The Mavericks - the gun platoon of the 175th -
were simply the finest guns in the Delta. Some
would say in the entire country, and I would not disagree with that opinion. The Mavericks routinely put themselves in harm's way to cover and protect the lift ships and crews. Daily.
They never hesitated.
I firmly believe that those of us who came home owe a great deal of that good fortune to the Mavericks.
Mr. Jim Spiers contacted me last week and offered to provide photographs of Maverick crews and ships, circa August, 1968 - August, 1969. I am proud to include them on this site. Several Mavericks have checked in - be sure and check the guest book to see if some of your buddies have signed in.
standing by UH-1C Maverick 36. The year was 1968 at Vinh Long
Jim has lost touch with both of the guys and wishes to find them.
"They were my crew and we were a team.
If you can help me find them, let me know."
(Front row, left to right)
MAJ. Bill Calendar; 2LT Jeff Wynaught (KIA); 1LT Dave Wise; WO1 James R. Duer;
CW2 Mike Shehan (KIA); WO1 Jim Daugherty
(Back row, left to right)
WO1 Jim Spiers; CW2 Rich Geraghty; CW2 John Mercer (DAT); WO1 John
Hughes; WO1 Bob Secrest; CW2 John Losure
Jeff Wynaught was killed in action in 1969 when
his UH-1C aircraft was hit by a B-40 rocket.
Mike Shehan was killed in action on his second tour in RVN.
He was not with the Mavericks at that time.
John Mercer died after his tour (DAT) in a helicopter crash.
He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Jim says his peter pilot took this photo with Jim's
camera from his UH-1C gun ship Maverick 36
in 1968 - somewhere in IV Corps.
Some viewers will recognize this photograph as it
once graced the cover of a pretty famous publication.
Uh, in a slightly modified format . . . .