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11th ACR/Americal Division Jungle Jacket with F Troop 8th Cavalry

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#1 439th Signal Battalion

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 02:21 PM

Just picked this up and wanted to run this by those who are interested.  What are your thoughts on the scroll?  (SSI's are typical subdued twill).  F Troop, 8th Cavalry was with the Americal Division from 68-71 and then with 196th LIB at the end in late 71-72.  Second tour soldier from Infantry to Door Gunner (I have known a few personnel to have done this).  Jacket is non-ripstop dated '67.

 

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 02:22 PM

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 02:23 PM

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 02:23 PM

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 02:24 PM

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 02:25 PM

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 06:46 PM

Interesting, I was under the assumption that Lift Platoons were only in Assault Helicopter units, that would be your Aviation Battalions and or Companies, this unit, F Troop 8th Cavalry was an Air Cavalry unit, and had differant missions than a Aviation AHC, unless this was the unit's platoon that carried the Aero Rifle Platoon, the Blue Platoon? But wouldn't the Blue Platoon just have it's own assigned birds?

 

Well anyway, apart from all that, looks like a great piece, and while it doesn't have a roster, perhaps you can contact their association to find out more on the tab.

 

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 04:10 PM

Thanks Patches.  Found this today as well so the text on the scroll is correct:

 

BlueGhosts was the callsign for F Troop 8th Cavalry. This was an air cav troop with roots all the way back to the horse cavalry in the 19th century. (Thank you Army for trading the horses for helicopters!)

We worked in teams and were organized in separate platoons consisting of scouts, weapons, lift, infantry & headquarters.

Scouts: This platoon flew OH-6 Cayuse helicopters (loach) at tree top level (or below) searching for signs of the enemy (intelligence gathering), doing bomb damage assessments for the Air Force and visual reconnaissance for ground units. The loach had a crew of three men, pilot, crew chief and observer. Contrary to popular belief, we did not fly low & slow to attract enemy fire! We didn't have to try - the missions we had made that easy enough for them!

Weapons: Also called "Guns" these pilots flew UH-1C, Charlie models & AH-1G Cobras (snakes) and kept their eyes on the loach. The first Weapons platoon used the Charlie model Huey with a crew of four. The Cobra crew was a pilot and an aircraft commander. When a scout started "taking fire", a gunship would drop down to fire rockets, mini-guns & 40mm grenades to allow the scout time to escape. The gun platoon was also called to help out other units in contact with the enemy or to prep LZ's prior to insertion. 

Lift Platoon: Flying UH-1 Hueys (slicks), these were the backbone of the unit and of the whole war for that matter. They carried everything imaginable, inserted & extracted troops, performed medivac missions & most importantly for me, were always up there to do a recovery when a loach or Cobra went down!

Infantry Platoon: The "Blues" could be brought in by slicks to recover a downed aircraft. They also could be inserted to check out bunkers or something a scout had found and helped out other units who needed manpower.

Headquarters: This part of BlueGhost was the Commanding Officer, "CO", Executive Officer, "XO", Operations Officer, you get the idea. 

Maintenance: These were the guys that kept us flying! 


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 05:17 PM

Excellent run down there.  I gather now that the Blue Platoons in the Air Cavalry Troop traveled courtesy of their troop Lift Platoon and did not have organic helicopters within their platoon. Though this might of course vary from Air Cav unit to Air Cav unit would need to be seen.



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 02:41 AM

If there's a name tape, the 11th acr has some member information on their site.


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