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Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment


Air Cavalry Troop - 11th ACR

11th Cav - Air Cavalry Troop

11th ACR Flight Section I believe, "Red 122" Thunderhorse, a Cobra crew.

Click here to read Doug Kibbeys story of AH-1G 15122

Click here for the Goldbook information on AH-1G 15122

Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

A morning aerial recon of the NDP following the previous evenings' night action. The mess kitchen trailer is in the foreground. "G"Trp.,2/11th ACR in Hau Nghia Province.
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

This is me in 1968 with 528. My UH-1C Gun Ship. I served with Air Cav Troop, 11th ACR. Base Camp was at Blackhorse Compound almost due West of Saigon, III Corp Area. Small village near us was Xuan Loc, VN. We were 19 UH-1C Gun Ships with two UH-1D Slicks. Our primary mission was to support the Squadrons of the 11th ACR. A secondary mission was to insert and extract Long Range Recon Platoon (LRRP) personnel. My specific job was Crew Chief/Door Gunner on the float Gun Ship. This A/C was a 40mm nose gun, rocket pods and M60 Door Guns manned by myself left side and my gunner, right side. We all worked our ass off to keep these Gun Platforms operational and flight worthy.

I have cried, pained, and hoped ... but most of all,  I have lived times others would say are best forgotten. At least someday I will be able to say that I was proud of what I was ... A SOLDIER! (By  George L. Skypeck) As helicopter crew chief for two years in Vietnam, Rollins participated in a series of battles, culminating in the Tet Offensive of early 1968. Shrapnel coming up through the floor of the aircraft once wounded him in both legs.

Image courtesy of Chuck Rollins

Support by air following ground engagement outside the NDP. Tracers started the fire visible just beyond the M551 Sheridan "The Godfather". "G"Trp.,2/11th ACR in Hau Nghia Province.
Image courtesy of Doug Kibbey

A group of the guys and me (without helmet) on Xmas Day 1967 at Tent Camp Lai Khe Base Camp.
Image courtesy of Chuck Rollins

Assault pads at Lai Khe South Viet Nam
Image courtesy of Chuck Rollins

Gun Platoon Logos
Image courtesy of Chuck Rollins

A bad day for the Loach "Electrical Egg" - March 5, 1969, after she was forced down by NVA fire while trying to pick up a wounded man. Anyone with further information on this incident is encouraged  to contribute.

This picture is in Doc Bahnsens book "American Warrior". The caption says the helo was piloted by WO Guy Ballou. The pic was taken by ARP specialist four Rex Saul. - Sam Mashburn



11th Cav. C&C Huey with patch design nose art.
Image courtesy of Paul Madsen CWO, 11th AirCav. 11th ACR.

I was an enlisted man (NCO) from 1962 thru 1968, then I went to Warrant Officer school / helicopter training. Looks like Dec. 68 to Jun 69, in republic of VietNam. originally assigned to 1st Cav. Upon arrival in VietNam, I was given new orders to report to 11th Cav. Upon arrival to 11th Armored Cav. I was assigned to llth Air Cav. Troop. Commanded by LtCol James Bradin (still living). I was then assigned to a Cobra called "The Wonderer". Callsign Thunderhorse 669. I became an aircraft commander after a couple weeks as front seat pilot. Worked hunter / killer teams, flying with loaches, until May 69 when I was assigned as C&C (Command & Control ) pilot for Col Bradin in a C model huey. On June 18, 1969, I was flying C&C looking for North Vietnamese who had just destroyed an artillery battery and killed all the Americans. We found them in the Michelin rubber plantation. We were shot down by a Vietnamese regiment. I had both legs shot in half. Sent to M.A.S.H. hospital, then to Japan, then to Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. Spend almost 3 yrs in the hospital for body repairs. Came out with both legs attached but damaged.
Image courtesy of Paul Madsen

Mounting up in "The Wanderer"
Image courtesy of Paul Madsen CWO, 11th AirCav. 11th ACR.

W.O. Paul Madsen, Ben Hoa, VietNam - "BlackHorse"
Image courtesy of Paul Madsen CWO, 11th AirCav. 11th ACR.

Cobra AH-1G "The Wanderer" Flown by W.O. Paul Madsen - call sign Thunderhorse 669".
Image courtesy of Paul Madsen CWO, 11th AirCav. 11th ACR.

Oh-6A LOH Scout in Sand Bag revetment at Ben Hoa
Image courtesy of Paul Madsen CWO, 11th AirCav. 11th ACR.

LRRP Pocket patch


Cobra Qualified pocket patch. The first one was issued upon graduation from flight school.
Image courtesy of Paul Madsen

2nd squadron Eagles 11 ACR
Image courtesy of William Powis

211 ACR outside Ham Tam
Image courtesy of William Powis

Me With The dogs FSB Mace
Image courtesy of William Powis


Image courtesy of William Powis

Born Free Dian 211 ACR
Image courtesy of William Powis

Dian Base camp
Image courtesy of William Powis

Eagle Flight
Image courtesy of William Powis

Grey Rider Dian base camp
Image courtesy of William Powis

Here is a picture of my father, Harold David LeGrand, while he was in Vietnam in 1971-1972. I am unsure of the exact date of this picture or was in Vietnam it was taken.
Image courtesy of Harold John LeGrand II on behalf of his father


Image courtesy of Harold John LeGrand II on behalf of his father


Image courtesy of Harold John LeGrand II on behalf of his father


Image courtesy of Harold John LeGrand II on behalf of his father


Image courtesy of Harold John LeGrand II on behalf of his father


Image courtesy of Harold John LeGrand II on behalf of his father


Image courtesy of Harold John LeGrand II on behalf of his father


Image courtesy of Harold John LeGrand II on behalf of his father


Image courtesy of Harold John LeGrand II on behalf of his father


Image courtesy of Harold John LeGrand II on behalf of his father


Image courtesy of Harold John LeGrand II on behalf of his father


Image courtesy of Harold John LeGrand II on behalf of his father


Image courtesy of Harold John LeGrand II on behalf of his father


Image courtesy of Harold John LeGrand II on behalf of his father




Blackhorse Huey
Image courtesy of John LeGrand

Damaged Loach
Image courtesy of John LeGrand

Damaged OH-6
Image courtesy of John LeGrand

Union break
Image courtesy of John LeGrand

Loach front
Image courtesy of John LeGrand

Group photo
Image courtesy of John LeGrand


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