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Reunion Rescheduled to 8-12 October 2020.

It is with regret that I am announcing the postponement of our 174th AHC Association annual May 2020 Reunion due to the Coronavirus (CORVID-19) situation. We are deeply concerned for the health and safety of our 174th AHCA guys and gals, especially those of us more senior folks and those who normally fly into the FWB area airports and those who drive long distances to attend the reunions.

Florida’s Governor has announced the policy that people should not meet in groups larger than ten (10) persons. Many restaurants and places of business have already closed, which will cause a major problem for eating out…

The good news is that we are rescheduling the dates to coincide with that of our annual “Gaggle,” which is 8–12 October 2020 at the Best Western Beach Front Hotel in FWB.

We hope that you will continue to be safe and stay healthy. Let me know of any adverse health conditions within our membership.

God Bless each of you.

COL (ret) Billy R. Wood
President, 174th AHC Assoc.

174th AHC's 2020 27th Annual Reunion
Announcement, Agenda, and Registration Form

Click HERE to see the 2020 Reunion Announcement.

Click HERE to see the 2020 Reunion Agenda.

Click HERE to see the 2020 Reunion Registration Form.

174th AHC's 2019 Annual Business Meeting Minutes

Click HERE to see the Business Meeting Minutes.

Butch Elliott's 2015 Return to Vietnam

Click HERE to see the PDF slideshow Butch put together of his (and other 174th vets) return trip to Vietnam, which includes a return to many of the areas of operations of the 174th. Also included after Butch's slideshow is an account of (KIA) Robert Hazen's wife, Judy's, 2008 trip to Robert's crash site, to honor him as well as their daughter Marcie. Both are well worth the time.

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.

Joe Kline Original 174th AHC 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 $25.00 each (shipping included). Non-Association members may purchase each print at a cost of $50.00 each (shipping included). If you wish to provide a print to a veterans organization or museum as a gift, we will donate (to you) the print free of charge, with two stipulations: (1) you pay shipping charge, and (2) you have the print suitably matted and framed for display before you present it to your organization. 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 questions or orders via e-mail to me at:

Steve R. Kennedy
174th AHC Association
Company Store
605 Mirkes Parkway
DeSoto, Texas 75115

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.


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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