Flying Alligators and Silver Spurs

Spur 3, Chuck Oualline has his new book site up!

Please see: Flying Alligators and Silver Spurs

It is a GREAT read! – Bear

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WWII: Rare Color Film of Aircraft Carriers in the Pacific

Submitted by Spur Scout, Paul Clergy:

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Birth of the Cobra

Submitted by Spur pilots Mike Billow and Paul Clergy, great article!

Air&Space Smithsonian – August 2017

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OH-6A Cayuse Helicopter Sales Video

Excellent video brought to my attention by our Silver Spur President, John “Waldo” Pepper:

 

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LTG Hal Moore Graveside Service – Ft. Benning – Feb 17, 2017

LTG Hal Moore Graveside Service, Main Post Cemetery, Fort Benning, GA February 17, 2017

 

Joe Galloway following the service:

 

Remembering Lt. Gen. Hal Moore: Read the moving eulogy delivered by his eldest sonArmyTimes

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John Dostal Presents – Silver Spur Video

In Remembrance of fellow Silver Spurs Ron & Jim Dostal, who perished years after their service to our nation during the Vietnam war. Here is to the Dostal brothers, American patriots! – Bear

 

 

Since putting together John’s video, he has provided this newspaper article which featured the Dostal brothers:

Courtesy of John Dostal

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Linebacker II

Brought to my attention by Spur 16, Bill Reynolds, a very important part of our war:

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More Spurs Check In:

14 October 2016:

Bear,

First, let me say thank you for the awesome website you’ve built. My name is Charles Bottom and I was a member of A Trp, 3/17 AC, 1970-1971, Dian, Quan Loi, and Lai Khe.

I noticed my name, and a couple others I can think of do not appear on the roster. I would, and I believe the others would also like to have our names added to the list, if possible. I can’t remember exact dates, but it was 1970-1971.

Please add the following names to the 3/17 roster:

Charles Bottom SP5 Seattle, WA   AH1-G Crew chief
Ron Beard SP5 San Bernadino, CA   UH-1 Crew chief
John Klingensmith SP5 Carbondale,  PA AH1-G Crew chief
Louie Knight SP5 Ogden, UT  Aircraft electrician

Note: 4 years ago, 42 years after serving together, a tight group of friends managed to get together for a reunion.  We’ve been getting together every year since. I’ve included a before and after picture of the group (see attachment below). We thought it might be interesting to post on the 3/17 website, maybe in Photo Gallery or the Blog, or wherever.

Thank you for your service and for remembering the Cav,

Charles (Charly) Bottom

beforeafter

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AH-1G Huey Cobra

Brought to my attention by our fellow Spur, John “Waldo” Pepper. The Spurs received our first Cobras in 1968:

 

Picture by Ed Marzola

Picture by Ed Marzola

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From The Other Side

Brought to my attention by fellow Spur, John Dostal. A very moving poem & video.

Published on May 9, 2015 – MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE From The Other Side as published in Congressional Record article 2 of 3, (Senate – May 27, 1999) [Page: S6278] by Patrick (Beanie) Camunes copyright 1997:

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Ride With The Silver Spurs

July 1, 2016:

I put this together today for my fellow Silver Spurs and their families. – Roger “Bear” Young

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In Remembrance of William T. Wallace, Jr. & Jerry Gillett

My personal tribute to two fallen Silver Spur Scouts and American Heroes. Never Forgotten – Roger “Bear” Young

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MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE 2016

MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE 2016

This Memorial Day is a fitting time for me to give tribute to a deserving young lieutenant, tribute which is long past due. Forgive me, but I cannot remember his name. There were about 40 pilots in our unit at any given time, and I just don’t remember.

The young man had come into my Air Cavalry unit in the 101st Airborne Division only about two months before his untimely death. Like almost every other pilot already there, he had just completed a combat tour in Vietnam. Some of us had served two or three, but this was the lieutenant’s first, right out of flight school. Like most of us, I am sure he had not volunteered to go, nor was he happy when he received the orders. But in those days, volunteering for flight school meant almost surely, although indirectly and involuntarily, that one would end up in Vietnam.

He was a carefree bachelor. As soon as he reached the States, he used a year’s worth of combat pay and flight pay to buy a brand new 1973 Corvette. With a weekend pass in hand, one Friday he decided to drive from Fort Campbell to his parent’s home in Cleveland. We never saw him again. That Saturday night in Cleveland, he died in a one-car accident.

None of us knew him well, but it did not matter. I obtained permission to load up two UH-1H Hueys with pilots to fly up there for the funeral. He deserved just as much respect and grief as if he had died in combat, in my book. So about 15 of us, warrant officers, lieutenants, captains, and one major, packed our Army green uniforms and jump boots and took off to fly north. I remember that the first fuel stop was at Fort Knox, and as we flew final approach I pointed out the Gold Depository through the left windows, for those who had never been to Knox. I also recall that the final approach to the Cleveland airport was on instruments, at night and in the soup, and took us over Lake Erie, which made me nervous.

One of our more enterprising warrant officers had called ahead to a National Guard armory and arranged for transportation in Army sedans, for which he signed. No government quarters were available, so we stayed in a motel. The next day, we dressed in our green blouses, complete with bloused jump boots, as decreed by the 101st Airborne Division.

Upon arrival at the church, we created quite a stir. I guess we were not expected. The funeral director, obviously impressed, asked if we would line up on each side as the casket was carried into the church. Of course we obliged, as this seemed the thing to do without being asked. We held our hand salutes until the flag-covered casket was inside, then we filed into the church. We all sat together, and we Protestants knelt and prayed right along with all the Roman Catholics, during a service conducted by a priest.

At the end of the service, people were invited forward to pay final respects at the casket. We soldiers went up there one at a time, me first. I stood at attention and rendered a final hand salute in front of that flag, slowly lowering my hand in the respectful order arms gesture used on such occasions. I could not hold back a few tears. Each pilot followed my lead, one at a time. I don’t know about the tears part.

Afterwards, we were invited to the Cleveland home of the young man’s parents.   They were devout Roman Catholics.   Although in grief, they were upbeat in the knowledge that their son was with the Lord. I seem to remember that he had two surviving young sisters, either teenagers or in their early 20s. Lots of cousins were present, also. The family fed us, thanked us profusely, and said that our presence meant a lot to them.

There was not much chatter on the intercom during the long flight home.   I remember one refueling stop at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where they had trouble finding a fuel hose small enough for our Hueys, and another stop at Fort Knox.   Much of the flight was in actual instrument conditions.

The young pilot, whose name, sadly, I cannot remember, deserved every bit as much honor, respect, and dignity as if he had died in combat. I hope we gave it to him. This is what I want to convey on this Memorial Day, as I have never told this story before. When his country called, he did not question why by running to Canada or protesting in the streets. He was every bit a comrade as if we had lost him in a landing zone, unknown name notwithstanding. I remember him.

Chuck Oualline

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Stormin’ Norman address to West Point 1991

Brought to my attention by John “Waldo” Pepper, GEN Schwartkopf’s speech to the Corps upon his return to West Point after the end of Desert Storm. He speaks of competence & character in leadership positions & duty, honor & country.

I urge all to watch – Bear.:

Part 1: Schwartzkopf Speech to Corps of Cadets 5/91

Part 2: Schwartzkopf Speech to Corps of Cadets 5/91

Part 3: Schwartzkopf Speech to Corps of Cadets 5/91

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Massive US Army Helicopters “Invasion”: World Record for OH-58 Kiowa Last Flight

Submitted by John “Waldo” Pepper. In April 2016 the last of the Army’s OH-58D’s made their final flight for the U.S. Army, this time with the 1-17th Cav.

In May 1970 A Troop, 3/17th Cav ‘Silver Spurs’ received their first OH-58A’s to replace the reliable OH-6A Cayuse Scout helicopter.

In May 2015, the 3-17th made their final flight with the OH-58D’s which is shown here on our blog. – Bear.

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“More than 30 OH-58D Kiowa warriors from the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division flew (over Fort Bragg) in formation for their last flight under US Army commandment (The Kiowa will be replaced by the AH-64 Apache Helicopter and UH-72 Lakota). This huge large formation flight was a World Record.”

“Videos credit: Sgt. David Birchfield, Sgt. Kelly Simon.
Thumbnail credit: Kenneth Kassens, modified by Daily Military Defense & Archive.”

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