Who is Charlie Troop 1/9 Cavalry?

The 1st Cavalry Divsion (Airmobile) was officially activated on July 1, 1965. It was made up of resources of the 11th Air Assault Division (Test) and elements of the 2nd Infantry Division as a part of this reorganization, the 3/17th Cavalry Regiment was redesignated 1/9th.

The Squadron left with the Division for Vietnam in August, 65, wearing the Black Cavalry Stetsons to war for the first time since the Horse Soldier days.

On September 15, 1965, the 1st/9th Cav began combat operations in the Republic of Vietnam as the division’s air cavalry squadron. The 1/9th Cav participated in such pivotal battles as the Ia Drang Valley, Khe Sahn, Binh Dinh, and QuangTri. During that time period, troops from the 1/9th Cavalry earned fourteen campaign streamers, three Presidential Unit Citations, five Valorous Unit Citations, and the reputation as one of the finest combat units in Vietnam. Two Troopers from the 1/9th Cavalry earned Medals of Honor in Vietnam. On June 28, 1971, the 1/9th Cavalry (less B Troop) returned from Vietnam, the most decorated Unit of that war, and assumed the role of the Divisional Reconnaissance Squadron.

It is estimated that the 1/9th was responsible for fifty percent of all enemy soldiers killed by the 1st Cavalry Division during the war. It was for this reason the battalion earned its current nickname “The Headhunters.”

Is Charlie Troop Still Active?

“C Troop” has been nicknamed “Cobra Troop,” and is part of the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment (1-9th Cav), and is stationed at Fort Hood, Texas with the rest of the First Cavalry Division.

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    • Dennis Junger

      September 5, 2015

      Thank you for your help Patrick. Sifting thru that guestbook is painfully slow and not real accurate. I’m going on their word for the most part. There are some obvious ones like, I was crew chief on an O-16, and I was there form 64 to 65. Are two of my favorites. Thanks again!

    • Cindy Griffin

      June 1, 2017

      My uncle was part of the Charlie Troop and was KIA 21 June 1967. I would love to find out if any one has information about him while serving. Howard Sessoms. He was a door gunner.

  1. edd hogeboom

    July 11, 2015

    This is outstanding Grover!! Email me with your current email address (changed computers & lost my address book) and I’ll send you something that may or may not be of interest. Again Grover, this is great!! God Bless you Brother!!!

  2. Tom Stokesberry

    July 11, 2015

    This is great a very good job Megan Brown and you to Grover . I will have more info for you soon.

    • CTAdmin

      August 6, 2015

      Thanks, Tom! Love you! Hope all is going well. See you soon hopefully!

  3. Tin Thurrott

    July 17, 2015

    Thank you Pat for putting me in touch with Grover who shared some fond memories of my father Wayne. I appreciate all you have done in the name of our freedom and now by moving onto the second step of preserving this history and providing information to family members of those who served in the 1/9.

    Tim Thurrott
    Boston, MA

  4. Vince Nelson

    July 25, 2015

    This is looking great!

  5. Randy Zahn

    August 2, 2015

    Our children do us proud. Great job Megan. Love you…..and the old guy too!!

    • CTAdmin

      August 6, 2015

      Thanks, Randy! Love you too! You both have done well raising us all! 🙂

  6. Dennis Junger

    August 6, 2015

    Thank you Megan!!!!!! You’re the best!

    • CTAdmin

      August 6, 2015

      My pleasure, Dennis! Thank you for your service!

  7. JJ Mackel

    August 8, 2015

    Great job. The picture section is fantastic. It’s hard to believe we were all once that young and pretty. God Bless the MEN of the Finest Bravest outfit in the US Army.

  8. Armond J Salazar

    August 8, 2015

    I love it!! “Charlie Troop never feared and never backed down!”

  9. Phillip (Mike) Askew

    August 8, 2015


  10. Robert Forsyth

    August 8, 2015

    I’m so glad that you (Megan & Adam) got the site up and running so Grandpa Grover has something to do. He spends too much time playing with Haley as it is, so anything that diverts his attention is good. With Love to all, Bob

    • CTAdmin

      August 8, 2015

      I wish that I had a good come-back, but ya got me good there Bob!! Love ya bro!

  11. Keith Owens

    August 11, 2015

    I am so glad to run across this site on Facebook. I had lost Grover’s address and had not talked to Tom Stokesberry in a while. This is a great site and I will be posting once in a while but will watch it daily. Love to photos.

  12. Walker Jones

    August 23, 2015

    Great job Grover. I hope we can transfer a lot of pics to this site.

    Cavalier 18, 22

  13. Rob Struck

    August 23, 2015

    What a great collection of photos! Keep up the good work…

  14. Randy Sutton

    September 22, 2015

    I served with Alpha Company,1st Battalion,7th Cavalry in Vietnam 1968-69. My platoon Sergeant for a while was SFC James Newton who had previously did a tour with C 1/9 “BLUES” in 1965.He is 82 years old now,and has many memories of his early days with the Troop.I’d like to hear from anyone who may remember him.
    Best wishes to all. SFC{Ret.} Randy Sutton

    • Pat

      October 17, 2015

      Randy, I don’t know James, however, if it would be possible for you get me a picture of him from Nam and a newer one along with when he was that to from dates, I would appreciate it.

  15. Keith Owens

    March 15, 2016

    Hope to see everyone at the Branson Reunion.

    • Walker Jones

      June 23, 2016

      Keith and Pat,

      Are you in touch with Larry Pruett? Blues, 1969-70?


  16. TITCH

    October 13, 2016

    65/66 went over on the boat. thirsty6 cc

    • Armond Salazar

      January 1, 2017

      Yes but the advanced 1/9th C troop party arrived there in C-130. We cut down trees and made a few pads for helicopters and a metal runway for a C-130 to land. From Ft. Bening we traveled to Robins Air Force Base and loaded in a C-130 and left to Oakland, CA and then left to Vietnam. We stopped for a couple of days in Hawaii and then on another island I don’t remember which one and then the Philippines and then to Nha Trang, Vietnam. After the division arrived Charlie troop left and took off in helicopters to their mission, find and kill and run pissing off the enemy!!

  17. mike kelley

    April 14, 2017

    i arrived at charlie troop 1-9 cav on or near 12 dec 65 and assigned to the weapons platoon (red) as a uh-1b huey gunship crew chief-door gunner under plt sgt sfc guadalupe. major billy joe nave was troop commander. ltc john stockton was sqdn cdr. as i recall, 1-9 cav was located on the eastern side of the base perimeter and the “golf course heli pad”. there was a hill on the eastern side we called “officers country” because all the pilots had built hooches out of ammo crates on the hillside. next to us,on the north side of our camp, was the 1-7th cav.they had an enlisted mans club called the “corral”. we used to go there for a few “33” beers when we were in base camp after field ops.just south of 1-9 down perimeter road was the 1st brigade.”airborne all the way”. to get down to the 1-9’s aircraft on the “golf course” helipad, we had to cross the perimeter road, go down into a grassy gully,cross over a rickity wooden plank over a creek-stream, climb up a bank, walk about 1/2 mile passing the 228th chinook heli pads, then arrive at 1-9th avn area. each troop had an assigned area. the place we called “hong kong mountian” was on the far western side of the golf course. in late 65 early 66, the operational airstrip for air force and army fixed wing a-c was outside the base camp on the eastern end of an khe village off of highway 19. by mid 66,the engineers had completed a new airstrip inside the base perimeter,close to “hong kong”. the base camp itself was huge.don’t recall sq miles. the south end faced the main gate which led to highway 19 and the western end of an khe village. along the eastern side of perimeter north of the 1-9 area was the vast 27th Field Maint complex. by late 1966,the engineers had built wooden mess halls with concrete floors, in dec 65, we lived in tent city. in spare time, enlisted men bought materials in an khe and built their own hootches, moving out of tents. at night you could hear rats tearing open the rations in the mess supply tent.we even had rats inside the hootches at night., i bought a few rat traps in the ville and caught a few rats each night. we spent the bulk of our time on field ops in places like bong son, kontum, dak to, lz oasis, the ia drang, along cambodian border etc. not too many four legged rats out there ( lots of two legged nva rats) but lots of creepy insects, phythons, etc. i hope this info was of some help.—mike kelley

  18. Lee M Roberts. Brother of Alton Reese Roberts

    July 19, 2017

    Reese was my brother and was killed, as a result of wounds to his knees. He was a door gunner and was transferred to a hospital in Japan, or he died several days later due to a fatty embolism. We don’t know if it went to the heart, lungs, Or the brain. Been trying to locate and contact anyone who flew with Ruiz on his last mission. I served in the Marine Corps from 65 to 68.

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