Welcome to the home of the 183rd SeaHorses!

          This site is dedicated to members of the 1st Aviation Brigade, 10 CAB, 183rd Sea Horses RAC.

          The 183rd Aviation Company operated out of Nha Trang, Dong Ba Thin, Phan Rang, Bao Loc,

          Dalat,  Ban Me Thout, Gia Nhia and Phan Thiet.  Visit my Guest book, find old friends, view pictures,

          visit military links, and read stories from Birddog pilots .





        The members of the 183rd Seahorses hope you enjoy our web site.  Feel free to take a look around and check out the different tabs where you can view our history, pictures, some neat videos, and stories about combat experiences that our vets have shared.  There are links to other sites with a military presence.  Visit our products page where you can order hats, t-shirts, commerative coins, decals  etc.  Last of all, Sign our Guestbook - We love hearing from you.      


As many of you know, Louisiana has been hit very hard with flooding in the past week or so.
Much help is need in support of people who have lost nearly everything they own due to this flood.
One family in particular : Paul Matherne is one of our Seahorse Brothers.
Paul and other members of his family are in desperate need of finanical help now, today, ASAP.
Please see the below info as to how best you can help with this matter.
Thank you in advance for your kind attentation to this matter, and may God Bless you.

        1.  Electronic bank to bank transfer to; Paul Matherne Family Relief Fund. Bank is The United Community Bank, Airline                  Drive  Branch, Prairieville, LA.  The Acct# is 100 34 304 - Routing #  065 40 1107
           Branch Manager contact:  Blake Moran  225-644-2265

      2. www.GoFundMe.com, Paul Matherne Family Relief Fund

       3. Gift Cards to Lowes, Home Depot, Target, WalMart. They need everything, especially Sheet Rock, Insulation,nails,                       Generators,  extension chords, gasoline, chain saws, tarps, cleaning supplies, etc, etc and food.

        4. Personal checks but mail delivery down there is hard hit too. So expect delays in that type of assistance  being slow to             reach the  Mathernes. Pauls address: POB 272, French Settlement LA, 70733,

             Cell 1-225-485-0784

      5.  Share this w/your friends, especially Nam Vets and ask they spread this need across the country. 



Today is Sunday, the 24th
We have received word that one of our brother's, Allen (shortround) Cherin is in a VA hospital in
the Chicago area. He was admitted last week with some serious Kidney problems.  He has recovered
some from this problem, but still has a ways to go. Shortround has been a driving force since our first
reunion years ago in helping locate other Seahorse's and to organize mini reunions.
Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.  Feel free to phone him @ 224-610-1686


To all members, family and friends of the Seahorse Family. 

 It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Col. Mack L. Gibson has passed away.
Mack was a true patriot who loved his country and devoted his entire life to the Military.
He will be missed by everyone who ever new him. I will keep you informed of any more details
as they become available.  Please keep the Gibson family in your thoughts & prayers.      

Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Huntersville United Methodist Church
14005 Stumptown Rd.  Huntersville, NC - The Family will receive guests at 10:00 AM untill the service.
Friends of the family may leave condolences at  www.raymerfh.com

March 18, 2016  

This notice is posted for the benefit of any vewers who are not on some e-mail trail, but would still like to
keep up with the latest news about Mack. John Fischer has learned from Mack's wife that he will be laid
to rest on June 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm in Arlington National Cemetery. 
A number of Seahorses have expressed an interest in attending. John might be able to find some accomidations
with discounted rates, so check back here often for more information.

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The 2015  "All Birddog Reunion" that was held October 8 thru 11 in Dotham, Al. was a hugh success. For those of you who were not able to attend, you were missed by your fellow Vet's.  Bob Brewster and the entire reunion committee did a great job of putting everything together.















                                                   VA Wants All Veterans Exposed to AO to Apply for Benefits


This year (2015)  marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, the first U.S. combat troops arrived in Vietnam in March of 1965.


More than 58,000 Americans died in the Vietnam conflict. Now, many who survived, are fighting diseases the U.S. government now recognizes were caused by a very powerful toxic chemical used in the jungle war zone.     

A list of diseases, cancers, and illnesses, many of them common have "presumptively" been linked to the toxic chemical, Agent Orange.

 Since 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recognized a list of diseases, cancers, and illnesses caused by the chemical Agent Orange, now, the VA is making a renewed push to make sure everyone knows benefits are available to veterans sickened by Agent Orange.

The list includes a variety of illnesses, which include, but not limited to:  Type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, tespiratory cancers, all chronic B-call leukemias, Hodkin's diseases, non-hodgkin's lymphoma, Parkinson's disease, Ischemic heart disease, and others.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of Vietnam veterans who aren't aware of the Agent Orange presumptive diseases. Furthermore, some veterans choose not to go to the VA for their treatment or some veterans have never thought to apply.  Yet, other veterans aren't sure
"how to" apply.

 The VA maintain surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and died as the result of diseases related to the exposure may be eligible for VA benefits.

Claiming a disability from exposure to Agent Orange is an expedited claims process since the illnesses are "presumed" to be connected to Agent Orange exposure, meaning Vietnam Veterans don't have to prove an association between their medical problems and their military service as it relates to exposure to Agent Orange.

 Any veteran or family member who might fit any of these categories should call their VA Regional Office at 1-800-827-1000, visit in-person, or file an online claim at www.va.gov.










 The above link is a fantastic slide show with music that shows lots of photos and all branches of the services representated.  See SOG, Seals, Puff, M-48 tanks, SF teams, Medevacs, Choppers, LRRP's etc. etc.
It's seems a little tricky to view at first, but well worth the time it takes to download.  When you first click on it, your asked to
open or save.  Click open, then another box to download, click allow, takes a minute or so to download.  Sit back and relive some memories you may have forgotten.
We invite you to watch this video on youtube.  It's an art show entittled  "War on Truth" that honors veterans from AZ.  This is a great project that helps Vets cope with their feelings.  Just click & watch. 


We found this video that features the song " We gotta get out of this place" by The Animal's.  It shows some pictures maybe you've seen before, maybe some you haven't.  For all you aircraft junkies, blow the video up to full screen, pause it at about 36 seconds into the video, check out the crashed airplane.  Wonder how many of you can identify what kind it was?????.  Hope you enjoy




 Mission Statement


             It is the Mission of the Veterans of the 183rd Aviation Company (Seahorses) to preserve our history,

         remember and honor our lost Seahorse brothers, renew and maintain relationships developed by serving

                       in the 183rd Aviation Company during the Vietnam War, and provide mutual support.



Please check out the below video from youtube.  It is a fitting tribute to all you Warriors.









                         We are now classified as a Non-Profit organization .

           Our organization was classified as a 501 (c) (19), EIN #83-0507505 in 2010, with an effective date of exemption 
           of March 11,  2008.

           This classification may allow Veterans of the 183 rd to deduct certain expenses in their tax returns for    
           activites associated with our unit   (please contact your tax advisor on the specifics of these deductions).

           Contributions are tax deductible. I look forward to hearing your suggestions and working with you



           Please contact the appropriate seahorses if you have anything to communicate, especially stories to share

           or the names of newly located brothers.

                                          Contact information for the Steering Committee of the 183rd Aviation Company


           President:                     Charlie Mingus
638 N Walton Lakeshore Dr 
Panama City, Fl.  32413 
Ph. 334-301-3574 
  Membership/Registration: Jim Benoit
219 Cardinal Ln.
Delray Beach, FL 33445
Ph. 508-221-0091
           Vice President: John Fischer
6163 S. Marion Ave. 
Tulsa, OK  74136 
 Ph. 918-493-6235
  Military Affairs: Dick Kloppenburg
8050 84th  Ave. S.E
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Ph. 425-747-5263
           Treasurer: David Neff
767 East 1250 Rd
Lawrence, KS 66046
Ph. 785-843-8966
  Unit Chaplin: David Haidle
432 W. Pierce Street
Elburn, IL 60119
Ph. 630-365-2124
           Secretary: Hiram Johnston
1321 Beaver Dam Rd.
Madison,GA 30650
Ph. 706-342-9136
  Unit Historian:  Mark Mitchell 
4611 Park Ridge Dr. 
Benton,LA 71006 
Ph. 318-422-6871 
           Editors/publishers: Ash Cutchin
29018 Darden Point Rd
Courtland VA 23837

Don Tyler
1086 N. Old Franklin Rd.
Nashville,NC 27856
Ph. 252-478-3546
  Web Management: Jim McHaney
1020 S. 124th Street
Chandler, AZ 85286
Ph. 480-510-2745

Bob Howland
5691 Hillsdale Street
Ft. Lawn, SC 29714
Ph. 803-872-4381



         This Web site was inspired by Mr. Jim Penzin and created by Jim McHaney . Please provide any feedback you may have
             concerning this site to Jim McHaney.

             A special thanks for the following Sea Horse veterans who gave materials and support for this page: Charles Pettyjohn,
             Jim Penzin, Jay Bauer, Cleveland Ashley, Jerry Lemons, Roger Willis, James Benoit, Jerry Bussel and John Fischer.
             Special recognition to Alan Cherin  (Shortround),  and Bill Keener for their contributions in finding so many 183rd Vets.