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D Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment

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Image courtesy of Woody Mashburn

Early Design for Gun Platoon
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Last design for Gun Platoon
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4th Cavalry Regiment
Image courtesy of Ltc. Hugh Mills, Ret.

Maintenance Platoon

"I think that was Ssgt. Elkins coming out of the roof. The facial features were quite similiar. The patch said "You breakem we fixum" and Elkins was one of the few who wore it." - George Baker
Image courtesy of Dave Fesmire


"Aero Rifle Platon-Instant Infantry" also known as the "Doughboys"
Image courtesy of Charles Norris via Dave Fesmire

Four Horseman - Lift Platoon

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Image courtesy of Woody Mashburn

Captured .51 cal. on display at Phu Loi
Image courtesy of Woody Mashburn

Photo taken in September '68 Phou Loi airstrip - 15 miles north of Saigon, 1st Aviation Battalion 1st Division.  1/4 Cav flight area, C&C looses tail rotor chain, crashes and burns, everyone got out.  This was early morning of my first day at the airtroop.  God, I hate flying.
Image courtesy of Dick Sawdo 26RG

D Troop 1/4 Cav LRRP "Calling" card. "I served with LRRP, Trp D (Air), lst Sqdn, 4th Cav., 1st Inf. Div. at Phu Loi during the 1965-1966 time period." James Waters
Image courtesy of James Waters

D 1/4 LRRP circa 1965

Our Berets were black. When I got in country in Oct. 65, General Deputy had recently started up a new unit of Long Range Recon Patrol and had some of his people looking for new recruits from the new arrivals. Rudy and I and Frank Burns had come over together and we all Volunteered and were accepted. We went through a short training session and were later sent up to DaNang for further training under the Special Forces. God, I remember out first test to see if we had what it took. They took us up in a chopper and came over an LZ of elephant grass. They were still over 20 feet off the ground and told us to hit the LZ. Being young and dumb, I immediately went out the door and disappeared into the grass almost breaking my leg.
Image courtesy of James Waters


Jim Arnold OC10 early '66 - "Some units came up with calling cards later on in the conflict. Somewhere here I have one from a later unit, the 196th ASHC. No special insignia. Remember that during 65/66 was the beginning of the big build up in RVN. New units were created, renamed, crew members were put into units that had to be trained in the particular helicopters. As units jelled, and time went by, as usual with soldiers, pocket patches were created, brass, Cav hats, belt buckles, etc. GI's actually created a small free enterprise market in RVN by getting a lot of this stuff made there on the local economy. Some of it didn't turn out well, and was ordered from contacts in the states. I was absent from RVN from Sep 66 until Sep 68. When I returned many units had pocket patches, calling cards, etc. And big time drug problems in most units, including flying units. Anyway, I guess I would conclude that patches and stuff like that came into being during 67/68. One other thing. Pocket patches, nose art, etc. had been around a long time, since WWII anyway. Many of us that joined forces in RVN were wearing patches from some other unit that we just came from. Took some time for those patches to be removed from all pieces of clothing."
Image courtesy of Jim Arnold

Delbert Hunt (Mustangs)
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RVN 1966
Image courtesy of Jim Arnold

Clown photo
Image courtesy of Jim Arnold

Outcast tent pitching 101
Image courtesy of Jim Arnold

Charlie D troop mascot
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D Troop hooch area early '66
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D Troop was area
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Outcast OH13S
Image courtesy of Jim Arnold

Local child
Image courtesy of Jim Arnold

Aero Rifle Platoon tab worn above the 1st Division patch
Image courtesy of Dave Fesmire/Darkhorse Control

Mustangs tab worn by Gun Platoon members over 1st Division patch
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OG-107 Army Fatigue shirt worn by then 1st lt. Hugh Mills shortly after asignment to the troops Scout platon, "Outcasts". The scout platoon patch can be seen on the right chest pocket, the 4th Cavalry regiment patch is on the left pocket. The OG-107 fatigue shirt was comfortable but not flame retardent as was the case with the Jungle fatigue shirts that followed

D 1/4 'Clowns' Lift platoon patch
Image courtesy of Dick Sawdo, Dark Horse 26 RG

Officer's subdued cloth collar device for flight clothing
Image courtesy of H.L. Mills

Four Horseman Lift Platoon. Far left Greg Oliver, Next Hugh Mills, Center Rob Munson, Far Right Ray Stevens, Behind Ray is Bob Holmes & Sitting in the shade is Wayne McAdoo.
Image courtesy Hugh Mills, Caption courtesy Wayne McAdoo via Andy Tafoya.

"Low Level Hell" autobiography of Ltc. Hugh Mills. Detailed and fast reading, the book accounts in the first person, Mills first tour as a Scout Pilot with the First Division in 1969-70 tour.



CPT. Dean Sinor(L) and Rod Willis(R)
Image courtesy of "Woody" Mashburn

Darkhorse 16 Hugh Mills and Darkhorse 46 Bob Harris in July 1969.  Harris is wearing the ARP "good luck token" which is a claymore safety tied around his neck.  Mills is in two piece nomex
Image courtesy of Hugh Mills

Early design of the Outcast patch worn by Elwood Soderlind in late '66 or early'67.
Image courtesy of Elwood Soderlind via Dave Fesmire


Image courtesy of Jim Bruton, Darkhorse 11


Image courtesy of Jim Bruton, Darkhorse 11

Dennis Cherry with one of the first Scout platoon OH-6As in the troop. The "Loach", as the little bird became known, would replace the Bell OH-13 with which the original "Outcast" Scout Platoon was equiped. Note the early Darkhorse rampant horse on the lower left of the fuselage (right). The first design of the Outcast patch is shown center most. Although short lived, it spawned the circular red "Low Level Hell" design that would survive, through minor changes, as D/1/4 became C-16 and on to the end of the war

Bob Smuhl - Bob's sister is seeking people who knew him and might have pictures or stories to share. Please contact her at lloobywi@cvol.net. Any photos would also be welcome here!

My brother, SP5 Donald G. Mohs, March 1968, D Troop (Air), 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division, from the time he was assigned to them as a Crew Chief on a "Bravo" model Huey gunship 1967-1969. Don received a Bronze Star for service and 11 Air Medals (two for Valor). Don was killed in 1970 at Fort Ord, California. Courtesy Bob Mohs SOA 1182-GL / SFA 4949-L, Command Sergeant Major (Retired) CSM, 1st Bn, 10th SFG(A), Bad Tolz, Germany 1987-1991
Image courtesy of Bob Mohs

Don Mohs' Mustang Gunship
Image courtesy of Bob Mohs

Don Mohs & his Gunship
Image courtesy of Bob Mohs

Don Mohs with VC POW
Image courtesy of Bob Mohs

Don Mohs & Bud Morrison Phu Loi 1968
Image courtesy of Bob Mohs

Don Mohs 1-4 Cav Pocket Patch
Image courtesy of Bob Mohs

Don Mohs' 1/4 Cav Mustang Pocket Patch
Image courtesy of Bob Mohs

1/4 "Quarter" Cavalry History booklet produced about mid-1970. It records the history of the unit from it';s founding years up to Febuary of 1970. There are rosters of medal recipiants, chronological list of Vietnam operations with code names and even a fold-out map showing the Area of Operations.
Image courtesy of LTC. William C. Haponski

Lift Platoon neck scarf.
Image courtesy of S.W. Stagg, Clowns 49

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