I want to thank my fellow Silver Spur, Paul Clergy (Scout pilot), for sending me the 2018 VHPA calendar. June 2018 features pictures taken by our late fellow Spur Scout, Scott Evans (pilot) at or near Quan Loi, only a few miles from the Cambodian border. And it is in tribute to Jerry “Moose” Gillett (observer) & William T. Wallace, Jr. (pilot) that perished inside Cambodia on June 4, 1970. When I started the Silver Spur site in 1997 it was to honor our fallen Spurs from the Vietnam war. VHPA played a vital role in compiling the list of the entire 3/17th Squadron that perished. The etching in the calendar was taken by me in 1996 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Thanks Paul for getting me a copy, you have no idea what this means to this fellow Silver Spur. God bless & Merry Christmas! – Bear
Mike Law of VHPA was the responsible party for putting together Scott’s collage and the tribute for June.
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A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry (A/3/17 Cav) OH-58s at Quan Loi – 1971. VHPA Member (deceased) Scott Evans gave most of these photos to the Silver Spur Association. Webmaster and former Scout Platoon line chief Roger ‘Bear’ Young provided them to VHPA. This collage is dedicated as a tribute to WO1 Wallace and SP4 Gillett, who perished in #68-16945 on 4 June 1970.
The 2018 VHPA calendar is available via Acclaim Press here
In 1971, Charlie Horse 3/17th Cav was operating in I-Corps and on paper, merged with D Troop, 3/5th Cav. More on this merger is explained on the D Troop, 3/5th Cav site.
Art “Artie” Bonevich served as a Scout platoon Observer NCO with both the Spurs and Charlie Horse, and sent me these videos. They also participated in Lam Son 719 into Laos where U.S. ground forces were not allowed, but U.S. helicopter units supported the ARVN thrust and they paid dearly delivering such support.
Watch these two videos which go into further detail. Thanks Artie! – Bear
“Profile of D Troop 3/5 Cav ‘Charlie Horse’ in Vietnam during the time frame of Lam Son 719. CWO Wayne Forbes, a scout helicopter pilot profiled in another video, can be heard directing firing on the bank where he observes a pack on a rock. The God of Hellfire brings the pain…”
Many of us watched the series and there are as many opinions as there are Vietnam veterans. But the commentary below I found of interest. Feel free to comment via the link at the bottom of this post. – Bear
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Video submitted by our Spur President, John “Waldo” Pepper from The National Infantry Museum.
“On March 19, 2009, sacred soil from nine battlegrounds was sprinkled on the parade field at the National Infantry Museum by veterans of those battles or their descendants. Some of the soil was also preserved in glass containers and sealed in granite pavers at the edge of the field. The ceremony was narrated by actor Sam Elliott, who played CSM Basil Plumley in the film ‘We Were Soldiers.’ As new US Army Soldiers graduate and pass in review each week at Inouye Field, they march on soil where their Infantry forefathers fought.”