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  1. Vince Nelson

    November 6, 2015

    This is working out great 24. Keep up the good work!

  2. Edd Hogeboom

    November 18, 2015

    Edd “Hogie” Hogeboom, W-1(while in-country) Cavalier 16, Scouts, Charlie Troop 1/9, 1st Air Cav.
    An indescribable Honor to serve and be a part of this incredible and undying Brotherhood!! May God’s Blessings be upon each of you both now and forever more!!!

  3. Patrick Bieneman

    November 21, 2015

    This is a great site. Thanks to all of you that have a hand in it. Grover, all of you need to be beaming with Pride.

  4. Tom Stokesberry

    March 2, 2016

    Grover this has turned out great , Thank you for all the hard work

  5. Jerry Berggren

    April 3, 2016

    Nice site! Be advised that the picture identified at WO Joel McDonnell is NOT Joel McDonnell. It was taken from a group picture of the C Troop Lift Section, circa 1966.
    Joel McDonnell is the third from the right in that picture with his face down! Pat Bieneman did not know when or where he got the picture. It had the name Crawford in the file name so it probably came from Cpt George Crawford or Lt Michael Crawford. If the owner of the picture see this, I would like to hear from you. Cpt Crawford was wounded in action Dec 17, 1966. Lt Al McAuliffe and WO Joel McDonnell crashed at Hammond Field the morning of Dec 18 and were both KIA. I know because I was the crewchief and sole survivor of UH-1D 65-09809. Lt Crawford and Bill Strobel brought me my shave gear at the hospital five days later. Thanks, Mike!

  6. Carl Schwind

    April 7, 2016

    Great site keep it up

    • Patrick Bieneman

      October 22, 2016

      Carl, Maybe you could make the 2017 Reunion. I know our guys from 65-66 would love to see you.

  7. Robert Florez

    July 8, 2016

    Looking for my brothers !970, “fingers” “mgm” from Dutch

    • CTAdmin

      July 15, 2016

      Robert, WELCOME HOME BROTHER!!! WE are excited to have you back in the Troop!

  8. diane walton gleaton

    October 6, 2016

    what an awesome web site. my dad Louis Walton would be so proud. I am honored to part of such a wonderful family. thank you to all the men and women who have served this great country. God bless you for making this web sight .

  9. Keith TriCycle Owens

    October 9, 2016

    Great site. I had a wonderful time at the 2016 reunion at Branson with the troopers. It was great seeing all the men I served with. Hope to be with everyone again at future reunions. Thanks Tom, Grover, Dutch,

    • Tom Stokesberry

      October 17, 2016

      One of my personal highlights of the reunion was to see you after so many yr . God bless you and take cair of you until we can see each other again.

  10. TITCH

    October 17, 2016

    was in 3/17th at benning ,became c tp 1/9in july went rvn in aug 65,was cc gunner for thirsty was very bad but we gave the nva some good ojt,they were ready for our guy”s didn”t let up.of the unit”i have served in C TP 1/9 WAS THE VERY BEST

  11. Patrick Bieneman

    October 22, 2016

    The only increase in food cost may be in the one cost I haven’t put out yet and that is lunch at Union Station. I will update when I know the cost for sure. Looking for a good turn out in Gettysburg.

  12. Patrick Bieneman

    October 28, 2016

    This site is helping Brothers to reach out and find their Comrades. It is also bringing a lot of memories back to many of us. I am sure it is one of the reasons that Charlie Troop’s reunions keep getting bigger and better. Hope to see many more in Gettysburg.

  13. Donald J.Coshey

    November 28, 2016

    I was proud to have served with C-Trp 1/9 Cav it was and always will be the Best Unit. I was very proud of our trooper’s from the beginning to the end of the Viet Nam War and I really enjoy meeting all the C-Trp fellows and talking with them hearing there stories is great. I am proud that you all made the 1/9 Cav the best unit in the 1st Cavalry Division. thank You Brother’s see you in Gettysburg, Pa in Sept 2017.

  14. Steve Feucht

    December 15, 2016

    AJ lives. Scouts 68,69,70 with a several month detour to Blues for entertainment purposes. Guess i’m finally getting’ old enough to deal with it. S.

    • Pat Bieneman

      January 4, 2017


      Please send me an email. I would like to talk to you. I coordinate the C Troop Reunions and I send out a C Troop News Letter.

  15. Pat Bieneman

    January 21, 2017

    I took a trip up ti LA. Lower Alabama to visit Titch. We took one day and drove up to Birmingham and visited with Mrs. Cleo Hiner. 1LT Franklin J. Hiner served in Charlie Troop in 1965 and 66. He returned home and married Cleo. Less than a year later he was back in Vietnam with the 240th AHC. Frank was killed on the 25th of June 1968. Cleo was so happy to meet Titch since Titch served with her husband. Titch related a story to her. When Titch came back from the hospital Lt Hiner came into his hootch and offered him his R&R to Bangkok. Titch told him all of his money was in escrow and since the R&R started in 3 days he wouldn’t be able to take it. LT Hiner told Titch he would give him $300.00 and Titch could pay him back when he got back and got the money out of escrow. She was so happy to hear that story.

  16. Pat Bieneman

    March 2, 2017

    Grover Wright is resting peacefully in the hospital after h=suffering from two heart attacks. He asked me to tell everyone that he has shut his cell phone off becuase it hurts just to talk. He said his wife, Stephanie, will keep my updated and then I can pass that one. Please even if you Ztephanie’s Cell number do not call. She has enough on her plate.

  17. Cindy Griffin

    May 29, 2017

    My Uncle Howard Sessoms was part of this group. He was a door gunner. He was KIA June 21, 1967. If any of you knew him please share your stories. Thank you

    • Patrick Bieneman

      August 13, 2017

      I operate a blog for Charlie Troop. On it you will see a post about your uncle. I am looking for brothers,sisters, mothers,fathers and yes nieces and nephews of Our Fallen Brothers. I would like to talk to you. You can respond to this email or call me at 859-771-6342.


  18. Marshall "Bones" Maring

    May 30, 2017

    I was Randy Zahns CE in 70-71, think it may be time for another reunion, last I attended was in DC in 2000. Love you all brothers!

  19. john brennan

    July 4, 2017

    My previous email address,, no longer receives messages. It does however remains good for receiving PayPal payments. My NEW email address is Thank you, John Brennan, former SP5, 114 AHC, 1970-71, Vinh Long AAF, Mekong Delta

  20. Don R Blevins

    August 8, 2017

    On 8/8/66 UH-1C #65-09546 crashed S/W of Pleiku due to poor weather and the crew was killed. Richard W Meehan, Leslie D Nickels, Tony Bakke, and Gerald S Simons were all C/1/9 Cav. ALSO a B/1/9 Cav crew was lost during a search and rescue of the previous. UH-1D #65-09546
    and it’s crew, John J Becker Jr., Eric R. Nordman, Andy Johnson Jr., and Frank Lee Blevins. Frank L Blevins is my brother and I was hoping someone may have known him or maybe have a photo of him in the background of any that you may have taken. He was there from April 66
    to August. Got the Sunday Kansas City paper sent from home. Was the Crew Chief and nickname was Paco. Had been in Germany before
    deciding to go to VN. Any news or photos would really be appreciated more than you can imagine. Thank all of you 1st of the 9th Cav Airmobile!!
    Don R Blevins

    • Don R Blevins

      August 10, 2017

      This is to correct previous error in the statement about the 8/8/66 casualties. Troop C was UH-1C #65-09546 and Troop B was UH-1D #65-09675.

  21. Patrick Bieneman

    August 13, 2017


    If you are on Facebook, type in Bravo Troop and the Bravo Troop site will come up. That will be the best place to find someone who may have served with him. Or you can type Jennifer Marshall in the search block. Jennifer is into Bravo Troop big time. You can also do the same for Bat Murtha. Bat runs the Bravo Troop reunions.

  22. Steve Collinsworth

    September 27, 2017

    Great photos by John Strickland. I hope your reunion In Gettysburg was as good as Apache Troop’s in Alexandria, VA, last month. Thank you all for your service, and for making 1/9th the best Cavalry regiment in RVN!

  23. John Strickland

    October 15, 2017

    Just finished going through the 600 pictures of Charlie Troop 1/9 again. They have brought back some memories that I haven’t thought about since I left Nam in 70. Seeing those pictures of Tom Soma, especially Rhett Lewis and Grover Wright. Proud that I served with the best damn troopers in Nam and will ever be grateful to each one of you weather I knew you or not I consider you my brothers for life. God bless everyone of you.

  24. Patrick Bieneman

    October 17, 2017

    I received a comment on my blog from a young lady. She said a friend had found some medal with the name Names Wright and Carlie Troop 1/9th Cavalry. She wants to return them to him or his family. I see where we had a Names Wright assigned to us in 1969. Dies anyo e know him? She said a frie d of gers bought them at a Flea Market in Virginia. Let me know.

  25. Dee Ritchason

    October 26, 2017

    My husband who died Feb. 6, 2017 is on the roster but his name is misspelled. It’s SSG Gary Ritchason, not Ritcharson. He served in C troop 3/69 to 2/70. I have lots of letters and photos from his time there. We were already married. Gary grew up in Batavia, IL and that is where we were living at at time of his death, (3 weeks after becoming ill – – cancer which was determined by the VA to be Agent Orange related). Thank you all for your service!!
    Dee Ritchason

  26. carl schwind

    November 28, 2017

    Will there be a 2018? Missed this year

    • CTAdmin

      December 9, 2017

      YES! We will email you the information! Its great to see you on our new website again!

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