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2020 Reunion and the "Gaggle" Canceled.

Important for Members!
2020 Association Dues Waived

It is with regret that I am announcing the postponement of our 174th AHC Association (AHCA) annual May 2020 Reunion due to the Coronavirus (COVID-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.

Back in February 2020, as the COVID-19 was beginning to spread across the nation, we had initially planned to postpone the scheduled May 2020 "primary" reunion to our unofficial "Gaggle" scheduled for 8-12 October at the Best Western Beach Front Hotel in FWB. The hope early on was that COVID-19 would have run its course by October. However, because COVID-19 has gotten much worse, as has the situation in Florida and across our nation, and because of the numerous rules and restrictions in place by the CDC, state Governors, and local municipalities, your board of directors has reluctantly but unanimously agreed to cancel any 2020 174th AHCA Reunion activities the rest of the year. We must now look forward to our May 2021 reunion.

Due to the COVID-19 situation and postponement of our reunion until May 2021, your Officers have decided to waive your Association dues for this year (2020). For those paid-up Association members, Secretary/Treasurer Hal Koster has extended your paid membership through the end of 2021. If you are (were) a member but did not renew for 2020, renewing now will also extend your membership to the end of 2021.

Once again, there will not be a “Gaggle” this year.

If you have a reservation at the Best Western Beach Front Hotel for the "Gaggle" in October, you must personally cancel your reservation. Please call 850-243-9444 to do so. You may contact Secretary/Treasurer Hal Koster regarding your 2020 reunion registration. You have the option of a refund now, or you may apply it forward for the May 2021 Reunion.

Those members who still want to go to the beach, Paula Evans has agreed to keep your room rates at $129 + tax (beach front room) for the October dates.

We hope you will continue to be safe and stay healthy. Please 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.


The 174th AHC Association is excited to announce your opportunity to own this wonderful Joe Kline, "limited edition" 20" X 28", signed/numbered print, entitled, "NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE." 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.

To purchase this print, click HERE to order a copy from the Company Store.

174th AHC's 2019 26th Annual Reunion
After-Action Report (AAR)

Click HERE to see the 2019 Annual Reunion AAR.

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.

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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