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Scott.J.Drew 56th Transportation Co. (DS) Vietnam
Old 08-04-2017, 03:28 PM   #1
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Through a veteran friend, I was recently connected up with a Vietnam era veteran of an early war period, Aviation DS company. Scott has been very generous with his archive, which provides some valuable recollections of this units operations and some superb photographic evidence, of early aircraft markings and cloth insignia. I will release this in a measured way in the coming weeks, but 1st the story of how Scott made it to Vietnam, in his own words.
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"I graduated from Fort Bragg High School in June of 1963 and enlisted in the Army a week later. I was only 17 at the time so needed a permission slip from my parents…Can’t do that any longer, need to be at least 18 now. I went to basic training at Ft. Ord, California, then around the end of August that year went to my helicopter maintenance school in Ft. Eustis, VA. I think the school was about 9 or 10 months long. Upon graduation they kept the top ten out of the class, and turned us into instructors there at the school. Viet Nam was just starting to pick up and they knew that they would need a lot of mechanics and crew chiefs so were building up their training cadre.It was fun for a while, learning how to write lesson plans, doing overhead viewgraphs for your visuals, writing tests. But after a few times teaching the turbine engine portion of the training I was getting bored. And still had about two years to go on my first enlistment. I asked a recruiter how a guy could get out of that teaching job, he said “Well son, you either finish our your enlistment, die, or you can re-enlist and pick either a duty station or an MOS change…” So after being in the Army for a year I re-enlisted for another three years and picked Viet Nam as my duty station. After all that’s where all of the helicopter action was starting to be and I wanted to be part of that. Found out that there was a maintenance company getting ready to leave for Viet Nam. So in late August I drove across Country and reported in to the 56th Transportation Company (Aircraft Direct Support) at Ft. Lewis, WA."
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Recovery Aircraft. (DS)
Old 08-06-2017, 12:09 PM   #2
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More great recollections and Images from Scott. (In italics)

"The Company was preparing to head out to Viet Nam, so I helped pack up all of our stuff and on 14 October, 1964 the entire company flew out of McChord Air Force Base on three (3) then new C-141 Starlifter aircraft. A fuel stop in Hawaii, then landing at the Bien Hoa Airbase in the Republic of Viet Nam. That was the check in location at that time in the war. After some indoctrination on how to take care of ourselves in the war zone, the offices selected about 1/3 of the Company personnel to stay with the Company, and the rest were farmed out to other similar companies so that our rotation dates home would all be different.

Scott stayed with the company and set up shop at Tan Son Nhut Airport. The 56th was one of 3 units fitted out with CH37's, the others being the 611th and 339th.

"The helicopter is a Sikorsky S-56 that the Army labeled the CH-37, A,B, and C models were built and flown by both the Army & the Marines. Our 3 tail numbers were. (57-1658 (Cherry boy /Wooly Booger, 57-1659 Slave Driver, and 58-1004 Bad News) Here an early shot of 57-1658 “Cherry Boy” slinging a UH-1 hulk down to Vung Tau. The Old Man didn’t like that nose art so it was changed to “Wooly Booger” a bit later"
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'Wooly Booger'
Old 08-10-2017, 03:40 AM   #3
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As mentioned in the previous posting, 'Cherry boy' had to go, so the search for a new nickname began. The lineage for 'Slave Driver' and 'Bad News' are known and I will relate those shortly, but 'Wooly Booger' is lost to time. Scotts 1st thoughts were:
"Not sure where the name “Wooly Booger” came from, but there was a popular song going around from the group “Sam The Sham and The Pharos” that were singing a song called“Wooly Bully”. Some of the bars down on Tu Do Street in Saigon would play the latest music to get the guys into their bars, and that album was quite popular at the time."(1965)

But because the name is an obscure reference to a sort of taxidermy, it could be a
crew member who was a hunter had the song going around in his head and certainly the, artwork seems to match. Via Google:
At some point in the history of Taxidermy a taxidermist was mounting deer heads and realized that he was throwing away way to many deer butts. This theoretical situation gave birth to what is commonly known in Taxidermy circles as the "Wooly Booger", also known as the "Assquatch". The Assquatch is what is created when a Taxidermist uses the ass end of an animal in order to create a human-like monster face. Pictured is 57-1658, with a new flat matt OD paint scheme, to replace the previous high visability markings. Also featured, this ships Crew Chief
John Druchala.
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339th Transportation Company
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Scott Drew Is in recovery after a hip operation, we wish him well. Scott put me in touch with members of the other Transport Companies, that used the CH37 for ADS operations. Special thanks to Frank Ferry, who kindly gave permission to use his photographs. The stories told, illustrate how Aircraft recovery, was a dangerous job in a combat zone. Technically it could be risky and the VC/NVA, were quick to challange recoveries in a very agressive way.
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"I was assigned to CH37B tail ending with 998, Wayne's Workhorse (CO Name Wayne Barker)Other CH37B tails 636 Johnny Reb, and of course Egor's Numba One 995." Frank Ferry.
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A tragic accident: Maybe some of the experts on Aircraft numbers, can tie down
which units these losses belonged to via the visable tail number, Circa 1963.64?
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"Tail 636 down in elephant grass and river. no injures. Flew it out 8 hrs later. replaced tail rotor blades. Photos are me with my machete, crew members of 998 and 636 and CO SGT MJR." Frank Ferry
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