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Old 09-15-2018, 07:13 AM   #46
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Old 09-15-2018, 07:23 AM   #47
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"I believe the ICCS plaques were only given to those pilots and crew chiefs assigned to the small det. which flew the ICCS marked helicopters from the Cease-Fire ‘till 27 March. My ICCS callsign was Delta Guardian 19"
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"I am in the bottom row between Chuck Hebert (yellow shirt ) and Bill Spietz on my left. Believe that during the ceremony when the photo was taken, plaques were given to all pilots and crew chiefs assigned to the ICCS but only the Aircraft Commanders (AC’s) were given Delta Guardian call signs." John Harris
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Old 10-27-2018, 11:01 AM   #48
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Thought you might get a chuckle out of this photo, as I am wearing an Army two-piece Nomex flight suit with the exact same 18th CAC company & flight platoon patches, in the same manner as I wore them back in 72-73. Background: As I was acting as the last Huey IP at NTC/Ft Irwin in Dec 2011, they gave me the honor of being the guest speaker for the Huey Retirement Ceremony. So I dug out my old, original 18th CAC patches, had them sewn back on a two-piece, along with an old W-1 bar & 1st Avn Bde patch, for that occasion. As a double honor, I then got to go out wearing that same flight suit and lead a flight of three Hueys in the final flyby. John Harris
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Old 10-27-2018, 11:04 AM   #49
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As it happens I came into contact with John Harris while flying on a fire in CA. Boy did we have a great mini reunion. Not one to dwell on the past he was the first person after all there years I talked with about our time in RVN. Since then we met on another fire and email contact. I’m attaching a picture of John and I taken about 5 years ago on a Kern county fire, with my 212 in background. Jack Winover
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Old 11-24-2018, 07:25 AM   #50
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My group (last of the Company) was transported to Saigon (the replacement depot) on a C130 in early March 1973 for outprocessing and shipment home. I remember taking off my green tabs upon arrival. 1Sgt White must have left earler. We were part of a plane load of the very last "combat" troops left there. We were held there for about 3 weeks (hostages) until the last POWs were released. We departed on 27 March as the last group of combat troops to depart. It was a big deal. As we got in the aircraft we were counted by JMC officers (NVA, VC, ARVN and US). It was the low point of my 3 years I had invested in Country.Here is a photo I took of the commandeered Braniff 747 known as "Big Orange", that most of us departed on. Jerry Childers
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Old 11-24-2018, 07:37 AM   #51
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I know there has in the past, been some confusion as to the actual date we left Saigon. Therefore, I have also attached a copy of my DEROS orders which were stamped with the date & time of our arrival directly into San Francisco International Airport at 2230 hrs on 28 March 1973. John Harris
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Old 11-24-2018, 01:11 PM   #52
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:22 AM   #53
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JMC and ICCS crews remained at Can Tho weeks after my group moved to Saigon. Obviously there were more than one flight on 28th. We landed for a couple of hours for fuel on Guam and I was able to call home and get a bottle of Chivas Regal. Had to change into civics at Travis to avoid demonstrater dirt bags. Thanks for the clarification John, I had obviously overlooked the fact that there were multiple flights on the 28th which former 18th CAC members were on, in order to get us all out of country to comply with the Paris Peace accords. Jerry

FYI - I later served with an Army Aviator who had been a U-21 pilot there in Saigon at the same time we were leaving. If I recall his story correctly, he and a number of aviators flew the very last USARV folks out on several U-21's on 29 March, to Singapore. John
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:28 AM   #54
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Great to relive these old memories through photos, etc. I kept a daily calendar while in Vietnam and several years after; I’m looking at it right now. Here’s my timetable:
27 March 1973—had breakfast in our O. Club around 0700 with my assistant platoon leader, Dale Wells, got word that we leave Can Tho today for Saigon. We transferred the remainder of our Hueys to the VNAF and we left Can Tho at 1250 for Saigon on a C130
Jack, You may have gone into Oakland, that was normal location. But, we couldn't go there because they couldn't accommodate 747s. I know that at least two 747s were used on 28 March. Both of those went to SF International. One was an orange Braniff. Mine was white and I think it was Pan Am. Both were part of reserve fleet the gov't keeps a string on to use at times of national need. My crew said they had flown into SF on a commercial flight, given crew rest, then sent to Vietnam to pull out troops.
27 March 1973—went to the O. Club at Camp Alpha for supper and heard the “Drifters” (a copy cat Vietnamese band), I saw several of my buddies there from my flight class 71-44
28 March 1973—had breakfast in the Ton Son Knut Mess Hall, wheel up at 1815 on the Big Orange 747 (photos attached of the VC & TV folks as we were boarding, I don’t recall any AK-47s and none are visible in the photo). We stopped over briefly in Guam and Hawaii.
28 March 1973—landed at SF 2245 (about a 20 hour trip, we landed same day we left because of course we crossed the International Dateline)
29 March 1973—landed in Atlanta 0920 after a “red eye” flight from SF, Home!
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Old 12-02-2018, 04:28 PM   #55
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Previous Photo : Jeff Merrow, my best mechanic and Dale Wells, my Assistant Platoon Leader.

28 March at Camp Alpha--1LT Whittenburg & 1LT Wells.

It was hard to take having the VC and NVA "observe" our withdrawal.

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Old 12-08-2018, 08:57 AM   #56
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1. My greasey & grimey old OD ball cap - hits the trash can
2. Jack Jackson, he was in my flight Class 71-44

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Old 12-08-2018, 09:06 AM   #57
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Col Childers poses with unknown unit member, just before leaving
Can -Tho Airbase for the last time.

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Old 12-08-2018, 09:08 AM   #58
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Pictures would be nice..
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