Vietnam era Armor Vehicles
have left Fort Knox and are now at Fort Benning, GA as part of
the new Armor Museum.
I know the 11th ACR has moved its Memorial to Fort Benning and
in the process of setting it this year. They are planning a
Reunion there for the dedication.
I know some other Armor units plan to move their Memorials to
Benning in the coming years. I don’t believe the Patton Museum
will close but the armor that is left is all World War II or
All of the 113s and M48s have been shipped out to the new
Armor Museum and I must say I have checked out what they are
doing there and I am impressed.
So the question is this, do we, the 3/5CAV move to Benning as
the 11th ACR did or do we stay at Fort Knox and the Patton
Museum and hope that it doesn’t turn in to a place no one of
our era wants to see?
I am sending this out to all Troop REPs and asking them to
send it out to their Troop members.
I will be making a trip to Benning next week to talk to the
Museum personal just to see what our options are and the cost
of the move, if we decide to make one.
I have enlisted some other Members of the Association to help
gather information and ask the questions that slip past me; it
is our goal to have this ready to present to the Membership at
the Business Meeting.
If we do make the move we will have to have a Fund Raiser to
pay for it.
The plus side of that is that all Troops
will have an opportunity to place a Troop Memorial at the
site around the Squadron Monument before we have a
I am sending this out now so the members have the opportunity
to look in to this and make up their minds on what they feel
we should do.
Mike Cook, Black Knights Association President
Here is the link to the Armor and Cavalry Museum
July 11 Long Knife Doorgunner - Crewchief Daniel Close has
checked in. He was with the Troop from May 1969 until June 1971. If you would like to contact Daniel, let me know and I'll
get his email address to you. He has been added to the "gmail Light Horse" circle
June 19 Crusader Pilot and Plank Owner "Bob" Chambless has
unexpectedly passed away. Link to Folded Wings Page
March 22, 2015
City, MO 65101
Gov. Peter Kinder presents Veterans Service Award to
five Springfield-area volunteers
recognizes veterans for their service to communities
— Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder on March 11
presented Veterans Service Awards to 25 Missouri veterans
who provide exemplary volunteer service to their
were selected from around the state, and included five
winners from the Springfield region: Eduardo Flores, Don
Garrett and Donald Sadler of Springfield, Glenn Scott of
Nixa and John Sorensen of Fair Grove.
was an Army helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. Since
moving to Fair Grove in 2003, he has been an active
volunteer at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, extending a
caring hand to visitors as he works the reception desk.
About five years ago, he started the Vietnam Helicopter
Pilots Association South Missouri Chapter, and he also is
president of the National Vietnam Helicopter Pilots
Association. He also was a member of the Patriot Riders,
motorcyclists who attend veterans’ funeral, and he
volunteers with Honor Flight of the Ozarks.
was nominated by Russ Emory of Bolivar. In his nomination,
Emory related a story about a student from College of the
Ozarks who went with Sorensen to Vietnam as part of the
college’s Patriotic Education Travel Program. “Through
this incredible opportunity to learn about their lives,
the veterans inspired us to do something great with our
own,” the student said of the experience. “I was able to
visit the past and have returned inspired by a generation
Kinder praised all the winners at a
banquet and honors ceremony at the House Lounge in the
Capitol. The winners each received a Veterans Service
Award lapel pin and an official declaration from the
lieutenant governor’s office recognizing their service.
“As young men and women, when
their nation called, all these winners answered that
call, serving their country selflessly,” Kinder said.
“Like many of Missouri’s veterans, they continued to
serve their communities when they returned home after
their military service, giving back to their neighbors
through countless hours of volunteering. This award is
just one small way our state can say, ‘Thank you’ to our
veterans and honor the sacrifices they continue to make
for their communities and state.”
served 1967, D troop. He states he was one of the original 7
that left Fort Riley to Viet Nam.
He was a helicopter mechanic and he knows all of the names of
The Rico's will be attending the Spring
Don, I just got to your
letter requesting contact information.
My wife and I have been doing some long term travel and just
recently returned home to Huntsville, Alabama.
I would love to keep in touch with you guys in the
don’t know yet if we can make the Daytona reunion but are
working on it. We
will be at the VHPA reunion in DC this August.
was in the unit from 1 Jan 69 till 25 Nov.,when I got shot.
in New Smyrna Beach, Fl. (just south of Daytona) will attend,
but not stay at hotel.
One of our Loaches has a new home in
found your website after receiving some historical
information about an aircraft. I'm writing to provide more
information, and I'm also in hopes of obtaining a little as
name is Jake Durham and I coordinate my police department's
We recently received an OH-6 and I've been able (through
emails similar to this one) to find a little info about it.
I'm almost certain it was part of D Troop / 3rd Squadron / 5th
The tail number is 68-17258. If I've reached you in error, I
I do hope to find more historical information about the
aircraft and possibly find the pilot/s who may have flown it.
I know it's a long shot, but having the opportunity to
fly this aircraft means a lot knowing that someone in Vietnam
also flew it.
I appreciate any help!
I see by our records that 258 was with us in D troop from
March 1970 until February 1971. I was a Scout pilot from July
1970 until April 1971 so I am sure I flew the helicopter quite
often. Very few of us kept log books back then. We relied on
the Army to keep track of our flight time. That said, we don’t
have personal records with the serial numbers of the ships we
Our unit's usual operational “package” was just 4 loaches per
Page 46 of the 1971 yearbook photo.
The unit was designated as C Troop 3rd Squadron, 17th Air
Cavalry Regiment when that yearbook was published.
I’ll have to do some research.
Looks like you have spent some time on
the Troop website! Thanks for your interest!
record shows she was with D Troop until February 1971. When
the unit switched designations and became C 3/17 the aircraft
remained in the unit so I’ll have to search 258’s history in C
3/17. I’d be willing to bet that it is a picture of 258 as are
most of the other loach/War Wagons photos. You can see that
strange looking patch on the Dog House in other shots.
Does any one recognize the "nose art" on the Dog House! Here
is a link to the yearbook and some other pix of 258
January 25, 2015
Half of the Reunion planning committee met at the reunion
hotel in Daytona beach on Friday the 23rd. We reviewed the
facility's accommodations and it looks like they are really
knocking themselves out for us. We found that 66 rooms have been
reserved. I think every who attends will be impressed with how
nice facility and staff are.
We sampled many of their appetizers and and found then very
good. The "Shrimp & Grits" were quite awesome! We discussed
having a limited menu for the hotel to serve for our dinner on
Friday night when the set up our conference room as a dining
room. There will be a cash bar that evening. I'm sure you are
all familiar with the limited menu as it is done at other group
gatherings where there are many folks to efficiently feed.
Friday evening's dinner will be "pay as you go." We are also
working on a reduced cost "Continental Breakfast."
Rick and I are certainly looking forward to a fun
and positively memorable event. 14
January 15, 2015
Crusader Pat Ross reported the death of Scavenger 6, Bob
Applehans. He was out maintenance office in 1970-71. Bob passed
away on the 13th of Jan. His name will be added to the Folded
Wings page when I have his obituary.
Condolence can be sent to:
Lt. Col Robert A. Applehans (Ret)
Hideaway, TX 75771-5242
His children will be
at his home, so cards sent to his family would be much
January 13, 2015
Former Charlie Model crewchief Doug Fyffe has checked in.
He served at Bear Cat from July 1967 until July 1968.
Transitioned to Cobras as they arrived in the unit.
He and his wife Susan plan to attend the Spring Reunion. January 13, 2015
My name is SP4 Dennis Davis, St
I was in Vinh Long from Jan 1970 thru
Dec 1970 in D troop. I was a Doughboy. Later Probably about Aug, then repaired all the M60
Machine guns for the Hueys & LOHs until I ETSed.
Below are before and after photos.
Bottom row left, Mike Mailender, Dan Luckado, Rod McCray,
row left Brock Phillips, Dennis Davis,and Van Hie