A. Command and Administration
1. Major Roger
L. LaCourse assumed command of the 175th Avn Co (AML) on 15 July 1966
and was relieved by Major
William J. Meehan on 7 March 1967 and completed this reporting period
in that capacity.
2. In addition to commanding the company and the attached units,
the company commander participates in airmobile assault operations by flying
the C&C aircraft. When he is not required as mission
commander, he also flies with both the armed and transport platoons in
order to better understand the overall requirements of the aviation company.
3. The company commander is assisted by the executive officer.
During the period covered by this report the position of executive officer
was held by Major Robert V. Blake until he was relieved by Major James
T. McQueen on 1 February 1967.
4. The Operations
officer is responsible for coordinating all activities with respect to
airmobile operations performed by the company as well as maintaining all
flight records for the company. This position was held by Major
Donald T. Casper until he was relieved by Major Robert F. O'Kane on
12 January 1967.
5. The intelligence officer is responsible for the assimilation
and dissemination of intelligence information and assists the operations
officer in the planning and programming of airmobile
operations. Captain William E. Stout has been the intelligence
officer since 5 December, 1966 and completed this reporting period in that
6. Platoon Leaders: Within the platoons the first platoon
was commanded by Captain
Ray S. Leuty from 18 November 1966 to present.
7. The second platoon was commanded by Major Robert F. O'Kane until
he was relieved by Captain Louis C. Paulin on 12 January 1967. On
15 February 1967, Major
Juri Toomepuu relieved
Captain Paulin and served in this capacity through the completion of this
8. The third (Armed) platoon was commanded by Major Jerome G.
Hileman until 18 February 1967 when he was relieved by Major Charles D.
Gordon. Major Gordon was in command of the third platoon upon completion
of this reporting period.
9. The supply officer is responsible for all logistical functions
within the company. WO George M. Mikuchonis served as supply officer
during this period.
10. The service platoon, augmented by the 150th Transportation
Detachment provided necessary maintenance functions for aircraft organic
to the company. In addition, a maintenance aircraft (call- sign Roadrunner)
accompanied the transport and armed platoons on all combat assault missions
to provide "in the field Maintenance" when required. The service
platoon was commanded by
Major Robert H. Millward,
11. The 28th Signal Detachment provided avionics and signal maintenance
service for the company. A representative from the detachment accompanied
Roadrunner on all combat assault operations. The detachment was commanded
by WO Thomas H. Wingfield, who held this position during this reporting
12. The position of flight surgeon was held by Captain Thomas
J. Rose, until he was relieved by Captain John R. Hillegas on 21 Feb 67.
The position of installation dentist was held by Captain Robert J. Brooks,
1. Personnel of the 175th Avn Co (AML) and the 114th Avn Co jointly
manned and operated the dispatch office, control
tower, POL facilities, fire
station, and ammunition dump.
2. The operations officer was responsible for the successful coordination
of flight requirements and maintenance of flight and operation records.
He was assisted by the intelligence officer in manning the operations office
on a 24 hour basis, either by being physically present or on immediate
call for any situation that might arise.
C. Consolidated Maintenance
Supporting the heavy operational demands of the company and aircraft
required many long hours of work by the maintenance and service personnel.
The bulk of this load fell upon the 150th Transportation Detachment (CHFM).
On all major troop lift operations a maintenance team from the 150th was
flown to the staging area where it provided emergency repairs on the spot,
aided in the recovery of downed aircraft, and determined whether or not
a damaged aircraft could be safely flown to the base airfield. The
appearance of "Roadrunner" became a frequent and welcome sight
in the operational area.
D. Logistical Support
Logistical support for the company was no small task. Since transportation
by road was unsafe, nearly all supplies and equipment were flown in or
brought in by water transportation. Being fifty miles away from the
logistical support facilities in Saigon, a liaison team from the 13th Aviation
Battalion was established in Saigon to coordinate and expedite logistical
resupply. Air transportation was our primary means of movement; and
daily, large quantities of supplies, including ammunition and rations,
arrived at Vinh Long on scheduled flights by USAF CV-2B "Caribous" and
other transport aircraft. Organic aircraft were also used frequently
as gap fillers. Bulk POL products were transported by commercial
vehicles with water transportation being used as the principal means of
E. Medical Support
The 83rd Medical Detachment operated a dispensary and provided primary
medical services, including sanitation services, preventative medicine
service physical examination, aeromedical evacuation, and emergency treatment.
The flight surgeon and members of his team participated in many combat
support missions when they felt their services were needed. On major
troop lift operations they accompanied the flights to the staging areas
where they were able to administer emergency treatment when required.
In addition, an 82nd Medical Detachment evacuation helicopter (call sign
Dust Off) flew with the platoon on all operations
F. Area Facilities
1. Installation personnel live in semi-permanent buildings constructed
with cement floors, board walls and tin roofs. The individuals soon
interjected their own personalities into the hootches and living became
quite comfortable. Construction of additional "hootches", offices,
hangars and aircraft parking facilities is continuing.
2. The office of the installation coordinator was established
soon after the arrival of the 62nd Avn Co and the senior company commander
was assigned this additional duty. The 175th Avn Co (AML) was responsible
for the administration of this office. The function of the installation
coordinator was to facilitate administrative and logistical support for
the two companies and their attached units at Vinh Long, thus relieving
the individual units from the consuming task of internal housekeeping.
3. Among the areas of interest undertaken were: internal
security, indigenous labor, repairs and utilities, post exchange, clubs
and messes, supply, impress fund, pass policy, installation communications
system, real estate and safety.
G. Special Services
Motion pictures made available through Special Services, were shown
in the compound theater nightly and frequent USO shows provided live entertainment
for the men. The theater
was remodeled providing additional seating capacity and greater comfort.
H. Mail, always
an important morale factor, was processed at the APO operated by detachment
29, 11th Air Postal Squadron. Mail service was rapid and efficient
with letters often arriving at Vinh Long three or four days after they
were mailed in the States. The Vinh Long address is APO San Francisco
I. Post Exchange
Within the compound, a post exchange (PX) was operated by installation
personnel and open daily. It filled the men's essential needs, and
stocked many luxury items such as radios, watches, cameras, recorders,
etc. A Vietnamese owned and operated PX provided availability for
procurement of Vietnamese items of culture and interest.
Both officer and enlisted clubs were operated on the compound for the
benefit and pleasure of all personnel. The "Tie One On" enlisted
Club and the "Mekong Manor" officers club provided refreshments and the
most comfortable surroundings in the area. These clubs provided mess
facilities for unit COLA personnel, while a consolidated mess served the
enlisted men's dietary needs.
K. Religious Services
1. Father (Capt) Logue, Chaplain Corps, a resident of the compound,
held Catholic services each Sunday and Chaplain (Capt) Ermine Todd Jr.,
Chaplin Corps, from Soc Trang, conducted Protestant services.
2. Mid-week services held each Wednesday night inspired fellowship
and worship through song and bible study. The chapel remains open
24 hours daily, always ready to fulfill the religious needs of installation