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174th AHC's 2015
Return-to-Vietnam Tour

Click HERE to see the details and review this opportunity to return to Vietnam with some other 174th Vets and see the old Area of Operations (AO). It's two weeks in February 2015.

Reinstatement of Ron Conner as
174th AHC Association President

To: 174th AHC Association Members and Friends

As you will recall in March 2014, when our previous President resigned, Vice-President Ron Conner became President according to the order of succession provided for in the 174th AHC Association By-Laws.

After a short period of time, only weeks before the May 2014 174th AHC Association Annual Reunion, Ron was diagnosed with severe heart problems. He wasn't able to attend the Reunion, nor function as President. During the May 2014 Reunion, the Board of Directors appointed Past-Secretary/Treasurer Wayne Lovett to become the Interim-President.

Ron Conner had a pacemaker-defibrillator implanted in his chest in September 2014 and was not expected to be at the 2014 "Gaggle," but he had recovered to the point that his doctor cleared him for the trip. He was restricted to minimal movement of his left arm for a month post-op, so Charlotte did the driving. Since then Ron had another appointment in mid-October 2014 and he was cleared by his medical doctors for normal activity.

Ron Conner stated last week that he is ready to resume his duties and responsibilities as President, and requested that the 174th AHC Association Board of Directors reinstate him as President.

Officially, as of 15 November 2014, Ron Conner is reinstated as President of the 174th AHC Association. Wayne Lovett steps out of the Interim-President position and resumes his position on the Board of Directors as Past-Secretary/Treasurer.

On behalf of the 174th AHC Association Board of Directors, we extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to Wayne Lovett for all that he has done as Interim-President, as Past-Secretary/Treasurer, and what he will do in the future!

WELCOME BACK President Ron Conner!

Billy R. Wood
174th AHC Association
Secretary/Treasurer?

2014 Reunion Photos and
After Action Report

Click HERE to see 2014 Reunion Photos and After Action Report.

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS WONDERFUL PRINT

The 174th AHC Association is excited to announce your opportunity to own this wonderful Joe Kline, "limited edition" 20" X 28", signed/numbered print. The prints were produced from the original painting, commissioned specifically by the 174th AHC Association to remember and honor those individuals who served the 174th Assault Helicopter Company.

A Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each print, along with a flier that provides information on how you can further customize your print, if desired, by sending it to Mr. Kline. The prints cannot be purchased from any other source. The 174th AHC Association is the sole distributor of this print.

Current 174th AHC Association members may purchase each print at a cost of $80.00 each (shipping included). Non-Association members may purchase each print at a cost of $110.00 each (shipping included). Payment by check or money order, payable to the 174th AHC Association, must accompany each order. NO COD, Credit card or PayPal accepted.

Send your order request and payment to:

174th AHCA Secretary/Treasurer
Billy R. Wood
131 Amber Lane
Mena, AR. 71953

Questions concerning the purchase of this print should be directed to Billy Wood at wood.brw.44@gmail.com.

Welcome to the 174th AHC

The 174th Assault Helicopter Company formed at Ft. Benning, GA in 1965. It deployed to Vietnam by U.S. Navy ships in 1966. Our three homes in Vietnam were Lane Army Heliport near Qui Nhon (1966; II-Corps), Duc Pho in Quang Ngai Province (1967-1970; I-Corps), and Chu Lai, basecamp for the Americal Division (1971; also I-Corps).

The 174th flew various models of the UH-1 "Huey" helicopter. We served long and proud in Vietnam and saw much combat action in the rice paddies and mountains in the northern half of South Vietnam from 1966 until 1971, and in Laos during Operation Lam Son 719 in 1971. We have here pictures, stories, and information about the 174th's experiences. This site is dedicated to those Dolphins and Sharks, both pilots and enlisted crewmembers -- brave men all -- who did not return.

"Quotable Quote" by Robert Frost, President, Combat Helicopter Pilots Association (CHPA): I've often said the Huey wasn't the fastest, biggest, most powerful, or most lethal aircraft in the military inventory. But, I believe, based on its service in Vietnam and decades beyond, that it IS the greatest combat aircraft ever used by our military.

News and Announcements

New 174th Guestbook
The 174th's guestbook provider, that we've been using over a decade, went out of business suddenly and folded on April 1, 2012 (yep, April Fools Day), taking all our old guestbook entries with them. A new one has been added to the site, starting anew.
174th Website's New Look
You'll note the website has a new look. The front page has undergone a facelift, and with time many sub-pages will also be converted to the new format. Note all major "Contents" items are now contained on the left Navigation Bar. Hover over each bar to display a "flyout" for any subpages each may contain.
Join the 174th AHC Listserv
Our email Listserv has about 350 former members on it now. It is a low-volume (low bandwidth) list to reconnect friends, share information from "back in the day," coordinate information like reunions, and answer questions about other former members and events. To join, contact the webmaster.

Pictures

Helicopter Photo Montage Duc Pho, Vietnam - Mt. Bronco (or Mt. Montezuma), home of the 174th AHC from 1967 to 1970. Sharks on standby at the Gia Vuc Special Forces Camp.

"Sharks on standby at the Gia Vuc Special Forces Camp. Gunships Shark #161 'Surfer' and #140 'Hooded Cobra'. We actually had a heavy fire team of three gunships heading back for fuel after a combat assault, when we happened upon a group of 'un-uniformed' regulars. We opened up on them as they scrambled for their weapons. No enemy survived. As close to 'face to face' with the enemy I saw and participated in. L-R: Jarvis Gambrill, Sgt. Ronald Grothe, Budd Vann, Bob Millius (tall guy, with dark hair), John Moore, Gary Harter (seated) and Lt. Bob Hackett's back"- Fred Thompson (Photo by Fred Thompson)

Crew chiefs and mechanics (the backbone of any helicopter unit.

Crew chiefs and mechanics, the backbone of any helicopter unit. (Photo by Fred Thompson)

Combat assault (CA), taken on short final to the landing zone (LZ).

A combat assault (CA), taken on short-final to the landing zone (LZ), with infantry troops jumping from a UH-1 "Huey." This photo was taken in the Americal area of operations between Duc Pho and Chu Lai. The lead helicopter has just taken off; chalk-2 is unloading (note the right skid hasn't even touched down yet and one troop's already out of the helicopter and has reached the rice paddy dike); chalk-3 is on short-final just before touching down; and the rest of the flight is barreling down on Chalk-3 from the rear. Chalk-2 will probably be on the ground for less than five seconds. (Photo by Jim "Chalk-3" McDaniel)

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