Let's start with, ALL Photographs are by Marlin Paul Jack. My Only regret in Vietnam was, we had to Leave the Children Behind, and I did Not take More Photographs!
Please allow Me to Introduce ourselves. We are the '4 Horsemen', of the 16th Cav. A 'Lift Platoon'. Hueys, different from Gunships as we do not carry 'Heavy' armament. Only twin M-60's. We mostly do not do 'Hunter killer', we move solders and equipment, to and from. And we pull Rescue Missions of Downed Pilots and Others.
It's been awhile since the last chapter. I wanted to find this photo, first before starting Chapter 7.
I was in the right door of the third of 4 ships. We are going In as a Extraction Mission, of a south Vietnamese Platoon....more like the size of a squad. The guns are not 'Loaded' up yet. It was considered Cowardice to have the ammo belts ready until the Very Last Second, start of combat!! If You look close, you can see the rotor blades, near over-lap! Go in Tight, Come out Tight! These are the best Pilots in the World! I've been in a Huey when the Pilot flew it Up-Side-Down!! Also High altitude test to 14,500 Feet, during the training of a new Pilot for a 'Running Landing' and a 'Auto Rotation' Landing.
These patches are not 'Bloodschits'*, those will be explained in the following right up, below.